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sâmbătă, 30 aprilie 2016

A Moment

Astazi o sa incalc putin ritualul de sambata si pe langa fotografie, o sa las aici si cateva cuvinte.
 Sarbatoarea de care ne vom bucura in cateva ceasuri e poate doar un pretext, insa am observat ca in momentele acestea oamenii sunt mai receptivi si incearca mai mult sa se priveasca in interior. Si cred ca daca am putea cu totii sa ne concentram mai mult pe ce e inauntrul nostru, cine suntem noi, fara sa ne mai interesam atat de mult de ce fac altii, daca ne-am respecta si ne-am iubi in primul rand pe noi ( si fizic si sufleteste) si am renunta la compromisuri doar de dragul imaginii sau pentru a multumi lumea din jur, lumea ar fi mai buna. Avem tendinta sa ne folosim de sarbatori pentru a face fapte bune care sa "spele" "pacatele", de parca ar exista vreo magie care sa stearga tot. Dar memoria nu prea ne-o putem sterge, asa ca cel mai simplu ar fi sa fim sinceri (din nou, in primul rand noua ne datoram asta) si sa ne privim, fara comparatii, fara preconceptii, fara asteptari. Eu cred ca oamenii in esenta sunt echilibrati si se pervertesc doar atunci cand se compara cu altii. Si din pacate se compara in aspecte atat de putin importante, de cele mai multe ori materiale...Sa nu uitam ca suntem cu totii la fel, ca impreuna suntem puternici, ca avem aceleasi preocupari, griji, dorinte si ca ne pacalim atunci cand credem ca ce facem noi nu mai face nimeni, ca gandurile noastre sunt unicat. Asa ca urarea mea e nu sa fim "mai buni", ci sa fim "mai sinceri" !
Sarbatori fericite!
EN: Today I'll break a little the Saturday ritual and I will leave here, besides the photography, a few words. The celebration we are preparing for in a couple of hours (in Romania, Easter is around the corner) is maybe just a pretext, but I observed that people are more open near holidays and they are trying to see more inside themselves. And I believe that if we could all be more focused on ourselves, on who we are, without caring that much on what others are doing, if we respected and loved firstly ourselves and we could give up on compromises for the sake of image or to satisfy the world around us, everything would be better. We tend to use celebrations to be better, to do good deeds and to "wash" their sins, as if there was any magic to delete everything. But we can't delete our memory, so it would be easier to be honest (primarily to ourselves) and to look at us without comparison or preconception or expectation. I believe the essence of people is balance and they get perverted when they compare themselves with the others. And unfortunately we compare with others in the most unimportant details, the material things...Let's not forget that we are all the same, that together we are strong, that we share the same worries, wishes and that we fool ourselves when we believe that what we or what we think is unique. So, my wish ia not "let us be better", but "let us be more honest"!

joi, 21 aprilie 2016

Be Wild and Free

 Miroase a vara, a meri infloriti si buchete de liliac! Zumzaie livada, fosneste iarba si pamantul misuna de viata! Iar eu pictez in fiecare zi, cu mai mult spor, cu mai mult drag:) In primul rand tricouri si se simte incalzirea vremii si apropierea sezonului cald, pentru ca majoritatea comenzilor au ca subiect un tricou. Ba chiar am apucat sa imi pictez si mie unul, pentru ca, sincer, parca ma simteam rusinata putin sa pictez pentru altii si eu sa nu am macar un tricou:)

It smells of summer, of blooming apple trees and lilac flowers. The orchard is filled with sounds, the grass already looks like a sea of green and the land is bursting with life! And I paint every day, more energetic and with more pleasure:) Mainly I paint T-shirts and the warm season feels closer and closer, while most of my orders consists of them. I even managed to paint one for me, because I felt a little embarrassed not to wear my own creations.

Cand imi fac timp pentru citit, mai ales seara, inainte de culcare, ma delectez cu bijuteria aceasta de carticica: "Plantele alimentare din flora spontana a Romaniei", scrisa de Constantin Dragulescu. E exact ce aveam nevoie pentru noua mea pasiune: plantele salbatice care pot fi consumate. Are ilustratii, e foarte bine documentata si are chiar si retete. Am si incercat cateva dintre plantele prezentate si au fost absolut delicioase! E surprinzator cum de la o generatie la alta am uitat complet de toate darurile pe care ni le face natura!

When I have time for reading, especially before going to sleep, I enjoy this gem of a book : "The wild edible plants of Romania", written by Constantin Dragulescu. It's exactly what I needed for my newest passion: edible weeds. It has clear illustrations, it's very well documented, it has many recipes and it fits in my pocket. I even tried some of the plants and they were delicious. It is amazing how from one generation to the other we simply forgot about nature's gifts.

joi, 14 aprilie 2016

Of Wolves and Men

Anul acesta februarie a fost o luna plina si, contrar vremii reci, eu am pictat tricou dupa tricou si mintea mi-a fost ocupata cu soare si cer senin. Un pasionat de lupi a vrut o mini-colectie de tricouri si mi-a lansat o adevarata provocare: nu mai pictasem lupi pana atunci. Dar a fost un bun exercitiu, ba chiar cred ca acum as putea desena din memorie "fiara" ce urla la luna:)
EN: This year, February was a full month and, despite the cold weather, I painted T-shirt after T-shirt and my mind was busy with sunshine and clear sky. A wolf passionate wanted a mini-collection of T-shirts and challenged me a little: I've never painted wolves before. But it was a good exercise and I even think that now I could paint the beast from my memory:)
 Am continuat "lectiile" despre buruienile comestibile si in ultimul timp salatele noastre au continut usturoita, turita, racovina, frunze de papadie, macris, nasturel  sau toporasi. Nu am ratat nici leurda, pe care am transformat-o intr-o pasta absolut delicioasa si simplu de gatit: frunze de leurda, ulei, sare, suc de lamaie, toate puse in blender si pasate bine. Am mancat-o u cartofi, cu paste si felul preferat: cu turtite coapte pe plita.

EN: I went on with my lessons about edible weeds and lately our salads were made of Nasturtium officinalis, Alliaria petiolata, Viola odorata, sorrel, dandelion leaves or galium aparine. We haven't missed the Allium ursinum (the ramps) and turned it into a delicious and easy to cook paste: the ramps leaves, salt, oil and lemon juice, all mixed into a paste with the blender. We ate this on potatoes, on pasta and our favorite, on little pita bread cooked outdoor, on the fire.