Indigenous artist and professional surfer Otis Carey was on hand at Saltwater Wine Forster on Friday, January 15 to provide an exclusive look at his new Billabong clothing collection 'Guluun Garaala', or 'Rain in the Cloud'.
The Gumbaynggir/Bundjalung artist worked with his major sponsor to design the collection, which features his contemporary take on traditional indigenous symbols.
He also painted a live artwork in the store's shopfront window.
Carey said the collection was inspired by the natural beauty that surrounded his home town of Coffs Harbour.
"I grew up in a place where big mountains sit in the sky," he said.
"The joy from watching the rain fall from the clouds, nourish our land and flow into the ocean will always hold a special place in my heart."
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His second collection with Billabong, Carey said he was grateful to have the opportunity to connect with a broad audience through the clothing range.
"The main thing for me is just to be able to share my culture and have a platform for people to be able to start a positive conversation and talk about the indigenous culture," he said.
Carey said it had taken him around six years to develop his artwork to the point it was at now, with his profile growing steadily in recent times.
"It's like another full-time job for me now," he admitted.
A frequent visitor to the area as a child, Carey said Forster reminded him of Coffs Harbour.
"It's got the same sort of energy," he said.
The Guluun Garaala collection is available at Saltwater Wine Forster now.
Carey's next solo exhibition will be in Sydney on February 12.
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