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Do it yourself


Do it yourself, DIY for short, has become increasingly popular in recent years. Translated, that means as much as “do it yourself”. The trend is back to DIY and making. Especially young women and mothers discover this hobby more and more for themselves.

General to DIY


All activities performed by amateurs without outside professional help are largely referred to as DIY. This also includes DIY, such as repairing, reusing objects or recreating things. This can be, for example, sewing, making music, crafting, knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking. The attraction is to create something individually with your own hands. Even though DIY is gender-unspecific, more women are generally more interested in making their own.

Origins and history

DIY emerged in the 1950s with the Arts and Crafts movement in England. The distribution spread rapidly all over the world. In the 1960s and 1970s, the movement was characterized by a belief in self-organization and empowerment, self-initiative, improvisation and a distrust of politics, media, consumption and industrial products. Guides play a central role in publications. In the past, booklets themselves were printed. Today, mainly social networks and video platforms are used for distribution.

Trend DIY

Since 2013, the DIY movement has become increasingly popular and is growing in the field of craftsmanship, creativity. Self-made home decoration, textile works, handicrafts and upcycling are increasingly being named as do-it-yourselfers. Here, the craft is no longer occupied as a male domain, but occurs increasingly gender-specific. Sewing, crocheting, knitting has long been considered a typical “grandma” occupation. But this old craft is increasingly popular, especially among young women and mothers. The Internet is flooded with numerous tutorials, fabric samples, suggestions, ideas and materials. No one has to sew at home in the quiet little room. You can meet many like-minded people here, with whom you can actively exchange ideas. In addition, these platforms usually offer the chance to sell his homemade sewing products on a small scale. Like a small public marketplace, you can also buy foreign DIY products.

What can you sew everything yourself?

There are plenty of instructions on the internet about a plethora of garments, home textiles, gift ideas and accessories. The choice of materials and fabrics is overwhelming. In the age of the Internet you can order all fabrics conveniently and quickly online. There is no limit to the creativity in compiling fabrics and materials. Small DIY signs and closures with which you can mark your own creations are also popular. Especially smart are DIY products with individual embellishments such as sewn-on letters from fabric remnants, various buttons, sequins, stones and unusual fabric remnants such as silk; Top; Satin, jeans and corduroy. In DIY baby fashion you should do without small parts, as they can be swallowed! Avoid buttons if possible or sew them particularly well and check them regularly. Especially friends and relatives are happy about an original gift, so why not give away a tie, bag or pillowcase? Especially recommended for birth is a blanket and pillow with the baby name of cloth letters. You can definitely score with this gift. At the beginning of his amateur career, you can start with fabrics from discarded clothing or home textiles – old jeans, T-shirts, curtains, stoles and blankets. This has the advantage that you are not annoyed about failed attempts, waste or crooked seams. Nothing is more annoying than making mistakes that are avoidable with expensive material. Nevertheless one must not forget, with DIY one does not want perfect products. Mistakes make them what they are: homemade.

Clothes and accessories

Theoretically, it is possible to sew everything yourself, which you can also buy. Of course, this depends on personal skills, the sewing machine and the available fabrics. Baby fashion is especially popular with young mothers: rompers, baby pants and tops and caps. Above all, young women sew: tops like T-shirts; Pullover; Tops; Shirts and blouses, evening dresses, trousers of different lengths and widths, skirts and jackets. A wide range of fabrics is available: jeans, jersey fabric, cotton, silk, satin, velvet, viscose, corduroy, stretch fabrics and many more. The DIY products become a real eye-catcher when using different types of fabric or special imprints. Especially with DIY baby fashion stars, flowers, dots, hearts and symbols in the fabric can look great.
You can also sew different accessories such as bags, key chains and cases and cloths yourself.

Home textiles

For beginners in particular, sewing home textiles such as pillowcases, blankets, stoles and curtains, tablecloths, placemats, tea towels, bedspreads and lamp covers is especially suitable for beginners. These usually have long, straight seams and are suitable for practicing with the sewing machine. In addition, you can use many scraps and also small eye-catcher such as dolls, stuffed animals, flower arrangements, fabric for bread baskets and sewing cushions. You can easily do better living yourself.

