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JAG X GAAWAA MIYAY

31 Jul 2023

For our Spring / Summer 2023 collection, we have take inspiration from our connection to country and place as we strive to employ more circular design principles at JAG.

In partnership with First Nations artist, Lucy Simpson of Gaawaa Miyay, we have co-created a collection drawing on the beauty of the land. As part of this capsule, we have employed responsible design principles to ensure we are looking after the land for future generations. Lucy has worked across a variety of mediums to create her prints, such as traditional lino cutting, watercolour painting on acetate and natural kangaroo grass exposed onto cyanotype. We have chosen to print these styles on natural fabrications including Lenzing Ecovero Viscose and European Linen. By working with natural and responsible materials, we have been able to celebrate the beauty of Lucy’s print work and her own connection to country and place.

Yuwaalaraay wirringgaa Lucy Simpson is Creative Director and Principal Designer and Maker behind Gaawaa Miyay, a First Nations process led studio. Lucy’s work is grounded in and guided by the timeless and sophisticated philosophies of First Nations design. Guided by the timeless and sophisticated philosophies of First Nations design, Lucy connects to narratives of country through function, materiality and transfer through a wide range of applications spanning commercial, conceptual, and community-based projects and collaborations across a wide range of media and design processes. These span from public art and object design to fibre-based works, ceramics, textiles and glass. Local narratives, oral histories and stories of place are at the core of Lucy’s process-led practice, with a broad range of bespoke, conceptual and commercial site specific projects developed and delivered over the last 14 years through her work with Gaawaa Miyay.

This range is both of and for country, with designs (motif / pieces / colourways) infusing, transforming, and translating the very essence of place (Lucy Simpson’s Yuwaalaraay Ngurrambaa / special family lands) into tactile experiences and relationships. Through this collaboration, Gaawaa Miyay and JAG join together to bring the stories and language Of Place to our collective consciousness through everyday wearable pieces designed to be worn and celebrated in the lands from which they come (the mighty Australian landscape).

NGARRIBAAGILI

ABOVE

Mapping country; looking upon and understanding country as one big vast interconnected story of systems and relationships (macro and micro).

MAYRRAA

WIND

A design which speaks of wind, change, and the transformation that blows across plains country with the coming of new seasons.

YAWA-LI

TRACK/PRINT

This design represents the visual markers of time and movement that are etched across country, and the lessons that come from being in tune with the natural world.

GARAARR

KANGAROO GRASS

A design which speaks of wind, change, and the transformation that blows across plains country with the coming of new seasons.

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