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Styling NO 4 - 2013

Capturing the beauty within

Celebrating the creative elements, earth, air, fire and water au s t r a l i a

Coty

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Styling is a reflection of our personality – our tastes, our power of observation, our own cultural upbringing and our talent for originality. Creativity is a fundamental human compulsion to invent or to compose. Take time each week to create your own ideas, however humble you may think they are. Look closely at the details in everything and notice the colours, the shapes and the deep inner feelings you have when you are attracted to something. Creative expression comes from the many objects we have around us in our lives, a bowl of flowers, a favourite teapot on a lovely table, a painting or a garden on a misty day. Creativity is inspired by the wonders of our universe. When you are in the right state of heart and soul, just like magic you can tap into the endless flow of universal creative energy and resources and inspiration comes straight to you. - Coty Farquhar

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As we enter a new month (can you believe it is April already and our fifth issue?), I thought it would be great to focus this issue on the elements, earth, air, fire and water- always a wonderful thing to do! The subtle language of nature. Do you l i s t e n t o o u r p l a n e t ’s heartbeat, do you hear it? Our ancestors understood the importance and sensitivity to the essence of nature, trees were treated with respect, plants were medicinal and were important for healing as well as for many things daily in their lives. The world is changing, things are shifting every day, even the seasons are moving out of their rhythm, the late arrival of spring, and the odd blossoms on a tree in the middle of winter, (yes it’s true), prove that our understanding of nature should never be taken for granted. Close your eyes for a minute and I want you to visualize that your sitting in the middle of Australia’s desert. Nothing but red-dirt! Listen to the silence and you will discover that there is more, there is something amidst nothing, there is an energy. An energy running underneath us through the earth known as song lines and ley lines. We are connected to this energy, it drives us and we see and witness it each day through the elements. This is the creative source artists, designers and creators are connected to and are able to create with every single day. It’s important to do something that makes your heart sing, how easily we get trapped into that which is not important, gathering wealth and power, winning and looking good, when simply being alive is a gift to be treasured and beyond measure. Welcome the elements and the energy into your day, the breath of the winds, the power of the storms, through the roots that run deep in our past and to our future. Bless the water that comes from your tap, give thanks for the fresh air and breathe it into every cell of your body. I welcome you all with a warm smile and with gratitude to this new issue. Thank you for being here and reading Styling magazine and to our contributors who are sharing their worlds with us, I am so grateful to accept their kindness and support. Please accept these flowers, (a perfect example of Mother Earth) from me to you for giving our new magazine an energy that I never thought was possible. May we all live each day with an open heart that sees and feels the rich beauty around us. Xx Coty


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Where the past And the present Become one Where all time stands still Our ancestors are with us here Time is only an illusion O u r r e l a t i o n s h i p t o t h e e a r t h , t h e s k y, t h e t r e e s And the river s Are alive here We a r e t h e s m o ke o f t h e f i r e We a r e o n e w i t h a l l t h a t w a s, t h a t i s And all that will ever be Blood is the river s Of your songlines We h e a r y o u r w o r d s We f e e l y o u r f e e l i n g s Along our songlines W here the invisible Is made visible In the stillness Of the songlines Of our heart Of Australia Mulara Wisdom Keeper of the Songlines Sacred Songlines


Autumn Equinox 2013 at Grid Point 44, Australia Thir ty five people assembled in a creek bed in the South A u s t r a l i a n d e s e r t , a t G r i d Po i n t 4 4 f o r a c e r e m o n y w i t h t h e b l e s s i n g o f t h e T r a d i t i o n a l C u s t o d i a l E l d e r, o n whose mother’s land we assembled. This was an impor tant gathering; we knew why we were here, to open the portal for the new energ y to come in. The w o r l d a n d t h e n e w d a w n w e r e w a i t i n g f o r u s. T h e ke y w a s p u t i n t o t h e l o c k Kept hidden and secret for this moment in time A g o l d e n t h r e a d o f l o v e t u r n e d t h e ke y And connected each other with Mother Earth Through our heart soul essence Intention amplified Of love, healing and peace Confirmed with rainbow beams of light As we built a pillar of light and love From the core of Mother Earth To r e a c h t h e M i l k y Wa y T h e vo r t e x b e g a n t o s p i n a n t i - c l o c k w i s e The divine feminine came in and through us We e x p a n d e d e x p o n e n t i a l l y This was the tur ning point of the feminine We l i n ke d t o o t h e r g r i d p o i n t s t h r o u g h o u t t h e w o r l d Using the Blue Flame Creating new songlines Healing a new Earth W hatever is not based on tr uth will now cr umble away Mulara C u s t o d i a n G r i d Po i n t 4 4 Sacred Songlines


