Traditional art meets digital age
IN FIVE days indigenous women in Eidsvold learnt how to design beautiful fabrics with their own patterns, and how to draw for digital printing.
The digital process on computer is complicated but achievable when you know how.
The Fashioning our Futures program workshop was led by Julie Appo.
“As a trained Aboriginal fashion designer, I was invited to Forums in Cairns to discuss the establishment of an Indigenous Fashion and Textile industry in Queensland,” Ms Appo said.
“There was a great emphasis on digitally transferring artworks onto fabric suitable for the fashion industry.
“I realised there was a great opportunity for the Wide Bay to be the frontline of this movement, but those in our area lacked the necessary skills to participate in this new industry.”
Ten participants were selected to undertake the recent master class.
“I have learnt how to put a collection of garments together for a fashion parade, from the design of the materials to the colour co-ordination of sets and studios,” Scyvina Law-Maslin said.
An Indigenous Textile and Fashion Fair will be held in Maryborough in late November, to showcase the region’s work.
GOING DIGITAL: Margaret Turner takes the time to learn a new skill.