Geo Botanicals is a collection of acrylic on canvas artworks by Louisa West. They challenge the aesthetics of space and the context of traditional still life painting. The inspiration for Geo Botanicals comes from Louisa's interest in Australian flora/history and culture.Read More
Have you ever wondered if there were alternative options to your plastic beauty products? You are amongst the thousands of us who have pondered the same question. Bio-chemist and formulator genius Brianne West didn’t just stop at this thought, she went on to create a eco friendly beauty range that is taking the online world by storm.Read More
Prior to being boss-lady of in.cube8r I worked in Sydney for a charity fundraising organisation, solving problems, coming up with marketing campaigns and working on constantly improving supporter experience. I did that for 10 years and had no more room to grow. I wanted to work for myself, and I wanted to do it in Melbourne.Read More
When most people think of Australia, they don’t usually imagine glorious amounts of snow falling from the sky – that is what dream Christmas holidays to Europe or Canada are made of. But there is one Australian who looked towards the mountains for solace and inspiration, interior designer and business owner, Mel Decampo.Read More
Nothing has quite evoked in this Junkie the awe and wonder at the mystery of the creative act than these quirky creatures brought into being by Suzanne McRrae.
Suzanne uses snips of vintage fabrics, antique buttons and ribbons, and ceramics to form her melancholy menagerie of fairy tale animals.Read More
It takes courage, vision and more than a little bit of creative flair to start a new business from scratch, especially when that business is not found on a large shopping strip, but is hidden away in a delightful little street far from the busy cbd and the madding crowd.Read More
This week is Fashion Revolution Week, the perfect opportunity to talk about an incredible event featured in the latest edition of Junkies Magazine, the Oversew Fashion Awards. We are delighted to share this article and some of the stunning outfits with the online world this week to highlight the importance of ethical fashion. Enjoy!Read More
What do you see when you look at these photos?
Photos are not just something beautiful to look at, they are a way of sparking thoughts and raising questions. What does it really mean to take a step back and look at the world around us? Photos capture our core values, deep passions, raw ideas, and great dreams.
When you sit down with the latest copy of Junkies Magazine and flick over to the first page, you will see these stunning photographs by Pauline Langmead that speak a thousand words.
These images encourage us rethink what 'junk' really means. Just because something is rusty and old, does not mean it is rubbish. If we rethink our surroundings, we can always find something beautiful.
These photos remind us to reuse and recycle what we already have. When something is broken we can fix it and when something has become worn out we can breath new life into it and make it new again.
These photos show us that there is always beauty in the world, we might just have to look for it.
Thank you, Pauline, for capturing our passion in these stunning photographs so we can share them with our readers.
"More than just underpants, Thunderpants are a way of life and, yes, it may seem a bit daft and cliched - it is only clothing after all - but for us, Thunderpants embodies the Kiwi dream and embraces the more important things in life like slowing down and enjoying the fruits of our labour."Read More
As a part of the Melbourne Fashion Festival, we were thrilled to attend a very special sustainable runway show. We got to see some thought provoking and beautifully creative outfits that were themed around upcycling, recycled fabrics, zero waste patternmaking and using organic materials.
Lush Terrain was presented as part of the VAMFF Off Runway Series and was held in the gardens at the vibrant Fitzroy Conservatory. The perfect location for an event that was focused on looking after Mother Nature. A room full of warm flowers, sweet botanical scents, raw stone pathways, and joyfully striking sounds of the vibrant DJ.
Designers featured in this earth friendly fashion-show were Surrender Yoga, EDITION by Alice Sutton, Gehrich, Cadia Belante and Heidi Hibberd. They all truly knew what it means to tread lightly on our earth and to do it in style.
With the fashion industry being one of the top polluters around the world, these are the designers we need to start looking out for. They are standing up against pollution and demonstrating that sustainable fashion is the only way for us to move forward.
Who even has time for the typical two-week fashion turn around anymore?
We need to take what we already have and create it into something that is long-lasting, beautiful, impactful, and transforming. Lush Terrain demonstrated that the only way the fashion industry can move forward, is if it slows down.
#lushterrain #melbournefashionweek #slowdown
“My greatest inspiration would have to be Mother Nature herself. Honestly — who does it better!”.
In Issue 8 of Junkies Magazine we meet with Julia Rose, a green advocate, animal rescuer and florist par excellence.
Julia has worked in the floral industry for 20 years, starting as a junior florist and progressing to the level of astonishing proficiency evident in the images found in our latest issue. Somewhere during that trajectory she took five years out to live in the Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland, a profound experience that engendered a deep respect in her for the natural world. “I lived a very natural, organic and low impact life”, she tells us
Julia soon grew a passion for creating floral art. Not content with confining her floral artistry to the usual wreaths and posies, Julia began to create gowns from flowers — “just for the love of it!”.
Julia’s models, swathed in twigs and leaves, moss and vines, appear almost to have stepped out of the pages of some fantastic fairytale.
“My passion for art from organic matter grew from there”, Julia says. “My greatest inspiration would have to be Mother Nature herself. Honestly — who does it better!”.
