EOI for Fashion Designers now open
Buwal–barra... "Messenger" Yesterday. Today.Tomorrow.
The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) invites you to apply to be a part of CIAF’s 7th Fashion Performance. Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now being called for Queensland’s Indigenous Fashion Designers, Art Centres and Artists working in wearable art to showcase their collections in this year’s performance, Buwal-barra… "Messenger", which is jointly curated by Craftsman/Cultural Practitioner, Bernard Singleton, Artist/Sustainable Fashion Designer Simone Arnol and choreographed through performance by Freelancer/Professional Dancer/Model/Choreographer & Mentor Hans Ahwang.
The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair’s Fashion Performance is a leading artistic platform where indigenous culture is celebrated through art, fashion, modelling, dance and performance. The Fashion Performance was launched in 2013 and has become known for featuring a wide range of Indigenous Artists and Designers who are actively expressing themselves through fashion and textiles. The project creates a unique space for a wide array of creatives to come together collaboratively from dance, music and art in order to present a contemporary fashion performance that has gained National and International recognition from as far as Vogue Japan to Lifestyle Vogue Australia.
In 2019 CIAF’s appointed creative team are opening the opportunity up to all QLD Indigenous designers who are interested in pushing the boundaries of fashion, art and culture. In addition to their curatorial duties, the creative team will also be working with successful applicants to ensure that their collection is showcased at the highest possible level.
CIAF is looking to infuse the regions unique techniques and textures on fabrics through successful collections with traditional and or contemporary pieces through the act of adornment/wearable art, presentation and performance with a key focus on the theme of us being “the Messenger” of our old peoples through to the following generations.
The aim of the CIAF Fashion Performance is to bring together contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ﬁne art and wearable art with high end fashion through performance and movement within two innovative and professional catwalk shows. With the purpose to promote contemporary Indigenous design and to empower Indigenous youth through representation of who they are and where they come from.
We envision this year's Fashion Performance to be made up of full collections (fashion), elaborate adornments (head dress neck & body adornments) or both.
CIAF has created an opportunity for designers and models to share the act of adornment, presentation, mentorship and collaboration. As the number of collections able to be showcased throughout CIAF’s Fashion Performance is limited to 10, acceptance can be a competitive process. Please provide ﬁve strong images to visually document your collection and a short collection statement, outlining the concept and ideas behind the collection.
To be selected:
- CIAF will charge $250 + GST to each art centre/designer to participate in the show, and this fee must be paid by Friday 3rd May 2019.
- Designers will need to be present at the “2019 CIAF Fashion Performance” on Thursday, 11th July and Friday, 12th July to be acknowledged as the designers during the presentation and to help sell your designs at the pop-Up shop, if interested.
- Note for those submitting applications for adornment: Only elaborate adornments will be considered not standard necklaces or jewellery.
- Each collection will require a minimum of 6 “complete looks” with a maximum of 10 “complete looks” that can be worn with bare feet
- The theme for 2019 reﬂects the “Messenger of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” we encourage you to consider this when designing your collections.
- Collections will be available for sale during the 2019 CIAF event at the Pop Up Shop dependent on the decision of the designer.
- Upload a minimum of 5 images of your collection (please credit your images when naming the jpeg. include model/photographer). Please provide a high resolution image of min 300dpi.
Please attach the following to your Application:
- Collection statement - 100 words or less describing the concept, sources of inspiration, and use of techniques that went into creating the collection.
- Please provide a brief Bio on your art centre or designer.
- Attach a minimum of 5 images of your collection to your emailed written documents (please credit your images when naming the jpeg. include model/photographer). Please provide a high resolution image of min 300dpi.
- Please highlight if you are providing a: full collections (fashion), elaborate adornments (head dress neck & body adornments) or both.
- Inventory of collection together with handling/storing instructions.
- Sizes if submitting applications for a full collection indicating for: male and female.
Selection will be made by 25th April 2019 and full collections are due in Cairns by 30th May 2019 delivered to the CIAF office by early June.
Any enquiries please email Monique Burkhead or call (07) 4252 6312.