Well August blew in quick, didn't it! This month is part of Gurrulwa Guligi season (Larrakia country) and as we look forward to a new month, it reminded me of this old revolutionary song: Winds of Change by the Scorpions. 

As well as some magic moments as the song describes, there are a lot of changes in the wind for us as we continue to grow our dreams. Our Each One, Teach One mentoring program has been a great opportunity for a two way learning exchange as we work on our goal to grow career pathways for young Indigenous women. If you are visiting our shopfronts, please take the time to chat to our team members and find out more about their journey and what they love about Starwin, they are inspiring lots of changes in how we go about our business! 

In August we welcome new Indigenous female led enterprises and local mumpreneurs to our supply team too - as we continue on our mission to grow a Made with Kindness Economy. Our spotlight for August is on wellbeing and you will be delighted with the addition of Jarin Street yoga mats and towels who lead the way (see below). Our Darwin shopfront also gets some handmade creations by Mumpreneur Sam, providing us with beautiful natural soaps and gift packs by Tropical Low. Find out more about her journey into enterprise here

A new collaboration with Jedess Hudson and her supplier Bunabiri has our Port Douglas shopfront filled with colourful designs! Jedess is a artist from Ewamian and Western Yalanji people of tropical north Queensland and also the designer of the wallpaper featured in our shopfront. Check out our collection by Jedess here and shop to support career pathways for Indigenous women in enterprise. 

To top this off, with so many of you wanting opportunities to connect with culture, we are proudly providing innovative community events to make this happen. Check out our events for August including the "Going to the Footy" book launch and cultural experience and weaving workshops at both Port Douglas, with Delissa Walker & in Darwin with Rachel Baker. 

If you are visiting the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and other events throughout the festival please take the time to drop by and say hi to some of our supply team who will be featured at the fair including Bima Wear, Wajijapi Womens Centre, Babbarra Designs and more. We look forward to seeing you all there & are especially happy to being able to help celebrate Bima Wear's 50th anniversary! Find out more about their amazing history here.

The winds of August promise lots of magical moments ~ we are proud to be able to collaborate with so many emerging artists and creators and thank you for being loyal and supportive customers and enabling us to grow. Your kindness matters.

Here's to another fabulous month of creating community change ~ happy August everyone. 

With kindness, Karina, Mumpreneur, leading the way for Team Starwin x  

"Delissa’s baskets reflect the culture of North Queensland, raw and unrefined yet meticulously detailed; and therein lies the beauty."  Success Magazine 

Supremely talented, we welcome Ngadijina (Delissa Walker) to our Starwin Collective. Find out more here.
Join us from August for your chance to learn to naturally weave magic with Delissa out our Port Douglas shopfront on 23 August + 2 September. Private individual or group sessions are also available on request.

CLICK HERE to book your place

📷 Delissa at CIAF by Starwin

Corporate + Cultural Gifts 

Wanting to increase our focus on eco-friendly and wellbeing products this month has been made easy thanks to Jarin Street ~ a mumpreneur led and Indigenous owned enterprise...

"We support up and coming Indigenous artists to get their designs out there and seen in day to day life. Jarin Street began by recognising the misuse of Aboriginal art and the industry's failure to protect the artists and Aboriginal designs, as well as a failure to highlight the artists themselves. We aim to provide ongoing ethical and sustainable support to the artists who contribute their work on your yoga mats." 

The ways Jarin promotes that you can show your support...
"1. Connect to Aboriginal culture, Aboriginal people and stories
2. Practice their own wellbeing – through Yoga/exercise/movement
3. Buy ethically both around the eco friendly mats and through the ethically sourced
4. Support a sustainable income stream for Aboriginal artists and communities
5. Support Aboriginal self determination through supporting our business
6. Showcase Aboriginal artists and artworks.”

CLICK HERE to shop the collection

📷 Jarin Street Facebook

Consult + Collaborate
Company we keep

We are so excited to announce we have been invited by Magabala Books and Munupi artist Debbie Coombes to collaborate to host the launch of "Going to the Footy" in Darwin next Friday 9 August. 

'Going to the Footy' combines richly textured and striking illustrations of iconic Australian modes of transport, with some gentle humour. This beautiful book for Early Childhood will captivate young children and older readers alike. The highly original artwork of Debbie Coombes in a vibrant Tiwi style, will showcase many different ways to get ‘to the footy’.

Whether you go to the footy in a tinny, a troopy or on a barge, this book is unforgettable.

Copies will be available from Starwin Shopfront and join us on the day for a chance to get yours autographed! 

We are proud to continue to develop and support career pathways for Indigenous women in enterprise through collaborations like this one. You can find out more about our Real Art Movement here.

CLICK HERE for event details

 📷 Magabala Books

Cultural Experiences

We are offering an exclusive opportunity for community members and corporate groups who would be interested in boutique weaving workshops led by Rachel Baker from Elcho Clothing

A two hour session would include a cultural knowledge video on gathering methods, dyeing and techniques, as well as weaving demonstrations and personalised instruction by Rachel + the best bit, you will get a take home pair of woven earrings.

Sessions will be hosted at Starwin Shopfront on Thursday 22 August + Saturday 24 August ~ Shop 2/93 Mitchell street. 

A payment of $90 includes all materials, light refreshments and a take home pair of earrings. 

Sessions will have a minimum of 5 people and a maximum of 8 to ensure everyone has the learning time they need.

Proceeds support the Elcho Clothing Youth Suicide Prevention program. Find out more on their facebook page

We are also open to exclusive bookings, call 0402303867 to discuss.

CLICK HERE to book your experience 
📷  Rachel Baker

Career Pathways + Youth Leadership

Starwin is proud to be supporting the PULiiMA conference in Darwin this month with a gift offer all delegates. 
From PULiiMA:
August 20th is featuring Women in Language at PULiiMA 2019! This year is UN's International Year Of Indigenous Languages. It's THE event for 2019 at Darwin Convention Centre 19-22 August. Register NOW!

📷 Puliima

GOOD NEWS! We have extended our open hours for August...


At DoubleTree Hilton, Darwin Esplanade, Shop 2/93 Mitchell street
Port Douglas 

At Shop 10 Portico Shopping Centre, Macrossan street


Monday to Saturday, 9am to 5pm 
By Appointment: 0402303867


Friday 9/8, 9:30am: Going to the Footy Book Launch 

Friday 9/8, 10am: Cultural Experience Workshop at Mother Theresa Primary
Thursday 22/8, 12:30pm: Weaving Workshop 
Saturday 24/8, 10am: Weaving Workshop 
Saturday 3/8, 10am - 2pm: Aboriginal & Recycled Mat Pop Up SALE 
Friday 23/8, 10am: Weaving Workshop 
Thursday 29/8, 10am: Storytime 
Monday 2 September, 2pm: Weaving Workshop 


Thank you for sharing the Starwin spirit
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PO Box 1476, Nightcliff, NT 0814

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