evening Dresses

The sewing of clothes, especially evening dresses, is suitable for experienced seamstresses. One should understand the basics of patterns, different seams, handling of the sewing machine, measuring and cutting of fabric and have sufficiently practiced. Otherwise you get annoyed quickly when you cut expensive, high-quality fabric. DIY does not mean that you get an evening gown cheaper. Price is usually the substance. It takes several meters, should pay attention to a good quality, as well as suitable sewing thread. That’s quite a sum. Especially if the evening dress is to be decorated with sequins, crystal stones, embroidery or ornaments. Before you should inform yourself about the different types of evening dresses. For example, there are A-line dresses, the mermaid cut, cocktail dresses, prom dresses, princess cut and balloon dresses. The following questions should also be clarified. Which cut and shape fits? How many layers of fabric do I want to use? Should it be a long or a short dress? For what occasion should it be borne? What dress size should the dress be? This is just a small selection of topics that should be noted before. In addition, you need a sewing machine, sewing thread, crayons, tape measure, scissors, possibly materials for decoration and Abstecknadeln. Evening dresses should always be sewed with patterns. Here it is worthwhile to buy one. Not insignificant is also the time and effort. But if you pay attention to all this and work intensively on it, you can look with pride on a self-sewn evening gown. And once we are honest, homemade is always the most beautiful!


A DIY blanket is perfect for the cold season, bad weather and cozy hours on the couch. Ceilings in retail usually are not the perfect size. So why not DIY? A cuddly blanket is especially suitable for sewing beginners. The time and effort depends on the size and style of the blanket. After a little practice, this type of sewing is quick and easy. There are no limits to creativity and size. Fleece fabrics are available in different colors and lengths at reasonable prices on the Internet. There are also different patterns with stars, stripes, animals, ornaments and symbols. Patchwork quilts are fabric scraps that are sewn together in squares. Volume fleece ensures an extra cuddle factor, which makes your blanket particularly fluffy. You also need a sewing machine for a cuddly blanket, matching sewing thread, sharp scissors, chalk pen for marking, measuring tape and a nice ribbon for the border. Whether a small cuddly baby blanket or a large blankie for the couch – let your creativity run wild.

Decoration for a nice living

As mentioned above, you can easily sew different home textiles for your home. You can buy curtains in different designs, but usually they are too long. Do not throw away the rest! This makes it easy to sew pillowcases that will fit the curtains. All you need is the matching zipper or buttons. Other remains can be picked up for a patchwork quilt. Boring lampshades can be covered with materials that are alternately transparent and impermeable to light. That gives an interesting play of light. You can easily sew tablecloths yourself. Select favorite fabric, cut to size and sew around the edges. Finished. From the leftovers you can also sew placemats. However, one should pay attention to high quality, solid material. Practiced seamstresses can also sew chair covers or sofa covers. However, this is very demanding because you have to sew in a rubber. To tailor the right measurements is difficult. For questions you can always find answers on the Internet. There is a flood of videos, instructions and ideas available. In self-made accessories, it can be much more beautiful living!



There are a lot of over-the-counter patterns available on the internet. However, you should pay attention to reviews and comments. Sometimes these are poorly fitting and inaccurate. On the safe side you are with patterns that contain a video tutorial and sample photos. Mostly they are distributed as an e-book. Thus, they can be displayed on many devices. You can take them anywhere with you and put bookmarks, comments and notes. You should also pay attention to the information on clothing size and difficulty level. It is frustrating if you are a beginner and faced with too complicated instructions. If you prefer to hold something in your hand, you can fall back on a wealth of books. These can be purchased in larger bookstores or online. An advantage of the digital instructions, however, is the easy addition of extensions and variants to the cuts. In addition, you can usually contact the distributors directly and make inquiries. There are matching patterns for every purse. If you have already gained enough experience and safety, you might as well offer to design your own patterns and distribute them. This is of course associated with an increased effort, but also radiates a very own charm.

Ode to the master of Italian cinema of author: Dario Argento

I know Dario’s house very well, it has been our office for more than five years. And it is also something else. It is the place where he lives and in which there is everything that belongs to him. I am familiar with him, and with his home. I want to share the privilege of being able to see him whenever I want, to ask him any questions and to work with him. But not too much.

1. Do you distinguish more or less happy periods in your career?

As in all careers, it is normal that more and less important moments exist. When you follow your inspiration and it fails, that’s a bad time. A good moment, happy, is instead a great success.

2. He started with yellow but then the fantastic took over. Now that the fantastic cinema is full of special effects, is it nostalgic for a certain artisanal cinema but with a great visual impact, like his or that of Mario Bava?

