FOMA SHOWCASE

Friday, 1st October 2021

FOMA PROGRAM

Fabrics of Multicultural Australia supported by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, brings you another spectacular annual array of Artists and cultural exhibits. Across a full day of activities and a publicly accessible cultural designer exhibit that concludes with a spectacular runway show, audiences will witness a showcase of First Nations, Migrant, International and Refugee designers as they converge and collaborate at a venue of great significance, National Monument to Migration, Australian National Maritime Museum, Lighthouse Gallery, 2 Murray Street, Sydney.

What have our previous designers experienced in the past, simply by participating? Click here to read about FOMA 2019 Designer of the year, Anjilla Seddeqi.

OUR EXHIBITORS

Established in 2014 as the first China Cultural Centre in the Oceania region and a registered non-profit organization in Australia, China Cultural Centre in Sydney is dedicated to enhancing awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture and art through various cultural events and activities, as well as fostering friendship and mutual respect between China and Australia. 

 

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Established in 2014 as the first China Cultural Centre in the Oceania region and a registered non-profit organization in Australia, China Cultural Centre in Sydney is dedicated to enhancing awareness of and appreciation for Chinese culture and art through various cultural events and activities, as well as fostering friendship and mutual respect between China and Australia. 

 

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OUR DESIGNERS

Amelia Jan Tahere-Angus
Australian Wearable Art

Amelia is an Emerging Wearable Artist and Designer who delights in experimenting with materials not usually associated with clothing and that would normally be discarded and end up in Landfill.

 

Being of Maori heritage, Amelia chose to have Culture reflected in her work as often as she can, mainly with the use of colours and patterns.

 

Representing
Maori

Colleen is a proud descendant of the First Peoples of Aboriginal Australia & Gomeroi woman. Colleen uses her fashion as a way to revive Gomeroi Dreaming Stories in today's youth culture. Her brand "Buluuy Mirrii" has been featured in international fashion events, e.g. Fashion Speaks International World Fusion Wearable Art 2017.

 

In FOMA 2021, Colleen will collaborate with an Australian designer, Wendy Scully, a full-time milliner that creates bespoke millinery pieces all year round. Wendy has over 30 years of experience as a sculptor, designer and teacher in Australia & Asia.

 

Representing
First Nation People

TAFE NSW would like to introduce two of their TAFE NSW high achievers; Caressa Murphy, Aboriginal Fashion Designer & Priscilla Ale, Samoan Fashion Designer.

Caressa Murphy is an Aboriginal Gumbayngirr designer, artist, educator & storyteller about her cultural Aboriginal heritage & Fashion.

Priscilla Ale is a Sydney-based Samoan Fashion Designer, inspired by her culture, she uses Traditional Samoan “Elei” prints in her designs.

 

Cynthia Hawkins
Shih Atelier / Australian Wearable Art

Shih is a Chinese Malaysian wearable art artist who create collections with unconventional material that she is familiar with: Paper. Shih has represented Australia & Tasmania in numerous owne d competitions. Shih expresses her heartfelt appreciation to Art Tasmania to fund and support this project.

 

Representing
Chinese
Eliana Gamboa
My Paloma

Founded by Peruvian born, Sydney based Eliana Gamboa-Chapman, MY PALOMA was built on the premise that good design has the capacity to inspire and transform. For that reason, MY PALOMA is committed to undertake a socially-engaged curatorial practice that offers a curated selection of the best of Latin American design with a strong emphasis on supporting sustainable development through culture.

 

Representing
Latin American (Hispanic)
Gina Barjeel
Gina Barjeel

Gina Barjeel, the Founder and Creative Director behind her eponymous label, Gina Barjeel that was successfully launched in 2018. Gina Barjeel is wholly committed to women’s empowerment and the label’s inspirational point of difference is that vulnerable women of migrant and refugee backgrounds are given the opportunity to up-skill their sewing and fashion techniques. “Beautiful clothes made by beautiful souls.”

 

Supported by
Embassy of Jordan
Ilham A Ilham
Ilham Ismail

Ilham A Ismail is a modest wear label which is not only about producing beautiful clothing, but primarily focuses on using fashion to make a difference in the world. Being a Lebanese, Muslim woman living in Australia, Ilham feels the need to use her talent in fashion to speak out against racism and educate people in order to promote coexistence and peace in the world. She designs modest wear to encourage woman of her faith to keep up with their beliefs, however the contemporary designs are accessible by all women.

 

Representing
Lebanese

Jasmine is an advocate for volunteering and helping the communities. Jasmine has experiences & theoretical background in making traditional hanbok for over 10 years. Based on a high understanding of hanbok, Jasmine can skilfully use composition methods, patterns, materials, and details to develop various designs ranging from women to men's wear.

Jasmine also has proudly taken on the family business from Seoul, South Korea to Sydney, operating under ‘limhanbok’.

 

Representing
Korea

Monica Tovar founded her ethical luxury clothing label in 2012. Inspired by her Latin American heritage, Monica creates one of a kind and limited edition pieces always loaded with craftsmanship, love and a story to share.

A strong commitment with the environment and the people involved in the process has shifted the design direction from printing to hand-painting. Currently, Monica drives a distinct creative journey that includes hand-painting, embroidering and decorating each garment bringing life and soul to every design.

 

Representing
Latin American (Hispanic)

Five Pleats by Poornima Menon was born out of her love for the handlooms. It is a journey through the heartland of India, through the by lanes where artisans weave, print and embroider to create this mystical, magical garment.

 

Sarees symbolize Indian ethnicity, telling stories that are intrinsically tied with the traditions and folklore of the individual states. Sarees can be improvised to transform the wearer from the demure to the daring, from traditional to modern. Five Pleats is the bridge between the weaver and the wearer.

 

Representing
India

Peter is an artist, designer and teacher currently completing a Doctorate of Fine Art at the National Arts School.

Peter is designing three wearable urns that are suggestive of our accompanying shadows; our heritage, culture and personality. 

 

Peter accepts our place in our heritage and culture (our blood), and builds the characteristics of our nature (our style) as we live. Wearable urs prompt viewers to reflect upon their position to; the urn as a personal notion of living identity.

 

Representing
European

Zohar Edelshtein Budde's collection is a reflection of her life's journey and her strong belief in peaceful existence for all. Through her creative undertakings, in the process of rewiring of consciousness, she expresses the gifts she has gathered along the way and offers it to you as moments of insight into her soul. Zohar creates one off, memorable wired hand-sculpted jewellery, where every jewel is embedded with light. She offers you this gift and, by that, you are loved!

 

Supported by
The Embassy of Israel