Inspiring Artworks for Inspiring People & Jobs
Blending grassroots creativity with design to bring a fresh perspective
Trying to attract and engage Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to your service, program or initiative? 

Michelle creates vibrant Indigenous artworks that are a blend of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander forms of creativity and expression.  They are created for a range of clients and for a diverse range of purposes.  But it all starts with an idea, or a story, or a creative approach that builds from there into a suite of branding elements that can be used across a range of media.

Michelle's artworks are inspired by the stories that need to be shared, and are created using influences based on her strong connection to her ancient roots, her local community and her environment.

Check out some of her special creations below, and then head to the Logo's and Branding section to see how they've translated into an identity!!
Easing the journey with antenatal angels artwork
'Our Angels' by Michelle Tyhuis.  QLD Health, 2011.
Ngarama Antenatal & Birthing Clinic (Branding & Artwork Guidelines)
Queensland Health - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander District Health Unit

Artwork title:  'Our Angels', 2010

Description:  ‘Our Angels’ reflects the purpose of Ngarrama in guiding, supporting and including the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women’s birthing experiences. It celebrates new life and the role Metro North Health Service District staff play in providing the best start for the children and families who visit.

Government RAP into the future with inspiring artwork
'Turning Good Intentions into Real Actions', by Michelle Tyhuis
Reconciliation Action Plan 2011-2014 (Artwork and Graphic Design/Layout)
Australian Government Department of Families and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)

Artwork title:  'Turning Good Intentions into Real Actions', 2011

Description:  This artwork highlights the importance of reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. The separate blue, green and umber streams leading into the centre circle symbol reflect FaHCSIA’s vision around Relationships, Respect and Opportunities and show that the journey is more important than the destination.  Around the centre design are 17 smaller blue and green circles that relate to the 17 year gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. The black and white within these circles depict a mutual understanding and respect between all cultures and backgrounds; while the black lines joining them show all Australians working together towards a common goal.  The white dotted paths represent seizing opportunities, and moving closer towards their goal or vision.

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Reaching out to chronic disease sufferers
Mudjerburra Care Connect
Queensland Health- Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander District Health Unit

Artwork title:  'Mudjerburra Families, Healthy Futures'

Description:  This artwork aims to capture the meaning of ‘Mudjerburra’, which is a combination of the names ‘Mudjer’ meaning ‘sorry/empathy’ (we feel what you feel) and ‘Burra’ meaning ‘people’. It features a number
of symbols that relate to the purpose of the project, and overall is a reflection of services that Mudjerburra – Care Connect provide.  The main centre design – meeting place with six paths – celebrates the role Mudjerburra plays in providing access to culturally safe and competent multi-disciplinary health care. The connecting people and places design – meeting place circle with forked directions – shows how Mudjerburra guides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and families through the health system.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families are depicted as a meeting place design surrounded by red dots. These are our communities. The outside streams – the red and pink ribbon border – represent the importance of early identification to reduce the burden of chronic disease. The blue and white streams represent the contours of our diverse country, and remind us of Indigenous peoples intrinsic connection to land and sea.  The little black circles with people – ‘U’ – within them represent opportunistic screening and early intervention in
chronic disease.
Government RAP story shared through art
'Waves of Reconciliation', 2011
Reconciliation Action Plan Progress Report 2009-2011 (Artwork and Graphic Design/Layout)
Australian Government Department of Families and Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)

Artwork title: 'Waves of Reconciliation', 2011

Description:  This artwork is an original creation by accomplished Indigenous artist Michelle Tyhuis that captures the spirit of reconciliation through the media.  In FaHCSIA’s RAP Progress Report 2009-2011 we see that the Department’s Indigenous radio program and Indigenous magazine have made an impact in promoting, encouraging and embracing reconciliation. In this artwork, transmission waves and communication routes wrap around the two people, at centre, who are forging a ‘ring of mutual respect and understanding between the
two cultures’.  Overall, the artwork is about respect, trust and cooperation, and how the media plays an important role in sharing the message and spirit of reconciliation.

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