About Red Ridge the Label

Authentic designs inspired by the simplistic yet enriching canvas of the outback.

Born from the red sandhills of central western Queensland, Australia, Red Ridge the Label shines a spotlight on central western Queensland Aboriginal artists by expressing their work in beautiful fashion.

The debut collection, Diamantina, highlights artwork from Wangkangurru and Yarluyandi women Aulpunda ‘Jean’ Barr-Crombie and Anpanuwa ‘Joyce’ Crombie from Birdsville, Queensland.

The artists, also known as Two Sisters Talking, bring the culture of their country alive in their art, painting a deep love of the country from river to desert.

Diamantina is named after the region where the artists grew up and features prints interpreted in natural fibre garments:

  • Children’s Playground by Aulpunda ‘Jean’ Barr-Crombie; a gathering place for children when older generations get together to have their ceremonies
  • Pathways and Camps by Anpanuwa ‘Joyce’ Crombie; passing on spiritual knowledge by travelling on pathways to camps.

Coordinating plain linens compliment the silk print pieces while a range of accessories and handbags complete the collection.

“This collection is an opportunity for people to see where we come from,” said Joyce.

“We are so passionate about our country,”

“Mum and dad shared the stories [from the artwork] and this is our way of teaching the younger generation. They learn from us. Our language is our art,” said Jean.

“To have these stories on different materials, and even a catwalk, means so much to us. We are telling our stories through our artwork and these dresses - that is a first for us.

“If we don’t pass our culture on to our young ones, we will lose it.”

Watch the interview with the artists, Joyce Crombie and Jean Barr-Crombie.

About Red Ridge Interior Queensland

Red Ridge (Interior Queensland) Ltd was established in 2009 as an NFP company limited by guarantee and with Tax Charity Concession (TCC) and Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

Red Ridge actively promotes the social and economic development of the Aboriginal communities of remote western Queensland through expression and preservation of their arts and culture.

 

The Regional Arts Services Network is an initiative of the Qld Government through Arts Queensland.