39 VAMP MAGAZINE – JUNE – SEPT 2019
THE SUMMER_19 ISSUE
K House in Sri Lanka An exclusive villa resort in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Pg.66
Cover outfit – Ted Baker
[ Interview with london based abstract figurative artist ]
++++ > 036. DECADENCE > 015. STYLE FILE > 030. Q + A: JOHN HENNEQUIN > 062. INTERVIEW: LILIAN TRAN > 048. HIJINKS ON HOLIDAY > 078. MIDDLE EASTERN FEAST > 021. SUSTAINABLE LUXURY > 091. FACE FIRST > 102. NEW WAVE BY NOOS > 100. GETTING TO KNOW ETIENNE GRACEY ++++
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Whoever lets himself be 030. Q+A: JOHN HENNEQUIN
John expresses the phenomena of human & nature through his work.
Check out our summer style files and a NOOS exclusive fashion shoots with bold colours and patterned accessories for some vibrant summer styling inspiration styled by Nena Kay and shot by Photographer Matthew B. Spiteri. In our main fashion shoot, shot by Fashion Photographer John Hennequin we feature some timeless luxury pieces shot at Vilhena Palace. VAMP is never void of interesting folks in the art and fashion industry. In this issue we meet again with acclaimed tattoo artist, Etienne Gracey, then hop over to London where we had the pleasure of getting behind the abstract art of Robert Fry that is pushing boundaries on men’s mental health. Fashion photographer John Hennequin settles down in Malta and behind the glitz and glam of the fashion industry has a desirable sense for human connection and care for nature. Whilst fashion designer Diane de Malherbe, continues this theme as we highlight the values behind her timeless and sustainable brand. Check out her gorgeous gown in the fashion shoot!
Summer is a great time for home decorating and we’ve got some top selected picks that combine classic home accessories and interiors with a modern twist. If you’re looking for a fun get-away this summer Dayna Clarke gives us low-down on eclectic summer festivals around Europe. And if you cannot get away, be sure to check out the next event of ‘Offline WKND’ for a different intimate party experience or Red Sunset for a full on sizzling red affair. Across the oceans, Carolin Makus walks us through Cambodia, a land of contrasts. With what’s looking like jam-packed fun-filled summer ahead, the VAMP team discover the Group Cycle™ for an ultimate exercise experience… and eager to get those bodies summer-ready! Whilst we’re trying to slim down, we can’t resist the mouthwatering Middle Eastern flavours that The Corinthia Palace prepared for us in this issue. Raise the bar in your kitchen and try these recipes at home. Get the coffee, or a cocktail, ready and get inspired for a spirited summer ahead!
Photo: Alex Bramall
Party go-ers, and adventure seekers, the summer is here and this issue of VAMP is sure to arouse a fun-filled season.
055. BREAKING SILENT
VAMP has a chat with london abstract and figurative artist Robert Fry. Through his intriguing, poignant and obscured figurative art, Fry conveys human presence, putting the spotlight particularly on men’s mental health. Timeless clothing is defined as a garment that can survive trends and ages and that can be passed on to different generations ” – Diane de Malherbe (Interview Pg. 21)
led by the heart will never lose his way ”– Egyptian Proverb 015. STYLE FILE
VAMP’S Get set for the beach with some summer time essentials for men and woman
021. SUSTAINABLE LUXURY VAMP meets Diane de Malherbe a Designer synonymous with timeless fashion that tell a mystic story.
Editor’s Pick: : Technogym Group Cycle – from Vivendo Group
030. DIGITAL RENNAISSANCE
048. HIJINKS ON HOLIDAY
An eclectic selection of 3 summer music festivals around Europe everyone’s talking about.
062. DEFINING NEW LUXURY
078. MIDDLE EASTERN ZEST
Corinthia Palace Attard prepare middle eastern inspired recipes which are perfect for summer entertaining
091. FACE FIRST
VAMP’s Beauty Product Picks
097. PARALYSED PARADIGM
What is the education system actually doing to our children?
Rossella E. Frigerio picks the brains of Lilian Tran – ISE’S Sydney – based founder.
100. Q+A: ETIENNE GRACEY
065. MODERN CLASSICS Interior home accessories to set your space straight
102. NEW WAVE / NOOS
AIM Architecture and Norm Architects have completed an exclusive villa resort in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. VAMP checks it out.
Meet Malta’s multi award winning tattoo artist Etienne Gracey
Time to strip the layers and enjoy the warm temperatures. styled by Nena Kay, Photographed by Matthew B. Spiteri
106. COMFORT IS KING
Best voted for summer comfort
075. THE THING ABOUT CAMBODIA A travel diary by Carolin Makus
Elisa Von Brockdorff Justin Ciappara
Creative Director Chris Psaila
Stylist Nena Kay
Photographers John Hennequin Matthew B Spiteri
A fashion editorial featuring timeless pieces which come to life at the Vilhena Palace in Mdina. Shot by John Hennequin + styled by Nena Kay.
066. K HOUSE IN SRI LANKA
Editorial VAMP Editorial Team
Contributing Editor Hannah Cremona
Sales Director Sam Psaila 7788 0300 Sales Manager Keeley Bajada 9996 0446
Contributors Carolin Makus Becky Vella – Dean Gera Salon Dayna Clarke Jean Zammit Mark McBride Matthew Agius Mika Neville at Neville’s hair studio Rosella E. Frigerio Simona from Noticed Models Tamara Fenech
Tim from Noticed Models Venla from Models M AIM Architecture: Norm Architects: Peter Eland This magazine is published by [ V ] Publications also publishers of Served Magazine + / The Malta Artpaper
Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher is prohibited. All rights reserved. Dates, information and prices are believed to be correct at the time of going to press but are subject to change and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. Neither the editor nor the publisher accept responsibility for any material submitted, whether photographic or otherwise. While we endeavour to ensure that the organisations and firms mentioned are reputable. The editor can give no guarantee that they will fulfill their obligations under all circumstances. Copyright 2019
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SUMMER ‘19 UPDATE
TIMELESS BY PASABAHCE ‘Timeless’ is a classic collection that is fashionable and elegant, it never ages and adds a familiar sense of quality to the art of drinking. This eloquent pattern offers an appealing aesthetic that is suitable for all times. Available at Petrolea, Valley Road, Msida.
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NEW MISS DIOR The new Miss Dior Eau de Toilette is a heady and refreshing floral whirlwind. A mad waltz danced around Grasse Rose and a veil of Lilly of the valley as light as a tulle petticoat. A radiant Miss Dior who throws herself headlong into a never-ending whirlwind of life and love. Available at Franks.
MEDASIA PLAYA MedAsia Playa takes the core concepts of its predecessor, the Fusion Lounge, and combines them with the beauty and stunning natural highlights of the Maltese coastline. A bustline summer destination, it offers a relaxing ambience with an amazing dĂŠcor, two swimming pools, an a la carte restaurant, a large lounge area, several VIP areas, sun loungers with umbrellas and two fully stocked bars. Qui-Si-Sana Seafront, Sliema, Malta. E: email@example.com T: +356 77 323 126 Social Media: @medasiaplaya
WEEKEND MAX MARA FLAGSHIP STORE OPENS Weekend Max Mara is pleased to announce the opening of its first flagship store in Valletta, Malta. Located in the very heart of the city, the new Weekend Max Mara Store brings a welcoming and cosy atmosphere thanks to a mix of decorative elements that of are Italian flair and artisanal tradition.
MORPHING ISLE Composition and colour are key elements in the artwork of Henry Falzon, who is exhibiting a striking collection of pastel paintings at his first solo show. The exhibition is open every day at La Bottega Art Bistro, 200 Merchants Street until 31 June, sponsored by FIMBank, Fiorente, and Artpaper. Contact Lily Agius Gallery for more info: 9929 2488.
SMART FORTWO: VISIONARY IDEAS FOR THE CITY You may just notice the small parking spaces in which you fit easily. However, the smart fortwo interior is surprisingly generous in every respect. It remains the car that is most uncompromisingly designed for the city. For further information please visit autosales.com.mt, or contact Kindâ€™s directly on 2143 3601.
‘Maradona’ by Asif Kapadia
MARADONA BIOPIC + ANIMATION FILMS FOR KIDS SHOWING AT VALLETTA FILM FESTIVAL A new documentary about Diego Maradona, one of the greatest football players of all time, will be screening at forthcoming Film Festival which will be held between Friday 14th and Sunday 23rd June 2019. The feature documentary puts together 500 hours of never before-seen footage from the Argentine player’s personal archive. It shows Diego waving to raucous
Napoli fans before heading into a media scrum and countless other moments in the life and career of this football superstar. ‘Maradona’ premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19th 2019 and will screen at the largest open-air theatre on the island, Pjazza Teatru Rjal in Valletta.
