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Sown in Time

Lynelle Flinders

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My collection for 2020 is a mix of flora, fauna, and the water. I put my art on fabric and turn it into fashion, bird feathers and colours; mangrove root systems, water ways and freshwater springs are part of my artistic expression for this collection. Mangroves - Mangrove plant extracts are also used as a source of dye.

Fashion to me it is art. It is a concept that can be interpreted in various ways as an individual, which, for me makes it fascinating- everyone has a different style. Fashion enables you to define yourself without even having to open your mouth. My interest in fashion has grown year after year through development and expressing myself with different styles.

It is no secret that water is important. It is a beautiful element and rich in usefulness, it purifies from all filth and not only the filth of the body but from the soul. Without it, all of us would die within a few days. Current environmental crisis is the result of our forgetting that water is more than a physical substance to be used and valued only as a commodity.  Water is a fundamental element of survival – both physical and spiritually. Coastal Indigenous peoples used mangrove wood to make spears, spear tips, shields, boomerangs, fire sticks, canoes, and paddles. Mangrove plants are also known to Indigenous Australians for their various medicinal purposes. Black cockatoos - According to bush lore, Black cockatoos will screech before coming rainwater - A river is a place of gathering, of assembling in cheerfulness and prosperity.

Studio Photography: Photo Corner

Location Photography: Lovegreen Photography

Designer: Lynelle Flinders

Lynelle Flinders is a descendant of the Dharrba Warra Clan from the Starke River area north of Cooktown. Lynelle has established herself as a respected and innovative designer in hand printed textiles. Her work continues to push the boundaries in this field as she inspires, teaches, and influences many throughout the sector.  Lynelle’s work has featured at all CIAF’s Fashion Performances since 2O13.  Lynelle’s talent has flourished, with an annual collection, as well as promoting and advocating for other students and artists to present their works in the public domain.

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