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Meet Jane Milburn in Brisbane

Meet Jane Milburn in Brisbane

If you are lucky enough to be in Brisbane this month, author and Slow Clothing activist, Jane Milburn, is speaking and signing books at Brisbane libraries.

Jane is the author of Slow Clothing: Finding Meaning in What we Wear. The book is an eclectic mix of thoughts and solutions for the slow fashion movement which she will be sharing on this little tour. From examining our motivations, through the insanity of fast fashion consumer marketing to how we might consider a more meaningful relationship with our wardrobes. 

Jane Milburn isn't your everyday hippy upcycler. She worked for many years as a journalist with the ABC and newspapers, was a driving force behind the Rural Press Club of Queensland and is a TEDX speaker.  

Jane presents a compelling case for why we need to change the way we dress – to live lightly on Earth through the everyday practice of how we wear and care for clothes, taking action to buy, use and discard clothing in ways that minimise our material footprint. It includes a manifesto of actions and choices: think, natural, quality, local, few, care, make, revive, adapt and salvage. 

Jane believes clothes do for us on the outside what food does inside. They protect and warm our bodies, and influence the way we feel and present to the world. 

‘We eat and dress every day to survive and thrive, and in the same way we have become conscious of food and its impact on health and wellbeing, we are becoming conscious of the substance and origins of what we wear,’ Jane said.

‘With Slow Clothing, we reflect our own style and spirit, independent of fashion cycles. We buy carefully, gain skills, and care for what we wear as an embodiment of ourselves. Through this action we, the wearers, become original, authentic and resourceful.

In an era dominated by passive consumption of cheap and synthetic fashion, Jane Milburn – sustainability consultant and founder of Textile Beat – arrived at the slow clothing philosophy by refashioning garments in her wardrobe to provide meaning and story. 

According to Jane, slow clothing reflects our own style and spirit, independent of fashion cycles, and supports us to buy thoughtfully, be original, authentic and resourceful.

Jane's book, Slow Clothing: Finding Meaning in What we Wear was launched across Australia, with the usual suspects in sustainable living, Costa Georgiadis in Melbourne and Craig Reucastle in Sydney.

Join Jane as she discusses her journey to slow clothing and shares ideas you can easily implement. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Jane to sign. 

Indooroopilly Library Sunday 22 July 12.30-1.30pm

Bracken Ridge Library Saturday 28 July 10-11am

West End Library Saturday 28 July 2-3pm  

Images: Jane Milburn
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