THE ARTISTS BEHIND OUR DESIGNS
The first artist we worked with was Jo, who 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 general!
Jo sees BFF as a journey rather a purely money making project. We hope to work with Jo and his other amazing designs - keep an eye out!
The gorgeous design for our accessories 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”, 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 Australian’s to take ownership of their history and culture as the world’s longest standing.
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