I miss certain moments of the Yellow cinema, Thriller, as they are not widespread now. But I try to keep attending them, seeing them and doing them.

3. What do you think of new technologies? Turning a movie with a cell phone helps the cinema?

New technologies are important on certain aspects and make sense. But I do not know if you can make a film with your cell phone, because of the lack of depth of field and other technicalities. There are small, handy and cost-effective digital cameras that cost like a cell phone.

film on the coil the vintage old black-and-white

4. Today, a lot of television makes cinema better. In Italy you were a pioneer because you did the TV as the cinema did: what do you think of these two languages?

Currently I plan to do something important for international TV because I’m starting to feel stimulated by all the famous films that come from America and the series, some exceptional. In Italy, fiction, however, is flat, moralistic and a little banal. In America it is almost more free than cinema; we arrive at certain forms of representations of violence, of sex that were previously unthinkable. So sure, I think it’s time to do TV and to do it using America’s TV language.

5. Today in Italy are mostly comedies, as you see the Italian cinema of our day?

It is a strictly economic matter: doing comedies is cheap and should have a good result. Now, however, we are moving towards a change because the comedies have tired the public and start to go wrong. It is an opportune moment for Italian cinema to redevelop and rediscover the genres that it had abandoned. I think it’s a time of great change. We’ll see where it will end.



Isabella Peschiera

Graduated in communications technology and passionate about communication psychology, in 2010 I moved to Rome, where I continue to work as a personal assistant to Dario Argento. I love music above all things, for years in Padua I have organized concerts and events of various kinds in different clubs. I have a “small” weakness for Michael Jackson, and I watch a lot of movies. I believe that humanity would improve if it was more attentive to the animal world. I write a lot, about myself, about what surrounds me and about how I perceive it. I joined a Tour Manager of the OTRLive during Eva against Eva, by Carmen Consoli. An incredibly formative experience from every point of view. Today I have many things in mind … but Isabella Peschiera

The grand finale of the Romaeuropa Festival

Sunday 25 November, the Romaeuropa Festival ended with a great final day at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome ; from the Santa Cecilia hall to Petrassi , passing through the Sinopoli and the Borgna Studio Theater .

To greet the end of this thirty-third edition , in five hours, the witness has passed five concerts (between genders and contaminations) and this year as never before “Between words” .

The obvious desire for mediation and reconciliation of opposites was the flagship of Sunday, a day in which there were also reflections and insights.

Protagonists of the evening: Angélique Kidjo in her only Italian date, Matthew Herbert for the first time in Italy with her Brexit Big Band , the Japanese visual artist Ryoji Ikeda in a double date and the contemporary musician Franco D’Andrea .




To retrace the musical marathon on Sunday, the opening at 16 was entrusted to Ryoji Ikeda , one of the leading exponents of contemporary computer music and pioneer of abstract music , which has earned a double performance , returning on stage at 18.

The first of the two proposals, Music for percussion , in the national premiere, is a composition that, together with the group of percussionists Eklekto Ensemble , returns digital sounds, in analog format . The second meeting of the lineup was Datamatics , not a simple electronic concert, but a sensory journey in which analog data are translated into the digital code.


Franco D 


Considered one of the most important musicians of the contemporary scene, Franco D’Andrea Octet follows Japan with his Intervals I and Intervals II presented on stage at the Teatro Studio Gianni Borgna.

Intervals I – II are the two episodes of the project , carried out by the composer and jazz pianist of Merano, focusing on the combination of intervals from which unexpected improvisations arise.

The witness is then passed to Angélique Kidjo who took the opportunity to present his new album Remain in Light for the first time to an Italian audience: the Talking Heads album contaminated by African polyrhythmy, funk and electronic music .

The new work celebrates the genius of Brain Eno contaminating it with the euphoric singing of Angélique, to give light to a real tribute to one of the greatest bands in the history of music.

All through the gaze of one of the most cosmopolitan artists of all time.


Angélique Kidjo vincitrice di tre Grammy award musica internazionale 


The commemorative closing is entrusted to the concert of Matthew Herbert’s Brexit Big Band : more than fifty artists, including musicians, singers, singers and soloists from different countries meet on stage and form one big ban d to celebrate the union between the peoples , artists and sounds of Europe and the world .

A farewell party began with the announcement of the exit of Great Britain from the European Union, which is going through the whole old continent.

