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Stitched Together by Sue-Ching: The humble tea towel goes above and beyond in The Close to My Heart Project

Sue-Ching with the Close To My Heart dress designs  Sue-Ching Lascelles is a prolific Meanjin based multi-media artist and maker, working within analog processes; mediums such as papercutting and embroidery with a focus on textiles, creating illustrative work, sculptural forms and installations, and integrating these processes on various scales.  Raquet/Racket installation at the Artisan Ivory Street Window, Brisbane As a self-proclaimed “maker of happy things”, Sue-Ching creates work that is surreal and playful; which she describes as “both commonplace and out-of-place at the same time.” Her projects reframe the mundane, blurring the lines of where “the ordinary ends and the extraordinary begins.”   Details from A month of Sundays  Sue-Ching turned to sewing garments during the 2020 Covid lockdowns, documenting and sharing processes on...

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How to repair your blanket

Well-made wool blankets can last a lifetime if you take care of them. This can be as simple as airing your blanket out in the sun if it’s been in storage for a long time to freshen it, or spot cleaning if you spilt something on it. And if you get a hole in your blanket, it’s worth repairing! In a highly consumerist society, and an economy that relies on single-use and fast fashion buys, products breaking and needing to be replaced, repair is actually a radical act. Repair saves you money, empowers you to restore the things you love, and helps release pressure on the planet from overconsumption. Repairing your stuff can be easy, fun and sometimes really beautiful....

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Meet the makers at the Geelong mill we work with

Former mill director Quentin and textile designer Ana at the mill Seljak Brand has been working with a heritage mill in Geelong for the past year to create the beautiful Rugged range made from 100% deadstock woollen yarn. The Geelong mill, in its various iterations, has been weaving wool fabric for 100 years, but have only recently introduced blanket weaving to find a use for the myriad of leftover yarn in their warehouse. Led by the mill’s previous director Quentin Vahl Meyer, and driven by textiles designers Gemma Glazik and Ana Petidis, the Geelong mill have perfected beautiful, Australian-made wool blankets. Seljak Rugged range made in Geelong – the Peak, Swell and Glow blankets To shine a light on the wonderful work...

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Platypus Publication: Exploring place, climate and time with Marilena Hewitt

  Trained architect cum publication creator, Marilena Hewitt is a deeply thoughtful human, putting her energy into hyperlocalism, community and documenting changing climates through place. Rather than working in a large architecture firm (tried it, didn’t like it), Marilena nurtures a brilliant creative project called PLATYPUS.  In her own words, PLATYPUS is a print publication recognising unseen Australian icons hiding at the intersection of stolen land and culture in this Anthropocene. It is not afraid to express ideas through casual poetry, semi-political, visual jest and bold gestures. We have the privilege of sharing our studio with Marilena in Brisbane and find her work both thought provoking and powerful. We chatted to Marliena about SALTY – the latest publication from PLATYPUS...

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This Geelong mill has been weaving wool fabric for 100 years – now they make Seljak Brand blankets too!

Seljak Brand’s latest blanket range, Rugged, is made at a heritage mill in Geelong, one of the renowned textiles regions of Australia. We came across Geelong Weaving Mill a few years ago by way of the intimate textiles ecosystem here in Australia. After realising we shared many values and a willingness to innovate with the mill’s director Quentin Vahl Meyer, we were absolutely thrilled to hear the mill was leaning into blanket production. Since, driven by textiles designers Gemma Glazik and Ana Petidis, Geelong Weaving Mill have perfected beautiful, Australian-made wool blankets. The Geelong mill has operated and specialised in wool fabric since 1920. Today, they continue to create quality upholstery and apparel fabrics for commercial and domestic use. Whether...

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