Southern River teenager’s art features on shirt

Kobi Philbin with a shirt featuring his artwork. Photo: Jon Hewson. d491513 communitypix.com.au.
Kobi Philbin with a shirt featuring his artwork. Photo: Jon Hewson. d491513 communitypix.com.au.

SHIRTS donning artwork created by a Southern River teenager could soon be worn all around Australia.

Fourteen-year-old Kobi Philbin was in art class when he used the traditional Aboriginal dot style to paint a turtle swimming through the ocean.

He said soon after creating the artwork he heard AIME Australia, an organisation that provides Indigenous high school students with university mentors and connections, were holding a t-shirt design competition and he decided to enter.

Kobi’s design won the competition and he flew to Sydney for the award ceremony, where he was presented with a shirt featuring his design.

“Turtles and fish are amongst my favourite animals and the ocean is a special place for me and my mum,” he said.

“I like to imagine myself as the turtle and the fish are my memories, I’m swimming in an ocean of memories.

“I was very surprised when I realised my design would be used for the AIME shirts and I definitely wasn’t expecting it, but I’m also happy and proud.

“AIME really helps Indigenous students and so buying a t-shirt would be supporting a good cause.”

The shirts are available to buy from shop.aimementoring.com/collections/tees.