I had to share this beautiful post from Rosa Hoskins today. Sadly her father, the wonderful British legend actor Bob Hoskins passed away today. The news, as per, rippled through social networks – and though the subject is forever a sad and devastating one for close friends and family, I think most of us automatically go to a place of fond memories of how that person made us feel.
There are three films in particular that I went to when I learned of Hoskins passing today. Mermaid, Hook and of course, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. However no one will feel his loss more than Rosa, and this post is just too beautiful not to share – it reminds us that he was a father first and foremost, and it’s so nice to see that he imparted such love outside of cinema:
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Is not her name… but whatever she’s just on a different level to most young singers out there at the moment. One glorious half of the Danish duo Quadron, Coco is by far one of the best leading ladies of now. Which is saying something looking at the talent around today. But her voice, her burgeoning style (albeit the small print in securing an american record deal) and her stage presence is effortless. The Scandi’s are kind of winning in life right now.
Watch Quadron’s new album video teaser and fall in love with Coco’s (and producer and multi-talented instrumentalist Robin) awesomeness.
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You may not yet be familiar with Onomé Otite (above), so let me introduce you:
“I AM A LONDON BASED VISUAL ARTIST AND TEXTILES ENTHUSIAST, INSPIRED BY WORLD CULTURES; IN PARTICULAR THE INFLUENCE OF TRIBES AND CUSTOMS IN ART AND DESIGN. I EXPERIMENT WITH MATERIAL, COLOUR, PATTERN AND TEXTURE TO PRODUCE CONTEMPORARY IMAGES AND ILLUSTRATIONS”
I’ll admit, I’m biased when it comes to her work; I’m lucky enough to call her a childhood friend (a rarity!). However it’s not that hard to see why I champion her stylised work so much. Her début series includes a fusion of traditional African cultures – the perspective of a woman who is a product of African Diaspora. Looking at her work as someone from a similar background (Otite is of Nigerian descent) I see many parallels with my background. The colours, the subject poses and the textiles. They’re all intrinsic to a myriad of beauty that makes African culture stand out. However where you’re from is most definitely not a requirement. With an exhibit I’m looking forward to more of her work as time goes on.
All images are the property of Onomé Otite; to check out more of work, here on her website.
I think it’s good to experience one of these every now and again. Even if it’s as silly as working out a phrase or a sentence someone said in passing. I tend to have light-bulb moments about life lessons. Worry: it doesn’t get you anywhere; in the New Testament it says worrying can’t bring back an hour of your life, it’s a concept not an action – a complete waste of time. So true. It’s so obvious but it’s also so easily forgotten in this day and age. I have so many goals, stories and pictures in my head, that start off strong, that, like the photo, go through a long wave of thought processes until one makes it through just as bright and encourages me to push on to the next. I still get anxiety about the littlest things, but I have to remind myself that I can either push on or let myself be consumed by something that is never going to eradicate those arbitrary thoughts and feelings. I’m currently mentally checking off some great achievements. Some I hadn’t even planned for. And it’s such a wonderful feeling.
One of my favourite illustrators and inspirations is Spanish artist, Patricia Metola. With a catalogue spanning across children’s literature to magazine features and museum exhibits, Metola’s illustrations are a mix of whimsy and simplicity. Her characters are often outlined with cute childlike features. The detail usually comes in the background of her drawings, especially her leafy exteriors, where she employs a Claude Monet technique with flat brush strokes built up to create whole structures. I love how colourful her images can be, with just one or two primary colours she can convey so many lovely emotions. The children’s (of which most of her drawings are based) expressions and movements are remarkably accurate: playful, curious, funny and cute. I could look at her work all day, but then I wouldn’t get any of my own done. It’s a mix of childhood fantasy and nightmare looking at her work, and a reminder of how a child’s mind can go to places far and beyond. Much like Maurice Sendak’s work. A lot of the images you may recognise from re-issued cautionary / fairy tales that Metola has been commissioned to work on including, Tom Thumb and Hansel and Gretel. I’ve kept her close to my heart for too long so here I want to share.
All images are the creation and property of Patricia Metola; please go to her site to check out her work and to contact her directly. I do not own any of her work.
You may have noticed my new header; it’s a title cut out from the image above. I created it on the wonderful Pixelmator software on my MacBook Pro. Clueless has special place in my heart forever, and though it was usually default for my white friends to call me Dionne (not that I hated it, Stacy Dash is incredibly gorgeous) but deep down I always felt more affiliation with Tai (Brittany Murphy). Passion for a spliff over a pair of tartan mini skirts, I’ll admit the comparisons are limited. However her dopey expressions; scruffy tom boy look; her petite frame; her eagerness to improve herself and her overall goofiness when it came to Marvin the Martian, all seemed much more within reach than the rich valley beauties of Cher and ‘D’. And look at her face above – she’s talking trash and she’s got everyone hooked and she’s just so frigging cute doing it. So I thought it was apt to be used in my title. So there you go.