The six members of Yili, a collaborative established through Great Lakes TAFE’s Certificate Four Koori Designs class, will join six counterparts from Lismore TAFE travelling through the south-east Asian country on an expedition to learn how the Vietnamese market their traditional art.
“Essentially they’ll be looking at how another culture of artists and designers manufacture and sell their work,” Great Lakes TAFE art faculty head teacher, Steve Williams said.
The group will exchange their design work and showcase their branded production samples to the Vietnamese
“They’re working with a sense of the co-operative so they’ll take prototypes, pre-production samples of their work like jewellery and paper print to leave their mark over there,” Mr Williams said.
“For most it’s their first time they’ve been out of the country, it’s going to be an enormous adventure for them and they’ve already benefited through pride being selected for the program.”
Alison Page, well-known as a panel member on the ABC’s New Inventors, was responsible for establishing the project funded under the Endeavour Outward Bound grant from the Federal Government.
She will travel with the group and take Vietnam tours to visit homestay based workshops, studios and factories, collaborate with local artists and investigate the commercialisation of handicrafts for tourists, retail, hotels and restaurants, architecture and even street scapes.
“I really just want to have a look at Vietnam culture and Vietnam artwork, I know they do a lot of weaving,” artist Lyn Davis said.
“It’s going to be an exciting trip for us to travel to Vietnam.”
Vietnam was one of three countries nominated for this year’s study tour, but was won out as the safest option over Bali, with travel warnings still in place, and Thailand, embroiled in civil war.