One of the films selected for this weekend is titled ‘Jacob, Mimmi and the Talking Dogs’ tells the story of two kids who spend summer in a city suburb, where together with talking dogs they rescue their romantic wooden-house neighbourhood from reconstruction.
The Valletta Film Festival is Malta’s largest cinematic event attracting around 10,000 visitors each year. The festival exhibits over forty feature films and twenty four short films and organises a number of master classes and workshops.
Another animation is ‘Checkered Ninja’ that set a new record in the Danish film box offices, making it one of the most popular family films in Europe this year.
This year the festival will dedicate one of the weekends, from 21-23 June 2019, to kids.
Outdoor Screenings at Pjazza San Gorg, Valletta - Copyright Film Grain Foundation / Ali Tollervey
More information about the programme at the festival is available at www. vallettafilmfestival.com
Jacob, Mimmi & the Talking Dogs
[ VACANT DAYS ] Whether you’re attending one of this summer’s sizzling festivities or just relaxing by the pool, have a go at some playful floral prints and prominent accessories. Just remember to have fun! 1. Clutch bag, €45.90, Accessorize. 2. Sunglasses, €235, Valentino from Optika Sliema & Rabat. 3. Maxi dress, €75.90, Accessorize. 4. Sunglasses, €149, Ana Hickmann from Solo Optical, San Gwann. 5. Top, €130, Ted Baker, The Point, Sliema. 6. Bikini Top, €59, Bikini pants, €52, Ted Baker, The Point, Sliema. 7. Sandals, €490, Max Mara. 8. Leaf Wrap Cuff, €12.90, Accessorize. 9. Shoes, €129.90, ECCO, echo-shoes.com.mt.
[ POOL–SIDE ] Rock up to this season’s hottest spots dressed in style - whether you opt for floral prints or strong bold stripes, VAMP has got your summer styling in check. The rest is up to you! 1. Cap, €55, Armani Exchange. 2. Polo shirt, €155, Newport from Ralph Lauren 3. Backpack, €135, Armani Exchange. 4. Perfume, Pure XS Night, Paco Rabanne, Exclusively distributed by Ta’Xbiex Perfumery Ltd. 5. Swimwear, €75, Ted Baker. 6. Sunglasses, €172, RayBan. 7. Sunglasses, €145, Emporio Armani. Both sunglasses available from Sunglass + Sunglass. 8. Shirt, €115, Ted Baker.
POLO RALPH LAUREN: OPENS FIRST SHOP IN MALTA
Ralph Lauren corporation announces the opening of its first Polo Ralph Lauren store in the premier shopping destination, The Point Shopping Mall, Sliema.
he new store represents the classic yet spirited American style, for which Polo Ralph Lauren is recognized throughout the world. Both women’s wear and men’s wear will be featured in the eclectic space – a fusion of collegiate sports and the great outdoors. The store has an aesthetic that reflects the same
sensibility as the brand itself – classic and casual with a modern, energetic spirit. MEN’S WEAR | CHARIOTS OF FIRE 1920’s Olympic Track & Field motifs blend with 90’s throwback and logo-driven style for an updated, eclectic take on “Sport” rendered in classic Red, White, and Blue.
MEN’S WEAR | MONTAUK Soft pastels, patterned with seasonal prints, and perfectly weathered fabrications for the look and feel of the ultimate endless summer. MEN’S WEAR | POLO RALPH LAUREN Authentic and iconic, Polo is the original symbol of the modern preppy lifestyle. Combining Ivy League classics and time-honored English haberdashery with downtown styles and All-American sporting looks. Polo sportswear and tailored clothing present a one-of-a-kind vision of menswear that is stylish, timeless and appealing to all generations of men. Often imitated but never matched, Polo’s signature aesthetic - along with its renowned polo player logo - is recognized worldwide as a mark of contemporary heritage excellence WOMEN’S WEAR Summer is truly about celebrating the preppy and classic core of our brand with new and fresh combinations. The sun-bleached color palate of blues, reds, pinks and greens alongside the foundation of white and shades of indigo bring a fresh and happy spirit to the collection. The seasonal expression comes to life through madras, plaids, florals, bandana prints, stripes and eyelet reimagined in a relevant way. Proportions are reinterpreted as well – midi lengths in dresses, shrunken Big PP fleece hoodies, and paper-bag bottoms all modernize the summer spirit. Authenticity is critical and seen through incidental signs of wearing that evoke great summer memories. Each piece has lived and transcends energy. WOMEN’S WEAR | POLO RALPH LAUREN Polo is the symbol of personal expression for the modern woman. A romantic bohemian with a cool sportiness, Polo mixes iconic all-American style with an eclectic downtown edge, all put together with individual flair. From sophisticated tweeds and simple black dresses to rugged outdoorsy looks and city-worn leather, Polo represents easy, energetic style — free-spirited and cool. The Polo Ralph Lauren store is operated by the Bortex Group, a franchise partner of the brand. SUMMER_19 ISSUE
In the following pages we feature Diane de Malherbe a Designer synonymous with timeless fashion that tell a mystic story. Her designs are renowned for elegance, versatility and timelessness that carry poetic handmade details and embellishments. >
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“ Timeless clothing is defined as a garment that can survive trends and ages and that can be passed on to different generations.” fashion design and pattern making in Paris and gained several years of experience designing for prestigious Haute Couture houses in New York, Paris, and London. Diane launched her first collection in 2017. Through her recent collection, Diane explores a distinctive notion of luxury with unique handmade embellishments and finest fabrics that have been responsibly sourced, and uses ingenious systems for adjustable clothing to offer timeless pieces as an alternative to fast fashion.
The avant-garde fashion designer loves to dress all kinds of women, especially a woman “who is sensitive to the story and time spent behind the garment; someone with enough independence and own style to embody it while twisting it in her own way,” Diane explains. orn in Kuala Lumpur and raised in Paris, Diane is inspired by various mystic, spiritual, literature, ar t and historial sources. She studied
An intimate and tailored approach is taken when designing a piece of clothing that allows the designer to “gently guide her on the shapes I think would best fit her while
respecting her style.” Markedly, for her bridal clients, she would create original embroideries of the bride’s favourite flowers and ornaments. Customers of Diane have high regard for the quality of fabrics she uses, the mastered tailoring and the unique details of the collections, especially the fact that garments can be customised through embellished accessories. Diane continues, “with the detachable embroidered wrists or collar for instance, they can adapt their outfit to any occasion by turning a work-day dress into a night gown.” According to Diane, timeless clothing is defined as a garment that can survive trends and ages and that can be passed on to different generations. In addition to their timless style, many of her garments are constructed with adjustable elements to ensure they evolve with the shape throughout her client’s life. “I am always pleased whenever I see women who still wear my dresses even while pregnant!” >
FASHION What is your major source of inspiration at the moment? Malta! Its architecture, its people, its unique lace heritage and above all, its incredible history. What projects and collections are you currently working on? I am currently working on my second collection that I will present this year in Malta, France and possibly Switzerland; as well as bespoke wedding dresses for clients in France and London. What are your favourite textiles to use and why? I like to create collections with fabrics that I embellish through embroideries that I design, prints made from my drawings, or through the use of fabrics dyed in a unique colour. I am also interested in using unusual fabrics such as some borrowed from menswear or home decoration. Lastly, I would say that I strive to use materials made from natural fibres and that I am more sensitive to silky fabrics that are timeless and elegant.
FASHION How do spiritual influences, literature, art and history come to play in your designs? For example, for my first collection I was inspired by the Chateau de Courances in France, where I was for tunate to live for a few months. Its ornamental architecture and its mystical gardens inspired the design of my embroideries. The equestrian shape of the coat, as well as the 40’s style of some outfits is a reminiscence of the castle’s long history of horse hunting and ball receptions. And finally, one of my favourite artist, Jean Cocteau, used to live close to Courances. I tried to infuse some of his oniric world into my collection and I have quoted his poetry on some of the garments. So you can imagine just how inspiring Malta is for me with its unique history as well as some of the ar tists who have created in Malta such as Le Caravage or Turner! >
FASHION On your website, you mention fabrics are responsibly sourced; from where? The fabrics I use have been sourced from Italy, France and India. They are all made without the use of any hazardous chemicals and I mainly use fabric made of natural fibres. How does your business impact social and environmental issues? I try at my level to have a positive social and environmental impact in different ways. As explained above, in reaction to fast fashion, each piece is designed to last for many years and the idea of passing them across generations is very impor tant to me. They are meant to be beautiful pieces that we cherish for life.
What are your major plans for 2019? My second collection and the launch of my brand in Malta! What is your major career highlights? I was for tunate to design for amazing fashion houses like Lanvin, Ralph & Russo, Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, Givenchy... and to work with incredibly talented and kind people from whom I learned a lot. All the challenges and successes I shared with them were definitely the highlights of my career. Then of course, I will never forget the emotion I got from all
Garments are made with fabrics of the highest quality that are naturally dyed without the use of any hazardous chemicals. In addition, I aim to have a personal contact with each of my suppliers so the process of development is transparent and I can be sure that they are working in good conditions.
