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Art as action: Finding the role of creativity in the face of a climate crisis

The climate crisis is pressing and communities are only becoming more impacted as we feel the effects of global warming. Most climate action focuses on emissions reduction through renewable energy and reforestation, which is difficult for many of us to engage with on the every day and leaves the skills and passions of creative people by the wayside in the call for climate action. It also largely ignores how we are to prepare for the extreme natural events to which we’re increasingly exposed. Art and creativity critiques and envisions, it builds new, re-invents and inspires – all essential components of transitioning to new ways of doing things. Furthermore, storytelling creates connection between people and groups which is core to effective action....

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Seljak Brand wins the Sustainable Design Award at the inaugural The Design Files Awards

Seljak Brand was thrilled to be awarded best in Sustainable Design at The Design Files’ inaugural 2019 Design Awards. We were blown away by the caliber of entries across the entire award series and are truly humbled to be recognised by what has become something of an Australian design institution.  Karina Seljak with The Design Files founder Lucy Feagins A bit about the awards The Design Files Design Awards is the culmination of more than 10 years celebrating Australian design and creativity. Lucy Feagin, the founder of The Design Files, alongside her wonderful team, created this unique awards program to formally acknowledge the designers, architects and makers who contribute to Australia’s vibrant creative community.  Nominees on display at The Design Files...

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Storytelling through spaces: Sarah Andrews of Captain's Rest

     Sarah Andrews is a scientist, stylist, writer and sailor. She used to spend the majority of her time at sea, but when she lost her beloved sailing boat to a raging storm in the Pacific Ocean, her life took a different path. She bought a run down old shack on the west coast of Tasmania, christened it Captain's Rest, and transformed it into a magical cabin that people visit from far and wide. Sarah is a magnificent storyteller, with tales from around the world to share. But she doesn’t just use her words to tell her story but expresses her experiences, feelings and yearnings through objects and spaces. For Sarah, creating a sense of home is as rich in meaning as it is in texture, colour, shape...

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It’s A Climate Emergency: what do we do now?

by Karina Seljak and Samantha Seljak In February this year we co-hosted a panel at the Sustainable Living Festival focusing on how fashion can help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. Since then, it has become clear that we need to act on climate now by all means possible – it’s an emergency. The UK government has declared a climate emergency, local councils including Byron Shire Council, Yarra City Council and Fremantle City Council have declared it. The City of Sydney declared a climate emergency in late June and even more recently New York City declared their mission to achieve a carbon emissions-free future.  Human activity is estimated to have caused approximately 1 degree of global warming already, compared to pre-industrial...

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Refugee Week at Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

Ever since we started Seljak Brand we’ve donated one blanket for every ten sold to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Footscray, Victoria. We visited the ASRC again a couple weeks ago to hand deliver our 160th blanket and check out their incredible work enabling social enterprises, running legal services and so much more.   The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Footscray, a suburb of Melbourne Winter can be a hard time at the ASRC as food stocks run low and warm things are needed, so the Centre was a hive of activity. In our three visits over the last three years, what strikes us is the ever evolving nature of the processes and programs at the ASRC, which are...

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