I'm beyond excited to announce that Styling You The Label has collaborated with Aboriginal artist Daisy Hill in a celebration of Australia’s First Nations women.
Six limited edition pieces featuring Daisy's original artwork, Women on Country are available HERE.
The Styling You The Label X Daisy In Dots collection includes the print on our best-selling cami, short puff-sleeve dress and puff-sleeve button-through shirt designs. We've also designed two new styles - a tiered midi skirt and a tiered halter midi dress. The neutral-toned print features accent colours that have featured in previous Styling You The Label collections as well as new accent colours coming this spring-summer 2022.
Daisy is a proud descendant of the Muruwari people from north-west NSW, currently living on Yugambeh Country (Gold Coast). Women on Country represents women coming together to connect and share knowledge.
The theme of this piece is one that struck a chord with with me because I've built my online community based on women connecting and sharing. I've also been a big fan of Daisy's work, with two pieces proudly hanging in my home. I started talking to Daisy two years ago about the possibility of a collaboration and couldn't be more excited to see it come together so beautifully.
When I started my own fashion label in 2019, I set about disrupting the way fashion is marketed to women by embracing diversity in every campaign. With the Styling You The Label X Daisy In Dots campaign, each of the six pieces have been photographed on Aboriginal women of different ages and sizes (we'll be sharing the story of each of these models with you very soon) by Aboriginal photographer Claudine Thornton. This was important to me as an ally and a way to further honour Daisy’s work.
Daisy said: "This collaboration represents a partnership that is intentional and inclusive in all aspects. I love the fact that Styling You only does small batch, Australian-made fashion and has been as keen as I have to ensure each aspect of this campaign celebrates Aboriginal culture. It gives women everywhere a chance to purchase fashion with meaning: wearable art that is centred around storytelling."
A minimum of $1500 (all proceeds from the sale of limited-edition square scarves featuring the Women on Country artwork) will also be donated to the Stars Foundation, an organisation that offers a holistic program that supports Indigenous girls and young women to attend and remain engaged at school, complete Year 12 and move into work or further study. We're also hosting a CrowdRaiser for the Stars Foundation where you could win a 100x100cm fine art canvas print of Daisy's Women on Country artwork.
About Daisy Hill
Daisy Hill is an Aboriginal artist and proud descendant of the Muruwari people from NW NSW, currently living on Yugambeh Country (Gold Coast). Daisy’s art style can be described as modern and contemporary. She paints intuitively, the same way her ancestors did. Daisy feels an overwhelming connectedness to her thoughts, feelings and spirit when she paints. She describes the painting process as being deeply spiritual and meditative. Daisy has a passion to tell stories and strives to keep the traditions of her people alive. “It is a way for me to feel connected to the Motherland - the trees, water, sand, sun, earth and animals. I paint to convey the beauty I see in all things and to express my gratitude and acknowledge the Country I am walking, living and breathing. I feel so grateful that people want to invest in me and my culture,” says Daisy.
Women on Country
This artwork represents women coming together to connect and share knowledge. Along with their children, sisters, aunties, cousins and friends, they prepare the bush tucker including berries, vegetables, fruit, bush nuts, eggs and shellfish. They make hand tools, clothing, baskets and adornments using the wood, grasses, feathers and shells from the land and animals. The women set up camp by the waterhole, yarning and dancing amongst the wildflowers, laughing together and telling stories.
Want to buy a 50x50cm limited edition print of your own? Head on over to Daisy In Dots HERE while they last.
Aboriginal artist Daisy Hill with Styling You's Nikki Parkinson
Photos: Claudine Thornton
We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we photographed this collection, the Gubbi Gubbi people, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future. We’d like to extend that respect to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples also gathered for this photoshoot.