I think these dresses are really for modern nymphs! [ V ] Quick Qs:
Lastly, embellishments are handmade by the most qualified ar tisans so I aim to help them preserve their ar t; I am really excited to work with Maltese lacemakers for my second collection! Finally, the clothes are made locally in France and Malta where I currently live.
Who do you wish to dress? Any women who will feel like themselves wearing my dresses. Classic go-to textile? Silky fabrics. Inspirational Designer? DRIES VAN NOTEN, but I have so many more! the congratulations during the presentation of my first collection after all the hard work I had put into launching my brand. What can you tell our readers about the pieces you have selected for this issue’s fashion shoot? The hand-embroidered silk chiffon dresses (previous pages) are two of my favorite looks. They embody perfectly well my style with their feminine and elegant look, their versatility from the detachable capes, and their poetic feeling from the embroidered quotes by the ar tist Jean Cocteau that fly between the palms, the light movements of the capes, and the delicate nude colour.
Favourite time to create? At night. Magazine: print or online? Print
N THE FLIP SIDE OF THE GLITZ AND GLAM OF THE PARIS FASHION INDUSTRY, PHOTOGRAPHER AND VISUAL CREATOR JOHN HENNEQUIN EXPRESSES THE PHENOMENA OF HUMAN AND NATURE. HIS DEEP SENSE FOR HUMAN CONNECTION AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS EVIDENT IN HIS REMARKABLE WORKS. >>
After a few years working as an assistant in Paris the now established Fashion Photographer John Hennequin set off by himself, in his own words; “to fly with my own wings” and began to work with fashion and cosmetic powerhouses like YSL, L’Oreal, Make Up Forever, Paco Rabanne, and so many magazines around the world including Marie Claire Group. When John is not behind the lens for fashion
shoots or commercials he is investing his time in meeting and exchanging with people. “What I love the most about my job is that moment when you exchange with someone and you really understand who he is… because behind the lens, you can’t lie.” John seeks inspiration from Renaissance art and nature; he adds “it’s some kind of spirituality that forces me to look to nature.” At my little level I try
to respect what I know about it.” He often puts his subjects in a natural landscape where the human being looks small in front of the majestic landscape. “I like to do this because sometimes we think we are king of the planet but we are not doing anything to help fix it.” The result shows in the final image. The landscape is powerful and captivating, the subject dependant, surrendered and immersed in the surroundings. >
An interview with Paris Photographer John Hennequin
...15 to 30 minutes after we start shooting, the model shows who she / he is. It’s like a therapy for my subject”...
INTERVIEW From your portrait photographs we can practically feel the emotion of your model. What’s your trick in evoking these piercing emotions to come through? I listen. I go to where my subject wants to go. We all feel emotion when we are chatting with someone. When someone is listening to you, you compensate - you feel you can talk back. They arrive with a full bag of emotions and history that wants to be offloaded. I have no interest in the ‘public face’ in front of me. I ask them to get rid of the attitude or the way people want to see them. I’m used to the fashion industry working with models and actresses and 15 to 30 minutes after we start shooting, the model shows who she / he is. It’s like a therapy for my subject. A chiaroscuro theme is apparent in your portrait photographs. Would you say this is your main style? It is my point of view at the moment. The lights I use describe the environment. It shows what I see around me; there is actually my touch in the picture. I am trying to figure out: who are they, in which world? Even when the light is dark, if the person comes with a lot of light and energy … it’s a compilation of the way I see the situation at that moment, of what’s around the person that I am shooting. Truly, I am a minimalist. Its simple; I like simple stuff - even if it looks to be complicated, it’s not. How do you go about choosing models to shoot? What do you look for? I think in women I’m looking for some sort of power through fragility, emotion, or sensitivity. For guys, I seek some more old fashion guy. Even if there is emotion and power I’m concentrating more on the women’s character, as she would explain herself more powerfully through emotions - There is a power in her eyes. The guy would present himself through confidence. I’m not saying every guy or girl is that way. I see equity. In both it could be as simple as aesthetics - like a dry, thin-shaped guy. But if it’s to tell a story I need to get in touch with true people. I want them to be open and true to whatever is happening – happy to be there and experience the moment as I do, because it is an exchange. Its not something closed. >
INTERVIEW What has been your top career highlight so far? When I’m done with a style and re-invent myself! When you let something go and when I take a step through – whether it’s an editorial or a two-year project. Finding out what’s happening in my world. Business people would talk about money or awards – I’m not this kind of person, I’m just trying to get through and propose other stuff; new ways to see things. Simple, clear – and trashy sometimes! What are you excited about in 2019? Settling down in Malta! I have an exhibition that I’m working on - I am putting the mood boards together. I’m not sure if it will be in Malta or Paris. It’s about time… and the universe is interesting right now. I will probably do some journalistic exhibition – there are many journalistic works I have about my travels that I have not published. They are ‘not feel good photos’ –sometimes you need to let go to be free. I am trying to show the lack of freedom. >
“it’s some kind of spirituality that forces me to look to nature. At my little level I try to respect what I know about it.”
“We are all different and this is our force”
Quick Q’s: Dream person to shoot: No one in particular. Top shooting destination: Congo. The environment is so powerful, pure and majestic with high mountains and volcanoes. ‘Go-to’ cameras 2019: NikonD850, Mamiya Rz67 Pro2D Favourite time to shoot: Golden Hour - 2 hours before sunrise and 2 hours before sunset – depends on where I am in the world. Favourite Drink: Old Fashion – Whiskey sour Magazines - print or online? Print. Final message to our readers: “we are all different and this is our force.” [ V ]
Purse, €130, Ted Baker
Photography: John Hennequin Model Venla: Models M Stylist: Nena Kay Hair: Neville at Neville’s hair studio Make up: Jean Zammit using Inglot Shot at The Vilhena Palace, Mdina
Shir t, €155, Ted Baker. Skir t, €180, Ted Baker. Bag, €135, Radley. Shoes, €64, Monsoon.
Shoes €170, Shir t-dress, €399. Scarf, €69. Bag, €299. All by Ralph Lauren. Sunglasses, €188, Michael Kors from Sunglass + Sunglass.
Shir t, €155, Ted Baker. Skir t, €180, Ted Baker. Bag, €135, Radley.
Dress, â‚¬3400, Diane De Malherbe.
Dress, €220, Armani. Sunglasses, €235, Miu Miu at Optika.
Dress, €399. Blazer, €699. Bag, €299. All by Ralph Lauren.
Top, €130. Skir t, €205. Scarf, €105. All by Ted Baker.
Dress, €264. Monsoon. Sunglasses, €149, Hickmann by Solo Optical, San Gwann.
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HiJinks on Holiday
You’ve been waiting all year. Your fairy outfit and neon fluorescent gear are at the ready. Your ticket money is stashed away, and you’ve finally got around to cleaning out last year’s tent and entirely erased the memory of l’eau du por taloos. Festival season is finally here - you just have to figure out how many you can cram in and round up your friends for before winter draws in.
It goes without saying, the best time to enjoy a music festival is undoubtedly the summer, and Europe each year offers thousands of eclectic music festivals. Each of the following four underrated music festivals offers something unique, from concer ts in abandoned warehouses, to wine and bourbon-tasting bars, to raising funds for charitable causes. Ideally, they are all conveniently located across the continent. >
Pete The Monkey Festival France
Every summer has its story, and nothing quite says summer like a music festival. Dayna Clarke shares 4 eclectic music festivals happening this season across Europe.
