Robert Kennedy is a fourth generation Fijian of Scottish and Swedish descent. Born in Suva, Robert went on to complete his Secondary School studies in Brisbane, Australia and then studied for a BA in Textile Design at RMIT in Melbourne for three years. The late 90’s saw Robert living in Sydney for several years working for the prestigious furniture and design company Design Warehouse. By the early 2000’s Robert decided that that it was time to return home to Fiji as he saw opportunities to showcase his talents there.
Robert’s start in Fiji saw him designing and printing Masi Artworks that he sold at regular exhibitions Fiji wide. This led to some large commissions for Outrigger on the Lagoon’s Bebe Spa, Castaway Island, Matangi Island and Hideaway Resort. He also honed his Interior Design skills in the refurbishment of Castaway Island, Myola Plantation Villa and the head office for Tappoo Ltd in Sigatoka. The office refurbishment for Tappoo led to what has been a very fruitful collaboration between Robert and one of Fiji’s biggest retailers.
Robert is still consulting to Tappoo and is primarily responsible for the buying and designing of fashion and home ware ranges for their Fiji Market Brand. His fashion designing started with simple Kaftans with bold Tropical Prints on them and has developed and expanded from there. His Robert Kennedy Fiji fashion brand has now been shown at Fiji Fashion Week 2009 – 2015 where he was nominated as Fashion Designer of the year in 2009 and 2010 before winning in 2011. Robert also garnered the Sheree Lipton Excellence in Textiles Award at Fiji Fashion Week 2015. Robert has also shown his collections in Sydney, Brisbane, London and Los Angeles. His collections continue to expand and he has a very loyal fan base in both Fiji and abroad.
Robert lives in Korotogo, Sigatoka.
Pania Greenaway is a New Zealand Māori women’s wear designer.
Inspired by the rich visual language of her culture, the stories of her ancestors and indigenous art and craft techniques, she uses shape, volume, texture and print to design contemporary ready to wear pieces.
Pania Greenaway is designed and made in New Zealand with a strong focus on ethical and local production and continues to embrace more sustainable practices as part of the brands ethos of being a responsible, ethical company and the role of kaitiakitanga based on Te Ao Māori.
Astronomy was my starting point it is one of the oldest sciences. For early civilizations and many cultures Astronomy played a key role in development of beliefs and were vital to navigation. Māori relied on stars to travel to Aotearoa and were renowned navigators. Cultures had stories and beliefs to explain these phenomena but with the invention of the telescope and the discovery of the laws of motion and gravity we have a new understanding of the stars and we know they are all obeying the same laws of physics. In changing times and unpredictability Māori faced travelling to Aotearoa, the stars and Planets were constant predictable and reliable.
The Forkleaf Project
Aboriginal Fashion with the Forkleaf Project will be showcased during the London Pacific Fashion Collective on the 13th/15th September. Never before have you witnessed a collection from Established Aboriginal Artists/Designers during LONDON FASHION WEEK.
Come September; LPFC will feature it’s very first #Aboriginal Collection from central Australia promoting our Aboriginal Artists of WARLUKURLANGU 2017.
The Forkleaf Project is a Fashion label created by Ms Stewart and Ms McMillan in 2013. Both Founders have continued their key roles in supporting Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike in the Arts and Fashion world.
uendumu is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. It ranks as one of the larger remote communities in central Australia and has a thriving community of Aboriginal artists.
The Forkleaft Project will feature a collection by 5 Warlukurlangu Artists.
From Emu prints to the story of the Seven Sisters. London is ready to be enticed with the colours of Central Australia.
The Forkleaf Project recently showcased their collection at the #Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair 2017.
PNGianKala is a Fashion label created by the Founder/Designer ‘Sarah Haoda-Todd’. Sarah is by far one of Papua New Guinea’s Top Established Fashion Designers and has featured her collection around the South Pacific mainly in Australia and Fiji. Sarah is also a Women’s activist at Women Arise PNG; this is a movement against Violence Against Women and Girls. Sarah is based in Lae Province.
Sarah’s collection promotes her beautiful country; Papua New Guinea. This is the first time a Fashion Designer from Papua New Guinea will be taking part in the London Pacific Fashion Collective.
To give you a brief two liner about where Papua New Guinea is located in the world; you will find Papua New Guinea located in the southwestern Pacific, encompasses the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands.
PNGianKala label encompasses Papua New Guinea’s unique art and culture on high fashion.
Most recently Sarah was part of the Pacific Show for Fiji Fashion Week earlier in May this year.
Sarah latest ‘Kekeni’ collection focuses on constant creativity to capture a diverse interpretations of P.N.G art, culture, flora, fauna and colours. See more of Kekeni collection during Fiji Fashion Week designed by PNGianKala Fashion Designer ‘Sarah Haoda-Todd’
Rusiate is one of the most exciting and provocative artists to exhibit at Gallery Gondwana, coming from a long lineage of potters, carvers, tapa cloth and fibre artists. In 1999 he was named 'Contemporary Fijian Artist of the Year' - his work being a sensuous mix of past and present, myth
With both solo and group exhibitions here in Australia and overseas, including his home country Fiji, his work continues to grow, evolve and surprise.