beauseant be glorious
beau-seant [Bo'-ze-aunt] -verb 1. Be glorious
the cultural gem of Central America
Dresses for every woman
simple textiles fulďŹ ll those cravings for something beautiful
inside beaseant | september
LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER by: marianne orchard
TRAVEL Guatemala â€“ the cultural gem of Central America by: deborah stone
TEXTILES A Craving for Something Simple
by: Pat Nugent
ON THE COVER Designer Spotlight with Dalia MacPhee
by: layla bell
MUSIC Bre Morgan by: Deborah Stone
PHOTO ESSAY: CHINA by: chaselliott photography
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a note from the publisher
Welcome readers, artists, critics.
We are overjoyed to present the first issue of Beauseant! So, what came first, the magazine or the name? e origin of beauseant is quite muddled and somewhat unknown. In Scottish history bawseant was used to denote something that was two colors. As time passed beau in french, came to mean beautiful, noble, glorious, while seant means ‘to become’. Nowhere however, in a contemporary French dictionary can you find the word beauseant. Beauseant magazine has chosen to take the best meanings of this evolving word, so to us, and hopefully soon to you, beauseant means, ‘Be Glorious’. Because this magazine was inspired by this word, the founders seek to find share media that inspires readers to embody the definition of this powerful word. Our mission is to ensure that the content of this magazine is multi-cultural, colorful, uplifts and inspires us all to BE GLORIOUS. We don’t think this is too lofty a goal. So may we all be a little more glorious!
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Guatemala e Cultural Gem Of Central America WRITTEN BY DEBORAH STONE
uatemala is the crown jewel of Central America. Its scenic beauty, colorful culture, exotic wildlife and ancient history dazzle visitors from all over the world. Unlike its oft visited neighbors, Belize and Costa Rica, however, Guatemala is not a major tourist mecca – yet. ose who do venture to this “land of eternal spring” come for its unpolished appeal – for its authenticity and genuine character. And they delight in the hospitable nature of the people, who take pride in sharing their rich heritage with others. If you’re thinking of visiting the country for the first time, consider joining an organized tour, especially if you don’t have a good command of Spanish. I chose Viaventure, a company with a well known reputation for providing quality, small group tours that are custom designed based on interests.
I started in Antigua, one of the most charming destinations in the world, with beautifully restored Spanish colonial architecture, n a r ro w co b b l e s to n e s t re e t s , manicured parks and a picturesque horizon shaped by several volcanoes. is lovely locale has managed to retain the ambiance of the 17th century capital that it once was, while incorporating modern amenities to appeal to visitors from all corners of the globe. Here you’ll find eclectic shops and art galleries, fascinating museums and traditional markets packed with locally made textiles, jewelry and woodcrafts. From Antigua, it’s easy to make several day excursions to tour a coﬀee plantation, macadamia nut f a r m o r w o m e n ’s te x t i l e cooperative. Viaventure arranged for me to connect with As Green as it Gets (GAIG), a charity working to support small independent coﬀee
p ro d u c e r s , w h i l e p ro m o t i n g e nv i ro n m e n t a l l y re s p o n s i b l e agriculture in Guatemala. e organization takes guests to visit some of the families it supports and encourages them to learn about the bean-to-cup coﬀee process by working side-by-side with small coﬀee farmers. e experience is an eye-opener and it is guaranteed to give you a newfound appreciation for your daily cup of java and the eﬀorts of the dedicated growers to produce quality coﬀee. I also made a visit to the nearby village of Santiago Zamora, a collective where women work together to produce and sell traditional weavings and other products and then distribute the benefits equally in order to improve their families’ living conditions. As I watched the women demonstrate t h e we av i n g p ro ce s s , I wa s hypnotized by the speed and
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i n t r i c a c y o f t h e i r fi n g e r movements. As you drive around the countryside, you’ll note that volcanoes dominate Guatemala’s landscape. e country has 36 of them to be exact, with three that are currently active. Hiking up one of them is a must-do adventure during your stay. Mt. Pacaya, at 8,371 feet, has been in a state of continuous eruptions for many years. Its close proximity to Antigua makes it very accessible to hikers. You’ll trek though a pine forest as you gradually make your way to the mountain’s section of volcanic ash and finally to the sulfur smoking cone. Most likely, you’ll see some small eruptions and have the chance to get a close up view of a fiery orange river of lava as it flows down the mountainside. e place has a Mt. Doom atmosphere with craggy, sharp rocks, saunalike conditions and steam as thick as pea soup. For a change in scenery, head to mystical Lake Atitlan in the Central Highlands of Guatemala. is renowned body of water is regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world because of its crystal blue color and the dramatic volcanoes and escarpments that surround it. Communities of proud Maya people live along its shores, clinging to the essence of their cultural identities while adapting to modern conveniences. Visitors tour the lake by boat, stopping at the local villages, such as San Juan La Laguna and Santiago Atitlan. In San Juan La Laguna, you’ll be able to watch the back strap loom in use at a women’s weaving association and learn how natural dyes are created. Another cooperative in the village consists
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HAND-WOVEN COTTON FABRICS Represent the artistry of Mayan weavers whose tradition is over five hundred years old. Most fabrics are woven in small villages in the central highlands of Guatemala.
