Monday, 28 March 2011

Our weekend

Whilst uploading these pics I'd remembered how my partner and I met almost 6 years ago whilst we were both on vacation, I was in fact one third way through my 6 month 'back packing' experience. We had both done our part of the Pyrenees just prior to meeting; him the French part and I the Spanish/Andorra(which I truly recommend). I guess we were both destined to meet as the chances of our paths crossing in the remote tinee tiny Hendaye train station was one in a million(there was one other person there). Though I must emphasize that it was not love at first sight for either of us, but then again it did only take a week before both our hearts pitter patter for each other.

Point is that we both love an adventure big or small, so most of our weekends no matter where we'd be living would always be filled with explorations of areas, towns, restaurants, cafes, routes etc. We hardly disagree on where to go and what to do.
Anyway, before I rat on and show my age here are some pics of last weekend's little outing to an 'outdoor/nature' expo thus the area surrounds by foot on our way home.

Pictures are of:
• A Swiss (of course)kinetic display at the 'outdoor' expo
• a unexpected stall selling herbs, spices and teas of various awesome mixes from all over the world, found at the expo of all places
• fun and interactive lenticular(I think it's making a comeback) advertising by Nespresso
• a sexy vintage Renault in cream! In bon condition... we both love

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Paris Ceramic Festival 2011

Saturday was such a unusually beautiful day, a hint of Spring appeared willingly greeting the start of the weekend with hope of warmth and some curiosity.  So I thought ok since you've made an effort Mr Sunshine I will! So why not make my way to this year's Ceramic festival 2011, not far from the famous Pere Lachaise.

I'd been to the one last year and was awestruck by some gorgeous work, work that awakens one's goose bumps and wish you could decorate your whole house with and take the artist home with you to have cups of tea with. This year I was surprise to find jewelry work by Violaine Ulmer; jeweller, sculpturist/installation-ist(if there's such a word). I've exhibited with her a few times at the Gallery Goutte de terre though this time I lucky enough to see a much bigger collection as a whole installed with her own signature style of display. I mean... who would've thought to combine silver with porcelaine/clay creating a granulation effect. One day I tell myself, I'm gonna have one of those tasty morsels on my many finger. 

Here are some pictures of her work from the show, and a handful of other ceramicists that I thought you'd enjoy.

Here are links, if not their contact details:
Violaine Ulmer

Benedicte Vallet

Beate Ronnefarth

Caroline Wagenaar

Virginie Preux

Maya Micenmacher

Goutte de Terre

Thank you to all those who have agreed to have their work taken.