Hockney`s Perspectives

Hockney`s Perspectives

Me in the Tate Britain – not being aware that it´s not allowed to take photographs.

So I apologize. But let me share here the brilliant and beautiful works of the great David Hockney!

Being one of the most popular artists of our time this exhibiton shows the most inspiring art of 60 years of his work. What makes him so special for me is his approach of playfulness – his exploration of how do we see the world and how can our world of time and space be captured in two dimensions?

So: explore his works and enjoy!

The David Hockney exhibition in the Tate Britain will last till 29th of May 2017!

 

Here are some of Hockney´s amazing polaroid works – he made altogether 140 to explore different perspectives! The third one shows Billy Wilder and his wife!

A Life of Creativity

A Life of Creativity

Sometimes in life you just follow your intuition.

You just see something and know, you have to go there, or you have to do it. And you can´t explain why, it just feels right and important.

That´s what happened to me, when I saw the textile works and carpets of the renown british artist John Allen. I fell in love with his use of colours, his way of seeing things and expressing it.

 

 

 

So I spontaneously contacted him and found out about the art teachings he was giving. And when I joined his classes in London, he also turned out to be an extraordinary teacher. He has a very open mind, always ready to reconsider his own opinion.

I´m very proud to show you some pictures of my visit at his lovely victorian house in London, where everything breathes pattern and textures. Every inch is packed with beautiful and exquisit pieces of 20th century art. John created a very tasteful, colourful and joyful home, where you can wander around and discover extraordinary paintings on the walls and dozens of vases and wooden sculptures.

 

In a whole, the story of his life is so colourful as his home. He designed fabrics for Dior and Balenciaga, he set up the knitting school in the Royal College of Art, he designed for LOEWE and JW Anderson and much much more. In our interview he talks about his creative life and reveals interesting insights about the fashion industry. He also shares some precious advice for what it takes to be successful and follow through not only as an artist.

Find out more about him at http://www.john-allen-london.co.uk/

Please scroll down for the interview!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flying Fearless

Flying Fearless

She is sweet and sexy and maybe you wouldn´t instantly be aware of her super powers. But this girl really rocks! Marie Le Febvre is going after her dreams – and she shows no signs of hesitation or fear. She is one of the 70 persons in the world, who is qualified to be a parfumeur and belongs to the group of „Fine Fragrancy“: Parfumeurs, who only create perfums.

 

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Two years ago Marie decided to move from Paris to Berlin with her husband and little son. Here she fulfilled her dream of opening her  own perfume laboratory and launched the fragrance brand “Urban Scents”.

 

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Marie

 

As you can see in her Urban Scents logo, Maries hobby is flying an aeroplane (!) and her attitude towards life is characterized by curiosity and being positive. When she found out about her family´s history – her grandparents helped american soldiers in World War II – she decided to write a book about it. Risking and resistance is a true and inspiring story and very worthwhile to read, as it invites all of us to explore our past and connect with it.

 

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Maries journey into her family’s past influences also her current work as she sources ingredients that help provide income for people impacted by economic and political unrest. She’s developing a fragrance named “Utopia,” a scent that blends materials from around the world, including elements from countries at odds with one another. This fragrance is her personal expression of peace.

And this family of Marie has a lot more going on: her husband Alexander Urban is a lover of art and exhibits in his gallery Cavuspace. Just recently he realized a new amazing project:  the opening of the Habibi Interiors. An amazing space in the middle of Berlin where you can find the most delicate mosaic tiles from marocco – and enjoy the spa area to relax or rent out for a private event.

 

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You´ll find Habibi Interiors in the Eisenacherstr. 58, Berlin Schöneberg. Right next to it is the „Urban Scents“ shop of Marie and the Cavuspace gallery of Alexander Urban.

Here are the links:

cavuspace.com

urbanscents.de

habibi-interiors.com

Take a look behind reality

Take a look behind reality

Originally I just wanted send out some dear Christmas wishes to you – but then.

Seeing the terror and agonize in Syria, Aleppo, and elsewhere and the same terror and fear right before our eyes in Berlin. And all that terror creating more hate and anger wherever you look…

 

It leaves me speechless.

I feel a deep compassion and sorrow for all this terrible pain and suffering.

But I also feel like waking up from a nightmare, looking around and slowly starting to realize what madness is happening around us!

 

In the wake of terror there is always shock. That moment of wakefulness, where we are extremely alert, very present and aware.

 

It is this kind of present awareness which enables us to see things as they truly are. And I believe it´s important to get that very clear and focused look towards the things happening around us.

 

It helps us to act with wisdom and out of a deeper knowing, and so not to fuel the omnipresent mad and destructive thinking.

 

If you feel like wanting to open your eyes even more and look behind the scenes of our collective reality I deeply recommend this new documentary „Hypernormalisation“ by british filmmaker Adam Curtis.

 

Here is the link to You Tube – if you´re in Britain you´ll be able to watch it on the BBC Iplayer.

 

 

I deeply believe that we can change this world for the better.

To do this we need visions and ideas and I hope that next year there will open up some room and space for this.

 

 

In the chinese horoscope it will be the year of the fire rooster. Being a sign of dawn and new beginnings, it hopefully raises further awareness to a deeper truth beyond material matters. Where we can connect with each other without resentments to create a sane world for all of us.

 

Much love to you!

 

Gabi

Spirit Animals

Spirit Animals

As you know, I believe that all our lifes are connected with one another.

One great way of experiencing this is through inspiration.

 

In general, I think there are a lot of things out there, which we lost our connection with.

 

Two years ago, at this time of the year, my father was very ill. I realized during that time, that I was seeing owls. Everywhere. On the internet. While I was shopping. When I drove through town. On bags, clothes or in magazines.

It felt odd and uncanny and some day I started to google the meaning of owls. That´s how I learned about spirit animals, that they want to guide you and might give you an insight over a current life situation.

 

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„Eveil de la nuit“ 64 x 76 cm, I bought this grand tapisserie picture in Paris, handembroidered in the 1960s

 

So the owl points to clarity and indeed, during that time, I felt very clear and aware of all the things happening around me. In many traditions the meaning of owls is to be the announcer of death, but also in a symbolic way like a huge transition or change in life.

 

My father died some weeks later quietly and peacefully and I stopped seeing the owls.

Since then I am much more aware about recurring animals in my life – and I appreciate them now as a useful signpost. They sometimes help me to reassure my feelings or give me insights about something I have to deal with.

 

As always, it´s our very own choice to make use of such guidance or not. But if you happen to have some own experiences with spirit animals, please share – I´d love to hear about it!

So long, I wish you a very peaceful and happy christmas time!

Gabi