I am pretty excited to reveal what I’ve been working on the last two months but there are just one or two details to finalise… I’ve been clocking 15 hour days (and weekends – sorry kids) to create our new website so I haven’t been as present as I would like here. Mea culpa!
What I can divulge is that I am working with a really wonderful and gifted collaborator and starting May 2015 and after many requests we will be offering intimate gatherings and retreats in Provence.
We have created an itinerary of activities including:
- Guiding you through our favourite French flea markets;
- Visits to our favourite artists ateliers including potters, textile artists, weavers, painters, photographers, printmakers and collectors;
- Access to exclusive antique textile & brocante sales;
- Beautifully styled and thoughtful gatherings including a luxury picnic, a secret (surprise) dinner event, a farm to table dining experience and a chic cocktail dinatoire under the stars.
….and plenty of time in between to become inspired anew & connect—with others, yourself, and the world around you.
If this sounds like something you would like to know more about then you can sign up for news on our website.
P.S. we are pulling together some wonderful cadeaux for our subscribers including giveaways, downloadables and private brocante sales.
The French Muse, launches March 2015 www.thefrenchmuse.com
Porcelain. It seems my inspiration this week echoes the pureness of the landscape around me, everything blanketed in snow, clean, blinding, beautiful.
First up, this video of Sergei Polunin’s improvised dance to “Take Me To Church” by Hozier (directed by David LaChapelle) just blew me away, it is incredibly beautiful – wow!
I also loved the beautiful floral detailing on the Alexander McQueen SS15 collection, the collection borrowed from the attire of geishas and samurai warriors, obviously reinvented in a typical McQueen way to allow traditions and history to mix and combine with sensual, erotic and disturbing moods pointing towards the horror in beauty/beauty in horror dichotomy.
The McQueen team also drew on inspiration from Victorian Floral Still Life for the Alexander McQueen Pre-SS15 Menswear
I read so much about Weiwei’s Alcatraz exhibition, there was so much beauty in this exhibition but I found these images of his ‘blossom’ series the most moving.
Ai Weiwei’s used porcelain in his “Blossom” pieces which he displayed in the hospital ward of Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s Alcatraz Island. Weiwei placed these beautiful and delicate porcelain blossoms in the sinks, toilet and bathtubs inside each cell.
“The misconception of totalitarianism is that freedom can be imprisoned. This is not the case. When you constrain freedom, freedom will take flight and land on a windowsill.”
— Ai Weiwei
So it snowed overnight….30cm of snow. Of course we were totally unprepared, the car was parked behind the house as far away as possible from the main road, the fridge is empty (thankfully we have a larder full of pasta and canned tomatoes!).
I captured this moment when my two little ones woke up to discover the magical scene outside, still bleary eyed and in their pyjamas.
This is a door on one of my favourite streets in Lacoste.
(L) In the distance the Mont Ventoux is covered in snow, creating a wonderful pink ombre skyline.
When everything is in black & white it makes the beautiful symmetry in the cherry orchards and vineyards more apparent, sculptures created by the paysans of Lacoste.
This street is simply beautiful, in the snow and in the heat of summer
I lose my heart to this little secret garden every time I pass
Across the valley, the white of the snowy rooftops only serves to highlight the village scape
Our village ‘Temple’ looks majestic surrounded by the snow backdrop
Ama means literally “women of the sea” or “people of the sea.”
I just adore these beautiful, strong, women.
I discovered this series from photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki (born in 1904 in Onjuku in eastern Japan) he documented a 2000 year old tradition that has sadly disappeared since the 1960s, the female Ama divers of the Iwawada coast (from villages (Kohaduki, Oohaduki, Futamata, Konado, Tajiri, Koura and Nagahama). The women would dive three times a day, and Yoshiuki has so beautifully captured their daily rituals, the dives, the eating to fuel their physically draining work and the communal aspect of warming themselves by the fire.
These women would earn enormous salaries ” often making more a few week season than the men of the village made in a year”, as the work required “long, cold dives, up to four minutes of hard underwater work on a single lungful of air.”
I find these images hynotic and seductive. These women are powerful, they are a tribe, they are more than capable, they are free.
Strength, friendship, community and happiness.
An Ama collapses with tiredness still smiles after a days hard work
You can view more of this wonderful series here