Magpie Goose: A new non-profit fashion label puts a modern twist on traditional Top End Aboriginal prints.
Magpie Goose uses traditional screen-printed Aboriginal fabrics from the Top End. Photo: Sarah Mackie
Inside a large airy shed on the Tiwi Islands, two men are methodically screen-printing 30 metres of bright orange paint on white fabric.
Artist Mario Munkara points out the different design elements of the printed ceremonial pukumani burial poles, representing various styles of body painting and scarification used during funeral ceremonies.
"They used to have the scars around their chests, and the ladies used to have it on their breasts and shoulder," he says.
"Pukumani pole is traditional way for us when we carve, to think about our sorrow and the person who passed away."
The fabric, telling a very old cultural story, will soon be transformed into vibrant clothes for the new not-for-profit fashion label Magpie Goose.
Read the full story: Magpie Goose: A new non-profit fashion label puts a modern twist on traditional Top End Aboriginal prints, by Neda Vanovac (April 3 2017)
Fashion label Magpie Goose creating opportunities for remote art centres
Winnie Duncan, from Urapunga wearing a print from Injalak Arts in Gunbalanya, designed by Graham Badari. Photo: Maggie McGowan
A NEW not-for-profit fashion label is creating opportunities for remote arts centres right across the Top End.
Magpie Goose, run by Katherine resident and former NAAJA lawyer Maggie McGowan, is in the initial stages of developing a clothing range from fabric sourced from several remote community arts centres.
“I’ve always had an interest in those fabrics and thought they should be celebrated more across Australia and around the world,” she said.
“There are all these amazing prints being created but are really quite difficult to access unless you already have a way to get out to those communities.”
Read the full story: NT NEWS: Fashion label Magpie Goose creating opportunities for remote art centres, by Tamara Howie (February 27 2017)
NT News: Original printed story, Monday 27 February, 2017
Top End home to fashion start-up
Maggie McGowan, Margaret Duncan & Laura Egan. Photo: The Courier
A young lawyer from Victoria has transitioned from life in the courts to an outback fashion mogul.
Maggie McGowan, 28, from Yackandandah moved to Katherine almost four years ago to work as a lawyer with the Aboriginal Legal Service.
After travelling to remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory, she was inspired to create Magpie Goose, a fashion brand that transforms local art into clothes.
Read the full story: THE COURIER: Top End home to fashion start-up, by Lydia Lynch (25 February 2017)
NT News - original story printed Thursday 8 June 2017