Dolceacqua’s iconic stone footbridge that arches over the Nervia river, dubbed by the master of impressionist, Claude Monet ” jewel of lightness” and the Doria Castle depicted in 1884 is the birth place of powerful Doria Clan who were lord of Genoa in 16th and 17th century. The castle is in ruins however at the top, the restoration has allowed an area for festivals and plays with a panoramic view of the spontaneous nature of Liguria.
The cobblestone walkways and alleys with twists and loops, the artist shops and the adorable restaurants all air medieval romance and characterize the gentility of the knights of the round table. Among the eateries, “Casa e Bottega”, accentuates the essence of Dolceacqua charm and marvellous cuisine.
The primary economic activities of the region are olives, production of roses, mimosas, brooms and local speciality wine called “Rossesse”. The wine grape is aromatic and garrigue flavoured, suggesting bushy, wild and fragrant plants.
With every old town and city, there is a story and the legend of Dolceacqua is about women’s emancipation. The tragic love story of Lucrezia and Basso, two lovers who fought against the “Jus Primae Noctis”, which means the newlywed bride should spend her wedding night with the lord of the region. The story recounts that while Lucrezia and Basso were celebrating their secret marriage, the Marquise’s guards kidnaped her to perform her duty. However, she refused and was imprisoned and left to die in the dungeons of the castle. Basso broke in the castle and forced the Marquis to abolish the law with a knife at his throat. The residents of Dolceacqua celebrate this victory with a sweet pastry called “Michetta” accompanied by “Rossesse di Dolceacqua” wine.
Vacations are about having fun and new experiences. The opportunity to explore new ways of life, fresh outlooks and experimenting novel or authentic dishes. Still, tasty healthy meals can be tossed in to this solid time of gourmandism.
The TC’s kale salad, with cherry tomatoes, avocado, mixed sprouts and nori seaweed with their special lime dressing; aubergine cake and seitan burger are highly recommended.
They also provide nourishing cold pressed juices, smoothies and wellness elixir shots. The brand has also created a healthy fast food restaurant called “Stairway to Health”. A blend of juice bar and healthy eatery, where you can have tacos, burgers, soups and gluten-free bakery.
Our selection for Fall/Winter 2017/18 jewellery for men continues with pins, earrings and cufflinks. Finding jewellery that has a meaning for you, complement your nice attire and very likely to be conversation starter is about having some poise and being in control. Whether you choose punk, gothic, industry or refined aesthetics, keep in mind that “less is more”. The sartorial elegance of cufflinks to edgy earrings and playful pins, make sure that your choice in jewellery embodies your desires and asserts your esteem and social fancies.
Careful selection of jewellery allows the nondescript style to make a statement. Your wardrobe selection whether is subtle or festooned should allow pieces of jewellery that grace your getup.
Since 25,000 years ago, a simple necklace made of fish bones to present day diamond studded jewellery, they reflect a sentiment. As part of our interactions, jewellery is employed as symbols of luck, protection, respect, commitment, love, fertility or belief. Overtly or covertly they unveil our assertions.
Increasingly the artistic expression with the readily available materials & tools of production allow designers to be more creative and craft predominant trends of season or year from expensive to affordable styles. Our pick for Fall/Winter 2017 Men’s jewellery:
Mid length and slim chains compliments the outfit, whether with biker chic t-shirt or french chic tugged under the collar of the shirt.
Looking to have accessories that tell a story? Well, the friendly and talented Nessa, an Iranian born Canadian accessories designer re-creates fantastic tales and symbolic images that ensure originality. Creating stories to illustrate “My Wonderland”, “What if” and “My fantasies” are at the core of her artistry. She tastefully adorns the thematically focused accessories, capturing the bygone eras by hand painting and print collage. Nessa’s unpretentious wanderings to the art world and the realm of imagination characterizes her timeless accessories.
