my practice of indigo dyeing has taken me to a lot of amazing places. this year found me back at home in australia, sharing within community and taking some time to be at home with the self, to sink roots down, to connect again and appreciate all that has been and what is yet to come. Last weekend i completed my final workshop of 2017 in Sydney, and it was marvellous. Something as simple as creating sustainable cloth wraps for gift-giving (instead of using wrapping paper) was inspiring in it’s own small way. And even though these changes within peoples lives may be small, they are still changes in the right direction. Now, this coming year brings changes again, by educating myself with more knowledge that focuses on our environmental impact, reducing our footprint, choosing and creating sustainable options in our everyday lives from clothing choices to reducing the plastic we use by making alternatives - and plant dyeing is a gateway to return back to what we know best - the earth. This is about the environment - its always been that way for me. And since we have the power to create what we wish to see in the world together, this coming year I will also be sharing collaborations with several other talented artists, and finally* - my own new designs that have been wanting to come into fruition for quite some time. I also had a wonderful opportunity to open up and talk about my beliefs and personal story around indigo dyeing, culture, and the environment last week in a podcast - which you can listen to now and is up in my bio - which was honestly a bit nerve-wracking and also completely liberating. We must be willing to have the courage to share our story, our beliefs, what we stand for, and our funny quirks that make us unique. I like sharing this with you, and I hope to see more of you next year in 2018, and I also hope you’ll share with me all of your brilliance, openness and beautiful magic too.
Thanks for creating with me this year. I see you. I think you’re amazing. and I love you. x
This had me in tears yesterday, all I could think of was "I'm sorry 💔" Today I am choosing & seeking solutions. 🎥 and words by @PaulNicklen and @CristinaMittermeier, intro by @JSuskin // "And may we all fall to ruin as we understand the impact of our chosen comforts. Blind we may have been, but foresight is a human power and ignorance is often a choice fueled by greed. We have known how to do it differently for so long. And yet, we haven’t been able or willing to make the changes necessary. This is the result. We were never alone on this planet.
This is the face of climate change, a heartbreaking reality of our current lifestyle - a starving polar bear. Our @sea_legacy team watched as he painfully staggered towards the abandoned fishing camp from which we were observing and found some trash to eat - a piece of foam from the seat of a snowmobile, as we later found out. People have asked why we couldn’t help it, why we didn’t feed it. In addition to being illegal to feed wildlife, polar bears, like this one, need several hundred pounds of meat to survive. They primarily eat seals and they struggle when they are stranded for long periods of time on land, without a sea ice platform from which to hunt. There literally was nothing we could do for him as we were hundreds of miles from the nearest Inuit community. What we did do was push through our tears knowing that this footage was going to help connect a global audience to the biggest issue facing us as a species today. It is true that we don’t know what caused this animal to starve but we are certain that unless we curb carbon emissions, sea ice will continue to disappear and many more bears will starve. Unless we pursue solutions to achieve drawdown, this is the grim fate for species. The good news is that a wide array of both proven and promising new solutions already exist. Reforesting the oceans and restarting natural nutrient cycles can drawdown carbon, deacidify and cool surface waters, at the same time as producing sustainable food and biofuel. With these images, we want to wake the world up to the imminence of climate change and to how it will affect wildlife and people for decades to come." #natgeo
👁🗨 My first ever podcast is now live! Hosted by the awesome @jaimelamaro of Higher Frequency 🙏🏽💙 Sharing my love for this beautiful blue hue and plant called indigo 🌱 Some of the other topics we covered are the dominance big industry has over culture, sustainable fashion, the environment & what we can do to prevent more micro plastics getting into our waterways. It is a raw and uncensored interview 💓 and you can listen to it by clicking the link in my bio. +++
Talking with Jaime and teaching him indigo dyeing was an absolute pleasure and so much fun - he's truly an epic human, kindred spirit and with plenty of good knowledge to share! Check out his great work at the @yogabrotherhood 🙌🏽 +
Sydney you beauty! Such a great day sharing Indigo at the beautiful @pocketcityfarms & @camperdowncommons 🙌🏽💙 All of the participants created lovely Furoshiki wraps, a great sustainable alternative to wrapping paper for the holidays! Plus they just look amazing and are made with lots of loooove 💓💕 Big thanks to Emma and the community for coming together today to share a bit of alchemy and good vibes ✌🏽🦋✨ .
#sundayfunday #indigo #shibori #furoshiki #organic #plantdye #sustainable #camperdown #newtown #sydney #diy #indigoblue #natural #happyholidays #giftgiving #sustainableliving
💦 The first day of Summer is tomorrow ☀️😎 and I'm road-tripping down from my little slice of heaven in the Bay towards Sydney to share one of my final Indigo Workshops of 2017 🙏🏽💙🦋 I have just 3 spots left for those wanting to join us for this Sunday's Social @pocketcityfarms ! Link and details in my bio ~ see you soon darling hearts❣️🌿 xx .
