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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Not just a pretty plate

You wouldn’t know that Nilla Tomkins has called Australia home for more than 20 years. She talks with a thick Danish accent and her calm, laid-back mannerisms as well as her love for the sweet and simple certainly pay homage to her Scandinavian background. But the Dane fell in love with life Down Under during …

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Flying colours

Claude Monet once said, “I would like to paint the way a bird sings.” And it’s this quote, from one of the great masters of impressionism, that artist Amanda Brooks loves. Birdsong is one of her greatest inspirations – nestled in her Sunshine Coast hinterland studio, surrounded by swaying silver gums, native blossoms and nature’s …

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Full bloom

Mushrooms can be as delicate and beautiful as flowers. Take the pink oyster mushroom, for example – its fragile caps curl over like petals, and it grows in clumps reminiscent of a coral garden. Or the lion’s mane mushroom, with its shaggy white texture resembling the fur around a lion’s face. Plain old button mushrooms …

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Shed of splendour

Every day, Geoff and Dianna Ryan work in a delightful treasure trove.MORE

The right moves

Singer Tobias Merz and dancer Fiona Jopp have left the bright lights and big city behind for a quieter life in Maleny.MORE