Pormpurraw Art and Culture enjoys success with wearable art

Showcased at the 2021 CIAF fashion show, Pormpuraaw Arts and Culture continued their unique wearable art collaboration with Simone Arnol and Bernie Singleton. The collaboration between Pormpuraaw artists, their clothing designs and film production expertise, has resulted in the wearable art being featured in Marie Claire magazine, and coming soon, Vogue magazine. The collaboration first focused on headpieces, exploring fish totems made with ghost nets, and it was beautiful to see dancers wearing them to perform on the catwalk. The following year, works were used in a film production, and this year, the team have added necklaces to the wearable art creations.

Pormpuraaw Art and Culture are also very proud to win the CIAF Arts Centre Art Award this year, which is sponsored by the Cairns Regional Council. The award notes, “Pormpuraaw Art Centre collectively presents a powerful body of works responding to the Sacred Places Countries theme.” Pormpuraaw has also printed the Pormpuraaw Cultural Uses for Plants 2nd Edition. The second edition text is focused on being more user friendly and contains extra plants, pictures and information. It is on sale via their online store and in Cairns Central Book Store. It is an exceptional collection of cultural knowledge and a legacy for future generations.

Main image credit: Model wearing ghostnet wearable art at 2021 CIAF Fashion performance. Photo: CIAF. Image Pormpuraaw Art and Culture

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