The Story Behind The Brand

"Brand Barbwire Noose® began following an Human Rights outcry made by myself against the neglect and sexual abuse I witnessed of clients in government disabled care in South Australia. My fight for better quality of life for Disabled clients in government care leading myself to Trademark register the words Fear Is The Root Of All Weakness® - a slogan which had held a long term place on a yellow curtain blind which was purchased in my teenage years, 2002, whilst still fresh out of home. I wrote the slogan after I was sexually abused myself as a teenager but a man that I also should have been able to trust. Like the neglected and abused clients should have been able to trust their carers. Scared to speak out, the slogan represented my internal fight for justice. The struggle I had with the truth of being sexually assaulted at 16 years old by mid 30’s police officer and detective Kurt Slaven. 

At the time I initially wrote the line ‘Fear Is The Root Of All Weakness®’ it was inspirational and relevant. Like my fear and silence after being raped as a minor, relatable to the main reason for years of silence about this neglect by co workers was fear. Fears of harassment and dismissal creating loss of income fears over thoughts of humanity for many. I did not share the fear of monetary loss, yet after witnessing police corruption as a 16 year old I did fear the backlash of corrupt powers. I reported the misconduct I witnessed and nothing changed. My pursuit for human rights for incapacitated and most severely disabled in our society - the voiceless, lead to myself being harrassed at the disabled care facility house of Sharley Avenue. After an extended period of time without adequate address of the reported neglect, abuse and malpractice by the government I was targeted with petty harassment by almost the Entire department, staff through to the Disability Minister leaving neglect and sexual abuse unaddressed and focusing on character assassinating the whistleblower. I was put on paid leave and offered counselling for the neglect I had witnessed. Attending the counseling session I discussed with Liz Moriarty avenues to expose the seemingly brushed under the rug concerns I had raised. We spoke of public exposure for accountability and about approaching the Channel 7 news. There was not much counselling that went on at these sessions. I had been seriously assaulted by my brother’s poor choice of girlfriends and friends prior to being put on leave. The sessions served myself more to discuss the pain I endured with no understanding why my own Mother sat emotionless, without word in the car after I was assaulted - with a broken nose and had no care for my state or the pain I was in. The devastation I had suffered from a broken family relationship, physical trauma and how to get justice for the clients I was desperately speaking out for the topics which passed the session with some value. Other than learning how normal it was to stand up for others - that to which I already knew, Liz saw through the paid leave and counseling as a scapegoat for the government at this time. Myself young and learning about the world, I never forgot the small things Liz said to myself and how insightful she was regarding the impact of media with accountability. If you could get yourself heard. 2020 authoring this biography, the climate of whistleblowing in over 15 years had not changed within the governing climate of Australia. I, whistle blowing government departments under both governments, state and federal and even a mix of liberal and labor governance have encountered the same resistance to integrity and the same injustices towards Human Rights from all that had governed Australia.

The story of brand name Barbwire Noose and how these words came about are a much more simple and straightforward explanation. A passion for Music as much as fashion, I plucked the Brand name Barbwire Noose from the Soundgarden song ‘Pretty Noose’ I used as therapy while on paid leave. The words inspiring the Barbwire Noose name with the line from the song expressive of how I felt at the time - ‘And I Don’t Like What You Got Me Hanging From’ thoughts of a strangulation like silencing from the government in my interpretations in the moment of this music. Feeling I was being held in a corner with what I knew being used as an excuse to treat myself like a victim after I reported the neglect and criminal conduct. Expressing my concerns and feelings regarding the severe traumas I was witnessing and enduring. It felt like I was being put in a corner on paid leave. Leading myself to thinking and interpretation of the worst strangulation one could endure - a barbed wire noose. Then came, 'Barbwire Noose'." 

Autobiography written by Founder Barbwire Noose, rights and acknowledgment to publishers Austin Macaulay Publications.

ISBN: 9781528986397

So Life is just that.​

We all lose ourselves growing up.

Find ourselves when we least expect it.

Face testing experiences and get through.

Better or Worse.

​Liking to think for the better.

Learn from a bad decision - decisions.

Become stronger from experiences.

Life throws Crazy Shit.

We All have Stories.

Some we can share, Some that we wont.

These experiences are Strengths, Not weaknesses.

Choose Courage, Not Fear. Death is Inevitable, the rest is Choice.©


My Story in short;

One Testing Experience Too Many, A Life Of Endless Lives And A Yellow Curtain Blind.


​Life – A dreamy Nightmare that Grips us by the Throat as we enter this Treacherous World and begins to Squeeze as we struggle to drink from the bosom that Feeds us into Destruction. Dying from Birth we tread through Life’s Bullshit to the Inevitable End of Our Existence. Knowing This, we need Not Fear what life has in store. We need Not Punish Ourselves and become a Shadow to society. 'Fear Is The Root Of All Weakness®'. A Weakness that we should Not bow Down to, as we are Inevitably headed Towards what we will Lose at the end of our Existence – Life. Like a 'Barbwire Noose®' the Reality of our world grips us slowly Bleeding us to our Death with No Remorse. We do Not need to endure more pain in the face of Fear. Embrace Life as it sucks your Vital Soul into the Nothingness of Conformation. Do Not Conform as society demands. Live Life to experience your Mind, your Body, your Souls desire and Fuck the World's Bias opinion. Do Not be Sucked into the Oblivion. Do Not Conform. Alone We Stand Hand In Hand, Without Fear.©


- Marcia

'Barbwire Noose', 'Fear Is The Root Of All Weakness' and Barbwire logo are All Registered Trademarks. BARBWIRE NOOSE PTY. LTD.​​


BARBWIRE NOOSE® Clothing and Accessories are Crafted with a Personal Touch and Proudly Australian Owned. Barbwire Noose® is Dedicated to Making 'A Better World™'. Including Organic Materials as an Option on a wide product selection. Active Local, and Worldwide Involvement on Issues, and use of Profits to Support projects with the Same Objectives of 'A Better World™' .

NOTE: Barbwire Noose®  does NOT at All in Anyway condone self harm. We Support and Encourage the Support of Charities which aid in Sustaining Life*.


Animals Unleashed: www.unleashed.org.au/

Sea Shepard Conservation: www.seashepherd.org.au/

*Lifeline: http://www.lifeline.org.au/

(*Zip it Mental Health: www.zipit.org.au/sponsor-a-zipper/)

WSPA: www.wspa.org.au/helping/Default.aspx

Greenpeace: www.greenpeace.org/international/en/

*World Kindness: www.worldkindnessaustralia.org/

*UNWomens Empowerment Champion: https://unwomen.org.au/our-partners/womens-empowerment-principles/


$1.00AUD minimum of your purchase is donated to a cause(s) working towards 'A Better World'. Fear Is The Root Of All Weakness®

Barbwire Noose® *Homegrown* Est 2005.

Do NOT Conform™​  Life-Music-Freedom™​


Experience Life.

Fear Is The Root Of All Weakness®

Marcia Anita Hobbs

Founder and Lead Designer.

Marcia, an outspoken Human Rights Activist defines 'Do NOT Conform' and lives by the brand slogan 'Fear Is The Root Of All Weakness'.


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$1.00AUD minimum of your purchase is donated to a cause(s) working towards 'A Better World'. Fear Is The Root Of All Weakness®