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Future Rune Decks

I have at least 3 Rune deck projects in the corner of my mind. They are distinctively different visually and energetically:
-The 1st is inspired by Nature
-The 2nd is deeply Medieval
-The 3rd is based on my energetic & poetic work with the Runes
I’m really looking forward to working on these…

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Me, My Doppelganger & I

Image source: http://www.theparanormalguide.com/blog/doppelganger

Dear Reader,

I don’t need to personally know you to sense that weird look on your face. That “what the heck is she talking about?” kind of look. Before labeling me as a Mad Hatter, let me explain the how & the why.

Firstly, I’ve always been drawn to the unusual & the metaphysical, even as a young child. I always sensed that there was or had to be more than what meets the eye, and that life couldn’t possibly just be about being born, graduating from school, getting a job, getting married and then having a house, kids, dogs & white picket fences. That kind of life never made me dream anyway.

Fast forward to my early twenties, year 2000. I’m studying fashion & textile design in Paris. I’m already spiritually awakened (even if just a newbie in that field), New Age & cocooning are trendy, everybody is fearing the end of the world which illuminated fashion designer Paco Rabanne foretold would occur during a total solar eclipse…That part, of course, didn’t happen (I survived!).

Anyway, during that last school year, we all have to design a conceptual mini-collection in order to graduate. Having 2 parents of 2 very different origins & backgrounds, one might even say opposite, I quickly came up with the notion of the double, the other, the Doppelganger. I learned everything I could at the time on that topic in order to apply it as concept in my collection. Needless to say that my school wasn’t quite Hogwarts and therefore my teachers weren’t much into the metaphysical. But to add insult to injury, they all put their grain of salt and slowly but surely my once great idea got diluted to the point that I lost the thread. Even though I got my degree, my collection was a failure, thanks to these people who I shouldn’t have listen to in the first place, even though they were my teachers.

I promised myself that one day, somehow, I would pick up the ashes of my Doppelganger collection and rework it to make it what it should have been. I feel that the time has come, that I have learned & especially experienced more on the topic. The concept has evolved a little but the end result will be more matured and I don’t want to limit myself just to textiles & clothing.

As for my Double/Doppelganger, I know she’s watching and looking forward to working with me on this long overdue project of mine. She’s neither the evil twin of German literature, nor an ominous Banshee. She’s free of physical body and therefore not bound by its limitations, nor by time or space. She lives a life of her own. She’s totally free. She’s what I’m supposed to be and what I’m about to become. I accept her. I embrace her & her gifts because she & I are one…

 

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It’s on!…The Muse is Calling…

…Or to be more precise: screaming in my ears, pulling my hair, kicking my gut! She means business obviously…

I haven’t sketched in 15 years, except on rare occasions (that brings me back to art & fashion schools). But I’ve been sewing, crafting and working in 3D basically…I was never very technical but I’ve always been very creative and willing to explore & incorporate other media (some more successfully than others, I admit) in my art. I know I’m not fully rusted and the more I’ll practice the better my sketches will be.

Now what’s the point of art? You can 100 people, you’ll get 100 different answers. I think the right question to ask is: what does it mean to you as an artist? Is is about representing faithfully what’s in front of you? Is is about pushing your own limits? Is is about exploring the dark corners of your self and therefore practicing a form of exorcism? Is it exploring your inner world(s) as as shaman would do? Is it a form of meditation? Is is a way to reconnect with your primal self?…Etc.

Maybe it’s all the above or nothing at all, because making art is innate and as ancient as it gets. Even animals make art.

So I got myself a pocket size sketchbook, a small box of water colors and a set of water brushes (a neat invention, it means no more water spilling everywhere, no more mess). Of course I’ll bring a couple pens and pencils with me as well. I’m already smiling at the idea of reconnecting with an old part of my self…It’s like catching up with an old friend who disappeared for a while but who was never really gone (and at this point in my self “sketches” are only the tip of the iceberg of my creative/artistic/inner life…I’ll say more soon).

There’s a chance you might see me wandering around: scrutinizing the horizon, conversing with a tree, or even scrying the clouds (always looking for clues, answers & synchronicities) while drawing & scribbling in my sketchbook. Feel free to say hi, talk a little way or even join me as a fellow sketcher ;)…