Australia has been devastated by bushfires for months now, with our brave fire and rescue services and citizens working tirelessly to save communities, habitats and wildlife across the nation.
To support those who have been impacted by the bushfire crisis, James St is honoured to work with local makers Blue & Grae on a limited edition unisex bracelet. 100% of all proceeds from sales of the ‘Helping Hands’ bracelet will be split between the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES). By wearing the creation, your hand will help not only assist the non-for-profits but the regional community the materials are sourced from.
Purchase a Helping Hands bracelet HERE.
Meet the makers:
Each Blue & Grae piece is a symbol of owners Josef and Grace’s passion and infallible teamwork; Grace’s attention to detail and out-of-the-box design solutions melded together with Josef’s making talent and practicality. Every Blue & Grae piece is constructed by hand from the finest materials, exclusively assembled in their Paddington workshop. They utilise timeless designs, blending utilitarianism with a minimal, classic aesthetic, adapt traditional methods and are always led by longevity – a process that requires a unique skillset and focus on craftsmanship.
For this project, Blue & Grae, have sourced regional materials from AusTanners, a gesture aimed to help those communities affected most. Blue & Grae, are working alongside a team of volunteers, who have also donated their time and craftsmanship to the creation of the bracelets.
Australian owned and manufactured since the late 1920s, AusTANNERS has over 80 years in the history of leather production. The team at AusTANNERS generously donated all of the leather for the bracelets, which was originally sourced and purchased from regional communities.
FRRR – Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal
FRRR is a not-for-profit organisation that harnesses the power of collective investment between government, business and philanthropy to improve the lives of those living in rural, regional and remote Australia. FRRR makes grants to local not-for-profit groups for community-led projects that address that most pressing need that emerges 12-18 months after a disaster event. Grants from the fund will be able to support community leaders to implement what they need in their community. It could be support for fatigued volunteer leaders, repairing vital community infrastructure or ensuring psychological support is available when it is most needed.
WIRES – NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc
WIRES has been rescuing and caring for wildlife for over 30 years and is the largest wildlife rescue organisation in Australia. While WIRES presence is mostly in NSW where they respond to more than 90,000 rescues each year, they receive around 170,000 calls annually, including thousands of interstates calls where they provide rescue advice. Following the catastrophic fires, WIRES is keen to pursue additional opportunities to help wildlife more broadly across Australia wherever possible including partnering on a project to improve long-term outcomes for native animals.
This initiative would not have been possible without the gracious support of our local community. The James Street Initiative and Blue & Grae are grateful to those who have generously contributed to this project:
AusTANNERS; Museum of Small Things (M.O.S.T); Cornerstone Press; David Chatfield Studio; and all that generously volunteered their time to lovingly handcraft this item.
February 18, 2020