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August 12, 2015

Cameron Milford | Suburban Roots Music

Cameron Milford

Suburban Roots Music


Cameron Milford is a singer-­songwriter from Brisbane Australia. His style combines the lyricism of Folk Rock with the sounds of American Roots Music. He has been compared to artists such as Jakob Dylan, Ray Lamontagne and John Prine.

Cameron Milford’s early years were spent in Brisbane’s alt-country scene as a member of “Inntown” and “The Golden Spurs”. When these bands broke up he decided to hit the road.

For nearly two years Cameron traveled the USA, UK and Europe as a wandering troubadour. While on this journey he made a stop in Nashville, Tennessee. During this time he refined his craft as a writer and performer.

By night he absorbed the sounds of Traditional Country and Americana. By day he wrote songs inspired by his time on the road. While in the town they call “Music City”, Cameron refined his craft as a writer and performer.

These songs became the foundation for his debut album, “Highway Wind”.

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The recording of “Highway Wind” was  an international effort that spanned Brisbane, Nashville, Sydney and Memphis.

The album was recorded with a group of acclaimed musicians including; Rob Ickes (Blue Highway, IBMA Dobro Player of the Year 2013), David Henry (Steve Earle, Missy Higgins), and Doug Gallacher.

It was mixed by Ted Howard (Kasey Chambers, Paul Kelly) at Rancom St Studios in Sydney. Since it’s release it has gained airplay across Australia and the USA.

The lead single “Fast As You Can” has been played on radio across the country. It entered the Australian Top 20 Country Charts for 98.9 FM in March 2013.

 

Our Interview

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Can we ask about your family were they musical at all and did you know when you were growing up that you wanted to be a musician recording and playing to an audience? – Ed

My mother was the musical one in the family… she used to play the piano all the time. One of my first memories was hearing her play The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag. I started playing the piano at age three so I could join in the fun!

I wanted to be a lot of things growing up. But mostly I wanted to be just like the Beatles and Elvis.

Did you get up to any antics when you were growing up and what kind of advice would you give to aspiring musicians about their career choice? – Ed

I was quite responsible and serious in my youth. I think that comes with being the eldest child. How times have changed!

In many ways the music business is the communications business. I think it’s important to understand how to transmit some of what you are feeling into the heart of someone else. That’s when the magic happens.

How many bands were you in when you were a kid and can you tell us about your first gig? – Ed

My first gig was at the Greenbank RSL. My band was called Apples and we were playing in the Mackie Youth Music Competition. We scored second place and won a sweet mixer from Mackie. The mixer doesn’t work anymore, but I keep it in the cupboard as a reminder of my glory days!

Do you like Sheryl Crow’s music and how much would we like to hear you team up with her to write? – Ed

I’d work with Sheryl Crow anyday. Tuesday Night Music Club is one heck of an album.

Seriously though after we’ve bullied you into liking Sheryl Crow who would you like to tour with or collaborate with? – Ed

Britney Spears seems like a lot of fun.

Single, in love or married to your guitar? – Ed

Lets go with the guitar option for now.

When you went over to the States how many guitar picks did you pack? What kind of guitar did you take? – Ed

I actually don’t use a guitar pick!  It’s all fingerpicking for me… James Taylor style. I feel more connected to my instrument when I play this way. Also, picks are kinda expensive!

I travel with this old cedar top Takamine that cost me 200 bucks. It’s one of my favourite sounding guitars.

How many bars/venues did you play at in Nashville? Which one/s bring back memories about the people you meet? – Ed

There were many…. I’ve really lost track on the number. The highlight was playing the Bluebird Cafe while Paul Kelly was hanging out in the crowd. I’m not sure I will ever forget that gig.

I would say that my favourite venue in Nashville is Roberts Western World. They call it the “home of traditional country music”. I have spent many nights at the bar, listening to old Hank Williams and Marty Robbins songs. The staff still remember me when I go back…. that feels pretty nice. It’s a wonderful place.  

