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Jeni Halliday

Jeni Halliday developed a love for colours, textures, fabrics, feathers and especially sequins at a very young age. After training as a Home Economics teacher, a working holiday in London introduced her to stage and movie costumes, which allowed her to indulge her passion for over two decades. She later joined THREADS & CRAFTS magazine where she worked for several years as assistant editor. Jeni is currently involved in skills development and writes for several lifestyle magazines.

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Jay Heale

Jay Heale grew up in Somerset, England, and was educated at Bradfield College and Brasenose College, Oxford, where he obtained a Master of Arts degree. He was a primary school teacher in England and South Africa.

During his life, Jay has been an author, editor, publisher, bookseller, school librarian, actor, barman, journalist, reviewer, furniture salesman, traveller, wine writer, broadcaster, film director and storyteller in the circus ring. He was a founder member of the South African Children’s Book Forum (SACBF) which is now IBBY SA. Jay has attended many IBBY Congresses, being a speaker at several. For eight years he served on the Jury of IBBY’s Hans Christian Andersen Award, first as a jury member and then as president of that jury. He was the organiser of the 2004 IBBY Congress in Cape Town. Jay is the author of many books for children and about children’s literature.

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Jacqui Holmes

Although Jacqui Holmes has a BCom Law degree and comes from a corporate environment, she has always enjoyed art and crafts. Passionate about glass and inspired by the magnificent stained glass pieces in friend and co-author Gail Brown’s home, Jacqui embraced this art medium once Gail taught her the basics.

They decided to join forces and opened Classy Glass Art, a stained-glass studio on Jacqui’s property. Now Jacqui could do something she loved and have enough time to spend at home with her young son. She reached the finals of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa’s Regional Business Achiever Awards for 2012 in the emerging entrepreneur category.

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Melanie Hurlston

Melanie Hurlston is a pattern designer based in Melbourne, Australia. Melly’s adventures in sewing began six years ago when she discovered, as an at-home mother, that she still had the desire to be creative and productive.

Her passion for sewing quickly grew after her sister, Rosalie Quinlan, encouraged her to give it a try, and only 12 months after starting to sew she began designing under the pattern label Melly & Me. Melly’s goal was to develop a range of contemporary sewing patterns that included bright and quirky toys, wearable purses and lively, modern quilts. Her aim is to design items that are original, fun and achievable in a day, as well as being completely usable in everyday life. In 2010 Melly launched a second design label, Sew Little, which includes patterns that are aimed at the baby market. The same year also saw Melly launch her first two fabric collections – ‘Little Menagerie’ for Windham Fabrics and ‘Where the Wind Blows’ for Creative Abundance. Melly draws her inspiration from her two young children, childhood memories and her love of colour.

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