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Cally: Sea Borne Art

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Cally: Sea Borne Art

ROAR: Hey Cally! Let us know about your awesome brand. What is Sea Borne art and who is involved?

Cally: Sea Borne Art: ocean-inspired, sustainable candles hand made in bohemian Bondi. It’s a creative endeavour, up cycling found, preloved and everyday materials into sustainable art. I also stock the amazing sea-inspired art of Bondi locals. Shell art, mandalas and mini-surfboards made from broken boards. Everything is recycled or handmade in Bondi. 

ROAR: We love these ideas! When we met you it sounded so rad how you get your resources and how you transport products to customers. Please share what you do and why!?

Cally: I’m so lucky to live in a suburb that has a huge transient population. Not only is there always a great flow of interesting people, but there is always treasure to be found on the streets! I collect unwanted items, visit second-hand stores and people have even started to bring me bags, wrapping and trinkets to use in the candle-making process. It's a completely green operation - the energy I use to heat the wax is solar powered, and I skateboard deliver to local customers. 

Sea Borne came from a place of wanting to use what we have to make things of beauty, and encourage others to do the same. Be inspired to create! As for the skateboarding deliveries - what better way to get to know your area than to skate around? Plus, it’s a bonus when I can personally deliver a gift! 

ROAR: Skateboard delivery is the best idea! We also heard you have an awesome work space that people always seem to be dropping in to say hi and hang out? Tell us about this creative space.

Cally: Ah yes, the Candlearium! Also known as my garage. It’s such a chill place. When I first moved to this apartment, I had a lot of furniture that couldn’t fit. It ended up in the garage. Then, when I decided to start making candles in the garage, the furniture stayed. So it’s like a mini home, that smells like 200 candles! It’s a little oasis in the back streets of Bondi. What I love is how comfortable people are when they pop in. They plonk down on the couch or come and hover over the back table and chat away as I make candles. I was in the surf today and a girl asked me if I was the one who ‘has the little candle garage’ - stoked that people know the Candlearium! 

ROAR: Awesome community vibes! Congratulations on starting your own business and already gaining a good range of happy customers! Tell us how this idea came to life?

Cally: Oh thanks! I’ve been making candles for about six years - just as gifts for friends. A few people had told me I should sell them, but I didn’t have time, and to be honest it felt a tad strange selling something I had always given away. About a year ago I finished working the 9-5 and had all this time on my hands. While trying to figure out what to do next, I thought I would just literally open the garage, make some candles and see what happened. The gorgeous, generous people in my neighbourhood did the rest! Now I stock local stores, market stalls and have an online Etsy store. It’s been a beautiful organic growth. 

ROAR: Tell us about your thoughts on sustainability and eco friendly products and why it is such a focus for you?

Cally: Sustainability for me, is all about balance - living a fulfilling life, doing it with minimal negative impact on the earth and those around you. My not-so-inner-hippy was raised on a 40ft yacht my father built. My family lived a wholly sustainable (and adventurous) life, visiting pristine places and enjoying nature. We carried our own water, used solar power and didn’t even have a fridge until I was 15. We saw first-hand the devastating damage plastic can have on the ocean, harming the environment and killing animals. I’m grateful to my folks for the insight into our connectedness to and impact on the natural world. But we also lived a good life - I didn’t want for anything and mum taught me how to Op Shop like a pro! So my land-lubber life has been about finding my own balance - living a life where I don’t deprive myself of anything, but also being aware of how my purchasing behaviour can make a difference. 
Sea Borne is an extension of those principals. When researching sustainable candle making, I learnt that many candles are toxic. Lead-dipped wicks and paraffin (from petroleum) wax and synthetic scents. A candle is a delicious luxury for many, and this treat shouldn’t be harmful to you, or the planet. And so I use recycled bags, the wax I use is certified sustainable, cotton wicks and natural scents. And all decorations are found or pre-loved! 
Each of us has the potential to make positive change in the world - by learning where your favourite brand makes it’s clothes, and how those people are treated, to buying the tuna that is hand-caught, so as not to harm dolphins. By supporting the brands, people and products actively trying to do good, we can make a huge difference. 

