Alternative style & Indigenous art become “solemates” for The Happy Boxes Project

Nikita Fitzpatrick of New Dreaming Art with ‘Tragic Beautiful Connections’ boots (Image Credit: Stacey Nightingale).

Australian alternative e-commerce brand Tragic Beautiful is teaming up with First Nations’ artist Nikita Fitzpatrick to raise funds for rural Indigenous women this International Day of World’s Indigenous People (IDWIP), Tuesday, 9 August.

A limited-edition print will be sold with all proceeds going to The Happy Boxes Project, while one lucky donor will nab themselves a pair of showstopping boots adorned with stunning Indigenous art.

The Happy Boxes Project is a charity that provides beautiful boxes of toiletries, sanitary items and self-care products via Happy Boxes to Indigenous women in remote communities around Australia.

Tragic Beautiful Marketing Manager Brydie Brakels said this year’s IDWIP theme: ‘The role of indigenous women in the preservation and transmission of traditional knowledge’ inspired the brand to collaborate with Fitzpatrick to share First Nation’s stories through art.

“Art serves as a form of self-expression and allows for knowledge and wisdom to be passed on to future generations,” Ms Brakels said.

“Although an unconventional canvas, chunky gothic boots provide the perfect conduit to share traditional knowledge to our alternative niche.

“We believe these unique and beautiful boots serve as the perfect prize to encourage our community and beyond to dig deep and support Indigenous women in the most remote corners of Australia,” she said.

Nikita Fitzpatrick of New Dreaming Art said traditional symbolism combined with her signature style brings new stories to life while honouring the traditional knowledge of the First Nations’ people.

“The Traditional Custodians of the land on which Tragic Beautiful operates, the Yuggera, Turrbal, Yugarabul, Jagera and Yugambeh peoples, have been represented within both the boots and art print,” Mrs Fitzpatrick said.

“The new tale of Tragic Beautiful and their community are also featured, weaved with uniquely gothic elements such as spider webs to tie the tales together.

“I’m glad this fundraiser will directly benefit rural First Nations’ women by enriching their lives and allowing their stories to be shared,” she said.

Tragic Beautiful’s fundraiser for The Happy Boxes Project will commence on 9 August at 12pm AEST and run until 16 August at 12pm.

To stay up to date with Tragic Beautiful’s fundraiser, visit the Tragic Beautiful website: https://www.tragicbeautiful.com/

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