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Ocean's of Love

Most of the prints that I do, are my own work.  Funnily enough, I think I can't draw.  I am certainly no artist.  I guess that is just my own being "down on myself" thing.  Takes me back to high school art class.... and then all the way through Fashion School.  I never thought I could draw, but somehow I got by.... and actually I got great marks! So now with my own clothing line, I need to come up with NEW art for my prints every year.  Its daunting.... especially when you consider yourself "art challenged". I often find photos of real shells or real ocean objects, put them on a lightbox and paint over them with ink, adding a swirl or...

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The turtles are in trouble !

When I was a little girl, my parents took my sister and I out of school for a few months and took us sailing around the Great Barrier Reef.  One of the most memorable islands we visited was Heron Island which is a natural coral cay, visited annually by great mamma turtles intent on laying their eggs.  The photo below shows this spectacular island which you can walk around in 20 minutes.  Click here for more information on Heron Island. While we were on the island some baby turtles had hatched and were being taken care of by an organization on the island helping these turtles reach adulthood.  Here is a photo below of my sister Cristi (the cute blonde one)...

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First photo shoot in Grenada

When I first started West Indies Wear, we were in Grenada in the Southern Caribbean, on our boat.  We got the samples from the factory in India, and we were scouting around in the dinghy looking for places to take photos. I spotted this colorful Caribbean cottage, and got a "bee in my bonnet" about taking photos of my sarongs on their wash line.  I asked around the local village for permission, and was told "sure..... no problem Mon, but just beware the goat" Goat ????  How cute is the cottage, and there is our old Palm Leaf Sarong, we still have a version of that sarong .... now it is called the Island View Sarong. So Justin took me...

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NEW summer essentials

One of the most exciting new additions to our line for Summer 2019, are our JUTE bags.  I have never done a bag using jute before, as we normally do our cotton printed bags, but I do love the strength and durability of raw jute.  What exactly is jute anyway?  Jute is a natural vegetable fibre that is one of the strongest natural fibres around, it comes from the CORCHORUS PLANT, which is commonly found in India and Bangladesh.  The plant grows fully within 5-7 months, it is a rain-fed crop that needs no fertiliser to thrive.  Here is a photo of the plant, and you can read more about it if you click here. Jute is such a strong fibre it...

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Summer of HEAT WAVES

As we embark on the last month of Northern Winter, I am sure you are all starting to daydream about some sunshine.  Here in Australia we have had a long HOT summer. I believe our "heat waves" have even made the news over there in the USA, as a few people I have spoken to on the phone in the US, have said to me "how are you coping with the heat wave"?  The heat I can cope with (I am an island girl after all) but the lack of rain is not so much fun.  The house we built here in Australia on our return from the Caribbean is on a 1.5 acre block out in the bush.  We are...

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