FlyingFoxFabrics

Beautiful things ethically hand-made from textiles

Coffin Bay, South Australia 12 Sales On Etsy since 2019

FlyingFoxFabrics

Beautiful things ethically hand-made from textiles

Coffin Bay, South Australia | 12 Sales

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Felicity Wright

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Felicity Wright

Announcement    Exciting news - we will be at two events in the next two weeks.
Adelaide - Bowerbird Design Market . 1-3 November
Brisbane - Finders Keepers - 8-10 November
Hope to see you there!
This Etsy shop will be inactive from 30.10.19 until 13.11.19 - sorry!!

Until 30.10 shipping settings are back to normal. Anything bought will ship out in a day.
I am back from the desert. It was a wonderful trip working in Central Australia for more than two weekswork with some wonderful Aboriginal artists in the Ngaanyatjara Lands, WA. It took 10 hours heading south-west to drive there from Alice Springs. Drove past Uluru and Kata-Tjuta on the way.

If you have any questions or feedback about this shop, please don't hesitate to send a message via the buttons. I will still be contactable. :)

Announcement

Last updated on 27 Oct, 2019

Exciting news - we will be at two events in the next two weeks.
Adelaide - Bowerbird Design Market . 1-3 November
Brisbane - Finders Keepers - 8-10 November
Hope to see you there!
This Etsy shop will be inactive from 30.10.19 until 13.11.19 - sorry!!

Until 30.10 shipping settings are back to normal. Anything bought will ship out in a day.
I am back from the desert. It was a wonderful trip working in Central Australia for more than two weekswork with some wonderful Aboriginal artists in the Ngaanyatjara Lands, WA. It took 10 hours heading south-west to drive there from Alice Springs. Drove past Uluru and Kata-Tjuta on the way.

If you have any questions or feedback about this shop, please don't hesitate to send a message via the buttons. I will still be contactable. :)

About FlyingFoxFabrics

Sales 12
On Etsy since 2019

Celebrating and promoting the world's most beautiful artist designed fabrics

A social enterprise based in Australia.
We love hand-printed and dyed fabrics and we love artisanal skills.
We also love fair trade because it generates livelihoods and fosters dignity for disadvantaged people.
Our founder, Felicity (Flick) Wright has been a pioneer in the promotion of Indigenous arts social enterprises working with art centres since 1986.
Most of the gorgeous fabrics featured in this shop are designed by Aboriginal artists from Australia and hand-printed in remote community art centres. We are also beginning to source Adire - resist dyed fabrics from Nigeria and Ikat from Cambodia - both traditional forms of fabric decoration.
Over time we will expand our range of hand-printed/dyed fabrics from Africa, SE Asia and non-Indigenous Australians.
Our accessories and homewares are created after the fabrics are sourced they are then made into beautiful products by five fair-trade social enterprises in Cambodia that we partner with. Each of these organisations employs disadvantaged or disabled artisans and has been carefully assessed by our founder for ethics and production quality.
Flick lived in Phnom Penh Cambodia as an AVI volunteer from 2010 - 2012 and then beyond and continues to be involved in sponsoring and providing pro bono support to projects there.
We also collaborate with Australian creatives who make beautiful things including Colors Australia.
NB: We absolutely don't do digital (printing), mass production or sweatshop!!

If you want to collaborate - get in touch!

Flying Fox Fabrics grew out of a deep love for textile art and our founder's many years’ (30+) experience working with remote community art centres in Australia.

Mission Statement:
Flying Fox Fabrics promotes beautiful Indigenous designed textiles to an international audience and support ethical livelihoods for artists and artisans. We do this by sourcing fabrics with artistic and cultural integrity from Australia, Africa and SE Asia and then collaborating with fair-trade partners in Cambodia who transform the fabrics into high quality accessories, clothing and homewares.