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Can you tell us what you like/not so much about being on the road as a musician? – Ed

The best thing about being a musician on the road is being able to make friends wherever you go. I try not to think about the hard stuff.

Any plans to go back to the States soon and can we hitch a ride? – Ed

No immediate plans to tell you the truth.

Why Roots, what does it mean to you, and what do you want your audience to feel when they hear your songs? – Ed

For me, roots music means going back to where it all started. When I first went to Tennessee, I began to  discover the roots of the music that I make. Traditional Country, Blues, 50’s Rock, Gospel and Folk were all around me. It was amazing… this was the music that I grew up with! I guess it all became real for me in the USA.

The kind of music I make is based around what someone can create with a guitar and a voice. Those are my roots. I think that musicians of the future will consider laptops to be folk instruments. For this reason, the definition of roots for me is a highly fluid, and likely to change depending on the person and time.

I can’t really control what the audience will feel… that really depends on the experiences of the listener. Two people can listen to the same song and hear two different things. I guess I just hope that people feel something, even if it’s not what I originally intended when I wrote the song.

Do you like Cat Stevens and are you religious? – Ed

I’m a massive Cat Stevens fan. In many ways I consider him to be the ultimate singer songwriter. He has the perfect combination of great lyrics, musicality and the ability to be both entertaining and artistically compelling.

I grew up in a Catholic family, went to a Catholic school and played piano in a Catholic church. I wouldn’t call myself religious anymore, but I believe that my upbringing has influenced the way I write. Christianity can give people a really interesting way of thinking about the world. As a songwriter, I’m always looking for small stories to talk about the big issues in life. When you think about it, parables do the same thing. Maybe all those mornings in Sunday school paid off after all!

What do you like to write about, what inspires your songwriting? – Ed

My writing is mostly a commentary on what is going on around me. It’s hard to explain, but sometimes these thoughts or words hit my brain and I just know they will work in a song. Like one day I was walking down the road and I saw a hand-drawn sign that said “10 Dollar Haircuts”. There was something about the scene that really appealed to me. The song eventually became “7 Dollar Haircut”, and it’s not really about haircuts, but you get the idea!

How many instruments do you play? How many instruments do you own? – Ed

I’m pretty good on piano, but I don’t play it so much these days. I play guitar, a little bit of banjo and ukulele too. I’m not so good on the wind instruments!

When is your next album/single coming out and what style will be hearing? – Ed

I’m working on a new record at the moment. It’s turning out great but won’t be ready for a while. In the meantime I’ve set myself the goal of releasing a demo every few weeks. Demos are cool because you get to hear the song before all the fancy production goes over the top. If you follow me on Facebook/Twitter/Soundcloud you’ll see them pop up every so often!

 

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August 10, 2015

Verity

Verity


Do you love handmade soaps?

Food for the Skin; The Power of Herbs

Rose is a soap maker with a lot of creativity and a love of knowledge that pertains to the healing properties of natural ingredients used in the traditional methods for soap making. Rose’s beautiful brand Verity produces a skin care range that is all about feeding your skin from the power of healing herbs.

Verity are creators of moisturising bars using no harmful products, to body scrubs made with freshly ground coffee, coconut oil, essential oils and vitamin E, great for the winter months but also wonderful in summer.

Verity put a lot of love into the creation of their product’s, delivering nurturing and healing balms with their traditional methods for making soaps, body butters, scrubs, balms and even pet soaps!

Verity means TRUTH. Truth and quality in every bar. There are NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS, NO DYES, NO PERFUMES AND NO FILLERS.  Back to the simple use of oils and herbs as well as essential oils, Verity soaps are designed for you to have relief from skin irritations and ailments.

Packed with moisture boosting oils and selected herbs and botanicals, Verity is sure to change your attitude towards soap as traditional and old fashioned methods are used to create each bar.

Rose says, “Australia has no regulations in the cosmetic industry…….including soaps so anyone can say theirs is natural and it isn’t. People need to read the ingredients. And if you can’t understand the long name that’s listed…that’s usually an indication your body can’t either”. 

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Soap Making Workshops.


Verity also hold soap making workshops to learn the art of making your own nurturing soaps!

Learn soap making from kitchen and garden ingredients in your own home with friends and neighbours.

This is not a melt and pour class, it is real soap making from scratch!!

Basic and easy to remember skills to use for a lifetime!

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Benefits of using all natural Verity soaps



Many people are unaware of the amazing properties that oils have to offer. There are always new discoveries about what different oils can offer. Verity offers simplicity and quality.

Cheaper oils can carry a lot of rubbish and often additives.
Verity takes pride in sourcing the best available vegetable oils, so the vitamins and minerals can be passed onto your skin.

Verity offers soaps that are scented or unscented. A bad combination of fragrances can cause headaches and even confusion to some people. The right balance of essential oils can create the desired mood.

Essential oils also have many invaluable properties that can be passed onto your skin.

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This beautiful boutique brand strives in making a quality lasting soap that will suit you personally. If you have any concerns or specific needs, don’t hesitate to contact Verity as they do the very best they can to help you choose what is best for you or the occasion.

They even specialise in GIFT BASKETS.

Verity’s website offers online shopping and it’s a good idea to like their Facebook page for special offers as Rose is always running promotions.

Testimonials:
“Your soaps will never cease to amaze me! I was getting a really bad skin dermatitis from my lupus so I pulled out the good old hemp soap and it’s all cleared up in a week! So brilliant…..!!!”

“Love love, your soaps, my skin feels soft and not at all dry after using them, with my psoriasis I have to be so careful what I use but my skin feels soft and hydrated after using them.”

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July 31, 2015

Jen Maunder Photographer | JMD Arts

Jen Maunder Photographer | JMD Arts


Jen is a family photographer who is based in Toowoomba. Her images are often described as, unique and breathtaking.

After starting to take her photography serious in 2008 she launched her portrait business, JMD Arts. Since then she has been hired all over the country to take images for families who wanted to have her art hanging on their walls.

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“When creating my work, I aim to blur the lines between contemporary portraiture and fine art conceptual practise. Intentionally pushing the boundaries, I endeavour to create art that flexes comfortably between bold and dynamic, and simultaneously classic and memorable.

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Inspired by the beautiful landscape of Central QLD, the vibrant palette of urban areas, renaissance artists and the quirky individuality of interior spaces, my work seeks to reflect the individuals it portrays.

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By creating images that are unique and pushing the boundaries within the Family Photography genre, I was able to translate my love for creating art into a successful family portrait business.

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So, this is -Ed
I just wanted to give Jen an applause for some corporate pics she did for a website build I’m currently designing for a client… She is amazing, great interaction with clients, beautiful work. Thanks Jen!
Here’s a link to Jen’s work for Rant Designs. Visit Rant Designs


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July 29, 2015

Trysette

Trysette


Trysette A classically trained pianist turned singer-songwriter, Trysette grew up on the northern rivers of Australia

Her musical tales of love gained, love lost, and the heartbreak that follows, are delivered with an ethereal voice and mesmerizing piano style, leaving audiences transfixed in pin-drop silence.

Signed straight out of college by Warner Chappell Music, Trysette began a journey that has led her to become a consummate entertainer and international touring artist.

 

Trysette’s 2012 release, Le Cafe Ancien, made the CMJ charts, and her new album, Feel So Pretty – featuring an all-star band including Mike Baird (Joe Cocker, Journey), Randy Ray Mitchell (Donna Summer), and Bob Malone (John Fogerty) – is now officially released.

While on tour in the US, Trysette has appeared on various morning television shows including Fox 10 News (Phoenix, AZ), KKCO 11 and News Channel 5 (Grand Junction, CO), and Bronxnet Television (NYC).

 

Our phone interview with Trysette

 

Calling a star on the phone was a bit of a trip we have to say………….

