North

NORTH is a not-for-profit organisation that celebrates the rich history of Indigenous art and its preservation of Aboriginal culture. They share this connection through beautifully hand-crafted design pieces featuring the work of Indigenous artists past and present. Involving Indigenous community members every step of the way, ‘The Warlu Collection’ is the next step for NORTH – into high fashion designs. This isn’t your average collection – it runs deep, with 60,000 years of Warlpiri storytelling.

$77k

Crowdfunded via Dreamstarter

461

garments/pieces produced

5

Aboriginal Art Centre partnerships

6

Collections launched

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.

"I feel proud, instead of people buying a painting which doesn’t move around, if it’s on a shirt, the design can go anywhere, and people will see it and they will ask – where did you buy this? They will say, that’s from Injalak in Western Arnhem Land."

Gabriel Maralngurra,
featured artist
Impact:

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.

How to support NORTH:

Check out their online store.

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  • 2012

    Crystal Thomas pitched a proposal for ‘Territory Textiles’

    Crystal Thomas pitched a proposal for ‘Territory Textiles’, promoting Indigenous textiles featuring Tiwi, Babarra, Injalak and Merrepen artwork.

  • 2015

    The first collection of cushions and lampshades were released

    The first collection of cushions and lampshades were released, followed by two hand-screen printed upholstery collections and a silk sleep range for women.

  • June 2018

    Successful crowdfunding campaign

    NORTH's 'The Warlu Collection' is successfully funded through ING’s Dreamstarter campaign, raising $76, 970.

  • October 2018

    Around the world

    Production is delivered and Warlpiri designs make their way around the world.