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Styling NO 8 - 2013

Capturing the beauty within

Feminine energy au s t r a l i a

Coty

farquhar


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

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Inspiration for this issue comes from this elegant lithograth by A.E Chalon, published in 1846 of the famous Swedish ballerina Marie Taglioni


Dearest readers, In this issue we celebrate the divine feminine energy of Mother Earth, Mother Mary, the angelic realm and our feminine ancestors that paved the way for who we are today. We honour the feminine skills and hand work that have created tapestries, rich embroidery, ballet costumes and lacework. There are over twenty pages in the heart of the magazine where we have gathered a visual feast of the most beautiful and inspiring selection of paintings inspired by the work of the Cuzco School, Peru, together with textiles, all created from the beauties and colours of Mother Earth and nature. Spring is starting to arrive here in the Southern Highlands and the air is smelling of blossoms and as I write this letter there a gentle falling of snow, not much, but very pretty to see. This is the time of the year when both my babies were born, well over 20 years ago. I remember my garden was filled with winter bulbs, jonquils, daffodils and snow drops, but I think I was too busy as a new mother to really notice. We go through so many different stages in our lives, it was a precious time and one that I look back on with loving memories. It certainly was a time when the feminine energy force was at it’s fullest. Celebrating the birth of a new baby is a very special time. Throughout history and still today we dress and style our little babies in feminine clothing and quite often it is hard to distinguish whether the baby is a boy or girl. I have styled and created a special story on christenings, my own babies and the adorable and feminine handmade baby wear, bonnets, gowns and pillows all which are treasured and passed on through the generations. I’m sure you will find it hard to tell which one is my son and which one is my daughter. Here, above right, I am holding my little ‘God daughter’ Isabelle, dressed in the family christening gown. I do hope this tradition continues! Our family gown has been worn by every new little baby in our extended family. It is now boxed away and cared for by the eldest of my cousins, Judith, to have ready for the next generation to come. May we all live each day with an open heart that sees, feels and connects with the rich beauty around us. Xx Coty


Marie Taglioni became more than the world’s most famous dancer. Her look became the defining image of the ballerina, poised on the tips of her toes, wearing a long white tutu and a floral wreath - Marie Taglioni as Bayadère, coloured lithograph, 1831 - Victoria and Albert Museum

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/r/romantic-ballet/

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The jour ney into the world of feminine energy is a road that is lined with soft thoughts, gentle lear ning, delicate details and beautiful elements. We are taught to open the mind and the hear t together and to ride the light-filled wave of creative imagination and romantic inspiration and to let the soul talk through our work in our daily lives. Feminine energy is powerful, we all want it, we need it to sur vive. The balance of feminine energy with masculine energy keeps our world in har mony. One does not work without the other. As more feminine energy pours onto our planet, I look forward to a graceful, loving and magnificent world ahead - Coty Farquhar

Styling L'ĂŠnergie fĂŠminine August 2013


In the early 19th century the Age of Reason gave way to the age of the imagination and the Romantic Movement.Young artists, writers, poets and dancers wanted the freedom to express themselves in a spontaneous and individual way. Rejecting the classical ideas of order, harmony and balance they turned to nature as a source of inspiration. - Victoria and Albert Museum


http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/r/romantic-ballet/


Styling Magazine August 2013

Contributors “Diane & L’Automne” Opera Ballet, Henri Desmarest, Louis XIV, Chateau de fontainbleau, 1860‘s - Lithograph published by Francois Claudius Compte-Calix (1813-1880) - Vintage French Antique, Paris, France


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.

Francisco Gallego Salicio

Spanish-Australian writer, author of two books, The Stranger and Meaningful Reflections - A Life Changing Journey. Francisco has traveled the world as a professional travel writer, he now lives in the Southern Highlands of NSW and writes regularly for his blog. Francisco firmly believes, “knowledge makes you learned but only reflection makes you wise”

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


Delicate Detailing Setting a table with fine porcelain and delicate pieces says to your guests - I honour your presence.

The pleasure of dining with friends is matched only by spoiling your table with fine linens, pretty little statues, crystal glasses, a centerpiece of fresh flowers and a few little luxuries perfectly placed around the setting.


