4.15.2014

my MILAN DESIGN WEEK.

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last weekend we’ve been to the milan design week salone del mobile. my husband is an interior design so could we miss the most important event in the design world?! we decided to focus on just one area of the fuorisalone: ventura-lambrate.

as you can see i was more interested in people than in design… sorry giulio!

the last one is a picture of the three of us (zoe stayed at home with granny) taken by this machine called thermo booth, activated by the contact between people… amazing, right?!

lo scorso weekend siamo stati a milano, al salone del mobile. mio marito è un interior design quindi potevamo forse perderci il più importante evento nel mondo del design?! abbiamo deciso di concentrarci solo su un’area del fuorisalone: ventura-lambrate.

come potete vedere io ero più interessata alle persone che non al design… scusa giulio!

l’ultima è una foto di noi tre (zoe è rimasta a casa coi nonni) scattata da questa macchina che si chiama thermo booth, attivata dal contatto tra due o più persone… grandioso vero?

 

that’s some interesting link from around the world:

brera design district

milan design agenda

elle decor italia

a couple of designers i really really loved: ontwerpduo (picture on the right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY

COMMUNAL GLOBAL

BLACK AND WHITE WEDNESDAY

4.13.2014

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DSC_2704DSC_2842  "a portrait of my daughters, once a week, every week, in 2014"

Zoe Tiare: i love your smile!

Alma Aiko: your first spring…


Taking part in Jodi's weekly portrait series

4.08.2014

GARDALAND. with KIDS.

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yesterday we have been to a famous amusement park near where i live, with the ‘american side’ of the family (giulio’s brother, wife an their two adorable kids are here to visit us): gardaland! last time i’ve been there i was 16! giulio was so excited… even more than zoe… i didn’t know what to expect: last time i was a teenager and my only concern was doing as many rides on the carousels as possible, but this time i had a little girl and a baby… unfortunately zoe couldn’t go in most of the attractions because her tall is lower than 1 mt but she had fun anyway! the new area, called ‘prezzemolo land’ (prezzemolo is the mascot – 2nd picture) is a paradise for kids, along with some evergreen like ‘ortobruco tour’ or ‘i corsari’.

not to mention the fun that the grown-ups have had!! magic mountain, blue tornado, the new raptor… the adrenaline side of the park!

i was prepared for an hard day with the girls, but the nursery area is well organized, there are tons of places where you can eat, plazas where kids can run freely, and places with water for a quick refresh (the park is on the garda’s lake). the only advice that i have is to bring a dress change: there are attractions with water and the situation can become… very wet!

ieri siamo stati al famoso parco di divertimenti di gardaland con la parte ‘americana’ della famiglia (mio cognato, la moglie e i loro due splendidi bimbi). l’ultima volta che ci sono stata avevo 16 anni! giulio era così emozionato.. persino più di zoe! io non sapevo cosa aspettarmi: l’ultima volta ero solo una teenager, preoccupata di fare quanti più giri possibile sulle giostre, ma stavolta avevo due bimbe piccole… sfortunatamente zoe non è potuta salire su molte attrazioni perchè più bassa di 1mt ma si è divertita comunque! la nuova area chiamata ‘prezzemolo land’ è un paradiso per i bimbi, insieme agli storici ortobruco e corsari (e molti altri…)

e non vi dico quanto si sono divertiti gli adulti! montagne russe, blue tornado, il nuovo raptor… la parte adrenalinica del parco!

ero preparata ad una giornata faticosa con le bimbe ma l’area nursery è molto ben organizzata, ci sono tonnellate di posti in cui mangiare, posti in cui far correre i bimbi liberamente e acqua per rinfrescarsi (il parco da sul lago di garda). l’unico consiglio che vi dò è di portarvi un cambio di vestiti: ci sono giostre con l’acqua e la situazione può diventare … molto bagnata!

COMMUNAL GLOBAL

OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY

BLACK AND WHITE WEDNESDAY

4.06.2014

14/52

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"a portrait of my daughters, once a week, every week, in 2014"

Zoe Tiare: your face when i ask you “let’s take another picture?”

Alma Aiko: focused.

DSC_2540 copyand a family portrait the day of Alma’s Baptism.


