Gympie Civic Centre | 17 Oct 2018 | 6pm – 8pm
Australian social entrepreneur and author Jane Milburn brings a health and wellbeing context to how we choose, wear and care for clothes.
Jane’s Slow Clothing book and philosophy builds on her earlier career in agricultural science, journalism and communications before establishing Textile Beat in 2013 as a leadership response to textile waste.
In an era dominated by passive consumption of cheap and synthetic fashion, Jane Milburn presents a compelling case for why we need to change the way we dress to live lightly on Earth.
Here's an organic thought from my book Slow Clothing for National Op Shop Week. 'Secondhand is the new organic. When we buy preloved clothes, we do not add chemicals or production stress to the environment. Everything else is various shades of greenwashing.' 💚 As I wrote in the book (pg 25), in the four years between 2012 and 2016 the volume of clothes exported from Australia into the global secondhand trade increased 25 percent to 88 million kilograms. Most of these (90%) would have been made overseas, worn here a few times, then sent offshore again. Wearing clothes for longer is the easiest way to be sustainable and there are amazing finds in op shops that support the important work of charities. Because I done too much opshopping in previously, I am donating rather than buying, but either way is great. 💚 #nationalopshopweek #opshop #preloved #reloved #secondhandisorganic #secondhandfirst #slowclothing #slowfashion #sustainableliving #sustainability #thrifting
MERINO chips look good enough to eat! These are offcuts from @merinocountry (see earlier posts) that I have dyed with bark gathered from a fallen tree in Mt Coot-tha Forest Park. The darker pieces seen in the first photo had a second dunking, while at the bottom left you might notice some raw cotton (gathered from roadside on my recent trip through NSW) which has taken on less colour. Protein fibres (like wool and silk, from animals) are easier to colour than plant fibres (like cotton and linen). I had them all in this pot. I broke the bark into smallish pieces then put it into silk garments sewn across the bottom to become temporary bags during the process. The linen took on a grey/purple (from the iron tent peg used as mordant). This is the initial stage of the slow, hands-on process used to make my merino wrap, which is one of my favourite and often-worn pieces of clothing. Still deciding on how to deploy this new batch. Thanks Kerrie from #MerinoCountry for the gorgeous natural wool fibre. #merino #offcuts #barkdye #nature #naturalcolour #slowliving #zerowaste #waronwasteau #handmade #handson #slowclothing #makermovement #wool #cotton #handdye #gathering #naturaldye #foraging #creativereuse