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This project presents a collaboration between award-winning Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander Lisa Waup and Melbourne based fashion designer Ingrid Verner to create a collection of garments and accessories entitled 'JOURNEYS'. This is the second collection for Waup and Verner who first debuted at Melbourne Fashion Week in 2017. At it's core this new collection represents Journey's through history, family and friendship and the connection to country, to past, present and future and the connections between us all. Three original works by Waup – CONTINUITY, TRACING HISTORY and EYES OF OUR ANCESTORS, 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. Designs take inspiration from the instinctual beauty of professional and personal uniforms; practical garments that we wed our identity to, and serve as both tools and points of expression. The resulting pieces are an experiment in fusing creative practices to find a new shared visual language.