QLD indigenous designers get career boost

Vivienne Wynter

Cairns Indigenous Arts Fair (CIAF) has announced two emerging indigenous designers as recipients of the BLOOM fashion and textile accelerator programs.

Designer Lynelle Flinders of Sown in Time and weaver/textile artist Desert-Rain Magpie of Magpie Dreaming will receive business mentorship, training and industry connections.

Lynelle’s program will culminate in a performance-ready collection in July, while Desert Rain’s work will be presented at the ‘Country Speaking’ Art Fair at the Cairns Convention Centre.

The career support will come through CIAF’s BLOOM program developing new, high-quality First Nations creative experiences.

Designers complete the Fashion Collection Design Development program with a refined garment collection, industry-standard cardboard patterns and selected garment samples to kickstart made-to-order sales.

CIAF coordinates the package with business mentorship from @magpiegoose.au and pattern-making services by Rollason Bowring Design.

CIAF’s Artistic Director Francoise Lane, said BLOOM aimed to support design and production of market ready quality fashion garments and textiles.

‘Launched in 2013, CIAF’s fashion performance essentially pioneered Australia’s Indigenous fashion movement,’ Ms Lane said.

Designer Lynelle Flinders said: “I am grateful to CIAF for this opportunity to learn from industry professionals and take the next step in my design and business journey.’

‘I am keen to share what I learn with others. It’s never too late to dream.’

Sown in Time design by Lynelle Flinders. MODEL: Benita Williams

Textile artist Desert-Rain Magpie said she was inspired after attending CIAF  in 2023.

‘I would love to learn more about the work behind the scenes. The knowledge I gain from this mentorship will be shared with my Indigenous cohort and benefit many of us emerging textile artists.’

Textile design by Desert Rain Magpie.

CIAF is Australia’s premier Indigenous art fair, providing career pathways and economic, social, and emotional well-being outcomes to thousands of Indigenous artists, designers and performers.

In 2024, CIAF is expected to generate over $7 million for the Queensland economy.

PHOTO CAPTION: Feature photo at top of story: designs by Lynelle Flinders Sown in Time.


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