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Indrani Perera
Maker | Writer | Explorer
Nature Connection * Slow Crafts * Natural Materials * Hand Tools * Mindfulness
Interests: Eco-dyeing, natural dyeing, leather craft, leather tanning, wood work, carving, traditional crafts, exploring, writing, photography, drawing, sewing, knitting, crochet, bookbinding, jewellery making (wood, metal and bone), candle making, reading.
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I was lucky enough to catch the Wildlife Art Society of Australasia's Wild Awards 2018 at Burrinja Cultural Centre in Upwey before it ended. My favourite pieces were of Australian wildlife but there were also pictures of the big cats, meerkats and hippos among others. The pictures were stunning -... Continue reading
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I recently made the trip across town to CERES Environmental Park in East Brunswick to attend the Saturday Maker's & Flea Market. The market was fabulous. There were lots of wonderful stalls to look at and I bought myself a gorgeous calico bag with an owl printed on it. Perfect... Continue reading
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Spring has just begun and sour grass season is almost over already. To most people oxalis is a weed. For my girls, it's fun to pick and suck on the sour stems. For me, the little yellow nodding bonnets are happy reminders of sunshine and light. I take comfort in... Continue reading
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Do you ever put something off for, well, forever? And when you finally get around to doing it discover it wasn't so hard after all? That was the story with me and making baba ganoush dip. Years ago I saw a tv show where you had to char the eggplant... Continue reading
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A friend has just spent 6 days on a water cleanse in Thailand. I on the other hand did a six day salt water cleanse in Melbourne. I reckon it took about six days of crying to cleanse from my body all the regret, hopes and dreams from the previous... Continue reading
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I luuurve pesto. Even more so when I discovered it it's super easy to make dairy free - you just don't add the cheese! You can make pesto from pretty much any fresh green herb and nut combination. The basic idea is fresh herbs + nuts + oil + garlic.... Continue reading
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While I was in Bali I stumbled across a wonderful exhibition in the hotel next to the one where I was staying. Giant canvases painted with oil and pencil or acrylic and pencil brought to life Balinese faces in the most extraordinary way. Seeing these faces was incredible. Living in... Continue reading
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Each year I dread winter and what is coming. It's the time of year when I struggle to create and to remain positive. August is my worst month. I always think it will be the winter solstice in June with the longest night when the blues hit. But June with... Continue reading
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Hello. I'm back! Bali was incredible. We stayed at a small hotel with gorgeous gardens and a swimming pool. Stuffed ourselves silly every morning with the buffet breakfast (did someone say four omelettes?) and ate out every night. People came and cleaned the room every day. And someone else did... Continue reading
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We've all been sick so I made soup. Nothing better to fill bellies and warm hearts. Lentil Soup 1 medium onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp ground coriander seeds 1 tsp ground cumin seeds 5-6 stalks of celery, finely diced 1.5 litres of warm water 250g red lentils,... Continue reading
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It was so good to be back here yesterday after the whirlwind of activities over the last few weeks. Winter is meant to be a time to turn inwards and contemplate but I was far too busy for any deep thoughts. Coming here, seeng the creek and slowing down was... Continue reading
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I had the best time in Adelaide last weekend. As soon as I stepped into the terminal at the airport I had a smile on face. Traveling around the city on public transport was a breeze and any time I got stuck, I just asked a helpful local. The city... Continue reading
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On the weekend I flew to Adelaide to celebrate 10 years of Ginninderra Press in Port Adelaide. The press has grown from humble beginnings in a spare bedroom in Canberra into a successful publishing house. Wild, an anthology of poetry was created to celebrate the milestone and it was launched... Continue reading
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The newest ingredient to make its way into my kitchen this winter has been fennel. It's so cheap and plentiful at the moment, I just had to buy it even though I had no idea how to cook it! After a quick online search and mixing a few recipes together... Continue reading
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All the slow stitching was driving me nuts. It was taking forever and I just wanted to make something pretty to wear - right now! I've got an old wool jacket and it's threadbare in places. Moths have eaten holes in one of the elbows. The sleeves are torn, ragged... Continue reading
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My first attempt at making and using homemade toothpaste lasted a couple of months and then I got lazy erm, busy. Yep, that's right, busy. I can't make my old toothpaste anymore cos I've run out of the charcoal salt. I've been eyeing off a toothpaste at my heath food... Continue reading
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A few weeks ago I attended the exhibition Bleeding Hearts: Human Rights and Cognitive Dissonance in the Lucky Country by artist Eliza Phillips at the Burrinja Cultural Centre in Upwey. Eliza Phillips is a mixed media artist who uses vintage and found objects to create thought provoking pieces. Pieces that... Continue reading
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Wool blankets aren't the only thing I've been up cycling lately. My latest foray into reusing saw me turn a previous design into an updated business card. The original business card was created by my super talented friend Amy. She's the one responsible for the lovely banner you see at... Continue reading
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Happy winter solstice beautiful people! Last week I took my dye pots and bits of rusty metal along to the Darebin Parklands. My girls and I taught some friends how to eco dye. We then boiled our solstice paper bundles outdoors with water from the creek over an open fire.... Continue reading
So much joy, Jessie! I think hand stitching is my favourite craft of all. And you can do it on wool, cotton, leather. So many options! Ooo - hand spinning with a spindle! It's on my craft wish list. Send me some pics when you're done - love to see them! maker | writer | explorer www.indraniperera.com
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I thought I'd pop on the other side of the camera for a change and say "Hi! How are you doing?" I really hope you are well as we dive into the darkest, coldest part of the year. It's time for me to slow down and reflect on my journey... Continue reading
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When I make something, I like to imagine the finished product. Spend time thinking about how it will look and dream up creative solutions for making it. I imagine myself using it, I imagine how it will feel in my hands and what it will look like. I imagine myself,... Continue reading
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When the weather gets cold I go in search of warmth. Hot cups of tea, pots of stew and baked goodies. My oven which has been sad fully neglected over summer suddenly becomes my favourite kitchen gadget. Seriously, how amazing are ovens? Roasted chestnuts are a recent discovery of mine.... Continue reading
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I can't believe how easy this recipe is. And I've been paying $15 a jar for sauerkraut to heal my gut! I can't eat dairy so I need to get my probiotics somehow. Luckily I love sauerkraut, must be my German heritage. I used these recipes for inspiration. And a... Continue reading
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The leaf prints turned out beautifully when I dyed the other half of the blanket from the op shop. I got brown, red, greeny-yellow and lots of beautiful details. As well as some lovely shapes from the fat acacia pods I collected at camp. Unfortunately, I had to wait three... Continue reading