Tell me about your beginnings, what set you on this path: Well, this all started at the time I was living in Dubai. I had spent quite some time concentrating on paintings with a focus on very feminine themes. Dubai was a haven for anything luxury, but I thought most of the fashion being offered lacked a touch of individuality. That is when I started experimenting with painting designs, more spcifically traditional/nostalgic Persian designs, on women’s shoes and accessories. I received great feedback from family, friends, and a small group of followers I had and the rest is history.
What does Nessa means: It means women/ feminine in Arabic but to my surprise the word also has origins with different meanings in Hebrew, Irish and Greek.
Walk me through the process of your creations: it all starts with anything that inspires me. It could be a poem, a nostalgic image, a character or a story. Then I start playing with ideas on how to incorporate the vision into a design and what to put the design on. Would it work better on bags, shoes or something else, what material would best suit the design, what kind of colors should I use, and things like that. Sometimes it can happen as quickly as the first try, sometimes it would take many many failed attempts after which I might change the idea altogether. I have a whole collection of items I have started work on, but had to abandon the idea one way or another.
Why “by Nessa”: well, since I love arts in any shape or form, and because I love working on different things, I didn’t want a name that would pigeon hole the scope of my work, so I guess “By Nessa” allows me to do anything, or even change direction completely without having to change the name.
What does individuality mean to you: I guess is to see things a little different than most. I mean almost everyone has their individual interpretation on nuances of daily life, events, fashion and etc, but some people are capable of seeing certain things in a different light. I strive for that.
Which is your favourite art movement / period in Iran and why: l am most fascinated by the Safavid period and the Persian miniatures representing stories and ways of life of this era.
How do you choose words / quotes for your calligraphy designs:sometimes its just the matter of using certain words that simply look great on a design, but most of my inspiration comes from Rumi’s and Khayam’s poems.
When you are commissioned, what is your advice for an anniversary gift: anything that represents a memory or personality of the receiver. If one sees the gift and immediately relates it to that individual, then it’s the right gift, and it could be anything.
And your advice to a woman buying her partner a birthday gift:The same applies.
What inspires you: being an artist, I have the privilege to let my mood determine a source of inspiration. Therefore, it really could be anything.
Do you have a muse or fashion icon: I like anything old and classic in fashion from 1920’s to the 1950’s.
How do you overcome fear and doubt: just believe, if in nothing else but at least in yourself. I read somewhere, courage is not being fearless, it is being scared but doing what you have to do regardless.
As an immigrant, a woman and a designer, what are the challenges in your vocation that government/ community should be aware and subdue: I wish there were more venues specially in rural areas that offer a space for artists to work and display their art. Toronto is great at that, however the small towns as part of Greater Toronto, (I live in Newmarket) lack these types of facilities.
What is your idea of social responsibility: that is a tough one. Not sure, I guess to remain true to the message the artwork is trying to represent and refrain from misinterpretations and assumptions.
Favourite book, and why: I generally stay away from fiction. I like philosophy and psychology subjects, things I can actually apply in real life.
Among celebrities, politicians, overall public figures who would you like to create an accessory for: l have created quite a few pieces for some celebrities and public figures still I like to design for “Farah Diba” and “Golshifteh” as well.
Favourite travel destination: I would love to go to Morocco and Spain.
Your life Motto: You can reach anything if you want it bad enough.
Leonardi Emanuele, experimental sculptor and winner of Artistar 2017 is channelling human sentiments into his craft. His art speaks at a deep, emotional level, eliciting sublime feelings and aesthetic chills. His micro sculptures portray characters that are unwavering, supportive or crusading. His philosophical approach to body ornaments is powerful and has a symbiotic relationship between the human emotions and the art of jewellery.
His piece called ‘Valutazione del Rischio’ (Risk Assessment) won him the Artistar award. A jewel-work of art crafted from wood, leather and bronze composed of necklace and brooch. The neckpiece depicts human’s desire and willpower to achieve in spite of everything.