Posted: by Jo Monday, 28 June 2021 @ 11:44
may not have been quite the month we had all hoped, with the end of all
restrictions delayed by a few more weeks. But it feels better to take the time
now to get it right, as we seem so close to the finish line.
me, July is about holiday – a planned 2-week trip to California changed to two
weeks in the Lake District. Not quite the same, but I am sure we’ll have a lot of fun! So, no Yosemite, Napa Valley, Carmel-by-the-Sea or
Alcatraz for me; instead, Coniston Old Man, Helvellyn, and kayaking on
Ullswater. Although, with a torn calf muscle currently - I'm not sure how much hill-walking I'll be doing!
included some wonderful highlights. Fire pit evenings with friends; the David
Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy; lunch at a favourite Italian in
Mayfair; dinner under canvas in Bristol with a good friend. Getting back to
socialising with others - almost as if nothing had changed!
Hockney exhibition was amazing – celebrating the arrival of Spring in Normandy,
captured in vivid colour on his iPad. It’s the first time I have seen a whole
iPad exhibition, and what impressed me most is David Hockney’s unwillingness to
stand still. At 83 years’ old, he is still experimenting with contemporary
formats and learning new skills. Incredibly admirable.
his work has also raised questions among critics about whether iPad drawings
qualify as art. Hockney has long been interested in the technology of art and
using new media to make art – I well remember seeing a Hockney exhibition when
I was at school, made up of collages of polaroid photos – so this is nothing
new. In fact, he wrote a book about evidence that the old masters used devices
like a camera lucida; and he has himself used photocopiers and fax machines to
create art. Drawing on his iPad is simply an extension of his fascination with technology and how it can
play a part in the creative process.
at Mantra, we have also been busy. First of all, the launch of our latest collaboration, with business and mindset
coach, Samantha Hearne. Such an exciting collaboration, with a woman who is a beacon of energy and positivity.
Also, the launch of our Summer '21 collection, with the Wave, Sunflower and Crescent Moon designs currently proving the most popular with you all. It's a collection inspired by coming out the other side of the pandemic, and the lessons we all learned - so do take a look at the whole collection here.
Charity of the Month this month is Trees for Cities, and I was delighted to interview Rory, their Corporate Partnerships Director. I enjoyed finding out more about his personal background and motivations. In this most challenging of years, it has been good to understand what his key challenges have been, as we start to get through the pandemic.
– Freedom Day didn’t come on 21st June as we’d hoped. But it's on the way in July - we hope! - and June was
still a lovely month, in so many ways. I hope you all have a wonderful July!