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Delia Allen has worked across a broad spectrum in the
community sector, including education with young Indigenous
prisoners in Western Australia and homeless refugees and newly
arrived young people in Melbourne. She has studied theatre and
dance, and performed in Dancefest and the Melbourne Fringe
Festival and has always been a “scribbler”. She started an Arts
degree a few years ago, majoring in Journalism and Literature, and
after working as a journalist in Darwin, now freelances, writing short
stories, and finishing her degree.
Widely travelled in Asia, her love affair is with the Australian
landscape. “Walking in the Bungle Bungles was a definite highlight
of my Kimberley journey. They are magical, and well worth flying
over as well as doing the walks. Next time I go bush I will definitely
take my cello, which I have recently started to learn, as I have a yen
to play it in the desert.”
Delia grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, left home at
seventeen and lived in Perth for 15 years, where her two sons were
born. “My love of the desert came from many camping trips in the
outback with friends. I returned to Melbourne in 1984 and lived here
for another fifteen years before moving to the Otways, southwest of
Melbourne, for five years, and then Darwin for a year. I have been
back in Melbourne for a few months, busy renovating my house
and looking forward to doing the garden with lots of native plants
Sprinkle Magic had a dream of being a self-sustaining artist, and
that dream has more than been realised. You can generally find her
working away in her studio on some creative endeavor, whether it
is boutique fashion, couture costumery or performance art. For this
self-made technologist, diversity is the drug, and an all-embracing
passion for life, the key.
Born in Rome to a Russian/Polish mother and an Italian father, this
flamboyant Melbourne based artist certainly knows how to turn
heads, drawing to her a celebrity clientele that runs the gamut from
hot performance troupe, The Town Bikes, to Cyndi Lauper, and
TISM. Elise Mooney from A Current Affair wore one of Sprinkle’s
frocks whilst interviewing Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion.
Now that put a smile on Sprinkle’s face!
With a maternal great grandfather who was a Russian tailor and
Cossack dancer, a paternal grandfather who was a cobbler for
Mussolini and her father being a musician, it’s not surprising that
creativity flows from Sprinkle’s fingertips.
Sprinkle, the fashion label, designed for today’s sophisticated
exhibitionist, utilises contemporary styling, with old fashion attention
to detail. All of Sprinkle’s garments are made in Melbourne, in
limited numbers, with no sweatshop labour used in the production.
In a world dictated by rampant consumerism, Sprinkle’s cruelty free
couture keeps her devotees looking fabulous, yet guilt free.
Nic Rowan arrived in Adelaide as a gawky nine-year-old on the
sponsor-a-Pom plan. Since then she’s grown up, un-gawked, got
degrees in nursing and creative writing and worked as everything
from housecleaner to nurse to freelance medical and science writer.
When she’s not writing as a journo she takes a break with creative
writing – short stories, screenplays and novels. She’ll have to be
surgically separated from her laptop at some point!
Nic just entered into a civil partnership with her partner Rachel by
using UK law (the joy of UK citizenship) and reckons anyone who
has UK citizenship and wants to get hitched should make use of it
until Australia starts to recognise basic human rights. This month
she is pleased to offer us a taste of the many dyke specialties of
the annual Feast festival.
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