Mr Ford, double life? congenital control freak cutting loose, there’s a message here, a really positive one

Initially I couldn’t work out why I was drawn to this piece in the Independent.  Guess the name Tom Ford,  an extremely creative man, synonymous with great style and fashion, and the fact it was set in 1962………   Tom Ford, A teen actor, a fashion designer and now maybe an oscar for his film debut , The Single Man, originally a book by Christopher Isherwood.  The stills are wonderfully stylish, set in the 60’s it has great attention to detail, even down to eye makeup but it had to be more than that.

This following words leapt of the page to me , Mr Ford is writing about himself, the creative psyche can be excruiatingly painful. ” Ford acknowledges that Falconer’s fastidiousness is his own, but below the surface, as I read it, the meticulous ritual of George’s life is also Ford’s acknowledgement of the supreme effort it has taken to keep order in his own life. He’s had his own battles with excess, occasionally waged in public, where the bad behaviour seems reasonably typical of the congenital control freak cutting loose. When order fails, that way lies madness, which Ford contemplates in the scenes when Falconer finally falls apart. “There’s a lot about me that people don’t know,” he has said. A Single Man hints at a double life”.  Then researching interviews with Tom I came across the following, these say it all.

Hearing the word “isolation”  and new then why I was drawn.  Its not just another  vehicle for him to excel but a vehicle to tell a very important story, one that in this time in history is extremely important for us all.  In his words, a book written by the false self, from a great distance observing the true self. learning to live in the present and not the future”

We have lost the enjoyment in the small things of life, the golden sun glinting in the snow, the sunrise everyday, a walk by the sea, instead we make make huge complex plans for future times, living in the future, then one day looking back and realising “what happened, where did all that time go?  Losing our connection to the planet, to each other has lead to generations of isolated people, this sounds like a film with a real spiritual message we can all learn from.

Creative food, or not?

A creative chicken no less, decorated for a king, had to be Louis XIV didnt it………………    Is this food to be seen or eaten, some I have shown this to thinks its totally offputing, black chicken?  Well I beg to differ, I think this has real wow factor.  Not sure I would “style” it with green chrysanthemums but thats just “my” taste, however, the idea of decorating a chicken  like this is magic.

I can imagine a lavish black banquet,  and extravaganza of deep burgundy black rose heads, dark baby abubergines and black cherries tumbling forth from a tall black cyrstal cake stand with chicken atop!!

Miss Tennenbaum has gone to the the trouble of showing us how to do it.  YOu can see this and so much more on her wonderful site, oh and by the way this is not a cooking website but a wonderful blog from a very talented young lady.  click here to visit her blog

(IN)DECOROUS TASTE.

I will not die an unlived life

Hot pinks and reds are favourites at the moment, love the vibrant energy waves these colours emit.  Have been playing at patterns again, this one is from a drawing that I illustrated a poem with.  A beautiful poem that touched my soul and forms the essence of my being.

I will not die an unlived life.

I will not live in fear

of falling or catching fire.

I choose to inhabit my days,

to allow my living to open me,

to make me less afraid,

more accessible;

to loosen my heart

until it becomes a wing,

a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance,

to live so that which came to me as seed

goes to the next as blossom,

and that which came to me as blossom,

goes on as fruit.

by Dawna Markova

Flickr: Your Photostream.

Design a Christmas Tree for Claridges Interior?

Well I would love to, but John Galliano beat me to it!  A few days ago this wonderful tree was unveiled at Claridges, the hotel in London know for its 30’s deco.  Mr Galliano chose to make this giant 20 foot tree with a “frosty” feel to it, with ice blue exotica, snow leopard and parrots…………………. Quite stunning, especially the way it has been lit to cast wonderful shadows on the wall.  I love it, what do you think?