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Re-imagining Australian icons - the humble oilskin reinterpreted

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It's Australia Day so it seems only fitting that this is the day  that I upload a pair of waterproof cycling pants inspired by Thai fishermen pants and made from an old Australian favourite, oilskin. The precedent for oilskin wet weather gear is, of course, RM Williams an Australian company that was established in 1932. Ironically, as it would seem, they made their name and their fortune by re-imagining the craft of bush saddlery and stockmen's accessories. This gives me some hope for the potential of my little micro enterprise! RM Williams developed the famous oilskin coat that is their...

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Fail early, fail often - or the value of serendipity in design

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This phrase "fail early, fail often" seems to have become particularly popular since the advent of social media. I'm guessing that it is because social media gave us all an opportunity to experiment in areas that were historically unattainable unless you were expert in them; ie: content creation, design, pr, advertising, marketing and film production. Now of course, the advent of participatory media allows us all to create, publish and distribute content and I suspect that for those who hadn't done it before, the idea that you wouldn't get something right the first time was a bit of a surprise....

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Cycling and urban design

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Cycling and urban design

As we wind down for the year I thought I'd collate the articles that we wrote in 2014 and provide links for Xmas reading! Dr Steven Fleming, author of CycleSpace and I have been writing academic papers and articles for The Conversation on topics around cycling and urban design. We've been doing this because we both advocate for cycling through better design of products, services and our cities. In 2015 we will be developing workshops to explore these concepts in partnership with interested bodies around the country. In the meantime, here are some of the articles: Fleming and Russo (2014)...

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NOW MAKING: Infinity Scarf

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NOW MAKING: Infinity Scarf

I've been working on punchcard lace for some time now. After I  discovered a major fault in my machine I sourced a new one from the mountain of machines that my mum has in Adelaide and got working on these samples. Each sample uses a 1 ply wool, the tension is set to 4 and the second yarn is a fine elastic which comes from DEA Yarns in New Zealand. * [caption id="attachment_166436631" align="alignleft" width="650"] Singer Card 250[/caption] card #250: Almost knit-in without any floats [caption id="attachment_166436630" align="alignleft" width="650"] Singer Card 249[/caption] card #249: Quite large floats as there are...

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The design of visibility - cycling jerseys and helmets

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While I've been testing design techniques for a new range machine knitted cycling jerseys, look at what one of my colleagues has just launched! photo by Craig Silitoe www.exertiongameslab.org Wouter Walmink's interactive helmet LumaHelm features 1...

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