Trysette we learn is pronounced Tr-zette like a set of musical notes.
We learn from the onset of our conversation that Trysette who has been a vocal instructor to teenagers is someone we can lean on to better understand our phrasing which strikes a chord with our love of sound.

We started our conversation with a question we thought our readers would like to know.
How long have you been playing the piano & who were your inspirations growing up?

Since I was 7. I come from a family of 9 children; my parents had all the kids play piano where we learnt from the nun’s at the catholic school in our town.

The kids all learnt classical piano and, every year we played in the Eisteddfod. But it was riding home on the school bus listening to the radio that I gained my song writing inspiration because at home with 9 kids rotating around the piano the radio was pretty well non existent.

Music was very much apart of my family, classical was our training, ragtime was an expression outside of the discipline that allowed me the freedom to express my own individual sound. Outside of the classical genre I found that I could develop my ear to play the songs I was hearing, inspired by signer songwriters such as Carole King and James Taylor Elton John & Lionel Richie.

Which is your favourite instrument and why?

Piano, I’m at home on the piano….! We wander around other instruments for a brief interlude and then Trysette paints a picture of a concert hall or certain room she has played in, think the Brisbane Jazz Club, Verbrugghen Hall (Sydney Conservatorium).

The piano has always been an instrument I relate to, it’s a very sensual and sexy instrument (wink wink) ..I love how the notes fill the air and become apart of the fullness of the living sound and communicate emotion to an audience.

The piano creates an ambience that resonates within a room, it gives me strength and the strength comes back to me in the power of its ability to touch an audience. The sound, the melody & the lyrics, the percussion of the intimate rooms that I like to play, the sensitivities within the interpretation of my music is what feeds me. I want people to feel at home, I want people to draw strength from my music and I want them to be thoroughly entertained at the same time.

You’re currently promoting your new album ‘Feel so Pretty’, can you tell us what is your favourite track off the album?

‘Like Water’….The beauty about music is that it is a healing place not just for the writer but for a participant of your music. This song came from yes, a relationship breakup a very deep and personal one, and yes songwriters are human too, they bleed, this stuff actually happens just like it happens to the rest of us, we don’t just write about it, we live in a world where we hurt over our lost loves, we cry about it and for me I sit in front of the piano and write about it, deep tearful, profound irrepressible emotions.

I first played this song for my touring buddy Fiona Joy and she loved it, she said ‘omg you have to perform this, why aren’t you playing this to your audience, ‘I said, no way, it’s too personal’ but on her insistence I began to practise playing the song and not getting emotional with it. I’m really glad she made me do it cos I get a lot of positive feedback from my listeners.

What is rewarding about song writing is that the lyrics are often interpreted differently as relative to a listener’s own story. I’m always so grateful after a show when someone tells me that my songs have told their own story completely and “how did I know these things about their life”? Well, I guess we all have similar experiences and I try to be as honest as possible with my lyrics. I remember listening to Pink after her marriage break up and I was in awe of her honesty. This inspired me to open up more and put it all out there.

Trysette opens up to us about her experience as a vocal tutor for 6 years to a batch of teenagers. Lucky ducks -Ed

Part of my journey as a musician was as a vocal tutor in a high school, it was an experience that is etched deeply on my mind. The kids all so different, different backgrounds, different family dynamics, I learnt that I had an incredible amount of power to influence these kids not only in their abilities to be great musically but in their personal lives. It was within these circumstances I could see that if you make a child feel good about themselves then the technical part is secondary, the kids are looking to you as their teacher in all things, if you point out the good things in people you see it at work in their lives.

It’s so easy to effect a child’s life when your in a position to project positivity and encouragement, encouraging someone to have good self esteem means you know, you can tell, their going to go on and do great things with their life.

Trysette has been travelling to the States in recent months but I learn’t that dots had begun to be joined when living in England.

