Photo by Rodney DeVries

Sydney Blackmore attacks with great violins.

Music Craft
With the Canadian Folk Music Awards rolling into town this year for the first time ever, the city will soon be ringing with the sounds of fiddle, guitar, and voice. The Craft Council’s Fine Craft and Design Fair is also getting in on the action.

“We’re having a musical theme this year, with live music every day, and a traditional session on Saturday night—Nov 22—that people can play and join in,” says Craft Council Marketing Project Coordinator Caroline Clarke.

Some noteworthy demonstrations include a violin-making session by Rodney DeVries, Don Taylor’s guitar-making tutorial and the ‘Art of Accordion-Making’ demonstration by O’Brien’s Music Store.
As well, there will be 16 new booths at the fair this year.

“Brent Smith is the chocolate maker with the NL Chocolate Company and he’s going to be showing people how to make chocolates on Saturday—so yummy!” says Clarke.

“Also, our lovely clay studio technician, Heather Stone, will be offering a booth… And Jacqueline Terri Humphries of Angles N’ Edges does hand-dyed cotton and fabric jewelry and that’ll be interesting to see,” Clarke says.

The Fair takes place at the St. John’s Convention Centre, November 20-23. For more information and a detailed schedule of craft exhibitors, go to

Still in orbit
The planet is moving, and some T-shirts are going with it.

Half of the Living Planet boutique on Duckworth has been relocated to the old Trapnell’s Jewelry spot on Water.

Owner Dave Hopely, explains: “We took the second floor of clothing from Living Planet, the ‘What’s upstairs’ line, and moved it to Water Street. We’re leaving the main floor [on 116 Duckworth] as it is until after Christmas, and then we’ll be moving those shirts down to Water Street as well.”

A new line of products will be available at the store’s new address, he says.

“There’s a bigger space down there and it’s higher profile, so we’ve moved some products over from Johnny Ruth as well. There’s jeans by brands like Fidelity Denim, iT Jeans and Levi’s, unprinted American Apparel Shirts and gift items by The New Internationalist and The Syracuse Cultural Workers.”

The Living Planet stores on 197 Water and on 116 Duckworth, with holiday hours soon being extended.

Shear talent
After 16 years in the hair and beauty salon business, Marjorie Clarke decided to try her hand at competition a couple of years ago.

And the results were someting else.

She cleaned up at this year’s Contessa Awards in Toronto winning the spiffy title of Canadian Hairstylist of the Year, as well as two other awards.

“When you stop thinking about competing and you start thinking about creating, that’s when all the wonderful things start happening to you,” she tells me.

Clarke has been designing hair for New York Fashion Week since 2004, working on collections for Zac Posen, L.A.M.B. and Jill Stuart.

“Designers, stylists and make-up artists work as a team and do up a story board to use for all the models,” she says. “I think the key is keeping a cool head and to stay calm.”

Marjorie hopes that hairstylists in the province consider following a path similar to her own. “I believe that we all have great human potential,” she says.

If you browse through her personal collections on, you’ll get a peek into Marjorie’s imagination. Marjorie currently works part-time out of her own salon, Hair Force, 29 Commonwealth Road in Mount Pearl,

A holistic new world
Opening soon is The Women’s Holistic Health Store at 20 Cathedral Street. Michelle Murray is the Centre’s owner and sole holistic practitioner. She says holistic health care has a number of benefits.

“There’s generally less side effects and there’s less overall cost on the health care system. [It’s] to keep yourself in-balance and for stress relief. No referrals are needed,” she says.

The Centre will be holding an Open House on Monday, Dec 1, 7-9PM at the store. This event is an opportunity for interested persons to check out the centre, meet Michelle and learn about services offered. For more information on the Centre, call 738-0099.

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