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Styling NO 7 - 2013

Capturing the beauty within

Collecting & fine details au s t r a l i a

Coty

farquhar


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Coty Farquhar PUBLISHER Farquhars Pty Ltd ABN 003 522 683 P.O. Box 54 BOWRAL. N.S.W. 2576 AUSTRALIA

cotyfarquhar@bigpond.com

2013 COPYRIGHT FARQUHARS PTY LTD Design, Art Direction, Edited & Produced by Farquhars Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without permission in writing from the publisher. All images are copyright to Coty Farquhar, Farquhars Pty Ltd. Editorial stories, links, marketing and promotional images throughout this magazine are linked accordingly to the website of the original source. This online magazine is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be resold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the publisher’s prior consent in a form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser.


Styling is a reflection of our personality – our tastes, our power of observation, our own cultural upbringing and our talent for originality. Creativity is a fundamental human compulsion to invent or to compose. Take time each week to create your own ideas, however humble you may think they are. Look closely at the details in everything and notice the colours, the shapes and the deep inner feelings you have when you are attracted to something. Creative expression comes from the many objects we have around us in our lives, a bowl of flowers, a favourite teapot on a lovely table, a painting or a garden on a misty day. Creativity is inspired by the wonders of our universe. When you are in the right state of heart and soul, just like magic you can tap into the endless flow of universal creative energy and resources and inspiration comes straight to you. - Coty Farquhar

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Styling From Mill Street, a vintage 1950's Ivory Organza Hand Painted Flowers Dress


Dearest Readers, Welcome to the July issue of Styling magazine, an issue dedicated to fine details and the search of wonderful vintage treasures. Inspiration for this issue comes from a world that many of us live in, especially stylists, ‘the world of collecting’. The thrill of finding a hand made object, a vintage dress or an artwork. This beautiful hand painted dress from Mill Street, 1stdibs, is from a time when “pretty things” were an important part of our world. Every woman knows to wear a dress like this or to see someone in this dress fills you with the warmest of feelings. Imagine, over 60 years ago on a summer’s day a young girl arrived at an afternoon tea party, carrying her hat, wearing soft raffia sandles and dressed in this soft organza artwork. But now imagine the thrill of finding this dress many years on and lifting it up out of a box. That’s what this issue is about, finding beautiful old treasures and looking closely at the fine details. I collect many things from vintage clothes to china, some of my pieces have a chip here and there, and some of the gowns are unwearable, but never the less, they inspire me in so many ways. I love to look closely at how they were made and I try to imagine where the idea for the design originally came from. I always think of the artist and I can almost see the designer, the sewer or the hat maker in their studio. Their hands have moulded these items, their hands and their energy are a part of each piece. Creativity begins with a thought, an idea then it becomes a reality. I am about to de-clutter and down size my collections, it is one of the hardest things for me to do. I have to keep telling myself as I sort through racks of frocks, that to be in the universal flow, I must let go and the more I let go, the more will arrive, something even more beautiful is on it’s way. At least that’s what they say, and that’s the thrill of collecting. May we all live each day with an open heart that sees, feels and connects the rich beauty around us. Xx Coty


Styling Magazine July 2013

Contributors


Christiane de Bièvre

Belgian born, Australian has had a diversified career in public relations, marketing communications and special events with a great interest in incorporating all forms of art in her unique way of creating her concepts.

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English author of blog, MY FRENCH COUNTRY HOME. Daily creativity is absolutely vital in Sharon’s life and she has found an outlet for that through writing and taking pictures whilst living on her farm and taking guests out and around the countryside of France antique shopping and brocante hunting. - A reflection of the way we like to live.

Jeanne Skinner MsE Soul Centred Astrologer - Jeanne is a workshop facilitator, conducting workshops helping people connect with their creative passion, she also does personal astrology readings. jeannes@bigpond.com


FOCUS ON THE DETAIL Carefully stored away in boxes in the studio of Styling magazine is a collection of wonderful vintage hats, all different and all unique in their own way. Hand made and hand crafted. Beautiful shapes with interesting fabrics. Adorned in feathers and hand made silk flowers, raffia fringing and detailed beading. Materials made from fine silks, velvet, linen and straw. We use them for inspiration and occasionally for styling settings. They are important to us, they are all works of art in their own way. On the pages to follow, we focus in on the fine details of each hat, the fine detail the milliner has created with their unique style and technique, blended with interesting materials and skilled know how .


