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.
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
Giacomo Leopardi: L'Infinito (for translation see: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%27Infinito_(poem)
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.