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c WE'RE HEATING IT UP FOR SUMMER! We totally adore Summer and everything it brings. In our little part of the world Summer means sun, beaches, fun and family. Surf hair and cold drinks, good music and great friends. It's about sharing and celebrating, we're exciting to share Issue Three with you all and we hope you have an amazing Summer! Kate and Krystal xx

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// CONTENT Horses 8-13 Bali 16-19 A Child's Creativity

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My Camera Your Home

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Berry Torte

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Artist - Natalia Swartz

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Little Dandelion

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Shelly Hughes

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Colours Of My Soul

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Summer Tarotscopes

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Books Books Books

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Creative Curious Charming

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Christmas Edition Ccc

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Summer Is Upon Us

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HORSES. by photographer Victoria Aguirre

Horses, thats my thing. Definitely horses. I feel them. I breath them. I love them. Through them I see the horizon where I was born. Pampa that's my ground.

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"Pampa. Who came up with the word pampa, with that infinite word, thats like a sound and its own echo?"Â ~ Jorge Luis Borges.

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pho�to�jour�nal�ism | foto'jәrnә,lizәm, | noun. journalism in which a news story is presented primarily through photographs with supplementary written copy.

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BALI. Images By Tusk Collective La Vie BohĂŠme; An ode to the tropics. A collection of personal photos capturing moments of freedom, light and beauty surrounding us on our much loved Tusk travels.

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The Importance Of Nurturing A Childs Creativity. Jasper's story as told by Mother Jacqueline Fink Meet 10yr old artist Jasper, he loves art in all its glorious forms and sees the world in colours. He is at his happiest with a brush in hand and a palette of paint by his side.

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I am a child of the Seventies, pure and simple. I find myself looking back on my childhood through the lens of a polaroid camera: all my visual memories of that time have taken on that washed-out golden brown hue. I look at those polaroids with my minds eye with fondness but somehow feel completely disconnected from them. It was a happy childhood in which I devoted countless hours engaged in highly creative activities. However, it never occurred to me that I was a creative person. Not once. It was also never pointed out to me: not by my parents, not once by any of my teachers and certainly not by any careers advisor. My creative bent was never taken seriously. I think this was because “creative pursuits” were viewed as something you did for enjoyment and not as a valid career choice. I was channelled into studying a law degree and went on to spend many difficult and unhappy years in a profession that seemed devoid of colour. I struggled to find my place and I eventually walked away. It was a classic case of “round peg square hole”. But this is not a pity party. Don’t get me wrong. There is no-one to blame here except perhaps an education system that does not sufficiently value the arts highly enough. After spending too many years completely disconnected from my creative self, I have dragged myself back on track. At 39, I am finally living a creative life and the lessons of my past have helped inform my mothering of my three highly creative children. Our Family motto is “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. Albert Einstein’s words, not mine.

My eldest son Jasper (10) loves art in all its glorious forms and mediums. He sees the world in colours and is extremely visual in his orientation. He is at his happiest with a brush in hand and a palette of paint by his side. He seems to go into a trance when he is creating a work and his ability to stay on task for hours at a time is incredible. Interestingly, this capacity to focus for long periods of time hasn’t carried over to his school work! My Husband and I have encouraged Jasper’s artistic bent from the beginning. As a toddler, Jasper was always covered in glue, Play-doh and paint. Come to think of it, so was the house. Now, as a big boy, Jasper is in the talented hands of art teacher Vanessa Mistry from Artsie in Fairlight, Sydney. The house and his school uniform are still covered in paint! Like us, Vanessa is helping Jasper to discover his creativity and stimulate his imagination. Artsie is all about “going left when everybody else goes right” and so is a perfect fit for our boy. Jasper and I have long talks about living a creative life. I can sense that he is trying to make sense of our social construct and his place in it. He has expressed concern that he will never make enough money to support himself if he takes the artist route. That breaks my heart and it’s pointless throwing platitudes his way to make him feel better (even though I try). Children need something more concrete to which they can relate. So, two weeks ago, I took Jasper to Sibella Court’s launch of her new book “Bowerbird”. Sibella held the launch in her beautiful shop, The Society Inc in Paddington Sydney. I wanted to give Jasper some frame of reference. I wanted to show Jasper that we can express our creativity in all manner of ways and support ourselves in the process. Jasper was fascinated. It was a light bulb moment for him and it made me realise how important it is to continue to expose Jasper to the bigger picture.

If I achieve nothing else as a Mother, I am determined that my children know that a creative life is a valid career choice and that only good things can come from pursuing their passion, whatever that may be. I will do my very best to ensure they will never become disconnected from their Who knows what’s ahead for Jasper. In the meantime, we creative self because I whole heartedly believe that a life will continue to encourage his creativity and let him know devoid of creativity begets unhappiness. that it is more than okay to be the “round peg in a square hole.”

