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Win a Free Subscription for 2011!

Posted on December 7, 2010 at 10:56 PM Comments comments (47)

Due to the Fantastic Response we've had from contributors and those who've had a chance to read our first issue, we have decided (by almost unannimously - Little Cat did roll his eyes some at the prospect of being ignored for the mad week prior to printing) that Art 2 Zee will become a quaterly publication!

To celebrate we're giving one  (or maybe two ... yeah, two, it's almost Christmas  we're feeling generous) lucky readers FREE copies of all four of  2011 Limited edition Print  Issues! That's one copy of each quarterly issue delivered to your mail box absolutely FREE!

Winners will be drawn out of a hat  (or maybe Little Cat's basket if he'll let us use it) by one of our dust bunnies on Monday January 31, 2011.

To be in the running, simply purchase a copy of our first issue (either the limited edition print publication or the electronic version that will be available for purchase on this site Friday December 17, 2010), have a good read, then come back and leave us a comment telling us what you think below. If you have already purchased and recieved your copy, don't worry, you can still enter just leave your comment and we'll enter you into the draw too!

Featured Creatives - Natalie Lappin

Posted on August 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This week's Featured Creator is the lovely Natalie Lappin. Life Coach, healer, Children's Author, candlemaker and mum to two gorgeous little boys.....this girl is living proof that you really can "have it all".

 

A2Z: What is your area of creativity? (Do you paint, sew, write or sculpt etc)

Natalie: I am a Children’s Book Author. I also make homemade Natural Soy Candles.

A2Z: How old are you? (Completely optional question)

Natalie: 38 years young.

A2Z: How long have you been creating?

Natalie: Only since last year, as I am also an Intuitive Life Coach & Healer for approximately 5 years, that is my main ‘job’. I started a children’s group called ‘Magic Kid’s’ last year and saw a gap in the market for children’s books about Archangels, so I decided the next natural step would be to create a series of my own. In the process that lead to another series being born, ‘Daisy the very busy Fairy’. The candles are about 6 months old, I have heaps in my Healing Room that I use all the time, so it was for need as well as to sell!

A2Z: What makes you and your creations unique? (What do you do that no one else does/what do you do better than anyone else etc)

Natalie: I have never seen nor heard of any other Archangel Children’s Book in the world!

A2Z: What is your biggest creative goal for the moment?

Natalie: To finish publishing both Children’s Book series and also a deck of Oracle cards I have created also.

A2Z: What has been your greatest creative achievement to date?

Natalie: Getting the first Archangel book published and for sale.

A2Z: Have you ever had an embarrassing moment or complete disaster with any of your creative works? (Optional question)

Natalie: No, I’m very, very careful, though there have been a couple of close calls!

A2Z: What would you like to get out of the Art 2 Zee Magazine and/or website? (Creative ideas, extra business, greater exposure, marketing advice, new creative connections or just a jolly good read.... etc)

Natalie: All of the above would be great!

A2Z: When /how did you decide to pursue your creativity as a business?

Natalie: I felt like I had no other choice, I was strongly ‘pushed’ by those on the other side to pursue my burning desire to ‘know more’.

A2Z: How do you produce an income from your creative work? (sell at markets/online/in shops etc)

Natalie: I’m at the Chiltern Market, sell online off my websites, from my Healing Room in Chiltern and am fortunate to have some of my Natural Soy Candles available in a local gallery/gift shop.

A2Z: What are the best things about having a creative small business for you?

Natalie: Once you’re in the mode of doing what you love, more and more and more and more ideas continually present themselves to you as viable business opportunities for growth and expansion! It’s fantastic feeling and very exciting!

A2Z: Is there a downside?

Natalie: Yes, it’s a lot of work and so many times you feel like your just treading water, but in reality you really are making big waves and when your work starts to get noticed, you realize its because of all your own blood, sweat and tears that made that happen. A great sense of accomplishment!

A2Z: What is a typical “work” day like for you? (What you do for the day, are you very organised or do you just go with the flow?)

Natalie: There are things I have to do, usually promotion stuff, returning emails and pretty much laying groundwork for upcoming events etc. Always something to do, but I love it!

A2Z: What piece of advice do you have for those starting out in a creative business?

Natalie: Follow your heart; it won’t lead you the wrong way!

A2Z: What motivational advice can you give to other small creative business owners like yourself?

