MOTIF’s Evelyn Goes to NZFW

What a proud little family we are here at MOTIF Magazine

Our very own fashion guru Evelyn Ebrey was lucky enough to snag a job reporting for New Zealand Fashion Week!

Officially, Evelyn is reporting back to the fantastic folks at NZGirl.co.nz with all the happenings of her local fashion scene.

NZGirl.com is a reader oriented website that gives all the fashion loving gals in NZ the skinny on everything from latest fashion tips to the best You-Tube clips to awesome beauty give-aways. NZ Girl is unique because it makes reader interaction a big feature which results in a website that provides a wonderful reflection of what people are really thinking and doing.

Unofficially, you can catch glimpses of NZFW on Evelyn’s fashion blog ‘Just So Pretty‘ which is, by the way, just so pretty!

Evelyn’s blog is a constant inspiration of the prettiest fashion on the catwalk, in print and in the stores. You can get lost for hours just browsing through the images of pretty girls in pretty frocks.

Well worth a look, we think Evelyn is marvelous and feel very lucky to have her on the MOTIF Team.

If you’d like to follow Evelyn’s fashion journey, you catch her on Twitter, Facebook, NZgirl.co.nz and of course her blog.

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Laura Lawson

For Issue 3 – JOURNEYS, we were graced with a contribution from the multi-talented Laura Lawson.

I came to know Laura through our work with Escape into Life, an arts and literature website we both write for.

Laura shared her personal journey with us as an artist and writer suffering from vision loss. Her article was accompanied by a wonderful artwork also created by Laura.

Born and raised in Orange County, Laura began taking private lessons in oil painting at the age of 10, and oils continue to be her preferred medium today. While studying painting at the Laguna College of Art + Design, Laura was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that is slowly rendering her blind.

Currently located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Laura balances her time between painting, writing, and creating support for the low vision community.

To read more about Laura or get in touch, she’s working on a new blog at ArtByLauraLawson…check it out.

The Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States dedicated to combating RP with research and hope for a cure. To learn more, visit http://www.blindness.org

 

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Contributors

As much as I would love the ultimate power of doing the entire magazine myself, unfortunately I must share the duties with not only my cousin Tegan, but also the many wonderful contributors who help us out with each issue.

You may not know this but we outsource help from artists, writers, photographers, bloggers, crafters and designers for things like our cover art, photo shoots, craft section, articles, reviews and images.

We like to spread the love and get in a new artist or writer for each issue, to help give that theme it’s own personality and differentiate it from the last one.

We are always looking for people who can help out, because last time I checked, working on MOTIF Magazine should be a full time job!

Alas, it is something Tegan and I and our army of creatives put together in our ‘spare time’ each quarter and all for the love of creative expression and just getting it out there.

So if you’ve got a talent you think we can use, please don’t be shy and get in touch.

We need help with marketing, social media, articles, images, website….and whatever else you can think of!

 

 

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Food for Travellers

Here’s something cool and perfect for the latest JOURNEYS issue of MOTIF Magazine.

MyCityCuisine.org is a new Wiki project that helps travelers discover local foods from all over the world.

Food is an integral part of the local culture so naturally tasting local food is high on most traveler’s to-do list.
However, until now there has been no single comprehensive source for this information.

The MyCityCuisine project aims to fill this void.

Check out the super cool FREE app for iPhones.

Imagine strolling through the streets of Bolivia and wondering what the locals like to eat and being able to browse the dishes of the area with just a quick click on your iphone?

Here are some examples of Dish of the Week from the website:

Cranachan is a traditional Scottish dessert. In more modern times it is usually made from a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey, and fresh raspberries topped with toasted oatmeal. It is sometimes called Atholl Brose (which is more properly a drink using similar ingredients). Earlier recipes used crowdie cheese rather than (or as well as) cream, and were sometimes called cream-crowdie.

Pique macho (pronounced pee-kay maacho) is a typical Bolivian food. It is a heaped plate consisting of bite-sized pieces of beef, sausage (hot dog type), and french fry-cut potatoes. Added to this mixture are onions, locoto, boiled egg, mustard, mayonnaise, and ketchup.

