A lot of attention has been focussed on some of our avoidable plastic waste – principally single-use plastic bags, coffee cups, bottled water and soft drinks and straws. Plastic products, like so many great inventions, have also created some significant problems.
Boomerang Bags - Helping the Environment Bounce Back
BY: LE VERGNE LEHMANN
MISTER WOLF - STYLISH WATCH DESIGN
There is a lot of research that demonstrates the fact that gardening is very good for us. Gardens and landscapes have long been designed as sanctuaries and retreats from the stresses of life – from great urban green spaces in many cities to the humblest suburban backyard. But beyond the passive enjoyment of a garden or of being in nature more generally, we also now understand that gardening plays a role as a therapeutic and educational tool.
LEADING THE WAY
In the last couple of years, we have seen the decline of the use of watches now that smartphones are becoming more and more versatile and preferred by the general population.
But watches are suddenly making a comeback thanks to the fashion industry drawing more attention to just how stylish they can be. And that is certainly the case with Mister Wolf.
MERRELL SHOES – GRIDWAY COLLECTION
Created in 2010, eve renovations is an all female construction company based in Brisbane, Australia. It strives to employ qualified tradeswomen and to provide a pathway for female apprentices to work in the construction industry. Directors of eve renovations, Laura Madden and Juanita Mottram, established eve workwear in 2012.
AUSTRALIAN BODY ART FESTIVAL
Comfort and style meet sustainability – Merrell Shoes have released their sustainable Gridway Collection with the focus on conserving resources, reusing materials, and saving the planet one step at a time.
SUSTAINABLE GIFT WRAPPING
The amazing Australian Body Art festival held in Cooroy, QLD, will be running on Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of April. It’s theme, “Other Worlds”, will make this a spectacular event for all ages.
You’re guide to sustainable gift wrapping in a few easy steps. Thanks To Bianca Flint from The Wardrobe Green.
SHAKSHOUKA – BREAKFAST IS SERVED
Now here is a revolutionary idea. How would it be if we could return the tens of thousands of “vanity furs” – coats, stoles, etc – back to the animal kingdom from which they were plundered. Sounds far-fetched, we know, but here we talk to an animal welfare advocate Lisa Brennan who, in her own extraordinary way, is doing just that.
DYEING FOR NATURE – CARA MARIE PIAZZA
In Junkies Issue 12, we introduced you to the recipes of food stylist extraordinaire Jacki Haddock. We share with you her delicious breakfast recipe – Shakshouka.
OPTICAL ILLUSIONS – STUART HAYGARTH
When you think of New York City, the last thing that probably comes to mind is nature in all its intricate complexity. However, for New York born and bredå natural dyer and textile designer, Cara Piazza, it is nature that inspires her life and work. Cara exclusively uses organic and natural materials in her dyes, such as fruit rinds, spices, flower petals, blossoms and iron fillings, all of which are sourced ethically. Likewise, her textiles are all comprised of organic materials, such as cotton and bamboo fibres, and Ahimsa and Peace grade silks.
There is a quote by the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius: beauty is inherent in all things – but not everyone can perceive it. The ability to apprehend beauty in even the most modest object is a special gift: it requires a receptiveness to a world we sometimes find cluttered with useless detritus and difficult to navigate, and a finely honed aesthetic sensibility. These are the qualities that inform the works of the UK artist Stuart Haygarth.
BLARNEY BOOKS & ART
When the Junkies team discovered the work of Margaret Wells we just knew that we had to feature her in the magazine. The astonishing garment worn by Christine Crawshaw and photographed by Louisa West appeared on the front cover of Junkies Winter Issue 9 and is the result of the creative output of this inspirational woman.
GEMMA VENDETTA COSMETICS
Jo Canham established Blarney Books & Art in 2004 in the small and well-known tourist town Port Fairy, Victoria. She has recently joined our team here at Junkies and we thought that by way of introduction, we would share her tales of owning and operating a bookshop.
MOUNTAIN PEPPER, LEEK & CHEDDAR TART
At Junkies, we often get to hear of people who battle all of life’s odds to achieve remarkable outcomes. We met such a remarkable person in 2017. Since launching her brand in 2016, Gemma Vendetta has built a cult following for her natural and chemical free beauty products.
We caught up with Gemma and she shared her story with us.
THE TOOTHBRUSH PROJECT
In Junkies Winter Issue 11, Brigid Corcoran from Saltbush Kitchen shared another of her mouth-watering recipes with us. We invite you all once again to Eat Your Landscape!
JESSICA WOLF DESIGNS
Amber Jones and Georgie Debenham became friends through childhood and spent countless hours on the school bus together. After graduating from school, they both took a gap year where they spent a few months in rural Cambodia. So begins the story of The Toothbrush Project.
KRAIT – EDGY SLOW FASHION
Jessica Wolf upcycles fabrics to make unique garments, reversible hats and bags. She shares her story of of how she ditched fast fashion, took the slow road and started her own business that celebrates all things reloved and vintage.
COFFEE PODS UPCYCLED
KRAIT London is a luxury, slow-fashion brand that was established in June 2017, with a focus on sustainable fashion and female empowerment. The London based label delivers avant-garde designs to the market, using luxury surplus and vintage fabrics from across the world.
BEESWAX WRAPS FOR THE WIN
It's not very often that you find a truly creative and on trend fashion item that is not only sustainable but also extremely artistic. Recently Junkies caught up with Chiara, a Melbourne based artisan who makes these beautiful earrings and necklaces from recycled coffee pods.
Bronwyn from Sustomi has decided to share some of her handy tips around food storage and beeswax wraps. Sustomi sells sustainable food wraps which are great alternatives from plastic food storage containers.