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Q&A with Quandamooka artist Leecee Carmichael

Quandamooka woman Elisa Jane Carmichael, or Leecee, as she’s known to her nearest and dearest, is a multidisciplinary artist who honours her salt-water heritage through her practice. She incorporates materials collected from Country, embraces traditional techniques, and expresses contemporary adaptations through painting, weaving, and textiles. She comes from a family of artists and curators, and works closely with her female kin to revive, nurture and preserve cultural knowledge and practice.  Leecee is a descendant of the Ngugi people, one of three clans who are the traditional custodians of Quandamooka, also known as Yoolooburrabee—people of the sand and sea. Quandamooka Country comprises the waters and lands of and around Moreton Bay in south-east Queensland.  Leecee is the star of our latest...

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Seljak Brand’s newest blanket design is an ode to the reefs

Words by by Ella Liascos. Ella is a sustainability writer and the founder of Sun Juju, a plastic free, reef safe SPF50 that rubs on clear and donates 5% of profits to The Climate Foundation’s Marine Permaculture Project. To coincide with the launch of our Seljak Lune blanket – which was inspired by the beauty and fragility of the Great Barrier Reef – Ella contributed this piece for Seljak Brand’s blog.  For the first time ever, reef bleaching has hit all three regions of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s the most widespread bleaching event on record and the third severe event in the last five years.  Stretching 2,253 kilometres, all corals within that span have been severely affected, according to the Great...

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Bringing Coldwater Cabin to life: a Q&A with Jennifer Hillhouse

Over the better part of a year, Jennifer Hillhouse and JC Lehuby – of Brisbane's Vieille Branche – renovated a shack in the heart of Tasmania into a cosy cabin for the weekend getaway of our dreams. We chatted to Jennifer about how the couple brought Coldwater Cabin to life, which is situated on The Great Lake in Miena and on the doorstep of Cradle Mountain National Park. It took a lot of time, love, energy and dirty work to pull it together. But it was worth it! Given Miena is one of the coldest towns in Australia (it snows in January!), it's the perfect place to slow down and cosy up (with Seljak blankets, of course). And while we might need to wait until a trip to...

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Who Made My Blanket: A visit to the mill in Lithuania with our auditor

Do you know who makes the things that you wear and use every day? After the fatal collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh in 2013, a global movement was sparked... Fashion Revolution demands transparency and fairness in the fashion industry. This week is Fashion Revolution Week 2020 and there's never a better time to ask – who made my blanket? Well most of our blankets are manufactured at Australia’s oldest wool mill in Tasmania. And in 2019 we introduced our first internationally-manufactured blanket, the Seljak Dune. The Seljak Dune blanket is made with reclaimed textile waste in Kaunas, Lithuania, combining factory floor offcuts of 16 mills around Europe. The Lithuanian mill is 93 years old with Italian...

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Turning old woollen jumpers into new yarn

In late 2019, Seljak Brand’s co-founder Sammy visited one of the textiles recycling hot-spots in the world. A small town in Italy is host to some of Europe’s most established textiles recycling facilities, many of which are almost a century old.  The region works as a network. Over 3000 companies have their own specialty and rely upon one another to provide the global fashion industry with recycled raw material, recycled yarn and recycled fabric among other textiles services.  Naturally, we were stoked when we came across this resourceful epicentre and booked a trip. One of the incredibly inspiring businesses we visited was a vertically integrated recycled textiles mill – a fourth generation family business – now managed by a brother and sister. This...

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