I want to share beautiful things this week. Because I think we forget how much beauty there is in the world. Especially when what we read is negative and fearful and out of our hands. We forget that beauty is not perfection – that often beauty is in the discomfort and cracks and spills and fails. That sometimes beauty is awkward and ungainly. That sometimes it just isn’t our cup of tea. It may not be – sure – but we can appreciate it anyway.
One: Sweet. And yes, pun intended. I know that she could be giving soup, or sandwiches or a sensible food option. But there’s something universal and special about a cake. Nerine Gardiner lovingly bakes the most exquisite cakes…and then finds – and surprises – the most deserving of people to give them to: “Whatever the reason, cake brings a unique happiness that everyone deserves to feel. So, for those less fortunate, for those who’ve been dealt a raw deal in life, and for those who just deserve some more love, I’ll find them. And, for a few moments, they too will feel the joy of cake.” There’s a gift in the giving too – as Nerine says: “the moment you stop seeing the good in other people, you lose the ability to be good yourself”.
A Proudly South African moment. Read more about Nerine here. And consider joining her campaign to share the love in every city! (Images copyright Girl with Cake.)
Two: Magic. These lovely images of Trees and Stars are the work of english Photographer Ellie Davis. They’re a gorgeous merge of landscapes and stars – the forest work Ellie’s own, the planets and galaxies courtesy of the Hubble Telescope. I love the way Ellie works – she heads out in her camper van, parks it up in nature, grabs her food for the day, a flask of tea and her camera and looks for areas of dense green forest where she can create a feeling of enclosure. You never see the sky – but yet there are always stars.
For you Londoners – Davies’ work is on display in the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2015 in London until Aug. 16.
(copyright The Creator’s Project)
Three: Optimistic. “Here’s something that my mom said to me and I think it’s very true in terms of happiness: You have to always have something to look forward to. It can be a very minor thing, and it can be a major thing. But you always have to have something you’re looking forward to next.” Julia Louise-Dreyfus (via the wonderful Austin Kleon.)
Five: Different. “I look for Awkwardness and ugliness, I look for things that bang against one another. That are not physically possible.” If you follow any link this week – follow this one and witness Anthony Howe’s otherworldly Kinetic Sculptures. Just beautiful.