St John Fisher College, Bracken Ridge, Cultural Liaison Officer, Jess Tedim, is paving the way for indigenous artwork in fashion, with one of her designs recently showcased on the runway at Australian Fashion Week (9-13 May).
“My artwork, 'Grevillea,' is a contemporary piece that aims to reflect the beautiful shapes and bright colours that make up the flower.
“The artwork was printed on silk fabric and turned into the collection 'Ripples'.
“The collection aims to highlight the impact that First Nations artists are having on the Australian and global communities, and fashion scene in the modern world."
Jess is the Cultural Liasion Officer at St John Fisher College in Bracken Ridge, and works with students to bring awareness to both indigenous and non indigenous students and staff.
“I bring programs into the school of cultural significance and organise our schools NAIDOC Week and important reconciliation events, as well as work with our Umbarra students in the disciplines of dance and art," she said.
“It is a great privilege to engage with students and staff in a way that honours Australia's indigenous heritage and fosters a culture of inclusion and diversity.
Jess said the 'Ripples' collection is now being showcased in Europe in London, Brussels, and Dublin.
“While it hasn't been launched yet, some Kirrikin designs are available for purchase in David Jones."
“It was an honour to be part of such an incredible event and receive recognition for idigenous artwork, and it's place in Australia's rich history and culture."
The Fashion Week event showcased resort wear and prints of five First Nations fashion labels: Maara Collective, Ngali, Kirrikin, Liandra Swim and Native Swimwear Australia.
See more of Jess' work here: www.jessicatedim.art