This window exhibition presents a collaboration between award winning Gunditjmara and Torres Strait Islander artist Lisa Waup, Melbourne-based fashion designer Ingrid Verner and Craft. Showcased as part of Global Indigenous Runway, the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, and NGV Design Week, the collection embodies Waup’s graphic visual and woven artwork, exploring themes of connection, identity and country. Four original works by Waup – Homeward Boundaries,
Land Mapping, Family Circles and Protection were drawn upon to build the series, linking the immediacy of their visual narratives with Waup’s and Verner’s practice and personal histories as artists.
Since 2012 VERNER has stood as one of Australia’s most intelligent and contemporary women’s wear labels. Experimenting with design and shape, Ingrid’s work is known for play on gender, wear and function. The resulting garments in this collection are inclusive and bold, drawing from the Australian landscape and evoking its diverse colour palette and peoples. Remnants from the fabrication of the collection have used by Waup to create a connected series of woven neckpieces, translating the softness of the garments and their bold prints into layered works which reflect on the linking of the body and adornment.
As part of the collection and shaped by the significance of family and connection to this exhibition, Craft asked artist and musician Kaiit Waup to create a series of earrings which responded to the garments. Rendered in free-from silver and set with seeds and shells, the pieces are both organic and precise.