NORTH’s combined use of traditionally bush-dyed textiles, hand-screen printed fabrics and digital printing celebrate the significance of storytelling in Indigenous culture whilst showcasing the integrity and creative vision in remote Indigenous communities. NORTH’s high-quality designs celebrate Aboriginal artists from the culturally rich Northern Territory. The business aims to grow Indigenous engagement, employment and leadership and provide a new income stream for artists & their families generated through every garment sold. Past collections have included homewares, lifestyle goods, upholstery collections and sleepwear and have been featured in Vogue Australia, Home Beautiful, Frankie Magazine and famed fashion photographer Mario Testino’s master bedroom.
Every design in The Warlu Collection is one of the artist’s Jukurrpa – or Dreaming Story - and celebrates the work of Warlpiri artists and Elders from Nyirripi outstation and Yuendumu community. By sharing their designs, senior artists from Warlukurlangu Art Centre invite you to celebrate Warlpiri culture through their statement pieces connected to the deserts of north-west Alice Springs. Furthering their focus on self-determination, all textiles from the collection are sourced from Indigenous communities within the region.
The launch of the Warlu Collection has supported NORTH’s growth and development as a social organisation bringing in a new income stream for our artists & their families through licensing of each garment sold as well as generating career outcomes and financial stability for the Indigenous individuals involved in the project whilst introducing the exceptional quality of Indigenous artists to the high-end Australian design market.
The support of ING Dreamstarter saw NORTH successfully fund ‘The Warlu Collection’, giving independent financial stability in order to continue working with remote art centers providing remote communities with new opportunities.