Open Studio 2016 – Seeds of Joy

Remember, remember the 5th of November/2016: funpower, laughter and joy! And My Open Studio’2016! The Open Studio is mainly a celebration of life and friends, coming together to share our creativity with tea and cake.  For me, the Open Studio … Continue reading

Our Garden of Everyday No. 12: Mistletoe

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December is here… when this year has gone?  This is the black friday/cyber monday weekend and the shops are all decorated with Christmas. Around us, plants are a getting to sleep and the trees are revealing their branches and beautiful silhouettes.  Amongst the branches green globes are suspended with the magic of the mistletoe.  Indeed, this is one of those plants associated to a number of myths and legends that were appropriated by Christian celebrations. In Greek mythology the viscum album is believed to be “The Golden Bough” referring to the adventures of the Trojan hero Aeneas after the Trojan War. One of Aeneas quests concerns his journey to Hades, but he is advised by Deiphobe to get the bough of gold and give it to Prosperina, the queen of Pluto, king of the underworld.  Mistletoe is commonly used as a Christmas decoration in North America and England specially in Candlemas. It may remain hanging throughout the year, often to preserve the house from lightning or fire, until it is replaced the following Christmas Eve. According to an old Christmas custom, a man and a woman who meet under a hanging of mistletoe were obliged to kiss. The custom may be of Scandinavian origin but it is a good excuse for some merry during this time of the year.

MEANING: MERRY CHRISTMAS AND LOVE

Our Garden of Everyday No. 11: Cornflower for remembrance

In these days the world is remembering the tragic events of the First World War of 1914. In the United Kingdom, these days are remembered by the ubiquity of the “red poppy”, now represented as a public spectacle.  The beautiful … Continue reading

Art and Sustainability: Quid Pro Quo- Negotiating Futures (Cambridge Sustainability Residency)

I believe in the transformative power of art and this power can be expressed in many ways. The Cambridge Sustainability Residency is one of this avant garde examples of collaboration between artists from all over the world and sustainability champions. … Continue reading