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Work in the Workshop

June 29, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

I finally got around unpacking the work I did during the workshop which I mentioned in my last post. I don’t know how I managed to forget completely about them when I came back. None of these works are finished art pieces, but I feel that they are the beginning of something new. One of the biggest challenged I faced while creating this work, was the fact that I only had the material which was provided to use as I did not take any media with me. To be honest I missed my trusty oil sticks, but I found new things which either I don’t usually use, or else completely forgot about. I feel that sometimes it is important to almost start in a tabula rasa manner, and see what comes out. I also discovered a new love for glitter. Bring on the shiny things!     Glitters!!!

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Blog Me, Draw Me!

June 22, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

‘Blog Me, Draw Me!’ is a weekly post that features a sketch of an inspiring fashion / lifestyle blogger. (Read more about the purpose and inspiration for Blog Me, Draw Me! in my first post). Today’s blogger is the beautiful Daniela Goncear, ‘Danna’ from Mondedanna. Danna is a “Russian, english, french, italian, romanian speaking, 21 years old blogger living in Milan.” who uses her blog as a diary to share her thoughts, favourite looks, ideas and events. I like that Danna’s photos are always accompanied by her thoughts at the moment, as well as information and history about places in Milan, particular brands, so you never know where a picture of a photo session is taking you! Daniela’s shots are so dynamic that quick drawings suit them best. I therefore decided to give this week’s post, last week’s treatment, i.e. having three drawings rather than one. I wanted to capture Daniela’s energy through the chosen three poses, but although she’s a lover of colour, I love these drawings in just charcoal, without being touched by digital rendering.  

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Cherry Heaven

June 18, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

As I have mentioned in previous posts, a few weeks ago I was in Puglia, in an Agritourism place called Serragambetta. One of the things that I am still missing from the trip is the abundance of fresh organic cherries that I was eating on a daily basis (no complaints!). Fresh cherries are widely available and consumed in  most places in Puglia. Seeing fields covered in cherry trees was quite an amazing sight, so you can imagine how difficult it was to resist eating huge bowls of cherries everyday. I usually had them with fresh yoghurt for breakfast (still addicted to it!) and a variety of home-made sweets made with fresh cherries for lunch and dinner:) So through this post I will be sharing some snapshot of how cherries are fully exploited at Serragambetta and also some cherry recipes that I have come across in other places in southern Italy. I was practically in heaven. I love the sweetness of cherries, they are simply delicious. They are also very healthy and where I live ( in Malta) they are quite pricey, so I took the opportunity to eat as much as I could:) Almond Cherry Cake Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose […]

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A Colourful City: 10 Days in Berlin

June 17, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of thirteen participants from different European countries, in an art workshop organized by TransInterQueer in Berlin. As one can imagine, this was not just an opportunity to explore new roots for my work and to meet new people, but also to visit one of the most culturally prominent cities in Europe! I spent hours just walking around, exploring and simply appreciating the surroundings. What struck me most was the colour which is used all over the place. People actually make an effort to decorate everywhere! It was so refreshing to be in a place where colours other than grey exist are used in every street and every building.

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Victoria Sponge Cake

June 16, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

So I was having a little break at work, just scrolling through Facebook on my iPad when I see that Thekitchn have posted a beautiful cake picture, describing the Victoria Sponge Cake as the cake this summer because it’s so light and fluffy. Then they linked to several sponge cakes and I was immediately struck by The Saveur recipe which is essentially the classic Victoria Sponge Cake. I have been wanting an excuse to combine smooth strawberry jam and Devon clotted cream since my scone-eating days at University in the UK, so this seemed to be the perfect opportunity. Looking at the ingredients of the Victoria Sponge Cake, it is evident that this is quite a no-fuss cake. No crazy ingredients, but simple, specific ones. I don’t think this cake would taste the same without the Devon Clotted / double cream for instance, and without really good strawberry jam. On the other hand the recipe does require quite a lot of beating time, and I’ve only used half this time and still achieved great results. I have also used an electric mixer as suggested, and since the recipe asks for high speed beating, I don’t think manual beating will achieve the […]

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Blog Me, Draw Me!