In an increasingly fractured and divided political climate, in which tolerance and creativity are in danger, we feel the urgency to affirm the desire for dialogue of a part of the musical community of Great Britain, with our closest friends but who soon they will be less accessible.

Miriam Bendìa

Between one trip and another, he lives in Rome.
He wrote a handful of books.
Like Philippe Daverio, he argues that life with art sometimes improves the art of life.
He dreams a lot, at night. And he learned, upon awakening, to trust his own dream visions.
When he grows up – he says – he dreams of becoming a writer. 

The noise of the soul, writing about jazz, rock, blues".

On the occasion of the presentation of his latest book entitled ” The noise of the soul, writing of jazz, rock, blues ” (Il Saggiatore, 2017), held at the Casa del Jazz in Rome a few months ago, Ashley Kahn met his readers and enthusiasts who have come to have the opportunity to exchange a few words with one of the most authoritative signatures of musical communication.

Among anecdotes, stories with personal implications, curious stories that changed the course of the music of which the journalist and writer was a direct witness, those present had the opportunity to speak directly with the one who of music, especially jazz, is considered one of the living “sources”.
From an encounter like the one I had with Ashley Kahn, you could draw innumerable ideas to deepen topics in the most varied directions; however, one of his phrases in particular impressed me, that is when the author claimed to consider his work only when the reader, intrigued by the writing, decides to put aside the book or article and go to discover more about the artist mentioned, listening to his music or going to one of his concerts.

On the other hand, it is worth remembering that music and creativity, according to Ashley Kahn, can not be rationally governed; they can only be indulged, like the current.
Following his advice and making us “drag by the river”, I had the opportunity to develop directly with Ashley Kahn some concepts in “The Sound of the Soul” for Just Baked readers.
This stimulating chat came out, full of reflections on our way of telling music and, above all, of living it.

Let’s start with the cover of the book: a white background, a big red heart, with arteries, veins and ventricles well visible, wrapped in a huge black deejay cap. Is the sound of the soul that natural instinct necessary to write music starting from experience and setting aside the theory?

“What experience, what theory? If I have understood correctly, with this question you are asking me what I think of the idea of concentrating more on interaction with music itself, rather than on an academic notion of where and how music was born. If so, the answer is certainly yes. In my opinion, the “theory” can often be a filter not to mention criticism and personal opinion.

A friend of mine who once worked for the magazine “Rolling Stone” wrote that the best musical journalism honestly analyzes music for what it is, not for what the writer would like it to be. That’s what I say to my New York University students when they write about music: first use your ears and your heart and then bring your brain into play. “

The book begins with the phrase “Music is a vocation”. What does this mean for you?

“That I managed to make a profession out of my life and I thank good fortune because I can do it every morning, every day.”

Ashley Kahn at "Casa del Jazz" in Rome 

The noise of the soul is not the translation of a book already published in other countries; in fact the Italian version is the first version; Can you tell us why this choice and the link with our country?

“I was also lucky enough to find a home for my writings here in Italy, since my book on Miles Davis‘ famous album, Kind of Blue, was published by Il Saggiatore, almost fifteen years ago, and the president of that publishing house – Luca Formenton – was my guide, my business partner, my professional consultant, my psychologist, my collaborator and friend. Thanks to him and the help of his staff over the years, Italy has become an open door: I have come into contact with the jazz community and jazz journalists. I spoke at the university and participated in music festivals and congresses, from Rome and Milan, to Venice, Perugia, Bari and splendid countries such as Locorotondo, Cumiana, Feltre and Sassari.

I fell in love with Italy, its music and its culture and Italy has made me compliment in many different ways. The Assayer decided to be my only publisher – so far! – and to publish an anthology of my writings starting from my years in high school. It is the umpteenth testimony of a love story that I pray never runs out. “

It is 1957, Miles Davis punches John Coltrane in the backstage of the Café Bohemia in New York: Thelonious Monk notices everything and does not miss the chance to hire Coltrane as a saxophonist in his band. Can we say that Coltrane really became Coltrane on that occasion?
This and other episodes of which you speak in yours have helped to change the course of the history of music.
Nowadays, for those who write about it, it is easier thanks to the network but how to select reliable and authoritative sources for music?

“In my opinion, Coltrane became Coltrane when he faced his fears and doubts about himself and entered the band of Miles Davis and left Philadelphia, in 1955. He took a risk and regardless of what happened to him later and Miles, Coltrane appreciated and respected the opportunity given to him by the man who never stopped calling “The Teacher”.

