Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion
17 December 2020 | Arts
Australian Indigenous artists have been recognised on the world stage for many years now. The vibrancy of colour, diversity, artistry and stories told, inspire educate, emote and engage us in the art of First Nation peoples. As art galleries started to reopen after Covid lockdown I was hugely excited to re-enter the world of exhibitions and galleries. At Bendigo Art Gallery Piinpi was showing. I had few expectations and knew little of indigenous fashion design and the powerful influence of culture in this form of applied art. What I saw and learned on my visit to the art gallery was exciting, powerful, contemporary and awe inspiring.
Fashion design is a group activity here. No trout lipped diva’s strutting their atelier haranguing staff with their egos. Even more than dresses and designs this exhibition challenges us to think about the creative process as a communal sharing of ideas.
I invite you to come with me and explore a few pieces in this amazing collection……