June 15, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

‘Blog Me, Draw Me!’ is a weekly post that features a sketch of an inspiring fashion / lifestyle blogger. (Read more about the purpose and inspiration for Blog Me, Draw Me! in my first post). This week’s Blog Me, Draw Me! blogger is Audrey Rogers from befrassy.net. Audrey started her blog when she was still a University student, and it has now become her full time employment; her own brand. Audrey is an American who “grew up all over Europe”. She is now living in beautiful Paris, the obvious choice for a fashion blogger! For Blog Me, Draw Me! I always email the chosen bloggers for permissions to use their images as reference for my sketches. Since Audrey’s pictures are taken by her photographer friend, I was in stock photo heaven. Audrey’s photos were fantastic to work with, and obviously not just because of the quality, but mainly because of her awesome style choices. Needless to say I was extremely happy that Audrey gave me permission to illustrate her photos. Because I had so many photos to choose from, I decided to do more than 1 sketch of Audrey. I grabbed three of my favourite looks and scribbled them down in charcoal. […]

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Eating fresh prawns and oysters in Italy

June 13, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

On our last day in Puglia we decided to revisit Polignano al mare (Peghegnéne in Bari dialect) one more time,  a town in the province of Bari, Puglia, southern Italy; a breathtaking place surrounded by see, rocks, sand and fresh air.   Since the economy of this place relies heavily on fishing, one can find a variety of fish and seafood restaurants. I choose one at random and luckily the one I selected called Carpe`had something quite unusual, at least for me. The fish and seafood are mostly served raw. As soon as they brought my  dish of raw seafood, I realised why the waitress used the words “frutti di mare vivi” (alive seafood) while she was suggesting the specialities. Stupidly enough I thought that she was explaining how fresh their fish is.  At  first I wasn’t completely convinced by the idea and maybe I risked al little bit  too, since eating raw seafood is not highly recommended;  you can never really tell its origins. Nonetheless I think  it was worth the risk. I felt like I was eating the sea in every bite, especially when trying out the raw oysters and prawns. I wasn’t very keen on the raw octopus as it was quite […]

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My first experience with Pasta making in Puglia

June 10, 2013 / by / 1 Comment

For my birthday I decided that I needed a short break from my hectic life, and so I headed to this place called Serragambetta, an Agritourism in Castellana Province of Bari, Italy. This has proven to be an excellent choice. Aside from all the great food and the refreshing Mediterranean atmosphere, I was really impressed by the talented staff of Serragambetta, who give practical lessons in pasta making, Puglian cooking and organic farming. The cooking demonstrations are held in a traditional warm and colourful kitchen, surrounded by beautiful pottery and rustic kitchen equipment. I really believe that the best way to familiarise with the culture and traditions of a country is to get to know the secrets of some of their dishes. I attended one of the lessons in pasta making. Gina showed us how to make the orecchiette from scratch; these are a type of home-made pasta typical of Puglia. Gina is one of the gifted cooks at Serragambetta. She is incredible! She cooks, takes care of the organic farming and she is also a talented pottery maker. Her pasta-making skills are pretty much perfect, and obviously it was not very easy for the rest of us to get the same results. I tried […]

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Blog Me, Draw Me! Maria Schwandt

June 06, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

‘Blog Me, Draw Me!’ is a weekly post that features a sketch of an inspiring fashion / lifestyle blogger. (Read more about the purpose and inspiration for Blog Me, Draw Me! in my first post). Today’s blogger is German marketing student, Maria Schwandt at VanillaJungle.wordpress.com Maria loves fashion and photography and she states that her blog is a jungle of herself, and this is why it includes everything that she loves. Vanilla is her scent/flavour of choice, hence the name “Vanilla Jungle.” “Sweet like vanilla, wild like jungle.” I follow Maria on Facebook and on WordPress. I like her ‘no fuss’ outfits but that always look good, her choice of accessories and also her food snaps. Maria posts daily healthy breakfast pics on Facebook that always seem to motivate me to do the same Below is a sketch of one of my favourite outfits of Maria. I really like the laid back but very chic look, and she also kind of reminds me of Yoko Ono here! (In a good way of course, I think it’s the hat )

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BeBirgu, a new jewel in the heart of Vittoriosa

June 04, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Last week we went for some coffee and wine in Birgu (Vittoriosa) one of ‘the three cities’ in Malta, and Ruth’s hometown. Birgu has a number of coffee places, restaurants and wine bars. There’s the waterfront which is the most prominent and also the most popular, but the real gems are in the city’s narrow streets and the area around the square. ‘BeBirgu’ is in fact right in the middle of Vittoriosa square. It is a renovated bar, and slowly turning into a restaurant as well (it has only opened in April) but it is first and foremost a band club (the building has in fact been used as the St.Lawrence Band Club for almost 100 years, since 1922 to be precise). The ‘building’ is in fact a palace, built in 1883. As you can see it is spectacularly beautiful, both its majestic exterior and also the intricate decorations of its interior. Back in the days it was bought for around 3000 Euros, which was quite a considerable sum in those days. Before the bar was renovated, it was mostly used by the locals on Sunday morning after mass, who go for tea, beer and appetisers. Although this is still […]

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