Meet The First Nations Artists + Mom-Daughter Duo Behind Miimi And Jiinda

Melissa Greenwood grew up in a ‘large Aboriginal household’ (hailing from the Gumbaynggirr, Dunghutti, and Bundjalung tribes), and was raised to all the time be happy with her tradition.

‘Due to the previous injustices that occurred to our individuals, together with my household, I’ve all the time been very obsessed with creating change and serving to wider Australia to see the richness of our tradition, which is alive and thriving at the moment,’ Melissa says.

She has been portray along with her mum, Lauren Jarrett (who was a part of the Stolen Era), since she was a younger lady, as a method to share, heal and join with their tradition.

This shared ardour in artwork, ancestry and Nation ultimately led them to launch their enterprise, Miimi and Jiinda, and has continued to encourage their ongoing work collectively; from the traditional strategies, colors and patterns, to the model’s identify itself.

‘Miimi and Jiinda means Mom and Sister, and is consultant of our robust matriarchal lineage. We come from a line of resilient ladies who encourage us every day and have instilled in us satisfaction, ardour, and dedication,’ Melissa explains.

The pair’s evolving tradition and household tales are on the coronary heart of all the pieces they create. Their unimaginable artworks can take anyplace from someday to 3 months to finish, relying on the scale, medium, approach, and the story they’re telling via the portray.

‘Typically an art work will simply stream out of you, so guided by our ancestors, and different occasions it’s one thing that needs to be created and instructed over an extended time frame. So each the bodily elements, and emotional/non secular elements play an element in how lengthy a bit can take to create,’ Melissa says.

Their intricate and vibrant designs can be found as ‘wearable artwork’ by way of their new clothes and homeware label; Ochre by Miimi & Jiinda. Melissa says their collaboration with Adairs, and having their art work function on Channel 9’s The Block are amongst a few of their proudest moments.

‘I feel what we’re most happy with, although, is what we’ve got constructed collectively and the way we’ve got been capable of give again to our mob – it’s on the centre of all the pieces we do. We’ve got been capable of donate to Indigenous tasks that we’re obsessed with, placing a refund into our group, in addition to been capable of rent Aboriginal employees, and provides alternatives to our native mob.’

Store Miimi and Jiinda’s works right here or at their retailer in Urunga, NSW. Observe them on Instagram right here.