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Tell us a little bit about your home... Our home is a Victorian terrace in inner-city Melbourne.  It was unrenovated when we moved in. We tackled the front rooms first and waited for approval to knock a lean-to off the back to add a living/dining/kitchen area.  The fireplaces had been boarded up, the floors covered with old pink carpet, cornices were missing.  And we thought it just needed the floorboards sanded and a lick of paint! It had previously been accommodation for medical students at the university.  We often have people stop by who used to live here - apparently this house has seen a number of wing-ding parties in its time (and probably a few cadavers too).


Do you stick to 'trends' or go with your own style? We see things we like and add them in. Colour, fabric, pattern and texture are really important to us.    How would you define your design aesthetic? Not too much (avoidable) clutter.  We had far fewer 'things' BC - before children - and still try to keep the chaos in check - though sometimes without success these days.  We value the artisan - hand-made and beautifully designed objects, things with a history, gifts with sentimental value, as well as good design in general. We always have fresh flowers in the house.   A family member once advised, when I first moved out of home, that whatever I acquired I should try to make sure it was well made, beautiful, and the best of what I could afford.  Advice to live by. And we are still learning about good design. This is our third build (our last house was a warehouse we converted in Fitzroy and our next, and final, one is gestating). Each time we build again we apply what we learned from our last experience. Each house is an opportunity to refine the way we want to live.  Anything you are coveting right now for your home? Where to start? More artwork - too much is not enough. Vintage vases - ditto - especially milk glass.  A granny square crochet cushion or a kilim cushion (or both!). Bitossi sculpture. Cloth napkins. Another set of beautiful bed linen for the guest bedroom - we have frequent guests. A new couch impervious to children and food. A bigger garden, one can but hope.

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BERRY TORTE

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Has your work allowed you to travel? Not yet,but every time I travel I bring both my tablet and sketchbook. Usually all I do is write down ideas and jot down sketches to elaborate on later at home. Now I'm working on some prints I'll have to send to another country for an exhibition, sadly I won't be able to travel there because of school. But I'd love to, maybe with more patience and hard work I'll be able to travel around the world with my work, that would be totally incredible.  I love what I do and I feel very lucky for that, and I hope one day I can travel thanks to it, because that's what we want to do, travel while we're young. What is your favourite style/medium to work with? Digital painting for sure. But I also love water color on fine paper or acrylic on wood. Guilty pleasure? I have a collection of weird words without translation; and, even if it sounds cliché, I could eat candy, chocolates and cheesecake all day long.

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Is your art full time or do you have another job? I am currently studying my first year of design, so between homework and personal or commissioned work I do not have much time for any other job. (Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got the internet to thank for that. People just started finding me online and asking me for portraits or drawings, even tattoos, it was a big shock for me!) My plans for the future involve art as a full time job, but you never know, I might end up doing something else. What is your dream assignment? Being an editor of a fashion magazine has always been my dream job (especially since I saw the movie The September Issue) , now I think if I could mix that with my work as an illustrator, that would be awesome. Travelling a lot is also a goal I have for my future. And, OF COURSE, I love books and I'd love to illustrate thousands of them. I do have plans in the future to release a book of my drawings.Â

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LITTLE DANDELION Interview with creator Jacqueline Fink

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Where do you live, can you tell us a little about your surrounds? We (Hubby, Jasper 10, Remy 8 and Elodie 5 plus one dog and two cats) live in Sydney's Northern Beaches in a suburb called Clontarf. It's one of Sydney's harbour side suburbs which over looks the Spit Bridge, Middle Harbour, Balmoral and Chinamens Beach. The suburb itself is tiny (only made up of a few streets) and sits right beside National Park which hugs the harbour foreshore. The area is made up of people from all walks of life with a high concentration of families from Europe, England and America. It's very relaxed in this part of town and we are extremely happy to call Clontarf home. I grew up on the Gold Coast so I have a serious attachment to water. We all do actually. My Husband, Eric, is also a mad fisherman so he often disappears to try and catch dinner and my little peeps, they are at their happiest when you just add some water. 42 }

Photo's left, middle right and bottom right by Rachel Kara Above and top right by Sharyn Cairns - Styling by Glen Proebstel


Photo by Craig Wall

How long does a piece take you? The truth? Way too long for this business to make any kind of commercial sense to my accountant whatsoever. But I don't care. Each piece takes me hours and hours over a number of days and even weeks in some cases to complete and the process for the woollies is quite involved. Every component is done by hand. It is quite a start/stop process for me though. You can be sure that just as it sit down to start a new row, it will be that moment that I hear, “Mum…….?”. I really labour over my pieces and put a lot of love and care into them. They are, after all, an extension of me and my creative expression.  I care about where my pieces end up because it is important to me to know that they are appreciated and will be cared for kindly. I have met many wonderful people through this journey who are now happy owners of a Little Dandelion. The joy they express when they open up their Little Dandelion package fills me with gratitude and excitement every time. 44 }

