A Haiku from Sydonia’s Dana Roskvist

  Waiting for Words that Don’t Exist by Dana Roskvist   A single soft word Breathed into a perfect mind Achieves more than war.   ————————————————- This is a haiku whispered in the Sydonia song, “Words.” Sydonia is an alternative rock/metal band hailing from Melbourne….

Illegal Like Lies

  Song written and performed by Jenny Fitzgibbon Animation by Corrie Wright   We are thrilled to share the first song and video submission to be received by IBYFM, “Illegal Like Likes”! Co-created by Queensland-based artists Jenny Fitzgibbon and Corrie Wright. Enjoy!      …

The Sea to the Desert in Wool

  by Brenna Jensen and the Castlemaine Community    “We are creating a woollen play rug to be given to children living in detention. It is a work in progress and represents the Australian landscape from sea to desert.” 300 cm x 70 cm  …

A Letter To My Father

by Daniella Trimboli   Lately I have been recalling a confrontation I had with you in my late teens about ‘boat people’. It was not the ‘boat people’ confrontation where I, outraged by your comments, stormed out of the house, jumped into my ’85 Corolla and burned down…

Worldly Conversations

We just came across this moving collaboration between RISE (Refugee Survivors and Ex-Detainees) member Sarah Mussa and visual artist Shawn Lu, called “Worldly Conversations”.   Shawn Lu’s artwork is featured on one of our tee/hoodie designs, available for purchase on this site (with all proceeds…

First Art Submissions!

We are thrilled to reveal the first set of artworks submitted to I’LL BE YOUR FIRST MATE!   The artists have donated these works to the IBYFM project, so you can purchase prints of them on stickers, t-shirts and more. Like all works available for purchase on…

We’ll Be Your New Home and Your First Mate

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is currently running its Winter Appeal 2014. Winter proves exceptionally tough for refugees who have little to no income and survive only because of the fantastic assistance the ASRC provides. Here is a message from the ASRC’s CEO, Kon Karapanagiotidis, explaining the importance…

MissChu: Dumplings not Detention Centres

Here is a beautiful TEDx talk someone from the IBYFM community has shared with us, where Nahji Chu discusses her Vietnamese food project: MissChu. It chimes so well with IBYFM’s main aim: to add to the asylum seeker discussion through creative means. For Chu, this involves developing…

We’re Boating!

We are excited to launch the website and first series of designs for I’ll Be Your First Mate!  Welcome! Please spend some time having a look around to see what this is all ABOAT… (sorry… but it is SO HARD not to boat pun), and spread…