When I was living in England I met a singer from LA. Karen was over in England singing at a festival. I came back after 2 years living in England and we kept in touch. So Karen was the wife of Bob Malone keyboard player for John Fogerty. Bob came to Australia and after Bob’s visit I decided to go to the States to do some shows. I contacted Bob Malone and asked if it would be ok if I opened some shows for him. Trysette has just told me that Bob has his own solo act with his own band. – Ed interjecting

So Bob took me under his wing and became like a mentor, yeah he’s a mentor. And so I did that, I went to the States and sang in Bob’s band, his style is Rock/Blues. I also opened a few shows for him and recorded my Feel So Pretty album in Los Angeles after he introduced me to his own recording team there.

Bob and I are now doing double bill shows together when I tour in the States. I’m working on a 2016 tour now on the back of this new album.

Sitting down to write do you have a strong concept?

No. Trysette tells me that’s a great question Lea…..-Ed

I have to say I get quite agitated if I haven’t written a new song in a while. Rob Hirst drummer from Midnight Oil came to the university where I studied, he said to me he wrote his lyrics first because it sets a rhythm. I do the same and right now it’s time to write a new song so I’ll make my surroundings my inspiration zone. I think about what I’m going to write, I might listen to a favourite artist, sometimes only getting just a few bars in and then I’ll play with the concept. I make time to write because a) I want to and b) because I always need new stuff to play to my audience.

Trysette and I talked about a song that I loved, other than ‘Like Water’ from her recently released Album

My producer came to me and said Trysette have you thought about doing a cover?… I said….’whatcha got n, not really,…..

But then, ……wait, this is why I chirp up a rant, I just love this cover and happened to make mention of this to Trysette in our interview…..You just gotta hear her do Chasing Cars…… I was like, I love this version, it moves me to tears …..and I love the harmonies (the harmonies are by a singer in the States by the name John Pratt) Ed….

But then, I mentioned Chasing Cars. I was nervous about doing it cos it was such a huge hit and I didn’t want to be just another artist doing just another cover of this song. Thankfully, people are really enjoying it so I can breath easy now.

What’s happening in your world at the minute.

Well I just got back from America a month ago so now it’s about promoting my Feel So Pretty album, we’re doing radio and media promo’s right now. I’ve done three american tours with a close friend Fiona Joy, we’ve played amazing venues with gorgeous pianos including theatres, Performing Arts Centres and Jazz clubs. I like to work but I’m happy at the minute to find my Australian feet and see what happens next…
 
 


as I sat down to transpose my scribbles from paper, because this time….. my lack of a podcast mic was replaced with a phone app which wasn’t configured at the time….I felt a sense of privilege to be able to put together an interview with a singer songwriter and pianist whom I hold with the esteem of a positive vibe giver and ‘real’ sister of the [insisteryoubeinspiredclub] really just think she’s great and I’m sure so will you  …….be inspired by the sound of positive givings ringing a tune of passion, triumph & teaching us all to be good to one another. Thanks Trysette…..I am a fan and so totally thrilled to be ranting about you……………..P.S Thanks for the copy of your album, your voice is keeping me company in my office where I work.-Ed….

 

“She is the real thing, and being classically trained doesn’t hurt either.”
Denny Seiwell (Paul McCartney and Wings)

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July 27, 2015

Imperfectly Healthy

Imperfectly Healthy


Imperfectly Healthy with Fiona Davis

 

Imperfectly Healthy is the result of over 25 years research and misspent adulthood to cut through the diet industry crap.

Weight loss is a scientific principle,
and not some mystical ideology reliant on clever marketing and pseudo-science nonsense.

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Through workshops, individual consultations and my recently published book ‘Not Another Bloody Diet’, my goal is to educate and empower people to learn the truth about how and why the body is resistant to the plethora of weight loss diets.

There are no hidden agendas, quick fixes, miraculous claims or revolutionary new diet methods revealed. Just unadulterated facts based on ever so clever science, and a candid look at how most diets are just depressing money making schemes at best.

