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24-06-2013
SUMMER FASHION SHOW

Hello again,
Finally I am back to my blog and I hope to be more active again after a long hard winter. Summer started well with a small catwalk with young athletes wearing my scarves! It was a fun evening with the girls giving wonderful displays of synchronized swimming, hence the lovely leotards and great makeup! 

More of my textile work can be seen under Textiles on this site as I have also done some pi...


20-02-2013
NEW TIGER SCARVES

 Le mie nuove sciarpe color indaco sono arrivate da Colours of Nature, Auroville (Auroville si trova in Tamil Nadu, nel sud dell'India). Il mio disegno è stato realizzato prima con un tampone fatto a chiodi e la cera messa dopo con il metodo batik. Una volta stampate la sovra tintura d' indaco è stata fatto in un  procedimento eco-friendly. 

04-02-2013
FOLLOW UP TUKASA SHOW

Volevo dire un grande grazie a tutti voi chi siete venuti alla mia mostra. Vostro supporto è molto apprezzato. Per chi non ha potuto venire vi lascio un po di fotos. Ora sto lavorando sulle nuove idea che spero di dividere con voi a breve. La primavera si avvicina e anche tante belle sorprese...
Guardate il link su You tube delle mie sciarpe animate, ci vuole solo un minuto!

 


04-11-2012
MY NEWS!

Ciao a tutti,
E un po di tempo che non vi scrivo ed è ora di darvi un po di news sui miei nuovi progetti....

Sto comminciando una linea di stole dipinte a mano. Quest'estate i primi parei di cotone hanno avuto un grande successo. Ogni pareo aveva una piccola bambolina attacata in un angolo. Queste bamboline sono fatte nel sud del'India ad Auroville, dalle donne per creare un piccolo business per auto fina...


24-03-2012
20 YEARS AT THE NEHRU CENTRE

It's been 2 weeks since I got back from the UK and it already seems like a lot longer. The Nehru show was a great turn out celebrating 20 years of cultural events, with about 20 different women artists. Consequently I decided to enter 2 out of 3 of my paintings for the Royal Academy Summer exhibition, but I won't know if I have been accepted until the end of May!
Certainly a highlight of my trip was the David Hockney at the RA...


13-02-2012
SNOW SNOW SNOW!

Well I can't say I'm not using my outdoor office anymore, as you see my table on the terrace looks like a cake with loads of icing! So it's only indoor working now with a sad lamp for those dark days but actually there aren't too many! Como and Brunate look great dressed in white. I can still get to Como with the funicular when the roads are bad and Luca has given up taking his car to work all together .
I'm designing scarves ...


10-01-2012
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

I am back from India and find myself thinking it must have all been a dream but this blog is helping me relive my trip. .....I arrived in Chennai on December 4th at 3am and took a lovely old white Ambassador taxi to Mamamallapuram, only I almost did not get there as we ran out of petrol. Fortunately the driver flagged down a motorbike and a guy brought us a plastic bottle full of petrol, enough to get us to our hotel. The zone turned...


30-11-2011
INDIA
Just to say over €18,000 was made at the Christie's auction, enough to fund a years research in leukemia. It was an amazing evening and wonderful to meet so many of the other participating artists. All the works were sold. Here are a few photos for all of you who were unable to come to remember the occasion. Now it's head down and time to pack for India!

 I leave on the second of December flying via Athens. Gina...


26-10-2011
AUTUMN
Autumn is here and I'm enjoying the fruits of summer..our luscious purple figs and tangy bramley apples, not to mention the American style small purple grapes. We also have some tiny sweet apples which it would be good to know the name of. We might even have pears next year but we need to protect it from the munching  curly horned mountain goats called 'moufflone'. They have just about eaten half it's leaves. They wake us up at nig...


21-09-2011
SEPTEMBER
A new season is beginning and I want to get my creativity flowing again, I went to Milanounica, a fashion fair that happens twice a year. It gave the colour predictions for Aut/winter 2012/13. There were a lot of fabric suppliers and accessory stands. I hope to keep my hand in textiles and am looking to create my own scarf line sooner rather than later.
I had a fabulous summer going from Sardinia to the island Maddalena (between...


21-07-2011
SUMMER
 This year gave us more cherries than I have ever seen! Please help yourselves from this bowl!
This is just to catch up with a few of our little trips. Paris had a huge surprise for me. The Grand Palais has been restored and now houses the incredible sculpture by Anish Kapoor.You can even walk inside this gigantic aubergine. Inside it is red and I presume like being in a womb. It is warm and everyhing is diffused with a warm...


22-06-2011
DYE WORKSHOP
It's a while since I blogged but things have been busy. I went on my second dying course near Biella. Casa Clementina is a new initative where a young Italian couple invite textile experts to teach weaving and dying (natural dying only!)
 I had fun on the first course creating a rainbow colour card using dried plants mainly. Stefano, Sissi's wife ran the course and she produced delicious meals.
Sabina my friend came ...