1> 7–11 AUGUST – BOOMTOWN UK
A boiling pot of vibrancy, theatre, fantasy, escapism and camaraderie, Boomtown Fair is a hub of diverse and non-commercialised musical movements whose roots stretch far and wide. Each yearly edition of the festival is referred to as a “Chapter”; this reflects that each instalment continues the storyline from the previous year, with the series having begun in 2009. The festival site is divided into several districts, and the storyline narrative is reflected in the design of the districts, streets and venues, which are populated by hundreds of actors
to play the role of inhabitants. Each area has a different emphasis; you may be chilling to some folk one minute, and then travelling at 180 BPM to some drum and bass the next. Line-up: The Streets, Ms Lauryn Hill, Prophets of Rage, Chase & Status, Chronixx, Groove Armada, Slaves, UB40 When: 7th-11th August Where: Winchester, UK
2> 11–13 JULY– PETE THE MONKEY, FRANCE
Created to help raise money for the largest monkey reserve in Bolivia (hence the name), Pete the Monkey is a family-friendly festival in the seaside village of Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer in Seine-Maritime, Upper Normandy. The official line up is yet to be released, but you can expect a summery blend of indie pop, disco and electronic – past acts include Acid Arab, Blue Hawaii, We Were Evergreen, Songhoy Blues and Nicola Cruz. The festival site is 150 metres from the beach, and the organisers aim to present emerging
ar tists from both sides of the English channel. The festival star ted as a 350-person par ty. By the third edition in 2014, the festival had grown into a boutique size 1000 capacity themed festival and has subsequently won many awards for the best independent festival within Europe. Line-up: TBC When: 11th-13th July Where: Normandy, France
3> 19–21 JULY – MELT GERMANY
The annual event, which takes place in Ferropolis, Germany - a museum of large mid20th-century industrial machinery - returns this year in July. Also known as ‘the city of iron’, the unusual location hosts rock, electronic and pop acts across the weekend with Jorja Smith, A$AP Rocky, Skepta and Bon Iver confirmed for this summer, as well as the Sleepless Floor which keeps the par ty going from Thursday through to Monday.
a rave at the beach will for sure bring you dancing all night long. Positively, Melt is also very environmentally conscious by offering regional, eco-friendly and vegetarian cuisine. Line-up: Jorja Smith, A$AP Rocky, Skepta, Bon Iver, Four Tet, Slow Thai, Maribou State When: 19-21st July Where: Gräfenhainichen, Germany
The 3-day festival attracts the crowd through the exciting audio-visual experience to many different stages, and for the electronic lovers,
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VAMP HAS A CHAT WITH LONDON ABSTRACT AND FIGURATIVE ARTIST ROBERT FRY. THROUGH HIS INTRIGUING, POIGNANT AND OBSCURED FIGURATIVE ART, FRY CONVEYS HUMAN PRESENCE, PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT PARTICULARLY ON MENâ€™S MENTAL HEALTH. >
Lost Men Study Aâ€™ etching on zinc plate 64 x 44.5cm 2018 Private collection Courtesy of Gallerie Kornfeld, Berlin.
...By consciously obscuring parts of the human form in my paintings I attempt to create space for the viewer to question their preconceived image”...
How would you describe life in London? I spend most days in the studio. In my free time, I go to flee markets, swim and visit museums, where I select just one or two paintings to absorb, rather than trying to take in entire collections. How has London influenced your art and how has your art had an impact in London? The intensity of city living has impacted my work hugely - in my paintings there is a focus on anxiety, which I think is partially generated as a result of living in a vast city like London. I can only hope my exhibitions in London have added to the culture of the city, and inspired dialogue around men’s mental health. What’s your favourite medium? Why? Painting. It is such a complex medium, in its history and versatility. I am continuously challenged by it, so it never tires me. How do you provoke emotion and engagement through your art? I think my painting provides the viewers a different view of themself - this is in itself quite confrontational and provoking. I use painting as a way to turn something inside out. Your book “Robert Fry” by Jane Neal says that your “paintings and etchings confront viewers with an engaging exploration of the human form that asks profound questions about people’s physical presence in the universe and the psychological, emotional and spiritual engagement we have with the world through our bodies.” How do you achieve this? How does your art address peoples’ physical presence, and spiritual engagement?
Lost Men Study 2’ Collage, Acrylic, Oil and Enamel on canvas 2018 Private collection
I convey physical human presence in my paintings, through partially not conveying it. By consciously obscuring parts of the human form in my paintings I attempt to create space for the viewer to question their preconceived image. So, it is by not conveying parts of the human figure that I seek to create engagement with the viewer. > SUMMER_19 ISSUE
‘Red 1’ Mixed media on canvas 198 x 360cm 2009 Saatchi collection
... “My work centres the crisis of male identity, fr
om an autobiographical and social perspective.â€?...
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‘Drawing Room Study 2’ Acrylic, Oil and Enamel on canvas 198 x 163cm 2008 Private collection
“By consciously obscuring parts of the human form in my paintings I atte
mpt to create space for the viewer to question their preconceived image.”
‘Red 6’ Acrylic, Oil and Enamel on canvas 198 x 285cm 2010 Private collection
Do you think that censorship on nudity and intimacy has a role to play in your art and how you present it? What are the challenges around this? How does your art push boundaries and provoke conversation on this topic? My work centres the crisis of male identity, from an autobiographical and social perspective. I have chosen painting as a medium to engage with this complex subject. In your visual language do you prefer to express your reflection or the public’s opinion?
My visual language, I hope if anything, challenges both my reflection as well as the publics opinion.
What would you tell younger people inspired to invest their time in painting?
How would you describe your journey as an artist over the years?
I would probably advise them against it! [ V ]
Turbulent; I think as any artist encounters, there are as many moments of fulfillment and there are also collapses in self-confidence. What projects are you working on for 2019 / 2020? In September I will have a solo exhibition with Beers London. And in 2020, I will exhibit with my primary gallery, Gallery Kornfeld, which will consist of works on paper.
Quick Q’s: Dream canvas: Linen Favourite time to paint: Lunch time Current Playlist: Animals, Pink Floyd, on repeat. Dream Exhibition Space: Royal Academy Ideal workspace: Self-contained.
ROSSELLA E. FRIGERIO PICKS THE BRAINS OF LILIAN TRAN – ISE’S SYDNEY – BASED FOUNDER.
ISE: defining the new luxury
mastery and do what we can to keep these skills alive. Our suppliers align with our values and implement sustainable and ethical practices to improve the world we live in, and we want each of our customers to feel part of this narrative and to be proud of the decision they have made.
ithout a doubt, luxury today means far more than mere aesthetically-driven exclusivity. Spurred by a growing global awareness of the potentially damaging social and environmental effects our consumeristic choices trigger, high-end purchasers (and not only) are increasingly buying into exclusive brands that align with their values. Authenticity, sustainability and slow craftsmanship are traits that define the essence of contemporary luxury brands emerging to meet such a visionary approach. Sustainable luxury lifestyle brand ISE dovetails seamlessly into this rising wave of purposeful retail. Founded in early 2019, its design philosophy stems from a deeply held belief that luxury lasts lifetimes and across generations. Organic is integral to all ISE fabric, which is assiduously sourced from farmers and producers who cultivate nature as a philosophy of life. Inspired by the Japanese vision of wabi, which finds appeal in humble simplicity, the brand honours raw textures immersed in a beauty that is enhanced with each wash and made personal through use. We recently caught up with ISE’s Sydney-based founder, Lilian Tran, to discover what spurs her distinct creative vision and shapes her timeless design aesthetic.
What was the most challenging aspect of creating a brand that is at once sustainable and luxurious? I would have to say that the sourcing of materials and trims proved most challenging. I had to ensure that every decision made aligned with our core values of being timeless, sustainable and ethical, without compromising on a luxury standard of quality. A lot of time was spent on research to ensure our quality was paramount from the fabric to the thread component of our products. Every supplier we work with upholds our beliefs to ensure the ethical standards of our materials and trims run through every stage of creation. Where do you see ISE one year from now? What emotions do you wish to stir within a client when they delve into the world of ISE? A feeling that they have done more than just purchase a product. Ultimately, they are positively contributing to the age-old skills of artisans around the world, which are becoming a dying art, and we wish to celebrate their
In a year’s time, I would like to explore greater ideas of contributing to sustainability. I have some upcoming projects that will help ISĒ evolve into a company that not only sells organic bed linen but also other products for the home. I can’t say too much as these projects are still in the works, but I expect exciting things to happen in the new year.
...My idea of a perfect happiness is being actively engaged in my passions everyday and, in turn, bringing happiness and comfort to myself and to others.”...
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is considering launching a sustainable luxury brand in the lifestyle sector?
they are 100% on board, which is a very satisfying feeling.
It is very important to do your research and get to know the people you work with and what they are passionate about. Make sure they align with your brand’s values and don’t settle if you are not content.
My idea of a perfect happiness is being actively engaged in my passions everyday and, in turn, bringing happiness and comfort to myself and to others. Other than that, I find travelling and experiencing different cultures greatly inspiring, for it gives you more of a perspective on life. Visit https://houseofise.com/ to explore ISĒ’s world and online boutique. [ V ]
It can be restricting at times when you set your own standard, but it’s important to set your own precedent. It is challenging to get suppliers to understand your vision, but when you find the right company it is a symbiotic relationship and
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
[ MODERN CLASSICS ] Soften up the lines and boxes by adding some shape and countour to your living space with these modern classics collections of accessories and deco. 1. Coat hanger dots, available at Vivendo Group 2. Hubsch bamboo lantern, available at Loft, Naxxar. 3. Rotary tray, available at Vivendo Group. 4. Seat Nolai, available at Flamant, Sliema. 5. Wyatt Serverware, Ralph Lauren Home, available at Loft Naxxar.
