Then, of course, there’s the ‘ring-in’, Peter Widmer, a non-Indigenous artist who sees himself as the group’s assistant. Peter was there with Leah Keegan when the Fellas came together at the Co-Op, back in 2013, and he has been there ever since.
As Peter recalled: “I had a history in bookmaking. Fellas had the same desire to tell stories and they weren’t quite sure in what form those might be. But on the day that we met, instead of just sitting down and talking about stuff, we had a big sheet and we started to paint together. It was just the first of many small and wonderful steps that the Fellas have taken since.”
For some of the Fellas, this was their first foray into art. So the group had to find a way that everyone could contribute whether they could paint or not.
As Peter-Shane explained: “We get yoga mat material and we do a design on it. We might make a koala or a kangaroo or something like that on the mat and cut it out. Then we get some double-sided tape and we put on this stuff they use in ‘For Sale’ signs, the plastic stuff. And we stick it on that and we make stamps from it.”