The next chapter

They met in art school – Deakin University in Warrnambool, Victoria, to be precise – on the windswept tail end of the Great Ocean Road. He was a champion skateboarder from regional Victoria who specialised in graphic design and photography, with a particular interest in tribal tattoo designs. She was originally from Chile, and majored …

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Happy days

It’s hard not to smile when you’re looking at a Tamara Sewoff painting – you might even laugh out loud – and that’s just how this Noosa-based artist likes it. Tamara believes art can be fun, and it shows. Her vibrant colour palette, quirky style and varied subject matter have a distinctively uplifting and positive …

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New Life

The dream of owning and growing a business has become a reality in its most pure form for Steve Raw and Lee Folland as they breathe new life into a once-loved Sunshine Coast destination. When they purchased Fairhill Native Botanic Gardens & Nursery about a year ago they had a vision to create a community …

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Imagine the Possibilities

Tucked in among the restaurants and fashion stores of Peregian Beach is a shop called Antiques & Possibilities. And the name sums it up well. The coastal vibe, the beachy feel sprinkled along the Peregian walkways, spilling out from the boutiques, and the scent of the seaside swirling up with the wind – it’s a …

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Born to be wild

You can see it in Zoe’s eyes – the passion, the love of her craft. And if you miss the sparkle there, you catch it in her smile for sure. In fact, it was clear from the moment we arrived at her studio, tucked away in the Noosa hinterland, that she loves what she does. …

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Finding her voice

Author Rhiannon Wilde has a habit of hearing voices. They are the voices of her characters, insisting that she write them down. They can also appear before her, fully formed. They even sit beside her on the bus or in the car. It’s a phenomenon that may seem a little unnerving but for Sunshine Coast-based …

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What lies beneath

Venturing into unknown territory may be terrifying, but it can also be the source of new and surprising discoveries. Such is the philosophy of artist Kym Barrett, whose intuitive abstract landscapes in oils and cold wax merge both the external setting in which she paints, and the more complex internal landscape within herself. “I love …

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Making a scene

Actors Rachel Fentiman and Howard Tampling are no strangers to drama, and it hasn’t been limited to the stage. They met in the theatre almost 20 years ago on a production of Dangerous Liaisons and became friends, then spouses and, more recently, business partners. As the new owners of Maverick Musicals and Plays – Australia’s …

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Life in the Kingdom of Wonder

Three monks, barefoot and clad in saffron robes, stand at the front gate, chanting a blessing to the woman bowing in front of them. To their right lies a pile of rubble and broken paving – the aftermath of a massive roadworks program being implemented across the city. Nearly 40 roads in upheaval – all …

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The beauty of imperfection

Wabi Sabi is a way of life that centres on the acceptance of imperfection. It is a concept found in Japanese culture and one that was introduced in the 15th century by Buddhist monks whose cracked vessels were repaired with gold, accordingly embracing and celebrating the flaw. Wabi Sabi is about finding respect for natural …

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