KEEP IT SIMPLE AND PICK ICONIC PIECES THAT MAKE A STATEMENT ”
AIM Architecture and Norm Architects have completed an exclusive villa resort in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka â€“ a secluded beach front property surrounded by exotic vegetation and striking views, with the architecture effortlessly blending in to the nature with large openings, soft transitions and natural materials.
Photography: Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Noah Sheldon AIM Architecture: Wendy Saunders, Vincent de Graaf, Norm Architects: Peter Eland Design Team: Qing Ye, Zihan Zhao, Alejandro Felipe
K House in Sri Lanka
. ..Due to the warm and pleasant climate, the architecture can blend into the nature using soft transitions” ...
Located in the southern par t of Sri Lanka, K House is a secluded beach front proper ty surrounded by lush greenery and breathtaking views. The exclusive villa resor t is comprised of two individual buildings; the east house placed atop a hilly par t of the proper ty, opening up to the sea, and the west house slightly tucked away, providing a more sheltered feel. Together the two form an L-shape, framing the garden and centrally placed pool area. The barn-like structure effortlessly blends into the landscape, enclosing the outdoor common areas while framing the general view towards the sea. The architecture is composed of natural materials; local teak wood, polished terrazzo, facades of polished cement and outdoor areas of local granite stone. The roof is made of recycled terracotta tiles which complements the overall natural look and tactile feel of the house. Due to the warm and pleasant climate, the architecture can blend into the natureÂ using soft transitions. There areÂ outdoor living and dining spaces, porches, with switching levels defining thresholds between them. Large sliding doors open up key spaces to the garden. Shutters are made of wood to avoid glazed openings. The generous roofs of the two buildings cover these indoor/outdoor spaces from rain and sun, allowing this special feeling of being in nature in a protected and comfor table manner. >
“ …A special feeling of being in nature in a protected and comfortable manner...”
The common areas of the east house open up towards each other and are generally bright and spacious, whereas the living and dining room of the west house have a more intimate and enclosed feel. The rooms, too, are withdrawn and private, with minimal interiors and dĂŠcor, providing space to retreat to when needed. Two rooms have bathrooms opening up to private cour tyards, giving you the luxurious sensation of being in nature when showering. Bespoke furniture include the inbuilt sofa in the luxurious lounge area and the headboards that continue along the wall to function as seating and/or table tops in the bedrooms. A combination of these bespoke modern minimal pieces alongside other locally sourced antique furniture and accessories creates a familiar yet native atmosphere. [ V ]
AIM Architecture: Wendy Saunders, Vincent de Graaf, Norm Architects: Peter Eland Design Team: Qing Ye, Zihan Zhao, Alejandro Felipe Project manager : Gabriela Ka Po Lo Location: Sri Lanka Builders: Crystal Construction Completed: November 2018 SUMMER_19 ISSUE
TRAVEL CAROLIN MAKUS SHARES HER RECENT EXPERIENCE TRAVELLING THROUGH CAMBODIA SHE DESCRIBES AS “EXTREME, PRAGMATIC & INDUSTRIOUS YET INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL & PEACEFUL.” Photography: By Gemma Hodge
[ The thing about Cambodia. ]
fter three weeks on the road, I dare to describe Cambodia as extreme, pragmatic and industrious yet incredibly beautiful and peaceful. It is a country full of contradictions on the verge of becoming the next commercial epicentre. Cambodia’s inhabitants referred to as “Khmer” are so humble and open minded, that it almost breaks your heart to see their country being downright invaded by Chinese investors planting one casino next to another; destroying the picturesque coastline of South-West Cambodia. Where jungles meet beaches and the Indian Ocean, where monks sit in silence and locals go out for a stroll, you will now find a disturbed paradise, a disrupted society. Here, in and around the coastal city Sihanoukville (or: ‘Kampong Som’) the vibes and spirits of the old and new Cambodia are clashing hard. Thick, red dust covers bumpy streets leading downtown, where you find busy local markets next to future high-rise buildings. Sounds of construction work and traffic jams are cutting their way through the heat of late March. In April the temperatures usually climb up to 40 °C (104 °F), marking the hottest month of the year. Just a stone’s throw away from Sihanoukville, however, you find yourself in between palm trees on long sandy beaches - feeling a soft breeze in your hair, listening to the waves breaking on the shores of Koh Rong Island and its various neighbour islands. On the islands around Sihanoukville, the Khmer themselves seem to embrace the streams of tourists. At least here, the beaches are well taken care of. Even the ones just passing through make an effort to keep
the environment clean, as they nibble and nap through their days of vacation. On the other hand, bigger cities across the country like Phnom Penh are covered in trash and the government appears to be well swamped with the challenge to keep the country clean. I cannot help but be reminded of Malta, seeing foreign investors taking over and watching the locals figuring out ways to cope with recent changes and developments. Phnom Penh is the heart of Cambodia. It’s the capital of the country and crossing it can take hours. So pack a snack, it is pure madness. Pure madness that is somehow mesmerising to watch. You think you have seen it all, until you spot four children on one motorcycle manoeuvring their way through Phnom Penh’s rush hour, u-turning the vehicle while on the phones. Well, you have not. The city is busy, loud, diverse, relatively modern and all in all a very well-orchestrated chaos. That is why a couple days here seem enough to experience the city and to learn about its past, without drowning in the buzz.
After visiting the memorials and monuments dedicated to the victims of the Khmer Rouge, you will find some peace and quiet in one of the central parks like “Wat Botum.” The Khmer Rouge was a radical regime around the Communist Party of Kampuchea (CPK), responsible for the Cambodian Genocide in the late 70s.You see, it is not that long ago and at the museums you still have the chance to talk to the ones that went through it. Exploring villages, cities and markets from North to South Cambodia show that the next generation does not lose one minute. They are reshaping the country already. The local and international schools look flawless, neat and well managed. Education and speaking several languages seems to have top priority. I spent many hours on the road and even in the smallest towns in the middle of nowhere I saw groups in their shiny uniforms trotting to school and back, sometimes through impassable terrain or alongside the freeway. A dangerous walk that can take hours. >
Different eco-start-up companies and initiatives quite literally dive into the mountains of plastic and waste, usually located in the city’s outskirts. The activists start to recycle what can be recycled and even get the tourists hooked with (mainly) eco-friendly products like wallets made of old banana leaves, laptops cases made of rice bags, impressive woodwork and art.
Especially Siem Reap, in the Northwest, strikes me to be Cambodia’s cultural power-house that takes on the next chapter. With its numerous temples like the famous Angkor Wat, Siem Reap attracts many tourists and therefore many Dollars (or: Khmer Riel). It is modern and pretty clean yet never lost its traditional flair. Locals and foreigners share the busy roads here and, hope-
fully, show the way into a bright future. Especially after learning about Cambodia’s dark chapters of the past, I wish the country and their outstanding kind souls fortunate decades of success and may they always treasure the paradise they live in.
Travel Tip: Consider the seasons before traveling. It is warm all year round and seasons are split into rain or dry season. Dry season occurs between November and May with temperatures most bearable from November to February whilst the latter months are rather hot and humid. Rainy season is roughly between June and October, which makes it attractive to benefit from low tourist season, however getting around will present some challenges and flooding is commonplace. [ V ] SUMMER_19 ISSUE
PLANK ROASTED MACKEREL, PEACHES CARAMELISED WALNUTS, LEMON >
CUISINE There’s more to Middle Eastern cuisine than hummus and falafel. The Chefs at The Corinthia Palace share some appetising, Middle Eastern inspired recipes for you to try this summer that will have your guests coming back for more. The ingredients lists alone are cause for some serious mouth-watering action! Cool down the spice with some sweet and refreshing desserts.
MIDDLE E>STERN ZEST
Photography: Justin Ciappara Props: Loft, Naxxar Styling: VAMP Team
Food by Matthew Agius, Sous Chef – The Corinthia Palace Desser t by Mark McBride, Head Pâtissier.