Styling Magazine April 2013

Contributors

Francisco Gallego Salicio

Spanish-Australian writer, author of two books, The Stranger and Meaningful Reflections - A Life Changing Journey. Francisco has traveled the world as a professional travel writer, he now lives in the Southern Highlands of NSW and writes regularly for his blog. Francisco firmly believes, “knowledge makes you learned but only reflection makes you wise�


Christiane de Bièvre

Belgian born, Australian has had a diversified career in public relations, marketing communications and special events with a great interest in incorporating all forms of art in her unique way of creating her concepts.

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English author of blog, MY FRENCH COUNTRY HOME. Daily creativity is absolutely vital in Sharon’s life and she has found an outlet for that through writing and taking pictures whilst living on her farm and taking guests out and around the countryside of France antique shopping and brocante hunting. - A reflection of the way we like to live.

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American author of the most stylish blog, The Lisa Porter Collection, showcasing the best of the best for both indoors and out, gardens and homes, fashion and fabulous wares., inspiration and ideas - Inviting style indoors and out.

Colleen Stratton Martin

American founder of Swede Euro Collection, a hand-made furniture company, and the author of the beautiful blog Swede. With a deep understanding of life and it’s treasures only gathered by years of experience, Colleen travels the world often to find both inspiration and one of a kind Swedish, French and Northern European antique furniture to be lovingly re-created by her craftsmen in the USA.


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Styling magazine which likes to think of itself as a purveyor of all things creative, pays homage to all the beautiful elements, earth, air, fire and water. The warmth of the sun, fresh air, the virgin forest, water currents that run above and below our earth, the abundance of fruit, rich natural colours, the re-birth after a fire and young shoots and seedlings that arrive every day.

The following pages ‌ a visual tribute to nature in all it’s beauty.


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Styling magazine Artist - April 2013

The wonderful work of French artist, photog rapher and teacher

Je a n Boccacino


Styling magazine is honoured to introduce you to French visual artist, photographer and teacher Jean Boccacino. A man passionate about art in every way from teaching handicapped adults, painting through to capturing daily life through his photography. Most people walk through the day and never stop and notice what is around them, Jean Boccacino does! He has a heightened awareness of pure raw creativity in his surroundings and he captures many human emotions and unusual elements that hold a l o v i n g e n e rg y t h r o u g h h i s photography. His images show vintage toys and little old cars boxed for sale at the markets, broken, but obviously loved dolls. He photographs the everyday, people just doing their normal day to day things, he captures hand made treasures, old buildings, and a well used boat resting by the river that tell many a story. Jean Boccacino lives in Angers, a small town southwest of Paris in France. This city is located at the edge of the Loire River, an area rich with history and castles. Jean was born opposite a castle and not far from his home is Fontevraud Abbey where King Richard 1 st of England, (“Richard the Lionheart”) is buried. Much inspiration for his art work however comes from his life long love affair with the circus and t h e a t r e , h i s M o t h e r ’s family had worked in the theatre and many loving memories are held by Jean Boccacino of the f a m i l y ’s t h e a t r i c a l


