Sooner or later, we will have to recognise that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans. ~ Evo Morales
For as many gorgeous lifestyle photos that are posted, there would be double, triple the amount of cleverly crafted photos of our rubbish, most likely found in said places, tossed about carelessly as we go about our daily business. So here's a pretty filtered picture of white sand, tanned feet and #PLASTIC, found on a tiny unsuspecting beach yesterday in #Sydney. Carried by the tides and washed ashore with seaweed and other organic matter, as if it were a normal part of marine life. This is just a handful I collected, there was too much for me to grab, I nearly felt helpless to clean it all up. So I grabbed the plastic bags, because #saveouroceans #savethewhales #cetaceans, snapped a quick foot selfie and voilá : it will be added to some of the most important photos of our century via #hashtag, but will be lost in translation in about 1 hour amongst the millions of other lifestyle photos. .
⚠️ But this is real life too ⚠️. .
This summer @theoceancleanup will launch their first major scale ocean pollution cleanup tackling the #GreatPacificGarbagePatch and thank the heavens for that, but it still does not alleviate our own personal responsibility of choosing better #wastefree and #plasticfree options when we purchase, cleaning up rubbish on beaches when we see it, and all around actually giving af about the state of our environment and the damage we are causing to it. Eighty percent (80%) of pollution to the marine environment comes from land, which means it starts in our hands and ends up somewhere... 🌱🌊🌏 #Take3fortheSea @take3forthesea
🦋 Doing a studio cleanout as I prep for my OS trip (in just 2 short weeks!) and have found 7 of these little blue babies left ~ my organic indigo kits! 😍 And because they have to find new homes, I'm offering 🔅free-shipping🔅 with them Australia wide from now until the 26th 💙 you can grab yours through the link in my bio. Tag an Aussie friend who may be interested too! My US fam I'll be home for summer so best to wait to get yours then! 😉🌸xo .
#naturaldye #indigo #indigodye #plantdyed #blue #australia #australiawide #brisbane #sydney #melbourne #perth #byronbay #goldcoast #diy #shibori #organic #natural #slowfashion #blu #7
Super concentration face and all blue everything 🦋 with 17 little indigo singlets drying in the Sunshine ☀️ ... be still my heart 💙✨ with @childrenofthetribe at @future_dreamers #GirlsClub 🌸🌼xo #byronbay #futuredreamers #childrenofthetribe #indigochild #indigo #naturaldye #plantpower #indigoblue #allblueeverything #fbf
Ocean cleanses ✨ the best medicine 🌊✨Moments within the feminine flow alongside earth angels @allmattersofspirit & @nicolarobinsonevans 🌿🦋 Ever grateful for these women. 🙏🏽 #sealife #saltwatertherapy #beginagain
I used to work in production for a few well-known surf companies in the fashion industry. My time there was short because I honestly could not digest that everything came down to the bottom dollar, that the hundreds of boxes of clothing sent to us from 1000's of km's away on cargo ships came individually wrapped in plastic and wreaking of chemical dyes was what we were selling and marketing to the young consumer - kids and teens that wanted the lifestyle 'look' of being a surfer. And knowing the hellish conditions of the workers who made these garments overseas to produce for the Western market, including the environmental impacts of production, coupled with a 50+ hour work week behind a desk was my version of a 'dream' job turned nightmare. .
And it's sad to say, but this is the truth behind much of fast fashion and working in this industry that many people will find wonderful excuses of why it's so great, and call it "perks" - yes I loved having trendy sample clothes all the time, but at what cost to the environment and the communities of people that make these clothes? I didn't even consider the real impact of this until years later, and even now I am still discovering my own miseducation and perceptions on what it really means to choose sustainably. .
It can be easy for companies to say they create sustainable garments but as I am learning from the people who have taught me these crafts I am sharing (namely @aboubakarfofana & @porfirio_gutierrez_y_familia) 🍃 to be truly sustainable is to be accountable for the community, the quality of life of the people you employ to make the garments and the environmental impact your clothing production has.🍃 Many of these people are still subject to low labour costs and no long term benefit to that community to fulfill the market of a Western lifestyle - it's another form of colonization with a feel good label on it. .
A remedy to this is to source & buy from local businesses and artisans, and those who are supporting these communities for the long haul. It is up to us to stay engaged and actively change our education & responsibility towards the clothes we wear and its effects.
