The glass master

Nestled in the mountain forest of southeast Germany, the quaint village of Lauscha is as close to a real-life fairytale setting as you’re ever likely to get. The snow-covered, slate-roofed town is famous for its Christmas markets, where the star attraction is an array of glittering handmade glass baubles and ornaments that have been crafted …

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Bespoke and beautiful

DEBRA FALLOWFIELD describes her work as “perfectly imperfect” and that’s just the way she likes it. Inspired by nature and her extensive travels, the talented jeweller has honed her craft over the past 25 years to create stunning handmade pieces that are more like wearable art. “Landscapes, rock formations, the ebb and flow of rivers, …

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Hearts on fire

Madison Young dances with the flames, whipping her head and body in perfect unison with the sparks. Her costume matches the primal, earthy push and pull of the blaze. Her partner Kris Thiesfield joins her, throwing heat across the stage, and they move as one as they play together in the fire. It is quite …

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Weaving a future

From the bright lights and organised chaos of New York City to the sleepy, quaint Coast village of Eumundi, Larry Reston has led a cool and colourful life. He feels as much at home working and living in the laidback Noosa region as he does sitting amongst top designers and style influencers in the fashion …

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Purposeful soul & spirit

There is a certain energy about Erin Lee. You can feel it in her smile, the way she moves, speaks. It’s calming, vibrant and well, it just makes you feel good. This all makes sense when you consider what she does, and what she has achieved. Mindfulness, purpose, living with intention; this is what Erin …

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History & heart

Jewellery is about so much more than shine and bling for Sue Gaylard. Each piece is as multi-faceted as a diamond, containing a unique sentiment, statement and story that makes it one of a kind. Every single treasure at Avenue J Jewellery, located along the Mooloolaba Esplanade, has been consciously hand-selected by Sue, where the …

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Figuratively speaking

SCULPTOR CAM CROSSLEY’S creations reveal two of his great passions – the spectacular medium of bronze that he predominantly works with, and the power of the human figure as a vehicle of expression. Creating life-like finely detailed human figurative bronzes that range in size from one-fifth scale to full-size, Cam works with life models to …

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Happiness on canvas

Happiness. That’s what Vanessa Porter wants you to see in her artwork. Because that’s exactly what she feels as her brush dances across the canvas when she paints. Creator and designer of Pepi Wren Original Artworks, Vanessa’s journey into art began in Sydney in her early twenties. “I loved art, so I decided to do …

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A hidden gem

You would have seen the sign ‘Opals Down Under’ out your passenger side window as you drive north on the Bruce Highway. It is just shy of Aussie World in Glenview.  You can’t miss it! But have you veered off and ducked in? It surprised me that this spot is still considered a hidden gem …

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Timeless charm

Trends come and go, but when it comes to watches, quality and craftsmanship stand the test of time. Just ask co-owner of Define Watches Noosa, Lydia Dalle Nogare who says she and husband Peter Petzold have noticed a renewed appreciation for traditional timepieces among the younger generation. “There is a definite swing back towards mechanical …

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