workshop where his love of colour and painting began as a young child. Can you visualize the amazing props, canvas backdrops and sets that would have been created in this old French workshop in the early 1930’s. Oh to have some photographs! But this is what is etched into Jean’s memory and he shares this through his work. His expression is genetic, his paintings portray a vibrant, theatrical and colourful side of life that is adored by many and created by a talented few, including his family. Beautiful detailed stylized costumes, dancing horses, clowns, toys and dream like characters are all part of his magic. It is who he is, and it is his family’s creative genes that live on through his work. Is there recognition for a man that helps others to create? In 1996 Jean Boccacino created a painting workshop and a gallery in Cholet, for a group of mentally handicapped adults. ‘ARTELIER’ was born and for fifteen years Jean Boccacino shared his passion, his knowledge and his time weekly to encourage expression through paint. Boccacino states, “My goal was to introduce their art into a culture that they are usually excluded”. Most of their work has now been exhibited and sold. I’ve always been fascinated by “art brut” (self taught raw art) says Boccacino. “Working with mentally handicapped adults has given me a great human and artistic experience that has enriched my art by seeing their innocence and freedom”. Styling magazine shares Jean Boccacino’s beautiful work throughout this issue. His work takes us on a journey back, back to the raw, the purest point of creating. Jean Boccacino


Shopping at brocantes while enjoying the beauty of this lovely part of France. We offer buying trips for professionals and flea market tours, both private and as part of a group. Come and find your own treasure just drop me a line. Sharon Santoni, My French Country Home

“ Stay in our guest cottage and discover the fun of antique and brocante hunting in Normandy”

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19th Century Spanish portrait of a little girl dressed in a linen shirt. Balclis  Barcelona  

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Sourcing traditional decorative objects through on-line, auctions Late 18th and early 19th century Boulle marquetry clock Accademia Fine Art

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Styling Magazine - These pages are purely for inspiration and to share companies that sell on-line, the on-line auctions may be over, but there are always new items arriving for auction weekly-. Keep an eye on the auctions for finding wonderful treasures.


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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers A French Gilt Metal Mounted Onyx Pendant clock with ribbon-tied crest over the dial,

Argentinean decorative cart wheel Kraft Auction Service, Chicago

Beautifully crafted DECORATION Hand carvings, gilding, metals and mechanics


Leslie Hindman Auctioneers A Selection of realistic Articulated Artist’s Mannequins,

Small wall clock decorated With garlands of flowers Accademia Fine Art

French carved timber artist’s articulated mannequins & shoes

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers French carved wooden hands and little display shoes.


18th Century boot shaped pewter beaker The Stein Auction Company The child Jesus carved wood statue, Circa 1500 Balclis Barcelona  

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Intricate inlaid squre clock

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers French carved display shoes.


Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Giltwood Cartel Clock case with a ribbon-tied crest

Carved wood plaque with gold leaf featuring birds and flowering branches. Du Mouchelles

A French gilded bronze Angel figure Accademia Fine Art

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers A Swedish Silver Mounted Presentation Horn raised on an enameled leafy branch


Leslie Hindman Auctioneers French Mantle clock with little girl

Australian artist Mortimer Luddington Menpes, (1855 - 1938) watercolor of a little girl in a linen dress with a skipping rope. Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions

Beautifully illustrated papers showing the Goddess of Industry and progress. Stocks and Bond from Brussels Deutsche Wertpapierauktionen GmbH


A creative collective - Over the next fifty pages Styling magazine has mixed and blended the raw ingredience and the beautiful elements of our earth with the natural style of four creative people. P u p p e t - m a k e r, Va l e r i a Dalmon, French textile collector, Wendy Lewis from The Textile Trunk, .artist, Jean Boccacino and the home of a natural stylist and decorator Jan Weeks There is no possible doubt that these individuals are connected to Mother Earth Photography - Wendy Lewis - Valeria Dalmon - Jean Boccancino


NATURAL STYLE Painting above - 19th Century French portrait- Hargesheimer & Gunther


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Jean Boccacino


The Textile Trunk specialises in sourcing the highest quality European Antique/ Vintage textiles. French linen, hand stitched, hand woven grain sacks, homespun linen, thistle cloth and hemp rolls, French ticking, mangle cloths, stair runners, feed bags and feedsacks ... Wendy Lewis’s collection is very beautiful, but it is her authentic styling and attention to detail that draws in everyone to want to own a piece from her trunk. The Textile Trunk


