Naarm 2018


Naarm, a mini collection of textiles named after the Indigenous work for the area of Melbourne. Created by Taylah Aimée, a First Nations woman who focuses on her Culture in her multidisciplinary practice. The collection is a trans-seasonal fashion collection that celebrates all that Naarm has to offer.

Naarm as a word is being adopted into everyday life by both non-Indigenous and Indigenous individuals. With the rise of Bla(c)k and Indigenous design, the collection has come at perfect timing to share stories and culture from generations. Naarm, celebrates Culture through vibrant and rich use of colours inspired by the dreaming and the memories Taylah has of Country. She shares her love of her culture by vivid depictions of bush foods. Taylah desired to go against the classic all black attire that many who live and work in the city of Melbourne wear on a day to day basis.

Naarm depicts traditional bush foods and medicines through storytelling and illustration. This is not only to educate the wider

community but revive this once lost culture due to colonisation. Including motifs such as Lemon myrtle, Yam Daisy (Murnong), Lilly Pilly and Golden Wattle. Naarm is perceived and told through Taylah’s own dreaming and eyes, making a very personal and unique approach to a textile collection. She has first hand experience with these flora and fauna.

Taylah has juxtaposing materials and making methods by blending digital sub-prints with hand crafted accessories including traditional basket weaving. Taylah was taught basket weaving by a fellow Indigenous

woman, she continues to teach others to help heal the past and create a strong future for those who will follow. The combination of these techniques create for a not only tactile element but shows how traditional methods can be used in a contemporary manner.

Taylah wants to see her collection in and all around Naarm as a celebration of this beautiful place and to see more visibility of Indigenous design. Taylah hopes to see more young Indigenous designers fill the space in Naarm and see more Culture and Language around for all to enjoy and bridge the gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous.