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IN THIS ISSUE CREATIVE MAKES, JEWELLERY, BUTTERFLY MOBILE, WEDDING TRENDS, HAND LOTION, COOKING, BAKING & ENTERTAINING

SHARING PAGE 34 PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS LAMPWORK TECHNIQUES JAPANESE ART OF TEMARI WINE MATCHING & PUDDINGS THE ART OF PERFUME MAKING KIRA’S LATEST FASHION TRENDS TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE 1

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LORRAINE EMMERSON READ THESE 4 INSPIRING INTERVIEWS! TRAVEL DIVA YAN FAHEY SOMERSET ART SOCIETY INC DIVINE DOLL MAKER IRINA TRETYAKOVA EDITORS GUEST – FASHION DON TONY WARREN May 2013


ANGELS DELIGHT VASE- LIFESTYLE £80.00 Another beautiful piece from British ceramicist Ami Derbyshire. This piece is handmade slip cast earthenware, hand decorated with a high gloss glaze and then with decal additions. Handmade in Stoke on Trent, England H22 x W11 cm. Other items featured: Porcelain Bird Wall Sconses, sold as a pair- £87.Vintage Style Pictures- set of 9 - £14.50 View product on company website: http://www.miafleur.com/ceramics-and-lighting/angels-delight-vase COMPANY MiaFleur P 07972102327 2

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GREETINGS FROM DOWN UNDER

JOAN GORDON EDITOR IN CHIEF

Hello, it’s been a busy and creative time for me whilst working from my home in Somerset Dam, Queensland. The countryside is looking a real picture, to me it as a living water colour. If you turn to page 52 you’ll understand why I am so drawn to this area. A few weeks ago I was invited to be a guest speaker at The Esk Art Society’s bi-monthly meeting, it was a pleasure to engage with several of the members. I was grateful to be invited to share information about our magazine and my skills as a fine silver clay jewellery tutor. If you turn to pages 12 through to 19 you’ll find inspirational work created by some of their talented members. Next month is the launch of their art competition and exhibition which I will be attending. I’ll post more images of the work displayed at this event in Issue 11. On page 20, we introduce you to a very well respected Australian artist Lorraine Emerson. Lorraine’s painting ‘Hebel Connection’, illustrated on our front cover is a stunning piece of work. Our other guests featured this month include Tony Warren, Irina Tretyakova and Yan Fahey. Tony is an Australian fashion and jewellery designer /wholesaler based on the Gold Coast in South Queensland, Irina grew up in Russia but now resides in the UK, she is a designer and maker of miniature crocheted dolls. Yan is our new travel contributor and a very dear friend of mine. I’m excited that she has agreed to share her adventures with our readers. As always, you’ll find hours of entertaining reading in this issue with informative articles from fellow artists, photographers and designers. We hope you are finding the new website easy to navigate and we look forward to hearing from you about what you like, what you don’t and what you’d like to see more of, in the future. Wishing you a creative month, Joan

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

EVERY MONTH

INTERVIEWS

06 This Month’s Divas 30 Editor’s Special Guest 24 Diva Reading

8 Irina Tretyakova 16 Somerset Art Society 20 Lorraine Emerson 48 Yan Fahey

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64 Wrap Bracelet 66 Butterfly Hanging 70 Handmade Hand Lotion 72 Say it with Flowers 76 Lemon Fruit Flan 80 Shabu Shabu 82 Red Bell Pepper

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FEATURES 34 Divine Information – Sharing 54 Divine Fashion – Wedding Wears 75 Wedding Trends – A Day to Remember

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THIS MONTH’S DIVAS LORRAINE EMERSON ARTIST DIVA

Tenterfield was the birthplace of Artist Lorraine Emerson. It was a small country town situated on the Queensland and New South Wales border. Her first home is believed to have been in a tent on the riverbanks of the Mole River. Today, this is far removed from her studio that is nestled high in the hills of King Scrub. She can recall receiving a huge paint set one Christmas when she was quite young. Lorraine shared, “I must have been painting and drawing well before this, unfortunately I can’t remember, however I can remember how excited I was to receive that gift.” Family have told her that she was always drawing one thing or another. Today she is still drawing one thing or another in between trying to organise an Open Studio Trail. Lorraine has always been inspired to have her own studio space where she can share knowledge and interact with other artists. She feels that such a place to show art, critique art and share conversation with other artists and friends over a glass of wine is an important part of her existence. E rainfieldemerson@gmail.com P +61 (0) 7 34253449

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Four years ago a group of artists decided to form the ‘Somerset Art Society Incorporated’. The Society provided a much needed forum for local artists who, up until that time, had been struggling individually to promote and sell their work. Based in the region of the Brisbane Valley in Queensland Australia, the Society has organised opportunities to exhibit and sell art in a variety of different venues including, a marquee in the town park, an old church, a private home, the CWA hall and the Council Meeting Room. W www.somersetartsociety.com.au

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THIS MONTH’S DIVAS IRINA TRETYAKOVA DIVINE DOLL MAKER

Irina was born in Russia. She lived near the city of Perm in the Ural Mountains where the summer is usually warm. Here she enjoyed swimming in the river, walking in the forests, gathering mushrooms and berries, fishing and watching campfires in the evenings. She experienced true winters, with big banks of snow, frost that bites your nose and cheeks, long dark winter nights and sports such as skating, skiing, and sledding. She is now domiciled in Southend on Sea in the UK, with her husband and son. Her creative passion is crocheting dolls. E eganj11@googlemail.com F www.facebook.com/fancyknittles W www.fancyknittles.com - site in progress J www.fancyknittles.livejournal.com - in Russian language ETSY www.etsy.com/shop/FancyKnittles

YAN FAHEY TRAVEL DIVA

My wonder-lust first began when I was 13. I worked travelling around Malaysia during the school holidays for 6 weeks. When I had to start school again, I became restless and decided that I wanted to be an air stewardess to fulfil my travel bug but I stopped growing and did not meet the height restriction.  My current focus is to travel around the UK catching up and reconnecting with friends and family I have not seen for years. I also want establish a base to use so that i can visit more places in the UK, Europe and surrounding countries. E yanfahey@gmail.com F +447561391933

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DIVINE DOLL MAKER IRINA TRETYAKOVA

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DIVINE DOLL MAKER IRINA TRETYAKOVA

In her interview with Joan, Irina talks about her creative family and her fascination with making miniature crocheted dolls. How did you become interested in crocheting? My granny had shown me how to crochet when I was nearly five as was common for almost every little girl in Russia. Once I mastered the craft, I made clothes for my dolls. In my school years I spent all my free time creating something for my lovely dolls such as clothing, furniture, little cozy rooms and homes in the corners of our house. I used anything that I could find from cloth scraps and yarn to card-stock and even house hold rubbish. Most of all I loved tiny kewpie dolls. I loved the fact that I could put my dolls in my pocket and take them everywhere with me including their accessories and furniture. My interest in miniatures and the desire to create carried on into my adult life. I really love making tiny things. What career path did you originally follow? I grew up in a creative family. One of my grandfathers was an artist, another granny was keen on sewing and knitting and my Mum still embroiders glorious cross stitched pictures. Her house looks like an art gallery.The spirit of creating always permeated our home. When I had to decide on my future after finishing high school I chose a creative path and became an architect which seemed an interesting and fun profession. Studying in the Architectural Academy helped me to realize that I was capable of developing my own designs, no matter the size of the project. What inspired you to make crochet dolls? I started crocheting dolls when I was looking after my 9

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newborn son more than twelve years ago. On visiting the ART-PERM art and craft show, I saw a woman selling small crocheted animals. When I saw them I thought to myself, “I could make nicer ones”! It was this inspirational moment when I realised exactly what I wanted to do.This was the handiest craft imaginable for a Mum to engage in whilst looking after a toddler. Crocheting was for me, a craft that was mobile and flexible to which I could add my artistic expression. A crochet hook and a small ball of cotton thread were all I needed to realize my ideas! This was the first step towards my passion for making crocheted dolls - otherwise called amigurumi. How did the name Fancyknittles originate? The name Fancyknittles came from three words: fancy, knit and little. I gave this family name to my little creations that are quite small in size (just 10-12 cm) and young in their age. I design all my dolls and don’t use patterns. I cannot explain particularly why I fell in love with making doll children but obviously it came from my childhood love of miniatures. As I create each doll my happy childhood memories are wrestled out of my soul like birds in search of happiness. My Fancyknittles are not modern and fashionable, but rather a bit provincial and naive. Perhaps they are a part of me or represent me as a person... Do you create a story about each doll to make them lifelike? Every one of my crochet children has their own personality. They are interested in different hobbies and each one has their own personal belongings. I love to imagine their life and create a story about each one. Evan, for example, is very keen on fishing and recently he was lucky to catch a Gold Fish. He looks proud and serious. On looking at him you can see he hasn’t asked for any silly wishes! Little Ewie is so shy and quiet! The only best friend she’s got is her Teddy Bear! She speaks to him and he knows all her secrets. Two children, Mary and Chris, met each other on a skating rink and became good friends. Mary has taught Christopher how to skate... I also take photographs of my favourite dolls. I place them in different settings. Through my photographs they come alive. I can capture a precious moment as they run playing, climb the trees, break a mug or tell you why their homework isn’t done yet! Why don’t the dolls have faces? The fact that I haven’t painted or embroidered their faces is important. This is the best way to stir one’s imagination. Without faces you can create the doll’s mood, changing from sadness to happiness, displeasure to dreaminess... 10

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I usually give each of my dolls some personal item that tells you about this child and it adds particular charm to my work because of its tiny size and realistic look. I create toys, fruit, berries, mushrooms, flowers and a wide variety of accessories. My latest inspiration was the Rocking Horse which became the favourite friend for several of my little children. I am really pleased and inspired when I see that people love my creations! I hope I will make many more members of the fast growing family of Fancyknittles!

