These Australian Designers Are Changing The Textile Industry

North, Tiwi Strong Women’s Collection

The Tiwi Strong Women’s Collection is the latest fashion collection from not-for-profit organisation North, in collaboration with the Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association.

In this collection, artists of Pirlangimpi and Milikapiti and Waurrumiyanga were invited to share their culture through hand screen printed fashion. Each of the designs was handmade in the community, printed in a workshop with artist Timothy Growcott, then hand-sewn in Melbourne. 

North exists as a vessel to celebrate, support and broaden the exposure of textile design by Indigenous artists from remote community art centres. They are a non-Aboriginal owned business, governed by Indigenous and non-Indigenous board members. 

Revisit our feature on this collection here.

Gemma Threadgate, Threadgate

If names are anything to go by, Gemma Threadgate chose the right creative pursuit! The Sydney-based textile designer produces small-scale collections for her eponymous label from start to finish, which means

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A Powerful Landscape Of Earth And Sea

When landscape architect Jane Irwin arrived at this clifftop site in Vaucluse for her next project, she realised she had inherited a work-in-progress. Some excavation work had already been conducted to install a pool, leaving sandstone terraces embedded in the landscape exposed. Her brief was to create a garden that responded to the natural conditions of the escarpment, as well as tying the pool, house and garden into a cohesive framework.

And, of course, to complement the beautiful panoramic outlook!

The garden was divided into three parts, each with conditions which required different treatments. Firstly, a street-facing patch was reimagined as a kitchen-garden. With newly fitted low walls and some light screening, the sunny spot was the most suitable location for growing herbs and vegetables. The remaining two sections were concentrated to the rear of the property: a scenic back garden and pool, both overlooking the incredible coastal vista.


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