Living in a Shoe Box

I was looking on google, for no particular reason for `shoe box art’. As a kid I used to  attempt making little doll houses out of them. I had many doll houses – that deserves another post altogether. And even now when I buy shoes and return home with a box that looks  sturdy and (pretty) hopeful, I wonder if I should do some shoe box art and craft.
I am hence, so pleased to have stumbled upon the Shoe Box Living – Through the eyes of a child. A project where 125 children ages 8-10 were given a shoe box each and asked to recreate their bedroom, or a room from their home and write a few sentences about it. Coming from London’s most deprived areas, they portray their voices in work that is moving and vulnerable and sweet, funny and achingly sad, this project has really touched my heart.
A number of artists were also roped in to do the same, and what they recreated is some amazing stuff… I would like for you to get a little glimpse of what has really made my day today.. :) I hope it makes yours!
visit shoeboxart here.
Damien Hirst
by one of the children who participated

Cherry Blossom {a poem in time}

I love Cherry Blossom trees. How can one not. I think they are one of the saddest, most beautiful looking things ever. Also called `Sakura’ they even have a celebration around them in Japan called Hanami. 

While in China it represents femininity, power, innocence and sexuality; in Japan it is a symbol of transience and fragility of life. It’s short beautiful bloom has inspired many poets and artists. And lovers and dreamers…. 
“My heart that was rapt away by the wild cherry blossoms – will it return to my body when they scatter?” – Anon

Botanical art decor

Lyndie Dourthe’s botany inspired art

 There’s something totally awesome about Botanical Art I think. The precision, the study of the subject to the great length and detail, and the patience required, make botanical art every bit as beautiful as it is. It’s everything I wish I had in me to do, so personally I really admire it.

Always fascinated by botanical drawings I give you art and ideas to get inspired by. Drawings, wall art and room decor. 
Whatever works for you. 
So, next time you are at a flea market and come across an old tattered looking botanical drawing – you know it is perfect as it is. :)
Le Petit Prince or The Little Prince

Le Petit Prince {The Little Prince}

“One sees clearly only with the heart. Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.” 

Le Petit Prince – Here’s a book that speaks to everyone. A book that’s a must-read. Inspiring and beautiful, it was written in 1943 by French aviator Saint-Exupéry. It has been translated in over 180 languages with various versions of illustrations. The original had the illustrations by the author himself. 
It is said that the book is inspired by a real account of Expuery’s life where he and his navigator had crashed in the Sahara and were only discovered after the fourth day of surviving with very little water, no food and completely dehydrated. They were in a bad condition and it is said that after the second day in the dessert they were both `seeing things’ – mirages, hallucinations..
The fox character likely was inspired by his encounter of seeing a desert fox during this time. 

“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again.”

“You’re lovely, but you’re empty,” he went on. “One couldn’t die for you. Of course an ordinary passerby would think my rose looked just like you. But my rose, all on her own, is more important than you altogether, since she’s the one I’ve watered. Since she’s the one I put under glass. Since she’s the one I sheltered behind a screen. Since she’s the one for whom I killed the caterpillars (except for two or three for butterflies). Since’s she the one I listened to when she complained, or when she boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing at all. Since she’s 
my rose.” 

“It is such a secret place, the land of tears.”

“But the conceited man did not hear him. Conceited people never hear anything but praise.”

“What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well…”

“I know a planet where there is a certain red-faced gentleman. He had never smelled a flower. He has never looked at a star. He has never loved any one. He has never done anything in his life but   add up figures.”

… when someone blushes, doesn’t that mean “yes”? 

“The proof that the little prince existed is that he laughed, and that the he was looking for a sheep. If anybody wants a sheep, that is a proof that he exists.”

Little Prince inspired artwork by Sarah

visit her etsy shop here to buy this – 40$

“If some one loves a flower, of which just one single blossom grows in all the millions and millions of stars, it is enough to make him happy just to look at the stars. He can say to himself: ‘Somewhere, my flower is there…’ But if the sheep eats the flower, in one moment all his stars will be darkened…And you think that is not important!”

 “I have had, in the course of my life, lots of encounters and lots of serious people. I have spent lots of time with grown-ups. I have seen them at close range… which haven’t much improved my opinion of them.”

lemon5ky’s little prince inspired art at deviantart
Grown-ups like numbers. When you tell them about a new friend, they never ask questions about what really matters. They never ask: “What does his voice sound like?” “What games does he like best?” “Does he collect butterflies?”. They ask: “How old is he?” “How many brothers does he have?” “How much does he weigh?” “How much money does his father make?” Only then do they think they know him. 
Sandra’s Little Prince inspired artwork – 11$ sandra’s artwork – buy it here

If you tell grown-ups, “I saw a beautiful red brick house, with geraniums at the windows and doves on the roof…,” they won’t be able to imagine such a house. You have to tell them, “I saw a house worth a hundred thousand francs.” Then they exclaim, “What a pretty house!”

 “When a mystery is too overpowering, one dare not disobey.”

28$ – buy it here
“All grown-ups were children first. (But few remember it). “

Get inspired {Miv Watts}

Her work speaks for itself. What you are going to experience here as a reader/viewer is going to set you off to dreaming about a colorful world. Set yourself free now… just dream… This is the world Miv Watts has created. Upon seeing her work, it’s no guess that her favorite look and subject is India. Incredible India… :) (sorry, just HAD to!!)

How I love everything about this look – the blue walls and bedcover, the rusty walls, the bed and the head board 

Love how the vintage pictures of gods are incorporated in the bed!