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Ragmaw: Designer Megan Jackman balances natural aesthetic with durability

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When Megan Jackman was first developing her handbag company, she was advised to consider a different name brand other than Ragmaw – but luckily she listened to her gut. “Ragmaw is a term used to describe someone, usually a child,  dressed in ragged clothing, not necessarily in a negative way. It’s a Newfoundland term that my grandmother remembers using as a child. I use it as my business name because I just like the word and I like that it  has something to do with ragged fabric pieces because I started off using bits and pieces of recycled fabrics,” said the designer, who originally hails from Central’s Robert’s Arm. Ragmaw is a handcrafted handbag studio company located in St. John’s…

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Laugh Out Lolly: Vicky Mullaley is Hilariously Relatable

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Vicky Mullaley has publicly voiced the inevitable problem with dating apps in St. John’s – she keeps seeing the same 5 to 6 men every time she re-installs the Tinder app. “I’m not judging, they see me just as often as I see them. I don’t want to date any of them but I feel like writing each of them individually and being like ‘alright b’ys, let’s get a conference room down at the Delta, let’s get a whiteboard going and be like what are we doing wrong?” asked the comedian in one of her uploaded video rants. This is a small expert of the huge talent that is Vicky Mullaley – the stand up comedian who sometimes parody’s her…

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Lian Morrison: Shooting from all angles

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Meet Lian Morrison, a cinematographer and filmmaker who was born in Corner Brook but grew up in Paradise. “I think I am a bit of an introvert but at the same time my favorite thing to do is meet new people and. I’ve always been imaginative and independent since I was a kid so that hasn’t changed much.” Outside of work, the director keeps busy. She likes hiking, reading, gardening, baycations, checking out new breweries, traveling, running, scuba diving and spending time with her family, friends and cats.  Her film resume covers a variety of documentaries, including a recent episode of CBC’s Canada’s A Drag featuring St. John’s own queen, Irma Gerd. Morrison also has her own company Tin Bird Productions and has travelled the…

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From Newfoundland to Vietnam: Storyteller Sabrina Pinksen journeys around the world

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Rural Newfoundland and the town of Hanoi, Vietnam are a more alike than one may realize. “Here in Vietnam, families are very integrated within one another. Grandparents live with their children and grandchildren and all the neighbors seem to be related or at least very close.  I think that’s pretty common in Newfoundland culture anyway, but especially so in rural Newfoundland,” said Hanoi resident and Newfoundlander, Sabrina Pinksen. “It was exactly like that growing up at home. I was raised by my aunts and uncles and my parents’ friends as much as I was my own parents. Saturday and Sunday dinners with our extended families happened every weekend. You freely go in and out of people’s homes, and when I…

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Sharing Stories: Feminism Re/Presented

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St. John’s artist Jennifer Snow met photographer Maddie Mills in an unconventional way- after Snow presented for PechaKucha St. John’s in January, Mills approached her. “She came up to me afterwards and said ‘let’s be friends, you seem fun.’ We became pretty fast friends. She is a beam of light- her personality is so infectious because she is genuinely good,” recalls Snow of their initial introduction. “ Later, I noticed on her instagram she had a call for models and I thought me and my partner might want to do it for a laugh and I thought it would be fun. I later mentioned I always wanted to try body painting, and in my mind I pictured painting one person.…

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