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By Elisa Rose
A childhood passion for creating her own
clothing combined with a love of nature
inherited from her meteorologist father
has evolved into a lifelong career for textile
artist India Flint.
For the past several decades the Mt Pleasant
woman has been creating earthy clothing
designs and art pieces, experimenting with
natural dyes and mordants and found objects –
from abandoned pieces of wire to animal bones.
Fresh from showing her work at Ellen Noel
Art Museum in Texas, Ms Flint has brought
her most recent exhibition back to her home
The collection of work, which was inspired by
the similarities between her Latvian heritage
and Japanese culture – the Latvian affinity with
nature and the land and the Japanese concept
of shibusa, meaning simple, subtle beauty –
will be on show at the Lobethal Woollen Mill
throughout January and February.
Ms Flint has been making her own clothes
since the age of seven but her craft has since
evolved into artwork.
“I don’t know where the borderline between
art and real life is really,” she said.
‘Art is everything’
“To me art is everything, it’s how you get
dressed in the morning it’s how you twist the
towel on your hair when you come out of the
shower, how you put your food on the plate.
“It’s part of life and it doesn’t really distinguish
that much for me.”
Ms Flint uses only natural fabrics such as wool
and linen, dyeing them using natural resources
such the leaves of eucalypts – sometimes even
using cow urine as a fixing mordant.
In the 1980s she began experimenting with
eco-prints on cloth.
Ms Flint said she got the idea from an Easter
tradition practiced in Latvia, during which
eggs are wrapped in onion skins and garden
herbs and boiled.
The eggs take on the color from the herbs,
leaving them decorated with colorful leaf-like
Finding the same technique could be used on
cloth, Ms Flint has since experimented with
different plants, often surprised by the colors
they release when heated – such as the blue-
green Argyle apple eucalyptus cinerea leaves
which turn fabric a bright red when boiled.
Over the past few decades Ms Flint has
showcased her work across the world at dozens
of solo and group exhibitions in countries
including the US, Portugal and Denmark.
She has also created costumes for several
productions by companies including the West
Australian Ballet and has published several
textile and dyeing books.
Ms Flint’s exhibition, Shibusa, is open at the
Lobethal Woollen Mill on weekends between
11.30am and 4pm until February 12.
India Flint will be on location between 1.30–
4pm on February 11 and 12.
Local artist India Flint
draws inspiration from
nature for her textile
creations. She has spent
with natural dyes
and is particularly
interested in the
unusual colors that can
be drawn from native
plants such as the
Textile artist has a
By Elisa Rose
Not even last Thursday’s gale-force
winds and pelting rain could dampen
the enthusiasm of 18 teenagers with
disabilities and more than 30 Scouts
Venturers and leaders who set up camp at
Oakbank last week.
With activities ranging from “dragon” canoe
rides to candlemaking and a petting zoo,
campers got lost in history at the medieval-
themed Jack Roberts Camp held at the
The camp is a collaboration between Scouts
SA and disability service provider Cara’s
Camps for Kids program.
It aims to provide camp experiences for
teenagers who are living with disabilities and
may otherwise miss out on such activities.
“For our customers, Camps for Kids is about
learning, growing, having fun and adventure,”
Cara executive manager of operations Kerry
Benefits for all
“While many children and teens go on camp
regularly throughout their lives, Camps for
Kids offer something extra for campers with
disabilities – the chance to become more
independent as they learn new skills, try new
things and visit new places.”
The camp is now in its 53rd year and Camps
for Kids team leader Kelsey Ulstrup said the
camp was also beneficial for parents.
“The parents get a valuable respite from
supporting their kids 24/7 and the kids
experience that rite of passage of going to
camp when you’re a kid,” she said.
The camp also provides unique opportunities
for Scouts Venturers, with Scouts activity leader
Jacob Simons describing it as “rewarding”.
“There’s no other camp in Scouts that is like
this and they get a much different experience
to their normal camp,” he said.
“When I was a Venturer it was much more
rewarding than other camps.
“It’s exhausting, but it’s a good exhausting
where you get to the end of the week and think,
‘wow I’ve actually achieved something’.”
Camp a rite of passage for youth with disabilities
Scout Venturers Bec Elleray, left, and Jordan Rault braved camping in the middle of
last week’s wild weather alongside Angus Duncan and Steven Kiuschel, front.
Jake Argent was all smiles at the
camp’s petting zoo.
A piglet named Sadie was just one of the furry friends Scouts leader Caitlin
Lawless, left, campers Joel Higgins and Hayden Souter and Scouts leader
Monique Slobodian got to know during the petting zoo that came to the
Jack Roberts Camp last week.
Josh Groon, left, and Luke Chaffey were the
targets for James Daniels’ sponge throwing.
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