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The Tiwi Collection – North Launches New Collection

The Tiwi Collection

Nestled on the shores of the Tiwi Islands, off the coast of Darwin, artists of Pirlangimpi, Milikapiti and Wurrumiyanga share stories of their connection to country through Jilamara (design).

Through this collaboration with NORTH, female artists from Munupi, Jilamara and Ngaruwanajirri Art Centres along with their families, invite you to embrace their culture and wear it with pride.

About NORTH – read more

About The Artists – read more

About The Art Centres – read more

Working in a non-for-profit and collaborative capacity allows NORTH to realise their values. At this stage in growth as an enterprise, NORTH is unable to fully fund the manufacturing stage of this collection, making a pre-order process the perfect solution to ensure they remain financially responsible and the artists get the best deal. The successful launch of the Tiwi collection will mean three things:

  1. A new income stream for the artists & their families is created through the purchase of handscreen printed textiles.
  2. Community pride is strengthened as Tiwi designs make their way around the world.
  3. NORTH as an enterprise will be financially supported to develop future collaborations that support and broaden the exposure of remote Indigenous textile design.

Pre-order online

You will receive an email confirmation of your order. Your order will be posted from NORTH HQ in Darwin from August, 2019. NORTH accept exchanges on all unworn items with tags.

Made with care

Out of respect to country, this collection has been developed with ethical manufacturing practices, made in Australia.

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A Warlu Collection Successfully Funded

NORTH has smashed their Dreamstarter funding goal of $75,000 just days before the cut off date!

NORTH launched their Dreamstarter Pre-Order campaign just 30 days ago with the tipping point set to $60,000 and the stretched goal set for $75,000.

As a startup with limited funds but big dreams, NORTH launched their pre-order campaign to ensure they remain financially responsible and their incredibly talented artists get the best deal.

The launch of the Warlu Collection will support NORTH’s growth and development as a social organisation. Success of this collection will mean three things:

  1. A new income stream for our artists & their families is created through licensing of each garment – the art centre & artists benefit directly from every garment sold.
  2. Community pride is strengthened as Warlpiri designs make their way around the world, are strutted on catwalks, captured in photographs and worn with pride.
  3. NORTH as an enterprise will be financially supported to develop future collaborations that support and broaden the exposure of remote Indigenous textile design.

Dreamstarter by ING is helping launch and grow start-up social businesses looking to make a real difference in our community.

By providing much-needed funding, raising their business profile and supporting them with the knowledge they need to build financially sustainable businesses, Dreamstarter is helping these businesses make a lasting difference in our community.

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A Warlu Collection – Reaches Tipping Point

Darwin Innovation Hub is extremely proud to support NORTH in the development of their first fashion collection, the Warlu Collection.

One of the first startups to come into the Hub in 2017; NORTH has continued to celebrate, support and broaden the exposure of textile design by Indigenous artists living remotely on their country. Working closely with Top End Art Centers and Australian craftspeople, NORTH has been dedicated to honoring the cultural importance and significance of storytelling.

As the first fashion line from NORTH, the Warlu collection has been the collaborative work of many talented hands and generous hearts. Each artwork featured in this collection is one of the artist’s Jukurrpa – often called a Dreaming Story.

Operating as an enterprise, NORTH’s pre-order campaign will enable and support the manufacturing stage of this collection. We are so excited to share this stage in development for NORTH as they continue to grow. We are also very proud to support NORTH and the Warlu Collection which has received an overwhelming response from the pre-order campaign set up through the ING Dreamstarter program.

This week, the pre-order campaign not only reached the tipping point but surpassed the goal of $60,000.

Success of this collection will mean three things:

  1. A new income system for the artists and their families is created through licensing of each garment – the art centre and artists benefit directly from every garment sold.
  2. Community pride is strengthened as Warlpiri designs make their way around the world, are strutted on catwalks, captured in photographs and worn with pride.
  3. NORTH as an enterprise will be financially supported to develop future collaborations that support and broaden the exposure of remote Indigenous textile design.

The Darwin Innovation Hub is delighted to have purchased the beautiful painting by Hilda Nakamarra Rojers depicting her Jukurrpa (Dreaming) story, Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming.

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Hilda Nakamarra Rojers depicting her Jukurrpa (Dreaming) story, Desert Fringe-rush Seed Dreaming

Use of funds:

$60,000 Tipping Point Goal

A successful Warlu collection campaign is a game changer for NORTH, providing the enterprise a platform and opportunity to reach independent financial sustainability so they may continue their work with remote Art Centres.

Through this collection, NORTH looks to foster connections in Australia and Internationally that will nurture opportunities for promotion of future Indigenous artists and community-based design initiatives.

