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  • July30th

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    Thank you to everyone who entered our amazing giveaway! We are so lucky to have readers who truly appreciate the time and creativity that goes into producing beautiful artworks and stationery lines such as Jessie’s!  If you missed out this time don’t be too sad as we have another chance to get your hands on some goodies coming up. But, as there can only be one winner, we are happy to be sending this A4 print + hanger to the very lucky:

    COMMENT #3 – RACHAEL! CONGRATULATIONS!

    To claim your prize simply email us at: spoonfulzine@gmail.com or contact us via Facebook with the details of your full name, address and the print you have selected and we will organise for delivery to your mailbox ASAP! Thank you again to everyone who took the time to enter and to discover the amazing talent that is Jessie Miles! Watch this space of your next chance to win!

  • July3rd

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    Jessie Miles is the face, imagination and talented hands behind illustration company, In The Daylight. She has the experience of farm and city life under her belt and now, from her home in the sunshine state of Queensland Australia, she creates illustrations that reflect the stories within all of us, of bicycles rides, days spent on the beach and those of our weddings.

    I first became aware of Jessie’s unique talents on my search for the perfect Valentine gift for my partner*. Since then, I have been invited into her world of cards, prints, Samoyed puppies and custom illustrations that can only be described as life drawn in whimsy. When I spoke to Jess about this article she was so excited to be involved that we have even prepared a little treat for you all.

    S: Describe Jess Miles away from illustration

    J: I am a dog adoring, good food loving, hardcore music listening TV junkie. I try to stop being such a design snob when I’m not at work, but I also studied interior design and love renovating, so I feel like I am always around it in one form or another. I always have my nose in a good book and have an annoying habit of HAVING to finish a book once I’ve started, no matter how bad it is, ahem * we need to talk about kevin….*

    I love seeing a good band and always surprise my work mates by listening to some really heavy (sreamo) music as they call it, while working on pretty and delicate illustrations. I am also a massive TV fan. I love the Simpsons, Family, Guy, American Dad, Futurama, and any animated show. I know every single quote from every single episode. If you quote any of these shows to me, we’ll be best friends for life!  

    S: Who or what has been the biggest influence for your artwork?

    J: I am influenced by a number of artists and illustrators from my favourite childhood books. I love that their work isn’t perfect and has so much character to it. There is Quentin Blake; who illustrated Roald Dahl’s books, John Tenniel; who illustrated Alice in Wonderland and a lot of the different illustrators from ‘A Little Golden Book’ classics.

    I loved so many books as a child and thought I would grow up to be an author. But I must have been absorbing inspiration through all the illustrations and not realizing it! I also love vintage botanic illustrations and fashion illustrations.

    S: What movie would you love to be in and why?

    J: Definitely Pitch Perfect. Some acapella singing and dancing in front of huge adoring crowds! Yes please! :)

    S: Draw your favourite movie poster.

    J: My favourite movie of all time is Muriel’s Wedding, but I have given her a bit of an updated look :)

    S: What is your idea of an ultimate Friday night in?

    J: Snuggling on the couch with my two Samoyeds (and my husband if there is enough room) watching something silly and funny – it’s Brooklyn 99 at the moment. I love my deep dramatic movies, but after a long week I quite like not having to do much thinking.

    S: From your new collection, which product are you most excited about?

    J: Probably our Tasmanian Oak print hangers. They are all handmade by my clever husband Rick and I think they are a quick and simple way to bring your walls to life with your fave print! They are also incredibly easy to use and require no tools.

    S: Can you draw your favourite snack?

    S: And finally, what is one fact about you that most of your friends wouldn’t know?

    J: I am INCREDIBLY harsh on myself and my work. Most people don’t really see that side of me and think that I am quite confident. But I second guess myself all the time and my husband has to talk me down off metaphorical ledges quite often! I definitely have that sensitive, artistic personality thing going on, but I am learning how to embrace it :)

    To discover more of Jessie’s work you can find her on all social media using the link buttons below.  The new range of In The Daylight has just been released and to celebrate we are giving one lucky reader the chance to win an A4 print + wooden wall hanger for their home! Entry is simple, head on over to In The Daylight then leave your comment of which A4 print you would love to win and why – Easy!

