Category 25

Sustainable Events: Wanderer Festival

After a tough few years of bushfires and Covid-induced travel restrictions, a new major music festival will provide the NSW Sapphire Coast’s economy with a much-needed boost. And sustainability and community are high on the list of priorities.

The NSW’s Sapphire Coast will play host to a new major music festival which will have a strong focus on sustainability and community. Set to be held in Pambula over 23–25 September, the Wanderer Festival will be the first of its size in the region, with over 70 local and international acts including The Dandy Warhols, Ziggy Alberts, Sarah Blasko, The Teskey Brothers and local Indigenous choir Djinama Yilaga among many others.

Tried & True

If you’re interested in making a tufted rug and don’t fancy the idea of using a hook to pull each individual thread through, then a tufting gun is what you’ll need. There’s a few different versions on the market; ones that form looped pile, ones that make a strand pile, ones that do both and even pneumatic tufting guns which use compressed air. But if you’re starting out, a simple strand pile tufting gun like this one is the probably the best place to start.

In simple terms, once you’ve threaded the gun with your chosen colour and thickness of wool, and you’ve stretched the specific backing fabric tightly over a frame, you press the gun firmly against the stretched fabric and then guide the moving gun across it to produce a design.

Much like a sewing machine, the gun has a foot which sits against the fabric. Once you pull the trigger, the sharp channeled needle then pushes the wool through the fabric before a small pair of snips pop out of the channel and snip off the wool so it’s left embedded in the fabric. But it will keep firing the wool into the fabric really quickly, and almost feels as if it’s self-propelled, so you need to have a design in mind before you start.

Look & Listen


This book brings to homes what Nornie Bero energetically gives to diners in her two Melbourne-based restaurants which champion Torres Strait Island flavours and Australian native produce.

Part autobiography and part cookbook, Mabu Mabu begins as the fascinating story of how a girl who grew up ‘with a spear in my hand’ in the far east Torres Strait ended up as the executive chef, CEO and founder of Mabu Mabu, a restaurant in Melbourne’s Yarraville and Big Esso, a 130-seat restaurant and bar in Federation Square.

When Nornie arrived in Melbourne as a young woman of colour in the late 1990s, it was the city’s multiculturalism that struck her. ‘And how we share culture is through food,’ she writes. ‘But, looking around Melbourne, I realised there was little understanding of Australian Indigenous food, and definitely not of Torres Strait Islander food. I knew it was time to change that.’

Tool Carrier: Garden Caddy


Time spent in the garden can be precious, so make the most of it by always being able to put your hands on the tool you need as and when you need it with this handmade garden-tool caddy.

Does it ever feel like you spend more time looking for where you left your tools than actually achieving what you set out to do in the garden? This time of year when we’re pulling out the last of the winter crops and prepping beds for summer plantings, it’s easy to move between various jobs throughout the garden, leaving a trail of misplaced tools behind you as you go.

Homemade Clothes: Freehand Top


You don’t need a pattern to make a new top, just a well-loved one you already own so you can replicate the best bits and know it’ll fit. And because the straight seams of this freehand design makes it easy to hand stitch, you don’t even need a sewing machine.

As the weather warms up and we’re pulling off our jumpers, now’s a great time to be whipping up a top or two to celebrate the new spring season. Picking up a vintage sheet from the op shop is a really economical way to buy fabric. In fact, you can generally pick up a queen-sized sheet for less than you’d pay per metre when buying fabric new. And because it’s secondhand, it’s usually worn-in and well-washed, so you know it’s going to be soft and isn’t going to shrink the first time you wash it.

Because it’s such a simple process, once you get an understanding of how it comes together you can very easily alter the ‘pattern’. You can make it long-sleeved, sleeveless or even lengthen it to turn it into a dress. It’s the same process, it’s just trusting what you’ve learnt and altering the measurements.

Woven Culture: Juanita Mulholland


If you love plants, you’ll know there’s always more to them than meets the eye. For Bardi artist Juanita Mulholland, coming to know native plants and their uses through weaving, sculpting and eco-dyeing, has helped her find herself, and reconnect with her heritage.

Juanita grew up on Yawuru and Bardi/Djawi country in northern Western Australia, with her feet in the red earth and her heart filled with ancestral stories of the land. But after moving to Victoria to be with her father’s family, which she describes gently as ‘a bit of a sad story’, Juanita grew up feeling out of step – as though she didn’t belong in either mainstream or Aboriginal culture, despite the latter being an ever-present reality in her life.

That feeling, followed by the birth of her two children, prompted Juanita to want to reconnect with her heritage. She wanted her kids to engage with their Aboriginality, so Juanita began taking them to an Indigenous playgroup.

Issue 25 Flipbook

Pip Magazine Issue 25 Cover

Our new issue of Pip Magazine features a new cover design and lots of content to help you live a more earth – friendly life. In this issue you will learn how to grow fruit trees in small spaces, harvest wild food from your neighbourhood, implement permaculture design into your home garden, make fermented tempeh from scratch as well as make your own gardening tool caddy.
We also feature inspiring stories from across the country including a garden in Ocean Grove helping with teen climate anxiety, a market gardener growing greens for the people of Alice Springs, an Indigenous weaver and dyer who works with native plants and a hempcrete home build in Tasmania.
Plus all our regular pieces on foraging, seed saving, beekeeping and reducing your impact on the planet

Implementing Permaculture: Mimicking Nature


Implementing permaculture design into the home garden doesn’t have to be a complex and drawn-out process, you just have to look at what nature is doing and follow her lead.

The aim of using permaculture design in the home garden is to imitate nature and allow your garden to maintain itself with minimal input from humans. In nature no element stands alone. Our natural ecosystems are made up of complex synergies where plants, animals, insects and the elements are all working together supporting and nourishing one another.

In healthy ecosystems all these parts are effortlessly working together, feeding and creating habitats for one another to survive. You too can create a garden where you can allow nature to do a lot of the work.

Youth Guerrilla Garden: Future Proof


Climate anxiety is rife among young people right now. On Victoria’s Bellarine Peninsula, a rundown corner of a carpark is helping youth understand how small actions can lead to big changes.

On a small pocket of disused land in rural Victoria, a quiet youth-led revolution is taking place. An ugly patch of

land behind the Ocean Grove Library’s carpark has been transformed into a vibrant Youth Guerrilla Garden where local teenagers grow, tend and harvest produce.

The project is the brainchild of community planner and teacher, Fiona Cadorel, who was inspired by US-based guerrilla gardener Ron Finley. Fiona, part of Bellarine Community Health’s Healthy and Connected Communities team, is passionate about engaging and supporting youth.