05-05-2011
EASTER
I spent the most magical Easter ever in the UK...not only for the fairytale pre-wedding euphoria but for the AMAZING hot weather. 22°C minimum each day..my mothers' garden was in bloom..red  tulips offset by bluebells, yellow irises, pink ornamental cherry blossom....Bath at it's best! I was inspired to paint this new canvas 30 x 100cm in acrilics.
We  couldn't have celebrated Easter in a more traditional way. My mo...


18-04-2011
CHERRY BLOSSOM
April is for Asparagus...in Italy there are white and green ones, and green ones that turn to pink.

My recipe is for the green ones with whole grain rice.
Cut off the woody stems and discard.The tips should be cut and kept to add to the risotto. Steam the stalks.
Chop 1 large yellow onion and fry gently. (If you don't have a lot of time pre-cook the rice for 10 minutes in a pressure cooker) then add to the ...


27-03-2011
MURAL IN COMO
Spring is here! We have even celebrated Indian Holi, it's time to have fun with colour! In India people throw colours all over each other, we just restrained ourselves and put a bit of pink pigment on Anand and Poorvaja! I had to let rip though and use more colour than that so I painted a panel for Luca's new office by the Duomo in Como. It was fun to work BIG! 2m x 3.6m.....I was inspired by street art and graffiti. Being a marketing a...


22-03-2011
VALS - SWITZERLAND
For three hours we were cocooned in our metal shell hurtling through a landscape half hidden by cloud. (Our faithful Fiat Punto is still with us!) A hint of Spring now and then, yellow balls of forcythia, golden daffodils and new born lambs. Finally we arrive in Vals, a tiny village and  thermal baths. The hotel is a made up of 3 huge white and blue modern buildings set among the lanky pine trees. I am trasported silently up 7 floo...


16-03-2011
BOLLY-YOG
March continues with the exploration of Indian culture. Poorvaja is teaching us Bolly-yog...she starts her class with Yoga and then continues into her dance class. The dance is inspired by a song about a beautiful girl who loses her ear-rings in a market. The dance accompanies the words with movements portraying her story.
You can see her dance following this link  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpnyN8e1jQg

an...


25-02-2011
AN INDIAN FEBRUARY
Shakespeare said said 'if music be the food of love then play on'..but I say if food gives the mood for love then eat! Valentine's day is always a good day to bake so I tried my hand at some cookies made with some chopped peel from my mum's marmalade; the result..have already made a second batch and more are requested!
We have an Indian couple staying with us, Poorvaja and Anand. She had the same idea as me to put her heart on a...


16-02-2011
LONDON
Hello there,
This blog has been a bit slack..sorry if I have not logged in for a while. I had a wonderful trip to London where the museums are always inspiring. First I saw the Tigers in Asian Art exhibition at Asia House. There were 2 rooms full of miniatures mainly from India and China. There were Japanese woodblock prints from the V and A and one incredible contemporary piece by Wang Jin. It was a transparent plastic coat with...


18-01-2011
PARIS IN JANUARY
As I said in my last blog I am 'la Beffana' or witch in Italy, having been born on January 6th instead in France it is Epiphany, the day of the 3 kings. I love to eat the Galette des Roix and was fortunate enough to be in Paris to eat one! They are made from pastry with a sort of sweet almond centre with a tiny ceramic king inside. We ate in this fairytale like breakfast room which is near Chez Paul in Rue du Lappe. Chez Paul  is o...


05-01-2011
A SPARKLING 2011
Hydrogen filled balloons, mistletoe and a candles everywhere...Our hall with its huge white mirror was bedecked with fake icicles and real ivy, the balloons with their long trailing ribbons created a magic forest...it was party time and we wanted to live it up! The capone Thank God were a great success (see previous blog), although Luca had to sew them up as the skin was so tough. First he had to skewer the skin before using a darning n...


30-12-2010
CHRISTMAS 2010
This is it…we have finished another year and we have had yet another Italian Christmas..mmmm not at all what I used to have back in England so I have to cook if I want turkey. Christmas is not for the fainthearted or vegetarians..it is highly meat based with butter, mayonaise and more calories then you would care to count…
Christmas Eve is when in Lombardy you traditionally eat cappelletti di carne, tiny hand made p...


22-12-2010
WINTER IN COMO
 After many days of snow and working hard in my my studio, I have produced many new pieces. I am very inspired at the moment to paint animals. I tried my first leopard on a sea coloured background. I need to use turquoise. I keep buying turquoise clothes and accesories so it's normal that it should come out in my work!
 This  past weekend the sun shone gloriously after another heavy snowfall. Luca, my husband ...


15-12-2010
LA FABBRICA DEL COLORE...COLOUR FACTORY
The Colour Factory or Fabbrica del Colore is the name I am giving to my home in Brunate 700m above Lake Como. It is here that most of my creations take place. Our magical place looks onto Monte Rosa, the mountain that turns pink first thing in the morning with the rising sun. The house can be reached by a very steep mountain road wth hair pin bends..not for the faint hearted, or by funicular, the easier option. It takes just 7 minutes t...