Brocante Styling Photography Sharon Santoni


Where is she? ... Ghetto (above) wonders? If you follow her blog, you will know she’s driving around France right now on her brocante tours. We knew she was busy this month, so we let her off the hook as a contributor for Styling magazine and we decided that it was time to do a story on her instead and share a little more of what this girl is made of. She has great style, she can paint and I hear, she is a perfect host! She captures lovely shots through her camera. Her English accent is soft and gentle. She can tell a great story, arrange flowers beautifully and she has personally trained her two dogs Ghetto and Gibson to be perfect models for her still life settings. She drives a big truck around France filled with old treasures, she has a beautiful French house, guest house and a fabulous barn and onlineshop where she sells her finds. She has a passion and love of beautiful old treasures and we know that her readers love her so. She, is Sharon Santoni, author of the blog, My French Country Home.


The first time I visited Sharon’s blog I found this message at the very bottom of the page. “THANK YOU FOR SCROLLING RIGHT DOWN THIS FAR, I HOPE YOU ENJOYED WHAT YOU SAW.” Well, firstly, I thought ... how polite! And secondly I thought - What a fabulous home, please, please show us more. And she has, almost daily, Sharon shares with all of us, her life living in France. Her cooking, her activities, her animals and her fabulous styling. We have picked just a few of Sharon’s beautifully styled photographs, we know you will enjoy what you see over the following pages.


Shopping at brocantes while enjoying the beauty of this lovely part of France. We offer buying trips for professionals and flea market tours, both private and as part of a group.

“ Stay in our guest cottage and discover the fun of antique and brocante hunting in Normandy�

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This month, Styling magazine shares with you our wonderful month of shopping (browsing) f r o m c o u n t r y t o c o u n t r y, dealer to auction house in search of beautiful objects with the finest of detail and design. We take you to our favourite on-line places, antique shops and decorators. We have found some delicate designs, detailed work from the old world and new! We have looked across all industries and all genre, from military metal work & unifor m fabrics, to the finest dresses made from silk taffeta fabrics from France. Just click the three little stars and you will be taken straight to the store without leaving your chair.

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Allowing the Creative Flow Within to Emerge Jeanne Skinner


Are you creative? You’d be surprised at how many people answer that question with an absolutely sure of themselves, “NO.” The truth is we are all creative. We just may not be creative in the particular way we think we should be. And that is something we can change. We all have a unique, creative expression - the extraordinary - within us. Our unique creative flow is waiting to be tapped into, to be released and to be expressed. This may sound like a notion that’s little more than a pipe dream, but time and time again, we hear about people who have been very successful in ways that are ground-breaking. We learn that they started by having a dream, and when they followed that dream, they entered their creative flow and they realized that dream. Why can some people accomplish this and others get lost along the way? Perhaps they get caught up in trying too hard to make it happen rather than allowing, also people often have fear about either succeeding or failing – or both. Those fears can help sabotage ourselves and our efforts to lead an authentic life. Thinking is very different to imagining. Imagining loves daydreams, times where we allow rejuvenation by taking time out, meditating, even doing nothing. There is a good chance that thinking would criticize all that. Thoughts such as, “You should be Doing something,” are common when we actually give ourselves the gift of stopping. The mind replays our beliefs as thoughts and often wants us to “toe the line” instead of trusting where we are and what we are drawn to. What you imagine contains a connection to self, a source of creativity, add love to the equation and it can explode into the creation of something that is important to us on all levels, including our souls.


