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Marnin Studio: an Indigenous women’s healing space turns blankets into bush toys

Marnin Studio is a therapeutic healing space where women in Fitzroy Crossing, the heart of the Kimberley in Western Australia, can come to create, learn and relax. ‘Marnin’ means women in Walmajarri language.  The artwork created by the women can range from printed fabrics and clothing, to woven baskets, painted boab nuts or bush toys made from old blankets. Based at Marninwarntikura Women’s Resource Centre in Fitzroy Crossing, the studio is driven by the vision of local Bunuba, Gooniyandi, Wankatjunka, Walmajarri and Nykina women.  After connecting with Courtney, the studio manager at Marnin, we heard a little bit more about the roots of the social enterprise. Marnin Studio started with a demand for the women’s artwork. “The Studio started officially back...

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As a purpose-driven business, every year we report on how we’re contributing to the community and environment. In a nutshell: We’ve donated 114 blankets to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne We've diverted 2,000kg of textiles waste from landfill to make our blankets About 6,000 people have engaged with us in talking about circular models at conferences and events Over 500,000 Australians have been exposed to closed loop business practices thanks to the press we've received We've crowdfunded $32,000 to help fund the research and development of using other businesses' textile waste to make more blankets – you can check out our progress with local Sydney label Citizen Wolf’s offcuts here. We're continuing to explore systems change and ways to...

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How to live a 'hygge' life

Ceramicist McKenzie Briggs lives in the Byron hinterlands and makes objects for her label Hygge Ceramics. With Scandinavian heritage, the Danish concept of 'hygge', loosely translating to 'cosy way of life', has been a point of inspiration for McKenzie ever since she came across it. McKenzie shares her experience living a hygge life and how we can 'hygge' too.  Why the name Hygge? What does it mean to you? 'Hygge' (pronounced who-geh) is a Danish word with no direct translation. The closest word in English would be something like 'cosy'. I first stumbled across the word about seven years ago when I was doing research into my Scandinavian ancestry. I fell in love with the concept of hygge immediately. The word can...

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The fashion industry is complex. It is globalised, it is not transparent, it is polluting and it relies on the work of impoverished workers. There is A LOT to fix. The Copenhagen Fashion Summit is the world’s leading event for sustainability and fashion. Hosted by the Global Fashion Agenda (previously the Danish Fashion Institute) it brings together some of the biggest names in the industry to discuss where we are today, and what actions need to be taken to provide a life of quality for everyone involved, from garment workers to end consumers. As Sammy is based in Copenhagen, being part of the Summit as a local was something of a novelty. It’s not often that working on opposite sides...

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Who made my blanket: meet the Seljak Brand makers

In 2013 the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1,138 people. It shook the fashion world, and it it ignited the world’s biggest fashion activism movement for a fairer, safer, more transparent fashion industry – Fashion Revolution. Fashion Revolution encourages people to ask #whomademyclothes. We believe in ethical manufacturing that doesn’t harm people or the planet. To mark Fashion Revolution Week (22 - 28th April) we share how our blankets are made and who by.  Recycled yarn ready for weaving. Working with a mill that’s almost 150 years old offers a treasure trove of stories. When we visit we’re always delighted by the bits and bobs of wisdom, tragedy and triumph we hear from the spinners, weavers and other technicians...

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