I was honoured to attend an Artist’s Talk hosted by Helen Siwak of Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet over the weekend to hear Zuhal Kuvan-Mills (seen above left) a Turkish-born Australian visual artist, textile and organic certified (GOTS) haute-couture fashion designer speak about her product and inspirations, “Beyond the Design.” The Australian Honorary Consul Kevin Lamb even attended to show his support.
I met Zuhal last season at Vancouver Fashion Week and was in awe of her unique pieces made from felt and weaving of the alpaca she raises in Perth, Australia. “I am a farmer and a scientist first,” she said. Zuhal graduated in 1986 from Istanbul University as a veterinarian surgeon. She went on to lecture in animal science and conservation.
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