Bella Bohemian featured in the Jewelry Affaire Magazine

Bella Bohemian featured in the Jewelry Affaire Magazine

Hello lovely people! It’s been awhile…

Something I’ve realized recently is that I have to celebrate everything, absolutely everything, with the love of my life, friends, family, even the whole world, because my joy overflows from within. Packed with lots of happiness in my heart, I’m sharing a secret that I’ve been keeping for six months. I’m currently featured in the new Summer 2017 issue of Jewelry Affaire Magazine – a popular artisan magazine in the USA. On pages 8-9 I’m showing how to make one of my Bohemian necklaces. It’s something exciting to me since I really enjoy making things with my hands and don’t mind in explaining and sharing ideas or passing information along with those who are interested in learning new things in life.

I’m grateful and thankful for the opportunity of being published. It’s very important to see my work being recognized for the first time in a magazine, and for that I’m thrilled and very happy.

For those who know me for a very long time, know of my beginning, and to finally experience an acknowledgement of my hard work and growth feels incredible! To me, these are moments to celebrate with those closest to me, and that makes the experience even more amazing. There’re no words to express how it feels inside. It’s something completely new to me. I have this subtle feeling inside of me telling me this is just the beginning of many more exciting moments to come.

Much love to all!!! 馃挄聽馃帀聽馃挮

 

A BIG thank you to the editor Kelly Kirchner and the entire team @stampington.

June and New Blog Layout

June and New Blog Layout

Hello lovely people and Happy June!!!

It’s been on my mind for a while to resuscitate this blog and make things easier and organized so you could find the posts whithout much effort. I put in long hours to fix this blog also adding tags in every post to make sure things are working properly and smoothly. I deleted some older posts that I didn’t like or I guess should be less representative of what I want to write about today.

The best URL to use is https://bella.bluelf.me, especially if you’re going to log in to post replies.

There are new Social Media icons displayed in the right side of this blog, easily visible to share the posts you like. Sadly with the above http to https change, I lost all the numbers representing liked and shared posts. For now I’m starting with zero, so please start sharing again and point to (copy/paste) the URL with https:// specifically …

If you have any questions or suggestions about the new blog or blogging in general, feel free to let me know … After all I’m here because I like to hear from you.

Not too long ago we went kayaking across the Mission Bay Channel to Mission Bay here in San Diego. Something completely new to me. The weather was perfectly bright blue skies and a cool breeze blowing in our faces, and splashes of water refreshing our body. It was a lot of fun being out there in the middle of the bay. I saw for the first time an old Mississippi style steam boat full of passengers. I thought this was very cool for an old style boat like this to still be running.

These photos were taken while in the front seat of our kayak. The view is crystal clear because I was so close to many of these old cargo ships, birds and bridges. As a side note, I would not recommend for anyone to kayak in these waters because you share these waters with either powered or large other craft and their captains may not see you. Even if you wear bright safety vests it’s still a bit of a risk.

I really enjoyed being out there in the early morning and the experience of feeling the water, the sun and the smell of salt in the air, is truly amazing.

After we finished kayaking, it was time to find something to eat. Along the way, we came across these lovely pink buttercup blossoms all over the harbor. And the blue sky was a perfect backdrop for a photo.

PS: If you’re planing to visit San Diego here is the Aqua Adventures Kayaks & Paddleboards to rent.

Have a Fantastic New Year

Have a Fantastic New Year

Hi dear readers, hope you enjoyed the holiday break with friends and loved ones where聽ever you are, be it in the tropics or in snowy places.

Hope you are rested and ready to a fresh start?! I think 2017 is going to be an amazing and interesting year! May it be a year of peace and understanding聽among聽humanity. That way we can stop being too sensitive and instead, work and progress together for a better future.

How can one聽help others without first looking inside, establish inner peace and clarity, long before attempting to change the world at large!? Oddly, so many people聽quote ‘be the change‘, yet their actions point more towards rash outer anxiety and even aggression聽as opposed to actual quiet, inner work over time. If benevolent change is sought, responsibility聽starts within and from there, love, maturity and wisdom radiate outward. That’s the only way productive change can happen. This may sound like I’m preaching, however, it is the truth, with hope of inspiring a few …

So let’s speak up for what we believe for sure, but do a little research first on the subject, so we don’t look like a fool. Don’t anticipate, judge or classify anyone for what may happening. First, give a person a chance, inspire and be inspired; share kindness with strength, forgiveness and gratitude and your dreams will come true.

