Deadly Denim

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Deadly Denim

Deadly Denim is a project up-cycling denim into a one off limited-edition pieces, using predominantly Indigenous art printed on fabric then sewn on denim jackets and vests.

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At the heart of Deadly Denim is myself, Rebecca, a Noongar woman from Western Australia studying midwifery and passionate about supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander midwives and students and “Birthing on country ” models.

All profits from Deadly Denim are being donated to the Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund.

Deadly Denim is seeking funds to get on the road for mid October this year, to bring launch nights/pop up shops and market stalls to various venues/festivals in rural/remote towns and cities across Australia over a 12 month period.

So far the project has been completely funded and run by me.

I love that this project brings culture through art and into fashion and that it can support both the artists and Indigenous midwives in one project.

Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery charitable fund (RLIMCF) supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to qualify as midwives and remain in the profession. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander midwives provide and promote culturally safe care, which gives the best start in life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies and their families.

Donations will support the commissioning of 3 more artists to allow me to pay for the rights to use the image of their selected art piece for the 12 month period and having them digitally printed onto fabric. Donations will also help towards some of the cost of the vehicle big enough to carry myself and my 2 children along with all of the stock and a sewing/space.

The creative development of this project has been funded myself but in the spirit of the NAIDOC theme this year “because of her , we can !”  the concept has been really well received and women from my community and outside the community have offered support anyway they can to see this launch.  From donations of art pieces, website development funding , offers of house sitting, sharing information, networking and social media sharing. This support helps to motivate me through to launch.

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My name is Rebecca Barlow , I’m a Nonngar woman from the South West of WA . I am a designer and with a clothing label launching with all aspects of design and construction done by me . This label Deadly Denim incorporates Aboriginal art both traditional and contemporary with textiles.

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