De­sign de­but

Cheed­itha back­drop for fash­ion shoot

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

The red dirt tracks and cor­ru­gated iron build­ings of the Cheed­itha com­mu­nity near Roe­bourne are a strik­ing back­drop for a grass­roots fash­ion project about to make its pub­lic launch.

The com­mu­nity re­cently hosted the first photo shoot of a fledg­ling fash­ion col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Cheed­itha Art Group and la­bel Sturt Pea Con­scious Cloth­ing, which in­volves Cheed­itha artists’ de­signs hand-painted or screen-printed onto lightweight, com­fort­able cloth­ing in­tended to be worn by Pil­bara res­i­dents.

Com­mu­nity mem­bers Kather­ine Hicks, 17, and Cas­san­dra Hicks, 9, mod­elled the 10 gar­ments the col­lab­o­ra­tion has pro­duced so far for pho­tog­ra­pher Helen Osler among the burnt-out sheds and cars of the old Cheed­itha com­mu­nity.

Sturt Pea de­signer Emma Wil­liamson said hold­ing the photo shoot in Cheed­itha it­self was a “no-brainer” be­cause lo­cal own­er­ship was an im­por­tant part of the fash­ion project.

“It’s Cheed­itha and it’s their art­work and I wanted them to feel like it be­longed to them,” she said.

“I wanted to def­i­nitely have Cheed­itha peo­ple be a part of it, the artists and their fam­i­lies, and there was a re­ally great model in Kather­ine and her sis­ter, so that was all just too good, re­ally.”

The pic­tures will pro­mote the brand at the Kar­i­jini Ex­pe­ri­ence this week­end, where two of its first gar­ments will be on sale at the mar­kets.

Cheed­itha Art Group artist Wendy War­rie said the project was a pro­gres­sion from other textile de­signs the re­cently formed group had done.

“We were do­ing cush­ion cov­ers, and then Emma came and she saw it was good and she wanted to put it on clothes,” she said.

Ms War­rie said the tran­si­tion was not very dif­fi­cult as it was es­sen­tially the “same stuff” but she en­joyed see­ing her unique de­signs of swirled lines, flower mo­tifs and goan­nas on wear­able art.

“My paint­ing has one story in it — Dream­time sto­ries,” she said, not­ing ev­ery artist in the group had their own in­spi­ra­tion.

Ms Wil­liamson said she was ex­cited to be launch­ing her own la­bel and the early prod­ucts of its col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cheed­itha at a ma­jor lo­cal event and “this will hope­fully be just the be­gin­ning”.

“(The pho­tos are) so we can show peo­ple what we’ve done and what we’re ca­pa­ble of,” she said.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Kather­ine Hicks, 17, mod­els a Sturt Pea Con­scious Cloth­ing dress for pho­tog­ra­pher Helen Osler and de­signer Emma Wil­liamson.

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