For those fortunate enough to witness Lyn-Al paint her wearable art piece outside in the serenity of nature, it becomes apparent that true creativity originates from an authentic sense of self. Raised in a family of artists and creatives, Lyn-Al’s Indigenous Australian identity has shaped her approach to visual storytelling. From partnerships with Vogue Australia and the National Gallery of Victoria, to meeting Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, and having her own runway show at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, the elegant integrity of Lyn-Al’s work resonates with audiences from all walks of life.
Lyn-Al’s practice is deeply spiritual, seeking to spread ‘good energy and good values’ with every line and colour that comes from her paint brush. Her work represents a message of hope and resilience the world needs now more than ever. ‘My work is about spiritual fashion, not just clothing the woman physically, but clothing them spiritually in dignity, peace and joy,’ she reflects.
Establishing her business in 2013, Lyn-Al carved her niche in the global fashion industry with the authenticity of her bespoke garments made from hand-painted silks. Each piece of silk holds deep symbolic meaning in her cultural heritage, drawing inspiration from animal life, totems, and the landscapes of her Gunnai, Wiradjuri, Gunditjmara and Yorta Yorta heritage. Singing over her work as she paints outdoors, Lyn-Al’s creative approach is as instinctive as nature itself. It is the kind of artistry that cannot be taught.
The importance of regeneration in our life journey
The past year has seen Lyn- Al’s artistic practice deepen both visually and spiritually, based on her own personal journey. When she first started creating silks for clients and commissions, her work was characterised by a vibrant and optimistic colour palette, enrobing the wearer in an aura of joy. Her style today demonstrates an evident maturation.
‘As a woman and as a creator, I’m going deeper into the struggles we go through as humans. Some of the works I did after the bushfires was centered around this idea of ‘beauty from ashes’. I think life is always about regenation. We don't get regeneration without fire, or without death. As hard as that can be to deal with, it is life,’ she says.
The evolution of Lyn-Al’s artistic identity embodies the fact that personal and professional challenges can actually lead us closer to our true path. It is a concept the artist and designer perceives as finding ‘beauty from the mess.’ This is exemplified in her painting process where she allows the water and coloured dyes to mingle freely on the silk, often producing ‘beautiful accidents’ that are simply meant to be.
Art as a universal language
The uncertain climate of the past few months has seen Lyn-Al reassess both her life and her artistic practice. While the landscape of the fashion industry has changed drastically with fashion shows, exhibitions and events coming to a halt across the world, her artistic practice remains grounded in the truth of her identity. Unlike many designers and artists, Lyn-Al never creates with the objective of having her work ‘seen’, but rather, for the joy she receives from sharing her story with the world. She has used the past few months as a valuable opportunity to delve deeper into colour theory, studying the emotional and psychological impacts of light and shade.
‘With everything that's going on in the world - all the distractions, all the chaos - I’d like for the colour of my work to speak to people and to bring healing in different ways. Color gives off different wavelengths and evokes different emotional responses in people. I’d like to use my colours to really connect with people at a time when we all need it,’ she notes.