CONTACT DETAILS www.etsy.com/shop/FancyKnittles www.facebook.com/fancyknittles fancyknittles.com/ - site in progress fancyknittles.livejournal.com/ - in Russian language May 2013


SOMERSET ART SOCIETY INC

SPONSORS ACADEMY PRINTING BRISBANE VALLEY HIRE & SALES CHERYL’S HAIR ESK BOWLS CLUB ESK CARAVAN PARK ESK COMMUNITY CHOIR ESK GOLF CLUB ESK NEWSAGENCY ESK PHARMACY ESK WIVENHOE MOTEL & STICKYFINGERS RESTAURANT FERNVALE DISCOUNT PHARMACY GENESIS ART SUPPLIES GRAND HOTEL ESK LEES TYRES PAUL’S COMPUTERS RAY WHITE RURAL ESK RENDITION RECORDS ROB’S GARDEN TIDY SEYMOURS TOYOTA SHANE NEUMANN SOMERSET REGIONAL TOURIST ASSOC. THE BUTCHER SHOP ESK THE ESK FRUIT SHOP THE HOLLOW LOG COUNTRY RETREAT TOOGOOLAWAH HOTEL TOOGOOLAWAH NEWSAGENCY FURTHER SPONSORS TO BE ANNOUNCED

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY •

SOMERSET ART SOCIETY INC

ENTRY FEES: NON-MEMBERS $10 PER EXHIBIT ENTERED MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY $5 PER ENTRY MAX 3 ENTRIES PER CATEGORY.

• ALL ENTRIES MUST BE FOR SALE AND 15% COMMISSION WILL BE CLAIMED BY THE SOCIETY.

SOMERSET ART AWARDS

• EACH EXHIBIT MUST NOT HAVE BEEN

EXHIBITED IN ANY OTHER COMPETITION.

• ART WORKS ENTERED MUST BE THE UNAIDED ORIGINAL WORK. • ART WORKS MUST HAVE BEEN COMPLETED IN THE LAST 2 YEARS.

Civic Centre, Hampton Road ESK

• ALL ENTRIES MUST BE DELIVERED TO ESK CIVIC CENTRE BETWEEN 9AM-3PM ONLY ON THURSDAY 25TH JULY.

In conjunction with the Multicultural Festival

• EACH EXHIBIT MUST BE READY FOR HANGING WITH “D” HOOKS AND WIRE/CORD

Saturday July 27—9am to 3pm Sunday July 28—9am to 12 midday

• EACH EXHIBIT SHOULD BE CLEARLY MARKED ON THE BACK WITH ARTIST NAME, TITLE, CATEGORY, SALE PRICE AND PHONE NUMBER.

Official Opening and Awards Presentation Friday 26th July—6pm to 9pm

• SIZE OF FRAMED EXHIBIT SHOULD NOT EXCEED 1.2 METRE WIDE X 1.2 METRE DEEP. • THE ENTRY FORM/S MUST BE FULLY COMPLETED, SIGNED BY THE ENTRANT AND FEES MUST ACCOMPANY THE ENTRY FORM. • WHILE ALL CARE IS TAKEN, EXHIBITORS ARE REMINDED THAT THE SOCIETY DOES NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE. • NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. • NO ENTRY FEES REFUNDED. • ALL ENTRIES MUST BE PICKED UP FROM ESK CIVIC CENTRE BETWEEN 12 MIDDAY-3PM SUNDAY 27TH JULY AT NO COST TO THE SOCIETY.

All enquiries to (07) 5424 2930 Susan Or email: secory1@gmail.com

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Photocopy for extra entries. Please read conditions overleaf before completing.

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Landscape, Seascape, Cityscape First Prize ....... $300 Second Prize.... $100 Contemporary First Prize ........ $300 Second Prize.... $100 Still Life First Prize ........ $300 Second Prize.... $100 Portraits First Prize ........ $300 Second Prize.... $100 Animal Life First Prize ........ $300 Second Prize.... $100

GALA OPENING Friday 26th July 2013 6pm—9pm

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All prizes will be announced. $10 per person RSVP required for catering purposes: 19th July 2013—(07) 5424 2930

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I agree that all art I have entered is my own work Signature: ______________________________________

The Arts Awards have been made possible through funding provided through the RADF Committee and Somerset Regional Council. We would like to thank our many sponsors who generously contributed towards our prize awards.

3D Works First Prize ........ $300 Second Prize.... $100 Peoples Choice Award

NAME: ________________________________ ADDRESS: _____________________________ _______________________________________ PHONE: _______________________________ EMAIL: _______________________________ 1. CATEGORY: ______________________ TITLE: ____________________________ MEDIUM: _________________________ SALE PRICE: $_______________

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RECENT EXHIBITION IN THE BRISBANE VALLEY

“Spectrum” “Spectrum”

Boonah Regional Art Gallery Boonah Regional Art Gallery 4 May 2013 - 2 Jun 2013 4 May 2013 - 2 Jun 2013

“A colour wheel is a circular diagram in which the 12 primary, secondary and intermediate “A colour is a circular diagram in the 12 colours primary,are secondary and other intermediate colourswheel are arranged sequentially sowhich that related next to each and colours are arranged sequentially so that related colours are next to each other and complementary colours are opposite.” complementary colours are opposite.” What if those colours are on the wall and the viewer could step into this colour circle? Whatwas if those colours are on the wall and the and viewer could step into van this Boven. colour circle? This the premise of painter Chris Vella textile artist Hetty This was the premise of painter Chris Vella and textile artist Hetty van Boven. Each of the 12 colour segments comprises two art works, Chris Vella's expressionist canvas and Hetty van Boven's art Each of colourcolours segments comprises twobut art there works,theChris Vella'sends. expressionist canvas and Hetty van Boven's art quilts usethethe12same and are 40" x 40", similarity quilts use the same colours and are 40" x 40", but there the similarity ends. Chris explores the emotional meaning of colour while Hetty got to play with spiral forms. Chrisexhibition explores the emotional meaning of colour while Hetty got to play with spiral forms. This is about relationships. This exhibition is about relationships. The individual works in each pair relate to each other and each pair relates to its neighbouring pair. The in each to each other andineach pair relatesplaying to its neighbouring pair. Eachindividual art work, works each pair, all pair haverelate their specific position this collective, their part in presenting that colour Each art work, each pair, all have their specific position in this collective, playing their part in presenting that colour wheel. wheel. The relationships are also about the artists. The relationships also about the artists. Coming from veryare diverse backgrounds, Chris and Hetty took this journey together and found it became an opportunity Coming from very diverse backgrounds, Chris and Hetty took this journey together and found it became an opportunity for much personal and artistic growth. for much personal and artistic growth. All art works are $950 each All art works are $950 each

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Chris Vella was born in Australia and even at primary school, she refused to colour inside the lines. Chris Vellarecognized was born her in Australia even primary school, sheput refused insideartistic the lines. A sensitive teacher creativeand talent andather encouragement Chris to oncolour her unique path. A sensitive creative and her encouragement Chris Leeka on her Grusdeff unique artistic path. Chris get Later, Chris gotteacher involvedrecognized with artistsher around thetalent Bankstown area in Sydney. Herputmentor suggested Later, got involved artists around Bankstown areaChris in Sydney. mentor Leeka Grusdeff suggested Chris get some life Chris experience before with formalising her art the training and when enrolledHer at the Wollongong Art College and University to someartlifefullexperience before formalising hera art training and when Chris enrolled at the Wollongong Art College and University to study time for seven years, it was as mature student. study art full time for seven years, it was as a mature student. Chris paints her innermost feelings. Major traumas in her life trigger intensive, therapeutic painting sessions in her studio as she works Chris paints her innermost feelings. Majoron. traumas her life trigger sessions in her studio shehappiness. works through the pain before being able move Joyful in experiences are intensive, celebratedtherapeutic in colourfulpainting canvasses that radiate energyas and through beforenotbeing able move Joyful experiences are celebrated in colourful canvasses that radiate energy and happiness. And no, the shepain still does colour inside theon. lines! Andmore no, she still does on notChris colour inside thewww.chrissartspace.com lines! For information Vella, visit For more information on Chris Vella, visit www.chrissartspace.com Hetty van Boven was born in the Netherlands and came to Australia as a newly wed. Hetty van Boven wasinside born the in the Netherlands and came to Australia as a newly wed. She always coloured lines. She always coloured inside the lines. Hetty discovered patchwork and found it was fun to design original designs on graph paper. All straight lines and staying between the Hetty patchwork and found was fun to design original designs graph but paper. All straight lines books and staying between the lines, discovered but she developed a strong senseit of colour and design. Basically selfontaught, constantly studying and taking short lines, but she developed a strong sense of colour and design. Basically self taught, but constantly studying books and taking short classes with Australian and overseas tutors, she made patchwork, designed and taught patchwork in Australia and overseas, wrote books classes with Australian overseas tutors, she made patchwork, designed and taught patchwork in Australia and overseas, wrote books and designed patchworkand projects for magazines. and designedthose patchwork for magazines. Throughout years,projects she collected those things that inspired her: fabric, threads, yarns, beads and anything else that could be Throughout those years, she collected thoseher things that inspired her:developed fabric, threads, yarns, anythingnarratively, else that could stitched or attached to stitching. She honed technical skills and her textile artbeads style, and sometimes other be times stitched orshapes attached stitching. She honed her technical skills and developed her textile art style, sometimes narratively, other times exploring andtocolours. exploring shapes and colours. And learned you don't need to stay between the lines! Andmore learned you don'ton need to stay the lines! For information Hetty, visit between www.hettyvanboven.com For more information on Hetty, visit www.hettyvanboven.com “Spectrum” brings together these two artists, who could not be more different. The project worked so well as what started with “Spectrum” brings together artists, who soon couldbecame not be more different. The project worked so well as what with a lot of mutual respect and athese belieftwo in the concept, an exciting experience as ideas were shared and astarted friendship a lot of mutual respect and a belief in the concept, soon became an exciting experience as ideas were shared and a friendship deepened. deepened. The artists gratefully acknowledge support of the RADF Committee and the Somerset Regional Council. The artists gratefully acknowledge support of the RADF Committee and the Somerset Regional Council. MY-CREATIVE DIVA

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EXHIBITION

Chris Vella Chris Vella Chris Vella Chris Vella “Courage” “Courage” “Courage” “Courage” Inner Strength Inner Strength Inner Strength Inner Strength

Hetty van Boven Hetty van Boven Hetty van Boven Hetty van Boven “Spectrum Spiral #1" “Spectrum Spiral #1" “Spectrum Spiral #1" “Spectrum Spiral #1"

Hetty van Boven Hetty van Boven Chris Vella Chris Vella Hetty van Boven Chris Vella Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Spectrum Spiral #2" “Spectrum Spiral #2" “Passion” “Passion” “Spectrum Spiral #2" “Passion” “Spectrum Spiral #2" “Passion” Sensuality, Romance Sensuality, Romance Sensuality, Romance Sensuality, Romance 13