P: @_ondama_ #FashionRevolution
🦋 I must be one lucky lady to be surrounded by these gorgeous teeny wahine! 🦄🌸 School holidays brought me the opportunity to share a bit of indigo magic with the gals of @childrenofthetribe hosted at @future_dreamers Girls Club these last two weeks 💖 It was pure joy from my heart watching the girls get creative, to immerse their hands into something so different for them (natural dyeing their clothes blue from a plant!), the playful giggles and showing them how to use the oxygen in the air to help turn their singlets blue after dyeing them by doing the "crazy dance"! 😂 It's just so much fun to share with kids and to remember to be a kid yourself when teaching them... I am truly grateful for these moments and thank Children of the Tribe for bringing me into their special little lady space to shine bright with these sunflowers 🌻🌻🌻 #grow #learn #love #indigochild #indigo #childrenofthetribe #naturaldye #futuredreamers #byronbay #slowfashion #girlsclub #wahine
My 2 final workshops in Australia (until next summer!) will be for this weekend Saturday May 5th in Yamba, NSW at @islandcollective and next Thursday May 10th in Melbourne (Selby), VIC at Selby House in the Dandenongs 🙌🏾🙌🏼🙌🏿 All hands in as we will focus on Mother's Day Gift-Making using natural textiles and the always beautiful and magical indigo dye, shibori resist techniques, & nature-inspired talk story 🌿 there will be food + drink, there will be sunshine, there will be great company to enjoy it all with as well 🦋😊☀️ Registration is filling up and spots are open but limited, come join us and hand-make Mum a unique gift + learn a new way to create with plant dye! Link & details in bio + @islandcollective website xx .
#indigo #shibori #organic #melbourne #dandenongs #yamba #naturaldye #mothersday #mothersdaygift #diy #plantdye #slowfashion
The beauty of nature inspires me endlessly. It reminds me of why we live and what we are protecting for who comes next. I love being a small, tiny fraction of a massive living breathing ecosystem that I get to play in and it gifts me with everything I need. When my soul eventually leaves this body, turn me into ashes and put me back into Nature 🌱 make me into a tree🌲or a butterfly 🦋... and save some of the ashes for Big Sur too 😌🌊...
Inspired by @living_legacy_forest who turn human ashes into living trees ~ I can't think of a more beautiful way to go back into the circle of life 🌌🌿🙏🏽 #naturelover
Today, I stepped into the world of primary education & academia to share something I deeply love and respect with a group of people whom I respect : TEACHERS 👨🏫 👩🏫 Remember when I said indigo being a movement? Well, this is it for me 📚 I have no idea where this will go or how long it will take, but starting here at Steiner School today sharing my first Indigo Workshop with this wonderful group of creators is an open door to step through... 🚪🔑✨I hope for the kids to learn some of what we shared today as a part of their curriculum (just manifesting it out there Universe 💫🌟 just sayin!) and get them on the Sustainable-Make-It-Yourself-Using-The-Gifts-Nature-Gave-Ya Train ... aka "The Nature Train" (the one that runs on clean energy and is heading towards a brighter future for the next generation!) 🙌🏾🚂🌿 Y'all are on that train with me yeah?! Okay!! Let's do this 🦋🦋🦋✌🏽🌱from little things big things grow 🌳🎶 • Reach out if you're a teacher and would like to see more of nature-inspired crafts in your classroom! I would truly love to hear from you ❤️❤️❤️ .
#thefutureisbright #teachthemyoung #kidsareawesome #teachersareawesome #sustainableliving #indigochild #indigodye #plantbased #organic #natural #education #learning #school #primaryschool #academia #byronbay
You're never too late to start doing something you love.
You're never too late to follow your heart.
You're not too old, too young, too tired, too unskilled to make a move towards your dreams.
You're also not so strong that you cannot be soft.
You're also not so fierce that you cannot be humble.
You can begin again with the way you think, perceive, communicate, and choose.
You can start over, every day, each moment, and create anew.
You can right the wrongs, you can be kind where you were once harsh, you can forgive.
If you are willing, you can do anything. 🌼🌼🌼
🌕🦂I can finally let the cat out of the bag 😽 I'm so excited to announce that I will be heading over to beautiful Southern Oregon in June to gather under the trees and share Indigo Tunic Dress making at SpiritWeavers Gathering!🌲🦋✨I will be sharing with other Weavers for the Natural Dyeing portion of the Moon Session 🌙 Its been 2 years since I've joined these amazing women and I truly look forward to returning to create & inspire with the gifts nature gives us 🍂🍃🌼🌿💙 @spiritweavers
• North American fam, see you soon! 😘 xx.
#spiritweaversgathering #spiritweavers #tunic #indigo #shibori #naturaldye #southernoregon #cascadia #slowfashion #slowcraft #mothernature