Taking part in Jodi's weekly portrait series

4.03.2014

HANDMADE WITH PASSION: TRHAND

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i'm so lucky to have, among my friends, an amazing talented woman who is also a jewelry maker. chiara has always loved ears, rings & co. and now she runs a small business called trhand, creating pottery jewelry.
when alma was born i asked her to create a special pair of earrings and she made a unique wonderful piece just for me (I'm lucky eh?!)

these are some of my favorite pieces.

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let her introduces her work.

You did several pottery classes before creating jewelry with it. Did you already know that that was your way?
Well, I've been always in love with accessories like rings, earrings, necklaces... Pottery classes have given to me a chance to learn the process to shape something from nothing.

what was the first piece you made?
I made some white clay beads, thinking of assembling a long necklace for myself.

where do you get your inspiration?
I get inspiration from everything around me: in the nature (for example leafs, flowers and so on...) I can find a particular shape, in fabrics a wonderful texture, or in some artworks interesting details... I often look at the world around me with Trhand eyes!

what comes first, the shape or the color?
Shape comes first, always.

you are a new mom (her beautiful daughter is 7 months). Did this influenced your work?
Well, now that I'm a mother I don't want to give up wearing accessories but I'm in need to wear very light and simple jewelry, so I'm working to realize also some very easy-to-wear earrings and necklaces in my new Trhand Collection.

are you planning to use other materials in the future?
Last year in Milan I attended to a very interesting workshop about porcelain, so I wish to use this beautiful material as soon as possible for my objects.

if you hadn't expressed your creativity with jewelry, what else would you have done?
What a difficult question! Really, I've always created jewelry in my life: when I was just a teen I loved assembling glass and resin beads, then I experimented colored fabrics... I think I have no alternative to jewelry ;)

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don't forget to visit her etsy shop. i support local shops, especially when they make things with hands and heart!

non dimenticate di visitare il suo negozio su etsy e il suo sito! sosteniamo chi crea con le mani e con il cuore!

3.31.2014

FINDING DEPTH IN PHOTOGRAPHY.

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last week i thought about photography. i really love taking pictures, but taking good ones is beyond a simple hobby… it requires technique, study, practice and… an artistic touch! i don’t know if i have an artistic eye but i certainly can improve my study and my technique. i bought an ebook written by michael frye exposure for outdoor photography and i started studying…again. i already knew about depth of field, stops, light and iso, but i never try to find out what really means. that’s why this afternoon, while my feverish daughter was kind of sleeping, i took these pictures, trying to keep the same perspective. i set the camera (i use a nikon d90 with 85mm/1.8 lenses) on ‘a’ mode (you decide the aperture and the camera chooses the shutter speed) and took several pictures.

i already knew that the image would become sharper but i didn’t know ‘when’ exactly. unfortunately the light didn’t allowed me to shoot with closest stop.. i’ll try again outside, on a bright day.

i will share my ‘exercises along the way. the goal will be add more personality to my pictures and i’m ready to work on it.

la scorsa settimana pensavo alla fotografia. adoro scattare foto, ma scattarne di belle va al di là del semplice hobby… richiede tecnica, studio, pratica… e un tocco artistico. non so se ho occhio artistico, ma posso certamente migliorare il mio studio e la mia tecnica. ho comprato l’e-book di michael frye exposure for outdoor photography e ho iniziato a studiare… di nuovo. sapevo già di profondità di campo, stop, luce e iso, ma non ho mai tentato di capire veramente cosa significhino. ecco perchè questo pomeriggio, mentre la mia bimba malaticcia cercava di dormire, ho scattato queste foto, cercando di mantenere la stessa prospettiva. ho impostato la macchinetta (una nikon d90 con obiettivo 85mm/1.8) sul programma ‘a’ (tu imposti l’apertura dei diaframmi e lei decide la velocità di scatto) e ho scattato queste foto.

sapevo che l’immagine avrebbe acquisito nitidezza ma non sapevo ‘quando’ esattamente. sfortunatamente la luce non mi ha permesso di scattare con diaframmi più chiusi… ci proverò di nuovo all’aperto, in una bella giornata luminosa.

condividerò i miei ‘esercizi’ durante la via. l’obiettivo finale è aggiungere più personalità alle mie foto e sono pronta a lavorarci su.

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