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First Nations Fibre Artists Take The Stage At Collingwood Yards’ Thread Count Exhibit

By Stephanie Chadwick
8th Mar 2022

A person threading a woven piece of art.

As part of the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival, Thread Count is an art show that endeavours to celebrate First Nations’ rich and diverse culture. These masterpieces made with an age-old technique hold generations' worth of knowledge from the expert hands that wove them. 

The fibre artisans have threaded together an exhibition where art meets function. This is a celebration of an ancient and traditional craft that has been carefully passed down from generation to generation. Thread Count gives you the opportunity to admire the history of the female-led practice with your own eyes while learning the stories of the master weavers and their ancestors. 

Nina Fitzgerald is the mastermind behind this curation of woven works, she’s using her platform as a proud Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander woman and Darwin-based creative to elevate First Nations voices in order to drive meaningful agency for Australia’s First People. Her impressive resume spanning from creative direction, curation, writing and photography will be certainly made apparent at the Thread Count exhibit. 

The multi-media installation and exhibit is to be hosted over at Collingwood Yards’ alongside Agency Projects and Padre Coffee. Agency Projects is dedicated to promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, culture and people on both a national and international scale. A national Indigenous-led organisation, they have helped bring together some of the most exceptional bags and baskets from Arnhem Land and the Daly River Region of the Northern Territory just in time for fashion week.  

You can see the exhibition spotlighting this uniquely Australian practice for yourself from Thursday 3 March until Saturday 12 March. This PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival event is free but you’ll want to register for your ticket to ensure entry here.

Check out this full rundown of the Paypal Melbourne Fashion Festival over here

Image credit: Master weaver Robyn Nabegeyo, Photo by Nina Fitzgerald  (supplied) 

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