Smaller portions are simply called pique; pique macho is a huge portion, and traditionally spicy hot because of the locotos. Urban legend suggests that this is because you are macho if you can finish one by yourself.

As a little side-note to anyone interested in spreading the good word when it comes local cuisine, MyCityCuisine.org is looking for contributors. So get stuck in and help out!

And, a final note, MyCityCuisine is giving away a Free City Walking Tour App (worth $4.99) to everyone who Likes them on Facebook.

The app provides GPS coordinates and interesting descriptions for not only the main city sites, but for off-the beaten path destinations as well.

People can sign up to receive the free city app of their choice by clicking the orange bar at the bottom of MyCityCuisine.org or by visiting their Facebook page.

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MOTIF Magazine and iPad. MFEO

Yes, MOTIF Magazine, with the marvelous help of Damjan at OCU.NECU has gone all Apple on yo ass.

We have got our very own ipad app.

See – even our logo has gone all space age…

It’s like reading MOTIF but a little bit smaller, with all the links and everything.

I am too excited about the whole business really and just wish I had an iPad so I could enjoy it for myself.

The app is free, same as with the site, it costs you nothing but your time.

Damjan kindly sent us the statistics of our Apple enterprise and it turns out people are loving MOTIF from all over the world.

We have readers from Italy, Peru, Brazil, France, Lebanon, Columbia, Canada, Spain, Poland, Thailand, China and the Netherlands….to name a few.

It’s so exciting to think that we are sharing our energies and ideas with people from all over the world.

We always love to hear from our readers, so please do, when ever you can, send us your comments and any love you might have.

It’s a tough slog here at MOTIF, and to know that people care about what we do keeps us going.

So send all your love our way readers, and tell us what you like the best about the mag, or what you think needs improving.

You can do this by emailing us at opinions@motifmag.com and LIKING us on our Facebook page.

Help us make MOTIF something  wonderful  – the more readers and subscribers, the longer we can keep doing what we do.

 

 

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Meet MOTIF’s New Craft Editor

Dana Beach – a marvel with her hands and a master of all things pretty – has agreed to join Tegan and I at MOTIF Magazine.

Dana’s going to be bringing you the craft component of our magazine every quarter.

Her first contribution was in our latest issue JOURNEYS and it was a delightful make-your-own journal.

A travel journal for our adventure inspired issue.

We found Dana from her blog Crafty Minx .

Crafty Minx gives inspiration and tutorials for some creative crafting ideas and also provides a place where Dana can share her passion for all the quirky items she finds in op-shops and vintage stores.

Dana’s latest bender is Granny A Day. This is where Dana blogs about her attempt to crotchet a square a day for one year and she has made some extremely lovely blankets.

What I love most about Dana’s blog though is the personal aspect. Dana shares part of her life through her blog, and it makes it a warm and friendly place to visit, virtually speaking that is.

I have become a little bit addicted to Dana’s Blog

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Megan Russell Cover Artist

This post is dedicated to the wonderful and highly talented Ms Megan Russell from Mr Illustration .

Megan created the evocative cover art for Issue 3 of MOTIF Magazine.

Here’s what it looked like before we put our MOTIF masthead and text on:

Born and raised in sunny Florida, Megan now lives in the Windy City of Chicago and has since graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration.

Megan has completed work for The Peabody Institute, Muse Magazine, HPN Magazine and Kamaka Foods.

Take a browse through Megan’s blog and you’ll catch a glimpse of her talent and personality.

Her work is inspired by fairy tales, myth and legend and draws upon the style of Art Nouveau, Ballet Russe and the Golden Age illustrators including Kay Nielsen, Alphonse Mucha, Aubrey Beardsley and Arthur Rackham.

Aubrey Beardsley from Le Morte d’Arthur

Or for some more inspiration try looking up the work of Jessie Wilcox Smith, Howard Pyle, Charles Dana Gibson & Norman Rockwell).

Click on these links to get lost in a world of nostalgic portrayals of life and fantasy, whimsy and mystery.

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