The scale of your work is extreme, do you suffer needle fatigue and how does the scale impact how you work? I often have several blankets and throws on the go at any one time so I do get physically very tired from the weight of the work. It's great for the good old "tuck shop" arms mind you. I also knit into the night, once the peeps are in bed, so bedtime for me is often a great physical relief. I try and stay aware of my posture to avoid developing rounded shoulders. One custom order blanket I made was for a king size bed. The needles are 1 metre long and the blanket ended up being more than 15 kilos so that was quite a workout.


Photo by Sharyn Cairns - Styling by Glen Proebstel

What do you love most about what you do? I love it all, but not the paper work. I really dislike the paper work. It's just so tedious! I have embraced social media and it has been very beneficial to my business. People like to feel connected to something bigger and I have enjoyed making numerous and wonderful connections with people online.

I love the raw materials I work with. Sheep are amazing creatures and their wool is such a gift. Linen is my favourite fabric. I love being able to turn a strip of linen or a bump of wool into something functional and beautiful at the same time. But mostly, I just love to knit. Knitting is cheap therapy. Ask any knitter and they will say the same thing I'm sure.

I love the scale of my work. I find it really exciting and it gives me a lot of sensory feedback which I find comforting. It’s really hard to get an idea of the scale of my blankets from a photo.

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Summer Afternoon... the 2 most beautiful words in the english language. ~henry james~

You have probably noticed by now our "eye catching" feature photoshoot and cover image. We've been lucky enough this issue to work with a young up and coming fashion photographer Aimee Stoddart. Aimee is a Brissy based photographer and from what we've seen has a very bright future ahead. As for our model Cleve, well those eyes just scream summer don't they?

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photography // aimee stoddart model // cleve { viviens model management }

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interview by Ed.

Shelly, tell us a bit about yourself!

Internet - good or bad for music?

I grew up in a small town near Byron Bay. My parents are sailors, pilots, inventors and artists, who inspired me to not just follow my dreams but to pursue them with a fearless insanity.

I guess I have to say ‘good for music’. There are so many avenues you can take to share, sell and be inspired. But I guess nothing beats seeing, hearing and dancing to a band live, the joy in performing live gigs, meeting people and making friends in the flesh. No one can see your smile if it’s hidden in your lounge room.

I have a diverse week of a multitude of jobs. Working part time at an aircraft manufacturing company, teaching vocal studies to a small and wonderfully dedicated bunch of students, writing songs, playing gigs and tottering around in my garden keeps me inspired and challenged. If I’m not doing that, I like to try and get out and travel. My album ‘Where The Owl Was’ is the fruit of an amazing trip across North America and a meander into Canada in 2011. I had one of those life changing, goal setting, “I’m going to do this” moments during the long flight home that was the seed of what was to become this album. There’s nothing like a tin can in the sky to make you set your sights on the big picture. How long have you been a musician? When I was young, after dinner, my family used to pull out a few instruments and sit around the dinner table singing our favourite weird and wonderful songs. It wasn’t that I was a musician; it was just something that was part of every day life. I didn’t study music at high school, I didn’t want to be examined, but after school, I knew it was the only thing I would want to pursue and so off I went to learn the theory of music in 1998, and that journey has continued ever since.

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With the magnitude of venues and opportunities comes the equal sea of other keen folk who want to fill the gigs as much as you and the internet is the tidal wave we jump on daily to see where it can take us. Favourite musos? I am inspired by the lyrics of Ani DiFranco, the chords of James Taylor, the vocal tone of Beady Belle, the heart of Ray LaMontagne, the groove of Georgia Potter and the chill of Bobby Alu. I also regularly melt over Elana Stone, Ngaiire and Ladi6. Where can we buy your album and any upcoming shows? Head over to Vitamin Records (www.vitamin.net.au) to purchase a hard copy of my album –hard copies are the best! Or come visit a gig, chill and listen and pick up an album there.


