Technology may be changing things with the devices such as the Kindle but Team DECO all agree that nothing quite beats the look, smell and feel of a good book. Books inspire, they offer an escape from reality and activate the imagination. We take a look at how artists not only use books for motivation but also as their medium.
The main stage at Tomorrowland festival in Belgium stood at an impressive 28m high. This three day festival taking place every July is one of the largest music festivals in the world with some of the most outstanding decor.
Artist Keri Muller has a passion for reading, collecting and hoarding old books, postcards, stamps and interesting prints. Naturally this has led to her working with these discarded items. Giving these items another chance to tell a story forms the basis of much of her work. Most of these items are sourced from the recycling pile, the dump or from various charity shops in the Cape. View more of her beautiful artworks at simple intrigue.
Roman philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero stated that ‘A room without books is like a body without a soul’. Wise words that apply as much today as they did over 2000 years ago. As the cold and long winter nights approach so do nights by the fire with a glass of wine in one hand and book in the other. Team DECO share their favourite reads to snuggle up with.
Our Ed, Laureen Rossouw chose Alias Grace, a story about the notorious 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in Canada. Her second choice The Human Stain set in the US is a story exploring morality and its effects.
Our picture editor/designer Marushka Stiponovich chose Into the Wild and Don’t Let’s Go to The Dogs Tonight. Both are incredible reads. Into the Wild about the adventure of a wandering soul/self-proclaimed Super Tramp investigated and written by Jon Krakauer. Don’t Let’s Go to The Dogs Tonight about the childhood of Zimbabwean, Alexandra Fuller.
Feature writer and copy editor Michael Owen chose absolute classics. An indication of how his impeccable writing skills came about. A little slice of Victorian English countryside, the perfect anecdote to wintery nights.
Our stylist Hendrik Coetzee chose ever so appropriately Colour by Victoria Finlay which delves into the history of colour and where they originally came from (such as carmine red originating from the blood of insects). Anything by Roald Dahl is a winner. Skin is a macabre short story, part of a selection of short stories for adults. Think Roald Dahl was just for kids? Think again.
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