Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2017

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60 Summer 2017 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHILIP M. READ When it rains… The people at 4 Fosters Candles & Gifts in downtown Youngsville, home to a bathtub full of "Fizzy Bath Bombs," Simply Southern T-shirts, and Naked Bee moisturizers, is also something of an artist gallery, or so it would seem looking at the umbrellas hanging from the ceiling. There's one with a 1907 Claude Monet print, a Van Gogh, a Times Square scene, and one with the image of "raining cats and dogs," with a little lightning thrown in for effect. "They sell real well because they're different," said Ronald Foster, who with his wife, Lorri, and children, Jacob and Peyton, make up the "4 Fosters." They're called Australian Aboriginal designs, traced to 50,000 years ago and said to have been revealed by carbon dating of rock and cave paintings. One of the native artists — called simply Nambooka — is perhaps the best known, preferring bold and colorful creations. Another, Layla, is an accomplished artist whose paintings have been acquired by private collectors. One design, gleamed from traditional stories and symbols, is "Wild Bush Flowers," depicting bush seeds, wild flowers, and pods gathered by the Aboriginal women of Central Australia. The fabric can be found stateside at Creative Threads in Wake Forest. "I just love ethnic prints," said proprietor Barbara Buckman. "They are so beautiful." Turns out Buckman, too, has run into a few American travelers destined for a holiday Down Under. "Australia right now seems to be the place people want to be." The threads from Down Under The WF Metro A visitors' guide to items and places of interest

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