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My Inspiration for August 2017

31 Aug

August brought reveries of Madame Bovary, soft Edwardian lace and warm rich Pre-Raphaelite colours. I was inspired by Rossetti’s redheads, white dresses, Lord Tennyson’s poem “Lady of Shalott”, Iggy Pop, Marvin Gaye and Falco, Frida Kahlo, poetry by Langston Hughes, circus in art and the loneliness of the trapeze artist in Wings of Desire (1987), dreaminess of the sea waves and pebbles and songs of seagulls, paintings by Stephen Mackey, shabby chic aesthetic, teddy bears. I watched a few great films: Stella Maris (1918) with Mary Pickford, Before Night Falls (2000) about the Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, “bad poet in love with the moon” as he wrote in his self-epitaph, played by Javier Bardem, Smoke (1995) which was so cool! I’ve read The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas which I enjoyed very much, An Education by Lynn Berber (I still prefer the film with Carey Mulligan though), The Scarlett Letter by Hawthorne, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, and the most fascinating discovery The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende which has elements of magic realism and bears resemblance to Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. Oh, those gold afternoons of August, writing poetry and daydreaming, gentle breeze and birdsong coming through the open window, waking up from a reverie only to step outside and admire the sunset in blazing pinks, orange, yellow and lilacs.

“Things I hold most dear: music, nature, poetry, solitude.” (Marina Tsvetayeva)

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My Inspiration for August II

31 Aug

This month I was inspired by William Morris prints, Kate Moss, Millais’ painting Mariana, circus, Biba girls, Babyshambles, films Edge of Love (2008) and Der Himmel über Berlin or Wings of Desire (1987); the latter is a poetic masterpiece by Wim Wenders with beautiful aesthetics, set in a cold-war era Berlin. I’ve already watched it a year ago and it’s one of my all time favourite films. I’ve read three interesting books, all by Japanese authors: The Pillowbook by Sei Shonagon, and two works by Jun’ichiro Tanizaki – firstly, an erotic novel The Key which deals with the loss of communication between a middle aged couple, and secondly – In Praise of Shadows – an essay on aestheticism.

1990s kate moss 21

background william morris 2

1851. John Everett Millais, Mariana, 1851 smaller

1990s kate moss 24

1900s Mucha cards 5

Miss Pandora

kate moss with flowers in her hair

Autumn colourful leaves 1

fashion photo venetia scott

miss pandora 1172

Miss Pandora

Wings of Desire (Der Himmel Uber Berlin), 1987 5

Der Himmel über Berlin or Wings of Desire (1987)

wir kinder vom bahnhof zoo 5

wir kinder vom bahnhof zoo 27

wir kinder vom bahnhof zoo 21

Wings of Desire (Der Himmel Uber Berlin), 1987 11

Der Himmel über Berlin or Wings of Desire (1987)

Wings of Desire (Der Himmel Uber Berlin), 1987 9

Der Himmel über Berlin or Wings of Desire (1987)

1877. William Morris - Honeysuckle & Tulip wallpaper print

kate moss with her daughter lila grace

pete doherty 16

leaves 33

1971. Biba Girl...Ingrid Boulting 2

The Edge of Love (2008), Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy 19

The Edge of Love (2008), Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy 26

The Edge of Love (2008), Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy 25

1990s Vanessa Paradis 22