 ROAR: So you are set up mainly around Bondi and are gaining a really good name for yourself. Are you thinking of expanding and if so where to? We can't wait to get some for the van!!

Cally: Ultimately it would be wonderful to travel around like you and live in the van, make candles, surf and explore… Sea Borne is starting to venture out of Bondi - stocked in yoga studios, organic cafes, and down the coast, a friend is opening a eco burger bar soon, Sea Borne will be lighting up the night there (can’t wait to see that!), and there are plans afoot to travel far and wide to markets spreading the love! Friends are also stocking Sea Borne in their refurbished vintage caravan and hitting the road - will forward you their details - so much happening! Ultimately though I would love to be involved with an art healing organisation - helping others find their creative fire and find peace. 
I would love you to have a candle in the van -  we have a travel candle in our camper van too! Drop in any time - across from 70 Denham Street, Bondi. 
@seaborneart - Instagram
Sea Borne Bondi - Facebook 

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Nat & Dan: Clean Coast Collective


Nat & Dan: Clean Coast Collective

ROAR: How did Clean Coast Collective come to life and who are the founders?

N&D: Clean Coast Collective (CCC) emerged after a number of trips into remote sections of the NSW South coast. We hiked into these locations to find secluded waves, escape the crowds and to feel fully immersed in the coastline. However we began noticing that the further we hiked the more rubbish we found. 

So we started researching the issue and discovered that all this rubbish is called 'marine debris', that it's everywhere and that it's threatening to destroy everything we love about the ocean. We were shocked and one rainy coastal evening we decided we could no longer continue enjoying everything we love about the coastline without giving something back. 

ROAR: That's an awesome way to look at it! What's your purpose and passion with CCC and how can people get involved?

N&D: We have two main purposes with CCC, firstly educate all surfers and beachgoers to the enormity of trash and pollution in our oceans, and secondly to show people that creating a difference and working towards a solution can be really simple. We want to show people that you can live a life that includes removing rubbish from our beaches and reducing waste and plastics in our lives, while still enjoying the coastal lifestyle we all love.  

Fellow salty folk can get in touch with us on instagram (@cleancoastcollective), on Facebook, or on our website ( to find out about upcoming events and projects. Along with blog posts on our clean ups and ways to reduce plastics in your everyday life, our website also includes a directory of all clean up groups we have engaged with across Australia. Visitors can go to the directory and use the interactive map to find their closest clean up crew to lend a hand! 

ROAR: We love your website and can't wait to get some shirts!! Can you tell us a bit about yourselves and your recent adventure.

N&D: After a few months of doing beach clean ups on various beaches on the south coast, we decided that we needed to see how bad things were around the entire Australian coastline, we needed to raise awareness about marine debris on a larger scale, and we needed to support all the amazing people who have been working on this issue for years. The Trash Surfari campaign was born and we took off on an epic six month journey around the entire Australian coastline. 

The journey was an incredible eye opener. Not only did we learn all about our beautiful country and its rich diversity, but we were also blown away by the impact of marine debris on every part of the Australian coastline. Every single beach we visited, no matter how pristine it appeared on first glance, was impacted in some way by marine debris and plastic pollution. On urban beaches we would find litter left behind by beachgoers, and on more remote beaches we would find plastic remnants, micro plastics and large debris, such as oil drums, commercial fishing equipment and fridges! 

ROAR: What an epic adventure! I think most people would be amazed to know isolated beaches still have rubbish on them and how big the issue actually is! How important do you think collaborating with like minded people for a cause is and why?

