Fledgling creative Nat Dan hopes to share cultural stories through design with the launch of a new swimwear range championing First Nations artists and diverse bodies in the Pilbara. The Bardi and Nyul Nyul woman is preparing for the official release of her new range Iharaa Swim, which will feature designs by regional creatives. The swimwear label debuted at Pilbara Styles fashion showcase earlier this year and featured artwork from acclaimed Hedland artist Bobbi Lockyer. All products are made from recycled materials, including ocean plastics. Dan, left, said she strived to highlight Aboriginal artists and educate consumers with cultural stories through the design of her products. “My brand is inclusive and I want everyone to love it. Sustainability is something everyone can relate to and I've used my Aboriginal culture to inspire that,” she said. “The Pilbara is known for its mining so to see (Pilbara Styles) coming out of Hedland (was) empowering. “I’ve been dreaming this up for over 10 years now and I've just hit hurdle after hurdle and especially just living so remotely and not having resources available — not knowing where to start and how to get things off the ground... but I’ve decided to take the leap.” Dan said starting a business during a pandemic was challenging but looked forward to future opportunities to showcase her work on the national stage, including next year’s Indigenous designer showcase Country to Couture. “I’m hoping things will settle down and we will get back on track next year but I guess it just makes my journey more interesting,” she said.