Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Amazing

I can get lost on the internet because it is so easy to find incredibly talented creative people, every time you discover one artist or artisan or designer you admire you are likely to end up on a link that will send you to another equally inspiring creative person and so on and so forth till you get wrapped up in it for hours...
This is Gael Towey's very interesting website, look at this video for instance, to find out more about Gabriella Kiss's world and creative process, and that of her husband. I am fascinated by her aesthetic, extremely sophisticated and even soothing, and inspired by nature in a non traditional way, where it is the small and often ignored things that grab her attention, even things that most people might be repulsed by (insects, bones, mushrooms etc.), and that she turns into beautiful and elegant pieces of jewellery.
Take a look for yourself:

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Time and an island...

Time is a luxury. This is a fact I have become increasingly aware of recently and we just came back from a week long vacation in Malta which was a strong reminder of this. It was an amazing vacation, we visited incredible places, got to relax on spectacular beaches, gazed out at sunsets on golden water and red earth, and ate food that I will miss all year from now on, but one week was not enough for Malta. One week meant we were often rushing from one touristy spot to the next trying to squeeze in all there was to see in 5 days, it meant we used those kind of tacky hop on hop off busses to get around just cause it was quicker (even though, truth be told, they did offer great, concise and interesting explanations on the various sites) and it meant that it sometimes felt like we weren't taking the time to take it all in.

Il tempo è un lusso e ultimamente me ne sto rendendo sempre più conto. Siamo appena tornati da una vacanza di una settimana a Malta che mi ha reso ancora più consapevole di questo fatto. La vacanza è stata meravigliosa, abbiamo visitato posti incredibili, ci siamo rilassati su spiagge spettacolari, siamo rimasti incantati di fronte a tramonti sull'acqua dorata e sulla terra rossa e abbiamo mangiato cibo che mi mancherà per un anno, ma una settimana non basta per Malta. Una settimana significa che spesso correvamo da un luogo turistico all'altro cercando di incastrare tutto nel poco tempo a disposizione, significa che abbiamo usato quei bus turistici hop on hop off un po' pacchiani solo perché era il modo più rapido di muoversi (anche se, a essere onesti, offrivano delle ottime spiegazioni, interessanti e concise, sulle cose da vedere) e significa che spesso per via delle fretta non potevamo goderci i luoghi come avremmo voluto. 


Malta is amazing, such a small island with so many incredible things to see, opulent baroque churches, megalithic temples from the neolithic era, breathtaking fortified cities, ruins of ancient roman villas with incredibly well preserved mosaics, dreamy beaches, quiet fishermen villages with colorful boats, amazing caves, cliffs and spectacular rock formations, just to mention a few. There is a unique atmosphere where the sicilian, north african and british cultures are merged together in an unusual and very mediteranean mix.
While we managed to visit a great amount of things and while I came back home refreshed and relaxed the way you want to be after a vacation, I still wish we would have had more time.

Malta è spettacolare, in un'isola così piccola sono concentrate tantissime cose da vedere, opulenti chiese barocche, templi megalitici dell'era neolitica, spettacolari città fortificate, rovine di antiche ville romane con mosaici conservati benissimo, spiagge incantevoli, tranquilli villaggi di pescatori con barche colorate, grotte stupende, scogliere e formazioni rocciose bellissime...e la lista potrebbe continuare. C'è un'atmosfera unica dove la cultura siciliana, quella nord africana e quella inglese si mescolano in uno strano mix molto mediterraneo. Anche se siamo riusciti a vedere tantissime cose e anche se son tornata a casa fresca e riposata proprio come si vorrebbe dopo una vacanza, mi sarebbe piaciuto avere più tempo a disposizione.

 
 I wish we had had more time to walk around aimlessly and get off the beaten path, and to get lost in the narrower and less crowded streets of Valletta. I especially regret not having had the time to find out more about the local crafts, the laces, the knitting etc. (apparently there is quite a culture of handknitting beautiful wool sweaters during the winter, even though it was hard to believe under the scorching mid august sun).
It means I will have to go back. We visited the ruins of a roman villa where there was a room specifically dedicated to the otium of the home owner. Simply, next time I go to Malta I will try to find the time to enjoy some more of that myself.

Mi sarebbe piaciuto avere più tempo per vagare senza meta, per uscire dalle zone più turistiche, per perdermi nelle viuzze più strette e meno affollate di Valletta. Soprattutto mi spiace non aver potuto scoprire di più sull'artigianato locale, sui pizzi, sulla maglieria ecc. (a quanto pare c'è una forte tradizione di maglioni lavorati a mano in lana per l'inverno, anche se era difficile immaginarselo nel torrido clima di metà agosto). 
Vuol dire che dovrò tornare. Abbiamo visitato le rovine di una villa romana dove vi era una stanza dedicata esclusivamente ll'otium del padre famiglia. Semplicemente, la prossima volta che vado a Malta, dovrò trovare il modo di dedicarmi po' di più anche io a questa sana pratica.






Thursday, July 31, 2014

Inspiration: Vintage Riviera Posters

In keeping with the theme of the last post (and adding a sprinkle of French Riviera to the mix)...

Rimanendo sul tema del post precedente (e aggiungendo un pizzico di riviera francese)...


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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back to rainy Torino...

I was away this weekend at the seaside and it was so hard coming back home...even if we did have some crazy thunderstorms down there too, they just felt more magical at the seaside...

Ero via al mare sto weekend e il rientro è stato un po' traumatico...anche se abbiamo avuto dei temporali pazzi anche lì, mi sembravano molto più poetici al mare...
 















(I forgot my camera at home so all these pictures were taken with my phone, hence the not so perfect quality)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

F.O.: Yellow lacy tank top

I had this idea in my head for a while that I wanted to make a top where the upper part was made of crochet lace and the bottom part was knit in simple stockinette stitch. I like the result and I think I am going to play around with this style a little more, for instance I was thinking of making a shift minidress using this same construction.
For this top I used a yarn that is made up of 100% lempur, in a beautiful warm yellow color. The lacy upper part has a straight collar line, and the top has a slight A line which makes it very flattering and comfortable to wear.
As always details on my etsy shop!

Avevo in mente da un po' questa idea di realizzare un top la cui parte alta fosse all'uncinetto e traforata, e la parte sotto a maglia rasata. Mi piace il risultato e penso che farò qualche altro esperimento usando questa costruzione, ad esempio stavo pensando di fare un vestito corto e svasato.
Per questo top ho usato un filato della Lana Gatto in 100% lempur di un bel colore giallo caldo. La parte superiore traforata ha uno scollo dritto e il top ha una forma leggermente svasata per renderlo comodo e facile da indossare.
Come sempre dettagli sulla mia pagina etsy!




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Greyhound

I heard in the news today that the Greyhound bus line is turning 100 years old. As a lover of all things american road trip I have always been fascinated by these busses and will never forget when I got to ride one myself. It was summer of 2009 and it was a trip from Vancouver to Seattle (and back) with one of my best friends. The trip involved, among other things, a very early rise, a young junkie who was looking for some company, a border agent telling us about how Italy had recently lost a few square meters of land to Switzerland due to the shifting of the underwater border at the Lago Maggiore (I had no clue), and lots and lots of beautiful landscapes.
It was definitely a memorable trip and these are the only two photos I took...



And look at how beautiful the old busses were!

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