As for your question on how to determine the veracity of the sources when writing about music history, I think the problem is not the Internet; I think there has always been a certain laziness or simply inexperience in understanding things to believe or not when researching the history of music. As for me, I always try to get as close as possible to the subject. It does not matter if the piece to be written belongs to Miles Davis or the Beatles or to Kendrick Lamar. First you have to find their words – interviews, autobiographies – through reliable sources, then find the words of musicians or people from the music world who have worked with them and have known them. At that point, consult the journalists who wrote during the period in which those musicians were active. And only then should we use our intellect and our critical sense and should not be considered truths deposited blogs, Wikipedia or other online sources.

Did Miles really punch John Coltrane in the stomach? To say it was Miles, but in reality Miles was rather short and Coltrane was bigger than him. Also, Miles liked to tell stories that could surprise and upset people. Once, he also said that he and Theolonious Monk had come to blows, and Monk was bigger and heavier than Coltrane. Apparently Monk claimed he would have torn the trumpet to pieces if such a thing had ever happened. So, it is important to ask oneself: how much do I have to believe in this case and how much is nothing but a story? »

Ashley Kahn at "Casa del Jazz" in Rome 

Among the traditional media for the dissemination of music today, radio is still one of the most important tools, even if in a completely new way compared to the past, thanks to the network. What do you think are the characteristics that a radio format should have today and which music and in-depth programs you would like to recommend?

“Nowadays we use the word” playlist “and often it is an algorithm that indicates what a person likes, an algorithm that then creates a personal playlist for the user (like Pandora) or that uses other parameters to create a shared playlist for a wider community (such as “Discover Weekly” or “RapCaviar” on Spotify). It contains more information and is a more digital instrument than the idea of classical radio, but at the base the idea is the same: “I know you like this style or this genre, now let me show you some other possibilities …”

People still like to be surprised and hear new artists and songs and try new enthusiasm and people like to have a guide who knows the scene, a sort of musical Virgil, a great deejay of music (according to the old definition of ” dj “) like those of old times or old radio. Do you want to hear some online deejays that really know music? Try NTS in London: fantastic programs and really smart drivers. “

Graceland by Paul Simon, an album that has sold over 14 million copies, was born thanks to South African musicians in South Africa. An album that was also a cultural and social “case”.
A couple of years ago Paul Simon called a young Italian electronic music producer, Cristiano Crisci aka Clap Clap, for his latest album “Stranger to Stranger” struck by his musical sensibility. Is the collaboration between artists, even of different backgrounds, the signal of an evolving musical scene?

“Collaboration between musicians is a fantastic and inevitable fact. Music detests emptiness and can not survive in a vacuum. He constantly needs collaborations and fresh input and new ideas, just as we need the next breath of fresh air. It is the natural course of music, in the same way that the water finds its lowest path, flowing from the hills to the sea. That’s what I learned by following that river for decades. ” 

In the meeting with the public in Rome on the occasion of the presentation of the volume you recalled your experience following the artists for several years and on more than one occasion emerges the key concept of “respect”; Tell us about “respect” for all those involved in this adventure that is called music and that today seems to systematically fail in relationships.

“Well, first of all, let’s stay positive and be more optimistic, if you do not mind. I do not see any “system failure” in the music scene or between music journalists. Indeed, I see more and more people involved in music journalism that supports music and helps to celebrate it in all its styles and genres and sub-genres. Any difficulties and obstacles could be online, because anyone can post anything at any time and, simply, you write too much stuff on the music – and you do too much music – to read it and listen to it all.

Once upon a time, the musical information was concentrated: a limited number of music magazines, television programs and radio stations that provided us with everything we could know. It was simpler, but also more frustrating and crowded. Any novelties had to struggle to get attention in that restricted environment.

The respect of which I wrote in “The noise of the soul” is a timeless question: how do we approach a new and unknown music or a style unknown to us or, perhaps, against which we are prevented?

My answer is that any musician who makes music – even the most commercial and pop-oriented instrumentalists or the authors looking for a hit – have devoted time and energy to creating something that deserves listening without judgments. In fact, I firmly believe that the more we listen and we stifle the instinct to express an opinion, the more we will learn. This, however, is also valid outside music, in all relationships, personal, professional and even political: listening and thinking and showing respect before speaking always has advantages. Still, think about how politics are discussed on television, at least in America. Everyone talks and shouts simultaneously and who is listening?

