sexta-feira, 27 de novembro de 2009
If an image is supposedly worth a thousand words, how about showing what does the abused phrase 'I am always there for you' means?
This is another Christmas gift for my god-daughter: while she is still too young to wear it, it will wait for her hanging on a Christmas tree as an ornament. There's a little girl dressed as a ballerina on the photo, surrounded by 2 shadows. That immediately made me think of being someplace, close enough, without actually being seen. Caring, being protective but (unfortunately) from far away.
And so off I went, to do one of my favorite 'thematic' gifts.
As usual, after having been too sweet & romantic, I start feeling 'guilty', so let me inject a healthy dose of cynicism right away: I have always found it interesting how many proverbs on the same subject totally contradict one another. Take "Absence makes the heart grow fonder' vs. "Out of sight, out of mind" for example. The outcome of one's absence would depend on many factors, personality being one of the most important of them all.
Dear Camille, please know: I am always there for you (invisibly) and once I will reappear from the thin air, I will take you for your first ride on the swings!
The Futurists felt it was their obligation to have a say on every matter possible, from cuisine to female fashion.
sábado, 21 de novembro de 2009
These are 2 'old' examples of a collection I was asked to create for a fashion brand that had to be based on the 'flower power' days & I decided to revisit it now for it exemplifies what I just finished describing: not drinking or 'trippin' in other ways precisely because I want to see, as I say (quoting myself...hmm), 'what kind of crazy ideas I'll have with no external help'.
Basically sleeping less means that I am very excited about something, have tons of ideas that wake me up (that's why I also sleep with a writing pad next to my pillow and at times scribble something down without turning the lights on), and am hiper 24/7.
Funnily enough when people ask me if I do like to drink I say: "No, ...because I don't like to sleep" - at first the connection is hard to grasp but I think it's crystal clear (or is it because I am never drunk?): I like the colorful thought that visit me (when sober!) & once they come I want to spend as much time with them as possible. If I drink, I relax & feel sleepy, so I am much less productive.
Anyways, all this to say that these days I sleep well, yes, but I also spend all of my time awake working on my collections only, so I think it all balances out in the long run.
One thing is sure: the moment I wake up the first thought is always some improvement on the pieces that are in the works...
Mind is a beautiful thing, for it's restless even when at rest!
It is, of course. The design of my pieces, modesty aside, is already quite unique. But my antique collector wannabe side is making the separation with what I hunted down or simply happened upon absolutely impossible.
Since the antique pieces stay in the 'family' (the only other person to whom I can generously give away some pieces is my mother - on the condition that I might borrow it at any time, so as you see it's not a total 100% separation), I like to invent flexible uses for them, so that the same piece could embellish various necklaces, rings or brooches.
Like these 2 antique parrots on the photo above, which paired up nicely with 2 Goya's women (it looks like they're gossiping or plotting).
It is a beautiful piece in itself, the parrots, that is, but these days I can't afford to simply put someone else's piece on & go out like that.
Uniqueness might not be for sale, but incorporating it with something I did makes me sell what I do, so there's always a way around the rules you set for yourself...
quinta-feira, 19 de novembro de 2009
quarta-feira, 18 de novembro de 2009
I have a bijoux collection planned for which I have some pieces 'planned' already and a name that I love: "Pearls may be white but our sense of humor is not".
terça-feira, 17 de novembro de 2009
Still, don't give up. It's the first step that counts and hurts. But we are on your case. Right behind you. Evaluating the first results. Keep going. You are doing just fine and things will get better!
segunda-feira, 16 de novembro de 2009
Which is precisely what I've been doing - today I reversed the order - research first, design second. And look what I found, first thing on a tough Monday morning: Murder, Strangled Woman (Cezanne, in case it's hard to tell) and a Suicide by Manet.
Quite a good start of the week, and to think that the Halloween is over...