Stories of Western Australian Aboriginal Design on display at the State Library

Tuesday 07 August 2018
  • Bibbullmun Bardi – Exploring Aboriginal Design celebrates Aboriginal fashion and textiles in Western Australia
  • Exhibition features  clothing, textiles, photographs and archival collections from influential WA Aboriginal design icons
  • Free event, open from 8 August to 30 September 2018

Bibbullmun Bardi – Exploring Aboriginal Design opens on Wednesday 8 August at the State Library of Western Australia.

From Bibbullmun country in the South West, to Bardi country in the North West, this exhibition brings together works from leading designers: Ron Gidgup, Lilla Gagliano, TJ Cowlishaw, Bruce Wiggan, Sally Bin Demin, Letticia Shaw, Peter John Farmer, Mangkaja Arts and Marnin Studio.

United by ingenuity and innovation, these fashion icons work in a broad range of mediums and styles, encompassing the contemporary and the traditional. Runway fashions, hand-painted textiles and ‘eco-couture’, feature alongside carved pearl shells, woven baskets and bush nut jewellery. These items reveal how contemporary design can explore historical ideas or narratives, reinvigorate traditional art forms, or create new storylines.

CEO and State Librarian, Margaret Allen, was pleased to host this unique exhibition and give voice to some of the seldom told stories that have influenced design practice in WA. “Bibbullmun Bardi traces key moments that have shaped Western Australian Aboriginal design history and highlights how contemporary designers bring their unique cultural perspectives to the world through design.”

Bibbullmun Bardi – Exploring Aboriginal Design is presented by the State Library of Western Australia and AARLI Fashion. The exhibition is open from Wednesday 8 August to Sunday 30 September, 2018. Free entry, no booking required.

Last updated on: 7 August 2018