Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Think Tank Thursday #106 Carnival

Today, we are going to try something new.  I would like to feature a different artist once a month. When I say art, it will be different mediums, sometimes paint, mixed media, and other mediums.  I would like to introduce you to, Fabiola D'Antuono.  Fabiola runs a shop on Etsy, called ArchivioGotico Postcards & Garlands.   She lives in Italian and is a visual artist. She gathers images and turns them into postcards n' garlands. Her view is poetic. She strings beautiful images into garlands and makes postcards, I think could inspire poetry.  Her themes vary, but all have visual stunning elements together weave a story.  Her art is aesthetically pleasing~

Ella:   Could you tell us how your shop came to be?  

Fabiola:   I am by nature a paper-sniffer. Shoving my nose into a freshly printed book is a heart-lifting  experience. I am also a vintage lover. So I thought “why not combine these two passions”?  This is how my shop began.  What wonderful objects one can create with paper and a bit of string or ribbon!



 Her visually cut-outs are created by what inspires her a story, poem or song.   She was kind enough to share some of her postcards with us today, for our prompt #106 Carnival.
Ella:  "Fabiola could you share what inspired this collection?"


Fabiola:    "Rusholme Ruffians is one of my favourite Smiths songs.
It captures the darkness of fun fairs. I remember the fairs I went to. It was November 5th and there were bonfires and goldfish to win, candyfloss and that dark November sadness."


Ella:  Fabiola, how beautiful, what a lovely memory!   I love how you visual collect and gather images to express memories.  Your images help us remember facets of our lives, like magic strings they evoke an emotion, a memory. These postcards make me crave Cotton Candy(Candyfloss) and a ride on the Ferris Wheel.  I love the symbols you select for your garlands, they have an universal appeal. Could you share a bit more about your creative process?





Fabiola:  "When you read a book or a poem or listen to a song, it's not just reading and listening. There's a lot of "visual activity".  In your imagination, it's not just the words and the music, but all the images that those words and music inspire you.  Everyone does that(or I suppose they do).  When you read a story, you imagine what the characters look like, where they live and what the weather is like. That's what happens with my postcards and garlands, I add the 'visual' part.  My part of course, because everyone has their own interpretation. There is also a decorative intent behind the garlands and postcards.  I choose images or sequences of images, because they 'look nice' or give a certain atmosphere.  This is usually vintage or Autumn inspired, because I feel at home there!"


Ella:  Thank you for sharing, this was beautiful.  I love the view Autumn conjures up and I love that you feel it is your home!  (This could be a great prompt, which season feels like home) ;D   Fab's art work captures an expressive thought. All summed up with paper symbols to achieve an emotion, a visual poem.  Do you have a favorite poem






 Novembre (November)
Giacomo Leopardi:   L'Infinito (for translation see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Infinito_(poem)
William Wordsworth:  The Lucy Poems
Giuseppe Ungaretti:   Mattina

I love a lot of song lyrics too and my favourite is Robyn Hitchcock's I Often Dream of Trains
and Nick Haefner's Don't Be Late (unfortunately, Nick Haefner's song is probably known by me and 100 other people, which is a pity because it's beautiful and the lyrics are inspiring and full of mystery and imagination!)"



Ella:  Thank you Fabiola, for sharing your art and inspired thoughts with us. It was a pleasure to get to know you n' your process better!

Fabiola:   Grazie mille(Thank you a lot) :D


Be sure to stop by and check out other offerings by Fabiola, isn't she Fabulous!  :D



I would like you to pen a poem inspired by our prompt #106 Carnival.  Fab's technique of stringing symbols and her wonderful postcards perhaps will conjure up your memories of a day at the carnival.

If you have a prompt idea (even a Music or Film inspired one) that you would like to suggest or share with us please send it to poetsunited@ymail.com . We keep a folder set aside with all your suggestions and just might use it one day.

There 3 simple rules:
1. Don’t link to more than 3 poems per week.
2. Please visit some of the other poems linked here when you link to yours.
3. Leave a comment after you have posted your link.


13 comments:

  1. What an interesting approach, Ella. I enjoyed very much the way you featured Fabiola's work. I shared my carnival poem and look forward to reading others.

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  2. This is pretty cool, Ellie! Love the theme, LOVE the artist's work, and the interview. This actually jogged my brain a bit this morning, which needed a good poke. Awesome approach. I will enjoy hearing all the carnival memories.

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  3. Sherry-Thank you! Isn't her art work stunning! A poetic view of finding items, after she reads a story, poem or music~ I love how vibrant her art is :D I know the carnival can be dark or light...according to one's view ;D

    Mary-Thank you~ I do think her art work and our memories will conjure up unique views~ I look forward to every one's poems~ I look forward to using more art! :D

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  4. Wonderful theme this week! Can't wait to read more!

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  5. Fabiola is very creative. What a great idea for a prompt to Ella.

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  6. Tania A-Thank you and thanks to Fabiola :D
    I know I can't wait to read everyone's and write mine :D

    Daydreamertoo-She is :D! Thank you, I thought it would be fun to try something new!

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  7. Very fertile prompt with the artwork and poem and the speaker.

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  8. Hi Uneven Steven, I love your name :D
    I thought it would be a good escape~
    Her art does showcase key elements.
    I thought it would be a fun prompt!

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  9. Ella,

    I have only returned home from my Spanish adventure and trying to find my routine again....
    Loved this theme and writing these new words for it.

    Eileen :)

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  10. Eileen,
    Welcome home! I look forward to hearing about your trip~ I hope you are settling in. I look forward to your poem...I'm working on several...this one has been dancing in my head, still need a few special words :D

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  11. what a lovely feature and i so enjoyed reading about Fabiola's art and inspirations. i love this theme. x

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  12. I love the smell of paper too:-) thank you for showcasing a this delightful artist!

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  13. Oooh so delighted I checked back to Thursday's think tank. Always enjoyable - A truly delightful, refreshing theme and prompt ... Thank you Ella ... Could not, not dedicate poem to Fabiola !

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