Janine and Peter

Janine Quine is an educator who has worked with mainstream and marginalised communities in schools, universities, and in remote and urban communities.  She is interested in transformative education, studies of religions, and was part of the Philosophy in Schools movement.

Peter Wertheim was formerly a lecturer in political and social philosophy at the University of Queensland in the 1960s and 1970s. He later went on to study cross-cultural and spiritual traditions. Now he is content to sit and reflect on the state of the world. He says that he is approaching ninety and has become a devoted house person. 

Both are very involved in Aboriginal and Islander visions of life, and are committed to peace, which includes environmental and socially sustainable practices. 

Both think t-shirts are an interesting and creative medium in which to introduce new ideas that challenge long held assumptions. 

Many thanks go to our collective of family and friends who have supported us in this venture. Particular thanks go to Uli who gave us the first calendar, and to Cathy who helped make the prints for the exhibition — they both started us on this journey.


Ulrike Krauss


Ulrike Krauss: friend, hiker, potter, community creator, and Multicultural Mental Health Coordinator.  She is the reason our wisdom project got started. She is the one who gifted us for three years running a beautiful A3 hand-made calendar that allowed for writing thoughts up the top and dated shapes below.  Pinned on the toilet wall with a small table of pencils below, it was in these empty spaces that Peter began to draw.  Being the community builder and friend that she is, she also held an art and t-shirt exhibition at her house to support our new wisdom project.  Ulrike is now spending most of her free time at her potter's wheel creating beautiful Japanese inspired Raku fired  plates, bowls and mugs.

Checkout Uli's raku fired pottery

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Stacey McMaster

My niece Stacey  McMaster has been instrumental in getting our t-shirts photographed and displayed on our online shopping  page as well modelling our t-shirts and also doing some graphic design work.   A talented photographer, she was selected in 2017  as a finalist in the Brisbane Art Prize in the photography category.  Need graphics?  A logo for your new business?  A website?  Promo material? Advice on social medial advertising? Stacey is  now freelancing after completing her degree in Visual Design and Media at QUT and internship at Digital Orange .  

Check out stacey's portfolio

Ros McMaster

Ros is a creative dynamo who happens to be  my sister.  She has been instrumetnal in getting our business profile up and running, and  keeping our project going.  She taught herself how to create interesting websites and has become a very skilled and creative  web page designer (ameteur she insists on saying).  Not only has she designed our LooARTe website but also our Year for Peace website and my story telling project website Narratives of Hope (check them out).  But there's more to her than meets the eye......  After a diagnosis of stage 4 cancer, the death of her partner, and the the end of her marriage, Ros McMaster created Idle Conversations to share her stories of hope and resilience.  Ros combines her psychology degree with real life experience to offer Blogs, Podcasts, Counselling and Workshops -  helping others find the blessings in the adversity they face.  Be sure to check out her blog.

Visit Ros at Idle Conversations