PLANK ROASTED MACKEREL, PEACHES CARAMELISED WALNUTS, LEMON Smoked Mackerel 4 mackerel fillets 1/2 bunch of dill 50g of caster sugar 50g of rock salt 4 juniper berries Hickory smoking wood chips For the fish marinade, blend the salt, sugar, juniper berries and dill in a food processor. Cover the mackerel fillets in the marinade and leave to cure for 10 minutes. Wash the marinade off, pat dry and store in the fridge until required. Place two handfuls of wood chips in a metal tin and place a wire rack about halfway down. Place the tin on gas hob at a low heat and lower the mackerel on to the wire rack. Cover with a lid
that has been pierced several times so the smoker acts as an air inlet. Cook for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and allow to cool. Candied Walnuts 40g walnut halves 50g sugar 50ml water Dissolve the sugar in the water and bring to a soft boil, add the walnuts to the pan as soon as the sugar mix hits 140 degrees, drain and place on baking sheet line with greaseproof paper. Cook in an oven set at 150 degrees for 5 – 10 minutes until they have a crisp outer coating. Compressed Peaches 2 peaches 75ml water 30ml white wine 50ml clear apple juice
Piece of ginger Lemon grass stick 30gr sugar lemon Bring the water, white wine and apple juice to the boil, add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Add the ginger and lemongrass and allow to infuse. Chill and when ready to compress the peaches adjust the taste with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Marinate the peach slices for a few hours in the syrup. (At The Corinthia Palace we place the peaches in a vacuum bag with the syrup and vacuum so that the syrup is absorbed into the peaches making them translucent.) Serve as picture with a generous dollop of Greek yoghurt that has ben flavoured with salt and lemon zest. >
Summer dining as it should be. Lunch in the sunshine, poolside cocktails, and dinner under the stars. This is summer as it should be, at The Summer Kitchen. Open for Lunch from 12pm to 4pm and for Dinner from 7pm to 10.30pm. Book now by calling 2544 2738 or email us on email@example.com
SPINACH, KALE, CHARRED SPRING ONIONS, ASPARAGUS, PEACHES, ROMESCO > RECIPE P. 85
SKORDALIA WITH BRASSICAS & HARICOT VERT > SKORDALIA WITH BRASSICAS & HARICOT VERT 200g potatoes, peeled 75g almonds 10g garlic, confit in olive oil 100ml good quality olive oil 40ml Chardonnay vinegar 80g Greek yoghurt Salt Pepper Broccoli florets Sprouting broccoli florets Haricot vert Romesco
Method: Blanch potatoes in boiling salted water. When cooked, drain and place in a warm oven for 15 minutes to dry off excess moisture. In a food processor, blend the almonds, garlic, vinegar and a splash of water - this needs to be a fine paste. Mash potatoes, and in a food processor place the potato mix and the olive oil, puree. Transfer to a bowl and add the almond mixture, Greek yoghurt & adjust seasoning to taste. If the mix is very stiff gently add some warm water to get the desired consistency - a stiff mayonnaise. Spread evenly over the bottom of a plate, top with the blanched vegetables. Drizzle with olive oil and serve. Wine Pairing: PINOT GRIGIO – Guerrieri Rizzardi (Veneto, Italy) This is Pinot Grigio as its meant to be – bursting with ripe pear and peachy fruit before a touch of honey and spice on the long fresh finish. Available from Farsonsdirect.
MOROCCAN LAMB PASTILLA RECIPE P. 85
“ Work is the meat of life, pleasure the dessert. – B.C Forbes ”
PEACH, STRAWBERRY + LEMON DELIGHT RECIPE P. 85 SUMMER_19 ISSUE
< P. 81 SPINACH, KALE, CHARRED SPRING ONIONS, ASPARAGUS, PEACHES, ROMESCO
Grand Marnier Macerated Strawberries 400 fresh strawberries 2 tablespoons sugar
100g roasted red peppers, peeled and seeded 60g roasted almonds 50g toasted hazelnuts 1 garlic clove 5gr sweet paprika 15ml sherry vinegar 100ml olive oil Salt to taste Peaches Assorted salad leaves Baby spinach leaves Kale leaves Charred asparagus Charred spring onions
Macerated Strawberries with Grand Marnier Reduce sugar to 1 tablespoon 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
Method: Place the peppers, almonds, hazelnuts, sweet paprika and garlic in a food processor. Blitz to a rough paste, put on low speed and drizzle in the olive oil. Once incorporated transfer to a bowl and add the sherry vinegar and salt to taste. Mix the peaches, spring onion and asparagus with the kale, spinach and salad leaves drizzle liberally with the romesco. < P. 83 PEACH, STRAWBERRY + LEMON DELIGHT Vanilla Wine Poached Peaches 4-5 ripe yellow peaches 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 2 cups dry white wine 1 vanilla bean Method: To remove skin from peaches, submerge into boiling water for 30 seconds, then transfer to ice bath for another 30 seconds. Skin should easily peel off. Peel and slice peaches, set aside. In large saucepan, heat brown sugar in white wine until melted. Reduce heat so that your mixture is just under boiling. Split vanilla bean and scrape out those wonderful black seeds. Add all the seeds and the split bean to the wine and sugar mixture. Wipe any remaining seeds stuck to your fingers on the peach slices. You don’t want to waste a spec! Add the peaches to the wine, sugar and vanilla mixture, cover, and poach for 15 minutes. Remove peach slices with slotted spoon. Increase heat to bring liquid to a gentle boil and cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half. Serve peaches with syrup warm, room temperature, or cool. Top with mascarpone and garnish with fresh mint, if desired. Use to top crepes, ice cream, or enjoy on their own.
Method: Wash, hull, and slice strawberries and place into a large glass bowl. Stir in sugar and allow to stand for 30 minutes for strawberries to release their natural juices, but not so long that they begin to become mush. If using Grand Marnier, citrus juice or balsamic vinegar, add at the same time as sugar. Candid Lemon Peel 3 to 4 organic lemons, washed 500g sugar Lemon Powder Zest of two lemons 100 Maltodextrin Method: Using a vegetable peeler, remove the peel from the lemon in vertical strips, trying to leave as much of the bitter white pith behind. In a small saucepan, combine the peels with 2 cups of cold water and bring to a boil. Immediately drain, refill the pan with water, bring to a boil and drain again. Repeat this process three times to remove the bitterness from the peel. After the third dunking remove the peels from the pan and set aside. Measure 2 cups of the sugar into a saucepan, and add one cup of water. Set over medium-high heat, bring to a boil and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Drop in the peels, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered until the peels are tender and translucent. Drain and cool the peels. Keep the syrup for other uses. Strawberry Sorbet 2 lemons roughly chopped 800-900g caster sugar 1.8kg strawberries Method: Put the lemon pieces into a food processor or blender with the sugar and pulsechop until the lemon and sugar have combined to a purée. Tip the mixture into a bowl. Purée the strawberries and add to the lemon mixture. Add about half the lemon juice, taste and add more if necessary – the flavour of the lemon should be intense but not overpower the strawberries. Pour into an ice-cream machine and churn until frozen or freeze in a suitable container. You may need to churn the mixture in batches according to the size of your ice-cream machine
< P. 82 MOROCCAN LAMB PASTILLA Lamb shoulder Olive oil 2 onions, diced Parsley, chopped Coriander, chopped 20g grated ginger Saffron, few threads 250g butter 40g caster sugar 1 cinnamon stick 2g cinnamon powder 10g ginger powder 10g turmeric 100 g flaked almonds 175ml chicken stock Quince jelly Baby gem leaves 1 packet filo pastry Method: Season the lamb with salt and pepper, and brown it quickly in a pan with some olive oil. Remove from the pan and transfer to an oven dish. Rub the lamb with the ginger powder, turmeric and cinnamon powder. Add the diced onions with the rest of the spices: cinnamon stick, grated ginger, saffron, half the caster sugar, half the coriander, parsley, salt & pepper. Add 100g of butter and some chicken stock. Cover and put the oven dish into a preheated oven and cook gently for about 1 hour 30 minutes. While the lamb is cooking, roast the flaked almonds separately in the oven. Cook almonds till golden brown, remove from the oven and when the almonds have cooled down, roughly chop them up. Remove the lamb from the oven and take the meat out of the oven dish. Put aside to cool down. Transfer the liquids to a clean saucepan and reduce to the desired consistency. Once cool enough, gently flake the lamb, fold in the reduced warm sauce, add the chopped almonds into the mixture and the fresh chopped coriander. Season to taste. Form into small patties and wrap with filo pastry that has been brushed with the remaining melted butter. Fry in butter and served dusted with icing sugar, baby gem leaves and quince jelly. Wine Pairing: PROSECCO ‘RUSTICO’ – Nino Franco (Valdobbiadene, Veneto, Italy) From one of Valdobbiadene’s oldest wineries, this tastes vital and fresh. The bright fruit flavours have good intensity and the bubbles are gently persistent, making it a great wine to go with food. Available from Farsonsdirect. [ V ]
20 JULY RED SUNSET PARTY
hen one sun sets, it’s always expected to rise again, bolder and brighter than the day before. So does this year’s edition of Red Sunset Par ty 2019. On July 20, the Red Sunset will eclipse all previous editions in a bold and beautiful take. This year, we’re turning up the heat to sizzling hot, as the lavish Cafe del Mar will be decked out in decor to suit the stars. Inspired by the glitz and glam of red carpets everywhere, this year’s theme is strictly Oscars. Get snapped on the red carpet because all eyes will be on you.