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Shop members

  • Felicity Wright

    Owner

    I have been crazy about textiles for a very long time. A sewer, knitter and spinner I delight in textures, colors and natural fibres, Over 30 years have worked with more than 60 Indigenous art centres including a number famous for fabrics.

Production partners

  • AND artisandesigner

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Artisandesigner is a Phnom Penh based social enterprise. Their artisans treat our fabrics with utmost respect and transform them into quirky, beautifully designed accessories and clothing.

  • Babbarra Designs

    Maningrida, NT

    "We women are from more than 12 language groups in the Maningrida region. We come together at Babbarra Women’s Centre to share our knowledge and ideas. That’s what led us to set up our main social enterprise: Bábbarra Designs. It’s been going strong since 1989."

  • Bula'bula Arts

    Ramingining, NT

    The 150 artist members from Ramingining and surrounding outstations own the corporation and elect between 8-10 directors at the AGM each year. The directors meet every 1-2 months and work closely with the CEO to ensure the art centre fulfils its core objective, to preserve and foster Yolngu culture,

  • Colors Australia

    Port Lincoln, SA

    "A love of textiles and collecting fabrics, paper, ephermera of many origins (multi-cultural, vintage, hand-dyed and printed etc) and the desire to create unique clothing from this collection has brought my business, Colors Australia to life. I love playing prints, and combining them in unique ways"

  • Erub Arts

    Thursday Island, QLD

    Erub Arts is located on Erub Island (Etsy does not recognise where that is) and is the most NE Island in the Torres Strait. The art centre has a dedicated and talented group of male and female artists working in many media.

  • Ikuntji Artists

    Alice Springs, NT

    Ikuntji Artists is a member-based, not for profit, Aboriginal art centre. It is situated in the community of Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji), and has a board of seven Indigenous directors. Haasts Bluff has a population of around 150 people. Ikuntji Artists is registered charity in Australia.

  • Injalak Arts

    Oenpelli, NT

    Injalak Arts is based in Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) in West Arnhem Land. More than 200 active members work in a wide range of media and are renowned for their beautiful fabric designs by male and female artists. Designs are printed onsite by local printers. Shop: https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/InjalakArts

  • Kravan House

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    "Established in 2003 Kravan House means 'Blossom House', symbolizing the hope we provide to our workers and network of home-based disabled craftsmen and women. Our employees have been impacted by landmines, polio or have become landless. We pay fairly and also offer upskilling in sewing and dyeing."

  • Merrepen Arts

    Daly River, NT

    The Merrepen Arts Centre opened in 1986 and the artists are famous for their vibrant fabric designs and also limited edition prints, paintings and artefacts.

  • Nagula Jarndu

    Broome, WA

    Yawuru Jarndu Aboriginal Corporation – trading as Nagula Jarndu (Saltwater Woman) is a Not for Profit incorporated body with a membership of 70 Indigenous women and is governed by 8 Yawuru women Directors. The ladies make wonderful fabric designs that are then hand-printed.

  • Palngun Wurnangat - Wadeye Women

    Wadeye, NT

    Palngun Wurnangat Aboriginal Corporation (PWAC) is an Indigenous-owned women’s organisation. Palngun Wurnangat means ‘women all together‘, or ‘all the women here‘ . The members hand-print a range of wonderful designs created by local women artists.

  • Tiwi Design

    Darwin, NT

    Tiwi Design is actually located in Wurrumiyanga formerly known as Nguiu, the largest settlement on Bathurst Island. But Etsy does not register it. Established in 1968 Tiwi Design is one of the oldest and most artistically diverse art centres in Australia and is famous for hand-printed fabrics.

  • Villageworks

    Phnom Penh, Cambodia

    Villageworks was established in 2001 to support vulnerable and marginalised groups by creating economic opportunities. They train and provide skills to home-based workers in remote parts of rural Cambodia and disabled people in Phnom Penh, with the aim of promoting sustainable livelihoods.

  • Vincent Abuja

    Abuja, Nigeria

    Vincent runs a small fabric workshop in Nigeria

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