December 6th, 2013 by Meghan Plowman

Today I’m delighted to share with you a beautiful Australian business story. One that is a truly genuine appreciation of the natural handmade and love of the simple things in life. An approach I wholeheartedly believe in!

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Once Was Lost is the concept of the adventurous and wonderfully talented husband and wife team Andy and Laura Wortlock. I have so enjoyed following their journey, now culminating in the launch of their superbly produced online journal and store; a visual gift (featuring imagery by Sarah Williams) showcasing a thoughtfully curated collection with a sensitivity to honest craftsmanship.once was lost new extended

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I was first drawn to Andy and Laura’s natural aesthetic through their images shared of countryside Tasmania where they were originally based (and married) before heading north to Hervey Bay, Queensland. Their observation of the special in the everyday (in particular nature) is perfectly reflected in their launch collection. In fact I found myself easily getting lost in the beautiful surrounds acting as setting for their pieces. When Laura sent me a sneak peek of their scarf range, not only did I want one of each (!), it revealed to me that the couple had suitably translated their ideas of understated beauty and respect for handmade to their products.

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The talent of this couple doesn’t stop there! Laura is a watercolour artist and also creates hand lettered silk screen prints (she seriously has the penmanship of dreams that will sweep you off your feet). Laura has been a busy bee the last year and will also be launching her artwork website so watch this space! Both Laura and Andy also share a great eye for photography, which you can follow over on their instagram account.

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To celebrate the launch of their new site, Laura and Andy have generously offered one of their gorgeous (and my favourite) Etta Infinity scarves in charcoal from the new range to one very lucky reader. This artisan beauty was hand crafted in Africa from cotton and organic silk.

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To be in the running, simply leave a comment below by 10pm this Sunday, December 8th. I’ll pick a winner randomly and announce over on my facebook page next week. Don’t forget to like my page to keep an eye on the results as you may be taking home an early Christmas present for yourself! My biggest thanks to Andy and Laura for this beautiful gift that I know will be very well enjoyed.

I’m especially looking forward to the launch of the new signature bag so will be keeping a very close eye on these guys! You can continue following the Once Was Lost journey and inspiration over on their blog, facebook and instagram.

Please note this giveaway is open to Australian residents only.

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November 20th, 2013 by Meghan Plowman

Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to work on a variety of creative projects across Australia. I feel so blessed to be a part of the community growing here and continually encouraged to do what I love everyday by spending time with others who have big dreams, are pushing the boundaries and allowing their creativity to flourish in the forms of new business, magazines, design and collective design houses. Here is a snapshot of some of these projects ranging from work in editorial to styling for visual merchandising.

From left to right: Cranmore Home Pop-Up store visual merchandising, exploring our Perth hills during Autumn in a story for Hearth Magazine, photography for the Kinfolk Honey Harvest in Sydney, store styling and VM for new antique store Second Empire Antiques, looking at clever and sustainable home design by Etica Studio, food styling for the Recipes and Ramblings Beaufort Street Festival cookbook, and the newly opened inspired outlet Angove Street Collective.

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June 26th, 2013 by Meghan Plowman

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Ever since I started my journey in photography I had a dream to be published in an international magazine. To share my vision and stories. Yesterday, I was able to hold in my hands that dream realised in the summer volume of Hearth Magazine. To be amongst such talent and to represent Australia (and in fact the southern hemisphere!) has been such a thrill and sense of achievement for me, especially since I was able to share a place so dear to my heart. A big thank you to Tonya and Brenda who have crafted this journal of seasonal stories in such a beautifully designed volume that I’m proud to be a part of. I will be contributing to their next Autumn issue and hopefully many more to come.

Thank you to my readers and followers who have ordered a copy, for those of you in Australia this should be arriving soon! If you’d like to order a copy or subscribe, simply hop onto the Hearth website as these are still available to be ordered. Good news just in for Aussie and NZ customers -  Hearth is looking to be made available through Mag Nation.

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An excerpt from my story…

A Southwest Summer Journey: Where Ocean meets Forest

Words and Photos by Meghan Plowman

There’s something indefinable about the south west of Western Australia. Whether you are a local or international traveler, I imagine the feeling is the same to all who voyage to this special place where ocean shores meet forest.

