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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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It was my birthday last week and I wanted to treat myself with something sweet that wouldn't leave me feeling like crap afterwards. High carb foods hit my bloodstream fast, then abscond leaving a wave of fatigue in their wake. I saw a key lime pie in the frozen food... Continue reading
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Apparently American poet, Elizabeth Bishop, took 17 drafts too write a sonnet. Don't quote me on this, or ask me which one (does she even have more than one sonnet?) - I haven't actually backed up this stat or fact with research cos I was feeling lazy. Which is kind... Continue reading
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I think I'm a butterfly. Scratch that, I know I'm a butterfly. I struggle to break out of my cocoon and once out I flit from flower to flower, heady with the heavy scent of nectar beckoning and beguiling my senes. Okay that was a little fanciful and florid (and... Continue reading
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I'm currently juggling coursework for two online poetry classes I've signed up for and I'm thinking I may have bitten off more than I can chew! I feel like I'm back at Uni again only this time with the added responsibilities of work, children and running a house. One of... Continue reading
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Creativity is a cantankerous beast that still surprises me after all this time. I've been blocked for the last few months with no idea of how to get unblocked. In the first lockdown back in April / May, I did lots of hand crafts and felt really nourished and grounded.... Continue reading
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I'm grappling with my abilities and my ambition at the moment. I know the kind of poetry I want to write but don't know how to actually write it! I can write a chatty poem that tells a story about an incident. I feel really comfortable with this style but... Continue reading
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I've just finished the second class for What the Light Tells, the poetry masterclass currently being conducted by Australian poet, Mark Tredinnick. It's great to be back in a classroom, learning about poetry and hearing from my fellow student poets. There's a big range of ability in the class from... Continue reading
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Since I wrote about being filled with doubt about my poetry, I've been going out every day for bike rides and spending time at the lake watching the birds and drinking in the sky and the clouds. I was going to say breathing in the fresh air except I'm not... Continue reading
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In the last few weeks I've picked up a crochet hook again. It's been a while, a couple of years in fact since my last crochet project. So long that I've had to relearn the basic stitches and find myself fumbling through the motions once more. Perhaps not quite a... Continue reading
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It's easy to get caught up in the things that don't matter. I've been submitting my poetry to literary journals for publications and piling up rejection letters. It's disheartening to say the least. Writing is a strange dance of hope and doubt. Every poem I write is filled with hope.... Continue reading
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Here's some more felt friends finger puppets inspired by the book, Mrs Echidna's Dilemma, by Betty Johnston. I've had so much fun sewing these little creatures. When my first daughter was two we were living in Sydney and joined a wonderful playgroup where the mamas and papas did craft while... Continue reading
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Stoked to be part of this great podcast from Words Out Loud in Ballarat, Victoria as part of the 2020 Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival Online. You'll find my poems The Problem, The Shift and But What Does It Mean plus a whole heap of poems by some great... Continue reading
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Well, we are still in lockdown. It's much harder the second time round. The first time I really got into the groove of creating and slowing down. It was wonderful to spend time at home, pottering around the kitchen making yummy food. Now, I'd much rather be at the beach,... Continue reading
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This is what happens when you go to the mall to buy your daughters sneakers because even though it's lockdown and we have nowhere to go, their feet are still growing. Right across from the sneaker shop there was an art shop. With a sale. Fifty percent of EVERYTHING! Sorry... Continue reading
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Submissions for Issue two of the Pocketry Almanack have now closed and I am busy reading them all with great pleasure. Poets and artists from Europe, the Americas and Australia have submitted their work for consideration. It's wonderful to know that poetry is alive and well and that there are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Pocketry
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The Almanack is tiny. It measures 7.5 x 10.5 cm ( 3" x 4"). And there are only 8 pages which includes the contents on the cover. All this is to say, keep your poems for the Almanack short. A maximum length of 18 lines (including lines breaks) and a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Pocketry
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Did you know that as well as publishing emerging and aspiring poets, Pocketry also publishes poems in languages other than English? I think it's unfair to limit or restrict access to publication in literary journals to only those who can speak a particular language. As if being proficient in English... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Pocketry
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I'm chuffed to be taking part again in this year's Melbourne Spoken Word Festival Online. This time I'll be running a Promoting Your Poetry workshop for poets and writers who are looking to find an audience for their work. There's no point scribbling away madly in your garret if there's... Continue reading
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Issue Two of my side project, the Pocketry Almanack, is now open for submissions. The Pocketry Almanack is a nod to the printed pamphlets of the 1700s and the sci-fi zines of the 1950s. Each issue features poetry from six different poets plus original artwork. It is handmade from a... Continue reading
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I couldn't help myself. I just had to make a version of the blue leather journal in brown. The blue leather clashed terribly with my brown scarf and mittens. Excitingly, I found the banksia button you can see on the front of the journal in my sewing cupboard when I... Continue reading
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This book contains the poem, Still: Books, that inspired my process zine, Some Thoughts About Writing A Poem For A Journal. The zine details my creative process for writing this particular poem. There's an art to writing a poem for publication. It's an art I am struggling to learn. But... Continue reading
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These furry fellas are winging their way to some little friends of mine. I got the pattern for the puppets from the wonderful book Mrs Echidna's Dilemma by Betty Johnston. The book is based on a beautiful quilt Betty sewed. On the right hand side pages of the book are... Continue reading
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After the success of my first notebook with an eco-dyed cover I just had to make some more. Being me, I got rather carried away and used a whole pad of A3 watercolour paper to make eight A6 sized notebooks. I feel like I'll be making more of these in... Continue reading
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I attended this amazing workshop on Saturday, facilitated by Melbourne spoken word legend Amy Bodossian. The workshop was part of the Art Is... Festival based in Horsham, Victoria. Like most events, the festival has reimagined itself and gone online this year with a great series of events and workshops. I've... Continue reading