Not only does Julia use the bounty of the natural world in the creation of her floral arrangements, she also repays her debt to nature by implementing a range of eco-friendly policies in her work. “All of our greenery and off cuts are mulched and returned back into the compost”, she says. “The cardboard boxes are either soaked down and mulched or recycled for packing purpose Julia also collects seeds from flowers grown on the property to re-harvest, as well as taking cuttings for propagation. Water used during the floral assembly process is recycled from buckets into the garden.
We are proud to feature Julia Rose’s signature floral artistry in issue 8 of Junkies. She exemplifies all the qualities that we celebrate and value: treading lightly in our world and drawing inspiration from nature to create works of great ephemeral beauty.
Julia works her floristry magic using twigs, ferns, feathers, moss and other organic matter to create stunning floral arrangements. But Julia also has another passion: her quite substantial menagerie of rescue animals which currently include a dog, chickens, a rooster, a goose and two parrots.
To read more about Julia's remarkable story and to see more of her spectacular works, take a look at the latest issue of Junkies Magazine.
Photography by Cloudcatcher
Model - @missmolliegilbert
It was a mother’s love and determination that helped create a natural, versatile, and safe healing remedy. In Issue 8 of Junkies Magazine Debbie shares her story of how she took matters into her own hands to heal her baby boy’s eczema after over the counter creams were only causing more harm. 25 years later and after many incredible results, Debbie now runs a small business where she can share her love for aromatherapy and healing.
My journey started with aromatherapy when I was 8 and a half months pregnant with my second child. I had just come home from a doctor’s appointment after being told that I had a bad chest infection and that because I was pregnant, there was nothing that the Doctor could give me.
Straight afterwards, I visited a friend who was burning essential oils and the whole house smelt amazing. She then lent me an aromatherapy book that she had found very useful over the years. The book not only had a lot of information about essential oils, but all of the different ways that you could use them. I learnt that essential oils work on the body, mind and emotional state. I quickly went to the aromatherapy shop and purchased clary sage, eucalypts and lavender oil and rubbed them on my chest and throat frequently for the next two days. To my complete amazement, I was able to give birth in a perfectly healthy condition.
Two and half months later my baby boy had the worst nappy rash I had ever seen , it looked like severe eczema. It got so bad and spread over his stomach and leg area, so I tried different remedies from the health shop and various medicated creams from the doctor. Absolutely everything I tried flared up his rash and made it so much worse. I wanted to avoid using medicated eczema cream because it really thinned the skin and my two and half month old boy did not deserve that start in life. After I had tried what felt like everything, I was feeling completely helpless.
One night I started reading though this aromatherapy book and found that there was many different essential oils I could use on his rash. Halfway through the book I found oils that were good for weeping skin, so I made a list of about 20-25 oils that I could use. I also read that sweet almond oil was the closest one to the body’s natural oil and so I purchased this to use as my carrier oil. I wanted to be sure the remedy was gentle for my baby’s skin. Once I made the remedy, I applied it all over his rash and put him into bed. The next morning to my amazement the rash had improved 75%. It was no longer weeping, the nasty redness has started to go, his skin colour has started to return, and was no longer peeling. Another miracle cure! I was then hooked on aromatherapy. Later on I started putting the recipe into a cream base and this was much easier to apply.
When my boy started teething and was in great pain, I would put a drop of lavender oil on a cotton bud to clean out his ears and instantly you could see him start to relax. With this simple fix, we never had to deal with ear infections. 25 years on and we have used this skin repair remedy cream on anything and everything. It has helped with growing pains as the kids were got older, dry skin, sunburn, relief from itchy and swollen mozzie bites, and it always leaves our skin feeling soft and healed.
As a busy mother, I would constantly burn myself in the kitchen. I found that if I applied the cream on my burn three times before bed, the pain would completely be gone the next day, a couple of days later the dead skin would come off and even after continued use, my scars would fade. It still amazes me to this day!
Since using the magic remedy for my family, my friends started using it for their children too. This is when I decided to start making large batches and I sold it at markets all over Victoria for ten years. I had so many people coming back to me to share their amazing results. I have now created a remedy for all of your everyday common ailments and I absolutely love it. I don’t just use aromatherapy, I live it.
These are the kind of events that bring like-minded groups of people together to inspire communities. Together we can reach each and every person and show that looking after the environment is not just for the hipsters, but it is a movement for all of humanity.
Over the weekend the small team at Junkies were honoured to be a part of the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne. There we stood alongside over 100 incredible organisations, small businesses and people doing their bit to make a difference to our world. From planet awareness and refugee groups through to vegan foodies, sustainable fashion gurus and creative recyclers, it was a passionate and inspiring community to be a part of.
As we continuously say at Junkies, each small step in the right direction is making an imperative difference. These are the kind of events that bring like-minded groups of people together to inspire communities. Together we can reach each and every person and show that looking after the environment is not just for the hipsters, but it is a movement for all of humanity. More of us are starting to band together to not only spread awareness but to show that we can live an environmentally sustainable lifestyle in cool, creative, delicious, affordable and fun ways.
