The newest addition to the Seljak Brand family, the Pyramid blanket, was inspired by the iconic mountains of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Some may have been lucky enough to have seen the Glasshouse Mountains at dawn, when the gnarled peaks eerily float above the early morning fog.
Or, in this case, the Glasshouse Mountains at sunset
This is Gubbi Gubbi country, a land of abundance that was frequented once every three years for thousands of years with the Bunya festival. First Nations peoples walked for hundreds of kilometres to gather, trade, marry, settle disputes and celebrate.
The fertile soil is thanks to volcanic activity about 26 million years ago.
The Pyramid blanket design features two mountains inland of Coolum Beach and Noosa Heads – Ninderry and Cooroora, which are two of at least five volcanic plugs you can see in singular views from an elevation of only a hundred meters or so. In the design, they’re turned into vessels, with the moon hovering above them. The greens fill your eyes when you’re in the region.
The Pyramid blanket, front and back
Karina’s artist statement says:
“Pyramid is a memory of volcanoes scattered around the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Each iconic in stature, they are like vessels that cradle forests, fields and rivers, creating a bowl of lushness. Mountains are what stay standing as weather changes and people come and go. Where there are mountains, be held.”
The Sunshine Coast hinterland will experience climatic changes over the coming years, with rising heat, increased fire danger and sea level rise expected to be most impactful. For instance, from three to over 35 days a year the temperature is forecasted to go over 35 degrees by 2100 (Sunshine Coast Peak Oil Strategy 2010-2020). And the Black Summer of 2019/20 was kicked off in part by the fires in Peregian Beach, which led us to create the Playing with Fire Blanket earlier this year.
Among dozens of environmental groups working to protect the region and build climate resilience, the hinterland’s councils are awaiting an outcome for its UNESCO biosphere nomination due to its delicate ecosystem and beautiful landscape. The program includes sites like Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park and aims to improve human livelihoods within managed ecosystems in an environmentally and culturally appropriate way.
The Seljak Brand Design blanket range is inspired by landscapes in Australia, displaying strong colours and shapes from regions well known and loved, and also those affected by climate change. Other blankets from the Seljak Brand Design range are the Dune blanket, which reflects Central Australia and the Lune blanket, which is inspired by the Great Barrier Reef.