Here at Kourageous Studios we're very passionate about a range of social issues, the most vivid right now being the Black Lives Matter movement. In light of this, I'd like to highlight a selection of First Nations owned small businesses! If you're not in a position to #putyourmoneywhereyourmouthis but you are still keen to lend your support, give each of these businesses a follow on Facebook and on Instagram.
First up is Clothing The Gap, a Victorian clothing business run by four women, three of which are Indigenous! Clothing The Gap sells a range of apparel and accessories and 100% of their profit goes towards supporting causes that are working toward closing the gap right here in Australia.
Next up is Ngumpie Weaving! Tegan makes beautiful raffia weavings that come in a range of styles to suit everyone! She's taking a short break on Etsy right now as she's been smashed with orders, but keep an eye out for her when she reopens!
Following on, we have Laura at The Koorie Circle! Laura lovingly handcrafts sustainably sourced timber earrings. You'll have the option between soft-spoken, and loud and proud designs as you scroll through her exquisite collection.
Ginny's Girl Gang is our next pick, for Ginny's work creating "Jackets with a Voice"! These jackets are stunning, AND they send a message where ever you wear them. I for one can't wait to get my hands on one!
Honestly, after her feature in Parliament House, does Haus of Dizzy really even need an introduction?! Kristy's #StopAdani earrings made headlines around the country that day - and so they should have! I've been admiring this woman's passion and dedication for years now.
Culture Weave is up next, with Rosie and Nadine and their intricate weavings! They stock their store with a beautiful range of earrings, bowls and wall hangings that you should definitely take a look at!
Next I'd like to talk about Mabu Mabu, which is a cafe and catering company in Melbourne. It's owned by Nornie who started her life on Mer Island, in the Torres Strait! If you're not in Melbourne and can't duck in and try some of the yummy food, then check out their online store and the range of sauces and cooking kits that are up for sale!
If it's breathtaking art that you're looking for then look no further than the mother and daughter combo of Miimi & Jiinda! They use a soft, contemporary palette to bring tens of thousand year old stories to life. If a custom commission is out of your price range, make sure you take the time to have a look at their prints and merchandise! There's so much to see.
Have you heard of the Tjanpi Desert Weavers before? I studied them in a creative arts unit at university, and I've been a huge fan ever since. The women of the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yakunytjatjara (NYP) Women's Council create and sell grass weavings that fund their lives and allow them, and their families to live on and remain connected to their land. It's initiatives like this one that enable the continuation of culture, and avoids further loss of languages and ways of life.
Minaku is a new store on Etsy, selling woven earrings, apparel and beautiful prints. It feels as though each piece in Nancy's store is filled to the brim with life, and all of the joys and sorrows that life brings.
Bush Medijina is up next, and is organised by the Anindilyakwa Services Aboriginal Corporation (ASAC). Each of the ladies that works toward the beautiful products you can see on their website has Anindilyakwa as their first language. Bush Medijina is a worthy cause you can support to help us keep First Nations languages alive! Peep their beautiful self-care products on their website ASAP!
Roogenic is a family owned native tea making specialist, so whether you drink it hot or cold, this is the place to shop! There's a blend for every occasion, and is one wonderful way to experience the different flavours of this country's incredible plant-life. Head on over to Roogenic to take a look at the full range!
Last, but certainly not least is E & L Designs! Shandah is a stationary wiz and certainly has you covered for foil stickers for any occasion! She also offers a range of event favours as well as swing tags and baby shower games! Her printing is spectacular, so keep her in mind the next time you need anything done for an event!
P.S. I'm not a person of colour, in fact, I'm a white as they come! I'm always working to learn as much as I can. I've been as careful as I know how to with the language I've used in this post, but if I've said something I shouldn't have, please contact me and let me know! I'd love to correct anything ASAP. #allyintraining