Whilst in Paris, I visited St Paul to do some thrift store shopping and on one of the streets I came across these two wonderful creations:
Recently I’ve been reading about the research done into a genuine smile and laughter. when you smile your brain releases a chemical called endorphins, and we feel joy, and these endorphins help relieve physical and emotional stress. If stress is not dealt with it can take a serious toll on our lives, effecting our health and well being, as well as our general happiness and relationships with others. Furthermore, it has been documented that after smiling people tend to have a more positive outlook and attitude.
Smiling is an involuntary response to a stimuli (something that we experience through one of our five senses), and it cannot be faked. Isn’t it amazing how much children smile and laugh – how easy it can be to amuse them? When we grow up we seem to loose this sense of awe at the world
Personally smiling, having a laugh (and being a little bit silly) is a vitally important part of my life. The next few post will be photos collected over the summer of some things that have made me smile – watch this space:-)
This beautiful creature is a covered, wire frame light that I found whilst staying at the Soho Hotel with my mother.
After a bit of searching I found that he was made by Michael Methven, an artist from South Africa, winner of the International Design Award by Elle Decoration. He aims to combine traditional African art with contemporary design. He has become highly sought after by businesses and celebrities alike having made creations for the likes of Virgin Atlantic and lights for Madonna’s Earl’s Court concert in 2001, as well as appearing on tv shows such as The Apprentice and The Osbournes.
He has also created charitable works, firstly a Rhino trophy head for the Save The Rhino Foundation and after a collaboration with the Haven night Shelter, a homeless shelter in Cape Town, producing a 400kg wire tree standing at 6 meters high. Methven also helps run arts workshops with young people and township crafters in South Africa.
Check out more of his work at: