LINDA JACKSON

Artist + Designer

Jackson studied fashion, design and photography in Melbourne and then traveled extensively in 1966-1968 throughout Asia and Europe.

In the mid 1970’s she had a unique Australian vision that found inspiration in Australia’s cultural, natural landscape and the art of Indigenous Australians. Together with business partner Jenny Kee she established Flamingo Park in the Strand Arcade in 1973, housing a collection of important designers that included clothing, textiles and original artwork.

Jackson opened a large studio space in Bondi Junction, Sydney from 1982-1991 and created a new label Bush Couture, as well as the Bush Kids label. During the past three decades of the twentieth century, Jackson has traveled extensively through outback Australia, living and working with several Aboriginal communities. She has also undertaken exclusive interior and furnishing design commissions in Australia. Other commissions involve costuming and designs for the professional theatre. Jackson has exhibited as a painter and photographer in both public and commercial Australian galleries.

Jackson synthesises couture glamour, nationalist imagery, environmental awareness and Australian inspired design in fashion and textiles. An archive of her work is house at the Powerhouse Museum.

Linda’s work has been an enormous and important influence on this project and we were lucky enough to have her visit us in Sydney. Here  she made her inspiring outfit for Queen Victoria Waratah, Queen of Earthly Queens, Seen from afar. Linda has a slight obsession with Queen Victoria and was very happy indeed when Michelle asked her to make a costume for her. In particular, she found the love between Victoria and Albert very moving, hence the word ‘Romance’ stitched at the base of the costume.

http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/collection/database/theme,774,Jenny_Kee_and_Linda_Jackson

http://www.art-in-tropical-australia.com/LindaJackson.html