We do not have to listen to the monopoly fashion brands and billion dollar food chains, we can listen to each other. We can support small businesses and do our research to find the good guys. Luckily for us and everyone who was able to attend the event, we were surrounded by them all weekend.
During the festival we were also able to meet a few of our loving audience and share our passion with many new Junkies.
As many of us do, over the three days festival goers walked inquisitively between the tents, deciding whether they should take a closer look or not. From our stall we started to notice the curiosity in peoples’ faces as they reached the ‘Junkies Magazine’ sign. Our tent, like many others, attracted a crowd of questioning people who were simply passing by. Because of this we were privileged to meet individuals from all walks of life. The festival was a fresh reminder of our mission, to join people together in a community where we can learn, create, teach, inspire, and share ways in which we can rethink, reuse, reduce, and recycle.
We share how by rethinking we can literally create art, fashion, homes and so much more from ‘junk’. We were able to share with thousands of people the incredible movements of the artists and small businesses featured in our latest magazine. People were amazed by Sean Avery’s breath-taking sculptures made from discarded CDs and DVDs, Julie Chappell’s beautiful brooches made from recycled computer parts, our inspiring sustainable home section, Koi Girl’s upcycled Japanese kimono purses, and Yealands Winery’s incredible sustainability story.
The small team at Junkies want to be able to attend more events like this, not only so we can meet you, our wonderful audience, but so we can all join together in this encouraging movement.
Thank you to the Sustainable Living Festival for a great weekend, we are looking forward to the next one.
Photography by Louisa West Studio
There is nothing more inspiring than hearing the story behind someone's creative flair and artwork. In Issue 7 of Junkies we got the opportunity to speak to Kathleen Grace about the alchemy of inspiration and the ethics that underpin her art.Read More
"Do your little bit of good where you are. It's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world" - Desmond Tutu
Christmas is one of the largest religious and cultural holidays celebrated by billions all over the globe. We all know that it is right around the corner, it is hard to miss when the shops are glistening with tinsel and when there has been a sudden overflow of chocolate at the front of every supermarket.
But why is it that it has become a time of such over consumption and waste? With Australians alone spending about 10 billion on Christmas, we need to rethink our habits over the holiday period.
There are so many ways that we can show someone we love them without contributing to this consumer mayhem. Together we can look after our planet and in the process explore the thoughtful, inspiring, and gorgeously creative.
Here are a few ways to avoid the mass-shops this Christmas:
We have all been given a gift that forces an awkward smile, sometimes distant relatives just cannot get it right. But why should we let the unwanted gift rot away at the bottom of the wardrobe? It simply comes back to the saying "One person's trash is another's treasure".
Re-wrap the old gift and make it beautiful again. At Junkies we love the simple look of recycled brown paper wrapped with a piece of material, cord, or some fresh herbs.
If you are feeling more creative this year, you could always make your own Seed Embedded Plantable Paper!
Christmas is a time of giving and a time to be thankful for what we have. Get together with your family and instead of giving gifts, do something to help someone else. Whether you donate money to a charity that means a lot to you, bake food for people in your community who are suffering from homelessness, or invite someone over for dinner who might be spending Christmas alone. There are always people out there who need help, we just have to open our eyes and then open our arms.
Op Shop Finds
Would you believe that we found this vase at a second hand store? This is our most recent op shop find and we just had to share it with you.
Filled with flowers from the garden this makes for a thoughtful and sustainable gift. With treasures like this, why would you need to buy new? There are so many beautiful pre-loved items that are in desperate need for a home.
If you really want to buy a special gift for someone make sure you are giving back to your community by supporting local businesses. Whether it is your local op shop, the weekend market, a boutique clothing store, your favourite gift shop, or the corner barber. There are so many beautiful shops that are independently owned and by supporting them you are helping your own community thrive.
Another thoughtful present is a voucher to your favourite restaurant, local cinema, or any summer festivities that might be coming up.
Making a gift with your own hands is truly something that money cannot buy. Bake a batch of cookies, get festive with Christmas puddings, or try out your craft skills with handmade Christmas decorations. Check out Junkies Issue 7 for beautiful recycled decoration ideas and a number of handmade garden gift ideas from The Micro Gardener.
There are so many wonderful artists, hidden treasures, local communities to support, and sustainable ways to celebrate this time of year. As we all get together with friends and family we must remember that although we may be small, we are mighty. Never forget that small changes can make a huge impact.
How have you made someone smile this Christmas? Send us a message, we would love to share your thoughts and ideas with the rest of the Junkie Community.
Words by Sophea Jennings
In recent times, in.cube8r welcomed new owner Elle-May Michael, who is a passionate advocate for artists and creative folk. Elle-May introduced a new dynamic to in.cube8r by establishing an online store on in.cube8r’s website. However, she is the first to admit that it’s the actual bricks-and-mortar store that captures people’s imagination.Read More