Founder, Freaka Kid Club
Freaka Kid Club is an emerging fashion label from Bendigo-based designer, Ayuen Kuol Bol. Kenya-born and Melbourne-raised, Ayuen uses weaving, beading, and digital printing techniques in a style that links her Dinka heritage and contemporary style.
Named in remembrance of her childhood, Freaka Kid Club not only charts Ayuen’s creative journey but is also intended to model a pathway for other young South Sudanese people seeking creative careers. Freaka Kid Club aims to be a platform for collaboration with other South Sudanese artists and designers, with an online shop planned in the future.
Ayuen has previously retailed at The Social Studio markets in Melbourne, as well as appearing in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and Wyndham Gallery’s Stolen/Wealth exhibition.
From 11 Aug 2021
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.