Bring­ing in­dige­nous de­signs to the world

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

AN East Vic­to­ria Park cloth­ing de­signer has part­nered with in­dige­nous artists in Arn­hem Land to pro­duce a range of gar­ments us­ing tra­di­tional de­signs.

Sally-Anne Lyons, from All Fig­ured Out, uses screen­printed de­signs made by in­dige­nous women she met at a refuge dur­ing a trip to Arn­hem Land.

Af­ter build­ing a rap­port with the group, she was able to es­tab­lish a work­ing re­la­tion­ship.

She hopes her 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the fash­ion in­dus­try will help bring the women’s de­signs to the in­ter­na­tional stage.

That means mak­ing a line of cloth­ing that is com­mer­cially vi­able and able to be pro­duced on a larger scale.

“I’m not about to make th­ese fab­rics into one-off pieces for fash­ion shows, this is an en- ter­prise,” she said. “I want to bring their work to the world.”

Lyons’ work fo­cuses on in­di­vid­ual de­signs to fit the wearer’s body shape.

The fash­ion wear and fab­rics will be on show at North­ern Ter­ri­tory’s an­nual Na­tional Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Art Award.

More than 10,000 peo­ple at­tended the event last year and nearly $2 mil­lion worth of art was bought.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek­mu­ni­ d452412

All Fig­ured Out de­signer and cre­ator Sally-Anne Lyons.

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