RAW Adelaide is renowned for fusing home-grown artisanal talent with relaxed pub vibes, and their most recent exhibition, MOTIF, was certainly no exception. Friday night saw more than 30 underground creatives from our local art, music, and fashion scenes step in to the limelight to showcase their wares, and exhibit what makes Adelaide so freaking rad.
Wandering through the East End Producers Bar with a drink in hand and a solid repertoire of entertainment lined up was the perfect start to such an iconic night. Filling the venue were professionals and admirers of Adelaide’s visual arts, music, fashion, hair, make-up, performing arts, and photography scenes and the venue was infectiously vivacious.
Whether you’re a local designer, an avid fashion fan, or someone with no fashion sense what-so-ever, you were bound to find a new appreciation for Adelaide’s fashion scenes. On the runway, the RAW aptitude was seriously flawless. Vibrant, summery, and exotic, the creative explosions of designs were seamless. Unique African art and designs were showcased from Tribe Collective and MazzPrints alike. Embracing fabrics from around the world, the former treated our eyes to a mixture of bold African prints with warm summery vibes. Similarly, the latter allowed us to admire the radiance of African culture through passionate and edgy street wear. Designs from Tropce La Mode also made an appearance, whereby the runway models (who were absolutely phenomenal, by the way) exhibited unique fabrics adorned with hand painted patterns, digital prints, and embroidery.
The event unites several of Adelaide’s independent creatives and encourages the community to meet the makers. Exhibiting their artwork was the endowed Cass and Brie Art, Creations By Marie, Elly Vittoria and Abbie Hobbs Art (just to name a few). The display of illustrations, water colour, tattoo designs, and paintings that lined the venue’s walls was nothing short of wonderful. A live painting by K H Artworks was on display throughout the night, whereby viewers were able to engage in the creative process alongside the artist.
On the music front, we were treated to alternative rock sounds by Indiago and some sweet blues and funk from The Empty Threats. Giving us major Red Hot Chili vibes alike, both sets were filled with good vibes that included powerful vocals and reverbing guitars that had the Producer’s venue booming.
It’s safe to say we left the night feeling totally drunk on the diverse virtuosity we had just witnessed (and of course beer, too).
Images via Adrienne Goode.