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Hetty van Boven Hetty van Boven Chris Vella Chris Vella “Spectrum Spiral Spiral #2" #2" “Spectrum EXHIBITION “Passion” “Passion” Sensuality, Romance Romance Sensuality,

Chris Vella Vella Chris “Strength” “Strength” Vitality, vigilance vigilance Vitality,

Chris Vella Vella Chris “Joy” “Joy” Family, fullfilment fullfilment Family, 14

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Hetty van van Boven Boven Hetty “Spectrum Spiral Spiral #4" #4" “Spectrum May 2013


Hetty van Boven Chris Vella EXHIBITION “Spectrum Spiral #2" “Passion” Sensuality, Romance Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Spectrum Spiral #2" “Passion” Hetty van BovenHetty van Boven Chris Vella hrisSensuality, Vella Romance “Spectrum Spiral #2" “Spectrum Spiral #2" “Passion” Passion” Sensuality, Romance lity, Romance

Chris Vella Hetty van Boven “Strength” van Boven “SpectrumHetty Spiral #3" Chris Vella Vitality, vigilance “Spectrum Spiral #7" Chris Vella “Renewal” Hetty van Boven “Strength” Growth, fertility, “Spectrum Spiral #3" Chris Vellaprosperity is Vella Vitality, vigilance Hetty van BovenHetty van Boven “Strength” rength” “Spectrum Spiral #3" “Spectrum Spiral #3" Vitality, vigilance y, vigilance

Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Spectrum Spiral #4" “Joy” Hetty van Boven Chris Vella Family, fullfilment Hetty“Spectrum van BovenSpiral #8" Chris Vella “Balance” Flexibility, “Spectrum Spiral #4" “Joy” Understanding Chris Vella Hetty van BovenHetty van Boven hris Family, Vella fullfilment “Spectrum Spiral #4" “Joy” “Spectrum Spiral #4" “Joy” Family, fullfilment y, fullfilment

Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Spectrum Spiral “Enlightenment” Hetty van#5" Boven Chris Vella Free expression, awareness “Spectrum Spiral #9" Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Trust” “Spectrum Spiral #5" “Enlightenment” Respect, acceptance Chris Vella van BovenHetty van Boven Hetty Chris FreeVella expression, awareness “Spectrum Spiral #5" “Spectrum Spiral #5" lightenment” “Enlightenment” Free expression, awareness ression, awareness

Hetty van Boven Chris Vella Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Spectrum Spiral #10" “Awakening” “Spectrum Spiral #6" “Intuition” Change, independance Inspiration, Chris Vella imagination Hetty van Boven

“Awakening” “Spectrum Spiral #6" Chris Vella hris Vella Hetty van BovenHetty van Boven Change, independance “Spectrum Spiral #6" wakening” “Awakening” “Spectrum Spiral #6" Change, independance , independance

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Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Balance” “Spectrum Spiral #8" Flexibility, Understanding Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Balance” “Spectrum Spiral #8" Chris Vella Hetty van BovenHetty van Boven Chris Vella Flexibility, Understanding “Balance” “Spectrum Spiral #8" “Balance” “Spectrum Spiral #8" Flexibility, Understanding Flexibility, Understanding

Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Spectrum Spiral #9" “Trust” Respect, acceptance Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Spectrum Spiral #9" “Trust” Hetty van Boven Hetty van Boven Chris Vella ChrisRespect, Vella acceptance “Spectrum Spiral #9" “Spectrum Spiral #9" “Trust” “Trust” Respect, acceptance Respect, acceptance

Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Spectrum Spiral #10" “Intuition” Inspiration, imagination Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Spectrum Spiral #10" “Intuition” Chris Vella Hetty van BovenHetty van Boven Chris Vella Inspiration, imagination “Spectrum Spiral #10" “Intuition” “Spectrum Spiral #10" “Intuition” Inspiration, imagination Inspiration, imagination

Chris Vella Hetty van Boven “Wisdom” “Spectrum Spiral #11" Maturity, dignity Chris Vella Hetty van Boven “Wisdom” Vella “Spectrum Spiral #11" Chris Vella Maturity,Chris dignity Hetty van BovenHetty van Boven “Wisdom” “Wisdom” “Spectrum Spiral #11" “Spectrum #11" dignity Spiral Maturity, dignityMaturity,

Hetty van Boven Chris Vella “Spectrum Spiral #12" “Creativity” Originality, perceptions Hetty van Boven Chris Vella Photography Neville Wright “Spectrum Spiralby#12" “Creativity” Hetty van BovenHetty van Boven Chris Vella Chris Vella Originality, perceptions “Spectrum Spiral #12" “Spectrum #12" “Creativity” Spiral “Creativity” Photography by Neville Wrigh Originality, perceptions Originality, perceptions Photography Photography by Neville Wright by Nevill May 2013


SPOTLIGHT ON SOMERSET ART SOCIETY INC.

HENRY FUSIER WOOD KOOKABURRAS

Esk is a small rural town, 100km west of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland. It is the administration centre of the Somerset Region. Four years ago a group of artists decided to form the ‘Somerset Art Society Incorporated’. The Society provided a much needed forum for local artists who, up until that time, had been struggling individually to promote and sell their work. The Society organised opportunities to exhibit and sell art in a variety of different venues including, a marquee in the town park, an old church, a private home, the CWA hall and the Council Meeting Room. 16

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One of the aims of the Society was to lobby Council to establish a Regional Art Gallery as the lack of a dedicated art space within the town was keenly felt. In 2010 any of the small spaces owned by Council would attract a daily fee of $130 which made art exhibitions expensive especially for individual showings.

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Over the past four years, much has been achieved. • The Society now has a signed Memorandum of Understanding with regard the use of the “Great Room” at the Esk Visitor Information Centre. • Any artist or group of artists residing within the Somerset Region can display their work free of charge for a month, paying the usual commission if work is sold. • All applications to use this space go through the Somerset Art Society which works closely with Centre Management. NEVILLE WRIGHT SUNDAY DRIVE PHOTOGRAPHIC ART

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• This is a community art space. No judgement is made on the artistic merit or otherwise of the works. This means the exhibitions truly reflect the diversity of the art community. • One month the room may feature the works of someone just beginning their artistic journey, the next month may feature works of an international standard, thus providing opportunities for all. Funding has just come through for a Cultural Precinct in Toogoolawah, which is expected to open in 2015. This is half an hour from Esk and also part of the Somerset Region and will be a major venue, creating jobs and artistic and economic opportunities. The images featured in this article represent only a small section of the wonderful art that is being created by our active group. For more information please visit our website: CONTACT DETAILS www.somersetartsociety.com.au 19

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LORRAINE EMERSON

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ARTIST DIVA LORRAINE EMERSON Lorraine Emerson is a visual artist who works mainly from her studio, situated in the picturesque Dayboro Valley just 45km north west of Brisbane, Queensland. Lorraine’s creative work covers a variety of techniques and applications. These include inks, acrylic, mono printing, collage and encaustic on canvas or wood. She also enjoys creating wearable art such as unique felt scarves, hats and wraps using Australian merino fleece.

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Lorraine’s studio is nestled high on a hillside with an ever changing view overlooking the Dayboro Valley. Amongst the smell and sounds of the Australian bush a tranquil studio setting is offered, complimented by large eucalyptus trees, wattles, king parrots and koalas. Lorraine is thankful to be able to work in such a peaceful environment surrounded by natural bushland. Most of her inspiration comes from her own journey through life, such as, childhood memories, thoughts, emotions and daily events. You are an artist who has worked with different mediums. What is your favourite? I would have to say that mixed media seems to satisfy my creative needs at present. I use a combination of inks, acrylics, mono printing, found objects, , conte, encaustics and collage. Where do you find inspiration for your work? Everywhere! Every day, I can be inspired by so many different things; a few words from a song, a passage from a book and even the sight of skeletal remains of fish in a dry creek bed in outback Australia. In general, I guess life itself. Would you say you had a particular style or styles? Yes, I believe I do. Especially when I create work from

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the subconscious mind, these images, thoughts and emotions are from my inner sanctum. As well as working as an artist you also hold classes. How did your role as a teacher evolve? As a matter of fact it came about accidentally. A friend wanted to know how to paint so I offered to show her some of the basics. We covered such things as mark making, contour drawing, tonal scales and colour association. Of course it grew from there. Do you prefer to teach or to work on your own pieces? I enjoy both. Sharing my knowledge with others and being witness to their creativity gives me great satisfaction. You have had many exhibitions. Could you tell us about the one that was most memorable? Looking back over the years when I was just starting to show my work, I received notification that I had been invited to exhibit in The Parliamentary Annex in Brisbane. Of course, I was naïve to the significance of the invitation. What do you consider has been your greatest achievement? I would say the last painting that I am satisfied with. How do you market your artwork? As an artist I am more concerned about creating the work than selling it. I think that the internet has helped many artists sell their work direct to the public, including myself. What has been your greatest challenge to date and how did you resolve it? I would have to say committing myself to a solo exhibition has been my greatest challenge. The resolution to do that is a combination of an organized schedule, self – discipline, 22

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determination and hard work. Your partner is also a well-known artist. How does this influence your work? I guess we are influenced by our surroundings even if we are unaware of it. What are your future plans? I have been inspired to work harder on my own paintings after my recent visit to the Gallery of Pro Hart in Broken Hill and The Victorian Art Society in Melbourne where our Great Australian Artists once worked. I have also volunteered to help organize a Pilot Programme for an Arts Trail in our surrounding area. Another project in 2013 will bring together a number of artists for an Open Day of Demonstrations to be held in the Vineyard at Ocean View Estates. The intention is to create a combination of artistic workshops where students are offered to partake in a package of food, wine, and accommodation. What is the next challenge for you personally? To learn more about the composition and application of encaustics and to apply that knowledge. Do you have any tips for new artists? Yes, study law, it pays better…If art is in your blood like it is in mine, one does not have a choice to abandon the desire to create art. I would say, be true to yourself, make your own marks and create your own work. We all have our own distinct signature. Art should be the same.

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Five fabulous books to entertain and inspire you. By Jennifer Schembri.

