Success from a cultural heritage
A PASSION for self-determination and expression of Aboriginal culture through design has led high-profile designer Alison Page to call on indigenous Australians in Coffs Harbour to look to their own cultural heritage to create a future for themselves.
Ms Page has forged her own career in design by drawing on her Tharawal heritage. In 2009 she collaborated with Mondial Neuman Jewellers to launch Diamond Dreaming, a unique range of contemporary Aboriginal jewellery.
While the success of her line of jewellery has been sweet, it has been a long hard road to get there, but Ms Page is keen to see young designers from Coffs Harbour forge their own paths.
“I started my business in 2001 on a $7000 loan from Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), which went towards funding a home office so I could work on my designs,” Ms Page said.
“As a Tharawal woman from La Perouse in Sydney, I have a strong cultural heritage I can draw on to create my designs and I want to see more Aboriginal designers and manufacturers strengthen their culture by doing the same.”
Ms Page is now urging budding Indigenous designers from Coffs Harbour to tread the same path using the Indigenous Entrepreneurs Program, a partnership between NAB and IBA which offers low interest, microenterprise loans and business planning support.
Applicants can learn more about the Indigenous Entrepreneurs Program by contacting NSW IBA on 1800 107 107.