This week we’re welcoming our Brisbane SS19 Indigenous Program recipient CHABOO!
100% Aboriginal owned and operated, what began as happenstance has turned into a wonderful, collaborative business. Along with debuting at Brisbane Finders Keepers this weekend CHABOO is also currently exhibiting their work “Our Stories and Designs” at Logan Art Gallery! Be sure to visit Casey and Roy’s stall this weekend and discover their unique designs sharing important storytelling.
‘Inspired by our strong and resilient upbringings, the stories we need to tell, our Elders and our surroundings that make this country beautiful’
Can you share the journey of CHABOO and why it was so important for you to start your business!
With Casey’s background in graphic design we wanted to set up an online presence, so we purchased our domain and accidentally added an online store. In horror, Casey turned too Roy and said “We need to sell something now!”. We then set out and purchased a Lazy Susan to see how they would sell… As we started having stalls at market places and attracting more business, our nephews and nieces would all get excited in seeing the ‘CHABOO’ branding out and about. We then knew, that what we were doing was important for our young people to see that you can do anything with hard work, dedication and to not be shame.
What is your creative process and how do you select the artists to collaborate with?
Our creative process consists of research, getting to know the clients and to just get a feel for the subject. We have collaborated with some amazing artists and have formed a deep bond with Griffith University, QCA CAIA students Dylan Mooney and Kyra Mancktelow (Casey’s sister). We didn’t select Dylan and Kyra per-say, we all just sat down for a yarn and talked about how we could all help each other in the creative world.
Tell us about your inspiration for creativity? Is there an artist/s you admire?
Our brand name ‘CHABOO’ was inspired by our two fur-babies, Chanchi & Boomer. They have both pulled us through and shown us unconditional love through our hardest times. We are also inspired by our strong and resilient upbringings, the stories we need to tell, our Elders and our surroundings that make this country beautiful. We both love Louise Numina’s artwork and artist process and how her artwork flows with no hesitation.
Our stories have been hidden for too long and are now ready to be shared with the world, whether it be through graphics, animation or murals.
What goals do you have for your business over the next five years?
Our goals for CHABOO over the next five years is to continue to inspire our younger and older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to learn new skills within all different types of platforms and mediums. Our stories have been hidden for too long and are now ready to be shared with the world, whether it be through graphics, animation or murals.
Being your first Finders Keepers, what can market-goers expect to discover at your stall?
Yes this is our first year and we are both excited and nervous! We will be showcasing our stories on our wooden bowls and plates, tea towels, tote bags, prints, greeting cards and something brand new that will be launched at Finders Keepers SS19 Brisbane!
We’re sussing stallholder wish lists! Is there a Finders Keepers designer you’re excited to meet this season? If so please tell us why!
There’s so many amazing stallholders, we think we well walk out of the markets with our profits spent back into the markets! We have been following Blushing Confetti for a while now and can’t wait to get a hold of one of their diaries!