Cult Perfumes by Tessa Williams, £29.95 Published by Merrell ISBN 978-1-8589-4577-4

There is no denying the significance of perfume in a woman’s life; the indulgent luxury, the instant connections to the people we love, and the memories that can be evoked in a split second by a fragrance that instantly takes you back to days gone by. Scent is as important as any sight or sound to a memory – it’s personal and powerful. Cult Perfumes is an acknowledgement of the role that perfume plays in our lives. It is filled with beautiful pictures, from the ornate bottles and glossy ad campaigns, to the opulent stores in which they are sold.The introduction transports us back in time to some of the earliest known uses of fragrance and key figures in its history such as Marie Antoinette and Catherine de Medici. This is followed by a rundown of the industry’s biggest names, delving into brands’ histories and discussing their significance in today’s market. Cast aside all thoughts of fleeting celebrity efforts, these are the genuine stars of the perfume world, from modern day favourites to brands with incredible heritages. Creed is a real standout for me, evolved by seven generations of the Creed family. An emphasis on quality and tradition has garnered them an impressive following that has included Queen Victoria, John F. Kennedy and Winston Churchill!

50 Contemporary Fashion Designers You Should Know by Doria Santlofer, £13.99 Published by Prestel ISBN 978-3-7913-4713-4

Yes that’s right, I’m drooling over another book devoted to fashion designers, but what makes this one different is that it doesn’t focus on fashion’s giants (no Dior or Chanel here) or the late, greats of fashion past. Instead it is devoted to the industry’s current brightest stars; ‘the 50 most creative and iconoclastic members of today’s fashion scene.’ The emphasis is on the designers rather than the brands, after all where would Burberry be without Christopher Bailey? And can you remember Celine before Phoebe Philo? These are the individuals shaping the current scene, from Sarah Burton whose wedding dress for Kate Middleton made her a household name, to the theatrics of the ever changing Gareth Pugh.There are even a few surprises including Victoria Beckham and the Olsen twins, who have successfully hushed the most cynical critics with several seasons of beautiful designs. Other favourites include the stunning prints by Mary Katrantzou and the always cool effortless chic of Parisian designer Isabel Marant.There are even names that had previously escaped my fashion radar and whom I will be keeping a watchful eye on from now on!

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Modern Art: The Groundbreaking Moments by Brad Finger, £14.99 Published by Prestel ISBN 978-3-7913-4721-9

I must confess that when I hear the phrase ‘modern art’, my mind has a tendency to wander to the likes of Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst, and in all honesty that stuff just isn’t my cup of tea. So this book is a really great reminder that the term ‘modern art’ encapsulates all that the art world has offered since the era of great change that occurred in the 18th Century. The work featured is a small but compelling sample of modernism and the cultural changes that have influenced it; from the birth of impressionism and the harmony of fauvism, to the surrealist melting pot, pop art and commercial society. The text is concise but compelling, outlining artists’ backgrounds and motives, making it a really useful reference book. Many of my favourite names are here – Monet, Seurat, Van Gogh, Picasso, Hamilton, and Lichtenstein – alongside good size images of some of their greatest works. And for those of you who are into the more ‘modern’ modern art, yes you will find a preserved shark by Damien Hirst and a black square by Dan Flavin.They might not be to my taste but this is a well thought out cross section of all that modern art encompasses, sharks and all.

Retro Home by Katherine Sorrell, £24.95 Published by Merrell ISBN 978-1-8589-4581-1

Many of us are looking back across the 20th Century for inspiration when decorating our homes, referencing times gone by to add a touch of character or variety to a room. The word retro is thrown about all too often but what does it actually refer to? Katherine believes it encompasses aspects of antique, kitsch and vintage from roughly the First World War to the mid 1980s. This offers a wide scope of design styles, especially when exploring influences from around the world, from Scandinavian beach chic to the bold plastic aesthetic of the 1960s. My personal favourite looks are the kitchens inspired by American diners from the 1950s, with bright colours, clean lines and plenty of chrome. Key furniture designers from various decades are included, along with useful tips and case studies featuring different interpretations of retro.This a really useful sourcebook, which for me has resulted in an irrational desire to track down a juke box, a 1960s sofa shaped like a pair of lips and a pineapple ice bucket!

The Great American Pin-Up by Charles G. Martignette & Louis K. Meisel, £12.99 Published by Taschen ISBN 978-3-8365-3244-0

From 1920 to 1970,American pin up images were all the rage.They were never considered fine art, often referred to in derogatory terms, and since condemned as far from politically correct. Yet they were hugely popular and played an integral role in everyday life, gracing calendars, posters and magazine covers. This beautiful book was first printed in 1996 and is easy to see why it is still popular; the images are now highly collectable and the artists’ skills are recognised outside of the subject matter.The typical pin up girl that springs to mind for most of us is well described by Meisel as ‘sexy but chaste and all American’. Certainly there is sauciness to many of them, but in comparison to the over sexualised imagery we have grown accustomed to today, they have an innocent charm too. From the house wife in her garden flashing a stocking clad thigh, to the woman in a glamorous evening dress, these images were used for everything from selling cigarettes to encouraging people to vote. Many of the genre’s biggest names are featured including Freeman Elliot, Bill Medcalf and Edward Runci. This book is simultaneously glamorous and nostalgic, a showcase of talented illustrators from an era when ‘sex sells ’was the mantra but, unlike today, a flash of cleavage or glimpse of thigh was often all that was needed!

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WHAT’S ON AT THE V&A IN LONDON

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MAJOR EXHIBITION

DAVID BOWIE IS In partnership with Gucci Sound experience by Sennheiser 23 MARCH –11 AUGUST 2013 The V&A has been given unprecedented access to the David Bowie Archive to curate the first international retrospective of David Bowie’s extraordinary career. Bowie is one of the most pioneering and influential performers of modern times and the exhibition brings together more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs, album artwork and rare performance material from the past five decades. Bowie’s work has both influenced and been influenced by wider movements in art, design, theatre and contemporary culture and the exhibition focuses on his creative processes, shifting style and collaborative work with diverse designers in the fields of fashion, sound, graphics, theatre and film. £14 (concessions available) V&A Members go free. Advanced booking advised, visit www.vam.ac.uk/davidbowieis or call 020 7907 7073

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TREASURES OF THE ROYAL COURTS: TUDORS, STUARTS AND THE RUSSIAN TSARS Supported by the Friends of the V&A 9 MARCH –14 JULY 2013 This exhibition examines the development of cultural diplomacy and trade between Britain and Russia from its origins in 1555 when the London Muscovy Company was founded. It reveals the majesty and pageantry of the royal courts of Henry VIII to Charles II and Ivan IV (Ivan the Terrible) to the early Romanovs as they sought to strengthen their power against a backdrop of religious and social upheaval. Over 150 objects are displayed including spectacular examples of British and French silver from the Tsars’ Treasury sold through British merchants or given to Russia as diplomatic gifts by successive English ambassadors from the reigns of Elizabeth I to Charles II.Tailor-made suits of armour from the Greenwich workshop, jewellery such as the Barbor jewel, sumptuous textiles, furnishings, fine clothing and portraits of ambassadors, courtiers and monarchs reveal life at the royal courts between 1509 and 1685. The exhibition is part of the V&A’s programme of exhibition exchanges with the Kremlin. £8 (concessions available).V&A Members go free.

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THIS SHOW WAS INSPIRATIONAL

BARBARA NESSIM: AN ARTFUL LIFE The first solo show in the UK of work by internationally renowned artist and illustrator Barbara Nessim was featured at the V&A from February to May 2013. Nessim’s distinctive line and style have graced the cover of nearly every major American magazine, including Time, Rolling Stone, and the New York Times. Her work ranges from provocative drawings and paintings that represent her underlying feminist views, to advertising campaigns for companies including Levis and Ralph Lauren. She was also one of the first professional illustrators to use the computer as an artistic tool. This display presented around 80 works spanning the incredible breadth of Nessim’s output from the 1960s to the 2000s and it included sketchbooks, prints, drawings, photographs, computer graphics, ceramics, artist’s books and other printed publications.

The V&A is open daily 10.00 – 17.45 and until 22.00 on Fridays.The nearest underground station is South Kensington (Piccadilly, District and Circle lines). For general information call 020 7942 2000 or visit www.vam.ac.uk. For advance bookings for activities and events call 020 7942 2211 or visit www.vam.ac.uk PHOTO CREDITS TREASURES OF THE ROYAL COURTS: Howdah about 1840 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 29

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EDITOR’S GUEST

FASHION DON TONY WARREN I lived in Thailand in 2005, where I entertained backpackers and tourists for four months on Koh Phanghan island playing the great hits from the 1960 - 70’s. As the monsoon season set in, I moved to bustling Bangkok to search for new and interesting items to sell back home in Australia at the weekend markets and online. I discovered the new look in fashion jewellery - stainless steel, which has now become popular worldwide. On one of my buying trips in 2012, I discovered an exciting range of high quality, bright and colourful, women’s tops, skirts and dresses. The designs are Spanish influenced and to my surprise, appealed to women from their early twenties and well in to their seventies, so I launched my own label - twifashion.com What would attract a woman to your fashion label? My designer fashion is manufactured from soft, high quality 100% cotton. Over the past twelve months, I have been pleased to see many repeat customers and all say the same thing “ I love my garment and wear it to death. It does not shrink, warp or lose any colour despite numerous washes. It almost feels like you are wearing nothing at all”. I think many ladies are tired of wearing white, black and pastel colours and when they see my range, they all say “Oh wow!” Do you offer a summer and winter range? My range includes singlet tops for casual, beach wear and aerobics, short and long sleeve tops, short and below knee skirts and dresses in sleeveless, short sleeve and long sleeve. 30

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You can dress for casual or night life and be noticed. You can combine long sleeve tops and tights with boots for the colder months and look absolutely stunning. Where do you manufacture your garments? I use two separate designers in Thailand, who manufacture to my specifications. Why did you choose the fibre blends that you use in these designs? The main body of all of my garments are 100% cotton so they can breathe. I incorporate 10% rayon with 90% cotton whenever I use a black fabric for sleeves or skirts and creates a soft, natural fall with little creasing. Your accessory range of jewellery is extensive. Do you sell exclusively to women or do you offer a men’s range as well? I have a comprehensive range of stainless steel bracelets, chains, earrings, pendants and rings for both men and women. INTERVIEW CONTINUES ON NEXT PAGE 31

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Why have you chosen stainless steel as your medium for your jewellery designs? Stainless steel is the “modern look” in fashion jewellery and will not tarnish or cause skin allergies like silver and is very hard wearing. If our readers wish to purchase your garments or jewellery do you offer delivery to other countries other than Australia? Readers can buy stainless steel jewellery at approximately 50% below retail prices and my range of designer fashion is around 35% below that charged by the fashion boutiques. Please visit my online shopping site at http://twifashion.com. We deliver worldwide by Australia Post. Is it possible for people to buy wholesale from you so that they can carry a range of your products in their online or retail outlets? I would like to appoint retail outlets as “exclusive stockists” for their area. Approved retailers will only pay 50% of my discounted online prices plus delivery costs.

