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:
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 . 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.


  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.

  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.

  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

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

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

  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!

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

  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!

  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 :)

  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

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

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

  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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