Francine Kickett, of the Wiilman Nyoongah Yorga peoples, was born in Narrogin, Western Australia in 1964. Narrogin is approximately 200 kilometres south-east of Perth. Kickett was raised in the Dryandra Woodlands near Cuballing, which is 14 kilometres north of Narrogin. She belongs to three main family groups, the Humes, Thorns and Abdullahs, of Western Australia. In the mid 1970s her family moved to the eastern Perth suburbs of Belmont and Riverdale where she completed her schooling.

In 1997 Kickett graduated from Curtin University of Technology in Perth with an associate degree in Contemporary Aboriginal Art for which she specialised in textile designs and visual art. Her work is inspired by the colour and landscaped forms of the Nyoongah Boodja (or land) and she pays particular interest to the femininity of the local Indigenous flora and fauna and interpreting these forms (as well as issues relating to Nyoongah women) into contemporary art.

In 2001 Kickett was awarded the Indigenous Designer of the Year Award. This award followed her 1998 NAIDOC South West Artist of the Year award and in 2002 she presented a paper on the History of Indigenous Fashion at the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander conference in Adelaide, South Australia.

Kickett was included in the Brenda L. Croft curated exhibition 'South West Central: Indigenous Art from south Western Australia 1833-2002’ at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2003.

In 2009 Kickett enrolled in a Certificate III course in Visual Art and Contemporary Craft at the Kidogo Institute in Fremantle, which is run by artist Joanna Robertson. In June and July the same year, the students in this course exhibited their work at Kidogo Arthouse in the exhibition 'Moorditj Mob’.

Allas, Tess
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