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Claudia Phares and her obi

Claudia Phares is a Montreal-raised and Melbourne-based photographer whose work is included in the Northside Ladies Bicycle Calendar 2011. I met her at the calendar launch party and loved her colourful and practical outfit – a cowl neck mini-dress from Japanese high street label Uniqlo, some lace three-quarter length leggings and all pulled together with a bright red obi.

The obi is also featured in her colourful photo of the lady cyclist for January. Amazingly it is made from an old Aldi shopping bag (the ones that replace plastic bags but are in fact non-biodegradable). Her tip if you also want to create a belt from a bag is to cut on the diagonal so that it wraps around the body snugly. Pretty clever!

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