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Charmaine Saunders. Image: supplied
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The Cairns founder and creative director of wearable art brand Mainie has been named a Queensland finalist in this year’s prestigious Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Nominated by her peers, Charmaine Saunders’ finalist position in the award category Small Business, recognises a propensity for hard work, a passion for empowering women and business acumen.
Inspired by a desire to promote Aboriginal fine arts to the world, Ms Saunders who is a descendant of the Gunggari Aboriginal people from south west Queensland, created Mainie as an ethical, fair-trade fashion brand which melds authentic Aboriginal art with luxurious textiles.
Mainie was launched in 2015 with a silk fashion collection of accessories and tops featuring stunning, sun-drenched coloured art works by Warlpiri women artists from the remote Tanami Desert region of Central Australia.
In just three years, the brand, under the stewardship of Ms Saunders and her business partner Denis Keeffe, has developed in response to demand to include an extensive range of seasonal designs, men’s gift collection with the addition of new and varied art works from Queensland artists.
According to Ms Saunders, Mainie’s success can be attributed to a strong business plan, dedicated team and strong philosophical foundation based on cultural integrity and social consciousness.
“Through our wearable art, we provide opportunities and make a substantial investment into the advancement of women, particularly Indigenous women.
“I am humbled to be named a finalist in these very special awards and give thanks to all of those special people who have contributed to making Mainie into what it is today.
“It really blows me away to see how far we have come and more importantly how far we can go.
“Just this week my husband and business partner Denis is working hard representing Mainie at the major Reed Gift Fair trade show in Sydney and from all reports, is writing lots of business across our wholesale operations.”
Mainie is currently stocked at 70 retail outlets across Australia.
Queensland winners of The Telstra Business Women’s Awards will be announced on 21 March 2019 in Brisbane.
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