Confession: My name is Penelope Bell and (generally speaking) I don’t like buying clothes from op shops. ⠀
It’s true, I don’t like buying second hand clothes from op shops. Not because I don’t want to, not because I’m grossed out by it (ok, so maybe I am a little bit), really it’s just because I’m not very good at finding golden needles in overwhelmingly large and (a lot of the time) ugly hay stacks.⠀
There have been occasions where I’ve stumbled across the odd gem but if I’m being honest, I’d prefer to either buy something new, design and make something myself or just make do without. ⠀
So where does that leave me ⠀
The sustainable/ slow fashion, circular clothes economy is a mind field. We all need to do better (including myself and my petty resistance towards second hand clothes) but we can do that in many, differing ways. Donating clothes for a cause is a great start, as opposed to throwing them out only to end up in landfill. The best way to help fashion’s environmental footprint (I believe) is to make better, more conscious and informed purchases. ⠀
As my Mother always used to say to me, ask yourself, “Is this a need or is it a want If it’s a want then really think about why you want it and what long term value and benefit it will it add to your life. Don’t be reckless with your spending”⠀
If you struggle with buying second hand clothes, I’d love to hear from you so I know I’m not alone! ⠀
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Congratulations to @katejoltemple for her latest Slovenian edition to add to her wonderful collection. Add 'Room on our rock" to your refugee week reading list.
CBCA Picture Book of the Year 2019 Notable. #cbcabookweek2019
Synopsis: Room on our Rock is a powerful allegorical exploration of the emotions and fears that
drive exclusion, persecution, and rejection of refugees. Read conventionally, it tells the tale of a
group of seals who fear the approach of a strange pair of seals, one a child, whose rock is being
overwhelmed by the sea.
The group of rock-dwellers refuse uncategorically to entertain the
possibility of allowing the desperate and terrified pair to take refuge with them, stating that there is
clearly no room. Seeking only safety the endangered pair go from hopeful to despairing over the
course of the story. However, there is more to this book than a simple one-way reading can reveal,
for if you start reading at the back of the book, and read all the pages in reverse order, it becomes
an uplifting tale of acceptance, encouragement, and hope. In the mirror-story, the seals on the rock
welcome the struggling refugees, assuring them that there is plenty of room for them all, and
encouraging them to leave the small beleaguered rock and to come share the much larger and
Read either way, Room on our Rock is a heart-wrenching tale of fear and danger, and
the seals exemplify the differing attitudes that can be found within human communities to the plight
faced by many refugees these days.
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I had the opportunity to do an editorial illustration for the latest issue of the @liftedbrow . It accompanied Dawn Nguyen’s piece, the Carrots. I’m so glad to be a part of Issue 42, it is jam packed with goodies and I highly recommend you checking it out!
Thanks to @nobailey and @benjuers for letting me be a part of this :)
One illustrator on our minds is the breathtaking @elise.hurst, whose CBCA shortlisted title #GIRLONWIRE addresses resilience, bravery and doing what needs to be done. Elise is free in Book Week, and her illustration workshops for primary and junior secondary are a sight to be seen!
Custom illustration # 2 for @planwithpower Don’t we all get overwhelmed when we have so many things to worry about Bills, to-do lists, managing finances, etc... Seems like a typical start to the week, right We creative people often shy away from the business side of things. Who else feel drowned by all this
My aboriginal version of ghost rider. will always have a special place in my heart for this anti-hero!! However this ghost rider has less fire but more smoke. Smoke or (smoking) has a great ritual significance among aboriginal nations even more than fire. It’s believe smoke cleanses the spirit and chases evil ones away. Now our blackfella ghost rider doesn’t have a cool Harley or the formidden chains. Instead this ghost rider is wrapped in a body of smoke not fire. He still terrorises the criminal but only has as much gurth as the fire will let him, so bushfires he can run a muck, small campfires not so much. But none the less in ancient times when fire was a precious commodity especially at night evil doers fearing his presence were forced to hide in the dark until their eventual judgement.
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