According to the formidable producer Quincy Jones, there is a reason why God gave each of us two ears and a mouth. Because we should listen twice as much as we speak. Amen.”

For a few years you were the tour manager of the African group Ladysmith Black Mambazoo. From your words it emerges that this experience in the last years before the end of apartheid has profoundly affected you.
Recently a great musician has disappeared whose name is Hugh Masekela who was a symbol of the lot against apartheid and an icon of African music and original jazz. What do you think about the fact that in the contemporary scene symbolic figures like Masekela are now endangered?

“In what way is the symbolic role of Hugh Masekela – or was – in danger? Are you referring to his spiritual heritage? It does not seem to me in danger at all. I think Hugh was extremely proud of the music he created, of the impact he had on the world, of his role in the explosion of Graceland, of when he had played with Paul Simon in the 1980s, and of his own career that he carried on until a cancer at the beginning of the year if he got it. He was celebrated in life and was honored when he died and will be remembered by the hundreds of thousands of people who saw him play or who heard his music in one way or another.

I know that I will never forget it. I remember he once explained to me why, at the height of apartheid, when the situation of South African blacks was terrible, their music was so happy and full of joy. “Because we have already won,” he said. And he was right. “

Have you ever met Frank Zappa? What do you think of the role he has had in the history of music and what could be considered his legacy?

“I would have liked. I am a big fan of his music, his spirit, his sense of humor and his autobiography. In my opinion, it is still one of the most intelligent and passionate books written by a musician I have ever read. And to say that he was considered a gruff. After answering your questions, I will listen to your wonderful Hot Rats record. Thank you for mentioning it. “

Let’s talk about jazz. Today the scene is very lively and revolves around two city-laboratories for new trends, Los Angeles and London: on the west coast you play jazz contaminated with hip-hop while in the capital city the Caribbean sounds are mixing with the return of British jazz. Is there a risk that such movements become fashionable and lose their identity?

“I do not care about what is fashionable or whether it has an identity or not. This question has to do only with the way music is classified in one geographical area rather than another. Music always melts everywhere. Pure music does not exist. Point. Every sound and every style is a fusion. I must say that the use of the word “contaminated” implies an area of music criticism and a way of thinking about music from which I prefer to keep away, thanks. “

The book "The noise of the soul, writing about jazz, rock, blues" by Ashley Kahn

Alice Coltrane, an extraordinary character with a profound spirituality.
Last year the label of David Byrne, Luaka Bop, published a collection of unpublished The Ecstatic Music of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda curated among others by his nephew, the producer and musician of LA Stehpen Ellison aka Flying Lotus.
How do you see this parable of the Coltrane family, from the beginning of free jazz to the abstract electronic hip-hop?

“It is well known that the McLeod family of Detroit is very musical; as are many other families. If a story can be found in their story, it is in the fact that there is an early musical education and a precocious creative expressiveness that have great value, that we should start at home and among relatives and continue to school and other aspects of experience of all children.

The secret of the McLeod family is similar to that of many other Detroit families: parents supported children who wanted to learn music. Some arrived later than others: saxophonist Ravi Coltrane started as a teenager and is now a leading musician here in New York; his elder sister Michelle is a singer in Los Angeles. They also benefited from their mother’s dedication to music, as well as their spirituality.

Margherita who lives in painting

To meet Malgosia Levittoux ( Margherita for Italian friends) is to meet an art medium , able to put you in touch with the beauty that surrounds us and that too often finds us distracted. It happened to me. And that attendance has not stopped anymore. It all started in the Viterbo Tuscia.

A few years ago, in Bolsena
I pass in front of an exhibition space of the Municipality by bicycle and catch some suggestive images with my eyes. I still do a hundred meters, then I go back. I get off the bike and go inside.
Some are images of the Lake of Bolsena: intense watercolors that tend to summarize the whole lake in an emotion that changes from time to time, solar or frowning, but with a gust, always, of magic and mystery.
Then there are the oil paintings: colors now ringing of a lush and triumphant land, now more mellow, intense, compact, in landscapes of severe and mountainous charm. And also portraits of a Nordic expressionism softened by compassion, in the literal sense : an intense and supportive participation. And scattered woodcuts, in black and white, in which the canons that refer to Die Brücke are evident.
No, definitely not the exhibition of a willing local painter, as you often see them in the municipal galleries in the summer. There is the hand of an integral artist: a blonde woman with light eyes, dressed in the same green as the pictures and, on him, the smell of earth, aromas and vegetables. It can not be that she is the author, she is that painting. She is Margherita Levittoux. We introduce ourselves; I have little time for pleasantries because I’m leaving. I invest it with my enthusiasm for what I saw, I tell you to leave me “that mountainous landscape” (of the Pyrenees) and “that watercolor” (of the Lake of Bolsena); “In a month I will come to collect them”. I exchange contacts with Margherita, I do not know if she is more happy or more perplexed by this singular lightning bout. And I’m leaving, because I’m guilty of being late.

