Knitting in Venice

As I walked down all the tiny streets and over bridges in central Venice I was bombarded by design and fashion. Most of it was luxurious. Some of it was fronted by men selling contraband right in front of Prada’s windows, calling to the tourists to buy their genuine look-a-like goods. At times I felt uncomfortable with this contrast between high-fashion couture set in air-conditioned shops and the men who stayed put on the streets in the sun until caught – which seemed to rarely happen.

I looked out for the original, small artisan seller. Paper, glass and jewellery makers were dotted about here and there. I recall my mother and her friends being very fond of Italian gold – it has a certain patina and weight that distinguishes it from all the others.

Then I found a yarn shop with  smiling knitters inside, despite 38C of heat every day…and like all yarn people, were extremely helpful. They told me their story and all about their yarns. We talked in a combination of English and Italian, enabling each other. We decided to stay in touch to share.

Dio benedice i maghi italiani!

 

Article – JK Rowling’s success

This article is well thought-out and presented on the subject of hitting rock bottom and options thereafter.

https://qz.com/961875/how-jk-rowling-overcame-depression-and-rejection-to-end-up-selling-400-million-books/

I think it’s true that depending on personal circumstances, when you are placed in a position of having less, it can give you a focus in your work. But you do need to be able to  do more than merely exist.

It is possible to defy Mazlo’s hierarchy of needs. There are many examples around the world of people succeeding with creative zeal whilst living in extremely difficult circumstances. Determination, tenacity and talent all play a role, but mostly being true to yourself, having integrity, believing in the work you are producing.

Maybe JK is a one-off, a bit like Elvis, but that’s not to say that you shouldn’t write your story, in fact, you should. Write it and put it out there. Someone will read it.

I know many artists, writers, musicians who live with depression. Maybe it goes with the territory. Art, afterall, is a therapeutic thing, this I do believe.

Shut out the noise and focus, find a way.

This is all, of course, a note to myself.

 

 

Summer reading – Ferrante

I think I have found my summer reading as long as the library can supply me with the books.

Just finished the first Napoli novel My Brilliant Friend. I enjoyed Ferrante’s storytelling style through the eyes of Lenu, her passages of narrative interspersed with just enough conversation. I now know the neighbourhood, the characters. The friendship with Lila is familiar as is the community way of being.

It is beautifully translated. Not a single blip! On to the next one soon. The collection is very popular and reservation numbers are high as we all jostle for the books.

I believe an adaptation for screen is coming.

http://elenaferrante.com