These innovative Absolutely Queer designers and artists draw on life experience, joy and love to inspire their works, which are crafted with inclusivity and acceptance at heart.
Nikita Majajas (Doodad and Fandango)
Nikita Majajas is the founder of label Doodad + Fandango and has worked in the fashion industry for 20 years. She handmakes colourful and playful pop art jewellery and decor from laser cut, laminated acrylic. Majajas’ work explores the intersection between art, fashion and activism and includes pieces supporting celebrating her queer community.
Katie-Louise Nicol-Ford and Timothy Nicol-Ford (Nicol & Ford)
Nicol & Ford was founded in Sydney in 2014 by Timothy Nicol-Ford and Katie-Louise Nicol-Ford. An ethically produced, demi-couture label with garments made to order in their Newtown atelier, their designs are inspired by their love of fashion and textiles from eras past. Together they create story-based collections that seek to reverse queer erasure from history by unearthing figures from the past and celebrating their creative ingenuity and leadership.
Dennis Golding is a Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist from the northwest of New South Wales who was born and raised in Sydney. Working in a range of mixed media including painting, video, photography and installation, Golding critiques the social, political and cultural representations of race and identity. His practice is drawn from his own experiences living in urban environments and through childhood memories. Golding was surrounded by art from his urban upbringing in an Aboriginal community in Redfern (often referred to as ’The Block’). As a young child he watched his mother and grandmother paint Australian native plants and animals, cultural motifs and human figures on large canvas and sheen fabrics.
Absolutely Queer is an exhibition celebrating contemporary queer creativity for Sydney WorldPride 2023. The exhibition explores Sydney’s leading queer creatives who are reshaping attitudes towards their community through their work, creative processes and personal stories. Absolutely Queer features costumes, design, artworks, fashion, activism and multimedia.