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Cassie Leatham with styling by Jamella Sim and Tayla Knight. Photo: Stefan Bradley

Stefan Bradley

Cassie Leatham is a multidisciplinary artist of the Taungurung and Dja Dja Wurrung people.

With a 35-year career in the arts and creative practices, where to start with Ms. Leatham?

Master weaver, ceramic sculpture artist, jewelry designer, fashion designer, cultural educator, business woman, community ambulance officer, author, illustrator, founder of two Aboriginal companies Wildblakarts and Yanggurdi.

The Gippsland Times met Ms. Leatham at Pure Envy and Co hairdressing studio in Maffra last month as she got her hair styled before unveiling her first fashion collection at the First Nations Runway at the Melbourne Fashion Festival on March 11.

The First Nations Runway (presented as Runway 5) demonstrated the excellence of fashion design within First Nations communities.

“Yanggurdi is my collection, so having this fashion collection on display on Runway Five tonight is really important to me, because it’s wearable art,” Ms. Leatham said.

“I have a very, very strong bond with the country and belonging. And I want to share my stories through my creative arts and my practice ”.

It’s prestigious to show something you’ve created in Melbourne, but Ms. Leatham wants to make sure her local community is supported too.

“I grew up in the village of Gunaikurnai and was born in the village of Gunaikurnai and reside here in the village of Gunaikurnai,” said Ms. Leatham.

“I was born in Sale, I grew up in Stratford. I attended the Maffra schools. And now I reside in Boisdale.

“I was modeled by these beautiful girls here today at Pure Envy and Co, and my daughter Ryley is a first year apprentice here.”

Pure Envy and Co co-owners Jamella Sim and Tayla Knight said they were thrilled that Ms. Leatham asked them to style her.

“Thanks to Cassie Leatham for keeping the venue and for bringing us into this and it’s a big deal for us and for her. It’s really nice for her to include local businesses, ”said Ms. Sim.

“I’m thrilled to be part of Cassie’s journey. She stays true to herself. She is very humble, ”said Ms. Knight.

“And her daughter Ryley is our apprentice and she’s a natural person, she’s really good with our clients.”

Speaking with the Gippsland Times after the event, which was opened by songwriter Maanyung, Ms. Leatham said she had an amazing experience.

“Maanyung was a lifesaver as he carried my signature printed fabric that I lined a surfboard with, as my collection is about relaxed, everyday wearable art that chronicles my personal journey into my weaving,” said the lady. Leatham.

Cassie Leatham (left) with The Eventurers photographer Ian Fellowes. Photo: Stefan Bradley

Cassie Leatham with Jamella Sim and Tayla Knight of Pure Envy and Co in Maffra.
Photo: Stefan Bradley

Yanggurdi collection presented in Melbourne. Photo: Lucasdawsonphotography

Yanggurdi collection presented in Melbourne. Photo: Lucasdawsonphotography

Yanggurdi collection presented in Melbourne. Photo: Lucasdawsonphotography

Yanggurdi collection presented in Melbourne. Photo: Lucasdawsonphotography

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