N&D: Collaboration for us is really important. Since founding CCC we have come to appreciate the power of surrounding ourselves with positive and likeminded people. There is such a great energy that emerges when a group of positive people come together by chance and can share their passions with other likeminded and motivating individuals. We are incredibly impressed and inspired by people that we have met who are following their own path and making their dreams come true, no matter what they are.  
We want to use CCC as a way to collaborate with passionate people and promote their projects. Through our online presence we promote small grassroots groups keeping their strip of their coastline clean - groups that may just be an informal group of friends that meet once a month. Through this we hope to gain these groups more exposure and hopefully encourage others in the area to lend a hand at their events and clean ups. We also collaborate with coastal businesses and artists who, in some way, are promoting cleaner oceans and reduced plastics through their business and art. 

ROAR: What are some exciting programs happening this year?

N&D: Last year we were fortunate to run a very successful crowdfunding campaign through the ING Dreamstarter Program. With these funds we are able to run our 2015 project, the Trash Tribe. The idea for the Trash Tribe project emerged after visiting beaches in remote Cape York during our journey. These beaches, some of Australia's most beautiful and most remote, are incredibly impacted by marine debris. Local rangers spoke to us about heading out to a beach and cleaning up over two tonnes of rubbish, to just return the following week to see that more had floated in. Cape York is an incredible example of just how much rubbish is out in our oceans. 
The Trash Tribe project will take 10 creative, passionate and influential young Australians up to Cape York in July this year to undertake an epic beach clean up over 5 days. In past years, our partner organisation for the clean up, Tangaroa Blue, has removed between 3.5 to 5.5 tonnes of marine debris off a single Cape York beach - all washed ashore from shipping lanes and neighbouring countries. 
For any salties out there interested in applying to be one of the 10 Trash Tribe members, we are accepting applications until midnight 31 March - get in quick to join this epic adventure! 



Chrystal Fitzgerald: Creative Soul

Photo by Chris Prestige

Photo by Chris Prestige

Last year we took a few weeks off to travel to one of our favourite places, Bali. While we were there we stopped in at Deus Temple of Enthusiasm, Canggu. As we were wandering around admiring all their amazing motorbikes, we found ourselves out the back where they shape surfboards. We noticed some amazing Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards and then we noticed Joel Fitzgerald. What a lucky day, to catch Joel and his beautiful wife Chrystal at work designing and shaping their boards. They were so lovely, they took time out of their day to chat with us. We talked about the process you go through, from design to finish, to shape a board. You could see they are passionate about what they do. We have kept in contact with Joel and Chrystal and the journey that they are on and are excited to share a bit of that with you. Chrystal has taken the time to chat with us about her life, passions, creativity, designs and ideas about community and collaboration. 

You can follow Chrystal on her personal blog, creative media websitefacebook, @dawnwolfdreamer for instagram and view Joel Fitzgerald surfboards on their website 


ROAR: You are a woman of many creative talents such as filmmaking, photography, design, craft, surfing and more. Were these passions instilled in you growing up? Who played a role in supporting your creativity?

Chrystal: Thank you for your kind words and proposing such thoughtful questions. It is an honour for me to respond and although I have yet to see myself in some of these ways I am living into it :) In answer to your first question; Yes art and craft were instilled in me at a very young age. My mother Julia read to my sister Leilani and I every day, and when my grandmother Heather was visiting she too would tell us stories. Storytelling and playing outdoors were our primary sources of joy and entertainment. When we weren't horse back riding, building forts or adventuring my sister Leilani and I were at the public library. I also had the rich Hawaiian culture around me from an early age. 

Making flower leis, wreaths, ti leaf skirts, singing songs, dancing and just talking story were also big parts of my childhood. These traditions continue to be a source of creative strength and inspiration for me. 

My mother played an integral role in my creative development and still does. She always supported me in all that I wanted to do and enrolled me in sewing, piano, hula and theater classes to see what I enjoyed most. She always made time for me and asked me what I wanted to do. Sports and arts were and still are far more interesting to her then my socialistic achievements. 

During my early life there were a few caring teachers that encouraged me, however the people that fostered and helped me develop my love for film and visual story telling were from the Academy for Creative Media, at the University of Hawaii. Which is where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Creative Media and how I initially came to Australia in 2006. Presently, my mother, sister, friends, and husband Joel continue to support me in all of my creative pursuits.

