Monthly Archives: May 2011

Invisible Children + Mend Bags

Posted by Penny on May 26, 2011
Fashion, Not-for-profit / 1 Comment

Whilst it’s so shitty that organisations like Invisible Children have to exist, it’s also uplifting and inspiring to see them operating. Invisible Children began when three filmmakers journeyed through northern Uganda and saw the reality of children being both the victims of war, and the soldiers fighting (mostly for the LRA). These filmmakers created a documentary about the war, but wanted to do more.

Invisible Children is now a not-for-profit organisation operating in Uganda, employing people who have survived the war, as well as contributing infrastructure and knowledge to the region.

Invisible Children make Mend bags and organic cotton tees – the organic cotton is grown in Uganda, and sewn right there into cute (and inexpensive!) t-shirts. You can also buy documentaries, films & books on their site!

As per the Mend website: Mend allows you to purchase a handbag made in northern Uganda and know the story of the specific woman who created it – former LRA abductees whose names are sewn into each bag. You can pay by credit card or Paypal, and Mend bags can be posted worldwide.

Invisible Children currently offers two styles of Mend bag – the Mend Treahouse in canary yellow (my favourite!) or black, and the Mend Messenger in clay or black.

Invisible Children is such a great organisation, and they have a ton of information about Uganda and the LRA on their site – take a look!

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The Obüs Wall Project: Dawn Tan

Posted by Penny on May 24, 2011
Art, Fashion / 1 Comment

Don’t you just love Obus? Their clothes are beautiful, they design & produce everything in Melbourne, and they stock the most beautiful accessories from great labels including Baggu (Baggu bags are made of recycled cotton!)

And, to make Obus just a teensy bit greater, their Wall Project supports local artists! Every 3 months a new artists comes and pretties up the front wall of the Flinders Lane Obus store – hooray!

The first wall was an installation created by Kristin McIver (see pics here). The current wall is being created yesterday and today by Dawn Tan, who’s a recent arts graduate and is just lovely. Really, she is lovely!

Dawn and her sister Zoe have been painting the most beautiful plants onto the wall – Obus already has a few potted plants inside, so this is perfect! Plus it’s bright and the opposite of dreary which is perfect for Melbourne winter-time.

I love this shelving at Obus – imagine if locker-rooms really looked this great!

If you’re in Melbourne you can pop in to Obus today to visit Dawn & Zoe as they finish the artwork, or go to the launch tomorrow (25th May) from 6 – 9pm!

Of course you can visit the wall any time over the next 3 months too.

Dawn is also having a stall with Harvest Textiles at Markit at Fed Square this Sunday (29th May), so pop along to that too!


Obus Melbourne
4/289 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000


Dawn Tan:  blogstoretwitter


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Cut Out & Keep – Heather Moore for Cloud9

Posted by Penny on May 23, 2011
Fabric / No Comments

Cut Out & Keep fabric collection by Heather Moore

You’ve probably heard of Skinny Laminx, Heather Moore’s beautiful textile & homewares range. Heather’s based in Cape Town, South Africa – I love Skinny Laminx’s combination of a Scandinavian aesthetic with South African animals & florals – it’s truly unique.

This eclectic artistic combination has clearly transferred over into her new collection, Cut Out & Keep, for Cloud9 Fabrics – and as you can see it’s gorgeous!

Cut Out & Keep fabric collection by Heather Moore

Cloud9 print all their collections on to certified organic cotton (they have a heap of info about the benefits of organic vs conventional cotton on their website too!) They even have several more collections being released this year – busy people!

I particularly love Free as a Bird (L) and Proteas (R) – I think these would look great as furnishing or curtain fabrics (or even wallpaper!).

I’m not sure that Cut Out & Keep has many Australian stockists just yet (it was only released last month) but you can buy it from Habitat Textiles here, check out Cloud9′s stockists here, and of course shop for the fabrics on Etsy!


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Heather Moore:  skinny laminxblogshopflickr : twitter



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