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KININMONTHS on King Island



Join Caroline as she explores King Island

and finds out why Bull Kelp has holes in it.

Caroline is an artist based on King Island in the wild and windy Bass Strait between Victoria and Tasmania in Australia. She specialises in painting and pottery as well as sculptures from all that nature provides.

This book was originally produced by hand in small numbers.

Caroline's favorite place on King Island is Badger Box.

King Island, Australia, is famous for diary produce, crayfish and abolone but surprisingly the bull kelp industry is hardly known. This is likely because the processing of the kelp occurs across the other side of the planet yet almost every manufactured product contains the secret kelp ingredient.

Bull Kelp has the scientific name
of Durvillaea potatorum and grows all around King Island. The giant algae can grow to a spectacular eight metres tall and live for fourteen years. However following the wild storms in the Bass Strait these ‘trees of the ocean’ can be torn from the rocks and washed up on to the beaches.

The washed up Bull Kelp is harvested on King Island. In a small factory near the township of Currie the leathery fronds are dried and crushed into granules. When the ship arrives once a week the containers are sent to Scotland where the alginates are extracted.

Alginates are used every day, in products such as ice cream, drinks, salad dressings, detergents, toothpaste, paints, paper, dental, pharmaceutical and cosmetic preparations.



$5 for each book, postage free in Australia.

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