Sustainable Colour

Continuous Culture

Sustainable Colour Continuous Culture

Geelong Design Week 2023

19 – 29 October

First Nations artists using recycled pigments in a world-first.

Meet the Artists

Elly Chatfield


Nikki McKenzie


Dr. Jenny Murray-Jones

Yorta Yorta – Baraparapa

Brandi Salmon

Wiradjuri – Tongan

Norm Stanley

Kurnai – Wotjabaluk

Kiri Tawhai

Noongar – Ngapuhi – NgatiTuwharetoa

Meet the Artists

About the Project

About the Project

Deakin University is proud to celebrate a ground-breaking, research initiative and supporting exhibition of renowned First Nations visual artists and print makers.

The Perpetual Pigments project tests the results of a world first research project conducted by Deakin University’s Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) and made possible by and Sustainability Victoria.

Framed within the circular economy conversation, IFM has developed a process to extracted pigments from discarded textiles and fabrics made from natural fibres.

Exhibited during 2023 Geelong Design Week, this participatory, ‘art meets science’, exploration displays the results of testing which explored the effectiveness of recycled pigments for visual art practice.

Inspired by the theme, ‘Sustainable colour continuous culture’, artist have produced art works which have been painted with the recycled pigments produced by IFM.

T Shirts and other fashion garments on display at the Perpetual Pigments have also been printed with recycled IFM pigments.

Deakin’s Perpetual Pigments project is proud of the association with Rip Curl who has worked closely with IFM and the exhibition team to produce T shirts featuring designs by Gamillaroi woman, Elly Chatfield and printed with IFM recycled pigments.