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Native wildflowers in Victoria Park Ballarat. Image via Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management.

First spring, second spring

By Alex | July 31, 2021

September 1st is a stupid day to officially start spring. Around here, that’s not when the season turns. Around here, it happens now — late July, early August. The original people who lived round here, members of the Kulin nation, recognise different seasons from the Europeans who invaded their land. This time of year has…

plus size ethical fashion and sustainable fashion - image depicts two plus size linen garments and a scarf all in natural and green shades

Plus size, sustainable, ethical clothing – why is it so hard to find?

By Alex | January 22, 2021

Clothing that’s a) sustainably made, b) ethically made, and c) plus size is like hen’s teeth. Yet approximately 50% of the population are size 16 or above (or equivalent in men’s sizes), and sustainable fashion has been a growing market for at least a decade. You’d think there’d be more options. Most plus size clothing…

A resilient new year

By Alex | January 14, 2021

And so the Julian calendar has finished a cycle and a new one is beginning. It’s traditional to wish people a happy new year at this point, and yet I’m hesitant. For the past few years I feel like we’ve all been saying, “Thank goodness that shitshow of a year is over, this new one…

Everything you need to know about fabric weights

By Alex | December 4, 2020

Some fabric is light and gauzy, some is thick and heavy. Every garment I sell, I specify the weight of fabric used so you know what you’re getting. But what does it all mean? The main measure of fabric weight used in Australia is gsm, or grams per square metre. This is just what it…

Is visible mending only for the rich?

By Alex | November 18, 2020

I have mixed feelings about visible mending. For the longest time, visibly mended clothes indicated you were poor. Think of all those pictures of paupers and hobos and ragamuffins with crudely patched trousers and bare feet. A lot of the sewing books I grew up on, often from my mum’s or my nanna’s generations, talked…

Yarrow tunic, locally made from sustainable linen fabric

Introducing the Yarrow tunic and top

By Alex | October 26, 2020

One of the first things I made in my new studio was a simple side-slit tunic in black wool, to give me a comfy extra layer on cold days. Straight after that, I made another one in warm-grey linen. A third in red linen, for a friend, came not much later. Soon I was making…

Rainbow striped linen gauze

#slowpride

By Alex | October 2, 2020

tl;dr: skip the story, go straight to the rainbow linen scarves I’ll shortly be selling in my shop. When I lived in San Francisco, or even in the inner north of Melbourne, I didn’t much feel the need to adorn myself with rainbow-coloured kitsch to let people know I was queer. Queerness was so visible,…

Linen clothes in progress

An update about selling clothes in the shop

By Alex | September 21, 2020

Hey folks. Just wanted to let you know where things are at with respect to selling clothes on this website or from my studio. I made a video if you like that sort of thing (or want to see me sitting on the steps outside the studio on a nice, though windy, spring day), but…

mitred square knitted blanket

Slowing down

By Alex | September 8, 2020

This pandemic has changed us all. I was hustling, and hating it, in an industry I didn’t even enjoy working in. It was bad for my mental health. After a couple of months of struggling, I realised that the only thing that felt good was working with my hands on the basic stuff of living.…