Sunday, February 28, 2010

Touch your fears

Touch your fears,
let the raindrops
fall softly on your
tearful sorrow,
as the purple haze of rain
silently embraces
and mellows your soul.
You can tell me
all the words
that you kept
in the shadows of yesterday
till this moment,
and I will listen,
smiling at you,
holding you
wrapped in my arms
under the dreamy moonlight.

© Mirjana Cesar

Monday, February 15, 2010

Wedding on the beach V

A free form peyote stitch necklace with mother of pearl buttons, fresh water pearls, glass beads, crystal beads, a silver plated component and seed beads 17"

I'm a romantic soul and I often feel that I should have lived some time ago, a century or two earlier, when clothing and jewelry were custom made by artisans and professional dressmakers.
I admire handmade, original clothing and jewelry, and since my teenage age when I started sewing and jewelry making I loved the fact that I was wearing my own original designs. I didn't feel the need to follow fashion trends and wear what others were wearing. I needed this self inflicted  rebellion to channel my creative energy, and I'm still traveling that road today. 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Blues VI

Free form peyote stitch necklace with lapis lazuli chips, chevron glass beads, glass beads, cat's eye beads, bugle beads, seed beads and silver plated component 17"

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Motovun, in the heart of Istria

 Recently I stumbled upon some older photos taken almost 20 years ago, when my husband and I still lived in Croatia. It was June 1991, and the seeds of a bloody war that would sweep my country were already planted. We just got married and went for our honeymoon to the town Poreč
at the northern part of the Adriatic coast. On our way back we stopped at the heart of the Istria peninsula and spent a day at Motovun, a very old, Medieval picturesque small town placed on a steep hill, overlooking the lush green fields, vineyards and hills of this area known as the "Croatian Tuscany". There are many mythical stories of this area, many about the giants that lived here long ago. The Croatian writer Vladimir Nazor wrote the novel "The tale of  Veli Jože": it features a helpful and good-natured giant
 named Jože, living in the area around the town of Motovun and helping people. I remember reading it as a kid and imagining a giant roaming around the lands.
There is so much history packed in this tiny place, that every stone has a story to tell. It's a great inspirational place for artists and writers and there is a plenty of them at any time of the year. It's so peaceful and such a quiet place, packed with calming energy.
Since '99 there is an International Film festival organized there
I can only imagine how it looks when thousands of people occupy the towns streets and main square.
I would still opt to visit in more quiet time, wander around and take a zillion photographs,  hoping I can catch a image of a giant somewhere in the valleys below.
When the night falls I would indulge in some famous Istrian truffles,  and after a glass or two of Malvasia vine, visit some old tales in my dreams.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Fowl II


Acrylic painted fiber collage on burlap.