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Argentinean visual artist, sculpture and puppet maker,Valeria Dalmon creations are organically beautiful and life like. She creates theatre props, costumes, dolls and puppets for both stage and film. Her mix of textiles, often using non traditional materials make her creatures all the more beautiful and interesting. The shapes, the colours and the characters all blend perfectly together to give a wonderful three dimensional character. Va l e r i a D a l m o n


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Southern Highlands stylist, decorator and store owner Jan Weeks lives and breaths natural beauty both indoors and out and she shares her rich pickings with those that visit her. Jan’s home is a shrine to all things natural and she worships the skills of craftsmen that rely on Mother Earth’s materials. Wood, stone, bone, shells, tin, steel, cane,pewter, metals, marble eggs, nutshells, pinecones, grasses, sticks and every single birds nest that she can find.


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Styling magazine’s contributor Colleen Stratton Martin Styling magazine invited Colleen Stratton Martin to share with us her photog raphs of beautifully crafted architectural details of her most treasured places in Europe which have inspired her designs for her fur niture collections.

It is funny how one thing leads to another. My husband and I never planned to have a serious interest in photography. Most of the time we would go on trips all over the world and never take a photo, until I started blogging and wanted to be an original content blogger, thus a need for photos, a prime requirement for digital age storytelling. Having forgotten everything I knew from my college photography class, I began anew trying to capture the natural beauty of everything around me, mostly


flowers in my yard. The capture aspect was very important to me because so many people look but never “see” something of beauty. Then I wanted to share what I had captured. I was a firm believer that I should be able to capture at least five beautiful things daily, if I was truly “seeing”. As a commercial pilot, my husband, Richard L. Martin, Jr., flies freight literally everywhere in the world weekly. I purchased online a used $17 digital camera that could be lost or broken, put it in his suitcase with the request that he take architectural detail photos for me. On his next trip to Paris, he came home with shots that just knocked my socks off. As it turned out, he is better than I am with a loaded camera. The best photo prints that we sell were taken with that little camera and his “eye” for the capture. He brings back photos from Germany, Russia, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. Now, we travel together several weeks each year to photo Paris with its endless supply of beauty. Since


“The capture aspect was very important to me because so many people look but never “see” something of beauty” - Colleen Stratton Martin


childhood, I have always loved buildings, both interiors and exteriors. Seven years after graduating from college the first time, I went back to study architecture. Those classes intensified my desire to look for details. I can get thrilled over a Parisian door, overdoor, door hardware, window, granite, sandstone or marble carving that has been hand crafted by someone with incredible skill hundreds of years ago. These are the details that I seek out, particularly in Paris which has an abundance of fabulous buildings, block after block since it escaped bombing during world wars. The beauty I find can be something lovely or something deteriorated and crumbling. Buildings are not made that way anymore, so I want to capture what skilled craftsmen, architects and builders contributed so they are not forgotten. As I walk, I am looking up because the buildings’ details are best towards the top. As a designer of furniture, my eye is also searching for details that can inspire a new product. This doesn’t happen just at the Paris flea markets, but can be something as simple as a curve or a line or a pattern in a piece of plaster on a wall or a statue in a park. I seek handmade craftsmanship literally, anything everywhere. One of my table details was inspired by a $1 piece of plastic.


“I can get thrilled over a Parisian door, overdoor, door hardware, window, granite, sandstone or marble carving that has been hand crafted by someone with incredible skill hundreds of years ago� Colleen Stratton Martin


Jean Boccacino Treasures R E L I QUA I R E S D ' A M O U R Jean Boccacino photographs beautiful love shrines. French glass globes that house treasured bridal crowns, bouquets and decorative objects expressing the life, love and memories of a couple.


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Sharon Santoni from the inspiring blog, My French Country Home shares with Styling magazine her passion for collecting beautiful French linens, made from the blue Flax flower, which is surprisingly grown, harvested, spun and woven just near her French country home.

