Artist Josh “Koomal” Whiteland has designed illustrations and patterns featured across the Gourmet Escape brand. Find out more about Josh and also the stories and meaning behind each illustration created for Gourmet Escape.
A celebration of local coastal wildlife (Barna Biddi) moving across Boodja country. Emu Weitj, Mountain duck Cookark, Kangaroo Yonga, Goanna Kurda, Ringtail possum Ngarren, Gray wallaby Bonnan and Kangaroo rat Boodi. Ripples represent the moving tide and middle crosshatching, the pathways and song lines.
Symbolizing the amazing Bilya river and waterways in the South West of Western Australia. Local Moort family’s moving with the seasons, Kaleep camping and acknowledging the Janga spirit of Boodja country. Following our ancestors’ footprints along Bilya river systems and water ways that represent life.
Symbolizing and celebrating the diverse seasonal rotation, every two months. Roughly every second moon the season changes along with Booner plants, Barna animals and weather patterns. Determining the right Merenji food to forage Barna animals to focus on and preferred areas to kaleep camp, living by the seasons has always been an important part of culture for local Wadandi Noongar Moort families.
“Koomal” is the traditional name of Wadandi man Josh Whiteland. Koomal is the Wadandi word for brushtail possum and the totem chosen for him by his Elders. Josh was born in Busselton, WA and grew up surrounded by family, culture and connection to country.
Passionate and spiritually aware, Josh has a personal commitment to continuing cultural practices and delivering cultural awareness both within the local community, and to visitors to the region. It is for this reason he created ‘Koomal Dreaming’ so that he could communicate part of his connection with his land and his people with guests from around Australia and the world. With his own personal style an interpretation, Josh uses art as an outlet to express his passion for native foods and his love for culture and country.