p: @toshiephoto #sydney #byronbay #indigo #shibori #oceanblue #sundayfunday
:: METTA :: 🌿
Loving•kindness and change. We may experience limitations of the human body, but not of the human spirit. Self talk directly reflects how we grow, and in turn reflects the way we interact with others and our environment. 🌿
I've given myself enough space these past two weeks on the ARP to meditate, be still, eat clean, rest... and it's resulted in a healthier mind and emotions. However - it has not been easy!! Healing is a territory that one must be willing to enter into and also simultaneously willing to let go.. The territory comes with cravings and desires, personal demons that I haven't ever been aware of... but what I noticed is they were beyond the body ~ they were in the mind. "Twisting in your jocks" as a few of my friends like to call it a.k.a. sitting with the volcano of shit that arises when you take away your vices (talking anything from food, drinking / smoking, sex, addictions... anything that your mind obsesses over when you don't have it), leaves you with just enough space to realize you can overcome them and in turn - offer yourself a wonderful gift of kindness and healthy self-talk. A gift of GRACE. True health. Deeper healing in your bodies 'systems' (and there are so many! What a wonderful and intelligent vehicle to be living in!) 🌿
Give 10 minutes of metta today to yourself and to others, you'll notice that 'problems' shift, perceptions change, life moves on and what was once stagnant will gravitate towards resolution. 🌿🙏🏽🦋 Thank you to the wonderful @the_gracious_naturopath for sharing your inspiring words and vision for this Adrenal Recovery Program... it's truly been a journey... two weeks left to go ❤️✨ #balance #lovingkindness #adrenalrecovery #cleaneating #meditation #metta #byronbay #healthiswealth
I have two Furoshiki Indigo Workshops coming up starting this Sunday in Sydney @pocketcityfarms and next Sunday @workshopnorthernrivers 🙌🏽🌿 Furoshiki is a very beautiful and sustainable technique of cloth gift-wrapping which is traditional to Japan (it dates back to the Edo period), and is a wonderful way to gift-give with this creative and highly-versatile decorative cloth. We will be using the indigo plant pigment and creating Shibori designs on our cotton fabric pieces, and I will share several techniques of wrapping and tying your cloth for gifts and packages.
The one receiving the gift can continue to use the Furoshiki wrap, or gift it to another person, passing along the tradition of sustainability and beautiful artisan craft.
Both workshops are filling in quickly and are Sunday Socials which will include light canapés and drinks during the day ... fun!! 😊💙
Book in your spot via the link in my bio +++ #sundayfunday #shibori #indigo #plantdye #organic #byronbay #sydney #newtown #pocketcityfarms #lismore #northernrivers #sustainable #giftgiving #diyworkshop #naturaldye
The threat towards the biodiversity on our planet is not a mystery. If we look closely enough, we can see it in nearly every environment. If we listen quietly enough, we can hear it echo from developed lands into the last remaining wild places..
I remember this moment so vividly ~ I was dwarfed and in awe of one of the most magnificent beings I had ever stood next to - the Great Redwood tree. I grew up with these trees my entire childhood, and would visit them on camping trips & road trips with my family. The native Redwoods are among the oldest living trees on earth and, although they once occupied much of the northern hemisphere, today's native forests can only be found in a 450-mile strip of land along the coast of northern California to southern Oregon.
My dear sister Ayana Young of @for.the.wild has begun a restoration project for these Redwoods in the Southern Cascadia Ranges of the Pacific North West, and has just launched her 1 Million Redwoods Kickstarter campaign in support of it.
The project incorporates land conservation, ecological restoration, research, and large-scale plant propagation in a restorative native species nursery. The nursery will function as a living library and laboratory to help safeguard rare and endangered plant and fungal genetics of the redwood range, and will include a seed bank. 🌱🌲
Ayana is an incredible activist for the environment, and has been working for years on this vision to make it a reality. And growing up with these trees, I deeply understand her mission to protect them. ❤️
If you'd like to contribute to this project, you can donate and pledge through the link in @for.the.wild bio or below, and help restore these trees and this precious ecosystem for many generations to come. 🌱👉🏽 www.kickstarter.com/projects/1284964860/1-million-redwoods-project
#1millionredwoods #forthewild #redwoods
🙏🏽 Always a pleasure to work in this studio. Thanks to all of the beautiful participants who joined us for today's workshop @creativebasebyronbay ~ such a great group of creative women! Next workshops coming up in Sydney Dec. 3rd and Lismore Dec. 10th, link in bio for tickets 🌚♏️✨
#indigo #skillshare #sundayfunday #shibori #plantdye #organic #sustainablefashion #byronbay #sydney
💙🌿 Workshop ready for today's participants @creativebasebyronbay 🙏🏽 I love sharing this craft... ever evolving 🦋❤️ Have a beautiful weekend everyone! xx
#byronbay #indigo #shibori #plantdye #natural #organic #sundayfunday #skillshare
💙 Preparing for tomorrow's workshop @creativebasebyronbay and two spots have opened up for anyone wishing to join us 🦋
I would love to see you there 🙏🏽 Link in my bio to claim your spot or pm me here xx
#byronbay #indigo #shibori #sustainable #organic
p: @azad.sellars ✨
🔆 Sooo... going alcohol-free, coffee/caffeine-free, gluten + dairy free, refined sugar + processed food free, and meat-free (except for a bit of 🐟!) this next month for @the_gracious_naturopath awesome Adrenal Recovery Program 😌🙏🏽 Will be filling my body with FRESH wholesome whole foods, fruit and veg (lots of it!), and alkalizing, nutrient dense superfoods so I can feel cleaner and clearer. More meditation, more calming the nervous system, more FREEDOM. I like that. 🦋 Let's see how I go for this next month ... 😉🌸 Let food be thy medicine 🌿🍏🍊🍓🍉🥒🥝🥑🥕#cleaneating #calm #foodismedicine #guthealth #wholesomefood #byronbay