Landscape of the Pyrenees
A few days ago, in Sorano
Italy has many places of great beauty. Someone even enchanted, in the sense that there is a kind of metaphysical suspension. The Orsini fortress in Sorano is one of these. When you cross it and you head towards the terrace, where a small hotel de charme nestles (Hotel della Fortezza), a Sorano is revealed, seen from above and glimpsed: a village drowned in greenery.

Sorano from the Orsini Fortress bis

In this context of enveloping and generous nature, until October 2 , Margherita exhibits (in the upper part of the Fortress) an anthological one. In the exhibition the paintings painted in Italy prevail, because this Polish wanderer of French origin (as the surname denounces), after passing through London, Paris and a long stay in the French Pyrenees, decides to go down to Italy to understand what is there Florence and Rome. And, arrived in the Etruscan area, the light that surrounds it and the atmosphere that “hears” the enthusiasm, indeed the erotizzare to such an extent to induce it to stop and take root: in the Municipality of Acquapendente, locality Falconero. Here and in the surroundings will be born the paintings that give the name to the exhibition: “Paintings by Falconero” .

Painting must be cultivated. Literally
“If you have a vegetable garden next to the library, you do not miss anything,” said Cicero. Margherita is an extraordinary garden-gardener and has what it takes to paint: she does not lack anything, to paraphrase Marco Tullio. She does not lack anything to be a medium between us and the nature she paints, between us and those human landscapes that she carries on the canvas , unveiling them: how much life there is in the face without reticence of this woman, how much erotic tenderness in these rocky and together tender lovers.

His canvases are full of energy: overflowing and solar with yellow radiating or inner and restless with visceral greens. A painting built with simple elements that then dig deep. It takes inspiration from the daily life of the garden, from the harmony of the garden, from a casual encounter, from the contrasts of light and shadows, from the magic of the Lake Mezzano landscape that makes every element light (water, sky, earth), to send us the amazement of life around and solicit the practice, now neglected, of reflection.


In this, Margherita reminds me of her great fellow countryman: the poet Wislawa Szymborska who, starting from even the slightest events of everyday life, leads to a different point of view, widens the cognitive horizons and surprises you with new unexpected awareness. Like the poetry of Szymborska, at every rereading, offer more in-depth interpretative keys, the paintings of Levittoux surprise with a perspective that had previously escaped, with a detail that was not such, with the cry or whisper of a color that had previously been dominated by other inspirations.
Sometimes his painting seems to become more liquid, then almost evaporate, evolving towards some form of abstractionism in which the figurative begins to lose its contours; but then the decisive and almost aggressive color swords still testify to the need for Expressionist echoes, happily contaminated with Mediterranean light.

Margherita, Tuscia and harmony
If you have not had the chance or time to go to Sorano for the show, nothing is lost. Sorano stands there, clinging to its tuff rocks and waiting for you to give you the charm. Margherita you can discover it in her country-home-studio in Falconero, moving to Acquapendente, the northernmost village of the Tuscia viterbese: you will discover a surprising place where the artistic production is not only made up of paintings, but also vegetables, flowers, smells , green harmoniously arranged by Margherita around the house but also inside it. In the bedroom a composition of pumpkin, aubergines, cucumbers in a basket, enhanced by the chiaroscuro of a blade of light, is never a coincidence. Like the paintings between the pots and the pots between the paintings: it is creatively organized disorder because the beauty must be around, before finding a place on the canvas.
Margherita feels she owes much to this land and this gratitude unites her to Luciano Nucci , president of the Sorano Dairy, who sponsored the exhibition “Paintings by Falconero”, because he feels indebted to his territory; territory that wants to contribute to promoting even promoting those who, like Margherita, the spirit of the places has metabolized it and knows how to interpret it and propose it again in an organoleptic narrative that awakens and engages all our senses.
Because Margherita does not actually paint; she, in painting, lives there.