Bruno Tomei


“Canadian-Quebecois sculptor Bruno Weegun Tomei was born in the Great North of Quebec, in a small mining city called Schefferville, now turned ghost town after the closing of the Iron Ore Company of Canada in 1982. This was heartbreaking news for Bruno W. Tomei who felt suddenly evicted from the wild surroundings he loved and understood most. Even if it is said that time heals everything, there is very little cure for nostalgia, and Bruno W. Tomei was fortunate enough to find a sort of salvation through his art.” Bruno Tomei

Thierry Mugler


I had the wonderful opportunity to see Thierry Mugler’s fabulous design collection in Montreal, Canada this week. A fashion designer and artist!

“At the age of 20, Thierry Mugler left his hometown of Strasbourg. His destination: Paris. There, his allure and style were on display for all to see. Mugler would often wear his own creations and a freelance career as a designer soon opened up to him. He began by working with major fashion houses, then created his first collection in 1973 called «Café de Paris». Going against folkloric, unstructured fashion, the collection had an urban, sexy, flirty vibe, confident in itself. It exuded avant-garde ultra-femininity, a dramatization of the everyday unveiling of a woman. It was the same Thierry Mugler style that debuted with the creation of his house in 1974. Four years later, he was named «Designer of the Year» by both the press and the public. His success story had begun. Throughout the 1980s, the Thierry Mugler brand shone brightly with acclaimed collections, ingenious fashion shows that he conceived and directed, painting-like photos that he created himself, short films, video clips and films.” Thierry Mugler

Janet Bradish

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“I was born and raised in Calgary Alberta. I attended the University of Alberta and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. In the early years art was a part time activity done on weekends and days off from the ‘paying’ job. I am now a full time artist working in acrylic mixed media and printmaking – linocut and monotype. I am a self-taught artist, and have taken a variety of workshops and love incorporating and experimenting with new ideas and techniques with my art. I live in the Bragg Creek area with my husband and two dogs, a horse and two mules. Life is good!” Janet Bradish

Gabriel Schama


“When I first started prototyping ideas in laser-cut plywood, it became brilliantly clear that I needed a machine of my own to push beyond the soft limits of art paper. I received enough patronage from my second Kickstarter campaign to quit my day job, buy my own laser cutter and never looked back. The plywood compositions that I have focused on for the last couple of years are a direct expansion of the same ideas that began by hand in paper. Much of my creative energy has gone into mastering Adobe Illustrator, and I long since reached a point where I no longer sketch anything on paper, favoring the many shortcuts and tools the digital process affords me.” Gabriel Schama

Carol Haward Fell


“Carol Hayward Fell is well-known exhibiting artist and an enthusiastic art teacher who loves interacting with people and specialises in teaching adults to draw and paint. Carol is fully qualified with a Fine Arts Degree and HED teaching Diploma from UKZN in Pietermaritzburg. She has been working in clay since 1971 and teaching art for over 30 years. She now teaches privately from her home studio, CAROLART STUDIO. In the past she worked as a full-time Art lecturer at Natal Technikon (now DUT) for six years. Prior to that, she taught Art to grade 7 to Matric at Danville Park Girls’ High School.

In addition to teaching painting and drawing, she is a well-known practising artist who works primarily in clay, currently making ceramic sculptures that are exhibited throughout South Africa. As a top award-winning ceramic artist, she has work in most of South Africa’s leading public art museums and other art collections. Her current work consists of ceramic sculptures of horses, which can be viewed in top commercial galleries in Durban, Cape Town and the Western Cape, Johannesburg and Clarens.” Carol Haward Fell