Stories from a Travelling Mamma. Nicole Gouin Curry

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Laying in the dark bunk as the train rattles through the and Arlo hand out candy to the beautiful children that run night I am different. I have left a part of myself behind but I out from their houses and fields with curious wide eyes. have taken something back with me. This is where I traded a piece of my heart for a piece of Sapa's soul. I walk out into the moonlit hallway. As the air rushes past my skin I find the bathroom and look into the mirror. There are bangles of mine hanging from the already There it is... In the hollow of my neck I see the green adorned arms of four Red Zao woman waiting for my mountains. Across my collar bone float wispy clouds. Red return, there is an old Hmong woman who sat with me streaks my forehead and Indigo blue stains my hands. on the curb talking about days long ago whose story I will These are the colors of the land and the people of Sapa. hear again, there is a foot print waiting to continue the journey into the high Sapa mountains surrounded by the We were at the northern tip of Vietnam just a few green terraced rice fields, and dotted with the indigo blue of the Hmong tribes and the red of the Red Zao people. km from the China boarder. This part of VN has been opened to the world for only about 12 years and tourism is a slippery slope.... Can they hold on to the old and My foot print is not alone, there is another beside it. A embrace the new? slightly smaller one. This person too has left a piece of himself in Sapa. I know as the moon washes across his Many of the tribe people come in to the city selling what sleeping face I will see a map of the mountains winding they can, even if that means their culture. The tourist dirt roads, his hands will be the hands of a teenage areas are full of begging children, sad empty women who Hmong boy building a raft along the river. I know if in my opinion have lost much to gain little. Of course I placed my hand on his spine I would feel the pounding my opinion really doesn't mean much I have not walked of the waterfall that fed the cold river. A piece of him stirs in the shoes of these people. Some have made the in the rushing waters waiting his return. arrangement work, bringing to market their wares, using their crafts as a way to make a living. There is a real senses These places are more than just memories they are the of family among the tribes. colors of my soul. They are tattooed to my spirit unseen to the outside world but ever present to me, each new If you hike just 3 hours away you step back into another one changing who I am. I've been waiting for this since we time. Another place where the western dollar is of no came to Vietnam, I am so grateful to have found it before concern, where there is life in the eyes of the elders, we left. I know someday Zeb and I will return. I hope it's where the people are busy working their land, where Zeb together. { 51


AROTSCOPES

Our amazing Taroscope illustration is by: www.erinmcmanness.prosite.com

Aries – (21 March – 20 April) – Keep an eye out for offers that may initially seem too good to be true. Assess them a little before making a decision. What if it is actually as good as it seems? If thinking of selling your home or getting married, now is a great time to put your plan into action.

Libra (23 September – 23 October) – This is a good time to seek closure about anything that has bothered you for a while. Know that everything is the way it should be. Accept yourself. Time spent in a new environment will prove hugely beneficial, as may the advice of a wise older person.

Taurus (21 April – 21 May) – Its time to say how you really feel in a certain situation. You have more power here than you think. If you have been experiencing money troubles, you will likely see your fortunes begin to change. Look at creating a budget and boldly negotiate any deals.

Scorpio (24 October – 22 November) – No more fence sitting! A decision about a particular situation needs to be made. New information that arrives in an unusual way may surprise you and change everything quite quickly. There is no need to be afraid. The truth always sets you free.

Gemini (22 May – 22 June) – Don't allow yourself to be sucked into another persons drama. It's time to accept that some relationships just aren't good for you and let them go. Establish firm personal and professional boundaries during this period and make plenty of time for self care.

Sagittarius (23 November – 21 December) - Trust the strong connection you have to your intuition right now - even when others are telling you to do otherwise and when what's happening appears to make them right. Hold on a little longer. Meditate on it. Seek the bigger picture and have faith in it.

Cancer (23 June – 22 July) – Self discipline and self confidence are your best friends right now. Do what you have to do to build and enhance these traits within yourself. Look at what you want to achieve and know that it's possible, but it will take work and belief in yourself to make it happen.

Capricorn (22 December – 20 January) – Your comfort zone may be warm and cosy, but you will only see huge results when you step out of it. An idea that strikes you out of the blue now calls to be followed. It may seem overwhelming, but it is totally achievable. Don't let the past hold you back.

Leo (23 July – 23 August) – If you aren't seeing the results you want in a particular situation, it may be wise to go right back to the start and check the facts that you are working with. A small error could be causing big problems. Look for practical solutions and don't be afraid to ask for help.

Aquarius (21 January – 18 February) - Self awareness finds us in strange ways, and you are no exception. You may find that old habits or past times no longer hold the same appeal. This is a cathartic time and you will emerge far more empowered. Double check details on messages sent.

Virgo (24 August – 22 September) – With so many questions swirling around you at the moment, it is important that you take time for yourself. Look within for answers. Allow your moral compass to guide you in regards to tempting choices. Remember, what you give out, comes back to you.

Pisces (19 February – 20 March) – Be careful of overspending and over indulging. Plan ahead in order to avoid temptation. Little mantras or affirmations stating your intention are a great way to maintain your focus. You may find yourself feeling swept off your feet with a big, surprise gesture. { 53


photography // www.kassidyyang.com stylist // jiva cory hair & makeup // jeslin koller model // tam {division models}

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TAKE ME TO THE OCEAN.

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photography // kassidy yang stylist // jiva cory hair & makeup // jeslin koller model // tam {division models}

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