    Entries close on July 14th and the winner will be announced on July 16th so be quick and be sure to tell your friends!

    All images featured within the Visual Poetry with Jessie Miles – In The Daylight article 
    were designed by and supplied to us by Jessie Miles.  All images remain the property of 
    Jessie and are not to be distributed. The custom illustration of couple with dog* remains 
    the property of Stephanie Crew and Spoonful Zine.

     

  • May18th

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    S:  A bubble blowing elephant, fruit loops and lions hugging zebras – where does your inspiration come from?

    B:  For me, there isn’t a place or book that’s a wellspring of ideas, so I keep a sketchbook on me all the time and make messy drawings. Sometimes an idea pops up in front of me, complete, simple, charming, but most of the time its just tiny fragments like a phrase, or a gesture I just sketch it quickly and revisit it later. I try to be as opportunistic as I can, I take what I have around me and smoosh it together, its great to have a plan but its even better to be surprised and excited, so when a work isn’t going to plan I try not to see it as a mistake, I run with it and often I end up with something totally new and much better. If everything went to plan all the time id be terribly disappointed.

    S:  On weekends we can find you

    B:  On weekends you’ll find me at Paddington Markets in Sydney, or in my studio drawing. I don’t have a traditional “work” week, but when I do relax I love to read, ride my bike or play netball.

    S:  Your most watched movie is (and why):

    B:  Has to be “The Princess Bride”. I had it on VHS when I was a little person and watched it till the tape was almost completely worn out. It is just the most charming and hilarious thing ever.

    S:  Best customer experience?

    B:  Whenever I’m at a market selling my work, everyone is absolutely lovely to me so its hard to pick a favourite. When children get excited about my work, and want everything, that’s hard to top but also when an artist whose work blows me away comes and buys a piece, there are no words, I couldn’t be happier.

    S:  What is your ultimate breakfast?

    B:  Smoked salmon, corn fritters, avocado and poached eggs!

    S:  Favourite holiday/vacation destination?

    B:  I love the snow and cold, I think I was mistakenly born in the wrong climate. I get excited when jumper weather comes along. I love the chilly, icy air when I’m trudging through the thick fresh snow. When I’m snowboarding down a mountain I like to stop halfway, somewhere isolated, sit on my bum and drift away: the views, the cold, the overwhelming whiteness and the paradox that I feel so welcome and comfortable, in a place that will kill me if I stay too long. I love it.

    S:  What is the best meal you have had in Melbourne?

    B:  Years and year ago I had a mushroom pie at a place called “THE VEGIE BAR”. I still think about it all-the-time. I’ve been back there every time I’m in Melbourne in fact and asked after it but it must have been a one-off special, because they look at me like I’m mad. I describe it, “It had juicy thick peppery sauce, plump whole mushrooms, carrots, celery and mash on the side?”, they get impatient so I order something else. Maybe I am a bit pie mad and made the whole thing up, I have pie dreams fairly often, I really like pies.

    S:  Advice for aspiring illustrators?

    B: 

     

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      Beau Wylie Illustration / SHOP
    

    Beau Wylie Illustration produces cards, art prints, totes and more designed solely by Cameron Beau Wylie Foster.

    Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Cam has created a successful business illustrating chubby unicorns, sad kitties, kissing booth pups and my personal favourite – Mi Goreng! I was lucky enough to meet Cam at the Sydney Finders Keepers Market in early 2014 and have added many (many, many, many!) of his cards to my collection whilst the tote bags, calendar and artwork are added to my ever growing wish list.

    Founded in 2012 this empire of whimsy has no signs of stopping with new designs already in store and a colouring-in book newly released for the kids (or…. the 30yr old girls who love to colour)!

    We love everything about this crazy-talented kid called Cam and we think you will too! Head over to his website and store, take a look around – we dare you.

    Steph X

    All images featured within the Visual Poetry with Beau Wylie Illustration article were 
    designed and supplied to us by Cameron Beau Wylie Foster.  All images remain the property 
    of Cameron Beau Wylie Foster.
     