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At twifashion.com, you can shop safely online and save up to 50% on designer fashion and stainless steel jewellery for men and women. Choose from our stunning range of designer clothing, dresses, tops, skirts and pants with modern colourful graphic designs. If you are looking for a special piece of jewellery for yourself or as a gift, we have a huge selection of stainless steel bracelets, chains, earrings, pendants and rings for men and women. At twifashion.com we offer full online customer support, secure payments by Paypal, free postage Australia wide and only $10 shipping fee to any overseas destination. 33

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SHARING In the following pages we offer practical and interesting articles from professional artists, designers and business owners who have generously offered to share their knowledge and skill with our readers. This month we welcome: WINE DON JOE WARREN Joe is a qualified chef by trade. He is currently finishing his Bachelor of Technology (wine) degree. This month he talks about dessert wines and matching them with food. On page 44 you’ll find information on how these wines are made plus which wines can add the wow factor to your puddings, favourite chocolate and cheese.

LITERARY DIVA JENNY ROLFE This month Jenny joins us as our beauty adviser. On page 57 she guides us through the heady pleasures of making perfume. This month she offers several recipes that will enhance your mood and personality. Enjoy blending grapeseed oil with a combination of pure aromatherapy oils and avoid allergies and skin reactions that can result from using manufactured products containing a cocktail of chemicals. PHOTOGRAPHY DON RICHARD WALSH Have you become intimidated by the possibilities of your camera? You don’t know where to start? Read Richards latest advice on page 38 and get to grips with your camera settings. In his current article he talks us through manual mode, aperture priority and shutter priority.

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DIVINE INFORMATION GLASS & JEWELLERY DIVA DEBORAH DEW For all our lampwork enthusiasts Debbie offers practical advice on how to use frit to embellish your glass beads. As you’ll soon realise on reading her sharing article, Debbie loves it! Frit comes in several sizes from very fine to large chunks. See a variety of her stunning lampwork beads that have been decorated with frit on page 40.

JEWELLERY DIVA LANZAJEWEL/ANNE MACLEOD CRISP This month our international correspondent Anne MacLeod Crisp shares with us her research into Temari which is an ancient Japanese craft that involves silk wrapping combined with embroidery techniques. Turn to page 42 to see Anne’s first attempt at mastering this technique and more beautiful examples of this age old craft.

JEWELLERY DIVA JOAN GORDON Joan is currently visiting her home in Australia. In this issue of MCD she shares with us a recent visit to the camping grounds called Peach Trees situated in a National Park. This park offers visitors the opportunity to observe some of Australia’s wildlife in its natural environment. Turn to page 52 to join Joan on her walk through a literal rain forest.

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HANDY HANDBAG REMEDIES PRIMAVERA® AROMATHERAPY ON THE GO ROLL ONS PRIMAVERA® Aromatherapy On The Go Roll Ons offer instant natural remedies in a beautiful and practical fuss-free bottle. The neat 10ml bottles with a roller ball applicator are a quick, no-spill way to apply an aromatherapy remedy and these unobtrusive little bottles will slip neatly into a handbag or pocket for easy access. They are especially useful for travelling or at work when discreet application may be necessary. Organic Anti Stress Aroma Roll On (£11.90 for 10ml) contains Lavender to help relax the mind and body. This blend is also excellent for treating bruised areas and is great for when you are worried about an exam or interview. Harmony (£11.90 for 10ml) Lift your mood (his too!) with this harmonising and balancing blend. Suitable for everyone, this gorgeous blend is a bestseller. The delicate scents of Rose, Rose Geranium and other fragrant essential oils are beneficial for just about everyone, relieving anxiety and promoting general wellbeing. Clear Mind (£11.90 for 10ml). This pick-me-up in a bottle is a minty, refreshingly aromatic blend of lemon, rosemary and pine, ideal for clearing the mind and relieving headaches. Good Mood (£11.90 for 10ml) is designed for those moments when both mind and body need a lift, whatever the time of day. The uplifting aroma with essences of warm ginger and crisp citrus are blended into this handy roll-on. Sharon Little from PRIMAVERA® says: “These little roll-ons are the perfect way to incorporate the benefits of aromatherapy into your daily life. Whether you’re at home, at work or travelling, there’s no danger of spills and you can reap the benefits of using more than one aromatherapy oil at any one time”. The range also includes Cold Therapy (£13.00 for 10ml).This is great for clearing nasal congestion when the misery of a cold strikes. A brief application to the wrists, chest area, below the nose or temples delivers powerful yet gentle congestion-clearing relief. It can also be used in a diffuser to gently inhale. Organic Lavender Sleep Therapy Roll On (£13.00 10ml) is a safe and natural aid to encourage a good night’s sleep. Easy to keep by the bed for quick application to temples, earlobes, wrists and chest, this blend of lavender for relaxation along with rosewood and vanilla aids restful sleep and is especially useful when travelling.

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WINNERS OF OUR READER GIVEAWAY!

Five lucky readers have WON a Primavera Clear Mind Organic Aroma Roll-On (worth £11.90 each): they contain organic ingredients and have a minty, refreshing aroma to help clear the mind and relieve headaches. They are also a handy size to fit into handbags. S BOWERS - UK A CATTERALL - UK P LOMAX – UK K CLARK – UK S STEWART - UK STOCKISTS Available from www.primaveralife.co.uk and good online and on the high street independent health and beauty stores nationwide.

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THIS MONTH – THE THREE MANUAL SHOOTING MODES: WHAT ARE THEY? 1. MANUAL MODE: this mode puts you in full control of the three settings on your camera that control the exposure (commonly known as the exposure triangle).  ISO, aperture and shutter speed. In manual you will be making all of those choices. 2. APERTURE PRIORITY:  (A on Nikon, Av on Canon) this mode has you in control of two of the three exposure controls:  ISO and aperture.  The camera will select an appropriate shutter speed to give you a correct exposure. 3. SHUTTER PRIORITY: (S on Nikon,Tv on Canon) this mode once again puts you in control of two of the three exposure settings, this time it is ISO and shutter speed.  The camera will select the aperture for a correct exposure. 38

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EXAMPLE OF MANUAL MODE

USE PART MANUAL THEN FULL MANUAL You will notice that on your DSLR there is a dial similar to this one with lots of settings for you to choose from. The AUTO button tends to be the one many new users are stuck on but there are some options that allow you to be a little more creative in your images. I actually use the Aperture (A) and Shutter priority (S) modes more often than I use Manual. I choose Aperture Mode when I want to control depth of field (DoF). For example if I want to create shallow DoF for a portrait, people photos, or any time I want a blurred background (choose a large aperture like f2.8 or f1.8). If I want maximum detail and sharpness and greater detail (DoF) throughout the photo I choose a smaller aperture like f1.1 or smaller. I choose Shutter Mode when my top priority is controlling motion, either freezing or blurring it. Also when freezing, for subjects like sports or action, I will choose a faster shutter speed such as 1/500th or faster depending on the subject. Subjects like flowing water, waterfalls, or panning a moving subject I will select a slower shutter speed like 1/15th for panning and 2-5 seconds for flowing water. I switch to Manual Mode in a very few specific instances: Like doing a portrait where the subject is not moving and tricky night photography. Manual mode allows you to set both your aperture and shutter speed separately, without the camera automatically changing the other to suit. With this in mind, you can be more creative with your shots. For example, you can photograph a beach landscape keeping the aperture high (for example f/22) so everything is in focus, yet at the same time set a slow shutter speed to create dreamy, slow motion waves. Feel free to contact me with any questions, I’m always happy to help. Cheers Richard. CONTACT DETAILS W www.rjw-photography.co.uk PHOTO CREDITS RICHARD WALSH 39

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LAMPWORK DIVA DEBORAH DEW

LAMPWORK TECHNIQUES Let’s talk about frit…. Frit is little chunks of glass. Lampwork bead and glass vessel makers add these chunks to their base designs for decoration. I love it! Frit comes in several sizes from very fine to lovely big chunks.You can make it yourself by smashing glass with a crusher (1) or heating the glass rod and plunging it into clean cold water. The crusher I use which is illustrated here, came from Tuffnell Glass in the UK. It’s a monster. I dig it out and use it if I need a fair amount of frit, but for tiny bits I usually choose the cold water method. Not every piece of glass expands and contracts at the same temperature. This change in the density is known as the Coefficient of Expansion (COE). All pieces you fuse together need to have the same coefficient of expansion (COE). Most frit is 90 - 96 CoE, but you can also buy 104 CoE frit. This is perfect if you’re wary of mixing different types of glass together. Frit isn’t a “one trick pony”, there’s lots of ways of using it. The simplest method is surface decoration. Your bead is rolled into frit while it’s still glowing hot. You can get some really pretty beads that are made quickly using this method. When I’m making simple frit beads I like to use lots and lots of frit, this is where 104 CoE frit really comes into its own. (2) When using frit over silver glass, you’ll get a completely different effect. Here the beads become much more organic in design. For these beads, I used big chunks of frit. When working on beads like theses I usually choose size 2. (3) Frit may be used under encasing. (The term encasing refers 40

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to melting and wrapping clear glass around a bead to magnify the surface decoration). This is where using frit can get really exciting as so many different effects may be created. As you may see here, the encasing layer of glass has magnified the effect of the frit used on these beads. If you intend to try this method use the frit sparingly as you need very little frit to create this type of pattern. You’ll also want your base bead to be very cool before you start encasing and be sure to melt just the encasing layer or your frit could spread and ruin the effect. (3) If you’re feeling really adventurous try imploding some frit. I used just a tiny amount of size 2 frit, approximately six or seven chunks to create the pattern in this imploded and encased bead pendant. This image shows gorgeous red imploded frit which was then added to a bead. The same red glass was used for the ribbed barrel beads with frit added for further decoration. (4) Working with frit is fantastic. I hope you try using it in your next bead project, have fun and experiment!