Virgin of the Rosary of Guรกpulo, ca. 1680 Peruvian (Cuzco)


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Styling magazine has been captured and inspired by the beautiful, delicate and feminine work of the 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries of the Cuzco School, Cuzco, Peru and the 18th Century paintings of Master of Calamarca, Bolivia. We have picked our favourites and a few from the artists of today who are reproducing the style of the original Cuzco School works. These paintings depict an opulent traditional dressing style typical of the Spanish way of embellishing sacred objects. The feminine icon of the Virgin Mary with baby Jesus and the Angelic realm all have strong ties to the beauty and energy of our earth as well as embodying a sacredness that we continue to worship today. Mosaics of embroidery, lavish precious textiles, exquisite patterns bordered with braid and silk fringing, and opulent fabrics painted with flowers. Brilliant beading, gold chaining and fine gold thread edging each design. Pleated work and gathered silks of the richest of earthly colours. Flowering patterns mixed with geometric lines. Wide lace cuffs with heavy upholstered robes dripping with pear shaped stones and pearls. Taffeta bows and delicate little boots detailed with braid and beading. Over the next 20 pages we hope to inspire you with our collection of textile finds from treasured vintage tapestries, on-line textile importers and snippets of details from couture.


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Military Angel Print - Cuzco Style Background fabrics Embroidered Silk Dupioni


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Master of Catamarca, Angel with Wheat & Angel Barachiel 18th Century. Background - Red silk and Chinese embroidered coverlet - Archives - Kerry Taylor Auctions,


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Machu Picchu Fe m i n i n e Energy

Some 72 km from the city of Cuzco is Machu Picchu, described by Lee Carroll in his Kryon Book 8 as “ capital of the wise divine femine on earth.�( Lee Carroll is a pseudonym for the collaboration between Hammet Award-winning mystery novelist Carol Goodman and her poet and hedge fund manager husband, Lee Slonimsky. Goodman and Slonimsky live in Great Neck, New York). He maintains that when it comes to the balance between male and female consciousness, the planet is heavy in the gender of masculinity. The northern hemisphere has contained most of what you would call the masculine energy. The southern hemisphere carries a more feminine energy. The imbalance, he states, can be seen in history. Most of the major wars and all of the world wars have been started and fought mostly in the north. Most of the wars in the southern hemisphere have been caused by those from the north, coming to conquer or enslave. Now, he says, the balance is starting to rebalance itself - the males are becoming more balanced and so are the females. He quotes the saying that, "If women ran the world, they would never send their children to the battlefield." This, he says, becomes the definition of "mother energy."


According to him if we study the ancients in Peru we are going to find wise, divine feminine in Machu Picchu. The place was ignored it until it was discovered in 1912 by American historian Hiram Bingham. The Spanish conquerors moved around the area but didn’t find it. Humanity was not ready for it, and now it is, writes Lee Carroll. Some people would say: "Well, the wisdom of Tibet is moving into Peru." That is not so, he says. Instead, the area of spiritual energy of the earth, which is the dormant energy, now begins to seek another wisdom centre, a more balanced one. It moves to a place where softer wisdom has prevailed. It seeks out the wisdom of the divine feminine. Machu Picchu is now ready to be revealed as the capital of the wise, divine feminine on the planet. Since Machu Picchu, “The lost city of the Incas,” at 2430 metres on an Andes Mountains ridge, is only 80km north-west of Cuzco, is perhaps not surprising that its feminine spiritual energy could and can also be felt in Cuzco. Cuzco was the centre of Spanish colonization and spread of Christianity in the Andean world. Aiming to convert the Incas to Catholicism the Spanish sent a group of religious artists to Cuzco. These artists formed a school to teach drawing and painting to the Quechua people and mestizos. Cuzqueña paintings are distinguished for the use of exclusively religious subjects. They are remarkable for their lavish use of gold leaf, especially in images of the Virgin Mary. Currently the Cuzco School of Art is promoting icons such as the Virgin Mary and Jesus in the traditional Inca folk art style. The largest collection of paintings from the Cuzco school is in the Cathedral of Santo Domingo in Cuzco. The Lima Art Museum and the Inca Museum also house important collections. The demand for paintings from the early period of the Cuzco School is said to have increased significantly in recent years.

Francisco Gallego


Babies Breath

The sight of a new born baby dressed in a Christening robe can literally take your breath away. Fine gowns with feminine fabrics hand made with care and attention to every detail by loving ancestors. Each garment has a story or two ... and each piece holds within the fibers the energy and the heavenly spirit of the Christenings held in years past.