Workshops are like a fun tuppaware party minus the tuppaware. A small intimate group, me, some awesome props, and enough fabulous information to ensure you become your very own diet guru. Think how popular you’ll be at parties!

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Individual consultations are for those who need a bit more personal attention when it comes to dealing with their own weight issues.

This is where I become your personal fat loss detective. No stone left unturned, and you won’t be placed on yet another diet. Once again, it’s all about science, lifestyle and sustainability.

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And if neither of those take your fancy because you hate people, or would prefer to stay home,
my book ‘Not Another Bloody Diet’ has you covered. 120 pages of pragmatic conversation with my readers, explaining and debunking popular diets to help you understand and appreciate your body’s defiance towards diet gimmickry.

You’ll see your body in a whole new wonderful light, I promise.


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July 23, 2015

THE CLOCK STRUCK ONE Helen Deakin

EXTRACT FROM “THE CLOCK STRUCK ONE” (Horror Novella)


Helen is an author who loves to enthral her readers with spine tingling, ‘what lays beneath’ suspense filled Novels. We found out that Helen has a way with words that will soon have you drawn into the plot as we wind down Novella Rd into the suspense of the unknown.

We welcome as an Author with all the potential in the world to spring forth from her prolific pen, an excerpt from Helen Deakin’s spine tingling Horror Novella. Helen is a fan of Steven King, Mathew Reilly, Brian Keene, Gillian Flynn & Veronica Roth so sit back with your coffee and begin your journey with Helen in ‘The Clock Struck One’…… Oh and Helen has a competition which you can sign up for at the end of this exciting snippet from Helen’s Novel……The journey entices…..Let’s begin……

 


“THE CLOCK STRUCK ONE” (Horror Novella)

“This is some sort of joke, right?”

It’s all Tamara could think to say as her Dad pulled up in the driveway out the front of their new home. The “project”. It was like something fresh out of the latest horror movie; with its lawn and garden overrun in a satanic tangle of vines, weeds and thorny bushes.

 

The paved path leading up to an old and unstable looking verandah was cracked and disappearing beneath a mat of grass and stinging nettles that sprouted from within the many apertures.

So this was what it had come to. Things had been rough lately but this is what they were reduced to. Upending their entire lives to move to… This?

All the windows were boarded up and Tamara would have bet her entire savings account that the majority of those windows were either cracked or completely missing behind those boards. The paint—that was once maybe an off-white and was now a murky grey colour—was peeling from the walls and had left a blanket of paint chips around the outskirts of the house. Like the old outhouse at her grandmothers house that hadn’t been painted since her mother was a child. More than a few of the roof tiles were cracked and broken or missing altogether. The house was going bald you might say.

“Is this house even safe to live in?” Tamara asked. “I mean—seriously Dad—it looks like it should have been condemned like, twenty years ago. Are you sure there isn’t meant to be some sort of barricade around the place with big signs attached that say “Warning! Do Not Enter!”

“I’m sure, honey,” her father answered. “That’s just being a tad dramatic I think. There’s nothing wrong with the place. It’s a nice house.”

“More like a nightmare house,” Tamara sulked as she got out of the car, followed by her sister.

“Oh stop your moaning,” Simone piped up rolling her big doe eyes. “Why don’t you just get your bags out of the boot and stop whining for once.”

Even though she was only just under two years older than Tamara, she always felt it her duty to open her mouth and play the role of the third parent. The eldest child of the family, Simone exuded a certain confidence about her—an authority—that was almost palpable and she used it to her advantage whenever possible.

“Whatever, Simone” Tamara said. She had more forceful and inappropriate words in mind but she decided not to harangue the golden child for she knew it wouldn’t get her too far. It never had in the past.

‘That’s enough Tamara,’ her mother would say. ‘Don’t talk to your sister that way Tamara; Simone is right Tamara; stop whining Tamara.’

