This project presents a collaboration between award-winning Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander artist Lisa Waup, Melbourne based fashion designer Ingrid Verner and Craft Victoria to create a collection of garments and accessories.
At its core, this collection represents collaboration, respect and connection. The connection to country, the connection to family and the connections between all of us. Four original works by Waup – Homeward Boundaries, Land Mapping, Family Circles and Protection were drawn upon to build the series, drawing from a strong tradition and language of symbols and linking the immediacy of their visual narratives to each piece through print but also extending to the shape and interaction of each piece on the body.
‘We are joined through paths that connect and circles that surround and protect. Protective elements detailed in defragmented wooden shields translate to the garments and the body, representing the pinnacle of protection. Protecting the history and story of family from the past to now and to the future to come’ – Lisa Waup
The colour palette of the collection is drawn in combination from Waup’s monochromatic line work and her desire to reference the reds and greens of the Australian landscape.
Remnants from the fabrication of the collection have used by Waup to create a connected series of woven neckpieces, translating the softness of the garments and their bold prints into layered works that reflect on the linking of the body and adornment and issues of sustainability.
With the significance of family to this series – Craft invited Lisa’s daughter, artist and musician Kaiit Waup to create a series of earrings to compliment the designs. Made from hand shaped silver wire, shells and seeds; the work references Kaiit’s connection to her PNG, Torres Strait Islander and Gunditjmara heritage.