A special Styling touch - a small gift of a delicate embroidered handkerchief is given at the christening to each family member and friend in memory of the birth of the new baby. In the past, the initials of the baby and the date of birth would be embroidered on each one.


Bonnets, booties, petticoats and lace, a gown embroidered with bows and flowers.


The Christening cake - For Bella! Iced with little round sugar buttons, pale pink flowers and pink satin bows tied around the out side. - A gift for my God Child.


BEAUTIFUL babies


“Through theYears� Dolls, bears and vintage toys. On the 18th of this month, Abbingdon Auctions will be auctioning on-line over 300 lots, including these beautiful & some extremely rare baby dolls. Too beautiful to not share!


FEMININE FRENCH FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS M o n b o u q u e t d ue j o u r “Having flowers in the house is vital for me. I feed on their beauty, I adore the way they bring the outdoors inside, no matter the season. To me a room without flowers is incomplete” Sharon Santoni My French Country Home


Pierre de Ronsard roses teamed with wild sweet peas that grow along a fence outside my kitchen each year. Â This particular shaped vase allows for only a few blooms to show.


Mon bouquet du jour

Branches of magnolia and ornamental prunus, I wouldn't normally cut such large branches from the magnolia, but it needed pruning over a path, so I made the most of the flowering season!


I grew up in a home where there were always fresh cut flowers in vases in the living room and entrance hall, but it was my overnight stays at my grandma's house that taught me how lovely it is to find a posy of flowers or even a single bloom, on the bedside table - a simple but powerful message "I love you, I'm glad you are here, sleep well"

What is more generous than these huge peonies rescued from the garden after a rainstorm.   I arranged them in a crystal vase with cow parsley, lupins and climbing hydrangea.


I love that composing flowers for the home takes very little time, but is a pleasure in itself. Â To walk around the garden with a basket and secateurs, reviewing what is growing, what needs pruning and what I can cut for the house, is also time well spent.

Roses from my mother's garden in Kent, pushed into a small silver flower bowl and framed with lazy sage leaves.


And in the winter, when the garden is enjoying some downtime, I'll buy a few flowers from the florist and pad them out with greenery and berries from the forest. Once the flowers and greenery are picked, the choice of vase or recipient is all important. I have a huge collection of old vases, tureens, sauce boats, jars and jugs that I regularly use.

Pale mauve hyacinths, with mauve tulips and a beautiful euphorbia I found growing wild along the roadside.  Add to that a little roadside blossom and an old white soup tureen.


Liqueur glasses  are  used to position single blooms down the centre of the dinner table, and huge antique tureens are filled with roses and placed on a sidetable or over the fireplace.

Proof that flower arranging need not be difficult! I found these tiny silver egg cups at a fair, and loved the way I could use them for a single dahlia bloom, cut at the base of the bud.   It really looked as if the dahlia had a silver stem!


Today my student daughters have followed my lead, and always have a small posy, or a pot of primroses on their desk or kitchen table.Sharon Santoni

A winter bouquet using some pink ranunculus that I simply could not resist, and teamed up with black berries from the ivy in our garden, the yellow mahonia flowers and some ivy stems.  I like the way the colour of the  dark berries is echoed in the zinc bowl.


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. Come and find your own treasure just drop me a line. Sharon Santoni, My French Country Home

“ 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 search for all things feminine and beautiful. Browsing on line can inspire, and if you’re fortunate to be *** able to own one of these beauties and look upon its design each day, then you’re blessed. We at Styling magazine admire the hunters and collectors, the dealers who travel from place to place and private estates to hand pick beautiful objects for their stores. On these pages we take you to our favorite on-line places, antique shops and decorators. We just want to inspire you and tempt you a little. Simply click the three little stars *** nearby and you will be taken straight to the store without leaving your chair. ***


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B lu e m au v e pink & purple p e ta l s

The magnificent colours, shapes and details of the Hydrangea flower ing plant


Every stylist loves mannequins ... well, I do! Recently auctioned at Morphy Auctions was this incredible collection of shop display 1930’s advertising figures. Beautiful feminine figures that once sat upon the counters in old- fashioned department stores and boutiques.


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


Just because ... Inspiration from Feminine Details F E M I N I N E

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FEMININE DETAILS ON PINTEREST


Just because ... Pure Femininity


FEMININE DETAILS ON PINTEREST


FEMININE DETAILS ON PINTEREST


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