You know, this series is actually one of my favourite things to write. I love sharing my findings of inspiring people or things. I also love the fact that these monthly posts allow me to share more than just sewing content – it’s like a permission for me to share more than just the sewist side of me.
This month hasn’t been sewing-heavy for me. No, I haven’t lost my sewjo but when I wasn’t sewing I spent my time with non-sewing stuff, as you’re about to find out. I have been reading more books and practicing drawing more this month, which I love. Anyways, let’s talk about my muses for this month.
♥ The Sirens of Titans – Kurt Vonnegut.
If you followed me on Instagram, you’d know how much I enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it so much that finished it in a couple of days. I’d never read any of Vonnegut’s before, so it was quite a nice surprise. The book is a cocktail of humanity, dark humour, existentialism, satire, didacticism and a dash of theology. I’m a big fan of classic literature, in fact my all time favourite books are from the time before I was born; Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray, that I regard as the ultimate guide to life as a social being, and Stranger in A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein that taught me to be open-minded as well as the importance of it – whether or not it succeeded is completely different matter, right? 😛 This, The Sirens of Titan, I feel is more of guide to be at peace with the reality of life. The meaning of life – or the lack thereof. Yet, the book doesn’t feel like it was championing nihilism to me. Au contraire, to me, it speaks of the preciousness of life – among other things.
“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
♥ Elizabeth Gilbert.
Yes, she’s the Eat, Pray, Love lady. No, I’ve not read that nor have I seen the film. I discovered her when YouTube recommended her Ted Talks video to me where she talked about the elusive creative genius. I was immediately charmed. So I watched dozens more of her interviews, of course. You know, I was so smitten with her big personality, her mind and creativity I said to my husband that I wanted to be her friend and just hang out with her everyday – picking her brain and absorbing her creative energy, how marvelous would that be! There’s just so much wisdom contained in this woman. The way she talks about creativity and how to live a (fearless) creative life, is just so inspiring. If you’re a creative soul who’s struggling with creative block, I’d definitely recommend watching one of her videos about creativity. They helped me, who knows maybe they’d help you too?
I am currently reading her book The Signature of All Things, an epic story of the life of a lady botanist. I’m just a quarter of the way through, over 100 pages in, and the main character had just been introduced. So much back story, but it is far from being boring, in fact I find it difficult to put down. So far it feels to me like enjoying a beautiful, scenic journey. The characters are extraordinary. It is set in the early 19th century, just after the Age of Enlightenment. What’s even more exciting is the novel takes you from London (Kew Garden) to Peru, Java – Indonesia (where I’m from), Philadelphia and beyond. I’m thoroughly enjoying it.
Bonus: if you love Elizabeth Gilbert and Isabel Allende (another one of my fave authors), they shared a stage in this video, talking about their respective books and creative process. I never knew that Allende was so funny. ❤
♥ Menswear Illustration by Richard Kilroy.
I always love fashion illustrations, even before I was interested in sewing and fashion. I have collected many fashion illustration books over the years, but I noticed that all of them were female illustrations. And then I thought, why do I not have men’s fashion illustration books? So of course, I had to rectify that.
The book is over 280 pages long and contains 290 illustrations done by 40 amazing artists, as well as acompanying story for each artist. I love the various styles of illustration presented in this book, I discovered a handful of new favourite artists to follow too. Richard Kilroy himself is an artist, and his illustrations are so exquisite. His style is photorealistic, and he utilises graphite with little splash of colours. This book is definitely a feast for the eyes, as you can see in the slideshow below. If you’re into fashion and/or illustrations, I’d recommend checking this book out. Also, I think this book can be a nice Christmas present. 😉
That’s all from me for today, hope you enjoyed this one. What have inspired you this month? Care to share? 🙂