Wishing you all the Best for the New Year 鈥斅爈et’s make the most of it!!!

 

Hello 2015

Hello 2015

Hello dear friends and readers!

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season, with your families and friends, and are ready for聽a new beginning.

May 2015 will be a year of peace and calm around the world. Hope that the new year brings to each of us more kindness in our hearts, the magic of the smile spread like a good seed that flourishes in our gardens and decorates our homes. Open your arms to those that really need your love and affection comforting them with your warmth and kind words.

Don’t rush to do anything, instead, make time to talk with聽your neighbors or family members asking how they聽are doing. Spending time with others may be the last time that this person feels loved.

Find a non-profit organization to volunteer with. There are so many to pick from and you’ll find out how rewarding it is to make a聽contribution to society when you use your time or skills in a constructive way. Less television more books, less sitting around more walking outside and spending time with Nature, more veggies and less meat.

Sweetness of life is chocolate and ice-cream but with moderation …

Protect children聽and聽animals and think more about our environment because it’s our only planet. If we continue to destroy it for profit, nothing will be left.

Like Harrison Ford once said: Nature doesn’t need us we need nature.

 

These are some of the things I’m looking forward to this year? Will you join me?

All the Best to a new You this year! What are you most looking forward to in 2015?

2015 quote for bella.bluelf.me

Interview with Artist – Myra Sj枚berg

Interview with Artist – Myra Sj枚berg
Myra Sj枚berg - Artist
Myra Sj枚berg – Artist

Meet Myra Sj枚berg the 29-year old Danish born artist who grew up in an artistic family. Her father, a Danish glassblower, is the owner of a shop in Denmark and mother is Swedish with a degree in fashion and tailoring. Myra lived in a town called Skagen which is located in the North of Denmark where two oceans meet. She described nature up there as really gorgeous and peaceful, a perfect place to raise a family; she thinks that’s the main reason that her parents decided to move up there was to raise her and an older brother.

Being 聽exposed to a lots of imagination and creativity from a very early age helped develop her artistic skills such as drawing. Myra was always surrounded by her parents’ artistic friends, one whom later became her first art teacher.

From her drawings and sketches you can see the evolution on her work as an artist over the years. Her themes are mysterious and intimately beautiful with a soft touch of darkness through fine details, surprising us in each of her paintings.

For about 5 years, Myra now lives and works in Malm枚, Sweden. It’s a relatively small city, close to Copenhagen where most of her exhibitions are displayed.

So enjoy this exclusive interview with this amazing artist and person. She shares her dreams, inspirations and thoughts. And please visit Myra Sj枚berg official website.

RH: You are a self-taught artist; describe to us when you received your first calling as an artist?

MS: When I was 21 I attended an artschool in Denmark and it was there that I painted my very first oil painting. I had previously mostly worked with water colour 鈥 so this was a whole new medium for me, and I fell in love instantly. Working with oil colour came very natural to me and that first experience really made me want to be an artist.
The reason why I fell in love with painting is because of the magic you can create with texture and dimension. I love making something on a flat surface come to life – it makes me feel as if I’m some sort of Doctor Frankenstein.

RH: What did you draw/sketch or paint for the first time?

MS: My first oil painting was an impressionistic piece called Phinneas. It is a dark painting with an androgynous figure surrounded by a plume of feathers. I painted it in one night, so it was a very intense and awesome experience which really made me want to become an artist.

RH: How do the teachings of Carl Jung influence you in your art?

MS: I am very inspired by Carl Jungs theories about the collective unconscious, archetypes and how we can gain knowledge about ourselves from the symbols in our dreams.
The collective unconscious is different from the individual unconscious in that it is something passed down to us that can’t be explained by social heritage. It consists of pre-existing forms known as archetypes. I try to use these archetypes in my paintings, such as my fairytale series. I believe that when I use characters or archetypes which resonate in the collective unconscious it makes my artwork more relate-able to other people.
My art is very much derived from my own subconsciousness, I find that my best work is always based on instinct and I try not to over-think my ideas because it almost always makes them seem one dimensional and uninspired.

Fairytale series by Myra Sj枚berg
Fairytale series by Myra Sj枚berg

RH: Inspired by Sci-Fi, Fantasy and comic books, how did you apply these genres in your artwork?

MS: I work in a sci-fi and fantasy bookstore in Malm枚 and have always been very inspired by these genres. My favorite books growing up was The Lord of the Rings I read those books again and again. Tolkien was an expert at creating believable worlds that you could immerse yourself in completely and his descriptions of his world Middle Earth always painted such amazing pictures in my mind. I hope to one day be able to illustrate those books myself. All in all I guess it’s the world building within these genres that really inspires me.

RH: Do you have any favorite Sci-Fi comic books and movies 鈥 why?

MS: In science fiction you get to travel to the future or the past or far far away to another galaxy. The visuals of science fiction are so sublime, Blade Runner is a personal favorite of mine. I think it is the combination of film noir, futurism and oriental culture that really appeals to me, there’s such a nostalgic mood to the film.
China Mieville is another author I really like 鈥 I have only read a few of his books so far, but my boyfriend tells me that we share very similar ideas, i.e. I made an amazone warrior whose armor is made of her own blood 鈥 apparently such warriors can also be found in Mieville’s book The Scar. Angela Carter and Neil Gaiman also come to mind 鈥 they both have a very poetic and yet simple and elegant language and I love the moods and emotions that their writing evokes in me. My fairytale paintings (which were my first series of paintings and exhibition) was very much inspired by both of these authors.Horror is another genre that I’m very inspired by, I really love the visuals and the balance between the beautiful and the grotesque. The filmmaker David Lynch is also one of my sources of inspiration and I love old black and white cinema such as The Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Metropolis. And last but not least I love comic books. My personal guru is Alan Moore, writer of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Miracle Man and many more amazing books. His ideas and storytelling have really inspired me to make my own comic book, and I am currently in a collaboration with a writer about doing just that.

RH: You attended just one year of art school at Kunsth枚jskolen Thorstedlund in Denmark; why did you stop?

MS: I attended Kunsth枚jskolen Thorstedlund right after high school. I needed some time and some breathing room to figure out what I wanted to do with my life and h枚jskoler in Denmark is a great way to do that. It’s not really a formal education but more of a one year course in whatever you find interesting. I chose a school that had some great art programs and I had a really wonderful time. It was a great way to take a breather and explore whatever artistic interests I had to a more full extent. I met a lot of great people and teachers and decided to extend my stay from 6 months to a full year.

RH: How do you select your favorite subjects?

MS: I draw on my inspiration from my interests in litterature, cinema and history. For instance, my latest series started with my fascination of werewolves 鈥 in particular female werewolves 鈥 from there I start collecting inspiration, books, movies and whatever else I can find.
I was very interested with the werewolf as a symbol of female strength which at the same time differs from the popular ideals of beauty and feminine qualities. I wanted to make a series of paintings which empowered women and showed the connection between the woman and the wolf.
The space that I’m going to exhibit in is just one small room, so this was something I had to take into consideration. I slowly started to evolve my idea into an exploration of the links between spirituality and nature. In this way, one idea became another – which is something that is often necessary when you work creatively. But I’m sure I will get to do my female werewolf series soon, as of now part of that idea is incorporated into the other.
As I’ve mentioned before I work primarily from my instincts and my subconscious. Whenever I begin a series of paintings it’s usually from a stream of consciousness. I’ll find a subject matter that interests me and the original idea will always expand.

RH: How do you define art?

MS: Oscar Wilde said it perfectly in the preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray:
鈥淭he artist is the creator of beautiful things. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.鈥
In my opinion art is not something we as a species need to survive but it is something that makes life worth living. A great civilization should be judged not only on how it treats it’s citizens but also on the significance that it places on artistic expression. Art is the voice of the people, it is a Litmus test indicating whatever is going on in society and an expression of the human state of being.

RH: Who did you admire most when you started painting? And now? Are there any artist whose work you enjoy today?

MS: When I was younger the first painters that I gravitated towards were Frida Kahlo, Kandinsky, John Waterhouse, Nicholas Kalmakoff, Gaudi, Chagall and the Swedish illustrator John Bauer. I still love all of these artists but now I also love Egon Schiele, Vermeer, Frank Frazetta, Milo Manara, Enki Bilal, Moebius, Georg Gudni, Dave Mckean, Arthur Rackham, Francis Bacon, Edward Hopper, Louise Bourgeois, Jackson Pollock , James Jean and Filmmakers such as David Lynch, Sally Potter, Jane Champion, Quentin Tarrantino, Ridley Scott, Stanley Kubrick and Jim Jarmusch.
I consider my work to be very cinematic and I love working with the illusion that my paintings are on the verge of coming to life 鈥 I think this trait in particular is inspired by my love of cinema and the theater.

RH: Tell us about your workspace and your creative process? Does it matter where you live as an artist?

MS: Right now I live and work in Malm枚, Sweden. I share a studio space in a basement with 7 other artists. I don’t have a lot of space, but I’m very fortunate that the rent is very affordable. The company that owns our apartment building have started a great project in which they create studios for local artists in empty locales in their buildings around town. Of course I often wish that I had more space to create some of my bigger paintings, but it’s really great to have a studio either way, because it’s a place away from home where I’m not distracted by everyday trivialities and where I’m able to meet and work alongside other creative people. I don’t think that you need to have a studio in order to be creative. Having restrictions can often force you to find creative solutions to problems. But at the same time I feel that I’m constantly growing and evolving as an artist and part of that process is figuring out how I work in the most optimal way. Having a studio has certainly helped me become more focused and I like the idea of ‘going to work’ every day.

Pippalicious Fairytale series continue by Myra Sj枚berg
Pippalicious – Fairytale series continue by Myra Sj枚berg

RH: What are the best and the worst part of being a full time, working artist?

MS: The absolute best part of being a full time artist is that I have full control about how I want to plan my workday and what I want to create. I love the process of beginning a new project or working on an exhibition 鈥 the feeling that the work is all mine and that I don’t have to take anyone else’s opinion into consideration is both a wonderfully fulfilling and very liberating experience but it also means that I’m fully responsible for the work process and if I don’t meet a deadline or live up to my own expectations there is no one to blame but myself.

RH: What other interest do you have outside of art? And what dreams do you still wish to fulfill?

MS: My dream has always only been to become a respected artist among my peers and to hopefully be able to make a living doing what I love. I have a few goals that I’m working on making a reality such as creating a comic book, illustrating a children’s book and maybe even becoming a writer one day. I’d also love doing an exhibition abroad and I definitely want to travel more. I think it’s important to have goals and dreams 鈥 but I think it’s even more important to try to make them into a reality.

RH: What’s the best lesson you’ve learned along the way? And what’s been your best decision?

MS: The best lesson I’ve learned along the way is that every moment is a new beginning and also to trust my gut instinct. Working as an artist means being in a state of constant fragility because the work you do is so closely connected to your confidence and sense of self worth at the same time it’s very fulfilling work that lets you grow as a person in a very spiritual way. I try to focus on this part of the process and not so much the end result of my creative endeavors 鈥 it’s all about the journey, not the destination. My best decision has definitely been to start taking myself seriously as an artist. The big change came when I quit my full time restaurant job and started calling myself an artist instead of a ‘waitress who loved painting’.

Call of the Wild by Myra Sj枚berg
Call of the Wild by Myra Sj枚berg

RH: What are your goals as an artist? How do you see yourself progressing? Or does this matter?

MS: My goal as an artist is simply to keep evolving and growing with my work. I used to have aspirations of being a famous artist but now it’s more than enough to simply enjoy my creative process and to be able to create without the added pressure that my work has to sell. I’ve always felt that as long as I’m in love with what I do 鈥 then someone, somewhere out must feel the same way and appreciate my passion and the beauty and truth in my work.

RH: Which five words best describe you?

MS: Creative, dreamer, shy, stubborn, silly.

RH: Are there any new or upcoming project(s) you are working on that you’d like to share with us?

MS: At the moment I’m working on several projects, one is a comic book, another is a children’s book, then there’s a huge mural that I’m doing together with another artist from my studio. My next big series will most likely be an exploration of female goddesses and how all religion stems from the same archetypes. Also I might do another female werewolf inspired series.