of painters, who create vibrant pictures from bird’s eye and ant’s eye perspectives. e artisans encourage visitors to watch them in action and keep the doors to their workshops and studios open. A short boat ride away is Santiago Atitlan, a traditional village known for its historical church and its primitive art and beautiful textiles, particularly women’s tunics or “huipiles.” is town has a distinct religious character that is flavored by the veneration of the Maya quasi-deity, Maximon, a figure that combines the identities of the pre-Columbian god Maam and the Christian Saint Simon. A b out an hour away from the l ake is Chichicastenango, a highland town known for its famous market. It is the largest indigenous clothes and handicrafts market in the country. But, you’ll also find everything from fresh produce and everyday household items to medicinal plants, machetes and even chickens and pigs. Maya people from all over the area, along with a fair share of tourists, head to ‘Chichi’ on Sundays and ursdays, which are the
market days, to roam the maze of passageways and peruse the endless variety of wares. It’s an amazing sensory experience, full of colorful chaos, intriguing aromas and the din of vendors’ voices enticing you to buy their goods. A trip to Guatemala would not be complete without a visit to El Peten, the largest tropical forest in Central America and the heartland of the Maya people. It’s the site of thousands of ruins from the ancient Maya civilization, among them, wondrous Tikal. Known as the “New York of the Maya World,” Tikal is a sprawling complex of more than 3,000 structures, many of which still remain shrouded by the dense forest overgrowth. Its spectacular temples tower high above the jungle canopy, appearing as grand sentinels of a mysterious world. ese immense creations conjure up images of a once thriving and flourishing society. You can almost hear the voices from the past as you walk through the emerald forest among these incredible engineering and architectural masterpieces. Competing for your attention will be
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noisy howler monkeys, a host of brightly hued, tropical birds and entertaining spider monkeys, who will make you dizzy with their outrageous gymnastics. If youâ€™re not rendered speechless at this point in your experience, climb to the top of one of the temples at sunset and prepare to become mute with awe as you gaze out at this magical fusion of historic heritage and overwhelming nature. â–
Dalia | FASHION
Dalia | FASHION
he creative designs of Dalia Something inspires elegance and a refinement in women's formal wear that is sometimes hard to find these days. In this personal interview with Dalia herself, I sought to find what makes her work glorious, where she comes from and where she is going. A Dalia design belongs in every woman's closet.
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Q&A Q: How long have you been designing? A: Since I was a little girl. I used to design clothing for my
family members to try on. I remember this one pink gown that looked horrible on my father....
What inspires your work/designs?
My inspiration comes from the women who wear my product.... e desire to keep coming out with products that they will hopefully love.
Q: Who are some designers you love/wear or inspired by? hard to list just a few, as there are so many talented A: It's designers out there, both old and new. However, I’m inspired by Valentino’s passion and exceptional design. Madame Gres inspires me with her timelessness and humility (most people don't know who she was but her designs were classic and innovative). I’m also inspired by Mark Ecko’s tenacity and outstanding marketing strategy
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is your home base? Do you have Q: Where a store front? I am from Vancouver Canada and spend A: my time there and Hollywood. I have a
quality fabrics that are silk free and vegan, meaning no creatures were harmed. 90% of the line is vegan friendly and you can identify which styles by the "V" at the end of the style number. Do you make any of your own clothes?
showroom in West Hollywood.
Q: design my own clothes but mostly I A: Idon't make them myself because I am a
Are any of your materials recycled? What is your favorite material to work
A: Yes, I have worked with recycled fabrics
bit accident prone and shouldn't really be around dangerous machinery.... ( I almost failed home economics when I was 11 years old due to some "issues" I had with a blouse making project.)
before, but my most favorite thing I am doing right now is Vegan Material. Vegans will not wear anything that has silk in them, and we have found a way to create amazing high
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If there was one celebrity you could design a dress for who would it be and why?
A: I'm dressing a lot of the
peopleÂ I would like to already, but if I had to pick someone, it would probably be Oprah-- I haven't dressed her Yet and well... you know you've made it when you've gotten on Oprah!!
Where do you see your business in ten years?
