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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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Every year I take my girls into the city to see the Christmas windows. I remember my mum taking me to the city to see them when I was small. I'm not sure if she took me every year but it's a golden jewel shining bright in my memory. I... Continue reading
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Armed with my Poetry Manifesto, I've started my very own poetry masterclass. After the disappointment of not getting into the one being held in early December at Varuna in the Blue Mountains I've started trying to teach myself what I want to learn. Where to start? I figure the best... Continue reading
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I'm in the midst of moving my family from our inner city Melbourne flat to the outer suburbs. We're swapping the beach for the trees. We've been in our wonderful flat for almost 6 years and although it has been a fabulous home, it's time to spread our wings. My... Continue reading
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I recently applied for a place in a 10 day Poetry Masterclass at Varuna, The Writer's House, in the Blue Mountains with Australian poet Vanessa Kirkpatrick. The class was a week long residential class with a all meals provided dedicated to the craft of writing poetry. It sounded like heaven... Continue reading
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I have just had the most incredible day of pampering, nurturing, indulgence and relaxing. Last weekend I headed north out of town for a retreat at the stunning Lil Acres in Woodend. It's only a 1.5 hour drive from my place but it feels like a whole other world. There... Continue reading
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Flashback to my first book of poetry, Defenestration, published in 1997. Now back in print. ~~~ Ever since I learnt to read, I wanted to be a writer. When I was a kid I would write and illustrate my own stories. I'd make them into books and try to make... Continue reading
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Womankind is an ad free, Australian magazine filed with inspiring articles and wonderful photographs, stories and illustrations to help you reclaim your unlived life. Each issue they announce a new theme for their photography competition. The winner and finalists are published in a forthcoming issue of the magazine. The theme... Continue reading
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Last weekend I hosted a Crafternoon at my place. Long time readers of this blog will know that my favourite thing in all the world is to craft with other people. I love it so much, I invented a word - craftyr. I love the exchange of ideas and creativity... Continue reading
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Inspiration. Excitement. Mystery. Discovery Exploration. Imagination. The 1000 Doors experience had it all. Continue reading
Thanks Jane. You're right - not having a tv meant I always had my nose in a book and grew up with a love of words.
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I recently dusted off my eco-dyeing pots after a long winter break. I was starting to wonder if my eco-dye phase had come to an end. It turns out I was still into eco-dyeing, the desire had just been hibernating during the cold months. I stopped dyeing over winter because... Continue reading
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The words are an excerpt from Flight, a poem I have been working on recently. Birds are incredible. I love the way ducks effortlessly glide across the water and then cheekily come looking for bread crumbs. Let me know what you think of the poem in the comments. Continue reading
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There is great pleasure in making something for the first time. In discovering how all the parts of the process fit together to create a new masterpiece. There can also be a lot of frustration as you try to get materials and hands to work together in co-operation! My latest... Continue reading
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Flashback to my first book of poetry, Defenestration, published in 1997. Now back in print. ~~~ Books. It's always been about books for me. Reading them. Making them. Writing them. Collecting them. Lending them. Borrowing them. The written word opening doors and taking me to new worlds. When I was... Continue reading
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This poem is a collaboration. I recorded the words said by my fellow campers during one of the games we played at the Spring Wild by Nature Village Camp run by Firekeepers last week. The next camp is in January next year. See you there. I sat in the light... Continue reading
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I've been writing poetry again recently. Delighting in crafting songs with words to describe the world I see. I've been wanting to share them here for a while now but couldn't figure out how to do it. Instagram inspired me to type up the poem, photo style and then I... Continue 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