The success of this collection will facilitate economic agency through business generation and the creation of meaningful employment opportunities for remote Aboriginal artists. It will also permit NORTH to achieve full Indigenous involvement and partnership in their enterprise and activities

Following the success of the Warlu collection, NORTH will work towards delivering a collection in collaboration with partnering Art Centres twice a year.

NORTH plans to work closely with two Tiwi Island Art Centres and the Pirlangimpi Women’s centre from product development through to the collection launch.

$75,000 Stretch Goal

An additional $15,000 will allow NORTH to casually employ a local Yuendumu Community member as a Design and Development Leader in the lead up to the next Warlu collection.

A Community Design and Development Leader will act as a connection point for  NORTH and enable Indigenous artists on-community to engage in every stage of the creation process, in local languages if they prefer.

NORTH is committed to respectful interaction and working together with artists on community. NORTH believes it is important for collaborations to have a strong community voice and allow creative development to be guided by artist’s ideas.

Samara Fernandez, a strong Warlpiri woman, who has a double degree in psychological science (counselling and interpersonal skills) would be engaged on a fortnightly basis.

Head over to NORTH for more information about NORTH and the Warlu Collection.

A Warlu Collection – Launch Event

NORTH celebrates A Warlu Collection with launch event at Provenance Arts!

Down a long red road five hours north-west of Alice Springs the artists of Yuendumu and Nyrippi communities share stories of their country through bold brush strokes and joyful colour.
Here is a joyful collection of statement pieces – uniquely connected to the desert through it’s people, art and stories.

Each artwork featured in this collection is of one of the artist’s Jukurrpa – often called a Dreaming Story.

NORTH has been accepted into the Dreamstarter program supported by ING and will be running an important pre-order crowdfunder from June 19 – July 19, 2018. To find out how to support this fantastic initiative, head to Dreamstarter North Home Textiles.

This fashion collection has been the collaborative work of many talented hands and generous hearts. Working in a non-for-profit and collaborative capacity allows NORTH to realise their values and work with heart.

At this stage in growth as an enterprise, NORTH are unable to fully fund the manufacturing stage of this collection, making a pre-order process the perfect solution to ensure they remain financially responsible and each artist gets the best deal.

The launch of the Warlu Collection will support NORTH’s growth and development as a social organisation. Success of this collection will mean three things:

  1. A new income stream for our artists & their families is created through licensing of each garment – the art centre & artists benefit directly from every garment sold.
  2. Community pride is strengthened as Warlpiri designs make their way around the world, are strutted on catwalks, captured in photographs and worn with pride.
  3. NORTH as an enterprise will be financially supported to develop future collaborations that support and broaden the exposure of remote Indigenous textile design.

Our ‘all or nothing’ campaign will be live for a limited time and available to guests on the opening night.

View the collection here

A Warlu Collection

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NORTH – A Warlu Collection has launched!

A Warlu Fashion Collection – NORTH‘s first fashion collection

Down a long red road five hours north-west of Alice Springs the artists of Yuendumu and Nyrippi communities share stories of their country through bold brush strokes and joyful colour.

Through this collaboration with NORTH, senior artists from Warlukurlangu Art Centre along with their families, invite you to celebrate Warlpiri culture with the launch of this fashion collection.

Here is a joyful collection of statement pieces – uniquely connected to the desert through it’s people, art and stories.

Murdie Nampijinpa Morris, Hilda Nakamarra Rojers, Walter Jangala Brown, Theo (Faye) Nangala Hunson & Shanna Napanangka Williams are senior Warlpiri artists, living & working proudly on their country.

The family of respected elders who have since passed, Valerie Napurrurla Morris and Liddy Napanangka, proudly share the work of their ancestors.

Each artwork featured in this collection is of one of the artist’s Jukurrpa – often called a Dreaming Story.

ING have generously accepted NORTH into their Dreamstarter program, and will host a pre-order crowdfunded from 19th of June – July 19th, 2018.

Click here to browse the campaign!

This collection is a real door opener for NORTH. It not only celebrates the artwork of featured artists from the communities of Yuendumu and Nyrripi but also provides our enterprise with the opportunity to reach independent financial sustainability so that NORTH may continue their work in remote art centres.

NORTH have set a goal to raise $60,000 in pre-order purchases which will enable them to fund the manufacturing stage of this collection.

The catch is, if NORTH does not reach their goal of $60,000 they will be unable to manufacture! It is all or nothing!

 

Pre-orders are only open for a limited time!

NORTH is a Not For Profit social enterprise existing to celebrate, support and broaden the exposure of textile design by Indigenous artists living remotely on their country.

Having launched five previous collections in collaboration with remote Aboriginal Art Centres, The Warlu Collection is NORTH’s first fashion collaboration with central desert artists.