We work with local Indigenous artists to craft unique artwork that celebrates Australia’s diverse cultural history. Each of our artworks has a meaningful story to tell, and we’re proud to help our artists bring their creations to life.
Jo Stuurman was the first artist we worked with and created a design that was a component of a much large piece involving a desert scene for our first sock order.
Joe is from the stolen generation being adopted by a Dutch couple who came to Australia. He has dedicated his life to reuniting families who have also been a part of stolen generations, travelling across Australia to do so and has united approximately 30 families!
BFF loves working with Jo for many reasons, including our common ties to QUT. Jo started there as a student, worked in the indigenous support network and was a lecturer. QUT also commissioned him on various occasions to design textbook covers, websites and marketing materials using his art (all still in use today). His university involvement extends with Jo lecturing indigenous art classes at Colgate University. This just demonstrates his passion for helping students as well as people in generalu
The gorgeous design for our purple sock collection was commissioned from Maurice; an Indigenous artist native to the Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland. Maurice is closely involved with the Closing the Gap initiative, a joint government and indigenous community program to address health inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
Maurice has recently reconnected with his culture through the form of Native Title land belonging to his uncle in Cairns. He sees BFF as an avenue to, “Start a conversation” between Indigenous & non-Indigenous Australians and enable all Australians to take ownership of their history and culture as the world’s longest standing.
The incredible “This Land of Ours” design for our scarves and pocket squares was designed by Luke Mallie.
Luke Mallie is of both Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent with ties to the Kuku Yalanji Nation in the Daintree/Mossman area north of Cairns, North Queensland, and from Kubin Village on Moa Island in the Torres Strait Islands. Luke is the youngest of seven children and has always been encouraged to draw by his family since he was a young child. He grew up in Brisbane for much of his life but after completing a BA of Visual Art (majoring in painting) at the Queensland College of Art he moved to Mackay where he worked as a graphic designer, web developer, and TAFE lecturer, He also studied a BA of Multimedia Studies at Central Queensland University to build upon his digital program skills.
Luke’s artistic styles are very contemporary and diverse, ranging from original paintings, graphic designs, illustrations, caricatures and more. Luke’s main inspirations for his artworks are from his rich traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, his family and his tropical surroundings, which influences the rich colours that he uses. His art is also influenced by popular culture and modern designed architecture, fashion and advertising. Luke’s drive stems from knowing his artwork can inspire and empower others to create something amazing in their own lives and perform to their own full potential.