Photography Sharon Santoni


I first discovered the special qualities of French linen sheets when, as a young bride, I opened the armoire in my husband's old family summer home and pulled out a tall pile of the heaviest sheets I had ever seen! Their particular colour, feel and texture was unfamiliar to me, but I was drawn to them instinctively. That discovery started a passion for antique linens that has filled my shelves and armoires ever since. Linen sheets are cool to the touch in the summer, and keep you warm in the winter. Pure linen will rarely be bright white, but a gentle creamy colour that gradually lightens over the years. It is a strong and resistant fabric, sheets woven in the 1800's are still good to use today. The reason why there are so many different textures of linen is that so much of it was home spun and the fibre differed from one house to the next. The linen fibre is what makes the sheet so heavy, but sometimes it is combined with cotton giving the resulting fabric called Metis; smoother, more fluid, preferred by many.


A very fine quality metis sheet can be spotted at twenty paces! It drapes like a very heavy fluid silk. When I find a pile of sheets at a fair, my heart always beats a little faster. I look for texture first of all, then colour. I'll check for monograms, and embroidery or ladder work along the edge. And finally before purchasing, I unfold the sheet to be sure it isn't torn or irreparably stained. Antique linen sheets have a central seam down the complete length of the sheet. This exists because the linen looms weren't wide enough for a complete sheet width. Instead two widths were hand sewn together, with almost invisible stitches, and the beautiful monogram embroidered centrally, either side of the seam. The letters always upside down on the sheet, because they are designed


to show the right way up on the turn back. To embroider the largest, most spectacular letters, seamstresses would often use 'plumetis' basis to the letter. Tacked on to the fabric, it ensured a perfect shape to the letter as well as bolstering for the body and size. If ever you come across an old sheet with a central seam but with the two monogrammed letters on the outer edges of the sheet instead of central there is an easy explanation. The sheet was used regularly, and when its owner thought it


was beginning to look a little more worn in the centre than on the sides, she simply unpicked the central seam and reversed the pieces, so the letters moved from stage centre to the outer corners. Since living in Normandy, I have discovered another reason to love this fabric. Here we are in linen-producing country. Our valley and our region produces the majority of French linen. The flax flower is a beautiful pale blue but only lasts a couple of hours. Consequently the fields of flax that form our summer backdrop are green in the morning, a gentle blue at lunchtime and green again in the afternoon. Today my children appreciate the texture of this fantastic fabric too. French linen sheets that were spun, woven and sewn a hundred years ago, are part of our daily life here, and look set to stay that way for years to come. My French Country Home


LA PORCELAINE "VIEUX BRUXELLES”


Christiane de Bièvre shares memories from her childhood in Belgium, learning from her Grand Mother the importance of old Brussels porcelaine and manners at the table.


Old Brussels table services in porcelain were used in Belgian mansions for special celebrations. Family members of several generations would get together for celebratory meals at splendidly decorated tables, on the occasions of weddings, jubilees or other festivals; Sometimes to celebrate the return family members from far away countries. Too often forgotten, these fine Vieux Bruxelles porcelain table services are now regarded as having immense decorative value. In each table setting, every porcelain item had its own printed decoration - floral themes, city views, religious scenes, historical themes or even legendary characters. Numerous artisans and painters in the 19th Century industrial revolution contributed to the hand written inscriptions on the porcelain objects. Inscribed in gold and decorated with many other beautiful colours, each set was unique and finely detailed. Upon my settling in the Southern Highlands, I began to retrace my childhood through readings on these pieces. I found them to be symbolic of the precious artistic world, now left behind with new technologies. I am growing more and more conscious of the fact that these objects of value - plates, table services, crystal glasses, vases, etc. – have not only sentimental value but also


historic, artistic, and national cultural value. I began to use the pieces that were hidden for too long in my cupboards when living in Sydney. Memories of the “Old Brussels� porcelain tableware used by my grand-parents and my parents when entertaining family and close friends at religious or civil festivities have inspired me to try to continue this Belgian tr adition in our new Australian home in the Southern Highlands. My husband, my son (10 years old then) and I moved from our hometown Antwerp, Belgium, to Sydney, Australia in 1982. Our Australian friends advised us to bring as many personal belongings and family treasures as possible with us.


It is only, after a long and exciting period in Sydney that my husband and I decided in 2007 to move to the Southern Highlands where we settled in the beautiful and tranquil historic village of Berrima.I soon felt so relaxed and full of a new energy that it inspired me to re-enact in a certain way my early ways of living and entertaining when I was a child, a teenager and a married young adult. Most of my family table-setting treasures had been for a long time left unused in cupboards due to the fact that Sydney was an ideal place for


outdoor entertainment when porcelain, crystal glasses and silverware where more of an indoor entertainment way of life. Here in the Southern Highlands where we enjoy four seasons, many occasions come to life which give me great pleasure to turn a special occasion into a festive celebration. I must say that I still relive the way my grandmother on father’s side entertained us in her country mansion in the province of Antwerp. Re-enacting special events when family and friends join me to relax, enjoy and share home made dishes and precious table setting decors as much as I do. I like to browse through my grandmother’s recipes and look at some of the many family photo celebrations which were held in those days.


My sister and I, third and fourth out of 79 grandchildren (in 1967), where always invited to stay at our grand-mother's country mansion the night before the event. My grand mother was a family “entertainer extraordinaire� and taught us how to behave ourselves in these circumstances. There were of course a few rules to respect : not to interfere in adult conversations but to answer questions politely, not to shout, not to cry or miss-behave and above all to make sure that we thanked God for our daily bread and the fact that we could enjoy such wonderful occasions. When my grand-mother started to decorate the dining table and invited me to help her, she used to tell me that the fine earthenware and porcelain created by our Belgian factories were - and still are - among the best


artistic witnesses of the industrial era of the 19th century. She made sure to use them at each important occasion mentioning at the same time that we had to take great care of what was left due to the fact that a many of those precious artistic objects had been destroyed during the first and the second world war in Belgium. She even gave my sister and I miniature “Old Brussels� porcelain cups, saucers and plates to play with and begged us to take special care of them. We both enjoyed dressing the mini table and seating our porcelain dolls onto their little chairs for them to enjoy their children’s menu. I do realise that artistically decorating a lunch, afternoon tea service or dinner table for family, friends and guests, have not only a sentimental connotation but are a continuous witness of the precious value of art objects.


The road of the s t a r s For more than a thousand years, pilgrims across Europe and beyond have abandoned

their homeland, families

and friends to walk El Camino de Santiago. Some go as penitents, others to make sense of their lives – or just for the sheer challange. Last year the number of pilgrims , according to the Pilgrims’Office in Santiago de Compostela was192,488. After Spaniard the largest individual nationalities were : German, French, Italian and Portuguese, with a third tier including US, UK, Canadian, Dutch¸ etc. There are many unforgettable experiences on the Camino, from encounters with people, to coming upon surprising historic buildings and fascinating works of art.

Francisco Gallego


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65, having roamed the world for 30

years as a newspaper travel editor using every type of transport, I decided to do the traditional road of pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Spain on foot and I walked some 737 km in 31 days from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port on the French side of the Pyrenees to the city of Santiago in Galicia. Scenically it's a magnificent route. Culturally it is rich beyond words. the Council of Europe declared it on October 23, 1987, First European Cultural Route. Legends about this road abound. What I didn’t know before I decided to walk it was that before it became a road of

Christian

pilgrimage, it was already a road of pilgrimage. I was told this by a famous sculptor, Pedro

In the beginning, Pedro Tramullas told

Tramullas, whom I met in the Spanish city of me, there was a road known as The Road of Jaca. He is an expert on and integrates in his the Stars or of the Via Lactea. work megalithic art, roman symbolism and that

It was a road along which the Druids

of the Camino de Santiago. His famous (Celtic priests) built dolmens and menhirs. sculptures are in Spain, France, Italy and (Dolmens were monuments built with large Austria. stones placed flat over vertical stones. Menhirs were tall upright monumental stones.) They


built the dolmens in places where there were

When the Celtic priests, the Druids,

strong beneficial tellurian forces (electro-

were converted to Christianity, many of

magnetic forces of the earth created by such

them became great Christian bishops who

things as underground water currents) and

brought to Christianity all the general and

menhirs where these forces were so strong they

scientific knowledge that they had.

could be harmful. The dolmens served as an

As Christian bishops, in order to

accumulator of energy so that people drinking,

prevent the disappearance of their Celtic

for example, healthy water at a fountain, would

traditions, they christianised all the great

feel its beneficial effects quicker. These places

Celtic feasts, the solstices and, above all, The

then became sacred places, places of worship.

