By MARINA RYBAK
Cecilia Roger considers herself a painter of embroideries. “Needles are my brushes, threads are my pigments and precious fabrics are my canvasses.” Her creative spark is sustained by the vast knowledge and continuous exploration of the ancient art of silk embroidery. She is championing one of the oldest forms of artistic expression. We enter her intimate world of embellished handbags and home furnishings with renewed appreciation for this art, fascinated by Cecilia’s own devotion to it.
A native of Milan, presently living in Italy and Switzerland, Cecilia was sensitive to the rich historical and design influences of her surroundings early on. Her childhood passion to construct objects by hand enhanced a foundation of the belief system that “working with one’s hands helps us to connect to our soul and reveal our inner treasure.” Ultimately this philosophy nurtured a focal point of her artistic quest – creating embroideries.… ...Read more
By MARINA RYBAK
“If there’s no chocolate in Heaven, I’m not going.”
Jane Seabrook, Furry Logic Laugh at Life
To experience the sensory pleasure of melting chocolate at first bite is to take an epicurean joyride with a divine taste. It may rival a thrill of a passionate kiss, but it is a love adventure beyond the earthly realms.
According to Mayan cultures the noble tree of cacao, scientifically known as Theobroma cacao (drink of the gods in Greek) is a god’s gift to mankind. Shrouded in myth, this heaven’s original with ancestral roots in the Amazon Rainforest leaped into the vortex of history millenniums ago, shaping the course of human experience, its cultures, conquests and commerce on the global scale.
The sacred edible, later known as chocolate started out as an ambrosia for the privileged, consumed in the ceremonial rites of passage. Exchanged as a currency, the cacao bean … ...Read more
by MARINA RYBAK
If you are ready to meet your soulmate or a twin ﬂame of a garden variety (and we all have more than one), then Sharon Slowik is a matchmaker for you. Sharon is a plant whisperer. Her pioneering botanical oeuvre spans from creating “intelligent” experiential textiles to an essential oil and a horticulture therapy. Revealing our individual relationships with plants, it’s effects and beneﬁts, her multidimensional botanical work radically shifts our attention to the inﬂuential presence of the plant kingdom in our lives. By facilitating the custom-ﬁt alliances with plants which are uniquely our match, created through her artistic expression and healing practice, we are offered an opportunity to become intimately engaged with our phyto-partners on the path to profound personal growth and transformation. Raising our awareness along the way, we are faced with a subtle reminder of sometimes casually ignored fact that we equally share the … ...Read more
Part 3 ~ Meet the PURE Seamless Tank for Women
PURE Seamless stemmed from a design recipe, intending to bring forth Yin Yang polarities, together fusing the man’s undershirt and vintage corsetry in its essence.
While being an agent for shared intimacy, the tank may not be the first or only item of clothing that women boldly plucked out of men’s wardrobes for their own comfort and pleasure. After all, at one time men rivaled women in their love of wearing lace, an arena where females now rule. As a sartorial muse and a stand-in for voluptuous androgyny, the tank sparked an idea for a visual and tactile design palate that turned the heat on. Adding a dash of vintage corsetry DNA into the mix spiced up the recipe, unleashed the passion, and it began to smolder.
In a nutshell the result is a luxurious silk blend knitwear, specially developed … ...Read more
by Marina Rybak ~ Moon & Venus
Enveloped in its own controversies, the corset has been holding its firm grip on the feminine principle for half of the millennium. Its original function was to emphasize a slender waist, perceived as a sign of great feminine beauty. It was viewed as a status symbol of the elite, whose ability to be restrained in such a manner was associated with being virtuous and privileged.
When exposed, the corset exhibited an extravagance afforded by the wealthy. At times it was a reflection of vanity and female competitiveness. The flirtatious act of unlacing through the holes was charged with the power of suggestion and was a prelude to a sexual act, coquettishly implying intercourse. The concept of being comfortable in one’s body was nonexistent.
Nowadays, whether considered an anachronism and relic of the past by some accounts … ...Read more