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Issue 4 – The New Feminine

Hello lovely readers, welcome to the MOTIF Blog.

Today we are celebrating Issue 4 – The New Feminine – where you can see who won the Frockshop.com prize for our fashion photo competition, read about BBH‘s creative director, read our reviews and have your fill of MOTIF magic.

Issue 4 has been a difficult one for us. I moved to London, Tegan went away on holidays and we struggled for a moment there. But I think we’ve pulled through to create an issue that we can be proud of.

I was particularly excited our content this issue; the wonderful Christine Waldeyer from Adanna Literary Journal wrote a piece especially for us, I got to sit in the office of advertising guru Rosie Arnold and we had the lovely Tyler Parker send us a colourful piece for Fiona’s always witty words. We featured artist Amanda Clyne, who was kind enough to let us use a piece from her Silver Series and we put together a fashion spread like no other, choosing the finest entries from MOTIF readers who were bold enough to help us out. You’ll see some stunning photos there!

We hope you like our feminine theme this issue and look forward to receiving your comments and encouraging words.





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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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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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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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Issue 3 – JOURNEYS

Thought it was fitting to use a snap from my current travels to introduce the upcoming JOURNEYS issue of MOTIF Magazine.

Of course, it’s not quite ready yet…Tegan is still busily setting and resetting the issue until it is perfect.

In the meantime though, how about I tell you what you can expect from the new issue.

We have a dreamy cover created especially for us by Megan Russell , a photographic fashion journey expertly shot by Xiohan Shen – and keep an eye out for Xiohan’s street fasion blog Xssat.

We have some absorbing articles by talented writers Robin Sidwell, Fiona Murphy and Laura Lawson exploring everything from childhood holidays, packing for trips and dealing with loss.

We’ll look at all things travel related from fashion and holidays tips to our darling Blythe.

As usual we’ll serve up some recipes, review journey-inspired books, movies, music and TV, plus we’ll take your eyeballs on a visual feast that will leave you wanting more.

Finally, we have some super prizes for subscribers to giveaway next quarter by Tom Hide Designs and Mushu.

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Forest Fashion

I don’t know if you noticed, but if you look at the fashion spread in MOTIF’s INTO THE WOODS issue, you might find yourself falling in love the green, velvet skirt worn by our little red riding hood (Sophie Crenigan).

I certainly fell in love with this skirt when I was researching fashion for our forest shoot.

I even secretly tried it on when I was putting together all the outfits…except it was too small…ha ha ha

I can picture myself wearing this skirt with black stockings and Mary-Janes as I saunter through London!

OK, I’ll stop…the skirt and the cute red and white scherenschnitte skirt are all hand made by Hannah, from the Made with Love By Hannah label.

And while I love her website, I find her ETSY store easier to get a really nice, close up look at all the different varieties of skirt (there are so many! And I LOVE them all.)

OMG. Apples!

And a wrap around little red riding hood print!

All of Hannah’s skirts are screen printed with either the smallest little detail or an all encompassing design.

They are all super sturdy, super comfy and come in all sizes.

And then another favourite of mine from the shoot was the little red riding hood cape that featured in the first photos.

This beauty was lent to us so kindly from an Australian label called ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD.

The cape zips up fully in the front, with a button cover detail and the hood is completely detachable (if you so choose).

You can buy their best-selling item from their Etsy store and check out their other stuff on their BLOG .

So there we go MOTIF readers, two awesome independent labels by designers who are just like you and me!

If you like them, go and support them by visiting their site and buying their amazing clothes!

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