It wouldn’t be a par ty if we didn’t have an incredible lineup, featuring homegrown heroes and burning international talent. Alongside some of the island’s fire DJs, International DJ Makree will be spinning tracks and moving beats till the sun goes down. Also on the night’s docket is Britpop diva Emma Lanford, who will be wowing the crowd with her enigmatic hits, incluwding ‘Is it cuz im cool?’, ‘Fire’, and ‘Right About Now.’ We’ll be on full red aler t for this year’s headliner, the euphonious Karen Harding.
The soulful singer-songwriter will have us seeing red with her blazing set, featuring chart toppers such as ‘Say something’, ‘Sweet lies’ and ‘More & More.’ As always, we encourage our guests to see red to the gods and come dressed in their best. This year, our dress code will be STRICTLY red on our Oscars red carpet. So whether its in cherry or wine, strawberry or pomegranate, be sure to dress red to impress to avoid disappointment. www.redsunsetparty.com
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Florence, 1919. It is said that, on his return from England, Count Camillo Negroni asked his favourite bar to prepare his usual Americano with seven drops of gin instead of soda.
And so here, in this very café in Via de’ Tornabuoni, the Count’s ‘usual’ became known by the other clients as Count Negroni’s Americano, or the “Americano with a touch of gin”.
From this day, a legend was born and still continues strong today.
The cocktail was finally named after the Count who adored it. Today, similar to back then, the cocktail is considered to be one of the most famous Italian cocktails in the world as the plain, simple ‘Negroni’. Negroni is part of the official cocktail list of the IBA (International Bartending Association). IBA cocktails are prepared all over the world according to this original recipe.
The Negroni cocktail was created in Florence between 1919 and 1920 by Count Camillo Negroni. In the 1920s, the Count was a regular at the city’s Caffè Casoni. One day, tired of the Americano aperitif, he asked Fosco Scarselli, who was working behind the bar at the aristocratic Caffè, to add a touch of gin rather than soda to his Americano, in honour of his last trips to London.
7 DROPS TH
NEGRONI: 1 part (1 oz) Campari 1 part (1 oz) Gin ( Campari recommends BANKS / Bulldog Gin )
1 part (1 oz) red vermouth ( Campari recommends Cinzano Rosso / Cinzano 1757 )
1 slice of orange
Pour all ingredients directly into a rock glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of orange.
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Paralysed Paradigm Has the education system limited our true creative potential? Tamara Fenech shares her experience and opinion about the limitations and potentials of the education system.
er things became, which on paper, resulted into more academic failures. For the most part, the feeling of inability and unworthiness to succeed in school didn’t come from my peers, my family or my teachers for the matter; it came from that very same assembly line – the system. When subjects need to be grasped, understood and implemented by such a wide variety of individual minds, their foundations simply cannot be based on such generic testing formats. Not only does this format simply place students on the assem-
academic system. Students were, and are, still made to comply with the broader scheme of things. They are made to feel that in order to get on successfully in life, they better jump on the assembly line and begin shape shifting into that well-known box. Unfortunately, this attitude not only comes from the system, it also comes from the very roots of Maltese culture – making it so much more challenging for those differently shaped humans.
bly lines that it assumes they are most fit for, but it also creates minimal measures of success, leaving no room for empowerment or motivation. In my case, I was fortunate enough to have been brought up in a household that represented two opposite ends of the success spectrum. My Father came from a family of academics, lawyers and politicians - the box fillers. Whereas my Mother came from a family of artists, dreamers and designers - the box rebels. I am eternally grateful for this balance. Throughout my school years, my family always empowered me to understand that both the box fillers and the box rebels are needed for this world to function. I was thought to believe that there is no right or wrong kind of person and that the one-sizefits-all approach is simply one way of measuring success. I must say that my school in particular also helped to instil this kind of thinking in the way that we engaged in classroom projects and so on. Being immersed in nature and learning from nature was part of the school’s DNA. This is something that I am also proud to have been a part of.
Nevertheless, after a lot of hard work, I successfully completed most of my O-Levels and went on to also complete my A-Levels. Did I shape shift? Slightly. Did I feel successful? Yes. However, the battle of squaring out my circle didn’t end there. As a further result of my society’s, and back then my, measurements of success, I wanted to further my studies on a Bachelor Degree level. At the time, the creative avenues in Malta were extremely slim. So, as a creative being in an academically focused world, I couldn’t help feel somewhat left out and ultimately obstructed from exploring my creativity to its full potential. As Malta had joined the EU relatively recently, us students suddenly had a whole new world of educational avenues to tap into. Thanks to that, and a few other factors, I was able to enrol in a degree in Leeds in the United Kingdom. Suddenly I thought that my shape shifting days where over. I had finally done it. Except, when the bachelor degree of your choice, over ten years ago, is Fashion Design, I assure you those shape shifting days were far from over.
Growing up in Malta and having to participate within a somewhat stone-age educational system was always a struggle for me. A one-sizefits-all approach that simply aimed to produce the same kind of humans in the end – Lawyers, Architects, Doctors and Accountants. We had boxes that needed to be filled, and whoever didn’t fit within those boxes was simply deemed unsuccessful. Being enrolled in the Maltese educational system felt like being a part of an organised establishment that was on a mission to strip all students from their individual authenticity. Understanding my own authenticity, and most of all, embracing it, has always been a huge part of who I am. However, the longer that I was tied to the old-fashioned educational system, the more I began to doubt my authentic self. As I hustled through my 12 years of secondary school, it was as though my class friends and I were all part of a well-oiled mass production machine - similar to that of Henry Ford’s assembly line established in the 1920s. We all had our own different components, but all came out as the same end product. Instead of being empowered about our different components (abilities, strengths, capacities and so on), if we failed in our mid-term or annual exams, we simply didn’t deem well enough for the assembly line - the system at large. If we happened to be a round shape, we had to work relentlessly to remould ourselves and fit into the squared box that was required from us - a box that seemed to be the only measurement of success. In other words, if you were incapable of supernaturally shape-shifting your circle into a square, you were somewhat unable to fit into the perceived norms of success. The more I tried to reshape that circle, the hard-
However, the fact of the matter is that the school was still bound to a heavily imposed
While obtaining a fashion design degree in today’s world is desirable and deemed more “worthy”, at that time it was still quite unheard SUMMER_19 ISSUE
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ON TOPIC While obtaining a fashion design degree in today’s world is desirable and deemed more “worthy”, at that time it was still quite unheard of and seemed to lack a level of ambition. The look on people’s faces when I told them that I was going to study fashion design or that I was enrolled in my degree was absolutely priceless. As the person on the receiving end of most of these conversations, that I somehow felt obliged to participate in, be it with parent’s friends, old teachers, old class friends etc., you can’t help but examine their reaction. The conversation always seemed to flow in the same kind of way. It would begin with them asking what I am up to and what am I making for myself. I would then reply that I am studying in the UK. This immediately grabbed their attention, resulting in a semi impressed facial expression.They would then ask me what I was studying and I would promptly say fashion design. It is safe to day that I lost their attention as quickly as I grabbed it. The reason why I added this little part to the story wasn’t to score some pity points. I added it because I truly believe that it personifies the result of our educational system and how its current one-track minded approach ultimately seeps through to the mentality of society. It reflects the way most people would perceive as successful; one based on the kind of profession you have chosen, hence the kind of studies you have done to help you get there. It is an example of how our school trainings and teachings make us believe that there are only a handful of professions that are considered worthy of ones attention and interest. The result of the original assembly line mass-produced educational system leads to a society that is standoffish and intolerant towards the different shapes. That is why, I believe, the educational system and the way that we teach our students is a crucial aspect towards the development and progression of society at large. Just because today, in 2019, it is easier for someone to be “accepted” for doing a fashion design degree, it doesn’t mean that we are empowering our students and children of the future, to explore the professions of their own choosing. The system is still designed on a one-size-fits-all format that intends to move us all in the same direction. In fact, Law and Medicine still remain two of the highest most graduated courses on the Island. And while there is absolutely nothing wrong with either of these two professions, the reality is that this mentality and approach simply riddles us with a lack of diversity and authenticity, while also barring a large chunk of our students the
ability to reach their full potential. In 2014 I travelled to Bali, where I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer for a school called Green School. A tropical school built in the middle of the forest, along the Ayung River near Ubud, constructed out of bamboo. Yes bamboo.The grounds are filled with different robust structures, hosting classrooms that do not have any walls or doors - as part of their mission towards inclusion, equity, sustainable education and a purpose-driven curriculum. All I remember thinking was “Wow! These kids are all destined for greatness”. Suddenly I was exposed to a new kind of education, one that requires zero shape shifting, but rather, encourages all individuals to discover their own personal shape and mould freely. This is when I realised the sheer importance of authenticity and embracing individual minds through our educational systems. However, the reality is that there is only a large minority of people who can actually pick up and plonk themselves in the middle of Bali to attend a school that carves out a path of greatness for each and every one of its students. The highly regarded Scandinavian schooling systems, which relatively recently reworked their curricula to include more creativity, collaboration and communication, proves that we do not necessarily need to go to the greatness half way across the world, we can actually bring it to us. Finland for example, is known to have one of the best schooling systems in the world. When someone asks what’s so great about Finland’s schools, you will be typically supplied with two main facts: they have shorter school days and they don’t do standardised tests. The Finnish education system also works so successfully due to the core principles of its entire structure. These principles have been adopted from the pragmatic, democratic and child-centred educational thinking of John Dewey, one of the most prominent American intellectuals of the first half of the twentieth century. One of the main principles is that “one should be allowed to choose their educative path, which should never lead to a dead end”. Fundamentally, this means that all students have the right to explore and find their own choice of studies to access through decision-making regarding their own lives and studying in school. By default, this empowers each individual with the right tools to formulate their own measures of success through the very same educational system that enables them to achieve their goals.
To give a little more context, Sixth form level, for example, is split into two main pathways, general and vocational, both taking around three years. The general education takes the form of course work, giving students a lot of freedom to decide their studies. Vocational education is more job-focused, incorporating apprenticeships as well as school learning, ending with competence-based qualifications after students complete their individual study plans. The best part about this diverse approach is that students aren’t locked into these paths. As part of Finland’s devotion to education and decision-making, the two paths are permeable so that students can discover new interests or even create paths that thread between the two. In conclusion, it is clear that in today’s world we now have access to multiple new ways of teaching and building our educational systems. In 2019, we cannot live in a world that structured its educational foundations many decades before this present generation where even around. Through Finland’s consecutive success rates of student performance, it proves that academia on its own is merely one tiny measurement of success. It proves that if we want all students to thrive through education, which is ultimately a means of democratic freedom, we must broaden our variety of shapes that we are producing in our society. We must allow our students to figure their own unique shapes out on their own, empowered by the very same space that is provided through the educational system. We must break away from the one track minded box filling routes, and instead open up to circle filling ones, oval, diamond, rectangles … whatever floats your boat. On reflection, I must say that through my shape shifting days I did indeed manage to create my own unique shape, which in the end reconnected me with my authentic self. However, the point is that students shouldn’t have to battle with the system and the society it creates, in order to reach to that stage. Students should have the freedom to begin building their unique shape from the first day of school. So, as civil society, as students, as teachers and educators, as leaders and governments, let us collectively come together to reshape the way our children are being thought. Let us free the chains of education and instead create formats that liberate our future generations and enable them to reach their full potential, through the true power of knowledge. [ V ]
Q+A > ETIENNE GRACEY: VAMP MEETS MULITPLE AWARD WINNING ARTIST ETIENNE GRACEY, WHO IS TODAY KNOWN AS ONE OF MALTA’S BEST TATTOO ARTISTS OF REALISM. tienne Gracey, was born 1979 in San Gwann Malta. At the age of 16 he star ted studying Ar ts with a dream to bring colour under the skin.
Etienne wanted to perfect his work. He didn’t just want to tattoo – he wanted to become one of the most famous tattoo ar tists and also wanted to see pictures of his tattoos in magazines. In 2009 he opened XXX Tattoo in Fgura. It didn’t take long until his ar tistic passion for realistic tattoos emerged. Because of the quality of his works Etienne had already been able in 2011 to establish
contacts within the international tattoo scene. In 2012 he had tattooed the famous British DJ Christina Novelli. At the age of 35 he was contacted by the Malta Tattoo Convention to par ticipate. His quality and outstanding skills got the eye of all the ar tists and especially the adjudication board landing him ‘Best Black & Grey’ and ‘Best Convention Colour Tattoo 2014’. After one outstanding achievement showing the love for the ar t, Etienne competed
INTERVIEW again in 2015 & 2016 winning ‘Best in Colour Tattoos’ for all these years. Demand was in the highest peak and many showed interest in his skills and application. He star ted offering Specialized Tattoo Courses even to well known tattoo artist in Malta and in 2018 he was honoured again with the ‘Best Colour Tattoo’. When you talk about realism tattooing, what kind are you referring to? Realism or photorealism is a technique that results in ar twork that looks like a photograph or a real life 3D object. In general, the term realism in the ar t world refers to works that are precise, detailed, and accurate representations of real life imagery. What is your approach to designing and drawing up the tattoo with your client? Based on the requirements of the client, but
I work better by designing on-site with the client, and even drawing directly on skin to fit the piece to the intended body area. Do you ever decline designs brought to you by the client? How do you go about it? Yes, some images or designs are simply not good for tattooing. The reason being, that the image or design has a poor quality contrast, shadows and highlights, which will make the tattoo flat or neutral. That is where my expertise comes in; I advice the client and propose different imagery and designs. What tattoo trends are we looking at for 2019?
large-scale tattoos. His vision is to create more than just a tattoo, “I want my ar t to be memorable to those who see my pieces and empower those who wear my pieces. I’m not looking to tattoo the masses, rather the select few who share the same vision as me and who are willing to posses a piece of ar t on them.”
“I’m not looking to tattoo the masses, rather the select few who share the same vision as me and who are willing to posses a piece of art on them.”
In my line of professionalism we don’t follow any trend, but rather a unique piece of ar t, which will empower those who wear it. Always eager to continue growing and evolve his trademark, Etienne’s main focus is set on
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OFFLINE WKND [ THE SCOOP ] VAMP always love a good a party and we know you do too! We dropped the masses and overcrowded places to join ‘Offline WKND’, an intimate 3-day festival with the best DJs in town set in a unique location for a fresh party experience. ‘Offline’, is a brand created by Event Malta and YOU, organized the very first edition of Offline WKND which kick started the spring / summer festivals last April. The event is an intimate gathering in unique locations filled with music, art and creativity, away from the everyday noise – a time to escape the routine and experience something new.
300 people were treated to an unrepeatable weekend that they surely would never forget, at a very special location, The Comino Hotel, on Malta’s smallest island Comino. The Comino Hotel is a post-WWII structure built in the 1960s located above the picturesque San Niklaw Bay with views extending to Gozo’s shoreline. There are also holiday bungalows by the Santa Marija Bay. Music was a very important part of the whole WKND. That is why an Island Rockers Sounds System was the obvious choice for the sound. On Friday night, guests were treated to a live electronic music showcase by the very talented Aya, Melchior Sultana and Alias 1. On Saturday, the second day of the event, BLANK welcomed Brian James, Geoffrey, Gordon Scerri, Mato & Bengy, Neil Pantos, Owen Jay and Specs. The festivities winded down on Sunday morning with smooth tunes and beats from Patman.
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MAZDA CX-3: BEST SMALL CROSSOVER GETS INTERIOR, ENGINE UPGRADES The Mazda CX-3 enters 2019 as a top choice for buyers who value driving a classy yet fun and stylish car; over maximum utility. No doubt, the Mazda CX-3 ranks with the top of the subcompact SUV class because it offers arguably the sportiest performance in the class, as well as a handsome cabin lined with premium materials. The CX-3 should definitely be in anyone’s shortlist if you are interested in a subcompact SUV. It’s priced competitively and offers one of the most dynamic driving experiences in the class. While the Mazda CX-3 is based on the Mazda2, it is also longer, wider and taller, giving it more space for passengers and luggage. No one expects a small, entry-level crossover to be a performance machine, but Mazda has instilled the CX-3 with extraordinarily sharp steering and a nice balance of attributes. The CX-3 has a comfortable and stylish cabin. The Mazda really distinguishes itself in the class in ride comfort. The suspension tuning is firm but compliant. Body control is excellent for the class, and everything from speed bumps to high-speed freeway dips are smoothed out beautifully.
The interior of the CX-3 has an excellent driving position to good visibility and simple controls; the necessarily characteristics any driver would want to have at hand when driving a comfortable car. The centre display has touchscreen ability and doesn’t wash out in sunlight. You can also control the screen with an easy-to-use knob near the shifter. Finding an agreeable driving position is quick and easy thanks to a tilt-and-telescoping wheel and a fairly adjustable seat.The controls all fall readily to hand. Indisputably, Mazda has made driving the No. 1 priority. For engines, the CX-3 follows Mazda’s ‘right size’ approach, so instead of going for small capacity turbo units across the board, it features larger engines with modest power outputs. The car comes in both petrol and diesel, with a 2.0 Skyactiv-G in one power output (119bhp) and a 1.8 Skyactiv-D (up from 1.5 litres) diesel with 113bhp. Both cars come with a six-speed manual as standard, while a six-speed auto is offered with the petrol engine. With smart looks, a classy interior and grown-up driving dynamics, it’s a desirable choice. Indeed, the CX-3 it’s possibly the best small crossover to drive. Come visit the GasanZammit showroom in Mriehel and take the opportunity to test drive the Mazda CX-3. [ V ]