OUR NAIL ART DESIGNERS
Douglas Tamwoy was born in 1980 in Bamaga, Queensland. Douglas, known to friends and family as ‘Dougie’ is a proud man of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage. Dougie’s grandfather is from Badu Island and his grandmother is from Darnley Island in the Torres Strait Islands. Dougie’s ancestry background is from the Thumpul Clan.
Dougie’s artwork is inspired from his homeland of pristine clear fresh spring waters, sunsets, reefs and beaches in Cape York Peninsula, Far North Queensland, Australia.
If Dougie’s not painting, you will find him playing football, working or drinking coffee with biscuits while yarning, spending time with family and elders.
Joel Sam’s family lives in Bamaga and are originally from Saibai Island in the Torres Straits. Born on Thursday Island Joel currently resides in Cairns, having finished his Visual Art studies in 2004 at Tropical North Queensland TAFE.
Over the last 10 Years Joel has developed an art practice and technical skills using different mediums from linocut, etching, marble, wood and most recently shell carvings. Joel’s creation includes intricate shell carvings in jewellery such as earrings, pendants, hair clips and tie pins just to name a few. He has perfected his wood carving skills into creating beautiful handcrafted clocks, birthday keys and model canoes.
Joel draws his inspirations from his culture through clan stories, majority of his designs is based on totemic and clan markings derived from the sea, animals, plants, cultural implements and constellation. Joe’s Totems/Clans include animals and plants such as the crocodile, dog, snake, shark, crow, emu and yam. Joel paints whatever is in his clan’s reef eg. squid, turtle, fish, dugong, etc
Entrepreneur / Designer
I am Donna Corrie, a very proud Torres Strait Islander woman whose heritage is from Darnley Island in the Torres Strait, Malaysian, Filipino, Spanish, Tahitian from my mother and grand mother’s side, and French Maori (Dunedin – New Zealand) on my grandfather’s side. My cultural heritage also derives from Injinoo in the Northern Peninsula Area and the Torres Strait Islands on my biological father’s side.
My artwork also acknowledges and pays respect to my culturally adopted father from Rotuma, Fiji.
As the owner of an award-winning business and an innovator, entrepreneur and experienced fashion model, my nail artwork derives from my passion to uplift culture into a new platform.. a platform to be recognized, to shine and to be heard.. not hidden.
The vibrant colours used in my artwork allows women to be seen, admired and inspired simply because they deserve it. The designs also represent waves of the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area, the sparkles represent elegance and white dots or strokes which represent Christianity.
To me Presentation is Everything!