'Wa Yo Way' a NorthSite & FNFD collaboration in First Nations Wearable Textiles

'Wa Yo Way' a NorthSite and First Nations Fashion Design (FNFD) collaboration with emerging First Nations Fashion Design's regional and remote artists to create high-quality ethical souvenirs and assisting to profile North Queensland contemporary Indigenous artists working in textile design. 

The exciting new merchandise product range 'Wa Yo Way' (meaning yes, yes, yes) gives a nod to new enterprise for independent artists.

'Wa Yo Way' will launch at NorthSite during the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair in August 2021.

Designs by artists:

  • Grace Lillian Lee
  • Lynelle Flinders
  • Elverina Johnson
  • Emily Doolah

NorthSite Retail Coordinator Lauren Carter and FNFD Founder Grace Lillian Lee assessing fabric samples


Textile designer Lynelle Flinders checking colour swatches

"It's a giant step forward for Indigenous Textiles, since UFLA UPLA National Indigenous Textiles Forum as part of CIAF Presents in 2013 to 2021 authentic Indigenous textiles being made available from artists in the Far North trajectory....priceless!"  (Lynelle Flinders)  




This project was made possible by the Australian Government's Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia.