craft

Interview: Elke Lucas Ceramics

August

The Slowpoke: ELKE LUCAS CERAMICS // Photo by Lillie Thompson Marrying into a family of potters, it’d be hard not to be influenced with dreams of working with clay. Likewise, residing in the peaceful surrounds of NSW’s Sunshine Coast it’s almost a given to let nature take it’s due course as an influence over creative work. It’s these paths that have led to the natural and minimal ceramics of Elke Lucas. 
Interview: Elke Lucas Ceramics
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MACRAME PLANT HANGER

January

On a mission to bring a little more plant life indoors this year? Good job. The benefits of indoor plants is well-known – a little greenery is great for removing toxins from the air and improving our mental and physical wellbeing. And one rather lovely and simple way to bring some life indoors is by hanging your plants with a little crafty macramé.
MACRAME PLANT HANGER
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INTERVIEW: BIND + FOLD

September

theslowpoke_bindandfoldindigoshiboridye1 There’s something so captivating and satisfying about shibori dyeing with indigo. With indigo one of the oldest organic dyes used for fabrics, and the technique of shibori dating back to the eighth century, it is steeped in tradition and history. That the dye originates from plant leaves is ever the more fascinating – as a strip of cloth is pulled from the vat its original hue of acidic green deepens to the most perfect blue before your eyes.
INTERVIEW: BIND + FOLD
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WEAVING KIT BY ALCHEMY

September

theslowpoke_iamalchemyweavingkits1 What to do when you can’t find locally-made and sustainably-produced gear for your own handmade crafts? Make one yourself of course. Melbourne-based artisan of her label Alchemy, and sustainability educator, Belinda Evans, is just that kind of girl. For years Belinda has been creating handmade weavings of her own to sell, and when she couldn’t find a loom that ticked all the boxes she wanted – easy to set up, flexible and sturdy in design, good quality, and
WEAVING KIT BY ALCHEMY
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INTERVIEW: BELINDA SHEEKEY + NATURAL DYEING W/ TURMERIC

July

theslowpoke-naturaldyeturmeric1 Welcome to your newest addiction. Let us warn you – once you start experimenting with natural dyeing at home, no white fabric, clothing or yarn at your place is safe. It’s likely to end up a rich shade of brown thanks to onion skins, a soft lilac thanks to the current season’s plentiful red cabbages, or a vibrant shade of yellow due to a dose of turmeric. Belinda Sheekey from Dyeing Trade, is a Sydneysider-turned-farmer at Transition Farm
INTERVIEW: BELINDA SHEEKEY + NATURAL DYEING W/ TURMERIC
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