ROAR: Where did you grow up and how did your environment play a role in making you who you are today?

Chrystal: I was raised by my mother Julia alongside my sister Leilani in the Ka'u desert on the island of Hawai'i' for most of my youth. It was there in the Wild landscape of Pele's lava trail that I was home schooled in a community of like minded individuals. In this fringe community, down dirt roads, we lived 'off the grid', no running water, or electricity, and at times without four walls.  Less distractions made this natural lifestyle integral in the preservation and nurturing of my creativity and imagination. Hence my childhood has and continues to shape my personal development. 

ROAR: What are some creations and designs that you have been involved in recently and currently that you are excited and passionate about?

Chrystal: Recently I have been involved in the creative design of surfboards, short films and my own personal art. Of these what is bringing me much joy are my dreamcatchers, which I hand-craft from primarily recycled, repurposed, vintage and found beach treasures. I am also involved in the creative processes within my husband and business partner Joel Fitzgerald's surfboards. Vintage fabrics, color, texture, anything old that has a life and story, enchant and excite me. 

On the film side I have been inspired by the collective up rising of women, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and the company I keep. Lauren L Hill and I worked on a short video a few months ago and that has inspired me to tell more of my own stories, something that I have known for a long time was coming. This is exciting time in my life as I am stepping out in new ways. Here is a link to the project that I am currently developing 'Vignettes of the Slide'  it is like life ever evolving :)

ROAR: We have noticed that you collaborate with and support other creative inspirational people. Tell us your thoughts on collaboration and community and give us a couple of examples where you have seen this flourish in your local community.

Chrystal: We are designed for community. The people I surround myself with are all my mentors and profound sources of inspiration. Examples of successful collaborations are prevalent in the Byron Bay community. An example close to me is the collaboration between Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards and artist/laminator Matt Yates. Some beautiful one of a kind surfboards that are truly works of art have been the result. Another example is the  Byron Bay Surf Festival, which is what I believe to be a collaborative event. There are many other local examples in the fashion, and arts community here in the shire as well. The numbers of collaborations are growing all the time as people see the mutual benefit of sharing skills, trading, being of service.

ROAR: We see you as a great role model for young women. What is some advice you would give to girls growing up trying to figure out who they are and what they what to give and achieve in life?

Chrystal: The advice I have for growing girls is to truly follow your heart, be brave with this following and always always trust your intuition. I also encourage you to remember that God lives in each of us and we all have the power to reach the dreams of purpose, which we are given. Rely on God's vision for you and ask for help when every you are faced with doubt, prayer is a powerful gift. Along with prayer and persistence make time to play daily :)

I have just started a group called the Women's Evolvement Party, my ultimate goal is to be of service to a larger community of Women for personal and global healing. At the moment we are gathering for book club and women's circles, in the future we plan to take more active roles in the community and overseas :) Click here to view the site.

ROAR: What is something you are really excited about for 2014?

Chrystal: Today! Yes each moment is a miracle. Other things I am excited about are going home to Hawai'i' Nei, day dreams, a feature film that I am working on with dear friends, traveling and collaborating with like minded people on creative projects.

Photo by Anthony Dodds

Photo by Anthony Dodds

Photo by Anthony Dodds

Photo by Anthony Dodds

Photo by Chris Prestige

Photo by Chris Prestige


Photos provided and copyrighted by Joel and Chrystal.



Matt Greenhough: Skater


We went for an afternoon skate at the Torquay park and I was watching a local doing some quality skateboarding. Matt was a very interesting guy who is starting a business in skate, surf, music and art. He is also a talented carpenter studying building design. Jess and I love meeting people who are passionate about life. If you ever want to share your story with us. Email us at and add some cool pics of your adventures. I can't reveal too much yet as Matt's business hasn't launched but I can't wait to share more of his journey as it unfolds.