In firsts for both talented young Indigenous artist, Lyn-Al Young and Australian department store, David Jones, the designer has been named the inaugural David Jones Emerging Designer, and will have her unique designs pop-up in stores to coincide with NAIDOC Week.
According to the David Jones Facebook page, the new initiative is awarded to an Australian creative talent in the early stages of their design career. This first year will see the young artist and fashion designer create an exclusive range of scarves that will be available in store at David Jones Bourke Street and Elizabeth Street for two weeks.
Young hand paints all of her garments, including this collection – titled Ngu-ng-ga-dhaany – of silk or merino wool scarves that have been ethically sourced. Her aim is to “create original pieces of wearable art, each with its own unique story.”
Fittingly, the theme of this year’s NAIDOC celebrations is ‘Because of Her, We Can’ – a celebration of the essential role that women have played – and continue to play – as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.
The pop-ups are open from July 7 for two weeks at David Jones Bourke Street (VIC) and Elizabeth Street (NSW).