  • February5th

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    Thank you to everyone who entered our giveaway in support of the talented Lauren Merrick!  We are so excited to announce that the “Mountains” print will soon be gracing the letter of box of:

    Comment #8 – SUZY! Congratulations!

    To claim your prize simply email us at: spoonfulzine@gmail.com with the details of your full name and address and we will ship your print the next business day! Thank you again to everyone who took the time to enter, stay tuned for another amazing giveaway coming up!

  • January19th

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    Recently married and illustrator extraordinaire! We came across Lauren through a friend of a friend and had the pleasure of seeing her works showcased at the 2014 Sydney Finders Keepers market.

    S:  Can you tell us what led you to become an illustrator?

    L: I’ve always had a love of children’s books and illustration. I have vivid memories of spending hours pouring over my picture books as a child, that continued into my adult like so I guess it like a natural thing for me to do. I studied Design & Illustration at Enmore Design Centre to get my skills up and to have the amazing opportunity to learn more about the world of illustration.

    S: What is the best project you have worked on?

    L: Oh man! So many great projects, I think every picture book I’ve worked on has been an incredible experience. I think the best projects are the ones that challenge me in what I think I’m capable of and force me to grow. I’ve got 2 picture books coming out in the next 6 months which were amazing projects to work on.

    S: Draw the contents of your bag.

    S: What 5 words best describe your art?

    L: Whimsical, natural, innocent, simple and organic.

    S: Who would you swap lives with for a day?

    L: I’d love to be Karen O for a day.  She wears incredible costumes and is a total rock-star! Complete opposite to me.

    S: Your most watched movie is?

    L: I have a couple: “Death at a Funeral” and “Little Miss Sunshine” make me laugh every time.  I also love the art direction of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Away We Go”.

    S: Draw your most memorable birthday cake.

    L: My 4th birthday cake was a space ship at my fairy dress up party!

     

    
    
    
    
    
    Lauren Merrick Illustration / SHOP

    After graduating from Enmore Design Centre, Lauren has taken her passion of illustration and transformed it into beautiful art prints, greetings cards, custom family portraits and illustration works for children’s books. Designer of logos and whimsical creatures, her watercolour images will leave you wishing for more beauty in your life and home. Which is why…

    We want to give one lucky Spoonful reader a copy of Lauren’s “Mountains” art print to colour up your walls with. To enter, simply head over to Lauren Merrick Illustration and comment to tell us which of Lauren’s works is your favourite and why.

    The winner will be announced 2 weeks from today – GOODLUCK!

    S x 

    All images featured within the Visual Poetry with Lauren Merrick article were 
    designed and supplied to us by Lauren Merrick and all images remain her property.
  • June10th

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    Jasmin Dwyer

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    Jasmin is an Australian born, London based artist who has just landed her dream job, teaching the hearts and minds of children in a highly regarded school.  In her own words, her work is “abstract art and geometric design with a contemporary approach to illustration” and we tend to agree! Following her passion from such a young age, Jasmin has now created her own little empire on the internet selling her prints, ceramics and very soon a new tote bag collection.

    Having purchased a number of prints for my own home I can say that without a doubt her passion for vibrant colours, high quality products and modern imagery are evident in the works being produced.

    Jasmin Dwyer the store launched this weekend and prints are available to purchase here.

  • June24th

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    Love is the greatest refreshment in life.

    -John Lennon

    After 32 hrs on the road, ice coffee, chips, plenty of laughs and sleepy times, we finally arrived at our destination – a place of reunion for my friends, (this being the first of three weddings they want to have), this one, their union to the Mother Earth. While writing this I’m listening to Nick Drake-Pink Moon , and remembering the moon on that special day, a sunset wedding at the beach… watching the sun go down and the pink-orangy tones mixing themselves with the deep blue ocean and the dark sand sprinkled by little crabs scuttling across it.

    Magical moments in a lovely colorful town.

     

    A lot of people fall in love and move here to live and work, with a great community of european people and artists living here too.

