Creative Industries: Amanda Healy
Amanda Healy’s label Kirrikin is unlike any other in the world. The Western Australian designer takes authentic Aboriginal art and digitally prints it onto beautiful cashmeres and silks.
Ms Healy works with Aboriginal artists all over Australia including in WA to tell their stories through theses exclusive designs.
The profits from the high-end fashion sales are shared with the artist and showcase Indigenous culture and identity through exploring Aboriginal people, traditions, and their land.
“I started this line because I could see nothing available and I am very socially conscious about what is going on in our environment, so I chose to share profits with the artists,” said Ms Healy.
This year the label expanded the style of clothing from scarfs and ties to resort wear. “It was Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan from Fashion Council WA who pushed me to do it because I previously only had scarfs and ties and she was the one who said my fabrics were too bright and lovely not to be used in a broader sense, so really I have to credit her with this collection.”
The brand’s legacy goes deeper than the clothes it produces. Ms Healy works with Aboriginal women prisoners in Western Australia.
“One of my artist’s family members got taken into prison when I was with her and I thought maybe we should be trying to help in this space. So we go out to prisons and do yarning circles and we have been doing that for the last couple of years.
“Many of their issues stem from disconnection from family, country and culture. So the more we go and work and talk with them about those issues and connect them back to their people, the better it is and we will continue to do that.”
Ms Healy also played a role in choosing the models who walked her designs in this year’s Aboriginal Runway in the City of Perth.
“We had three young women from Broome and one from Karratha this year and none of them have ever done a formal runway but you could never guess as they walked alongside Australian super model Samantha Harris.
“The ability to introduce these sorts of opportunities to these women broadens their minds. I have one staying with me and she is now starting to say maybe I will study or maybe I will model, how awesome is that,” Ms Healy said.