In the last two days Padania* has been in pain: running eyes, headaches, migraines… Wind and Padanians: the incompatibility of DNA. It made me think of this pluri-awarded animation short by Robert Löbel. * A harmless term to indicate the territory in the Northen Italy that mainly consists of the valley formed by River Po, “Padus” in Latin. The valley is windless 363 days out of 365.
If I had to give one piece of advice after the just ended Milan Design Week, it would be this: keep telling stories, people. Storytelling is low-budget, buzz-driving and versatile. No surprize it sits on top of hot trends, just like some gluten-free muffin sells better than a regular cake. Take Alessi, for instance. The Italian design icon opened up the Design Week with a special exhibition: Super and Popular: small masterpieces of design…
This spring has been generous to the Lithuanian part of Bastart’s DNA, so after Rolia’s graphic avant-garde in Bologna and Grajauskas’ poetry in Veneto it’s time for dessert: Chocolate Naive gourmet temptations at the Milan Design Week, from April 8 to 13.
Lithuanian artist and illustrator Rimantas Rolia is back to Italy and to Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Five of his artworks have entered among 2014 selected illustrators’ pictures: an excellent occasion to inaugurate the début of Rolia’s digital art. As the author confessed to Bastart, “While creating these five images I dragged myself deep down into childhood, like never before. I think I went to a depth of 2 or 3 years.”
[Poetry pills] Way of use and dosage: pills are released in single-author and duo editions to be taken in small once-a-week dozes for 2 months in run. For a better effect, try to use them in a place new and unexpected to your five senses. Something like a 16th century Venetian Villa Pisani at Bagnolo di Lonigo – UNESCO’s pride and one of Palladio’s first operas – will do just fine. Add to the treatment some jazz and good company, and the remedy will start making miracles. [Tested on Bastart on March 31, 2014]