Merry Christmas and The SCAD Alumni Atelier Award

The Christmas celebration is just upon us with its beautiful forever green tree, glittery and delicate ornaments, gifts, baked goods, carols and stories. This time feels so much filled with love, nostalgia for a year that is about to end, and desire to remember, celebrate and cherish the best in us.

It it at this time that I share with you a recent professional achievement that awaits to begin for me in 2017. As I have always contemplated the idea of artistic imagination and innovation, I spent 2016 working on an intricate project proposal for SCAD, a project that I was long dreaming about to bring to life. Thus, I am extremely honored to announce that I have been selected as the Winter 2017 recipient of the SCAD Alumni Atelier Ambassadorship, an artist residency conceived and endowed by SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace.

The SCAD Alumni Atelier is a commissioned artist in residence ambassadorship, and as an Atelier Ambassador I will create an innovative site-specific photographic project in Savannah, GA. My project explores photography’s static character using technology to reveal a multisensory experience that will challenge and amplify the way we see, hear, and remember images. The project uniquely combines still-life photography with motion and sound design, revealing new ways of experiencing time and space.

I will soon share more about this upcoming project, and the creative process behind it, but for now, I cannot tell you in words, how thankful I am for this opportunity that will give me the time, means, and mentorship I need to focus and create a new body of work in the unique artistic and educational environment of SCAD. Merry Christmas, love and cherish this wonderful time of celebrating the family, friends and loved ones coming together!


Cecile Boccara and Eiffel Tour

As I spent a week in Paris this summer, I got to experience the entire spectrum of Eiffel Tour's appearance, on and after rain or at dusk, but the most beautiful moments were always at night, when the play of lights would scatter shiny lights over Paris. This is when I would record these beautiful living stills that would take my photographic Parisian experience to other level.

I really wanted to have this aura of the Parisian chic simplicity and timeless beauty reflected in my wedding accessories too. And this is why my mother introduced me to the very delicate and sophisticated haute couture jewelry designed in Paris by Cécile Boccara. I just fell in love with this luminous rose gold tiara that I knew it had to discretely shine on my head on my wedding day.

Decorated with Swarovski crystals, this fine gilded tiara is absolutely to die for. The way the light is reflected off the crystals reminds me so well of the Eiffel Tour's projections of light over Paris. Not only that this tiara is very versatile in design and ways to wear it, but it also looks so confidently feminine and modern. This art jewelry piece is something to wear again and again, and feel like wrapped in a special aura. It almost feels like the sun light and the Parisian style have been sealed into the discreet glitter of this delicate adornment.

To photographically explore the delicacy of this tiara, I used as contrast the intricacy and fragility of natural elements. Here, glittery cave and river rocks get juxtaposed with plants and moss to create a beautiful tension between the naturalness of both the organic and constructed elements of this precious piece of jewelry.  More of my Parisian experience here, and here.

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Winter Spice Cappuccino and Remarkable Gifting with Florilegium

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, there is no better way to awaken your senses for finding the perfect gift and warming up, than with a winter spice cappuccino and a tempting Florilegium sale! Celebrate the holidays in style and say thank you to your family and friends with a remarkable gift this year. Take 20% off Florilegium (use code GIFTLOVE at checkout) or have the magazine sent to your country for free (use code SENDLOVE at checkout) so that you can enjoy the holidays in the best way possible. Using same coupon codes you can purchase also the new fine art Florilegium postcards sets available in my shop here.

And while you're enjoying your holiday sale shopping with Florilegium, try my new go-to cappuccino this winter. Generously topped with milk foam, this espresso-based beverage smells and tastes amazing. The key ingredient is a fragrant blend of some of your most amazing spices in the pantry. All you need to do to get that holiday and winter-y flavor in your cappuccino or for that matter any drink, is to blend 1/2 teaspoon for each of these spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom; and 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice and ground cloves. Mix the spices together in a small bowl and add it to taste to your coffee. It not only smells amazing, but it tastes great too! You can also use this spice mix on any of your favorite cakes or pastries! Trust me, from now on you will use this blend on (almost) everything! Discover also my freddo cappuccino, spiced cappuccino or chai tea, if you feel like you deserve a spin on your morning beverage.

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