The Hon. Diana Laidlaw AM ~ Mastering Mosaics

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The Hon. Diana Laidlaw AM ~ Photo by Jennie Groom © 2015

Diana Laidlaw says she grew up in a family with strong, progressive and political views, an influence for Diana choosing to work in politics.

She started by assisting Federal and State ministers for 7 years before she was elected as a Liberal Party member of the Legislative Council to the Parliament of South Australia in 1982.

When her party won Government in 1993, Diana entered Cabinet and  proceeded to be the first woman to hold 3 consecutive portfolios over 3 consecutive terms (and 3 Premiers) as Minister for Transport and Urban Planning, Arts and Status of Women.

Diana was Minister for the Status of Women in 1994 during the year of centenary celebrations for Women’s Suffrage in South Australia and helped launch a time capsule stored in a vault in Parliament House for women to open in another hundred years.  It will be interesting to see what has changed then!

Representing the Arts as Minister must have ignited Diana’s passion for starting her own artwork with mosaics during this time.  Since her 21 year political career finished Diana’s mosaics are really taking off and are highly sort after.  Pictured here with her popular mosaic poles which she has exhibited widely throughout South Australia.  Loving her artistic life now, Diana works on her mosaics as much as possible from a farm studio in the Barossa Valley.

On a personal level it was fabulous to have Diana Laidlaw launch my first exhibition ‘women@work’ in 2000 as she represented women and the arts!

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Taryn Brumfit ~ Entirely Embraced

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Photo By Jennie Groom © 2016

I thought on the last Wednesday of the year we would revisit one of this year’s most influential woman with the bonus being its her birthday today!  Plus, it’s nice to have a bit of holiday poetry!

Reintroducing Taryn Brumfitt…….
Women around the world take comfort
From the epiphany presented to Taryn Brumfitt

Finding her post baby body hard to face
Taryn resolved it to be a surgery case
She booked in for a tummy tuck
Then, the epiphany struck….
“How can I teach my daughter to love her body
When it’s mine, I need to embody?”

A Body Image Movement started
Her previous life departed
A before and after photo went viral
The movement caught in a spiral
A book launch
A happy body stood staunch

A documentary to be made
Women embracing their bodies portrayed
Well, get ready to stare
At the films premiere
Be proud of your body, dress up in lace
Taryn’s film is called ‘Embrace’
https://bodyimagemovement.com/embrace-the-documentary/

Helen Skidzevicius ~ Mrs Claus

Hello, long time no see! 

I would just like to say to all the Wednesday’s Woman followers and supporters, thanks for your fantastic feedback and encouragement throughout the year even though there has been a drop off in the last half of the year!

The drop off occurred for a couple of reasons, mainly I have been lucky enough to teach photography on Wednesdays at Uni SA since July and with teaching comes learning and I’ve discovered, I love teaching!!  I’ve also done some private teaching sessions and mentoring this year as well.

“Let us be up and doing” exhibition has been on the road travelling too, we went to Renmark, Quorn and Mt Gambier country shows and enjoyed some great feedback.

Please accept my apologies for the irregular blogs and know there are so many new women to feature in the future.

If anyone has any suggestions of people, companies, business etc that would like to sponsor the Wednesday’s Woman blog through selected advertising then please let me know.  It will help to keep the page more regular (eg. I would be made accountable!!).

Meanwhile, please enjoy your Christmas and New Year with some inspiration from Mrs Claus…

Jennie

xx

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Photography by Jennie Groom © 2016

Helen Skidzevicius loves Christmas!  Her partner and her dress up every year, decorate the house, the car and spread the magic of Christmas around their community.

Helen is also known as The Pudd’n Lady because she hand makes chocolate Christmas puddings with liquor, cherries and the recent addition of her secret spiced gingerbread flavoured puddings.

With one child living away from Australia and no grandchildren, Helen buys gifts for people in need and donates them to the wishing tree.

