“Engage by showing human reasons to move closer” Gabrielle Lorraine Fletcher 2016.
The National Aboriginal Design Agency is an organisation that provides indigenous artists and designers a platform to share their creations and, more importantly, their stories.
NADA’s objective is to share with contemporary designed Australia, the rich history and cultural aesthetics produced by Aboriginal artists and designers. NADA’s primary focus is on interior design and the application of products such as, lighting, furniture, wall covings, carpets, etc.
The National Aboriginal Design Agency is a part of the Saltwater Freshwater Arts Alliance, which is a non-for-profit organisation governed by ten Local Aboriginal Land Councils, from Karuah to Coffs Harbour on the NSW Mid North Coast.
Alison Page is a Tharawal woman from La Perouse in Sydney. In 1998, Alison joined the Merrima Aboriginal Design Unit, an architectural practice in the Government Architects Office in Sydney. Allison is an interior and architectural designer and, like others working in Australia, she is a cornerstone of the Aboriginal design community.
She has worked on projects including The Aboriginal Health and Medical research Centre in La Perouse, Sydney and Moree Campus TAFE in NSW. Her work is an expression of spiritual and cultural significance, in relation to the built environment. Her work is significant in terms of how each project can have an effect on the community and their historical education.
Gilimbaa is an organisation that focuses on the passion of Indigenous Artists and Designers and much like The National Aboriginal Design Agency, their primary focus is to engage with people though storytelling, and how such engagement can bring about communication and a new frontier for Aboriginal Artists in the contemporary world.
As elegantly stated on their website: “In the Language of the Wakka Wakka People of Central Queensland, Gilimbaa means ‘Today’ – ‘Today’ represents the ambition of our team to keep aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and community at the forefront in the current creative innovation and design.”
Marcus Lee, a descendent of the Karajarri people, is an Indigenous Designer who was born in Darwin, NT. He is the founder and director of Marcus Lee Design which focuses on branding, packaging and advertising campaigns, with an aim of bridging the gap between cultures and their individual design identities. Some of Marcus’ clients include Australian Post, Cancer Council NSW, Medibank and the AFL.
Marcus strives to create a level of excellence in his design work and how it fits into our contemporary design world, his work is vibrant and engaging, whist staying true to the Indigenous Australian aesthetics.
Greenaway Architects' founder, Jefa Greenaway, is one of Victoria’s few indigenous Australia Architects. Based in Melbourne, Jefa has worked on projects including the Ngarara Place on the RMIT University Campus in Melbourne’s CBD, the Koorie Heritage Trust at Federation Square, the Lowitja Institute in Carlton, plus many more fantastic projects throughout Victoria.
Jefa Greenaway is also a co-founder and member of the IADV (Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria) alongside Rueben Berg. The IADV is a non-for-profit organisation that aims to: