"This has to be the most brilliant start up I have heard about for a very long time. For all among us who don’t relish the idea of a typical tourist resort kind of vacation, and have neither the skills nor the desire to climb Mount Everest, there's this...
Geetika Agrawal of R/GA (design firm) in New York has launched, Vacation With An Artist (VAWAA). Agrawal dreamed up this travel idea while on her own 12-month sabbatical away from the agency. During this leave, Agrawal spent a month in each of twelve countries using her time to find artists with whom travelers can learn a skill through the VAWAA program.
After spending one month in each of Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey, Malaysia, Vietnam, India, Japan, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Peru, she landed back in New York with a network of artists skilled in shoemaking, ceramics, rattan weaving, sacred movement and healing, natural dyeing, calligraphy, woodworking, felting, tango, and more. The list is always growing, and includes a bespoke shoemaker in Prague; a wet plate collodion photographer in Slovenia; a leather shadow puppet maker in Malaysia; a creative writer in Vietnam; and a bamboo bicycle maker in Bangalore.
She is always on the lookout for new artisans. As she travels, Agrawal has been personally curating the artists, with whom travellers can book studio sessions through the site. Each studio session is open to a maximum of one to three guests to make the experience authentic and of the highest possible quality. It is meant to be an intimate experience. Agrawal works with the artists to create an outline for each studio session that defines the duration, price and experience.
"Although some may compare this to a workshop or a course, I call it a 'studio session' because of the depth and richness of the experience. It is a period of time you spend together with an artist in their studio learning not just the techniques, but also getting to know the artist and understanding their creative process—including going to the market to buy materials or taking short trips. Depending on the artist and their art, this can vary from 10 hours to 100 hours spread over a couple of days to a few weeks with daily or periodic interaction. Most of the time is spent in the artist's workspace, which can be their atelier, home or outdoors."
All photos courtesy of VAWAA
For more information see the VAWAA website
Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) was arguably the most famous artist of the High to Late Italian Renaissance, and along with fellow Renaissance artists Leonardo Da Vinci and Raphael, inarguably one of the greatest artists of all time.
Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475 in Caprese (near Florence) in Tuscany. He was motherless by the age of six and fought long and hard with his father for permission to apprentice as an artist. At the age of twelve, he began studying under Domenico Ghirlandaio, who was the most fashionable painter in Florence at the time. According to Michelangelo, Ghirlandaio was extremely jealous of the youth’s emerging talent. He passed the lad off to be apprenticed with a sculptor named Bertoldo di Giovanni. Here Michelangelo found the work that became his true passion.
Michelangelo was a sculptor. He referred to himself as such, and vastly preferred working with marble to almost anything else.His sculpture came to the attention of the very powerful Medici family in Florence, and he gained their patronage. Among his early works, the Pieta commissioned by the Vatican, and David (in 1504) commissioned by the city of Florence proclaimed his unprecedented ability to transform marble from a slab of stone to a brilliant evocation of the human experience. Michelangelo was also an architect and an amateur poet.
I love Instagram. I personally use it all the time for business and pleasure. It ranks right up there with Facebook as my favorite social network. I think every artist who is on Facebook should be on Instagram as well.
Why Is Instagram Important?
First of all, let’s talk about what Instagram is. I’m surprised at how many people still don’t know what it is, or how to use it. In the beginning, people considered it only to be where you post pictures of your coffee cup that look like you shot it with an expired polaroid. Well, much like how people now use Twitter for much more than just saying what they had for breakfast, artists all over the world are using it to promote and sell their art, including myself. Instagram is just an app where you take any picture from your phone and upload it to your account. Other people can follow your account, and your photos show up in their “feed,” just like Facebook. The main difference with Instagram as opposed to Facebook is that you can ONLY post photos. Another big difference is that the feed is completely chronological, instead of Facebook’s feed which prioritizes what you see with an algorithm. That algorithm may or may not show your post to those who follow you. Instagram, however, will always show your picture as long as that person is following your feed, and happens to be browsing Instagram within a few hours of when you posted it. This is the main advantage over Facebook. Plus as artists, seeing a feed full of pretty pictures is its own pleasure!
This blog is perhaps one of the toughest pieces I have written in a long while. It is not a whine, really it isn't. It is a little about not always knowing how tough the path is for the people in our lives. It is mainly about how little it takes to offer the gift of support and how difficult life can be without it.
I believe I am the sort of person who will help another in need whenever possible. I may know said person (intimately or only slightly) or not know them at all. I may be crazy busy in my own life. I may be so low in spirit I am finding life almost unbearable. I have been known to drop everything to come to the aid of a fellow human in many circumstances. Sometimes I am just not physically mobile. I may just share a post or a blog or a photo. Sometimes I tell others of accolades received or exhibits/shows/concerts upcoming. I truly feel most of us would not be wherever we are without this kind of support.
Mervyn O’Gorman (1871-1958) was a well known British engineer. During WW1 he was head of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough. O’Gorman was also known as an early pioneer of color photography. Many of his images are included in exhibitions referencing early color photography, including these ethereal photos of his daughter Christina taken in 1913. The Autochrome process which was used in these photos, was the first single-plate color process that was truly accessible to the public.
The images are from Lulworth Cove, Dorset and feature Christina in bright red attire. Red was a colour the early process captured well. (via PetaPixel, Mashable, and National Media Museum)