How David Jones’ Inspirational Emerging Designer Is Honouring All Women
David Jones has named Indigenous artist and designer Lyn-Al Young as the recipient of its first emerging designer, a role created to award up-and-coming Australian designers “with the objective to nurture and support their growth across both business and creative aspects”. With the support of David Jones, Young will develop her brand while launching an exclusive range of scarves and wraps, hand-painted by the designer at Elizabeth Street and Bourke Street Mall locations.
The limited-edition collection, ‘ngu-ng-ga-dhaany’ (meaning ‘carrier’ in Wiradjuri language) aims to “bring honour to all women”, the designer shares.
“Elders and ancestors have carried their children, cultural knowledge, dreaming stories, history and connection to country, family and community”, Young states. “The textures in this collection represent the basket weaving to symbolise our connections to one another. The curvy lines represent the coolamon, which were traditionally used by our ancestors to carry babies and cart our food and water. The colours and landscape markings are symbolic of the nurturing and healing spirit that is deep within the fabric of all women.” And her new partnership is just one way that the designer is working to spread the indigenous culture.
In addition to taking on the role of emerging designer, Lyn-Al Young also has her own project, Fasheaming, which aims to inspire youth to follow their dreams in the fashion industry. In correlation with NAIDOC Week, Young’s pop-up will run from July 7th-22nd— and it’s safe to say that Young perfectly embodies this year’s theme: Because of Her, We Can. While inspiring and talented in her own right, the designer is also working to encourage creativity in her community making her a worthy recipient of this new role, unquestionably fitting this year’s NAIDOC Week. To see some of her beautiful pieces, keep scrolling and shop the exclusive collection at Elizabeth Street and Bourke Street Mall stores until July 22nd.