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DIVINE SHARING I must admit I found the whole process rather daunting at first but persevered using the gorgeous wools and silks kindly supplied by Empress Mills. My mathematical and embroidery skills leave much to be desired but the attraction of the beautiful photographs in the book inspired me to give it a go. Illustrated here is my very first attempt but I’m sure with practice and patience I’ll soon have mastered this craft and will find ways of incorporating these decorative balls into my jewellery projects. If you’re looking for a challenging new craft to add to your bag of skills then I would certainly recommend you read this book and try your hand at Tamari. Before I close off this month, I’d like to extend my thanks to Search Press, the Publishers and Dominique Herve and Alban Negaret, the authors of the book, “The Simple Art of Japanese Temari”- 45 Traditional & Contemporary Designs. They have given me permission to use photographs from the book to illustrate this fascinating and absorbing craft.

JEWELLERY DIVA LANZAJEWEL - ANNE MACLEOD CRISP This month our international correspondent Anne MacLeod Crisp shares with us her research into Temari which is an ancient Japanese craft that involves silk wrapping combined with embroidery techniques. THE JAPANESE ART OF TEMARI

Also, my thanks to Maggie Jones for a wonderful supply of polystyrene balls and eggs, and Joan Gordon who kindly gave me the book as a gift when she visited Lanzarote earlier this year. I wish you a creative month, Anne MY FIRST ATTEMPT

Temari has a meaning in Japanese; Te means hand and Mari, ball. Historically, Temari were constructed from the remnants of old kimonos. Pieces of silk fabric would be wadded up to form a ball, and then the wad would be wrapped with strips of fabric. These balls, once made were highly prized gifts representing friendship and loyalty and mainly made by the upper classes in Japan. Today, polystyrene balls are used instead of fabric. The first step is to wrap the ball with wool, and then silk.The next step involves the mathematical part of dividing the ball to create the various different patterns. In their excellent book, Dominique and Alban have illustrated designs such as Shihiro,  Momoko,  Jotaro, and Tensui, to name but a few. With a needle threaded with a strand of silk, you then proceed to use a simple stitch to cover the area that you have marked out. Using different coloured silks you cover the whole area with your design. 42

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CONTACT DETAILS E lanzajewel@hotmail.com W www.lanzajewel.com F anne.macleodcrisp@facebook.com RESOURCES: W www.beadsunlimited.co.uk P + 44 (0)1273 740777 BLOG www.beadbarmy.com PHOTO CREDITS ANNE MACLEOD CRISP May 2013


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DIVINE SHARING stopping fermentation with the addition of a spirit (commonly brandy spirit or wine spirit).This addition of spirit kills the yeast and prevents the sugar from being metabolized. These wines are then aged in barrel for many years for tawny port, whilst vintage ports which are often drier in style, are bottled within the same year. INSIDER KNOWLEDGE Here is my best tip for those who wish to know what to buy for a wine drinker who seems to want for nothing. Vintage ports are fantastic gifts as they have considerable aging ability. In fact, they will improve and last for well over 20 years! Below I’ve offered a few more tips that may help when trying to match sweet wines with puddings or cheese. If you would like to contact me, please do so, as I am more than happy to help with your food and wine matching queries. In my opinion, there is no better way to end a meal than with a delicious port or dessert wine of great structure.

DIVINE WINE DON JOE WARREN Sweet, Sweeter & the Sweetest.... Who can deny a lovely, sticky, viscous Bortrytis Riesling, Semillon or fortified wine at the end of a meal? “Not me”,I hear you say? Well I’m glad, because that is where we’ll be going in this article….. Bortrytis is a disease that affects grapes when there is wet weather or humid conditions. This can be detrimental to many vineyards. Noble rot, which occurs when there is fine sunny weather after humid and wet weather, is beneficial to the production of sweet wines.This form of fungus removes water from the grapes leaving behind a higher percent of solids, such as sugars, fruit acids and minerals. This removal of liquid, results in a more intense and highly concentrated juice. Grape varieties predominantly used for these wines are Semillon, Sauvignon and Riesling. If you are wishing to match a dessert wine with a sticky or dark chocolate fondant pudding, look for a vintage port or fortified wine with age. They give significantly more complexity and depth of flavour to match the richness of the dessert. The general rule, which also applies when combining wine and chocolate is, ‘the better the chocolate, the better the wine’! Please note, from an experienced chef that in this instance, the rule of thumb is: ‘the wine must also be sweeter than the chocolate infused desert’. Fortification of port and other wines is the process of 44

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Cheers, Joe AFTER THE MAIN MEAL Cheese Platters Roqueforte and Sauternes are a classic combination, where sweetness in the wine is balanced by the creamy and saltiness of the cheese. Sticky Date Pudding Sticky date pudding pairs incredibly well with a Muscat, as these wines have characteristics of sultanas, raisins and spice that fit the mould perfectly! Chocolate Dark chocolate and port or even some dry red wines can match well here. The rule again applies;‘the better the chocolate the better the wine or port’.

If you would like to link with Joe and read his blog or ask for advice with regard to specific wines please find his contact details below. CONTACT DETAILS FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Your-Wine-Drop/111912505535493 PHOTO CREDITS JOE WARREN

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A WORLDWIDE COMMUNITY OF CERAMIC ARTISTS

NEW CONFERENCE

ALTERED APPROACH TO CLAY SEPTEMBER 13-15, 2013

Presented by Potters Council Hosted by The Clay Lady’s Studio, Artist Co-op & Galleries and Mid-South Ceramic Supply

LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE REGISTER NOW Visit: Http://ceramicartsdaily.Org/potters-council/

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CERAMIC COUNCIL

FEATURED ARTISTS Susan Filley, Suze Lindsay, Jennifer McCurdy, and Courtney Murphy TAKE AWAY THE GUESSWORK We have four highly talented presenters who will provide instruction on their personal approach to altering forms with components, slabs or tools.Attendees will learn their philosophical motivation behind the presenters’ alterations as well as skills to create their own approach. Whether you throw or hand-build this conference has something for you to take back to your studio. This conference is open to artists at all levels: from enthusiastic amateur, to the teacher, and for the professional. No matter what level you are, if you’re open to learning and connecting with other ceramic artists then this is the conference for YOU! DON’T DELAY, BE SURE TO REGISTER TODAY! SUSAN FILLEY

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TRAVEL DIVA YAN FAHEY CAPRI ITALY

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DIVINE INTERVIEW YAN FAHEY

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When did you start your latest adventure abroad? On the 1st of March 2013, I started a 39 day cruise from Singapore to Southampton visiting Malaysia,Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Suez Canal, Greece, Italy, Spain, Morocco and Portugal. What countries have been the most exciting to visit? I’ll have to say Greece, Italy and Spain. I especially love Rome where you can walk around the city and at every turn, there is a beautiful monument or vista and so steeped in history.  What really fires your mojo when you visit foreign countries? The difference in the architecture, culture, people and food. I love going to countries I haven’t been to before, breathing in the scent, soaking in the atmosphere and tucking into the local culinery specialities. If you were to choose three passions what would they be? Tavel, food and dance. I love tasting the local speciality food, wines and liquors. When I hear music, my feet start tapping and I want to dance, dance, dance. 

I’d like to introduce you to one of our new contributors Yan Fahey. Yan is one of my closest friends. As a woman, I am in awe of her. Before arriving into the UK she was sailing a 65’ yacht single handed and cooking like a master chef whilst entertaining up to 40 tourists a day in her charter boat business based in Malaysia. She is a high energy woman who spends two hours every morning concentrating on her yoga to keep her body supple and her mind strong. We first met in Australia several years ago and have always had a strong bond even though over the past 10 years we’ve only caught up once, as our lives and paths took different directions. Yan is in the process of changing her life, she is a Diva on a mission. She is following an adventurous path, exploring the world and recording her experiences with her camera. We look forward to reading more about her exciting life in future issues of MCD. If you’d like to keep up to date with her adventures you’ll find her facebook link below. By Joan Gordon In my interview with Yan I asked her the following questions. ROME 49

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DIVINE INTERVIEW YAN FAHEY

What subjects are frequently appearing in your photos? Beautiful buildings, beachs, marinas and food markets with local produce. Where are you now as you write this article? I’m in London with my niece whom I haven’t seen for 6 years. A special bonus was meeting up with her paternal aunt who was visiting from Australia.  I haven’t seen her for 15 years.  We had a lot of fun catching up, eating out and shopping in London. Where will you be tomorrow? I shall be in Belfast visiting my Irish friend and his Madagascan wife who speaks with an Irish accent.  She’s so cute. Will you be sharing further adventures with our readers? Yes, my next article will be sent from New York!

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DIVINE SHARING TRAVEL DOWN UNDER GO WALK ABOUT WITH JOAN Hi there, this article is being written from my home in Australia. The district in which I live is called Somerset. My home is one of about eighty that are nestled in a small village at the base of a mountain range. I love living here especially in winter. The days are usually sunny with a top of around 20c and at night the temperatures drop to between 1c – 4c, which means during the day I can go kayaking or hiking and in the evenings when the temperature drops, I enjoy lighting the fire and relaxing over a good meal with family and friends. On this visit home our friend Mandy Nash is visiting with us. Mandy is a jewellery and felting designer and maker, she lives and works in Llantrisant Wales, in the same village that my husband and I are domiciled when not at home in Australia. It’s been wonderful to have our friend visit. We’re enjoying sharing this part of the world with her. One of the most pleasurable things about living here is the abundance of wildlife. As we live in a rural area we are lucky to have the pleasure of seeing kangaroos, wallabies, koala’s, dear and a variety of beautiful birds in their natural habitat. This year the countryside is looking like a picture postcard. After several floods, the pastures are green, the water reservoirs are full and the forests are looking healthy. It’s not always this beautiful. Only four years ago the local farmers and property owners were struggling with an eleven year drought. However, when Mother Nature decides to turn on her charm, the countryside recovers and blossoms when it receives a good drop of rain followed by glorious sunshine. 52

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One of my favourite walks in this local is at Peach Trees camping grounds, which is within the Jimna State Forest. The campground is approximately 4km north of the township of Jimna. The Jimna State Forest is about 45km north of the rural town of Kilcoy where I shop for our food from the local grocer and butcher.What I enjoy most about walking at Peach Trees is viewing the wildlife and rainforest. As you leave the main parkland the hiking tracks meander along the Mary River, through open bush land and then into a literal rain forest. This circular walk takes about two hours if you’re walking at a relaxed pace and as you wander through the rain forest bellbirds tinkle, catbirds cry and whip-birds call uncannily like the real crack of a whip in their endeavours to attract a mate. It was to Peach Trees that I took Mandy for a picnic so that she could view kangaroos in the wild. As you can see from these photos the animals are well used to people and are naturally curious. The rainforest we walked through was very peaceful and we enjoyed listening to the birds and taking photos of the fungi, strangling fig and bunya pine trees. After a lunch of homemade pumpkin soup and damper (an Aussi traditional bread made without yeast) we made our way home via the Exchange pub in Kilcoy. I felt it my duty to introduce Mandy to a traditional Australian pub, which is just a tad different in décor to those she is familiar with in Wales. Next month I’ll be writing about a trip we made to the north east of my home to the coast and the open studio trail we explored at Boreen Point. Till then, safe travels, Joan May 2013


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DIVINE FASHION

SUMMER FORECAST WEDDING WEARS By Kira Withers-Jones Yes, it’s wedding season again and it’s time to get out those beautiful dresses and fabulous accessories. This summer you can almost be as pale as the bride in hints of peach and tints of mint or even all-over white. You can choose to wear the same hue top-to-toe or mix and match your pastels and lighter shades to give a fresh and feminine look. Accessorise your look in similar tones with beaded bags and coloured crystals but whatever you do – don’t upstage the bride! (LEFT) Phase Eight Flora Embroidered Wedding Dress £550.

