Lyn-Al Young is an emerging fashion designer from Melbourne and a proud Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta woman. Lyn-Al designs personalised garments out of high quality silks and natural dye creating original pieces of wearable art, each with its own personal story and symbolism. She has showcased her collections at VAMFF, MBFWA, Australian Indigenous Fashion Week and Pacific Runway.
Lyn-Al will be mentored by creative director and stylist Philip Boon as she researches, designs and manufactures a small range of clothing intended for presentation at Hong Kong Business of Design Week in December 2018. In November and December 2017, Lyn Al was part of a Victorian Government Trade Mission to Hong Kong Business of Design Week where she explored potential business opportunities in Asia. This project will see her build on these connections and support her to expand her business into new international markets.
What does being awarded a Creators Fund grant mean to you?
I am so grateful to Creative Victoria for believing in me enough to support and award me the Creators Fund. The funding enables me to take my business to the next level and able to do more professional development. This fund also means that I will have the financial resources to find part of my heritage and identity and culture. It will support my journey to connect with my Cantonese heritage in Shende Province China and hopefully visit where my great, great grandfather is from.
How important is 'time' to you, as an artist/creative professional?
This fund has enabled me to spend more time being creative and less time on having to work out where the next sale is coming from.
What's the first thing you did when you found out you were awarded a Creator's Fund grant?
I was in Hong Kong for Business of Design Week when I found out that I was awarded the fund. After I found out I called my parents, they were so happy for me, it was a really great moment with them as they have been the ones that have been my biggest supporters and for them to know Creative Victoria is supporting me meant just as much to them, they were so proud.
What are you most looking forward to over the months ahead?
Developing my brand, professional development, website and marketing. Travelling to mainland China to connect with my Cantonese heritage is something that I could not have done without this funding. Seeing what emerges from my travels and the freedom to focus on my new designs is something I’m looking forward to.
Where would like to see yourself at the end of this process? How do you anticipate your career will develop as a result?
By having a professional branding image and marketing strategy via a website will positively impact my business. A strong brand identity, presence and story. Having a successful website and online store, some more stockist outlets, international market in Hong Kong.