Monday, August 29, 2011


We interviewed and photographed Anissa Ljanta - a.k.a. Grow Mama, for the latest issue. A skilled sewer, she lives and creates on the west coast - there must be something in that salty sea air. Her upcycled items are not only practical and well made, but evoke a bit of nostalgia in folks of various ages when they recognise fabrics from their childhood (Anissa also wrote the piece on upcycling for the issue). She is hosting The Creative Mama Series on her blog at the moment, with guest posts every weekend by other creative and inspiring mothers. Here are some photos that didn't quite fit in the magazine, taken by Rosa-May Rutherford, and an excerpt from the interview.

"I look out from my crafting table to an expanse of sea, native bush and sky. I feel so blessed to be here. Living on the wild west coast keeps me grounded in practical, everyday beautiful designs. Vintage pencil skirts and heels just don’t cut it out here."

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