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Hello Wonderful! An Interview With Meaghan Cook


Just look at those delicious cakes up there. Drool! I have never tasted one of Meaghan Cook's cakes before but if they taste even half as good they look I know I would be in heaven! Those colours! Those flowers! Oh my. Meaghan doesn't just make some of the loveliest looking cakes around she is a multitalented creative person and is also a photographer-journalist-teacher-embroider. I'm such a fan of her creative work and also appreciate that her honesty, friendliness and warmth shines through in her online presence. I always enjoy people who add to the kindness in the world both online and off.  Hope you like this fun interview below with the wonderful Meaghan! 


Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?

I'm currently sitting in my living room which overlooks my jungle backyard, with some embroidery work on my lap and a cup of tea in my hand. I live not far from the ocean in a small town in Australia. 
I'm a photographer-journalist-teacher-cakemaker-embroider. It's a mouthful, but it's the muddle of a life I've made for myself. Each hyphen is as important as the next.

What do you believe in?

I believe in compassion. The hardest times in my life have always been made easier when I've been compassionate. It's not always easy, especially if you are hurting, but compassion paves the way to something better.

When do you feel your most wonderful?

Usually in the 2.3 seconds between sleep and waking up fully.

What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?

I've been mulling over this question because I find it really hard to pinpoint moments in life in this way. It's more all rolling and swirling and moving along for me, I'm perhaps not wise enough to draw the dots between moments. 
What I would say though, is that I've done things which seemed like a terrible idea at the time (dropped out of university, quit my newspaper job, cut my fringe) which turned out completely wonderful (I was able to revive after my uni burn out, I dumped journalism and took up photography, I rocked that new hair cut like no one's business).

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder?

Childhood pretty mush is 214/7 wonder, right? I wonder when dinner will be ready. I wonder if Scott Morrison likes me. I wonder when I'll grow boobs.

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about?

These are people who do wonderful things and enrich my life. No, I've never met them, I just love them from afar. 

Claudia Wu and Kerry Diamond who started Cherry Bombe magazine. Their podcast about women in food is my favourite thing to listen too while I'm working on whatever it is I'm working on. 

Katherine Ryan the Canadian stand up comedian living in the U.K. Killing the stand up scene and blazing a hilarious trail for female comics. 

Miranda July. Because, well, she's Miranda July.


Thank you so much Meaghan! You can visit Meaghan's website here and also find her on Instagram.

Have a wonderful day!


Hello Wonderful! An interview with the wonderful Evie Barrow


Do you ever feel like you need Grandpa strength? Sometimes I do. Luckily I have one of Evie Barrow's Bearded Bloke Brooches and as soon I pin it on I am ready to go, Grandpa style! I've enjoyed Evie's work for a while now and most recently it has been fun to follow along on her 100 Day Project. Enjoy getting to know Evie below and you'll see why she's so inspiring and wonderful!  


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Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?
Hi. My name is Evie Barrow, I do many creative things including graphic design, illustration and textile art. One of my favourite things to do is to create by hand. I currently live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband and Millie the cat.

What do you believe in? 
Kindness, beauty and truth... stealing from Einstein on this but I think he got it right.

When do you feel your most wonderful? 
Three things come to mind. 1. When something I've made makes someone else happy. 2. Being outside, soaking up the sun rays on a cloudy day when the clouds part long enough to warm up. 3. Spending a slow and lazy Sunday morning at home with a yummy breakfast, good coffee, my husband and cuddles from my cat. 

What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn
somewhere?

This is hard, I have a terrible memory! However one moment I remember that was literally a wrong turn was while walking the streets of Paris on my first night there. I had no clue where I was going and I looked up to my right while crossing a narrow back street and unexpectedly getting a clear view of the Eiffel Tower. It was the first time I'd seen it in person and the sheer wonderfulness of this sight made me stop in my tracks in the middle of the road and gasp out loud. I learned pretty quickly why Paris is called the city of lights!

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder? When was the most recent time?
I'm not sure this is my earliest experience of wonder but I do remember discovering drop tail lizards with my older brother when we were were about 5 or 6. The lizards would sunbake on the steps of our front porch and we'd try to pick them up, some by their tails. I remember feeling sad because I thought we'd broken them. Once I realised they'd be okay I was relived and amazed! More recently...  it's Autumn here, my favourite season so every time I go outside it's pretty wonderful! I'm in awe of nature and the beauty of the changing seasons. I especially love the colours of the  changing Autumn leaves.

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about. Why are they wonderful?

Narrowing this down to three is tricky so I have chosen a mix from a list of many.

Maira Kalman
Illustrator, Maira Kalman who has a wonderful way of reminding us why it is wonderful to be alive and to be human. Her passion and observation of life and her ability to find magic in the every day always makes me feel wonderful. I love this Portraits in Creativity video with her. 

