One of the greatest sources of ‘light’ and inspiration to me throughout my career as a designer has been to draw from ‘elders’. By elders, I refer to the rich cultural heritage of the nations I reside in at any given time regardless of my own muddled ancestry. As a lot of you are aware I was in fact born in Australia and one thing that has moved me considerably is the plight of the Aboriginal people. The Aboriginal people in my opinion are the true custodians of Australia. They have endowed Australia with such depth of meaning on many levels, culturally of course being the most prominent as we are gradually indoctrinated into the beauty of their reasoning, spirituality and the way it has manifested through their stories of the Dreamtime, their sophisticated arts and crafts and their ability to maintain a dignified composure in today’s society, regardless of the fact that they were nearly exterminated.

Within my fashion collection are several pieces that I have created as reflections of the meaning of the Aboriginal people and the significance of Aboriginal culture and spirituality to Australians today.

The latest design is called “Dreamtime”.

The Dreaming or Altjeringa is a sacred ‘once upon a time’; time out of time in which ancestral Totemic Spirit Beings formed The Creation.
Aboriginals believe in two forms of time; two parallel streams of activity. One is the daily objective activity, the other is an infinite spiritual cycle called the “dreamtime”, more real than reality itself. Whatever happens in the dreamtime establishes the values, symbols, and laws of Aboriginal society

For further reading on ‘the Dreaming’ have a look at this academic paper:

Dean, Collin, The Australian Aboriginal “Dreamtime”: It’s History, Cosmogenesis, Cosmology and Ontology, Gamahucher Press, Victoria, Australia, 1996.

Thank you for your consideration,

Iota Ultsch


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