A: H o p e f u l l y
as an International Brand Name that is helping to facilitate change in the world. â–
C S raving
HANDMADE, ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE TEXTILES WRITTEN BY
on my morning walk today encouraging me to pause and eaves drop on their private conversations with each other. It occurred to me that simple, natural treasures like a bird note are what everyone is craving these days. THE ROBINS WERE CHIRPING
In our complicated world where little can be completed before the next demand to learn a new technology or join another social network or decide which chirping device to deal with it is no surprise that balance comes from the opposite. is is also true in the world of design. Design Savvy Consumers are long past searching for over designed, over stuﬀed anything. is is true for their homes, their wardrobes, and their work spaces. Pam Zsori, Proprietor of the organically inspired, lifestyle store Ink and Peat on North Williams in Portland, Oregon, advises that her customers are looking for ways to express themselves individually. In their individual design choices they want to say, “is is who I am and what I represent.” is makes sense in our complicated world where we are all lost in the global communications network that keeps us connected to everything 24 hours a day. Pam also noted that her customers find “disposability repulsive.” ey are searching for “handmade items that are going to last long time” like pottery and textiles. ey want items that are made with a little history in their
components like the beautiful blankets made from vintage saris which are oﬀered at Ink and Peat. is eclectic mix of handmade, antique or vintage, and one’s personal taste is a soothing recipe in these fast paced times. When we walk into homes or oﬃces where there is this type of mix we feel calmer and more grounded. is is why oﬃces with historic pictures of the company hanging are so pleasing to us. We like knowing that the company has been there a while and we like the inference they will be there for a long time to come. Even environments that are modern, clean lined and technical are grounded with a touch of history. It could be a 1940’s Eames Lounge Chair or a baroque swirl in the dark carpet or a copy of an Etruscan statue in a nook. It could be a stack of actual books that are beautiful as objects to enjoy. In fact, it could be the music played on the out of sight, electronic gadget wirelessly filling the room with our favorite vintage music – or filling the room with the beautiful, simply elegant chirping of birds that we can now download to one of our electronic devices for pure, simple pleasure. ■
BRE | MUSIC
Bre Morgan A young singer/songwriter poised to take the entertainment world by storm by Deborah Stone
“When I was 12, I decided that I wanted to pursue music professionally,” comments Bre. “I realized that it was my true passion, my calling, and that it allowed me to touch people in a special way – make t h e m l a u g h o r c r y a n d e x p e r i e n c e a l l s o r t s o f emoGons.” The singer/songwriter ﬁrst began performing in her local church and at school. She got her ﬁrst big break when she was chosen as one of only 11 arGsts to be featured on Radio Disney’s Next Big Thing. Since then, she’s had the honor of opening for major arGsts such a s t h e J o n a s B r o t h e r s , American Idol Jordin Sparks, Jeﬀ Timmons, Jordan Knight and others. Now 16, Bre is living the whirlwind life of a pop star on the edge of major success.
“My next album is going to have a more mainstream, top 40’s sound,” explains Bre. “It’ll be a mix of rock, pop and great dance music – fun, upbeat songs that you can blast during a party or jam to in your car. I want my fans to listen to my music and ﬁnd the way it relates to them and their life. And I want them to feel energized by the posiGve messages I intertwine within them.” She adds, “I’m wriGng the material myself and it’s i n s p i r e d b y p e r s o n a l experience.” Performing for audiences is pure joy for Bre. She describes it as a magical experience that allows her to interact with her fans in a meaningful way. “I want to be thought of as a singer who connects with her fans and makes them feel special,” she explains. “That’s important to me.” cont’d p. 20
BRE | MUSIC The vivacious and charismaGc teen is also making a mark on the big and small screens, most recently winning a role in the movie “Fame.” She does Blowing commercial and voice‐over work and your has appeared on the runway, modeling new fashion lines. “I enjoy fashion,” she says. “I like to think I have my own unique style that’s inﬂuenced by my up, EgypGan roots, my love of vintage clothes and, of course, modern one designers like Betsey Johnson and Michael Kors – I love his shoes!” She adds, “I shop at small bouGques for one‐of‐a‐kind things, but I also like Forever 21, too.”
Balancing all the diﬀerent acGviGes in her life hasn’t been easy for the teen, at but she wouldn’t have it any other way. She claims it’s challenging and that she’s had to make many sacriﬁces, but she emphasizes that it’s all been worthwhile. She comments, “It takes lots of hard work to succeed in this industry, but I’m willing to do what it takes because it’s my passion.”
Bre is proud of her squeaky clean image and hopes she can be a posiGve role model for young girls. Her feet are ﬁrmly planted on the ground and she intends on having them stay there. “I was raised with good morals and ethics,” says the teen. “Nothing is going to shake me. I’m me and I’m not interested in becoming anyone else.” ■
CHINA | PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTO ESSAY: CHINA chaselliott photography
CHINA | PHOTO ESSAY
beaseant contributors | september 2010
Founders: Marianne Orchard Janaea Nobmann Riddle
Publisher: Marianne Orchard
Associate Publisher: Janaea Nobmann Riddle Editor: Lacey Clawson Writers: Layla Bell Deborah Stone Patricia Nugent Graphic Design: Charles Bernard Photography: CB Photography Chas Elliott Makeup/Fashion Director: Catherine Welty Makeup Artist: TiďŹ€any Bevans