RAYMOND Terrace local Lori Parish is a proud Bundjalung woman and a member of the Worimi community.
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Lori makes stunningly beautiful textile accessories, shopping bags, home décor and Aboriginal baby doll sets as well as making unique items to order.
The beautiful baby doll sets include a nappy, dress and blanket.
She uses fabrics featuring indigenous designs which have intellectual copyright patents ensuring that the artists are paid for their designs.
Using this ethos Lori’s work contributes to the financial sustainability of our indigenous communities.
Lori’s work and the fabrics that she uses are cotton and are designed to be used as a resource for children to connect symbolically with Aboriginal art.
Many of the artists come from remote communities where employment opportunities are limited.
The items and artworks used are culturally appropriate and where possible artworks are attributed to artists and if available the background story of the artwork is provided with any works purchased.
She believes that it is important for cultural items to be produced in Australia benefiting Aboriginal communities.
Lori Parish told News Of The Area, “What I make with my hands I give with my heart.”
She is very proud to be able to create a cultural resource which can promote positive engagement with the Aboriginal community and to help Indigenous people to be able to progress towards financial sustainability through sharing their culture with the broader community.
Lori is a mother and a grandmother who educates, creates opportunities to share her culture with the wider community.
You can contact Lori and support this initiative at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Marian SAMPSON