Natalie: Eyes on the prize! Keep visualizing the end result and how good you feel in that moment! And always remember, you deserve to do what you love, no matter what anyone else thinks or feels about it, surround yourself with positive people who support you!

A2Z: Do you have any creative developments/big news that you would like to share? (New product/service launch, an upcoming event, new face book page/webpage, being published, getting an award)

Natalie: Yes, the launch for ‘Getting to know Archangel Michael’ will be at Lake View House, Chiltern on the 16th of October at 1pm till 3pm. Everyone is welcome! You can pre order ‘Getting to know Archangel Michael’ here and My Soy Candles are available here

If you would like to be one of our Featured Creatives and have your work featured here, or perhaps in the magazine, please contact us here at Art 2 Zee and we'll email you our questionaire. It's FREE

Featured Creatives - Helen Hay

Posted on August 19, 2010 at 10:07 AM Comments comments (4)

Sculptress Extroidinaire Helen Hay has mastered the ART of RECYCLING.

Her work makes use of old metal objects whether they be outdated farm implements or just pieces of old cars and broken  bicycles. She refashions them into  “objet d‘arts” that are fun, interesting and functional

Her quirky creations are incredibly popular as both decorative and fine art works.

Helen is the first of our weekly featured creatives.

A2Z: Hi Helen, tell us, what is your area of creativity?

Helen: My area of creativity is sculpture, I use reclaimed farm machinery, old tools and car parts to create unique "garden art".

A2Z: Can we ask how old you are? (Completely optional question)

Helen: Age......who cares .........

A2Z: What makes you and your creations unique? (What do you do that no one else does/what do you do better than anyone else etc)

Helen: I like to think my creations are very unique, I never know what I am going to make next, I see bit's of old rusted metal and just know it can be given a new life as something to treasure for years to come. I also like to think I am preserving some of our farming history by saving some of these old bits from the scrap yard.

 

 I don't think I do anything better than anyone else, everyone has their own style that they are good at.

A2Z: What is your biggest creative goal for the moment?

Helen: Sculpture in the making for a public art space, very exciting if it is accepted.

A2Z: What has been your greatest creative achievement to date?

Helen: My greatest creative achievement was having one of my Emu's chosen to be part of a Tafe students exhibit at the Melbourne Garden Show. Her exhibit was all about recycling which is what I do. I visited the show and got a real kick out of standing listening to people's comments about my work, very encourageing.

A2z: Do you have any creative developments/big news that you would like to share?

Helen: Big news is my facebook page "Garden Art by Helen Hay" and a sculpture competition and exhibition myself and Mandy Jones are organizing for November 12th & 14th, 2010, at Jones Winery and Vineyard, Rutherglen.

A2Z: Have you ever had an embarrassing moment or complete disaster with any of your creative works?

Helen: Complete disaster at Lockhart Spirit of the Land 2009, one of my sculptures was dropped when being unloaded and later lost a part, however the wonderful organizers found a welder and had it repaired in time for judging... phew..

A2Z: What would you like to get out of the Art 2 Zee Magazine and/or website?

Helen: Arts 2 Zee will be great for contacts in the art world, greater exposure and good advice....

If you would like to be one of our  Featured Creatives and have your work featured here, or perhaps in the magazine, please contact us here at Art 2 Zee and we'll email you our questionaire. It's FREE

WELCOME, JOIN THE FUN! Get Featured!

Posted on August 10, 2010 at 1:47 AM Comments comments (0)

Welcome to the new "Art 2 Zee" website.

Our first print edition is due for publication late November/Early December 2010. If you would like to be involved, please visit our "Get Involved" page to find out how to submit your work or place your arty/crafty/creative advertisments.

We hope that this magazine will provide an outlet for the Australian (and International) creative community. Because we'd like this to be a "community" publiction, we don't want to be the ones who chose the image for the back cover of our first edition. We want you too.

If you'd like to have your artwork featured on the back cover of our very first edition please email us a picture with "BACK COVER" in the subject line of the email.

Once we have all the images, we'll make a decision. Those who don't have their work featured this issue, do not dispair, we plan to publish again in May 2011.

Copyright for all images and items remain with the artist/photographer/illustrator/creative -type -person and we will be putting a faint watermark across all images used on this site so that your work cannot be easily copied or used without your permission.

The deadline is September 30th.