A Front Row Seat With Magpie Goose at DAAF’s Country to Couture Showcase
Peppermint Magazine
by Peppermint
2d ago
With the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair just around the corner (held 6 to 11 August 2024 on Larrakia Country at the Darwin Convention Centre), we were excited to take a sneak peek at the fashion action in the lead-up to the much-anticipated Country to Couture runway shows – DAAF’s annual showcase of First Nations textiles and fashion design – which takes place on 6 August to kick off a jam-packed week of art, workshops, performances and panel discussions. Comprising over 20 collections packed into two incredible shows that bring together emerging designers and established labels, we had a cha ..read more
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Bring Your Own Bedding With These Clever Blanket Upcycles
Peppermint Magazine
by Peppermint
2d ago
Doona days are great but not every day can be a doona day. A blanket, however, is different: thrift yourself a quality wool throw and it can take you places that no doona ever could (the office, for example, if you’re crafty about it). There are many clever folk making fabulous fits from beloved blankets – wool versions tend to last a very long time, so they’re perfect for upcycling. If you don’t have any old blankets in your cupboards waiting for a makeover, there are often plenty of preloved ones for sale in thrift stores. For top quality, keep an eye out for heritage brands like Onkaparinga ..read more
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8 Easy Eco Wins: Eyeshadow Upcycle, Seed Stashing And Snack Hacking
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by Peppermint
2w ago
We get it! You want to save the world, but you’re a busy person with a job to do and a new season of The Bear to get through. Rest easy, dear friend, because we’ve gathered eight low-effort, footprint-lowering things you can eat/buy/do in a jiffy – no superhero cape required.  1. PERFECTLY IMPERFECT  First, let us say we love Flavedo & Albedo for its zero-plastic commitment and cute, colourful tins. But there’s one more reason it’s won our hearts: while many companies destroy less-than-perfect products, Flavedo & Albedo sell their not-quite-right eyeliners, eyeshadows and il ..read more
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There are more plastics in our clothes than ever before – and it needs to change
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by Peppermint
2w ago
This Plastic Free July, you might need to consider more than your coffee cup and take a look inside your wardrobe. With plastic textiles used in everything from ultra-fast fashion garments to designer clothing, RMIT expert Dr Tamzin Rollason from the School of Fashion and Textiles explains the role of plastics like polyester in fashion and textiles, what consumers should know, and how we can address this large-scale issue. words DR TAMZIN ROLLASON photo KARINA TESS / UNSPLASH Plastic textiles are cheaper compared to many natural fibres. They offer performance qualities like durabilit ..read more
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The Finders Keepers Market Is Coming To Melbourne And We Want All The Things
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by Peppermint
3w ago
Do you happen to fancy any (or all) of the following: caffeine, cookies, crafts, cocktails? And how do you feel about sitting for a super-cute three-minute portrait by Eleonora Arosio? Keen? Then you’d better get yourself to The Finders Keepers Autumn Winter Markets, which will be bringing all of life’s pleasures to the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, Melbourne, from July 12 to 14.  If you’ve ever been to The Finders Keepers, either in Sydney or Melbourne, you’ll know what to expect: sitting somewhere between a makers’ market and a festival, the clever FK organisers dial up the reve ..read more
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Homegrown Labels We Can’t Wait to See on the Country to Couture Runway
Peppermint Magazine
by Peppermint
3w ago
Call us biased but we reckon the Country to Couture runway shows are one of the best bits of Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. Not only do you get all the big names in Indigenous fashion, you also get 21 collections packed into two incredible shows. It’s a vibrant, exciting and unpretentious design showcase fuelled by stories of the world’s oldest living culture and creative techniques that have been honed over tens of thousands of years.  Darwin might not be one of the world’s fashion capitals, but the Top End has riches you won’t find in Milan. It’s all part of the annual art fair best known ..read more
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The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Belongs on Your Bucket List
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by Peppermint
1M ago
Fancy a chance to thaw those frigid digits while mingling with the big guns of Australian Indigenous art? If a Top End escape is on the cards, we suggest you time that sun-soaked break for the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair. Running from 6 to 11 August 2024, this annual event brings together the work of more than 1500 artists and designers, plus industry buyers and enthusiasts of all stripes.   Of course, there are workshops to get stuck into, plus painting demos, dance performances and panel discussions. Held on Larrakia Country, at the Darwin Convention Centre, the fair drew a crowd of ..read more
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National Indigenous Art Fair: Here’s An Event Sydneysiders Won’t Want To Miss
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by Peppermint
1M ago
If you’re a Sydneysider with a wall in need of a glow-up (or a fabric stash in need of something special), then you’re in luck because the National Indigenous Art Fair (NIAF) is heading to town this month (29 and 30 June 2024). Held on Gadigal land, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Warrane (Sydney Cove), this annual event is your chance to peruse prints, textiles, ceramics and jewellery from all over the country – and to purchase directly from the artists. above NICK LAWRENCE, DESTINATION NSW above (left and centre) NICK LAWRENCE, DESTINATION NSW The weekend also happens to be packe ..read more
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Shop That Stash: Tablecloth Upcycles Your Nanna Would Approve Of
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by Peppermint
1M ago
If you’re an op-shopper, you know that vintage tablecloths are hotter than a just-filled hot-water bottle. It seems we’re all suckers for the stories, the tea stains and those lovely finished edges. So, if you’ve been lucky enough to source the goods (or liberate one from your mum’s stash), then you want to be very, very sure about your intentions before you start snipping.  Let us guide the way, dear reader, with these perfectly lovely upcycles – they’re so fine and so beautifully made we’re sure the original stitcher would approve. As ever, we’d love to see your handiwork; be sure to ta ..read more
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This Inspiring Project Finishes Handmade Pieces Left Behind by Loved Ones
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by Peppermint
1M ago
Whether it’s a lovingly half-finished quilt or a treasured needlepoint midway to completion, this worldwide charity aims to ease grief and create community by matching volunteer handwork finishers with special pieces that have been left behind due to death or disability. We chat with Loose Ends Project Co-founder Jennifer Simonic about what inspired this initiative and why finishing people’s projects matters. photos WINKY LEWIS Tell us why the Loose Ends Project exists… Masey and I have been friends for 30 years and we are both crafters. Last summer, our friend Patty lost her mother to cancer ..read more
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