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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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Knitting for our troops - pile machine knit socks

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Recently, a curator from the Australian War Memorial added a shout out to Ravelry seeking pattern testers for knitting patterns which were being developed for a museum publication on war knitting. This publication is being prepared for the 100 year commemoration of the First World War. Australians were asked to contribute knitted products to the war effort I contacted the curator and asked whether she might accept a machine knitted pattern. She agreed to have a look so here is the pattern. Pile Machine knit socks These pile machine knit socks are made with 4ply wool (Bendigo Woollen Mills Luxury Koala 4ply,...

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5 top tips for buying a women's bike

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5 top tips for buying a women's bike

So you want to start cycling! Hooray to you! The new year is a great time to be thinking about new activities that are both healthy and fun. I've been asked about new bikes by three women this week so I thought I'd offer some top tips on buying a new bike 1 - What will you be using it for? Commuting? Getting around the neighbourhood? Long distance rides? Each of these activities are easier on a bike that is built for the job. For instance, I recently met a woman who keeps a folding bike in the back of her...

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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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