Thursday, I was invited to an Instagram live and brunch event by VGO Associates, a global gallery that specializes in functional and collective art and design. They foster community practices to give life to spiritual objects and souls spaces development. Don’t you just love that mission?!
The live was to discuss the Passiflora Loungechair by Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman created for Design Week and Salone del mobile (Furniture Salon) in Milano. The chair is covered with handmade leather passiflora flowers and is designed to give you the feeling of lying in nature. I was called in as the resident expert, an Ambassador for Plant Intelligence to talk about the interaction between human and plants physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
What an honor and privilege to speak about how art and design can be used to connect with plants. I loved our conversation!
If only more designers put such thought into consciously bringing the plant world into what they create. It is such a great way to fortify our connections and nourish our spirit!!
The food was delicious, the people divine, and the conversations just kept getting better and better.
Went to Alcova Milano next, an exhibit of free thinking, cutting edge design. Talk about #thingsthatmakeyougohmmm
Nature, Art and Design, Awareness, People: the core of living a Naturally Conscious life!
One piece I found to be especially intriguing was the Ordinance of the Subconscious Treatment by Duyi Han. Here the artist covered objects with symbols representing vitamins, hormones, and other chemicals that promote health and wellness in humans. It reminds me of how we use Sacred Language on clothing in Damanhur so that you are literally wearing a mantra or prayer on your body. This then connects to your subtle body to subconsciously activate this connection.
Duyi Han’s objects have the same goal: to trigger a chemical reaction in your body without ingesting anything.
After exploring more Design events and the city, we changed into evening clothes and went to a gallery opening.
The artist, none other than Romero Britto! If you don’t know his work, go look now. He is one of the modern kings of pop art. I have been collecting his work since he was just moderately famous. Now, he is the resident artist of city of Miami and known internationally for his bright, fragmented colors and shapes.
Romero was there, and thanks to a friend of a friend, I was able to meet him. When I gave him a coffee-table book on the Temples of Humankind, he stopped signing books and spent the next 10 minutes talking to me about Damanhur.
Oh, he even signed my lunchbox purse!!
I had drinks, chatted with him, his team, and others I met during the art and design events, then left the party with a huge smile on my face, and you know how big my smile can be!
The arts have always been a big influence in my life and work. It is through art and design that we first give energy to manifesting the impossible.
Free from the constraints imposed by expectation, the artist whispers into the World of Form thoughts, shapes, and concepts we are still not ready to accept. You could say that they open the door to new ways of seeing and understanding the world. Experienced in matter, we are granted permission to dream them into reality!
How do you experience art and design?
Ooo… now my curiosity is piqued and I am thinking: How could art be consciously used to hold space for making concrete what you’ve always desired?
We’re going to be flooding the Naturally Conscious Community with works of art that really call to us. Post a picture of a piece that you own, something you have seen online, or even something you have made and tell us what it means to you!