     

    Mazunte, Oaxaca;  is a 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) stretch of beach with a secluded cove on the far west end of the  Pacific coast.
    There are two other secluded and non-developed beaches in the area, Playa Mermejita on Punta Cometa and Playa Escobilla just west of the principle beaches.
    It’s a beautiful ecotourism beach town based on the conservation of turtles because almost all marine turtles come to the Mazunte area to lay their eggs.

    Mazunte beach is bordered by Punta Cometa (Comet Point), which is a small peninsula or mountain that juts out from the shoreline is also called Cerro Sagrado or “Sacred Hill”. It is the southern most point of the state of Oaxaca.  People of the town says that it is a magical place because of this, there are also stories about Aztec and or pirate treasure hidden at Punta Cometa There is also a small virgin beach called Mermejita on the west side, where our house was, the sand was a little dark, and the sea a bit aggressive, but we were alone without anybody around; our own beach, for us. We stayed in a big beach house 1 mile from the sea, it was very pleasant to wake up and hear the ocean telling you the last part of your dreams and seeing our friends there, just hanging out and planning the day ahead.

    I must say that it’s a long way  away,  but it was totally worth it! plus the company of my friends made the long trip enjoyable.

    Our house !…

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    The day of the ceremony was first thing in the morning. My friend and I woke up to go to the city (which is about 45 min away) to buy the last missing pieces, and we realized that it was the last thing we would do just the the two of us before the celebration started. We went to different spots in the market , one of the things she was missing was flowers to make her bouquet, for the table centers, for the sand at the beach, for her hair, for everything it was full of flowers. We bought a lot of picked up wild flowers from a lady and some others, a small, deep wine color that felt just like velvet.

    On the way back, we were singing our heart out, and talking (just best friend stuff), when she suddenly said “-oh!, so, in about 5 min i have a surprise we found last year when we first come here that i want to show you”… in the middle of a huge curve i could see some kind of rest area with this bride skull altar, it was kind of scary I’ve got to say, but remember the post about the “Day of the Death”? and the costume being more present in the south of the country? well this is a perfect example of how spiritual it is down there, so seeing this was really something special, i mean lets open the view, very different costumes in the south than in the north the richness of the tangible situation; an altar in the middle of nowhere of a skull bride in the mountains where we came all way from the very top north of Mexico to the very west in the last day as single friends, this I don’t see or feel everyday.

    I was so overwhelmed by the moment that i left parts of my heart right there.

    When we got back to start with the wedding prep, the first thing they wanted to do was go to a a sweet lodge called temezcal, and is used as a cleansing of mind, body and spirit. In the ceremony we re-birthed from Mother Earth, a very HOT  experience, but we all did it as part of the wedding, & after that we went and had dinner and drinks to wait for next day: full moon.

    Inside the temezcal

     

     

     

    And so the day arrived, & during the morning some went into the sea to swim a little, while others started to do the arc of flowers which the spiritual guide said represented a portal from which they would pass to the married life.

    The ceremony started and we were all there (about 25 persons) witnessing the union of these two great people that found themselves in a fish bowl[1] and we just let ourselves go as the tones were changing with the sunset in the background (the pinkest tones ever) and the sun looking like it was melting. It took about 1 hr to go all the way down, and then the moon started to wake up and it was nothing but big and delightfully romantic, we all were happy inside.

    I wanted to share the most important parts of my trip to this magical beach and to tell you one of the things that the spiritual guide, Aldo, told us and most stayed with me, ” Live your life as you want, whatever you want your life to be, so be it, if you are thinking of something that stresses you out or a bad feeling or something that worries you , just relaaaaaaaax think positive and even if the result is not what you’d wanted it to be it’s part of life. Drink a beer, enjoy and realize that it will pass just like everything else, let flow what has to flow and just have conscience of things”

     

    Watch this Sébastien Tellier – La Ritournelle ,  their song.

    Sophi

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    In these moments Visual Poetry, designer & traveller Sophi Flo (a.k.a. Jesophi ) seeks to inspire with surprises for your eyes and heart.

     

  • April1st

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    Hello Lovelies!
    As you know here in America spring has sprung!

