FOR GOMEROI fashion designer Colleen Tighe-Johnson, showcasing her garments isn't just about the work, it's about telling a story.
Born out of Tamworth, her fashion label Buluuy Mirrii celebrates a range of Indigenous talents from the local area, and her runway shows give young Aboriginal models the chance to shine on an international stage.
Commissioned Gomeroi artworks are transformed into fabric patterns by a Gomeroi graphic designer, printed on luxury fabrics and sewn into one-off garments.
From sourcing materials to unveiling the final product on the runway, Buluuy Mirrii promotes important aspects of culture every step of the way.
The designer - who's work is featured in the latest edition of world-renowned fashion magazine Vogue - is busy preparing for the upcoming Fabrics of Multicultural Australia (FOMA) Artistic & Cultural Exhibit at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.
Ms Tighe-Johnson has been working with FOMA since 2018, when she was named the NSW Emerging Creative Talent at 2018 NSW Creative Achievement Awards.
Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, FOMA is a platform aimed at stimulating economic growth for the creative sector and showcases Australia's multicultural landscape in collaboration with participating foreign governments.
"With FOMA I actually open the show and I showcase my designs as well as the music and the language that's all community-based working with young people from Tamworth," she told the Leader.
"This year I'm trying to incorporate a young lady by the name of Noah Overs, she's a young singer so I'm hopefully working with Noah to incorporate her voice into the music as well.
"My showcasing is not just about me, it's also about the young talent that we have in Tamworth from a cultural perspective, to be able to showcase our language and our songs."
Through her youth development program, she works with young Aboriginal talent to help them make their big break into the industry, whether as models or designers.
She described her upcoming collection as a "contemporary Aboriginal look that's about telling a story with the new millennium".
The collection features sustainable materials and images of the honey bee, telling a story about its importance in the food chain.
In 2018, she completed a scholarship through the Fashion Business Incubator Queensland University of Technology which is "where she picked up the art of telling the story".
Her upcoming exhibition has also received funding through the Arts North West.
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