DISCOVER: A Collection of Fashion and Art

Artitja Fine Art is bringing fashion and art together with the launch of an Indigenous design fashion label, inspired by the art from one of Australia’s remotest desert communities.

Art Exhibition previously on at PS Art Space (PSAS) in Western Australia, Australia.
From Friday 15 March 2013 to Sunday 24 March 2013
Launch Friday 15 March 2013, 8pm

DISCOVER: A Collection of Fashion and Art image Judy Watson Napangardi image Photo Tony Nathan Model Katie West (c) Artitja Fine Art & PSAS image Shorty Jangala Robertson image

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SEE IT FIRST IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA THE NATIONAL LAUNCH OF INDIGENOUS DESIGN FASHION LABEL ArtWEAR

ArtWEAR designer Carolyn Daniel, whose Mondo Rondo label has until now concentrated exclusively on jewellery, came up with the idea for the clothing range after a series of visits to Yuendumu, a community on the eastern edge of the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory, home of the Warlukurlangu artists.

“These fabulous artworks are amongst the most colourful and contemporary designs currently being produced in Australia. The artists express their ancient stories and Jukurrpa (Dreamings) on canvas with bright colours and strong brush strokes” said Daniell.

Using digital technology, Daniell has transposed the artists’ designs into a colourful, easy to wear range of unique, stylish clothing that is the hallmark of the ArtWEAR label.

The artists who will receive ongoing royalties from clothing sales have been an important part of the design consultation process

“The artists are delighted with the result and very happy that this unique fashion range sporting their designs is totally Australian made” says Artitja Fine Art Director Anna Kanaris.

“It is significant that the national launch will be held in the fashion hub of Fremantle”

The evening will attract both fashion and art lovers. An exhibition of paintings by the same artists whose designs are on the fabrics will also be on display on the night and for the following ten days.

One of those artists, Andrea Nungarrayi Martin, will be present proudly representing the artists who include the esteemed Judy Napangardi Watson and senior lawman of the rain story Shorty Jangala Robertson, who is elderly and unable to travel.

The multi-media fashion show will be opened by Winthrop Professor Ted Snell on Friday 15th March, 2013 at 8pm on the ground floor of the iconic Fremantle warehouse PS Art Space (PSAS), collaborators in the event.

Orders for clothing can be placed at the event and throughout the duration of the exhibition.

DISCOVER: A Collection of Fashion and Art is a ticketed event, entry is $35 and tickets are available through www.moshtix.com.au . The exhibition continues until 24th March, will be open 10-5 daily, and is free to attend.