Weaving stories and culture – a practice in contemporary fibre art and fashion

A Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance project supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW developing our regions weavers and showcasing the innovative and extraordinary creative Koori talent from the Mid North Coast of NSW.

Saltwater Freshwater worked with 11 weavers from across the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, Biripi and Worimi nations, supporting them to develop fibre art fashion pieces to be showcased at the Saltwater Freshwater Arts 2021 exhibition and possible fashion shows and exhibitions in the future. Due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020, the weavers met monthly via zoom and a closed Facebook group over a 6-month period to develop design concepts and to share ideas and support each other.

The finished pieces plus fashion style photographs of Aboriginal models wearing the pieces are now part of the SWFW Arts 2021 exhibition. Our photographer documented the weaver’s processes and this footage has culminated in a doco-style film sharing the process of making; available here:

A huge thank you to our funders, our weavers, their models and our photographer for this stunning display of weaving and First Nations talent.

Title of work: Mirriiyngili gili 2020
Weaver: Arlene McInherny
Model: Aliya Morris
Photographer: Jay Black

Title of work: Gumbaynggirr Girl 2020
Weaver: Denise Buchanan & Aunty Lauren Jarrett
Model: Keneisha Close
Photographer: Jay Black

Title of work: Ngatha galbaan garuwa “I am Saltwater Woman 2020”
Weaver: Aunty Lyn Davis
Model: Aunty Lyn Davis
Photographer: Jay Black

Title of work: Women’s Business 2020
Weaver: Aunty Pam Saunders
Model: Tiffany Saunders
Photographer: Jay Black

Title of work: Spirit of Sun 2020
Weaver: Joedie Lawler
Model: Luca Saunders
Photographer: Jay Black

Title of work: Emu woman 2020
Weaver: Joedie Lawler
Model: Noreen Carr
Photographer: Jay Black

Title of work: Garuwa (Native Plum) 2020
Weaver: Nancy Pattison & Natasha French
Model: Jaynarleeya Munro
Photographer: Jay Black

Title of work: Biyabang (Tea Tree) 2020
Weaver: Nancy Pattison & Natasha French
Model: Estella Blair
Photographer: Jay Black

Title of work: Baril Wayila (Red tailed black Cockatoo)
Weaver: Nancy Pattison, Natasha French and Aunty Cheryl Blair
Model: Jaynarleeya Munro
Photographer: Jay Black

Title of work: Girambit (Saltwater) 2020
Weaver: Nancy Pattison
Model: Estella Blair
Photographer: Jay Black

Title of work: Seaside dreaming 2020
Weaver: Aunty Pauline Grothkopp
Model: Tulli Stevens
Photographer: Jay Black

Title of work: The Warrior Within 2020
Weaver: Trish McInherny
Model: Ashleigh Davies
Photographer: Jay Black