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3 posts from June 2011

20/06/2011

The beloved place that l call home

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The Au peninsula is a shimmering jewel along the lake of Zurich. Having lived a stones throw away from this half-island for several years, l have naturally come to call this place (and its surroundings) home. The idyllic beauty that it possesses never ceases to enthrall me.

The weekend just gone by, happily saw the 100th year anniversary of its preservation. In 1911, a consortium was established by local residents of Au, W├Ądenswil and Horgen in order to preserve the peninsula's beauty and tranquility. Thankfully, these individuals had the foresight to protect this jewel, which can still be enjoyed by all.

l like the idea that visitors have the means to visit Au half-island by all modes of transport, including the magnificent Zurich steam boat, which on a warm summer's day is just perfect.

With its winding paths, vineyards, and stunning views of the lake, l enjoy a daily walk in all seasons on this much-loved nature reserve. As a creative, it allows me ample space to generate ideas, to gather my thoughts, and to simply enjoy the outdoors at a moments notice.

l took the opportunity to visit the festival on Sunday afternoon, and l found these postcards most charming in their historic story-telling of the Au peninsula. A story that l felt compelled to share...

Enjoy, as you meander thorugh its many woodland paths and hidden treasures.

12/06/2011

Playful pencils

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The classic pencil form has certainly been given a new lease of life by Margaret Haas, founder of Paper Pastries. The concept of implementing pieces of random knowledge, and phrases onto a set of pencils adds a complimentry, and playful dimension to the functional aspect of the pencil.

Paper Pastries is a haven for people who enjoy tactile, playful stationery, from rubber stamp sets to unique Moleskin notebooks. One can't help but get a warm feeling of printing nostalgia with a contemporary twist, when browsing this online store. Each piece of stationery is hand-stamped, adding to the authentic spirit of bygone days, and the pencil sets come in a fine muslin bag.

On a personal Looking Glass note, the shape of the classic pencil takes me back to memories filled with anticipation of starting a new school term. And l have found to my amusement, that the feeling derived from working with a freshly sharpened pencil has happily stayed with me, in the form of a ritual - before embarking on a new project, l sharpen a pencil in preparation for fresh creativity.

These pencils from Paper Pastries are perfect to carry on this much-treasured tradition.

03/06/2011

Introducing Justin Hession

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To work with the exceptionally gifted photographer, Justin Hession is an absolute joy! l've had the pleasure to commission Justin on several occasions, and he simply has this natural ability to capture the beautiful exuberance of a moment every single time.

When l look at his extensive portfolio of work, l can feel the rich glow of warmer climates, the striking ambience of an interior, or the drama of a city steeped in rich architectual history.

When l study his outstanding portrait photography, l can feel inner beauty, a second glimpse behind the eyes of another human being. l believe it takes a talented gift to capture portraits with such soulful authenticity, and for me Justin Hession has this rare gift in abundance.

Justin Hession can turn a spark into a flame - which in creativity terms, is highly inspirational.

And so without futher ado, I'll let Justin's photography do the talking...enjoy!