    It’s no secret that I’ve been wanting travel to the beach for a long long time and at last(!) this Summer, it’s my Summer! After almost 10 years without visiting the amazing Mexican sea, I’m FINALLY going to rectify the situation.
    It’s super exciting… and that’s not the only amazing  thing… I’ll be going too, to my best friend’s wedding, a simple ceremony with all their closest friends. We are hoping for a lovely and relaxed week.

    So here I go making a collage to share all the finds I love for this hot summer on its way…!

    Rafiya swimsuit

    DIY HAIR treatments

    Tico beach shorts 

    DIY Hearts Nails

    Marni DIY Nail art

    Maxi dress 

    Leather Sandals

     Polka dot Swimsuit

    Miso lace camisole

    When I come back I’ll be sharing some photos from my trip, apparently it’s a very quiet and a reserved beach ready to be explored… by us! Wish me luck :)

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    In these moments Visual Poetry, designer & traveller Sophi Flo (a.k.a. Jesophi ) seeks to inspire with surprises for your eyes and heart.

  • January23rd

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    2012, still pumped!

    This year has been great so far, don’t you think? I realise it differs from person to person, but for those of us chatting and reading each others’ blogs, you can feel a positive feeling coming out of January. I know there are serious things happening out there too and I don’t want to seem flighty, but I feel… we have recharged the batteries since this year started and I love it!

    Copyright Pakayla Biehn 2011

    This year I’m setting only 5 goals for new years resolutions, you know, ones that i really have to do. I’m not trying to down-size the resolutions but i’d rather set my mind fully on  those important ones rather than achieving none…  How about you? 

    July Sky Medium Print

    Solola Bag

     

     

    Linen Pouch

    2012 I dream of doing:
    More creative projects for the new home  -to start, I want to try some inspiring DIY projects that I’ve found…

    Alligator DIY pinata by OhHappyDay

    I have this project in mind for my friend’s party. I want to make one for my house too! & I also watched the documentary “EAMES: The Architect and The Painter” and I’m tempted to make this DIY hang-it-all coat rack by the ThompsonFamily blog it looks so easy and perfect, no?

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    DIY By Thompson famil

    Tangerine candles by HonestlyWTF

     

    old-and-young:by Christian Coigny

    Swimming in the sea, drinking coconut water… taking lots and lots of film photos, I just can’t wait for Summer – its been a long time since my last Mexican beach visit (Yeah!) I’ll keep you updated.

    CAMERA- wild thing golden pendant

    By WildThingStudio


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    In these moments Visual Poetry, designer & traveller Sophi Flo (a.k.a. Jesophi ) seeks to inspire with surprises for your eyes and heart.

  • November26th

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    photo by bewell

    We have reached that time of year when we spend much more time in the kitchen!! There are so many smells and colours that inspire me…

     

    A Picture:
    You’re meeting with the girls to update each other on your lives, so, you need something quick to bring to the reunion or party & you try the Raw dark chocolate torte  in 20 min you’ll have an amazing dessert to share!

    I`m preparing turkey this Thanksgiving in the company of all of our friends , i know its going to be a dinner to remember because we are constantly moving from city to city and take the opportunity to acknowledge our friendship and celebrate to that.

    Also the season of pumpkin is here and screeeeeeeeaming -bake me! and i say  -bring me the pumpkin then and the diy projects too ! (hehe)

    Here are some links that i know they will be helpful for you in some future time.

     

     

    50 Holiday cookies

    Try this stock! Liquid Gold: Brown Poultry Stock

    I want a dozen for myself… Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

    I WILL make this Raw Dark Chocolate Torte chocolove!!

    YUM-ATTACK!  Christmas spice cookies with white chocolate ginger frosting

    A Lunch Box from a Milk Jug Cookie gift Eco-container!! 2 in 1, just saying…

     

    Sincerely wishing you the best of this winter time or summer time.

    Sophi

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    In these moments Visual Poetry, designer & traveller Sophi Flo (a.k.a. Jesophi ) seeks to inspire with surprises for your eyes and heart.
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    P.S. Happy ThanksGiving from everyone at the Spoonful team!!! xx

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