An RMIT student will see her t-shirt design in stores at fashion retailer Dangerfield after winning a global competition.
Bachelor of Design (Communication Design) student Jennifer Thy was one of 10 winners selected out of 1500 entries from around the world for the YoorallaTEE international t-shirt design competition.
The competition aims to promote positive images of disability, with this year's winning entries seeking to reframe disability around themes of empowerment and agency, contrasted with usual societal representations of immobility and powerlessness.
Now in its fourth year, YoorallaTEE is a collaborative effort by disability service Yooralla, Australian fashion label Dangerfield, design organisation 99designs and local charity The Father Bob Maguire Foundation to raise awareness of disability and break down stigma.
The winners will have their designs printed and sold on t-shirts in Dangerfield stores around Australia and online, and were also awarded around $7,000 in cash and prizes.
Ms Thy said her design was inspired by an old Brothers Grimm fairy-tale called The Girl Without Hands, whose title and message provided an appropriate metaphor for Yooralla's aim in portraying disability in a more positive light.
"It is a story of a girl who, with her persistence, courage and strength, beats her grief and fear and finally triumphs," she said.
"It is really nice to see my passion for design and art acknowledged by others, let alone being sold in stores Australia-wide - that's crazy.
"It means so much to me, the fact that this is my final year of studies, getting a Top 10 place will definitely be a highlight and achievement in my career.
"I am just so grateful for this opportunity!"
This year's group of winners included designers from across the globe including Australia, the United States, and Indonesia, who each had different interpretations of the theme "redefine disability".
As a result, the t-shirts offered culturally nuanced interpretations of disability.
The designs appropriated and referenced iconic figures affiliated with the respective winners' cultures, offering a visual representation and interpretation of disability that were personal, cultural and even political - manifested in their personal aesthetic and design style.
The t-shirts will be available in Dangerfield stores and online soon, and were also recently exhibited at Federation Square's Fracture Gallery.
Proceeds of sales from the t-shirts will go towards Yooralla and the Father Bob Maguire Foundation.
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