Road of the Stars, later to be known as The

The menhirs served to channel the earth's

Way of St. James. All this took place in the

energy and acted on the earth in a manner

seventh, eighth and ninth centuries.

similar to the acupuncture needles on the human body.


They then called on the agotes,

also serpents wrapped around something: a

members of an association of builders

tree, a person, and an animal symbolising

heirs of those who built the Temple of

the transmission of energy, knowledge, and

Solomon, to build churches, Romanesque

wisdom.

churches in places where there were dolmens, in places that were already considered sacred. In some places the dolmens were not preserved. In others the church was built over the dolmen. Since Christianity and the Druids' old religion had many things in common and the people were familiar with Celtic symbols, the artists used many of them to transmit Christian teachings. The Druids were aware of the tellurian currents, the underground water currents. Look at the symbols in Romanesque churches. You find the wriggling, undulating serpent, which represents waves, the movement of water, the energy that comes from the earth. Then you find serpents with wings, meaning the energy that comes from the cosmos, and


Let's go back to the tellurian currents. The Road to Santiago runs between roughly parallels 42 and 43 but it does not follow a straight line, precisely because of the need to pick all along the places that are over the beneficial tellurian currents. There are three other roads along beneficial tellurian currents. One of them crosses France along the central massif, parallel 45. Another along parallel 48 comes from approximately Alsace, a little bit further, passes through Chartres and ends up in the Finisterre in Brittany. Then there is another that passes parallel 51 and takes in Stonehenge and ends on the Atlantic. All these roads were pilgrim roads. "To what do you attribute the fact that pilgrimages have been popular through the ages, not only among Christians but also among people of other religions?" I asked him.


"I think it was because from way back people realised that there were places where they felt more than in others these forces of nature. In some places they felt well, in others they didn't." The growing popularity of feng shui (ancient Chinese practice for creating the ideal environment in which to live and work) attests scientifically to ancient wisdom. Harmful waves can cause illnesses. I went into the Jaca Cathedral in a state of elation sure that I would now now be able to appreciate things that otherwise might have escaped my attentionAt the main entrance I studied carefully the monogram. Two lions surround it. The one on the left has under his feet a kneeling man who is holding a serpent. Over it is a legend in Latin: ``The lion takes pity on him who kneels at his feet and Christ of him who invokes Him.'' The other lion has under his right front foot a bear and under his body a basilisk. Over this the inscription reads: ``The powerful lion crushes the empire of death.''


In this case the inscriptions make the meaning of the sculptures very clear. It is as if the artist wanted to warn the arrival that there is a message in every work of art in the temple. There are in fact two more inscriptions. One of them, over the circle of the monogram, reads: ``Reader, in this sculpture you will recognise what follows: it indicates the Father, Son and the double letter the Holy Spirit.'' The other, below, reads: ``If you want to live, you who are subject to the law of death, come here as a supplicant, renouncing poisonous foods. Purify your heart of its vices so that you may not die a second death.'' I wondered if the reference to poisonous foods was meant to be taken literally or metaphorically as referring to poisonous ideas - food for the soul. Maybe to both. The Druids may have been very much aware of the mind/body connection, the fact that many physical illnesses have a spiritual origin and vice versa.


Va l e r i a D a l m o n The friendly faces and extraordinary characters of sculpture Va l e r i a D a l m o n .


Sculpture and puppet maker, Valeria Dalmon f r om Bu e n os Ai r e s, Argentina. Valeria spends many hours in her day researching and working in sculpture, experimenting in her studio with her fabulous characters that she creates. Valeria designs sets for film and theatre, a n d a n y t h i n g t h at i s needed, costumes, puppets and props. She often teaches from her studio and loves working with children. Valeria traveled to Latino America, Peru (Cuzco, Machu Pichu and other amazing places that are the birthplace of original cultures), and in Asia (Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and so on). These places affect me daily in my work and my unconscious, says Valeria and I decided to try to do just what give me the most pleasure in the world, making sculptures!


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