The War on Wild Dogs

  There is a war raging in outback Qld. Everyday the battle is being fought, not by soldiers, but by everyday…
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Plain, But Not Ordinary

Making good decisions for your wardrobe, doesn’t start and end at the cash register. For Victorian woolgrower, Ben Duxson it…
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The Makers: Di & Sandy Martin

Ever wondered what goes on before my favourite merino wool products from Shleep are ready for sale? In this series,…
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THE CULT OF VEGANISM

I have a vegan in my family. For years we have been accommodating her beliefs and lifestyle. We have supported…
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Hey there!

I’m Chantel McAlister – masterclasser, photographer, wool advocate and mum.

In a nutshell, I am a former city girl who fell in love with a shearer and the Australian wool industry in my early twenties. I have continued my love affair and obsession with both that shearer of mine and wool for the last 12 years. I call both of them, home.

The last decade working in the woolsheds as a woolhandler and masterclasser has allowed me to have an in-depth look at the wool industry and how wool is grown and harvested. I have unearthed a culture, a proud heritage and exciting future that I never saw, just looking in from the outside during my city days.

Sheep are no longer just clones to me. Every woolgrower has their own story. Every shearing team is full of different characters. Wool brokers, buyers, exporters, garment makers and fibre enthusiasts are all part of the wool pipeline. We are all in this together with the same love for wool and respect for the sheep producing it.

Outside of my woolclassing hours, over the last 6 years I have also established myself as a professional photographer. My happy snaps of my daily life in the woolsheds have evolved to storytelling of all the on-farm wool practices and putting a real face to those growing and harvesting it.

I am now a trusted source for wool info and known within the industry as ‘that girl who photographs sheep’.

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