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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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Here are the words and my poem for the sixth week of the 2019 Poetry Challenge. Continue reading
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Here are the words and my poem for the fifth week of the 2019 Poetry Challenge. Continue reading
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Swapping cracked wheat for quinoa? Genius! I'd love to take credit for this substitution but I can't. I ate it at a pot luck lunch and it was delicious. Here's my totally made up version. Yummy! Tabbouleh Recipe 1 large bunch curly leaf parsley, chopped 2 large tomatoes 1/4 red... Continue reading
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I'm an impostor dressed in someone else's clothes as I rifle through her wardrobe I wonder who the hell she really was And everyone who knew her says they know me and they confuse the two of us for each other And as soon as they open their mouths to... Continue reading
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Here are the words and my poem for the fourth week of the 2019 Poetry Challenge. Continue reading
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On a recent trip to the stationery shop I got a little distracted. I went with my girls to buy them some acrylic paints and paper. Two (!) hours later we finally left laden with goods and my wallet (handmade leather of course) was a lot lighter. As well as... Continue reading
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I can see from the quizzical expression upon your face that you're wondering wondering why I've brought you to this place As I lean closer lower my voice conspiratorially to a whisper I utter the words that must change your life 'I'm giving back the monkey' I say and lean... Continue reading
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Here are the words and my poem for the third week of the 2019 Poetry Challenge. Continue reading
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heart shaped leaves blood stained nodding yellow bonnets sour grass ~~~ The above words are an excerpt from Oxalis, one of my latest poems. Until recently I accepted the conventional idea of weeds - annoying plants ruining gardens and needing to be eradicated. Now I see food, natural dyes and... Continue reading
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I spent last week out in the bush with 130 other wild folk. We walked barefoot on the earth, listened to bird song, danced wildly to drums, lay on the grass and gazed up at the trees, visited dragon rock and sat in shelters built with fern fronds. There was... Continue reading
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Here are the words and my poem for the second week of the 2019 Poetry Challenge. Continue reading
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Here are the words and my poem for the very first week of the 2019 Poetry Challenge. Continue reading
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~ Photo credit: Airlie Perera ~ Happy New Year! I hope you've had a wonderful break. I've had a wonderful time settling into our new home in the foothills of the Dandenongs. There are still boxes everywhere but I am slowly making inroads with a little help from some lovely... Continue reading
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In the midst of all the packing, sorting, moving and unpacking I've managed to find a little bit of time to do some Christmas craft. I love giving and receiving hand made gifts. They have such a beautiful energy to them. These little beeswax candles in a jar were inspired... Continue reading
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After the disappointment of not getting into the poetry masterclass, I've become more determined than ever to improve my writing. Poets like Pablo Naruda, Judith Rodriguez and Seamus Heaney can make words dance across the page in the most amazing way. Their words set my mind on fire. I want... Continue 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.