Helen has a lot going on in her life; full time carer for her partner, scorer for softball on Saturdays, sewing, painting and all things craft plus the Christmas puddings!  She will be thankful for a quite one on Christmas Day and will be enjoying a traditional lunch, time with her partner and sparkling wine!

The Hon. Margaret Nyland AM ~ Lady of Law

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016

 

not from the highland

but born and bred in Adelaide

….this is Margaret Nyland.

 

fondly known as ‘Judge

by her colleagues

she put at ease

the nick name stuck and won’t budge

she refers to them happily

as her family.

 

After 19 years as a Judge for the SA Supreme Court

retirement was sought…

 

but alas, a retirement disorder

a high responsibility was in order

for this law practitioner

to be the royal commissioner

into the child protection system

that had too many errors to list them.

 

after a two year process,

the 850 page report went to press

the report hit a raw nerve

with the content and title

….’the life they deserve

 

 

Paula Nagel AM ~ Elegance in Education

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016

If Paula Nagel looks or sounds familiar to you, it’s because she has been deeply involved with journalism and eduction in Adelaide as well as interstate for many years.  Her first public exposure was on ABC Television’s current affairs program “This Day Tonight” as the first female reporter in 1967.

Paula stayed with the ABC for 21 years fulfilling a number of different roles, in particular producing education and arts programs.  Every so often you can hear her on Adelaide ABC radio with Peter Goers.

Life after the ABC saw her being head-hunted for many executive roles and Boards. Ironically for a time she had her own headhunting company, NBC Resources specialising in and Board appointments.  Paula has been involved with more than 15 Boards and Committees and is still active with many including the University of South Australia and recently became the first non-Muslim, on the Board of the Islamic College of South Australia.

I first met Paula in 2004 when she was Chairman of Eduction Adelaide and thus started a long tradition of my photographing this elegant silver haired lady who stands out from across the room at many and varied events, including when she was awarded the “Woman of Distinction in Education” in 2006 at the Asia Pacific Business Women’s Council.  This is my all time favourite photograph here of Paula Nagel!

Now, in her later years, Paula is embarking on a new education in elegance and make-up aimed at 60+ women, stay tuned for further developments!

Women Leaders – Talking the Talk

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016                            L-R Rebekha Sharkie, Nick Xenophon Team, Kerrynne Liddle, Liberal Party of Australia, Hon. Kate Ellis MP, Australian Labor Party and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Australian Greens

Last night I attended the 2016 Election Q+A hosted by Women in Media at the Advertiser and listen to the above women speak on politics and being a woman in politics. You may know that this topic is close to my heart and my recent work so I just had to feature them as today’s Wednesday’s Women.

The panel of women was diverse with two women running for the Senate and two for the House of Representatives and across the two major and the two (major) minor parties.

My recent exhibition “let us be up and doing” showcased women from South Australia who are former politicians but had achieved a major milestone, like first or longest. Last nights panel, if all elected, would still be ground breaking; Rebekha Sharkie would be the first woman to win the seat of Mayo; Kerrynne Liddle would be the first Aboriginal woman from South Australia to enter the Senate; Kate Ellis will continue as an MP, her 13th year and Sarah Hanson-Young will continue on as a Senator, her 9th year.

I chose last night as a good night to start my petition, “A Plead to Lead by example, Respect from the top down. Politicians quit bully behaviour.” In the footsteps of Mary Lee who travelled the colony (SA) in 1894 gaining 11,600 signatures for her petition to give women the right to vote, I plan to do the same with the above petition as I travel my exhibition around SA in the coming months. I was very pleased our leaders last night started off the handwritten petition with many of the media women signing on too. If you would like to sign the petition which will be presented to State and Federal Parliament, you can either catch me on the road or sign the digital petition here….

 
I wish all the women all the best in the election, be up and doing!

Natasha Howell ~ Ms Milky

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© Jennie Groom 2016

This is Natasha Howell, she’s a milk-lady!

