May some of the following inspire you in the wintry months ahead. xx Helene
Currently listening to: The Crashing Soundtrack on Spotify, listen here
Art that inspires me: Quite a few years ago I was fortunate enough to see a retrospective exhibition of the incredible Ghanaian artist El Anatsui at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. He is considered to be one of the most exciting contemporary visual artists of our time and it's easy to understand why when you see his work. To say that it is breathtaking is an understatement. El Anatsui recycles found objects into massive tapestries. By joining thousands of liquor bottle tops with copper wire he creates stunning mosaics that are astonishing in their texture and colour. The New Yorker magazine has a wonderful profile about him in the January 18 issue which has brought this artist back into focus for me. I highly recommend taking a look at his work. I guarantee it will soothe your soul and brighten these gloomy winter days.
These images are from the El Anatsui's "Kindred Viewpoints" at the Marrakech Biennale in 2016. See more of his works here
Meme that makes me laugh: This is for all those who are enduring classes online!!
A new skill that I’ve learned: I took an online film course with Xanthe Berkeley, and learned how to create films using only my iPhone. I highly recommend it: Handmade Film Making
Something I’m currently cooking: I love the chef Ottolenghi and have really enjoyed this comforting dish of Aubergine Dumplings Alla Parmigiana from his new cookbook Flavour. Here is the recipe if you would like to try!!
A book I'm reading: I'm currently enjoying Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell. What a wonderful read.