Grace Lillian Lee is a multicultural Australian artist known for drawing inspiration from her indigenous heritage. Through collaborations with Australian indigenous communities and their art centres she has created a platform for cultural expression and celebration by way of fashion performances. These are instrumental in engaging young people from remote communities and providing an opportunity for them to represent and be proud of their culture and country through fashion and performance.
Working with these members of community inspired Grace to further her work by travelling to indigenous communities to encourage creative expression and mentor young people as well as collaborate with artists and art centres. Her aim is to guide members towards developing their art into textiles and adornment in a contemporary way while orchestrating the sharing of artistic culture between generations. This is instrumental in the preservation and celebrations of traditional techniques and creatives.
Among these communities is Mornington Island. As a result of an ongoing collaboration with Grace, the art centre has been able to start a small fashion business titled MiArt Designs, known for its hand-painted one of a kind bags.
Along with Grace’s involvement with indigenous communities she is also a practicing artist. She uses fashion and adornment to represent her own diverse cultural heritage. She has become known for her wearable interpretations of traditional Torres Strait Island weaving techniques that take the form of body sculptures and accessories. By bringing such techniques into the contexts of both art and fashion Grace has engaged a wide audience allowing her to develop a successful business based on woven accessories, celebrating and exploring her lineage. Grace’s creations have exhibited at The National Gallery of Victoria, the Jam Factory, Adelaide and Cairns Regional Gallery. Her work has been acquired by the South Australian Museum, National Gallery of Victoria, Cairns Regional Gallery, Australian Institute of Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Studies and Kluge Ruhe Collection at the University of Virginia, and with current interest from National Gallery Australia.
Grace was recently offered a position to complete a Doctorate in Creative Industries focusing on fashion and culture at Queensland University Technology and invited to present her first TEDx talk at James Cook University in 2017.
Mewa Road, Milingimbi NT 0822
Liandra Swim is an eco-conscious and ethically minded brand, designed in Australia and their prints are 100% uniquely authentic.
Creative Director/Founder and designer, Liandra Gaykamangu, is a Yolngu woman from North-East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory Australia.
Liandra Swim fuses Aboriginal Australian Culture with on-trend premium designer swimwear. Our swimwear includes seamless designs and striking prints. All our bikini's are sold separately, to allow you to mix-n-match styles, prints and sizes.
Our signature prints are inspired by our Aboriginal Australian culture. Our dream is to give you the opportunity to exhibit a slice of culture, that has been tens-of-thousands of years in the making! Each collection we launch represents a unique story, with each of the prints delving deeper into that narrative.
The stories and prints we create are inspired by our livid-experience and individual journey. Our prints are also a contemporary representation of our culture and how we identify with our heritage. Our Community Collection prints have been hand-drawn and are inspired by the landscape of location of Milingimbi, in North-East Arnhem Land (NT).
We pride ourselves on creating quality swimwear, through ethical practices. From our prints, to our designs and to our fabrics. This is important to us, as we represent and share such an intimate part of who we are. We hope to create only positive and lasting experiences when you share in Indigenous Australian culture and wear our swimsuits.
Liandra Swim is an eco-conscious brand. Our fabrics are made from regenerated plastics and recycled elastane. Our mailer bags are home-decomposable and our plant-based packaging is made from cassava. With our packaging being non-toxic and biodegradable within months (3-6 months dependent on the environment).
We are always wanting to do better and be better throughout all aspects of our our brand.
Natalie Cunningham is the designer of Native Swimwear Australia, which is is a multi-award winning Australian Aboriginal luxury fashion label. The company is the first Aboriginal fashion label in history to showcase at New York Fashion Week in 2015. Leading the way in sustainability and fair trade, all garments are created with quality sustainable fabrics and silk, and exclusive licenses to original artwork ensure that artists and their communities benefit from sales.
St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004
Denni Francisco - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ngali translates into 'we' or 'us' in a number of Australian Aboriginal languages. Through Ngali, we're creating the 'us' we'd like to see. A harmonious, sustainable and equitaable union of people with Country and each other.
Ngali brings Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork to the world through the medium of clothing and collectibles. The artwork is always hero and the silhouettes bring the artwork to life on fabric through unique printing.
Denni is a Wiradjuri woman, creating Ngali is a journey embedded in reflexivity and culture. The prodess of Ngali's work operates through the lens of Yinayamarra - fashion that shows respect, is polite, considered, gentle to Country and show honour to the cross country collaborations with other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander creatives.
Cairns City QLD 4870
0422 653 450
Online retailer.Murrii Quu Couture, based in the gateway to Australia's Great Barrier Reef at Cairns, Far North Queensland. I am a Proud Aboriginal Woman, a direct descendant of the Gunggari, Pitta-Pitta, Bindal and Quandamooka People.