I had just finished photographing a building in Stirling last week when I saw Natasha delivering milk into the cafe I was in. “Yay” I thought “a woman doing a job I had only ever seen men doing”.  I watched her and the staff in the cafe have a friendly chat, like I imagine they would every morning.  I then seized the moment and asked to photograph her to show women around the world the variety of work choices they may not have considered.

Natasha started working in the Milk industry 14 years ago with her partner at the time but she was mainly in an administration capacity.  They were contracted to Lion Nathan delivering all things dairy and juice into an array of businesses in the Adelaide Hills area.
Over the past 6 years things have altered, the partner has moved on and Natasha has fought to keep going on her own.  Now days she packs, drives the truck and delivers herself with the help of two young lads.

When asked by her friends why she didn’t just sell the contract on, she says “I can’t really think of a good reason to give it up, I’m certainly not sick of it yet”.  In fact, she quite enjoys the physical challenge and she appreciates the friendly contact with all of the different shop keepers.  She is the first to say she doesn’t have the muscle mass of a man but she works very hard and gets her job done, enjoys it and brings smiles to the faces of the Hills folk.

Taryn Brumfitt – Entirely Embraced

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Photo By Jennie Groom © 2016
Women around the world take comfort
From the epiphany presented to Taryn Brumfitt
Finding her post baby body hard to face
Taryn resolved it to be a  surgery case
She booked in for a tummy tuck
Then, the epiphany struck….
“How can I teach my daughter to love her body
When it’s mine, I need to embody?”
A Body Image Movement started
Her previous life departed
A before and after photo went viral
The movement caught in a spiral
A book launch
A happy body stood staunch
A documentary to be made
Women embracing their bodies portrayed
Well, get ready to stare
At the films premiere
Be proud of your body, dress up in lace
Taryn’s film is called ‘Embrace’

‘Embrace’ premiering at Sydney Film Festival on June the 12th, in Cinemas from August

Daniella Metti – Ms Manufacturing

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Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016

If you are from Adelaide and are of a certain vintage, you may remember the kiddy ride-on ducks usually out the front of  supermarkets.  In the background of this photo you can see the moulding for one of the ducks, made by the late Luciano Metti from his business, Loumet (‘Lou’ being his first name and ‘met’ from his last name).  He originally started ‘The House Of Metti’ is 1963, mainly manufacturing dolls.

Jump forward to now and his daughter Daniella Metti is running the family business now manufacturing toy balls, and a range of fitness products here in Adelaide.

After her parents separated, Daniella and her twin sister were brought up by their father which meant they spent a lot of time at the office, often helping with labelling of orders and other little tasks. Daniella fondly remembers going to the Toy Fairs from a young age and seeing the latest toys before all her school mates.  Luciano was a dedicated father and hoping to groom his daughters into working at the business once they had finished high school.  Instead, Daniella decided to study International Business at Flinders University which gave her a good grounding to eventually run the business when she returned to Adelaide in 2002 after working in Sydney for a few years.

Daniella’s business philosophy is to diversify and keep products fresh with the highest of quality, this keeps her manufacturing business running in a tough market.  Loumet is the only ball manufacturer in Australia.

http://www.loumet.com/index.html

Win a T-shirt!

No featured woman today, just some shameless publicity for the “let us be up and doing” exhibition!

 

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Hello….this is me modelling (different!) the fabulous t-shirt.

The T-shirt you could WIN!!
A black v-neck t-shirt with the ‘let us be up and doing’ logo.

To win, take a photo of the exhibition at Parliament House, Adelaide between now and the 20th of March and upload onto one of the below social media sites with the hashtag #LetUsBeUpAndDoing

Facebook
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Twitter
@BeUpAndDoing

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T-shirts are also available for purchase at $25.00 plus $5.00 postage
(or free pick up in the city).  Email- jennie@portraitsofaustralians.com.au