Developing a fashion and textile incubator for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Australians
Developing a fashion and textile incubator for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Australians Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been producing textiles and fashion items for a number of decades. Textiles have been produced for the fine arts market, patchwork industry and for clothing, furniture, manchester and interior decorating. The fashion items involve clothing, jewellery, hats, scarves, shoes, body lotions and soaps. This presentation will be focusing on the development of a fashion and textile incubator that will be aimed at supporting individuals and groups to produce and market their products ensuring that all the in between stages like costing, quality control, sourcing raw products, accounting and are able to be undertaken to ensure a product is economically delivered to the end user. The focus of the incubator will also be to link the producers in a way that they can deliver their produce to a wider audience by forming strategic partnerships with other members of the incubator as well as outside producers to increase sales as well as exposure. The overall emphasis on the incubator will be to facilitate economic growth and development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders whether they are individuals or part of a larger group.
Lenore Dembski is Aboriginal and was born in Darwin in 1955.
Lenore has been designing and sewing clothes for herself and others since she was 14. She has operated part-time sewing businesses in Adelaide and Darwin, a full time retail outlet and manufacturing business in Darwin between 1997 and 2004 and a part time business in Darwin since 2004.
Lenore has won a number of awards for her clothes and a Prime Ministers award for her business and community involvement. Lenore has three garments in the Bayagal Collection at the Powerhouse Museum.
In 2003 Lenore was one of 75 individual artists that created etchings as part of the 2003 Garma Panel and Prints Project.
Lenore is a qualified Adult Educator and has designed, developed and conducted training courses in a wide range of areas including human resource and financial administration, business development, planning and marketing and fashion and modelling.