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SHARING NOTES Personal Perfumes I get excited when a fashion house or similar brings out a new perfume. BUT they all seem to smell the same and I hate to think what chemicals are in them so, with this in mind, I’m going to write about how you can make your own individual perfumes. It’s really easy and great fun. You can devise mixtures for mood, season, personality - even colours (so I’m told! Haven’t investigated that one yet!!). You need a good pure base oil. I use Grapeseed because it’s very fine and so is absorbed quickly by the skin. If your skin is dry go for something heavier starting with almond oil and moving through to apricot oil. These base oils are odourless so won’t ‘colour’ your final mixture. To each 20ml of base oil you can add up to three essential oils. Anymore and you start to get ‘flavour blur’! A visit to a reputable retailer will allow you to smell the testers and decide what you like. You need small brown or blue glass bottles either with a dropper or not, as you wish - a very small funnel, the base oil and the essential oils of your choice. Equipment must be scrupulously clean.

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For ‘Get up and Go’ - which is good for days at work 20 ml base oil 5 drops Rosemary oil 5 drops Peppermint 5 drops Fennel For a dinner out with that Special Someone 20 ml base oil 5 drops Sandalwood oil (very long lasting so good for long evenings!) 5 drops Rose oil 2 drops Patchouli oil (less of this one otherwise it can be overpowering) NOTES 1. Do not use any of the citrus oils (Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime or Orange) if you are going out in the sun as they increase the skin’s photosensitivity and can leave permanent brown spots. 2. Never use oils neat (apart from Lavender which is safe). Always dilute them as above in a base oil. Happy mixing!

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GIFT TAGS FOR GARDENING DIVAS

Six Paper Garden Gift Tags $9.95 Sow ‘n Sow’s Paper Garden Gift Tags deliver an immediate burst of garden glow to your desk or mantelpiece.These sweet products transform from flat gift tags into a 3-D stand-up paper garden featuring stunning illustrations. All 6 kinds are included in this set including Poppy, Forget-me-not, Marigold, Herbs, Sunflower and Sweet Pea W sownsow.com.au COMPANY Sow 'n Sow 58

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GIVE A GIFT THAT LASTS!

Show how much you care with a gift of handmade bespoke jewellery made by Nicky Townsend.You won’t believe how little it costs to purchase a one of a kind piece that will last for years to come.

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MADE BY HAND!

MAKE A CHARM BRACELET

DECORATE A CHILD’S BEDROOM

SAVE MONEY AND MAKE YOUR OWN HAND LOTION

GIVE A GIFT THAT LASTS

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JEWELLERY, BUTTERFLY WALL HANGING, HAND CREAM, FLOWERING GIFTS, BAKING & COOKING

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DIVINE FLOWERS

DIVINE FLORIST BETH FORBES- SIMPSON

BETH FORBES-SIMPSON

Forbesfield is a gorgeous florist, specialising in a modern, classic style. We offer bespoke floristry for all occasions which caters to your budget. You’ll find us in Cardiff City centre on the balcony in the Castle arcade where our shop is brimming with fabulous fresh flowers and unique gifts set against a backdrop of vintage and antique furniture. We are not like any other florist you will have seen...

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DIVINE KIT REVIEW

Leather and Charms Wrap Bracelet, from Knotting Ways.

MAKING UP THE KIT This kit is quick to make up, requiring only basic skills. I followed the instructions exactly, but I also slightly closed the S clasp to ensure it wouldn’t come apart from the leather. As the jump rings are of such high quality, you will need to be firm with them! (2,3,4)

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OVERALL RATING I would give this kit 10/10, as I felt it was great value for money for such a high quality kit. They would be fabulous to make as quick gifts, as similar items retail in larger stores for two or three times as much. Since it comes in three colourways, this would be a great present idea for a group of friends or colleagues who This month’s review is a jewellery kit from ‘Knotting could each receive a different colour. I just love it! Ways’, an online retailer for macramé threads , bracelet leather, charms and metal components for various RESOURCES styles of bracelets. When I received the kit, I was This product is exclusively available from Knotting struck by the high quality of all the components. The Ways on their website. It retails at £9.99. leather, which comes from Spain, is soft and flexible; W www.knottingways.co.uk the charms are heavy with intricate detail and the jump rings are made from heavy gauge copper wire. PHOTO CREDITS MAGGIE JONES There is nothing flimsy in this kit! Colours are silver, bronze and the copper one shown in this review. All components, apart from tools are included in the kit. Maggie Jones talks you through the process. MATERIALS & TOOLS • Knotting Ways ‘TierraCast and Leather Wrap Bracelet’ kit • Pair sharp scissors, scalpel or snips to cut the leather • Two pairs of pliers – snipe-nosed, flat nosed or round nosed PRESENTATION The packaging is a small white paper bag, with ribbon handles. This contains the metal components which are secured in a self-seal bag and wrapped, with the leather, in tissue paper. Comprehensive instructions with photographs of each step are printed on an A4 sheet. (1) COMPONENTS The kit comprises of one metre of leather cord, and TierraCast solid copper components - jump rings, a larger hammered ring, an S fastener and three charms. (A padlock, tree of life and a key, all of which have the design double sided.) 64

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DIVINE MAKE WOODEN BUTTERFLY HANGING MAKE A WOODEN BUTTERFLY HANGING WITH YOUR CHILDREN Create a fabulous wooden butterfly hanging and loop it over the end of a bed or hang it securely from the ceiling to create a lovely decorative mobile. Why not let your children have fun helping to paint and decorate the butterflies with you, supervising them to ensure their safety? All you have to do is purchase the items listed below and then follow our instructions. It’s a fun project to keep your little ones amused on a Sunday afternoon! MATERIALS + TOOLS Dremel 3000 Hobby Dremel Multi-Chuck (4486) Dremel Spiral Cutting Bit (561) Dremel Precision Drill Bit Set (628) Dremel SpeedClic Mandrel (SC402) Dremel SpeedClic Abrasive Buffs Coarse, Medium and Fine (511S,512S) Dremel VersaTip™ hot knife and hot blower head 3mm thick wood or mdf Safe paint for kids Cord Small coloured beads DIFFICULTY RATING Fairly difficult STEP 1 Draw the outline of the butterfly design onto a piece of paper, then cut out and trace around the edges onto pieces of light wood or MDF. Draw a large butterfly, and two smaller butterflies, or choose your own design. Take your Dremel 3000 Hobby, attach the Dremel Multi-Chuck (4486) and then select a Dremel Spiral Cutting Bit (561) and cut out the butterfly shapes from the wood. STEP 2 Smooth the edges of the cut out shapes using the Dremel 3000 Hobby fitted with the SpeedClic Mandrel (SC402) and a SpeedClic Abrasive Buff in, either, Coarse/ Medium (511s) or Fine(512s) depending on your needs (as shown). Then, drill holes slightly larger than the thickness of the cord through the top and bottom of each butterfly using the Dremel 3000 Hobby fitted with the Dremel Multi-Chuck and appropriate sized drill bit from the Dremel Precision Drill Bit Set (628). STEP 3 Paint the butterflies in bright colours and allow them to dry thoroughly. Use an embossing pen to outline and fill in some of the painted areas and sprinkle on embossing powder. Tap off the excess powder, then use the Dremel VersaTip with hot blower head to heat and fuse the powder. Decorate other areas of the butterflies with the Dremel VersaTip fitted with the Hot Knife wood burning tip. STEP 4 Join the butterflies together using the cord, forming a hanging loop above the large butterfly. Thread a few small beads onto the cord below the smallest butterfly and tie a secure knot. Both tools are excellent value for money at just £54.99 for the Dremel 3000 Hobby Multitool kit and £35.75 for the Dremel VersaTip including VAT from all good DIY shops or online at: W www.dremel-direct.com or www.tool-shop.co.uk or www.amazon.co.uk

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DIVINE COMPETITION

READER G WANT TO GIVE OUR ‘BUTTERFLY HANGING’ A TRY BUT DON’T OWN THE DREMEL TOOLS FOR THIS PROJECT? ENTER OUR COMPETITION TO WIN ONE OF EACH. THERE ARE THREE SETS UP FOR GRABS! A DREMEL 3000 HOBBY MULTITOOL KIT AND A DREMEL VERSATIP.

The Dremel 3000 Hobby Multitool is the ideal tool for hobbyists and crafters who like to carry out detailed tasks, such as cutting, sanding, polishing, grinding and engraving.The new 3000 Hobby Kit includes a Dremel Hobby 3000, 25 high quality Dremel accessories for polishing, cutting, sanding and grinding, a Detailer’s Grip for optimal control, and a soft bag to hold everything. The Dremel VersaTip is a cordless soldering iron which comes with six interchangeable tips. It has a variable temperature setting for maximum flexibility.This easy to use butane tool is perfect for heat embossing, pyrography, hot fixing, soldering and much more. Both tools are excellent value for money at just £54.99 for the Dremel 3000 Hobby Multitool kit and £35.75 for the Dremel VersaTip including VAT from all good DIY shops or online at: http://www.tool-shop.co.uk or http://www.amazon.co.uk

HOW TO ENTER EMAIL: competitions@my-creativediva.co.uk DREMEL Hobby Multitool Kit & VersaTip – MCD 10 The lucky winners will be published in Issue 11 of MCD. CLOSING DATE FOR ALL ENTRIES – 30th June 2013

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DIVINE COMPETITION

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DIVINE MAKE

HOMEMADE HAND LOTION A rich and nourishing hand lotion may be easily made using only four ingredients. The lotion is free of chemicals and a third of the price of commercial products plus it will keep your hands lovely and soft. Make sure you use emulsifying wax not beeswax for this product so that it may be stored in a pump action container. INGREDIENTS • 11/4 cups hot water • 1/4 cup emulsifying wax • 1/4 cup olive oil • 36 drops essential oil METHOD OF WORK In a microwave proof measuring glass combine the olive oil and emulsifying wax. Place the glass into the the microwave set to medium high, heat it for one minute or until the wax is melted. Fill a regular sized coffee cup with water and place this into the microwave and heat for one minute. Add the essential oil into the melted wax and olive oil mixture. Stir to comine. Pour the hot water into the wax and olive oil mixture. It will turn a milky white colour. Pour the hot lotion into a ceramic container and leave it overnight to cool. The next day, seal the container with the pump lid.The lotion is now ready for use. To fragrance the washing detergent, add 20 drops of pure essential lavender oil to each 2 litre plastic bottle.

CANNINGVALE MARBLE BATHROOM ACCESSORIES These white Marble range of Bathroom Accessories add a touch of luxury to any bathroom. Each piece is individually carved from real marble. The Marble Collection will be right at home in classic or contemporary styled homes. They make a perfect wedding gift and compliment our Luxury Bath Towel Collections. N.B Price is for the complete set of accessories. This product is available from www.canningvale.com PRICE $119.80 COMPANY Canningvale Australia Ltd P (03) 84129100

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DIVINE GIFTS

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SAY IT WITH FLOWERS Stuck for a gift for the person who has everything and wants for nothing? These lovely flower seed gift packs are an ideal token of affection and a gift that will last and offer pleasure to the recipient for weeks to come. You don’t need to break the bank to let someone you love, know that you’re thinking of them. Sometimes a little gift can make the person receiving it feel extra special. These sweet packets of seeds can easily be popped into the post with a matching card and won’t attract expensive or un-necessary delivery fees. And remember, flowers are the language of love. Do a little research before sending plants, flowers or seeds. A note explaining what emotion the particular flower represents will make your gift more personal. Flower seeds can be planted in a pot or a small garden and will very little effort they will blossom for several weeks. Tips for growing flowers: • Use a good quality potting mix if you intend to plant the seeds into pots. • Read the instructions on the packet to ensure that the seeds are planted in the right location. Some may require full sunlight, others partial shade. • Depending on the seed type, plant them slightly spaced apart or sprinkle onto the soil. Cover the seeds with about 2cms of compost and lightly moisten the soil with a spray of water. • As the shoots appear if they are too clustered, separate and replant the roots of each plant so they have space to develop and grow. • Don’t let the soil dry out completely, keep it moist but not too wet. • Once flowers appear feed the plants with a natural fertiliser to further enhance their growth. Once flowering, feed them once a fortnight. • As flowers dye, de-head the plants to encourage new growth. • Bulbs may be dug up once the plants have died down, wrapped in paper and stored in a cool dry place to be replanted the following year. • Seeds from flowering plants such as poppies can be captured by allowing the flowers to dry. Shake the seeds in the centre of the flower into a small paper bag. These seeds may be used the following spring.

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LEMON FRUIT FLAN Make an impression with this quick and easy to make fruit flan recipe. The filling is based on a basic lemon curd. Use a pre-made sponge base, fill it with lemon curd, top the curd with cream and seasonal fruit to decorate. Dress your desert for success by serving it on an exquisite crystal cake stand. LEMON CURD – TO MAKE APPROXIMATELY 2 CUPS INGREDIENTS 6 egg yolks 1 cup sugar 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice 2 tbsps grated lemon zest 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter chopped into fine slivers

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Steam boat cooking is a healthy and easy way of entertaining. The food is cooked in a stock at the dinner table. Guests are invited to cook their own tofu, meat, chicken or seafood once the vegetables are tender. Vegetarians may replace the meat with tofu or additional vegetables. Steamed rice may be added as a side dish. INGREDIENTS • ½ kilo strip loin or rib eye, sliced paper thin • 1 block firm tofu, cut into bite sized pieces • ½ head of napa cabbage, chopped • 1 large 1 bunch scallions, sliced on an angle into 5cm pieces • 1 package of enoki mushrooms, trimmed and pulled apart • 8 shiitake mushrooms with the stems removed • 3 cups chicken or vegetable • 3 cups water METHOD OF WORK On an attractive plate arrange the beef, tofu, cabbage, green onions and mushrooms. Set a portable gas burner on the dining table.  Place a medium saucepan or shallow pot on the burner or use a Shabu Shabu kit which comes with gel fuel packs, as pictured opposite. Pour in both the chicken stock and water then bring it to a simmer. Do not bring to a full boil. Add the tofu and vegetables, starting with the ones that take the longest to cook. Once the tofu and vegetables are almost ready to eat, each person can start poaching their meat in little wire baskets. Cook the meat until it is rare or medium rare. It will only take about 15 to 30 seconds.  Take out the tofu, vegetables and meat as they cook. Place the food into small bowls and add the dipping sauce for additional flavour. At the end of the meal the remaining soup may be scooped into the bowels and consumed. DIPPING SAUCE INGREDIENTS • 1/3 cup soy sauce • 1/4 cup lemon juice • 1 Tbsp rice vinegar • 1/3 cup dashi METHOD OF WORK Whisk the soy sauce, lemon juice, vinegar, and dashi together in a bowl.

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RED BELL PEPPER RELISH INGREDIENTS • 2 large red bell peppers, chopped into small pieces • 1 onion, chopped into small pieces • 1 ¼ cups of sugar • 1 cup of white vinegar • 1 tsp of red pepper flakes METHOD OF WORK STEP 1 Add everything to a small sauce pan and stir all the ingredients until well incorporated. STEP 2 Cook the relish on medium heat for 5 minutes and then turn down the heat to medium-low for an additional 20 minutes. STEP 3 Stir occasionally until most of the liquid has reduced. Remove from heat and allow the relish to cool slightly before transferring it to clean sterilized jars. SALAD Cook pasta tubes in boiling water until just soft. Drain under cold water in a colander. Place the pasta into a bowl and mix in a tablespoon of olive oil, one teaspoon of crushed garlic and a tablespoon of white balsamic vinegar. Place a generous selection of salad leaves onto a plate. Spoon the pasta onto the salad, crumble feta cheese over the pasta and top with a tablespoon of relish.

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MAKERS ADS ANNE MACLEOD CRISP JEWELLERY DIVA My favourite quote is ‘live to love and love to live.’ None of my pieces are ever repeated so the buyer is guaranteed a unique piece from ‘Lanzajewel’. CONTACT DETAILS E lanzajewel@hotmail.com W www.lanzajewel.com F anne.macleodcrisp@facebook.com MOSAIC DIVA SUNNY VICARS My inspiration stems from nature and a love of colour, texture and reflective light. I live in a mini rainforest that is as colourful as my work. CONTACT DETAILS E enquiries@my-creativediva.co.uk SEWING DIVA WENDY GARDINER I have a passion for sewing and I love to share, inspire and get others as hooked on sewing as I am! CONTACT DETAILS E learnmore@isew.co.uk W www.isew.co.uk T -23 92 261338

NATURES DIVA JOLENE MCLELLAN I decided I wanted to help protect nature’s treasures that provide me with so much peace and pleasure. CONTACT DETAILS E jolene.mclellan@nprsr.qld.gov.au W www.rymich.com/girraween/ W www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/ girraween/camping SHOP Girraween National Park,Via Ballandean Q 4382. P +61 (0) 74684 5157

LEIGH ARMSTRONG CREATIVE DIVA Metal Clay is an amazing medium, fabulous on its own or stunning when utilising other mediums. I make to sell and teach metal clay and mixed media workshops from my home studio. CONTACT DETAILS E info@magickminx.com W www.magickminxproductions.com MICHELLE GRIFFITHS ARTIST DIVA The Resist Gallery/Studio facebook page is a good link for people to view as it’s got the most up to date information as to “What’s On”! Beginners are very welcome. CONTACT DETAILS F www.facebook.com/pages/Resist-GalleryStudio/310300432358252 W www.shibori.co.uk CAROLYN SCHULZ JEWELLERY DIVA I am a freelance craft designer, teacher and businesswoman. I love creating jewellery for so many reasons. CONTACT DETAILS E carolyn@schulz.co.uk W www.carolynschulz.com VICTORIA CONSTABLE JEWELLERY DIVA I take a lot of my inspiration from nature and my surroundings. I am registered with the London Assay Office and so all my pieces are hallmarked where appropriate and stamped with my makers mark. CONTACT DETAILS E milajewellery@live.co.uk W www.milajewellery.com P 07788 131466 93

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MAKERS ADS LESLEY MESSAM CREATIVE DIVA Lesley has been making Jewellery for over 15 years. She also has her own studio in Chichester where she teaches a variety of jewellery classes. CONTACT DETAILS E lesleymessam@btconnect.com W Silverwithlesley.com P 01243787829

DEBBIE KERSHAW DESIGNER DIVA Debbie is a jewellery designer. She absolutely loves her work and is passionate about jewellery! CONTACT DETAILS E Debbiejkershaw@googlemail.com W www.angelsanddaisies.com P 07739 533752

ROBIN FOLLETT DIVINE JOURNALIST I’ve been writing since I was ten years old. I love the peace and tranquillity of the woods as this is where I draw my inspiration. CONTACT DETAILS W http://robinfollette.com E robin@robinfollette.com P +207-214-8512

CATHERINE POVEY CREATIVE DIVA Catherine Povey is a Welsh milliner whose work is sold and displayed around the world. Her creative talent has been recognised by both the National Museum of Wales and the Cardiff Story museum, where she has pieces displayed in their current collections. CONTACT DETAILS Catherine Povey Millinery W www.catherinepovey.co.uk E cpmillinery@hotmail.co.uk P +44 (0) 777 281 7714

MAGGIE JONES FASHION DIVA MaggieJones, (Craft Demon), arranges and delivers creative workshops and demonstrations in crafting activities in Lancashire /Greater Manchester’. Upcoming demonstrations and workshops can be found on Craft Demon’s Facebook Page. FOR MORE INFORMATION F www.facebook.com/CraftDemon

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