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A Chat with London Urban Artist Hannah Adamaszek

September 18, 2014 by  

This is a chat with London-based artist Hannah Adamaszek. It’s been awhile since I’ve done any artist features and I hope to do many more in the near future. Hannah reached out to me on social media and I’m so glad that she did. Hannah works with a variety of mediums and her work is as bohemian as they come. See below for a full interview below.

Hannah, how did you find your way into the art world?

I’m an urban artist currently based in London, UK but have lived in Austria, Switzerland and Australia in the past. I studied art at university in the UK about 8 years ago, and fell out of love with some of the contemporary art scene, so swapped painting for travelling and skiing for about 4 years. I first got into art and painting when I was very young. My Dad was a painter, and a huge influence on my work today. I always had a love for drawing from an early age, I remember entering competitions at primary school and it was a real passion then. Then I started studying at College, I did the foundation course which was a brilliant way for me…

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The Stunning Colors of India’s Kolay Market in the Sealdah Area

September 10, 2014 by  

As human beings, I strongly feel that we were made for relationships.  We were made to know each other and exist in a reality where we interact and connect and live in the spirit of camaraderie and community.  Some of us shun to enter this realm of relationships.  We would rather hide away and ignore the fact that we live in a world with other people.  We would rather be “safe”, ignoring a life where we experience the adventure of indulging in a life with people who truly matter to us, are around us. This is not a lesson I have learned, but I feeling that I have harboured for very long. So naturally it is sometimes involuntarily that I end up in situations and experiences, where I know this fancy of mine will be patronized. A market place is one such hub. A place, I feel where we can experience this life of relationship, simplicity and connection. Enter and you get lost in a world of color and a world of creation. Kolay market is located in the under-belly of the Sealdah Bridge; Sealdah Station being a prominent landmark and one of the most important rail-head terminals of…

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Barcelona’s Fiesta de Gracia, a Colorful Tradition

September 9, 2014 by  

The Fiesta de Gracia - every August, the neighbourhood of Gracia holds its own Festival.  The residents decorate the streets and the plazas with colourful and original designs.  Every night is a party with bars and bands in the streets and it is easy to lose yourself (and your way) exploring the fun and festivaties that are on offer! It is a wonderful and colourful tradition and worth a visit.

Reflecting on This Year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival

September 5, 2014 by  

For one month over August every year Edinburgh Scotland bursts into artistic bloom with the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As part of my 25 goals this year, I wanted to head to this beautiful city and catch as much of the action as possible. Victoria Street, Edinburgh The Edinburgh Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival. It was established in 1947 as an alternative to the more expensive and selective Edinburgh International Festival. The Fringe celebrates all types of art from dance and music to comedy, plays and poetry. Any performer or performance may participate; there is no selection committee. Because of this, practically every coffee shop, basement, front living room and other random space in the city is transformed into a venue of sorts. On offer are performances dreamed up by those hoping to make it big. As such the tickets are very affordable (anything from free to about £15).

Tip: head to the half price hut off Princes Street for great shopping.

I spent the August bank holiday weekend soaking up the atmosphere and trying out several different performances, from comedy to a one-woman monologue, story-telling and insane gymnastics. The one-woman monologue,…

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What You’ll Find at the Brooklyn Flea Market

August 29, 2014 by  

  L1010084 Recently during a move, I suggested we check out the Brooklyn Flea Market with the sole purpose of finding the perfect nightstand. (Brooklyn Flea without purpose = disaster.  I love EVERYTHING.) There are 3 different locations: Fort Greene, Williamsburg, and Park Slope, and we chose Williamsburg because I also really wanted to drive through the Hasidic Jewish community while we were there. Seriously: such a fun Sunday afternoon!  Along with vintage clothing, furniture and more tchotchkes than you’d ever know what to do with, there were also tons of food vendors there selling anything you could possibly be craving.  Hibiscus donuts?  Done!!! L1010083 L1010089 L1010090 L1010093 L1010095 L1010096 L1010097 L1010094 In the end we did find the perfect nightstand: an old crate that I’ll turn on its side.  Of course the hubby was like #youpaidhowmuchforthatthing?!, but it was a fraction of what the furniture stores were charging. Plus: vintage!  And fun day Sunday!  Totes worth it:-) L1010092 L1010099

Have you ever been on a mission to find the perfect {insert random object here}?  If so, where did you end up finding it?  Share below!


The Growth of Indian Culture, Trends & Style

August 27, 2014 by  

They’re everywhere on American television, to the surprise of their compatriots. People of Indian origin have rapidly vaulted to the second largest ethnic minority on U.S. television, trailing only Spanish-speaking actors. With its influence rising, like the Good Wife’s Archie Panjabi pictured above, India is poised to become a culture and style trendsetter.
This trend can be traced all the way back the 60s, when The Beatles journeyed to India and became one of the first trendsetters to propagate such style influences as the sitar, nehru jackets and yoga, now practiced by more than 100 million people worldwide. An analysis of 106 popular TV shows, including a list provided by TV.com, suggests that 25 Indian and one Pakistani TV actor, rank only second to the 49 Hispanic- or Spanish-surnamed actors employed by this sample of TV shows. Parminder NagraParminder Nagra was one of the first British Indian actors to invade American television, starring in the medical drama ER for six years until the series ended in April 2009. She rose to international prominence in 2002 after starring in Bend It Like Beckham. Parminder Nagra who starred in the medical drama ER for six years, represents the…

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Meet New Museum, Manhattan’s Only Dedicated Contemporary Art Museum

August 2, 2014 by  

As Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum, the New Museum is known for being THE destination for new art and new ideas. {Sidenote: I’ll be very clear here…if contemporary art is not your jam (read: kinda kooky, kinda off-the-wall installations sometime covered with glitter…ahem, below), then by all means, you’ll want to head uptown to take in more of the classics, if you get my drift.  However, if you can get down with hip and new and sometimes a little craycray, while appreciating that yes, some of it looks like things you constructed in your 4th grade art class, then by all means, go, go, GO!} unnamed-7 I attended the preview for their newest exhibit “Here and Elsewhere” last week, which is the first museum-wide exhibition in NYC to feature contemporary art from and about the Arab world.  I dug the name, which references the words of Edward Said: “new critical attitudes toward art and images encourage us to look elsewhere in order to understand our here.” The exhibit will be on display until September 28th.  Here are a few snapshots of my favorite exhibition pieces: unnamed-1 unnamed-2

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Think Fabulous Danish Design in the Middle of Copenhagen

July 25, 2014 by  

  danish design Danish design work by Arne Jacobsen. Photo courtesy of seier+seier. One thing Copenhagen, Denmark, is well-known for its functionalist design and Neo-Modernist architecture. While buildings incorporate steel, glass, wood, natural stone, brick and gravity-defying layouts into their designs, local artists continuously make advancements with inventions like the Egg Chair and the Swan Chair. For those who want to explore Danish design in Copenhagen for themselves, here are some top experiences.

Danish Museum of Art & Design

Copenhagen is home to the Danish Museum of Art & Design, an institution focused on design and crafts. It’s home to the largest design library in Scandinavia as well as collections featuring Danish furniture; exhibits on how Chinese ceramics, English and French furniture, and 18th-century French and German porcelain influenced Danish design; original design sketches from Danish artists; 16th century ornamental prints from Europe; historical Danish posters; collections on Danish embroidery and weaving; and much more. There are also a number of rotating exhibitions, events and lectures, so check their website for more information. sogreni Sogreni Bike Shop. Photo courtesy of Jessica Festa.

Sogreni Bike Shop

Copenhagen is home to a…

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