TSS have worked with 10 established and emerging artists to create a limited run of silk scarves (25 per artist, so act smart!), printed by Sydney based digital printers Think Positive Prints. Take your pick between the stunning designs of Ken Done, Romance Was Born X Kate Rohde, Beci Orpin, Miso/Stanislava Pinchuk, Atong Atem, Gian Manik, Michael Mitsas, Nathalia Suizi, Olana Janfa and Evi O.
In addition to this line of silk scarves, TSS are also hosting their annual fundraising gala at the Arts Centre Melbourne on December 5. Prepare for a night of delicious food, drinks from Innocent Bystander, entertainment by local musician Tiana Khasi and slam poet Abe Nouk, and a TSS student runway in partnership with Faint Agency. Journalist and SBS presenter Jan Fran will MC the evening and facilitate the auction of the signed and framed first editions from the Art Scarf collection.
Over the past decade, TSS have supported over 700 people from refugee communities with their training and work programs. In 2020, the beloved organisation will move into the newly developed Collingwood Arts Precinct. This fundraiser will help to support 20 student scholarships in this new space.
TSS founder Dr Grace McQuilten reflects on the success of The Social Studio, saying ‘fashion is a great way to connect with culture and tradition and bring it into contemporary culture. It’s also a vehicle for young people to assert their identity and pride in their cultural background.’ For Aussie art icon Ken Done, The Social Studio captures and celebrates ‘the best of Australia – commitment to creativity and an opportunity for all.’
Show your own commitment to the spirit of entrepreneurship, inclusion and creativity by wrapping a scarf around your neck, tying it in your hair, or hanging it on the wall!