Kalkadoon Community Pty Ltd pairs with Zuhal Kuvan-Mills to capture the Kalkadoon country and youth
THE Kalkadoon Community Pty Ltd has teamed up with an Australian organic fashion designer to capture the Kalkadoon country and youth in a calendar.
Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is the artist, designer and earth ambassador for Green Embassy, Australia’s first internationally recognised organic fashion label.
Kalkadoon board director, Tara Bell, said the organisation researched Green Embassy and believed it was the perfect fit to be featured in the calendar.
“The concept of Green Embassy worked perfectly with the concept of the calendar ‘Beautiful People, Beautiful County’” Ms Bell said.
“We emailed Green Embassy and were surprised by the response received from Zuhal. She offered to provide pieces from two collections and organise her whole team to travel to Mount Isa.
“Zuhal's team includes her photography artist from Sydney: David Collins, her make-up artist and hair stylist from Perth and also one of her professional UK runway model to mentor the girls during the week.
Ms Kuvan-Mills and her team arrived in Mount Isa last week and toured the area, including: Heywood Granite Mine and Lake Moondarra.
“I am glad that the Kalkadoon Community invited myself and my team to come and help showcase the beauty of Kalkadoon youth and country,” Ms Kuvan-Mills said.
“My featured collection includes 100 per cent certified organic Australian alpaca, merino, silk and recycled natural fibres. My handmade collections are earthy yet sublime, authentic yet edgy.”
The calendar was fully funded by various Kalkadoon organisations.
Ms Bell said the calendar was aimed at building confidence in youth and promoting health and wellbeing.
“Zuhal is pretty big in the fashion industry and has been involved in fashion shows all over the world and is currently organising International Perth Eco Fashion Week and is working on a new collection.
"We hope that this opportunity also opens new doors into the industry for our youth and continues a working relationship with Zuhal and her team.”
The calendar will cover an 18 month period from July 2016 to December 2017 and should be released during NAIDOC week in July.
When Zuhal Kuvan-Mills travelled to Mount Isa with her team of professionals she provided pieces from two of her organic collections, she was so pleased with the standard the children showed she invited some models to the fashion week.
Kalkadoon board director, Tara Bell, said this was a great stepping stone.
“Since the photo shoot they have been exposed to this whole side of the fashion world, they are looking at bigger and better things,” Ms Bell said.
“The Kalkadoon Community are very pleased with the opportunity given and we feel very proud our children will be recognised at an international level.”
Ms Kuvan-Mills said she was glad that the Kalkadoon Community invited herself and her team to help showcase the beauty of Kalkadoon youth and country.
“The calendar was aimed at building confidence in youth and promoting health and wellbeing, we are glad to now have a working partnership with the Kalkadoon Community,” she said.
Ms Bell said the children performed fantastically through the shoot and she was pleased with the quality of the calendar.
“The last night of the photo shoot we had a slide show presentation with some of the images to show the models what they looked like and they were speechless. They really surprised themselves what they can do.”
The calendar features photos at ‘Heywood’ Grainte Mine, Lake Moondarra and Three Steps and covers an 18 month period from July 2016 to December 2017. The calendar was fully funded by Kalkadoon organisations and Glencore Community Assistance Program.
If anyone is interested in purchasing a calendar they can contact the Kalkadoon office on the Barkly Highway.