This Ball Gown was designed by me for the Wathaurong NAIDOC Ball 2023. I made this dress incorporating traditional Aboriginal weaving, emu feathers and a possum skin shawl. The possum skin shawl tells the story of creation of this dress. From the hand gathering of the Emu feathers, the possum skin workshop at Wathaurong and winning Belle of the ball at Wathaurong's NAIDOC ball. Making this dress was important to me and helped strengthened my connection to land, culture and community. It taught me to be proud of my culture, my mob (Arrernte), and all the skills I have learned from my community, Elders and family.
My name is Jasmine-Skye Marinos, I am a proud Arrernte woman and living on Wadawurrung Country. I am a textile artist, I love to sew, weave, crochet and create handmade items however I do dabble in other mediums like painting and graphic art. My passion is to share our traditions and stories, passing it onto our future generation. I enjoy community projects and strengthening our culture through arts and craft. Each item I make is to pay respect to my Elders and my culture, incorporating traditional techniques into my designs such as weaving and gathering my materials from the land.