“What you imagine contains a connection to self, a source of creativity, add love to the equation and it can explode into the creation of something that is important to us on all levels, including our souls�


“Creative expression starts with an idea and the courage to somehow g round that idea. It can be a very tiny step that begins that journey�


Let’s look at an example of creativity expanding and eventually becoming a major part of life. My friends children went off to University, she was a bit bored and decided to redecorate her home. In the midst of that, she remembered how much she used to love decorating and giving decorating advice to anyone who would listen, and also reading anything she could find on decorating. She began offering her services to friends who wanted something different in their homes and that expanded to her friend’s friends homes. People began to insist that she actually take money for doing what she loved. As her journey progressed, she gained confidence and experience, and her creativity flowed. One day she had business cards printed up and now is a sought after decorator. It all starts with one step – that step is from a dream to actually doing something which has the effect of grounding that dream and taking us in a new direction. Sometimes that direction changes midstream and we end up in a place other than where we thought. It’s as though we grow antennae as we move along, somehow feeling where to turn next. The key is to remember or find something you love doing and in exploring that, your passion is likely to ignite, and you may find yourself on an amazing journey you never thought could be yours. Creative expression starts with an idea and the courage to somehow ground that idea. It can be a very tiny step that begins that journey.


Could it be that all we need to do is move aside (from our left logical brain) to allow our creative essence to flow from us? This idea of allowing, daydreaming, trusting our imagination and intuition is an interesting notion and one that flies in the face of conventional education and practice. It is also an idea that has worked for countless people. It’s not about trying harder, it’s not about practicing more. It is about allowing. Creativity is available to anyone and everyone. Sometimes we have to stop to even see we are in a rut much less get out of it, but if we do so there arises the possibility of seeing our life in a new way. "Living creatively doesn't mean only artistic creativity, although that’s part of it. It means being yourself, not just complying with the wishes of other people" Matt Groening You don't need letters after your name to be creative, as creativity comes in many different guises. Creativity is an equal opportunity employer! If we are not in our creative flow, then even if we are seemingly successful in the materialistic world, there may still be an empty feeling within. Until our unique creative genius is unleashed, no matter how successful we appear, there is still that part of us that is untapped and most probably unsatisfied.


“We all have a unique, creative expression the extraordinary within us”


When we are being creative, we are not focused on an outcome, we are not focused on how much money we will make, we are not focused on getting positive feedback from people, we are focused on 'being'. Its about letting go of how we 'think' something should be or look. It may even be rebelling against what has gone before, and from that emerges an expression of 'newness', and inventiveness. Lloyd Rees,AC one of Australia's great artists, when being interviewed, was asked, “How do you know when you are doing a great work?,” and he replied, 'I know, because I step out of the way, and allow the expression to emerge.' So if you think you have to learn more, be more, practice more, impress more in order to be creative, it’s not that! Creativity only wants you to connect within, be true to yourself, and allow the 'flow' to happen. Albert Einstein said, “But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” It is truly time for all of us to get out of our own way, break some old rules, take some moments by ourselves and see what emerges.

Jeanne Skinner MsE Soul Centred Astrologer - Jeanne is a workshop facilitator, conducting workshops helping people connect with their creative passion, she also does personal astrology readings. jeannes@bigpond.com


White Setting Where else, but in my own little garden can I bring out all my favourite treasured pieces for lunch. Two white elephants set the stage, a few old silver pieces, crystal glasses from the family, a favourite table cloth and mountains and mountains of delicate little blossoms all set in the shade of our old apple tree. - Coty Farquhar


Marquetry Magic


Think with your hands, What do you mean? I hear you ask. Craftsman hands, the artist’s point of the brush, the designer’s first pencil drawing, they all know the secret. Let creativity come from your soul, manifest it in your mind and let your imagination and expression flow down through your arms and out through your hands. We recently restored this magnificent old marquetry table, it was a sight to behold. Magical in every way. The design is exquisite, the craftsmanship ... excellent, the details, extraordinary, and of course, it is a tribute to Mother Earth. Wood work at its finest, And all created with the hands.


FLORAL Quilling & Crepe, Paper-rolling, Paperscolling ... Hand Made Flowers Styling magazine has sourced a few of the world’s best paper artists from USA, Russia to Japan, artists who have tur ned a thin strip of paper into magnificent & magical arrangement of flowers.


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Note: Also available in Australia from Rosemary Reed Interiors


We grow a little more with each issue, and with your input we can grow stronger If you like what we have done so far – let us know. If you have your own ideas, or suggestions of some interesting stories on living a creative life, styling & events or you may know an artist that you think should be included – please tell us. If you would like to advertise with us, or let us create an advertorial for your work and products, please email us for the rates - Styling Magazine has started plans for a wedding issue, if you have a story you think we might like, please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you. - Styling Magazine- Australia


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