The Toucan Feather is work of Nicholas Stafford-Deitsch. USA born, brought up in UK, best ever boxer of Oxford University that worked in merchant banking, venture capital, mail-order and has also been a political advisor and consultant. As the story of lost innocence unfolds, the reader gets to know the meaning of ‘tocamu’ a symbol for those concerned about the future of mankind.
‘The premise is that we should strive to improve our wellbeing – not just because there’s a relationship between wellbeing and happiness but also because people with good wellbeing tend to think and act differently. Importantly, as more people improve their wellbeing, you’ll see beneficial social, economic and political consequences.a difference.’
I find Nicks’ work very impressive. Not only he introduced new philosophy and put it into an allegorical story, but being unimpressed by work of professionals, he also decided to illustrate the book himself! He says it’s seemed like a very bad decision to begin with as ‘the first attempts were absolutely pathetic [..] but I kept going because something in my head told me to do so.’ I’m really glad he did! I think the result is astonishing!
Hope you like it!
and the trailer of the book for you!
Hello everyone! just wanted to share with you yet another photo project that left me in an awe! I think the project is best described by artists statement:
“Ruins are the visible symbols and landmarks of our societies and their changes, small pieces of history in suspension.
The state of ruin is essentially a temporary situation that happens at some point, the volatile result of change of era and the fall of empires. This fragility, the time elapsed but even so running fast, lead us to watch them one very last time: being dismayed, or admire, making us wondering about the permanence of things.
Photography appeared to us as a modest way to keep a little bit of this ephemeral state.”
Below is the selection of my favourite photos, you can see the entire collection and read more about the project here
One of the things I love about London is that when you set of not entirely knowing what you want to see, you are sure to come across something interesting and new.
My evening weekend walk randomly ended up at Tate Modern and completely surprised me with Art In Action that is on until the end of October. You can lay down on the floor with a cushion under your head to watch colourful visuals. Play with animations on iPads in the rhythm of electro, or just have a pic of different artists and photographers using the space for their projects. Very relaxing and a bit surreal experience. Have a look when you are in the area!
It hasn’t been two weeks since the Closing Ceremony of London 2012 and its merchandise hasn’t gone yet on 70% off sale, when I decided to go and see for myself the Casa Brasil exhibition held in the Somerset House… First impressions were rather modest as it can be a bit boring seeing a million pictures of the beaches followed by a million photos of the rainforest, but then the part dedicated to Brazilian contemporary art has swept me from my cute little feet. Couple pieces could easily be bought by Tate Modern straight away and added to their permanent collection. The final part of the exhibition is dedicated to the Olympic Games themselves… And once again I’m impressed by how much effort has been already put to make them work fine. A great care has been given to the local natural environment, which is a positive change in comparison to years of deforestation and living day by day. Anyway, I feel that this exhibition can be an introduction to this country and awake our interest in the host of the next best-show-the-world-has-ever-seen
Happy Tuesday, everyone! today I wanted to share with you one my favourite ways to spend holidays! Well, it’s pretty simple: you gather people who draw, paint, take pictures, or do any other arts and crafts, and you go together in the middle of nowhere
This year’s destination: Polish Kaszuby and one of my teachers lovely country house – full of her ex-students art works, and quirky little gadgets. All in peaceful surroundings of picturesque landscape rich in regional peculiarities. Just have a look – pictures tell it all
Hope you like it! What is your favourite way to spend holidays?
Maybe the times of big balls are gone and now we tend to have more relaxed parties, but still evening wear is a symbol of glamour in our lives… The current fashion exhibition at the V&A takes you back to the times when a ball was the centrepiece of everyone’s social calendar… On the ground floor you’ll find a glorious selection of early designs as well as accessories, which make the dress truly complete… Make sure to have a look at the stunning ‘Elvis’ dress by Catherine Walker designed for Princess Diana… On the upper floor you’ll find more recent creations… You may have seen many of them on the red carpet, which is the ‘ball’ of our times… A place where everlasting glamour is at its finest… well, most of the time
So now you have one more thing to add to your Great British Summer calendar…
Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950, V&A, open until January 3rd, 2013
For more information: www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/ballgowns/
Being in the constant state of decorating my flat I came across these cute lights; Matt Pugh, a British furniture and accessories designer, who is as much into natural, lovely ingredients as we, here at Freddie & Cinnamon is their author. Each of his pieces is of very high quality and meant to last a lifetime; and just look at them – designer, cool and most of all funny and cute!