as francis bacon said when he was asked if with his paintings he tries to depict shock and horror;
‘… the real horror is out there on the streets’.
studio mood… yungchen lhamo on repeat
i find a circular corner table quite indispensable to create a more dynamic interior in bedrooms and living rooms. one can almost say it’s one of my style signatures - a great platform for expressing a character or a theme in a room without being too intrusive or pretentious. the selection i use for it is generally a reflection of my mood. today… contemporary-classic clutter.
so after reading this piece of culinary history, i thought again about the strange preperation method, the even stranger ritual of consuming it and the ultimate pariah of enjoying it… l’ortolan.
suffering from both escapist tendencies and diabetes it is probably not strange at all that from an early age i was fixated on the extraordinary tales of jules verne and his prolific stories of journey and wonder. by the time i read them, they were more fiction than the science fiction of before but they still contained a quality that could transport a boy like me into a fantastic world beyond. born from curiosity in a time where these types of voyages were hardly possible, these novels were often illustrated with engravings to explain mr verne’s whimsies and the characters’ adventurous predicaments - inventing new machines, animals and entire worlds in an alternative reality that seemed so far fetched yet nearly possible was his gift. the imagery of otherness from those books remain and i look to them in inspiration at times when impossibilities threaten to become reality…
having received their latest sale catalogue, i’ve made my eclectic selection from the next stephan welz & co auction in cape town…i’m kinda getting with the oriental meets memphis look - both have a certain playfulness of shape
the less glamourous sister-of-pavlova. a generous pudding from the privileged sons of Eaton College circa 1930’s. today it has suffered various incarnations but as far as a fool proof answer to dessert goes…who can argue something that is this edible even after it’s been dropped on the floor.
even though having lived with diabetes for 20 years is no laughing matter, i have after a night of over-indulgence suddenly realised how pretty the colours are on the ketone urine test strips. not really pantone and not the healthiest choice probably, but i love the dirty seagreen of the glucose at + faible and the rusty pink of ketones at ++ moyen.
this is probably going to sound a bit martha, but i recently came upon a delightful recipe for odors in the home from a victorian home maintenance guide.
serving or display, trays are invaluable as the anywhere-everywhere decor accessory…
the change of seasons always put things in perspective for me again. we live in such a man-made world, and nature has this way of showing us how feeble our control over our own destiny is. i love feeling foolish in this way. it makes me forget to have a panic attack today.
Since it’s nearly impossible to gauge each individual’s level of sensitivity or stupidity, I’d rather play it safe and classify this site as suitable for adults only. Although that term is still nebulous to me, the responsibility remains that of the viewer.
The identification and definition of creativity are two different things. Challenging conventional interpretations and perspectives expands its validity and effect. I am convinced that collaborations and participation across creative industries allow for discovering a greater realisation of our potential.
I love mixing styles and textures, media and materials. But I believe in respecting personality when it comes to choosing work. There is of course the investment angle which is too boring to discuss here….or anywhere really. It is important to remember that when you live with art, it should be alive to you. That is to say it needs to move you. You need to have an affair with it.
Starting with the roof over your head and the clothes on your back. These are the things we inhabit. Without entering into the fashion vs trend debate. They also shape our sensibilities and the way we present ourselves.
Whether colour or form is your thing. Pattern or plain. What we choose to live with can make our lives easier or more challenging. Consider your commitment and convince yourself.
Since Eden it has been a fascination, inspiration, an indulgence of kings and common gardeners, a joy. No home is complete without it. Whether you go for potted, landscaped or organic, dry or shade, just go for it.
Most of which are filed under S for sentimental. I respect that.
Heirlooms. Bargains. Souvenirs. Gifts. Curiosities. Found Objects. Impulse Buys.
Never hide what’s important or meaningful. Denial is a very ugly word.
Get to know yourself and others. As much as we live in the same world, everyone has their own version of it. Live up to yours, never fear your dreams and ideals lest they remain aspirations forever.