A Captive Audience

Football great kicks ethical goal for local label
August 20, 2010, 1:51 am
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Football great kicks ethical goal for local label.

Channel 7 sports reporter and former AFL great, Tim Watson, has found himself in a mini fashion storm following his coverage of a recent Hawks-Bulldogs match at the MCG.

Watson shunned the more familiar black and red of his beloved Bombers and instead sought the cosy warmth and ethical comfort of a red and white ‘Grandpa Scarf’ from local brand, Otto & Spike.

Otto & Spike, a Brunswick-based knitwear label, is accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia and is known for its colourful winter woollies that have a familiar retro aesthetic. The brand also has an environmental bent with a commitment to using remnant and surplus yarn for its ranges.

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Making it Handmade!
July 16, 2010, 1:30 pm
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Films – Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF).

Think craft is for grannies? Think again.

A seditious and subversive subculture is gaining momentum in Melbourne. But rather than wielding megaphones and placards, they’re cross-stitching slogans on hurricane wire and constructing plush female genitalia from craft supplies.

Following four local women who’ve taken a seemingly staid past-time and injected it with a youthful, modern aesthetic, filmmaker Anna Brownfield shows a side of craft more closely aligned with punk DIY culture than with Martha Stewart and ‘home sweet home’ tapestries.

“I wanted to show that craft was no longer daggy but had moved into a new era and was being reclaimed by women who had been brought up as feminists.” – filmmaker Anna Brownfield

Red Carpet fashion sparks DIY craze?
May 31, 2010, 11:09 am
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Last year Cate Blanchett wore this dress from Romance was Born to the opening of ACMI’s Screen Worlds exhibition.  A few weeks later, I was braving the Saturday queue at Spotlight when I noticed they had copied the design and written a crochet pattern for a version of the dress.  I thought this was hilarious, I loved the idea that instead of high street designers copying Red Carpet looks and dropping them into stores in their hundreds as fast as they can, people instead are taking up their crochet hooks, raiding their grandmother’s cupboards for left over wool and creating their own red carpet looks.  Plausible?  Perhaps not, but it does make me consider the sorts of alternative scenarios that one might hope to create.