Art & Design
Posted by Taryn Hunter
17. May, 2012
Set amongst the cafes and homewares shops at the quieter end of High Street lies a gallery…or is it a clothing store? Well for shop owner and swimsuit designer Roxy Green it’s both, and it’s aptly titled Fin, after Green’s swimwear label Finnigan.
Green got the idea of creating her fashion and art fusion gallery space after sensing the need for a retail space that offered more than just clothes.
“While I wanted Fin to be primarily known as a swimwear store, there needed to be a quirky, original vibe to lure people in off the street,” says Green.
Against a backdrop of sculptural installations and cool canvas prints sits fresh printed swimwear and modern accessories, by local brands such as Illex Kinni and Collecting Pretty Boy, alongside Green’s own brand.
You’d think that Green’s fashion heritage- she is the daughter of Quiksilver founder Alan Green- would lead to seamless career in designing for the iconic surf wear brand. But forging her own path, with her own aesthetic, is something Green has always been determined to achieve.
“Finnigan as a label is all about a clean cut, flawless design, made with quality Italian fabrics and free of any logos or branding. I wanted to rely on the integrity of the design, as opposed to a name.”
Since it’s unveiling Fin has hosted a range of local artisans, including painter Josh Gurrie and his father, sculptor Max Gurrie (who also designed the store’s clothes hangers).
“The space is unique in that it can be moulded for the incoming artist; the whole shop can literally be moved out the back so the artist can use the space in its entirety,” says Green.
Local drawer and painter Jessica Stewart is the next featured artist, whose work will feature as backdrop to the gallery’s party opening party on May 31.
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