Dr Karl
Dr Karl, he is a crazy-wonderful scientist, with a wonderful curious mind and some pretty wonderful, colourful shirts too! He makes science interesting and accessible for all. Plus he won a Nobel Prize interestingly enough for a belly button lint survey! 

James
My grandfather in-law, James, who had two major strokes last year, lost two of his sons and was diagnosed with bowl cancer. He's currently being cared for in a nursing home. Every time we visit he never fails to crack a joke and make us laugh. His strength to carry on and ability to find humor are wonderful gifts. He is a very loveable person and I feel incredible lucky to know him.


Thank you so much Evie! You can view Evie's website here and also find her on InstagramFacebook, and Pinterest.  

Have a wonderful day!


Hello Wonderful! An interview with the wonderful Rob Yee!


Hello Wonderful!

Today is Rob Yee Day on the Hello Wonderful blog! We are extra lucky today because we get a taste of Rob's latest food related work and hear about his adventures with gropers (the fish kind.) Rob and I became friends when we were studying design and illustration and then worked together as graphic designers. During this time Rob and I collaborated on one of the most special things I've ever done, the Daily Office Gif. We'd post a gif of ourselves and some of our adventures around the office every day. Typical things like office cleanlinessconflict resolution, enjoying Fridays and disc toading. He's a really talented and wonderful person so please enjoy getting to know Rob below. 


"I feel my most wonderful when I'm drawing and when I'm cooking.  This is why my latest series is all food-based artwork.  "

"I feel my most wonderful when I'm drawing and when I'm cooking.  This is why my latest series is all food-based artwork."

Who are you, what do you do and where in the world are you?

My name is Rob, I work as a graphic designer and digital textile printer in Sydney, Australia and work occasionally as a freelance illustrator on the side.

What do you believe in?

I believe I can fly.  I believe I can touch the sky.  

Also, be kind to one another.  Get plenty of fresh fruit and exercise.  Get up there and dance if you wanna!  Unless you are hurting somebody by dancing too violently.  

When do you feel your most wonderful?

I feel my most wonderful when I'm drawing and when I'm cooking.  This is why my latest series is all food-based artwork. 

What is something wonderful that has happened that would have never have happened if you hadn't made a mistake or a wrong turn somewhere?

My style has changed many times over the years so in a lot of ways, I can look at all past works being wrong turns that have accidentally lead me to somewhere where I am now.  I've recently put together a new website under the same title of my illustration blog of about 7 years, The Avocado Moshpit.  It only features works from this year and I have to say, I think it's pretty dang wonderful!

What is the earliest time in your life that you can remember experiencing wonder? When was the most recent time?

The earliest time was probably when I was about nine or ten (probably not the earliest but for the sake of the anecdote, let's go with it).  I was on a holiday at the Great Barrier Reef with my family and whilst snorkelling, a huge grouper swam right up to my face and started talking to me.  At least, it looked like he was talking.  He was just opening and closing his mouth but I distinctly remember being blown away by the audacity of this fat fish.  I've since painted a lot of fish as I find their faces amusing. 

The most recent time was probably when I first entered the La Boqueria food market in Barcelona.  So much incredible food!  There was other impressive things I saw in Europe, but nothing compared to this place.  It wasn't just the food, but the way it was all displayed, arranged in colours, overflowing and abundant like I'd walked right into a Renaissance still life.  Needless to say, my cup runneth over!

Who are three wonderful people you think we need to know about. Why are they wonderful? 

Manabu Ikeda

This is a wonderful Japanese artist I only discovered recently.  His work is incredibly detailed and I can't even begin to imagine the hours he spends on each work.  His technical skill is matched only by his unbounded imagination.  Just gazing at his artworks is an adventure in itself as the subject unravels itself before your eyes (and I've only ever seen his work on screen!)  I would love to see an original one day.   

Ernst Haeckle

This wonderful old man is someone I will always return to for inspiration.  Essentially, Ernst Haeckle was a biologist and naturalist but also an astoundingly good artist.  His works primarily functioned as scientific documentation but were composed so beautifully that they stand alone as works of art.  His most famous series, Artforms of Nature shows the inherent structural beauty of coral and aquatic plant formations, which is a subject that has always fascinated me.   

David Shrigley

I've only recently come across David Shrigley in a book called Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing (Phaidon Press inc.) and was immediately drawn to his style.  His drawings are really simple but absurd and unsettling.  The message in his art is often confused or obscured and I think this is why I like it so much.  He says, "I deliberately try to make my work in as intuitive way as possible, so in a sense it's about everything and nothing."

Now that's a wonderful man!


Thank you so much Rob! You can find Rob and his work online at his website, blog and on Instagram.

Have a wonderful day!