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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Love language

Raising a happy family and creating a successful business, all while living your best life and inspiring others – it sounds like the dream life. And for Lisa Mills, that dream is a reality. The Maroochydore entrepreneur and mum of three has turned her passion for sign language and raising deaf awareness into a thriving …

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Taking shape

Carver Gary Field is a modest man who prefers not to talk about himself. “I prefer to let my work do the talking,” he says. If Gary’s work could talk, it might say he is one of Australia’s most masterful woodcarvers, a gentle man of patience and skill. It might say he is a nature …

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A world of colour

Dui Cameron has always loved playing dress-ups. As a child, she insisted on wearing elaborate outfits that paired rainbow socks with tutus and other getups her mother wasn’t thrilled to see her wearing out in public. But if anyone tried to make young Dui change, it was a nightmare. Now, she gets to dress up …

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Sweet talk

“They say if you want to know what’s going on in a hive, just watch it,” says Katie Livock, casting an eye towards a slot at the bottom of a hive where bees are beginning to cluster and hover. They are young bees, she says, venturing outside of the hive for the first time, testing …

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Inspired by Pop

A 15-year career as an emergency nurse left Jules Laidlaw feeling broken. After years of trauma spent with patients in prisons, working on theatre teams and in the emergency departments of Australian hospitals, Jules decided it was time to heal herself and put the pieces back together. As a young girl, Jules and her siblings …

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Pop art in paradise

Aaron Craig wanted to be an animator when he grew up. As a young child fascinated by cartoons, it was a trip to the United States that got his heart set on a job with Walt Disney Studios. And although his dreams took on new dimensions, his love of art, characters, nostalgia, colour and bold …

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Ten out of ten

When you see a piece of rubbish fluttering in the breeze, do you stop what you are doing and pick it up? What about those little pieces of plastic hidden in sand castles made by happy kids, dirty cigarette butts that dot our coastal pathways, or the hundreds of takeaway coffee cups spilling from bins …

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Dream come true

Cherilyn Hewish remembers pricking her finger on a needle when she was about seven years old, making dolls’ clothes on her toy sewing machine. Luckily, that slight mishap didn’t put her off – in fact, it was barely a tiny hitch at the beginning of what would become a stellar career in design, which includes …

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