It’s a place that holds the charm of a holiday town of old, yet offers so much more than it promises. The Busselton jetty, an icon of the region, is a meeting point for fisherman, wanderers, play time, reflection and rustic beauty…

What most visitors find is that they lose themselves in this breathing and rugged land of diverse scenes, abundance, earthy produce and the slower yet ever-constant heartbeat of a thriving land. Take a turn in these parts and you’ll leave with a fresher mind, heart and pace….

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May 30th, 2013 by Meghan Plowman

I’m often asked why I called my blog The Orchard.  I enjoy sharing with others the significance behind the name, just not how long it took me to actually figure it out. :)

Ever since I was young I can remember that feeling of coming alive at the sight of rows upon rows of pear, apple and orange trees that emerged from the hills on a Sunday afternoon drive. Even now I feel like (and often do when permitted) a run down each row in search of a ripened fruit and generally marveling at the symmetry and surrounding green walls of quiet. It’s an uncontrollable urge to explore, gather and stay still at the same time. Perhaps the appeal comes from imagery of days gone by where earlier generations of families worked and gathered together; an honest practice unblemished by technology and carried on the same way today. To me, orchards are places of gathering, anticipation, honesty, inspiration and growth. That’s what I hope The Orchard to be, through imagery and sharing of stories.

I’ve been waiting with anticipation for the cooler days to produce an upcoming project where I’ll be taking some Autumn-loving friends for a day wandering through the Perth hills and picnicking amongst the rows. My ultimate favorite orchard shots from Donna Hay’s ‘Seasons’ as some inspiration…

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May 29th, 2013 by Meghan Plowman

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May 15th, 2013 by Meghan Plowman

A few collections, finds and projects from our busy month past…

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March 26th, 2013 by Meghan Plowman

There’s something magical about the southwest of WA that’s undefinable. The slower pace and array of landscapes where ocean meets the forest is an invitation to get lost and rejuvenate. For D it’s a trip home and for me, well I still have that same sense of anticipation whenever I visit. Like so many other West Aussies, our family has visited the region every year for the Easter weekend and I’ve never grown out of the childlike excitement once we leave the city in our rear view mirrors.

This past weekend we made the trip for a magazine photo shoot I’m doing (tough work, I know!) and we made the most of what is really a familiar home away from home for both of us. I won’t spoil the project I’m working on, but I can tell you it’s going to appear in an upcoming issue of Hearth Magazine!

On our journey home we literally lost ourselves (well I did, D knows the roads like he learnt to drive through them) and stumbled upon a true treasure in the Old Goldfields Cidery. Originally from London, the owner and producer brought with him an eclectic sense of styling and taste which can be seen right through his branding and interior styling of the place. We could have spent all day wandering through his orchards and tasting their range of ciders and fallen plums…

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March 21st, 2013 by Meghan Plowman

Each year at this time I ask myself how I could possibly consider a more favourite season than Autumn. With an Indian Summer lingering, there have been signs of Autumn creeping into the landscape with fallen drying leaves, silver skies and the very welcome fog and coolness to early mornings.

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March 6th, 2013 by Meghan Plowman

2013-03-02 18.17.41-2 1_18This past long weekend offered the chance to catch up, connect, and spend time with dear school friends. Holidaying was spent beach fishing, chatting, playing golf, day trips to the river and plenty of time enjoying the late Summer sun.  As it was mentioned over the three day break, our friendships with one another having spanned school and now into adult life are well cherished. Rather than a brief party or gathering where evenings and afternoons of fun end so quickly, it gave us the chance to relax and in that, spend the hours reconnecting with each other and our own journeys.

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February 28th, 2013 by Meghan Plowman

I have some really exciting projects in the pipeline for this year where I get the opportunity to share my images and stories of our landscape and creative scene. Today I’m really thrilled to be featured on the new and lovely Hearth Magazine, a place for stories and beautiful imagery from all over the globe, celebrating life and our everyday moments. Stay tuned for more as I contribute over the year, both online and – in print!

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