PRESS RELEASE – Jane Milburn, Textile Beat

Introducing Jane Milburn, Textile Beat

Australian author, social activist and entrepreneur, Jane Milburn, joins the team at The Sound Temple in Perth Hills this month to roll out a collection of talks and interactive workshops as part of the “Common Threads – Woven through Community” exhibition, focusing on sustainability, creativity and traditional hand-crafted wisdom of the ages.

A former agricultural scientist and journalist, Jane is a passionate advocate of the Slow Clothing Movement and author of the book, “Slow Clothing – Finding Meaning in What We Wear”.  She brings a health and well-being context to how we choose, wear and care for clothes.

“Australians buy an average of 27 kilograms of new textiles each year – we run second to North Americans who buy 37 kilograms each – and then we discard 23 kilograms into landfill”, Milburn says.

“Two-thirds of new clothing are from man-made fibres which shed microplastic particles into the environment and take decades to rot in landfill.  In a finite world, we can’t keep pretending this doesn’t matter. We are accountable, through the everyday clothing decisions we make.”

In an era dominated by passive consumption of cheap and synthetic fashion, Jane presents a compelling case for why we need to change the way we dress to live lightly on Earth through everyday practice. She will be hosting workshops on upcycling, creativity, sustainability and smart ways to reduce our fashion footprint.


Jane’s events, talks and workshops at The Sound Temple:

Slow Clothing as a Lived Practice – May 29th 7pm – 9pm

Mindful Mending Brings Love – May 30th 3pm – 6.30pm

Conversation about Clothes – May 30th 7pm – 9.30pm

Clothing Revival and Resuscitation – May 31st 10.00am – 1.30pm

Take your Unloved Teez to the Catwalk – May 31st 2pm-5pm


Jane’s Slow Clothing Manifesto:

10 ways to thrive and dress smartly in our modern material world:

THINK: Make thoughtful, ethical, informed choices

NATURAL: Treasure fibres from nature and limit synthetics

QUALITY: Buy well once, quality remains after price is forgotten

LOCAL:  Support local makers, those with good stories and fair trade

CARE: Mend, patch, sort, sponge, wash less, use cold water, line dry

FEW: Live with less, capsule wardrobe, have one best style, unfollow

MAKE: Embrace home sewing as a life skill, value DIY and handmade

ADAPT: Refashion, eco-dye, create new from old to suit yourself

REVIVE: Enjoy vintage, exchange, op-shop and swap

SALVAGE:  Donate, pass on, rag weave, recycle or compost