Amanda is the Social Enterprise Manager at Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Centre.
In 2013 Marninwarntikura seeded an ambitious Social Enterprise Programme, supporting women to turn the things they love to do into projects that make money. This programme evolved into the Marnin Studio, based at Marninwarntikura Women’s Centre in Fitzroy Crossing and driven by the vision of local women artisans.
In her spare time Amanda also works as an artist, she experiments with natural bush dyes from plants that grow around Fitzroy Crossing to make unique designs on beautiful silk scarves. She also runs workshops teaching other artists these skills; most recently she shared textile printing techniques with the artists at Ngurra Arts in Ngumpan community.
Amanda attended the Desert River Sea 2015 Visual Arts Leadership Program workshop held in Broome and hopes to put her new-found digital recording and editing skills to use back at Marninwarntikura Fitzroy Women’s Centre by making videos that document the artistic processes of the textile arts produced there.
Amanda will be presenting at the June 2015 Indigenous Fashion and Textile Showcase [RIFTS] event in Cairns, she is planning on screening the video she made at the Desert River Sea Visual Arts Leadership Program workshop to enhance her presentation.
Amanda has attended the 2015 Visual Arts Leadership Program Storytelling workshop in Broome and the 2016 Visual Arts Leadership Program Curating workshop in Kununurra.
The video below was produced by Amanda Smith during the Desert River Sea Visual Arts Leadership Program Workshop held at Notre Dame University in Broome, May 2015.