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Art Highlights of Boston and Beyond
August 30, 2018
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Art Highlights of Boston and Beyond
Warning! I am not an art historian, I have never formally studied art. Like most people, I just know what I like and what inspires my work as a graphic designer and creative… this is what inspired me – the art highlights of Boston and beyond as James and I road tripped around New England.
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Travel Inspiration for Dancers & Dance Lovers
August 23, 2018
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Travel Inspiration for Dancers & Dance Lovers
One of the most fun ways to experience a new culture is through music and dance – whether as a spectator or by getting down in a class or at a cultural event. I’m not much of a musician, but I have studied various forms of dance since I was about seven years old and […]
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Chagall Windows – Two Generations of Travelling Creatives & A Modern Art Lesson
August 9, 2018
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Chagall Windows – Two Generations of Travelling Creatives & A Modern Art Lesson
When my mum was young, footloose and fancy-free, i.e. before I came along, she travelled. One of her trips to Europe included a visit to Israel. There she picked up a couple of soulful souvenirs—tapestries of two Chagall Windows. The Windows are a set of twelve created by early modernist artist Marc Chagall for the […]
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Woodstock
July 26, 2018
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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Woodstock
In the summer of 1969, 400,000 people descended on a muddy field in the Catskills, New York to enjoy “3 days of peace and music” at Woodstock. Although some of the events of that August are blurred by the drug-fueled haze, the music endures clear as a bell. The music is why someone like me […]
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Art on the Street – Melbourne II
June 26, 2018
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Art on the Street – Melbourne II
Two years have passed since my last trip to Melbourne, and my first post on Hosier Lane street art. On this visit I had the time to wander many of Melbourne’s street art galleries and capture the best to share with you here.
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Art on the Street – Toronto
June 19, 2018
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Art on the Street – Toronto
I found Toronto street art, much like Detroit, to showcase a great array of talent for wildstyle graffiti. If you’re you’re not familiar with the term, stay tuned and I’ll explain in a minute. Like all of the Art on the Street series, this post doesn’t just cover street art, but also public art installations […]
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Art on the Street – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
May 17, 2018
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Art on the Street – Isla Mujeres, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, Mexico has all the fine white sand and sparkling turquoise waters one can expect from the Yucatan Peninsula. Not to mention the seasonal whale shark migration, excellent snorkelling and superb sunsets. However, it isn’t resting on its lofty laurels. The Island community also offers excellent food, handicraft shopping, vibrant streetscapes and an impressive exhibition […]
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The Art of the Vintage Travel Poster
October 5, 2017
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The Art of the Vintage Travel Poster
When I was in my late teens, I bought myself a calendar that was illustrated with vintage travel posters. I was particularly smitten with one for Cuba produced in 1949 by the Cuban Tourist Commission. From that moment I formed a slight obsession with the beautiful artwork created to sell travel in the early days […]
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Art Highlights of Indianapolis
August 24, 2017
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Art Highlights of Indianapolis
When you think of Indianapolis, you are more likely to picture motor racing than art. That might change after you read this post! Following a weekend exploring the city, I was impressed with the volume and quality of art in Indy, as well as the creativity that is evident in its cultural districts. Here are […]
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The Travelling Creative – Tiffany Noro
July 27, 2017
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The Travelling Creative – Tiffany Noro
Tiffany Noro shares two of my greatest passions – travel and dance.  It is with the greatest pleasure I welcome her to Duende to take part in the Travelling Creative, a series of short interviews with professional creatives about destinations that have most inspired their work. I interview writers, photographers, artists, performers and designers about […]
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The Journey to Spiral Jetty, Utah
July 25, 2017
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The Journey to Spiral Jetty, Utah
“It was the journey,” says art historian, Hikmet Sidney Loe in a video interview for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Anyone who has ever travelled to see Spiral Jetty in person cannot deny experiencing this same sentiment. I stumbled across the concept of Land Art (Earth Art, Environmental Art) quite by accident a couple of […]
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Art Highlights of New York City
July 13, 2017
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Art Highlights of New York City
This is a collection of art highlights, viewed during my two trips to New York City. Though I didn’t get to all the galleries or exhibits I had hoped, I was overwhelmed by the wonderful art I was privileged to see.  Interestingly, though I chose most of these works purely on how they struck me […]