Indigenous Art and Fashion: An Interview with Amanda Healy, Founder of Kirrikin
Mon Oct 30 2023 by Lauren Davidson
Amanda HealyAmanda Healy, a passionate and determined advocate for indigenous culture, wears many hats. Her impressive career history is not just a series of jobs; it's a mission. With deep roots in her Wonnarua ancestry and over 35 years of experience in the mining industry, Amanda ventured into a new realm in 2014, creating the Kirrikin fashion brand. Kirrikin marries luxurious Australian art with fashion, embodying exclusive design, sustainability, and a noble cause close to Amanda's heart. We had the privilege of sitting down with her to learn more about the intersection of art and fashion in the world of Kirrikin.
Kirrikin: Where Indigenous Art Meets Contemporary FashionKirrikin's collections are a fusion of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art and modern fashion. Using digital technology to print artwork on garments, as well as crafting exquisite cashmere scarves and silk ties, the brand transforms indigenous art into wearable, sustainable pieces. Each creation narrates a story, encapsulating the artists' rich traditions, cultural roots, and profound connection to their land and nature. The result is a burst of vibrant colors and unique patterns brought to life on eco-friendly fabrics.
An Interview with Amanda Healy, Founder of KirrikinFashion is a kind of communication tool that also allows storytelling, mood-raising, grabbing attention, promoting contemporary art, or nurturing and preserving cultural traditions. How do you see this as the founder of Kirrikin? What does Kirrikin represent in fashion?
Questions by : Kiss Krisztina/fashion magazine Retikül.hu.
Featured Images: Jenny Magee/First Nation Fashion Show/Krirrikin.
Image gallery images: Jenny Magee/Krirrikin.
Thanks for the organization: Australian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Vienna.
In the bustling heart of Melbourne, Kirrikin brought a vibrant burst of culture and fashion to Melbourne Fashion Week. Amanda Healy's brainchild, Kirrikin, made its mark once again, this time with the captivating YES collection. This year's runway presentation resonated with hope, resilience, and the rich tapestry of Indigenous creativity.
Amanda Healy, the visionary behind Kirrikin fashion brand, seamlessly melds luxurious Australian art with contemporary fashion, underpinned by an unwavering commitment to sustainability and the promotion of Indigenous culture. With over three decades of experience in the mining industry, Amanda's unconventional journey culminated in the establishment of Kirrikin in 2014.