One of the easiest and most meaningful ways to support First Nations creatives is by buying their wares. And nowhere is that more prevalent than the textile industry, where so many organisations exist to support the ethical production and sale of Indigenous artists’ work.
Fashion is a particularly strong sub-section of the textile industry, and one that has undergone a boom in access and visibility of First Nations labels in the last few years (remember the amazing Pinpii exhibition at Bendigo Gallery last year?!). This is largely made possible by groups like First Nations Fashion + Design (FNF + D) – a not-for-profit organisation offering support, training, mentoring programs, industry engagement events, and networking opportunities to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working as professionals in the national fashion industry. As part of this mission to elevate these voices, FNF+D is holding a pop-up store featuring garments and accessories all from First Nations designers over the coming week.
Located at Melbourne Central for the next seven days, designs from thirty designers, art collectives and labels will be available for purchase. The epic lineup of legends includes Grace Lillian Lee, AARLI The Label, Gammin Threads, Clothing the Gaps, and the sell-out first collection from Cungelella Art x Twoobs, as well as jewellery and sunglass designs. Alongside these selections, the pop-up will contain a section called ‘Yarning Circle’, featuring new pieces from textile makers Emro Designs and artwork by Tiwi Island artist, Clair Helen.
Put your money where your mouth is and support these amazing First Nations designers!
First Nations Fashion + Design Pop-Up
Friday 12th March – Friday 19th March
10am – 7pm
Level 2, Melbourne Central
Cnr Swanston Street and LaTrobe Street