Amanda Healey – First Nations Female Fashion + Kirrikin

Episode 17

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Caroline Kell

Caroline Kell is a proud Mbarbrum women who was born and raised on Kulin Lands. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Blak Wattle Coaching and Consulting. Caroline is a Former Counsellor and Executive Director who is deeply passionate about the social emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In this episode, Caroline is joined by Amanda Healey, proud Wonnarua woman and CEO and founder of Kirrikin.

After living overseas, Amanda returned home to have her son and was confronted with the difficulty of working a corporate job as a single mother. This is where her entrepreneurial journey began! Initially she founded a  business in the fabrication and engineering field, but switched gears when she was brought to solve an issue within the Australian fashion market. Wanting to create a brand that represented the beauty of Indigenous art, with bright, bold, beautiful colours and patterns… Kirrikin was born.

Kirrikin is a luxurious silk clothing line that features a selection of paintings from emerging & renowned Indigenous artists, with profits going directly to artists. Kirrikin has been showcased globally in Los Angeles Fashion Week and Brussels Fashion Week.

With Sydney Fashion week only just wrapping up, Amanda sheds light on the process of creating her latest line ‘Ripples’ and how she creates the designs for each fashion show and how she works with artists to create the incredible pieces within her collection.

To learn more about Amanda and her brand Kirrikin, follow her on Instagram @kirrikinaustralia and visit her website here. If you enjoyed this episode, please leave a review and don’t forget to follow the show!

Follow Caroline on Instagram @blak_wattle_coaching and learn more about working with Caroline here!

We would like to acknowledge Aboriginal people as Australia’s First Peoples’ who have never ceded their sovereignty. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nation where the podcast was taped. We pay our deepest respects to Traditional Owners across Australia and Elders past, present and emerging.

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