Yundu Yalada (Greeting in Kuku Yalanji Country)

In the tropical north it's changeover time now in between two seasons, Kambar (wet season) and Buluriji (cold time), Kuku Yalanji people call it Muyariji or windy time, when the south easterly winds begin, knowledge provided by Walkabout Cultural Adventures)
For Starwin the winds of change are also coming as we continue to take time to give and be grateful to our community for their support at this time. 
May marks our one year anniversary for our sistar store site in Port Douglas. In the past year we have collaborated with NEATO Employment Services to provide a Back to Work program and with Cape York Girl Academy to grow our Indigenous Career Mentoring program for young Indigenous women  in the region. We thank Portico Shopping Centre for creating a welcoming environment for us to operate from and support our dream. Like our Darwin site, now celebrating six years and going strong, we work with local artisans connected to Kuku Yalanji country to showcase one-of-kindness gifts. 
We aim to re-open both sites as part of National Reconciliation Week and are open to ideas of how you would like to join in the celebrations! Get in touch via with your input. We also aim to continue to do business better by growing our places to host more community events, enterprise development workshops and and cultural experiences. 
We are ever grateful to our existing supply team for their support of our ventures and this month we welcome some new local & handmade products to our collection of homewares, souvenirs, luxury items and more as part of our Real Art Movement. Find out more below...
Mostly we want to take a moment to honour all the women in our world who play a role of 'mother' with their caring, nurturing and kindness in their own families, communities and for country. We are so grateful for all that you give! 

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

Corporate + Cultural Gifts 

Our 2020 Vision: Sea Change puts children as our priority, front and centre in all we do to create community change.  As part of this, we continually look for new ways we can encourage our community to prioritise caring for kids, caring for country and keeping culture strong. In this quiet time we have been connecting with our suppliers to create and source new gifts for you and thanks to Magabala Books we present these new Counting on Country books. 
The story...
Counting our Country is a bilingual counting book from Jill Daniels, a Ritharrŋu and Madarrpa artist who lives in Ngukurr in South-East Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.  She has been painting for many years and lives in Ngukurr, a remote community nestled on the banks of the Roper River. Jill is known for her painting style of depicting animals from her country in bold colours. Counting our Country is her first book. You can shop our little ones collection at for this book and more that support Indigenous book publishers and authors / artists and some by local top end artisans too. We have free standard delivery at present, our gift to you.
Special thanks to our little learner in Harriet daughter of Darwin based mumpreneur Kara who does all the behind the scenes work in support of our Starwin team.

Shop the collection 📷 Mumpreneur Kara

Consult + Collaborate
Company we keep

Since our inception in 2010 we have worked in collaboration with Hoops 4 Health with our TalentEd programs and Youth Leadership programs and founder. Owner and founder, Timmy Duggan is one of our event speakers that you can book to inspire your group. In 2020, we have been supporting Hoops 4 Health with their income generation strategies as they start up new ventures across the tropical north including the Mundine: Mindset of a Champion tours. Follow their facebook page and check out their Dribble Beatz activities they are posting to improve the wellbeing of young people. 

Find out more here 📷 Hoops 4 Health

Cultural Experiences

Rachel from Elcho Clothing is the leader of our Makuyuk Weaving Workshps, and has been busy spending this creative time hosting live videos demonstrating gathering and dyeing techniques with other weavers and elders. Follow her facebook page to see them weave their magic! You can also shop for her woven creations to show your support. 
Shop the collection here 
📷 graphic design by Kreative Karina

New gifts for you to give...

Indigiearth: Antibacterial Sanitiser Spray
Indigiearth: Antibacterial Sanitiser Spray
Maningrida Wild Foods: Mardanggich Spice Mix
Maningrida Wild Foods: Mardanggich Spice Mix
Tiwi Tote Bags - Honu Jarrakulani
Tiwi Tote Bags - Honu Jarrakulani
Counting our Country book
Counting our Country book

Career Pathways

This month we launch a new one-of-a-kindness project to support senior students at Xavier Catholic College, a school at Wurrumiyanga (Bathurst Island), Tiwi Islands. Guided by their art teacher, students have studied design concepts and learnt to screen print. Starwin is working in collaboration with the school, so the students can readily sell them, with full proceeds going to the students to help raise funds for their graduation and future career pathways. (Starwin is only collecting 10% to cover transaction costs & freight.)  Many of the artists have been a part of our Tiwi Youth Girls Leadership program and we aim to continue our support of their career pathways. 

Design story...

TIFLW - M. Puautjimi

My design is an appropriated men's Tiwi Islands Football League logo. I've added a woven pandanus pattern to symbolise women and the dotted lines to represent the journey us women are on to be able to play football on country.

If you would like to show your support, you can now order your very own Tiwi designed cotton tote bag, all printed by hand, on country. They make perfect book bags, shopping bags or are just handy if you are heading out for the day! If you would like a bulk amount printed for a corporate event or order, please get in touch, e:

Shop the collection here

Alice Springs hospital staff will be scrubbing up in style this month! One of our dear customers from Darwin reached out as she was madly sewing away as she had a day off from her essential get married! With all plans out the window, she kept one day of leave for her 'honeymoon' and used it to whip up these beauties she is donating. 

We freely gifted some fabric from our collection, this one from Wajijapi Women's Centre at Pirlangimpi (Tiwi Islands), to help her cause. 
Hope it brightens the day of some workers and thanks to Chrissie for the opportunity to collaborate and be a part of spreading some kindness. Happy honeymoon from team Starwin! 
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~ our gift to you in MAY!

Thank you for sharing the Starwin spirit
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