RH: Are there any other thoughts or anything else you would like to share?

MS: I think art today is a very relative term. You can argue that anything is art, if you are using the right arguments and have a way with words. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with this.
The real question is; what is good art and what is not. The only person who can really answer this is oneself.
The only purpose that I have as an artist is to communicate my own truth and learn and grow in this constant stream of thought and revelation. Hopefully my artwork becomes a kind of mirror that people can see something of themselves in and we can share this journey of discovery and wonder.

Portrait by Myra Sj枚berg
Portrait by Myra Sj枚berg
Drawings/sketchers series Myra Sj枚berg
Drawings/sketchers series Myra Sj枚berg

PS: All images here are used with permission. Please do not distribute without first contacting the artist.

Happy 2013!

Happy 2013!

Happy New Year!! To my dear friends far and near. I hope you had a lovely holiday. I’ve missed you and so excited to share this coming year together. I believe that 2013 will be a really AWESOME year.

Each of us has their own wishes and goals to be achieved this year. I’ve been thinking about how and where I want to focus my time and energy. Since I’ve never been good in making a list of resolutions because every year is different and we can’t predict the things that can happen.

What I can do is to continue living a more minimalist and meaningful life, find a better balance between work and recreation, let my mind be free to learn and grown without involving it in too much thinking or polluting my mind with things that are outside of my control. Else if you let it, these can stop one’s progress in life. I realized when we do that, our body and soul are so much lighter after all and it feels so good to be this way. When you just let things be, it seems like an invisible force is protecting you and your path is wide open, and you just need to follow and believe in the force of your dreams. It is a good time to take more risks in 2013.

And one more thing I wish more than anything else, is that more good people come out of their cocoons, their safety zones. Stop giving so much importance to trivia or idolize people. Help each other without expecting return favors. Act in kindness from the heart. Respond to emails, respond to comments supporting your blog friends, especially those who just started. Make contact with someone that you haven’t seen in a very long time to say Hi or ask how they’re doing to say I was just thinking about you. Wave to your neighbor with a smile. Before all the fancy technology & social networking, people used to write pages of long beautiful letters to the loved ones. Mail used to travel weeks even months until it reached its final destination. Do you know why one would expend all this effort? Because people from that time used to CARE so as to spend quality time! So let’s care a little more today and make time for our friends, family and loved ones …

You will be surprised how you can make someone happier or maybe even create a small miracle with simple gestures like that. The human spirit, once awoken, is capable of so much beauty, creativity and good if only the heart is open. The miracle that it hence set free in the present moment will be its own reward.

So again have a wonderful New Year and enjoy every moment of your life because it is precious.

THANK YOU so much for being here and posting your lovely comments. Hearing from you makes me happy… I’m ready to make this an amazing year and you’re all included.

Love always!

Interview: British Fashion Designer Charlie May

Interview: British Fashion Designer Charlie May

Meet Charlie May the 24 year-old London based designer. She graduated from the University of the West of England in 2010 with a BA (hons) in Fashion Design, and achieved her London Fashion Week debut with her own label at such a young age. Presenting her first full Spring-Summer 2012 women’s ready-to-wear collection. Ms. May’s designs are a reflection of her passion for fashion which she combines with minimalism, precise interesting tailoring and impeccable finishing to clothing. In addition, her designs are freshly charming with simple silhouettes that slip on your body with elegance.

To learn more about Charlie May, please visit her official website.聽And her clothing line can exclusively be purchased at BENGT.

RH: You were born and raised on a farm in the South West of England. How did you manage to make the transition to fashion designer esp. at such a young age?
CM: I was totally unaware of fashion until college, I loved shoes and was planning to open a shoe shop, so started a business course. It was then I started getting into Riot Grrl music and DIYing my clothes, I very quickly realised I needed to switch to Art & Design, specialising in Fashion and fell more and more in love!

RH: Tell us about your design process from beginning to end and what is a typical day for you?
CM: My day really varies depending on the stage of the season! The design process for a collection starts usually in the middle of creating the last one; I think about it a lot, the colour palette, the fabrics, the whole mood, and then about 3 months before fashion week and start designing and buying the fabrics. The fabrics then need to be dyed, I toile for a couple of months until the garments are spot on and then start working with my seamstress. The original design sheet usually ends up quite different as I chop and change a lot as I go on, the styling is also changed around before the presentation.

