Camera Collectanea: Shine Strong High Tea, Beautiful Things and Paper Cameras

Good Housekeeping’s Pantene Shine Strong High Tea|27 August 2015

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When an invite to Good Housekeeping’s Pantene Shine Strong High Tea dropped into my inbox, I cleared my schedule. I never pass on cake and a cuppa.

It wasn’t all carbs and crumbs at the lyrical Shepstone Gardens though. Proceeds from the¬†the High Tea¬†benefited Sisters4Sisters,¬†a community-based non-profit who, among other aims, works towards¬†empowering women in abusive situations.¬†The event’s¬†overarching theme¬†was one of unapologetic strength.¬†SA Fashion Week founder and director, Lucilla Booyzen welcomed us as confidants, sharing her¬†story of a life designed by dreams and drive.

Unless I’m bound to by blood or emotional bondage, I unfollow people on Instagram who¬†regularly post motivational masturbation and obvious life affirmations overlaid on bokeh backgrounds. Therefore,¬†I’m not generally appreciative of inspirational woowoo, but listening to Booyzen, and the other speakers, I felt¬†a current drill through me. Maybe it was the glycaemic load from the milktart cupcake I’d just inhaled. Maybe it was the realisation that I could in fact rewrite my life script anytime I wanted to. My take-home (along with the sexy Tupperware in the goodie bag) was the recognition that my own strengths lie in being resilient and re-inventive.

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Coffee Worship

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Camera-shaped Box with Moo MiniCard slot

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I still receive¬†queries about the Moo MiniCard holders I designed a few years ago. I don’t sell them but I have made the template freely available for anyone who wants to make their own¬†(click here for that¬†and more information). I’ve now taken the original design and adapted it to form a camera-shaped box large enough to fit a memory stick. It’s a fun and personable way for me to deliver work to¬†ShootCake clients.

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