Tra­di­tional art meets dig­i­tal age

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

GO­ING DIG­I­TAL: Mar­garet Turner takes the time to learn a new skill.

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