Dourgne, Tarn – ma douce France…

Dourgne ou “Dornha”(en Occitan) est un village pittoresque, situé à environ 50′ de Toulouse, au pied de la Montagne Noire, où notre famille française a eu des racines profondes jusqu’en 1967… après un petit tour et un super-repas, nous sommes montés à la Capelette, une randonnée de 3h 1/2, aller-retour… plus de photos incessamment – sous peu! 🙂

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Dourgne or “Dornha”(in the Occitan dialect) is a picturesque village, situated less than 1h-drive from Toulouse, at the foot of the “Montagne Noire”(Black Mountain), Tarn county, where our French family had deep roots until 1967… after a lil’ stroll and a super-lunch, we went up to the Capelette, about 3h 1/2-hike, round trip… more pix asap! 🙂

“Creativity requires courage.”(Henri Matisse)

I’ve recently come across Ariel Adkins – an American noteworthy designer: she has created a collection of hand-painted, art-inspired clothing. Playfully composed of colorful and custom-made garments, directly inspired by some of her favorite artists: first of all Matisse, whose statement “Creativity requires courage.” has become her “creed”, then Van Gogh, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Yayoi Kusama, David Chihuly, Mucha, etc… She’s always had a deep love of visual art and to her, translating her inspiration into personal style is the ultimate stamp of approval. I’ve chosen some of her art masterpieces – fashion and perfect match outfits… more @

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WHY did she choose this way of expression? – here’s her moving explanation:

“I started to paint in 2010, after I lost my mother to cancer. Her creativity was my biggest inspiration, and dressing-up like artwork became a means of recording her influence in my life; a project that has helped me to channel my grief into colorful expression. I’m eternally grateful to my mother for nurturing my creativity and teaching me about inspiration through art, and I couldn’t be more fulfilled to know that her masterpiece lives on not only in me, but now also in others. The switch to making my clothing gave me so much more freedom of expression, and simultaneously launched me on an obsessive path to understand and emulate the techniques of the artists whose work inspired me.”

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