So she kept her mouth shut and retrieved her bags from the boot of the car. She followed her father through the thicket of grass that was the lawn of their new home. Cobblers pegs scraped at her legs and grabbed onto her socks and joggers as they made their way to the verandah where wild choko vines had ensnared themselves up the support posts and along the railings. The air was redolent with the smell of grass and clover and mingling with it, a scent Tamara couldn’t place.

As she neared the house, she was suddenly overcome with chills that were not warranted within the warm sunlight of a day that had been unpleasantly humid.

All at once she was possessed with the strangest sensation to turn away at once and just run. Run as far away from that sinister house as possible; as far away from this town as her legs could carry her.

It wasn’t just the look of the house up close but something much more menacing and deeper. Like the latent childhood fear of pouncing shadows in the night—knowing it is nothing to be scared of but terrified none the less. Her skin began to crawl as if suddenly infested with a thousand squirming maggots, buried just beneath her skin; the hairs on her arms and the back of her neck stood at attention like tiny little soldiers, mounted on mini hills that were the goosebumps that had sprung up all over her.

A strangling knot that was simultaneously twisting in her stomach and her throat and a maddening fire that exploded within her entire body; from her toes to her chest to her head, it seemed to eat away at her very sanity. A loud ringing erupted in her ears as if it were actually a piercing scream within the walls of her mind. A scream that actually seemed to be the house itself, shrieking at her to run! Run, run, run away!

“The walls are red, the carpet is damp and the clocks are ticking backwards,”
she suddenly muttered beneath her breath, as if in a trance.

“Did you say something honey?”
Her father asked as he rattled a tarnished metal key in a lock that looked like it had been there since last century.
“Huh… No, I didn’t,” Tamara replied.

What had just happened to her? The maddening burning, the screaming, the twisting in her stomach and throat had dimmed away but that maggot infested crawl beneath her skin remained. The goosebumps remained and the feeling of being watched was setting in………

 

To read more of Helen Deakin’s “The Clock Struck One” follow the suspense filled links below.



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Sign up for Helen’s mailing list here  to receive a free short story ebook when you join and, for everyone who signs up before 31 August they go into the draw to win a print copy of “The Clock Struck One”

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July 22, 2015

Bree Kate Edwards | Blogger

Bree Kate Edwards | Blogger


Yesterday we received a little surprise in our emails when we received some correspondence from a young woman whom we are sure you will fall in love with… Rant Magazine would love to welcome our new blogger Bree Kate Edwards whom we fondly refer to with her digital alias Breekatee..!

Though we have never meet in person this connection is a testimony of the possibilities that in reaching out to people on the digital airways, which is what our magazine aspires to do, join the digital gaps, and build links from physical locations, websites and social media, people who have something to contribute can be found or can find like minded people to encourage one another’s gift and talents… Who know’s Breekatee may well be our next – Ita Butrose……..Cosmopolitans first Editor

…Bree saw our Facebook ad and contacted us…!

We sent Bree on her first mission and in no time flat because Bree is a go getter type, a young woman full of expression and life, Bree had written a blog about someone else’s little colouring book of calm and we from this space we are connected.

Welcome to rant magazine Bree Kate – Breekatee

Here is a link to Bree’s blog… Portable Imagination…….. We are quite sure we will be bringing you some more of Bree’s blog to you very soon…….

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Karri Shannon Photography
 

July 21, 2015

Ashleigh Baxter

Ashleigh Baxter


This may sound cheesy, but, it started in year 10 art. Our class had to create a poster against violence. My poster was of a dagger piercing an anatomical heart that I had hand drawn. From there I continued to practice drawing in the many art books I had lying around.

But when year 11 came around, I discovered the wonders of Photoshop.

With Photoshop the possibilities are endless and I’m always learning; just last weekend I discovered how to do a disintegration effect. Now, most of my art consists of Photoshop. Photoshop is definitely an investment but I think that anyone can use it, whether they are ‘arty’ or not.

