Higher Attire for Stars

Posted on October 05, 2017 by Karina Gray

Starwin Social Enterprise has the mantra - "Champions. Change. Community."

Earlier this year we had an idea to help spark a 'Currency of Kindness' ... by creating an initiative in collaboration with Higher Attire where our customers and connections could 'gift' dresses to be collected by schools for young women attending graduations and their formal functions.

We wanted to contribute to their celebration of their success and committment to shine!

Well Darwin, we'd just like to say a HUGE - THANK YOU!!

So far we have gifted over 40 dresses to 4 different school groups and many more to go (we welcome more schools to make contact with us).

To our the top end community - a special thank you for assisting us to demonstate that social enterprise is not about fundraising or always monetary investment, but more about being a solution broker & creating community change.

We are proud to be helping these young women shine like the stars that they are & we congratulate all of them on achieving a higher education and doing themselves, family & community proud!

Let's keep the currency of kindness flowing & share the Starwin spirit 


Schools - pls email: to book in a time to collect

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Posted in boarding school, darwin, donations, dress for success, graduation, higher attire, Indigenous, kindness, oneofakindness

Starwin Crafternoon - Decorate Shells with  AMP

Posted on August 22, 2017 by Karina Gray

Anne-Marie Puruntatameri (AMP) led our crafternoon session on the traditional art of painting jukwarringa (mud mussel shells) on Thursday 17 September. The Tiwi Islander from Melville Island, 100 km north of Darwin, shared stories with visitors Abby and Jo sitting outside our shop in the Breezeway of the Double Tree by Hilton. 

Traditionally, women on the Tiwi Islanders go hunting for juwarringa in the mangroves during kuminpunari (the dry season). After cooking the mussels on the fire and eating, the shells are kept and painted for decoration.

AMP resides in Darwin to receive dialysis treatment and has to live away from her husband and family. Painting and sharing stories helps her feel connected to community here.

Our next event is Starwin Storytime with Aunty Rosie on Thursday 24 August!

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Here’s to healing happy, healthy minds and hearts!

Posted in crafternoon, Decorate Shells, mud mussels, Starwin Crafternoon, Tiwi, Tiwi art, Tiwi Islands

Starwin joins the Darwin Show Indigenous Cultural Showcase

Posted on August 01, 2017 by Karina Gray

It’s been an exciting few weeks at Starwin Shopfront!

In July we took part in the first ever Indigenous Cultural Showcase at the Royal Darwin Show, sharing a stall with Bima Wear and Pudakul Cultural Tours. We loved being able to showcase some of the beautiful products the Top End has to offer with the Show community.

Thanks to everyone who came and said hi, bought some local products and supported our enterprises or participated in the cultural activities on offer. Some of our best sellers included the Recycled Aboriginal Mats, Alperstein Designs Salad Servers and stunning fabrics from Babarra Maningrida and Bima Wear Tiwi Islands, all available in store or via our online store.

Thanks also to Territory FM and ABC Darwin for their interviews and sharing our stories.

The Bima Wear ladies previewed their new line of clothing in vibrant and unique Tiwi designs. You can check out their new range at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair from 11-13 August and then in Starwin Shopfront in coming weeks!

The excitement continues this week as we head to the Smile a Mile Toy Library on Thursday 3 August to celebrate Aboriginal Children’s Day. Little ones can learn how to paint on mud mussel shells with Tiwi ladies Anne-Marie and Helen Puruntatameri. And we’ll have books, toys and children’s clothing for sale. Come down and say hi!

Still to come this month is Starwin Shopfront’s 4th birthday celebration (9 August), a Crafternoon for decorating shells (17 August) and Storytime at Starwin with Aunty Rosie (24 August).

As always, we’d love to you to pop into the store and say hi to Karina, Martha, Mel or Ameina.

We have a supply team of 30+ social and community enterprises offering unique cultural and Australian-made products.

Help us spread our campaign of #OneOfAKindness


Posted in Aboriginal, Anne Marie Puruntatameri, art, crafternoon, Darwin Show, Helen Puruntatameri, Indigenous, Royal Darwin Show, shell painting, social enterprise, starwin, starwin shopfront, Storytime, strong women, tiwi

Starwin Crafternoon - Weave With Me

Posted on May 05, 2017 by Karina Gray

On Thursday 27 April 2017, Starwin Shopfront hosted it's first ever 'Crafternoon', where members of the community were lead by Eunice Orsto (Palipuaminni) of Bathurst Island who gave a hands on and heartfelt demonstration of the magical art form of weaving. 

Working with collected pandanus that she had gathered with other women of the island, Eunice shared stories and techniques with participating adults and children.

The afternoon involved many cups of tea, lots of laughter and an appreciation for weaving and Eunice’s efforts to keep her tradition alive.

Eunice is a 4th generation weaver and has been working with the naturally sourced and dyed material for over 12 years.

She will be returning on the 25th of May for yet another Crafternoon. Eunice will be leading a diverse workshop on further weaving as well as painting. All materials provided.

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Words & images by Anna Spencer

Eunice Weaving

Posted in art, basket, crafternoon, Eunice Orsto, Indigenous, pandanus, social enterprise, starwin, starwin shopfront, strong women, tiwi, tiwi design, top end, weaving

Marketing the Magic of Starwin

Posted on January 31, 2017 by Karina Gray

We have created a new design for our business cards. Contact us on 0402303867 or e: if you would like some to share amongst your networks

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Posted in #youth leadership, marketing, socent, social enterprise, starwin, starwin shopfront, top end

Invest in the Best

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Karina Gray

Tiwi Bombers Youth Girls investment opportunity

Starwin Social Enterprise is seeking donators and investors to support the “Tiwi Bombers Youth Girls – Invest in the Best” project.

With just 25 days to Christmas, why not share the Starwin spirit and give a gift that keeps on giving...

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Did you know?

Posted on April 04, 2016 by Karina Gray

As a Social Enterprise the $ we make contributes to Community Change...

Through the Tiwi Bombers Youth Girls Leadership Group...

Thank you for your support!!!

#Bcorp #Back2Back #TiwiMagic

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Posted in #youth leadership, starwin shopfront, tiwi, Tiwi Bombers