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My Inspiration for September 2018

30 Sep

I was in such a romantic mood this September, and I hope it continues well into October. When leaves start falling and rains play wistful melodies, my thoughts go to all things romantic and sublime; haunted castles, vampires and bats, crooked hawthorn trees, flowers wilting in moonlight, poetry read in candlelit old chambers, dust and spiders, German Romantic painters, Russian literature of Romanticism (Lermontov’s “A Hero of Our Time” is on my mind), deep mysterious forests in crimson and yellow, old Victorian photographs, graveyards, consumptive beauties, Poe’s stories, opium-dens, lilies and wedding veils, distant shores, solemn violins, Chopin’s Nocturnes, a waltz danced with a skeleton, tales of love and death…

I would endure ages of pain to hear one tone of your voice strike on my ear.

(Mary Shelley, from a diary entry, c. October 1822)

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“And I bathed in the light you gave but it’s dark in another way” (by worteinbildern)

My Inspiration for September III

30 Sep

This month I was inspired by Biba fashion, vintage butterfly prints, Marianne Faithfull, 1970s street style, 1920s delicate silk dresses, Baby Face (1933) with Barbara Stanwyck. I’ve read The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami and biography of Franz Liszt by Barbara Meier. I’ve discovered some interesting tunes: Marble Orchard by The Graveyard Five and Death Bells at Dawn by The Lords.

I’ve watched Twin Peaks, again, after five years, and I loved it even more than I did the first time. It leaves you with so many questions. I definitely recommend it, especially for these Autumn days. I love David Lynch’s aesthetics; 1950s diners, cherry pies and coffee, strange woods, logs, mystery in the air.

I’m in two different moods this Autumn; first includes Echo and the Bunnymen’s ‘glamour of doom’, Caspar David Friedrich, photos by Irina Ionesco, distant shores, night sky, rain, roses and veils, sad brides, Moon, Cleo de Merode, and the other is more psychedelic: hippies, astrology, Dark Shadows (2012), warm colours on Millais’ Autumn Leaves, Donovan’s  Season of the Witch, The Zodiac by the Cosmic Sounds (1967), Art Nouveau and 1960s. My days are filled with art, candles and burning incense sticks, listening to psychedelic music, dressed like a sixties dolly, and writing posts. Whenever I’m happy like this, I fear it won’t last. And now some lyrics that are on my mind recently:

Panic on the streets of London,

Panic on the streets of Birmingham

I wonder to myself,

Could life ever be sane again?‘ (The Smiths, Panic)

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1974. Illustration by Kasia Charko for Biba, summer

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Inspiration: 1920s Dresses, Butterflies and Belle Epoque Beauties

19 Sep

As Autumn slowly crawls under my skin, I feel more and more cheerful, full of energy and creativity, which I hope will result in interesting posts. I’ve had great weekend, doing nothing special, and yet feeling overwhelmingly happy, and I gathered lots of inspirational pictures. And here they are:

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1901. Cleo de Merode by Boldinibutterflies-vintage-prints-41905. Cleo de Merode by Nadar

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My Inspiration for September II

30 Sep

”Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens the soul.” (Peggy Toney Horton)

Finally Autumn, the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness as Keats wrote in his poem ‘Ode to Autumn’. Well, I developed some new interests such as philosophy and astrology, delved into mysticism, I-Ching and music of Ravi Shankar. Read Haruki Murakami for the first time, Kafka on the Shore, totally blown away by his writing style. I’ve also read Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet which subtly changed my view on some things and inspired me to…. about that later! While reading this, you could sense my rapture and joy, well, take it as a sign that the ‘season of the witch’ is coming and my creative juices are flowing, which means interesting (hopefully) posts!!!

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1905. Cleo de Merode by Nadar 1890s Cleo de Merode 10 1909. Geneviève Lantelme, outfit by Jacques Doucet 1907. Léon Spilliaert, La Buveuse d’Absinthe

XKH141325 Waft of Mist, c. 1818-20 (oil on canvas); by Friedrich, Caspar David (1774-1840); 32.5x42.4 cm; Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany; German, out of copyright

1822. Moonrise over the Sea - Caspar David Friedrich

1793-94. Macbeth Consulting the Vision of the Armed Head. By Henry Fuseli,

by Daniel Gardner, gouache and chalk, 1775

by Daniel Gardner, gouache and chalk, 1775

1960s brigitte bardot 226 1880s Charlotte Dubourg 1902. Le voyage dans la lune - Georges Melioes 1901. Cleo de Merode by Boldini 1960s Ingrid Boulting 11856. automn leaves - John Everett Millais1968. Baby Doll Cosmetics September 2