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Creativity is fuelled by curiosity

Many things have been said and many more things are going to be said about Karl Lagerfield now he is dead, I don’t think you need me to state the obvious.

I just wanted to pay homage to an incredibly creative person and reiterate that creativity, as I stated many times before, is fuelled by curiosity.

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Lucas Lamenha’s art

I have been following Lucas Lamenha for a while now.

I love his art and the fantastic worlds that he manages to fit onto a canvas.

He also includes encouraging messages in his artwork so that his art becomes somehow a manifesto of his world.

I grew up amongst my father’s paintings and Lucas’s abstract, geometrical faces somehow remind me of the mysterious silver figures my father used to paint everywhere, only in a street-art, 2.0, pop version.

Lucas Lamenha is a Brazilian, now living in his home town Maceiò, not too far from Recife.

He has just had his first international exhibition in June and July at the DSArts Viva Gallery in London, in the cool area of Dalston and he will also show his art in New York in September at a collective exhibition called The Growing Culture.

One of my new New Year resolutions (see my past but still valid resolutions here) was to read at least one of the books that  inspire the people who I inspire me so I asked Lucas to recommend a book. He said  “The boy in the striped pyjamas from John Boyne because it shows us that it is possible to have humanity even in an inhuman time in history like this. Also because it shows innocence as one of the most precious things in the world.”

Thank you Lucas, I will definitely follow your advice!

in Interiors

“The Chamber of Curiosity”

Next week is my birthday (again)! 
Last year my lovely Japanese sister in law and my brother in law bought me this amazing book, “The Chamber of Curiosity” by  R.Klanten, S.Borges, S.Ehmann published by Gestalten. I like to pick it up every so often and look at these beautiful interiors. It is a good coffee table book because it shows different approaches to decoration and different spaces by different interior designers. I love books and I don’t think I will ever switch over to a digital ebook because I love bookcases with real books, they are one of my musts in decorating houses. 
(this post is a subtle hint for whoever wants to buy me a present next week 🙂
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in Ispiration

Learning to love you more

 Every time I flick through the book “Learning to love you more”, I can’t stop smiling. First of all, it reminds me of a lovely day with my friend Jackie in London; second it makes me feel like I am getting to know strangers. In 2002 Miranda July* and Harrell Fletcher offered 60 assignments to anyone willing to complete them. From 2002 to 2009 over 10,000 people from all over the world contributed to this project, sending texts, audio files, photos, drawings that were published on a website. “Learning to love you more” is an anthology of these documents, a sometimes moving, sometimes sweet, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes boring look into hundreds of peoples’ intimate lives.
The assigment 63 (“Make an encouraging banner”) has became almost a permanent feature when I decorate kids rooms. 
*her movie “Me and you and everyone we know” is a must-see. 
Miranda July
in Ispiration, People

A book to buy : “Etc.” by Sibella Court

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This book, “Etc.” by Sibella Court, found me while I was looking for another title in a bookshop. I picked it up and unsure what to do with it, bought it. As soon as I arrived home I entered into the magic word of Sibella Court, a world made of beautiful indigo blues, old dusty objects, the beauty of disorder. The layout of the book is amazing, it looks like a handmade collection of words and images. 
My friends and Alex always tell me that I am unable to relax. I am always up to something. What they don’t understand, is that I relax while visiting a new place, writing or learning something new. Television series are not my cup of tea basically. What though I am aware of, is that sometimes we are so busy (or some people so lazy) that we end up living uninspired lives. In this sense Sibella Court‘s book makes you reflect on the magic power of memory and objects and personal places and inspires you to look at things through different eyes. 
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Yayoi Kusama’s “Alice in Wonderland”

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On 28th January,  the Italian edition of “Alice in Wonderland” by Yayoi Kusama will be released, so I have decided to post some images of this dreamy book. We have already spoken about this genial Japanese artist in another post and in particular about her work for Louis Vuitton but she is so motivated to cover the world in dots, that I have no other choice but to dedicate to her another space. Mrs Kusama, an eccentric eighty-three year old (see picture below) has illustrated Lewis Carroll‘s famous tale and she has done it in her unusual and extremely appropriate way. Her art, in fact, is perfect for the story, it’s somehow childish, cheerful but also arcane and obsessive. “My art originates from hallucinations only I can see“, she said once during an interview. My thought being: if what we see in her drawings, sculptures, films, performing art, installations originates from her hallucinations, I would love to be able to see the hallucinations themselves, it would be an experience that would rival any existing drug, I’m sure.
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