RH: How do you select your fabrics, before or after you draw your collection? And what you look for when choosing a fabric?
CM: I love using naturals fabrics; silks, wools and leathers are my favourite! I’ll loosely design the collection, then buy the fabrics and re draw, letting the newly bought fabrics inspire the designing. As soon as I feel the fabric, I know the purpose they should have.

RH: What does fashion mean to you? And do you have any other passions besides fashion?
CM: Fashion is all about design to me personally. A garment that makes you ask how it was made and the story behind it.聽My other passions are travel and photography which I share through my blog Girl a la Mode.

RH: What part of your job do you like the best? and Least?
CM: Seeing your garments being worn and loved is the absolute best feeling in the world! Also seeing them in editorials in a completely different context is a great feeling. I dislike the struggle for funding; as creating a collection is a huge money vacuum, but that is to be expected.

Spring-Summer 2012

RH: Do you remember your very first sale?
CH: Yes of course! I got an overwhelming response for the gold studded pony skin headbands from SS12 which I saw being worn around London fashion week!

RH: What’s the biggest, most important lesson your parents taught you?
CH: Work hard for what you want.

RH: What 5 words would best describe your brand?
CM: Minimal, clean, textured, androgynous and effortless,

RH: How would you define your style? If you could give women a fashion tip(s) to be fabulous, what would it be?
CM: Quite minimal and clean but tailored as well. I believe a woman looks more chic when she is comfortable with herself so don’t choose shoes you can’t walk in or a skirt that’s too short because it will show. Just be comfortable with who you are!

RH: Who would you most like to see wearing your clothes?
CM: Tilda Swinton!

 

Autumn-Winter 2012

RH: Who is your style icon(s) and why?
CM: I take a lot of style inspiration from bloggers; here are some of my favourites – Ivania of Love Aesthetics, Jayne of Stop It Right Now, Josefin of Fashion Sphere

RH: What are your goals with your brand? How do you see yourself progressing?
CM: I hope to show on schedule at fashion week and be selling in boutiques worldwide, when I get there, I’ll be happy.

RH: Do you have any any hidden or unusual talents?
CM: I can bend my arms back pretty far, I guess that’s just a talent for creeping people out.

RH: What’s your favorite getaway spot? And where would you like to live other than London?
CM: I love to getaway to my hometown in Devon, on the farm and in the countryside, it’s my happy place! I wouldn’t want to live in London forever, but I wouldn’t want to go back to Devon either; I’ll have to do some more traveling to find out.

RH: 聽Is there anything you’d like to share with us about upcoming project(s)?
CM: Nothing I can talk about yet but watch this space for some exciting collaborations!

PS: All images here are used with permission. Please do not distribute without first contacting the designer.

Have a Happy New Year

Have a Happy New Year

 

Hiiiii! Dear friends and Welcome to 2012… I’m finally back here after a very long time. I hope that everyone had an amazing Christmas and New Year… I didn’t mean to disappear, it’s just been such a busy 2011, a crazy year full of changes and unexpected surprises. In-between moving to a new place, working on new collections, guiding my web developer in the redesign on my new website in hopes of it going live on time for the holiday season. (with sadness I didn’t make it this past year for the holidays. I’m a perfectionist and very picky about certain things which to me need to be very well made: with inspiration and creativity. I prefer to postpone something than be unhappy later.)

So I’ve been choosing my goals for 2012 and I’m really looking forward to a calm and relaxing New Year filled with happiness, prosperity, health, peace, harmony, success, faith and flowers, generosity, hope, more sunshine and more smiles too. Let’s not just toast the New Year with champagne but being grateful for every blessing and achievement in our lives. Love and respect each human being without any judgment, take the time to smell the perfume of the flowers and look up at the stars, so many happy moments can shine in your souls 鈥 like the sun 鈥 and our dreams will come true. You have just to believe.

Thank you for all your support, friendship and generosity in your comments. It’s聽really聽my first time blogging this past year and has blossomed into an amazing experience as I am honored to be part of this blogging community. It truly means a lot to me and your kind words make me happy.

So cheers to a wonderful New Year for all of us !!!