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Through my immense love of art, I have had many opportunities to get my work ‘out there’. From exhibitions to murals in shops, I’ve done it. And I couldn’t of been more thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve had so far.

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I may only be a 17 year old, but I do believe I have some wisdom (and wits) up my sleeve. I am a strong believer in the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.

To think that a friend I made in year 10 English could change my life forever. You never know it’s going to happen, until it happens.


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July 21, 2015

Candice Griswold | Artist

Candice Griswold | Artist


A native Texan, Candice Griswold found her passion in art while living in Australia.
Candice spent most of her childhood dreaming of a world where anything was possible.

In 2014 Candice embarked on an amazing journey to explore art and artists each day for 365 days (2014-2015).
During this time she invested an hour a day for an entire year creating and experiencing art.

A Technology Consultant by day Candice now spends most of her free time pursuing her passion in art.  During her journey she noticed that day-to-day life can be quite stressful and wanted to create a safe place to express those emotions. Candice hopes to raise art awareness and demonstrate how art can be a great way to increase mental health and decrease stress.

Candice is still in the process of creating her own personal style. She’s currently working on her first exhibition titled “Take A Walk With Me”, a journey of expression and creativity.

 

When asked what advice she would give to up and coming artists Candice says,

“Be fearless, express yourself and inspire!”

“As a child I created a vision for the life I wanted and it was without fear. Dreams were always a possibility. Thirty years later I am living the life I dreamed as a child. Today I want to inspire and motivate others to be fearless when creating their dreams.”

Candice currently lives in Kangaroo Point with her husband Brian.

We are so excited to welcome Candice to our magazine and look forward to following this inspiring artist as she brings her talent to life right before our eyes.

We appreciate Candice’s musings for creating and together we are hopeful that sharing this forward moving artists motivation for making art is an experience that resonates with you.

Take a walk with me…
Cheers,
Candice

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Contact
365artaustralia@gmail.com

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July 20, 2015

Deer & Fox Collective

What Makes A Deer & Fox Collective
– by Alex Stalling


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Deer & Fox who?
Well we are a transient collective of makers, dreamers, experimenters, appreciators and tea drinkers. We are still new to this big wide world and finding out just where we fit in but the journey has been fun and definitely eye opening.

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Deer & Fox Collective – Boutique Designers
D&F started in 2014 when I discovered that I just made a lot of stuff. I am pretty prolific when it comes to getting a bit of craft on, so one day I *harassed* my sisters into the journey of marketing and online business-ing. We happily argued over names, product lines, branding, which markets to do until something that was the bare bones of what D&F is today was born.  The three of us have learnt a lot in the 1.5 years of business but the important things remained the same.

We are happy to make, create and hang out. This for us was key, we never started out with a major brand concept in mind, or to turn our little loves into a craft empire. D&F was always, and will always be about the process and that we enjoy it.

We still create, promote and love handmade, artist & designer. Our products embody everything we love about this industry. When we shop for ourselves we love the thrill of the hunt, finding that special something that no one else has. We love to support the individual, the creative the maker.

We create high quality pieces. Each of us at D&F have different interests, skills, loves. Our range showcases that. What we all have in common is an appreciation of quality. We want to buy quality for ourselves, so we want to provide quality for our customers.

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Skip forward to now and who is Deer & Fox?
Currently comprised of six artisans Alex Stalling, Tessa Jeffrey, Gaby Isaacson, Melita Chambers, Aaron Stalling & Rhi Johnson.

With all the fresh makers coming on board our 2015-2016 collection is set to explode with 3D printed vases, children’s clothing, cushions, headbands, artwork dresses, candles, play-dough packs, crayons, plushies, polymer clay jewellery, artwork necklaces and earrings, lasercut earrings, oh and block printed notebooks there is sure to be something for everyone.

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We have a full list of the markets we attend available on our website at all times.

www.deerandfoxcollective.com + we are on instagram
@deerandfox & facebook 

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If you need a little Deer & Fox in your life we should chat, this also applies for retailers.

XOXO

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