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Flinders Merino – Outback Magazine

There are few similarities between outback South Australia and Hong Kong, but a group of wool growers have found a common thread by sharing the journey from the sheep’s back…

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Source: Flinders Merino

To the clothes rack.

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Source: AWI Ltd

During a field trip to Hong Kong, the Flinders Merino group was astounded to discover that the final year fashion design students at the Polytechnic University’s Institute of Textiles and Clothing didn’t use wool in any of their garments, so they offered to sponsor one of their annual fashion shows in the hope of encouraging such an influential market to take on their product. The ‘Flinders Merino Australian Tour Scholarship Award’ gives winning design students an opportunity to travel from Hong Kong to the Flinders Ranges to experience the life of a wool grower in a journey beyond the bale.

Source: Flinders Merino

Source: Flinders Merino

“When we were over there, we recognised that one way we could make wool very desirable to use in fashion design was to tell the story of where it’s from, and by bringing them here, we can give them the whole story – the family, the sheep, big skies, big pastures – it’s a good story to tell.”  – Julia Clarke, Pamatta Station.

It’s a Crocodile Dundee-type tale triggered by drought; transport a group of city slickers to the bush, and watch them fall in love with the landscape by spinning the ultimate yarn.

Source: Flinders Merino

Source: Flinders Merino

My story on this unique ‘student exchange’ appears in the June/July 2015 issue of Outback magazine.

Source: Flinders Merino

Source: Flinders Merino

“And what always amazes me is that they are so overawed by it all; they all love a lamb, but it’s also the first time many of them have been in a rural area and we will often find them sitting close together – they’re so used to being in a city environment, and it takes a long time for them to understand that sense of space that Australia offers.”  – Julia Clarke

Blades of Glencoe Video Clip

Woolsheds are generally tucked away on farming properties, but the beauty of the Limestone Coast’s Glencoe Woolshed (circa 1863) is that it’s located in the middle of the town, and is open to the public.

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In its heyday, around 53,000 sheep were shorn here annually.

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The National Trust of SA recently hosted ‘Blades of Glencoe’ at the woolshed, with several thousand people turning out to see the art of blade shearing. Robert Tremelling and I were enlisted to create this short video of the event. It was so wonderful to see the old building brought back to life…

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James Morrison’s Academy of Music is where?

James Morrison could have chosen anywhere in Australia to set up his musical academy devoted entirely to jazz. He settled on South Australia’s largest regional city – Mount Gambier.

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Photograph by Marcus Jones

I interviewed James about his bold new venture for the February 28 edition of SAweekend magazine, and he shared his view on why this country location offers the best learning environment for students: “In a big city, there are too many distractions, but if you move away from home, particularly to a place where almost everyone else doing the course is also ‘away’, then there is an immediate momentum towards forming a community. When class ends for the day, instead of all going their separate ways, the students can hang out together and maintain the jazz atmosphere. It’s not that there is nothing else to do – it’s that the hippest thing in town is the academy.”

Click here to read the article in my portfolio.

James is fabulous interview talent, and I love his re-telling of a conversation he had with this year’s artist-in-residence from LA, Jeff Clayton: “He is a professor at five universities in the US, including UCLA, and has absolutely no reason to leave America to go anywhere, but when we talked about it, he said ‘This is the place that I want to teach, I want to be there…now where is it exactly?’” It’s the new Aussie home of jazz!

 

Country Style Home: Robe, SA

Summer holidays meant catching up on a stack of magazines. The November 2014 Country Style featured my story on ever-so-stylish Robe couple Kristina Alexander and partner Christos Stoios.

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Photo by Mark Roper

Home is a row of cottages filled with gorgeous finds – reminders of a blissful life beside the ocean.

Real Weddings: Nadia Coppolino + Jimmy Bartel

Nadia and Jimmy Bartel are deeply entrenched in wedded bliss now, but the memories of their wedding day endure, with my story on their big day appearing in the Autumn/ Winter edition of Real Weddings magazine. Kristen Cook took the photographs and you can view a gorgeous collection on her blog. Flawless styling by The Style Co is shared in detail here.

Photography by Kristen Cook

Photography by Kristen Cook

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Photography by Kristen Cook

A day in the life of…Southern Grampians Shire

A fifth day of filming and interviews in the Greater Hamilton district called for an early start.

Hamilton-AirportThere is nothing better than rising before the sun. (So why don’t I do it every day!)

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Glenelg-River-RosemaryAnd deep into the bush to interview geologists from Navarre Minerals.

navarreI’m becoming quite accustomed to OH&S inductions. Now for some scripts…

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A day in the life…of a rock lobster fisherman

We had some fabulous audio and footage left over from a recent commission from the South Australian Rock Lobster Advisory Council, and I was able to script it into a promotional piece for industry. Fishermen from Port MacDonnell through to Coffin Bay tell the story of their day at sea…filmed and edited by Robert Tremelling.

Counting Sheep – Hamilton, Victoria

I’ve just returned from two days on the road, interviewing for a video project in Victoria’s south-west. Feeling grateful for the opportunity to mix with so many innovative, motivated people loving what they do.

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Breathtaking landscape, quaint country towns (if only I had the time to stop at the antique stores and op shops!), and the sweetest creatures.

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Hamilton is often called the wool capital of the world…it’s easy to see why.

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Best Friends: Pets and their People

Mount Gambier photographer Tanya Ewen is compiling a limited edition book ‘Best Friends: People and their Pets’ celebrating the relationship between animals and humans. She plans to donate all participation fees to Friends of Native Wildlife SE, and enlisted my help to spread the word. We distributed a selection of gorgeous images to local media…

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No sign of the Sneaths, as our cows, chooks and sheep aren’t exactly huggable, but I did take advantage of my visit to Tanya’s studio to update my profile shots for my website as the previous ones were six years old, and I’m definitely six years older!

Country Race Fashions – SA Life

Country style reigns supreme, with the Limestone Coast boasting a number of finalists in SA’s premier ‘Fashions on the Field’ competition. I recently interviewed three of the gorgeous ladies for the April 2014 edition of SA Life magazine,  discovering how a fire prevention officer, a swimming instructor and an electrician charmed the judges with their homegrown creativity. It’s not easy living in the country away from major department stores and boutiques, but these savvy girls know all about improvisation, with quick outfit changes in public toilets en route to the race track, and innovative hats sporting everything from wire trivets to chopsticks! What a transformation – love a ‘Before & After’ shot…

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