Sitting there in the soft gloom of the grand, crumbling auditorium, I was filled with a magical hum of excitement. It felt like we were all part of a little rebel army, intent on shining light into darkness….
Ethereal, delicate, raw, exquisite, dream-like, gossamer...
...some of the words that come to mind when I think of the internationally renowned fashion designer Abe Hamilton's work.
Last weekend, I was thrilled to spend a bit of time with Abe himself, who happens to be a friend of a friend.
He brought along a chic black portfolio, stuffed to the gills with photographs, press clippings and magazine shoots for me to have a look through.
'It all started with some pressed daisies that I had collected in Spain,' said Abe, 'and the inspiration just flowed from there.'
It was a such a beautiful treat to wade through the portfolio and immerse myself in this gorgeous world of magical elegance.
And it seems that fashion isn't Abe's only passion – as you can see from the amazing cake that he baked for us!
Jim Carrey came up in conversation today.
Zany, goofy, keerrrayyzeee.... and spiritual?
He is, in my opinion, an artist who has struck gold when it comes to discovering the magic of wisdom.
Here's five minutes of Jim Carrey-style inspiration for you:
I've been struggling with a bit of artist's block lately.
It's always a little disconcerting when this happens.
You just have to exhale and act cool, and hope that your creative muse will think you're not too bothered. It's an exercise in trust, really – most artists will have found themselves dealing with this many times.
You just have to develop the faith that sooner or later, you will be moved back to your easel, your computer, or whatever your tool of choice happens to be.
There is a general sense that this is a 'dead' time of year, when business is slow, people are languishing in post holiday blues and the 'feel good factor' is in short supply.
But over the weekend, I happened to notice that there is evidence to the contrary.
Flowers, new shoots, and vibrant berries are parading themselves on the trees – defiant and victorious over wintery challenges. I thought, wow - they are so courageous.
And so, I came home and got out my paints and brushes.
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