Passionate about Indigenous Australian textiles
We make (our own brand) accessories, clothing and homewares from Indigenous-designed fabrics hand printed in Australia. Jump straight to our online store here.
We collaborate with partners – Indigenous artists and art centres in Australia and disabled and disadvantaged artisans in Cambodia – who make our beautiful products.
We promote other talented people, ethical businesses and fair trade fabric products. We market a range of our own products and other gorgeous things in our online Etsy shop.
We share stories about what’s happening in textiles; people, events, exhibitions, publications, awards, products and more – on our socials and blog – because #thereisloveinsharing
We love all things textiles. Fabric. Fibre. Weaving. Especially hand-made, hand-printed and/or hand-dyed fabrics.
Flying Fox Fabrics – beautiful things ethically hand-made from textiles
The back story
Flying Fox Fabrics was founded by Felicity (Flick) Wright – who loves fabric and alliteration. Crazy about fabrics and sewing since she was 5 (truly!) she had the incredible luck of having a career that has allowed her to spend lots of time working for and with Indigenous Australian artists from one end of Australia to the other.
Flick has supported and promoted Indigenous textile artists since her first gig as an Art Centre manager (Warlukurlangu Artists). Over the years she has created and implemented a number of major and minor projects relating to Indigenous fabrics/textiles and overseen a major fabric printing workshop twice (Injalak Arts). Flick has also supported and mentored many textile artists, written and published and has an unparalleled knowledge of the development of the sector.
In 2010 she went to live in Phnom Penh for two years under the AVI volunteer program and made networks in Cambodia with social enterprises employing disabled artisans. She has also been a Fair Trade champion since the 1980s. Her philosophy is ‘collaboration not competition’ and stresses the importance of win-win; making business good for the artists/producers and good for customers. She is very happy about the rise in awareness of the ethics around supply chain and consumers asking questions.
During her working life Flick has been a manager and consultant to dozens of Indigenous remote community art centres since 1986. Last count it was about 65, some multiple times. Flick and her family have lived ‘out bush’ for more than 12 years in four remote communities: Yuendumu, Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) and Ramininging in the Northern Territory and Mimili (South Australia).
Read here to learn about the positive social impacts that Flying Fox Fabrics creates. Flying Fox Fabrics is based in beautiful Coffin Bay in rural South Australia and let’s Flick continue to do stuff with fabrics and textiles on a small scale. If you are interested in collaborating or want to know more about any aspect of Flying Fox Fabrics – please get in touch.