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  • To Inspire And Get Inspired - Jane Ziemons

    To Inspire And Get Inspired - Jane Ziemons

    As by now you would all know, we have invited Jane Ziemons to run a Pocket Making Workshop at The Fremantle Fibonacci Centre where our Store @ Fib is located.

    Before you come along, we thought the best way to introduce you to Jane would be to ask her a few questions a part of our creative blog.

    I met Jane in 2014 when she entered our first Fairly Fashionable design challenge, a project I co-organised with the WA Fairtrade Collective in an effort to raise awareness in our community on the pressures put on garment workers in the fashion industry.

    Events like these are often the base of great friendships as we create an environment where we all feel challenged , where we can have thought provoking conversations and where we meet incredible individuals with rich life experience and knowledge that sometimes can truly change one’s life.

    Welcome to Jane Ziemons world.

    Who is Jane Ziemons? What inspires you?

    Who is Jane Ziemons? I guess that depends on which day you ask me! My bio says I am a Scottish-born Australian interdisciplinary artist, designer, and educator with an arts practice that encompasses the development of narrative textile collections, traditional printmaking techniques, and installation works. The reality of course is far more nuanced, filled with a roller coaster ride of searching, questioning, living, and learning. 

    How did you start your journey in sustainable fashion?

    My first degree was in business and I worked in fashion retail at the time. My thesis asked the question of how we can make people feel valued in the workplace but shortly after graduation, it became painfully apparent that the purpose of business was to sell at all costs. This was at the height of fast fashion and I knew this was never going to be the right path for me. I retrained as a Primary Teacher and enjoyed a beautiful purpose-driven career in education. 

    After emigrating to Australia in 2011, I had the delightful opportunity of both being at home with my two young children alongside pursuing my degree in Visual Arts. Unbeknown to me life had an exciting twist ahead for me in the form of the extraordinary Head of the Fashion Department at Edith Cowan University, Justine McKnight, and the inspirational Gaelle Beech who in 2014 was planning the Fairly Fashionable event. These two women opened the door for me to bring fashion and art into the same space and for that, I am truly grateful. 

    You teach workshops at the Fashion Department at Edith Cowan University. Do you think fashion students are, in the current climate, rethinking their fashion practice and its impact on our environment?

    I think for a long time there’s been this idea that to be successful is always to get bigger, to scale a project to have an impact but I think if COVID has taught us anything it is that we can completely alter a system when we need to and so I really believe that this is having an impact upon the emerging designer-makers and indeed the future of fashion. Where rather than trying to scale the work of an individual, and in so doing diluting the strength and uniqueness along the way, emerging designers are looking for ways to collectively support each other where individual creatives are each offering something that has their unique signature.   

    Sustainable fashion seems to be heading in two directions: a slow back to basics approach and one that is technology and innovation-focused. Which one do you prefer or do you think both can work in the same practice?

    The narrative textile, the story of the cloth is at the core of my practice and so every collection begins with the story that I want to tell. It is in its essence a very slow process. I work with natural fabrics and found garments and by the very nature of cloth, the development of a piece is about the tactility of its inherent materiality. For me, this can never be done in a digital space. But I do feel that the technology that allows for human connection across the globe is thrilling and building a community of people who care has really never been easier. 

    What would you like your legacy to be? 

    To have listened, loved, and laughed.  

     

    Jane's upcoming group exhibition: Aura: Memory and the Language of Cloth

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  • Game Changer Collection

    Game Changer Collection
    ‘Game Changer’ was inspired by vintage Parcheesi board games. Their bright colours and bold lines captured the playful and nostalgic visual that we wanted to replicate in our spring collection. 
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  • To Inspire And Get Inspired - Isabella Yong creative behind The Atelierista of Love

    To Inspire And Get Inspired - Isabella Yong creative behind The Atelierista of Love

    I met Isabella when she started her small business making polymer clay earrings. Looking for platform to sell her creations, she chose our Collab store at the Fremantle markets. One of the reasons I started Collab was to create a retail platform for emerging local creatives but what brings me most joy is for all of us to explore possible collaborations so we can all challenge ourselves and create something bigger. So, as Isabella loves to play with colours and prints , it only seemed natural that I would ask her to design coordinating accessories for our Game Changer collection. Her energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the task have been so inspiring and I am so excited for all of you to get to know Isabella and our Collab collection.

    Welcome to the ANJELMS family Isabella.

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  • To Inspire And Get Inspired - Ben Bhullar

    To Inspire And Get Inspired - Ben Bhullar

    Over the last decade,  each of the visit of my loyal Anjelms supporter and friend Ai-chng would bring lengthy conversations about guiding our children into adulthood and their  chosen career path. 

    This is how I met Ben, Ai-Chng's son. From challenging him one day to spontaneously do a photo assignment in his early photographic student days to him picking a pile of garments himself this year to work with on his graduation project. I have been astounded by his evolution in subject matter, composition and the confidence that emulates from each shot.

    Today, I thought it was time to introduce you to his world of creativity.

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