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Thumbnail artwork by Peggy Hopper.
In the lead up to ‘Australia Day’, each year as I grow older and increase my awareness of the history of this country I call home, the more I am repulsed by the idea of celebrating this day.
I encourage all my friends to perhaps, not join in on the bbq at the beach and use the $50 you would spend on beers, Doritos and sausages to buy tickets to see Bangarra perform, or donate it to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation or The Cathy Freeman Foundation. Celebrate the survival, despite all odds, of the traditional owners of this land we all live on, and embrace their vast, strong, resilient and incredibly beautiful culture, of which we all can learn a thing or two from, namely inclusivity and peaceful living!
You could take the time to do something quiet, put back in to the land, perhaps plant a native tree using seeds you can purchase here ahead of the day: Victorian Native Seeds, or just go for a quiet walk with friends and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land you are in touch with. Get savvy with your local language by purchasing a map.
I acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, for it is their land I live and walk on, and breath the air of, that I pollute with the fuel in my car and the rubbish I dispose of. I make a promise to you, that every year I will learn more and contribute more and work alongside you, so that we can all be friends and live an equal life.
Artwork 'Holding Ground' 70 x 70 cm silk scarf, available in April.
I saw Angel at the Sydney Opera House the other evening.
My heart is still kind of fuzzy, eyes weary. She sings all the songs I need to hear.
At Land, At Bloom. A temporary exhibition & store with Victoria Zschommler.
Bliss / in the clurb or in your backyard. Spring is here. Summer is coming.
Maya Deren has taught me a few things over the length of time I have spent watching her films. Lessons of art, expression, freedom, celebration of female artists, of strength and movement, which in time, equals healing.
The Rosa Wrap: Featuring the Rosa print, inspired by edible flowers. The dense cotton linen wrap with delicate frayed edges can be worn any way you like.
The fabric holds its own after sculpted over your body. You can use a pin to secure it over your shoulders, or tie a knot with two edges.
Beautifully printed and ethically sewn in Melbourne.
The Mandarin, in season - Autumn / Orange in colour, so tasty, an every day activity: enjoying each segment.
A poem by Cassandra de Alba.
On the mountain overlooking your family’s house
in Santiago, I sat watching you undress yourself
of the oranges in season, take them for anything
but remembrance, then begin to feed yourself.
What tree told you to swallow nature
whole and leave nothing behind. Why not ask
the fruit, have you always grown here?
In London, there is nothing in season. Only the
rain grows, so I pick the leaves from the
orange in my chest, asking how rotten
PAINTER FRANCINE VAN HOVE.
I simply adore Francine Van Hove. Her artwork has an air of nostalgia - they remind me of moments in my life that did feel, almost, perfect. Coffee, tea, comfort and girlfriends.
“My main theme is, without a doubt, that intimacy and peace which women know when they are alone, when they enjoy such simple pleasures as reading during breakfast, or losing themselves staring into the eyes of a cat, or just sleeping.”
Goodness me, what a wonderful woman you are Francine.
My beautiful friend Hilary Faye put together one of the most beautiful motion short films I have ever seen.
Hilary is one of the most talented human beings I will ever know.
'The bringing together of different worlds on an unfamiliar plane…'
Music: 'Aquarius' by Boards of Canada Found material mostly from National Geographic magazines.
Watch here & enjoy.
Just before I started Mirador I went on a long trip over France, Italy, Austria, Malta, Spain & Portugal. For the first 4 months, I went solo. I hired a car and drove myself around these countries, ate well, thought a lot. Laughed. Drew. I will treasure these months for the rest of my life. I will never forget the time in Venice when I ordered an espresso in a wooden laden cafe, and stood up, sipped quick and ventured to the Architecture Biennale and learnt all about hallways and balconys.
Designer Lauren's profile on Intent Journal.
“Mirador sits amongst the small, independent businesses of Australian fashion and contributes to a nicer way of living, providing customers with only long lasting, high quality garments, locally made and genuinely hand crafted.” How have your personal values shaped your business?
I feel very humbled to have created, albeit a small entity, something that encapsulates everything I am passionate about. Mirador is quite a personal project; each textile print is a reflection of my values. I don’t think I could create an outcome I feel proud of otherwise. I always have a focal point that is relevant to my personal life, and hopefully to a lot of other women's lives too—nature, independence, quality, strength, career, maternity, pottery, food, conversation, power. My values stem from these points, which in turn shape Mirador’s values too.
What does Slow Fashion mean to you, and how does Mirador engage in this movement?
Mirador participates in this really exciting movement by designing garments to be worn year after year. I aim to maintain the quality and beauty of each piece by sourcing high quality fabrics and embracing simple and classic design (such as the much loved staples: the sarong and the kimono). These are guaranteed to surpass trends and contribute to the longevity of the garment, making it a timeless piece. I invest in keeping traditional methods of garment and textile making and printing techniques alive and in Australia. I hope this gives some vibrancy and significance to the items we produce!
Everything we make is part of a very small run using traditional cuts, and some pieces are made-to-order. My dear maker Jimmy takes pride in everything he sews; each item is really quite special.
To read the full interview, visit here .