La Greca Blog
It is a fact. Knokke succumbed to the Magritte craze in summer 2017. Shop owners, bank managers, hairdressers and in general most of us owning a display window, proudly accessorized it with the popular Magritte-inspired stickers! New Paris Londres impressed us with innovative, surrealistic shoe maquettes at the main store in Knokke. The Tourism Office managed to create traffic on the Facebook page by launching a photography contest. Isabelle Houthoofd – good friend and insightful hobby photographer – won with the composition seen below.
Time. Light. Measurable yet fleeting in nature. From the moment I received the gift of motherhood, this notion of time slipping through my fingers gave me cold feet. I got stressed and my heart flickered every night when I drew the curtains and my Madeleine closed her eyelids to dream. Morpheus would change her and she would start growing up.
"No! I will say it in my own words!" I exclaimed as the Greek history teacher was trying to convince me to memorize 200 pages of battles and political decisions in times of turmoil for the university entrance exams... And guess what? Although I boldly defied a well-established education system, MY own words got me into college and through all stages of writing a PhD thesis I now take pride in.
Perhaps education could actually foster thinking out of the box. The questions are: How? Does everyone have the capacity to be innovative or does everybody really need to? True, leaders as well as followers are a vital part of any society or organization. But one thing is certain: Every single person – be him creative or not - has to be aware of their right to speak up, which is still a luxury for certain parts of the globe. This was my instinctive reaction, while listening to the speech of Elisa Sednaoui at the opening benefit gala of the first Knokke Fashion Weekend on 11 March 2016.
“Friends with Benefits” which hosted exclusive guests from the fashion and design world of Belgium and beyond, took place at the luxurious halls of the Casino in Knokke. The Cirque-Du-Soleil-like dance and live music shows by BILLIE, GUSTAPH & LADY LINN, the exquisite floral-embellished dinner by SERGIO HERMAN & NICK BRIL (The JANE, Antwerp), a luxury prize lottery, an auction of exclusive products and services conducted by PIERRE BERGÉ, as well as the electrifying dance party, composed a night to remember.
"Our hearing of colours is so precise ... Colour is a means of exerting a direct influence upon the soul. Colour is the keyboard. The eye is the hammer. The soul is the piano with its many strings. The artist is the hand that purposely sets the soul vibrating by means of this or that key. Thus it is clear that the harmony of colours can only be based upon the principle of purposefully touching the human soul" (Wassily Kadinsky quoted in the Guardian by Gerard McBurney).
In the early and mid 1900s the visualization of sound was attempted by Russian artist Wassily Kadinsky in his much abstract, complex and multilayered paintings which could seem as collages of pages from a geometry book. A true innovation, it was received by critics and public as an impressive notion and a challenging endeavor. This obsession about the integration of music into painting was off to open the gates to an era of exploration of the human mind and all its senses.
Column on Art and Design
Published in magazine "Knokke Actueel by Prestige" 20th edition
“After women, flowers are the most divine creation” (Christian Dior). Only on the famous Miss Dior dress had I seen so many meticulously placed hand-processed and embroidered flowers! An orgasm of imagination surrounded me in Absolute Art Gallery, when...