Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Local Focus -

MOLLY Bun­damarra lost in­ter­est in paint­ing and draw­ing un­til she dis­cov­ered the Aus­tralian In­dige­nous Men­tor­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence (AIME).

Now, thanks to the AIME pro­gram, the Clon­tarf Abo­rig­i­nal Col­lege stu­dent is ex­cited to be dis­play­ing her orig­i­nal art­work on a new range of ap­parel.

Molly is one of 22 stu­dents cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in a paid art in­tern­ship, pro­duc­ing pocket T-shirts sold online as AIME Ap­parel.

“My nana is my big­gest in­spi­ra­tion; I do art to be close to her and my fam­ily,” Molly said.

“I hope the view­ers of my art are able to recog­nise the whirl­wind of emo­tions in life and dif­fer­ent ways we cope with them.”

Wil­lagee in­dige­nous high school stu­dent Ash­ley Maroney nearly lost in­ter­est in school un­til she be­came part of the AIME pro­ject.

“When peo­ple look at my art­work I want them to feel happy be­cause of all the bright colours and pat­terns,” Ash­ley said.

Each T-shirt sold goes straight back into the pro­gram to work with 10,000 in­dige­nous chil­dren across the coun­try.

A T-shirt de­signed by Clon­tarf Col­lege stu­dent Molly Bun­damarra.

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