This outfit is based on modern warrior women. The matriarchal Indigenous blood line that runs through me. Without women, we would not exist. All women, all mothers, all queens, all leaders, all warriors. Mother nature is our existence, we must support her and look after her, for without her, we will not exist.
The Zimmer Dress:
The artwork on the dress references a sea of flower petals. I made the print by painting marks with gouache paint, digitally scanning the petal marks onto the computer, editing in Photoshop and Illustrator, then arranging into a seamless repeat pattern. Printed on recycled cotton fabric at Next State Print in Melbourne. A printed, 25%recycled cotton/75%organic cotton drill fabric, multi paneled, fully lined, sleeveless, cocktail length jacket dress, with pockets, center front buttoning, and a mandarin collar, in a size 8.
The Chef Blouse:
The print on the blouse, I created in Illustrator and it represents a mountainous landscape, wind, and sky of Australia. The fabric of the blouse is satin and was printed at Next State Print in Melbourne. A printed, polyester satin fabric, long bishop sleeve blouse with a high-low hem and center front button fastening, in a size 8. These two pieces I designed, pattern made from scratch, and constructed myself. They are the 2022 final versions of my 2021 final university year collection.
Lou Bloomer is a part Indigenous Australian artist currently based in Melbourne, originally from Grafton, Northern NSW, identifying as Bundjalung for the land she was born and grew up on, as well as Anaiwan and Kamilaroi—the nations of her ancestors. Lou draws her artistic inspiration from nature and her everyday surroundings, highlighting the similarities in our life’s journeys with that of the universe and everything living within it.