29.05.2011

*blue sunday*

a paint-brush.....
bright *ultramarine*...mysterious, dark *milori* blue pigments....a *hint* of indigo....
hours of work by night and day....squeezed inbetween the sewing and other working schedule....
*patience*...
*volià*....sunlight is dancing on the perfect *blue*blue* wall in my new atelier space :-)

*happy blue sunday evening*

P.S.: I will move in my new atelier space within the next 2 weeks, more pictures coming soon!

images: petra hassan

28.05.2011

*etran finatawa*

come with me....and listen *desert* music! :-)
I am still so happy that I had the chance to see & listen the truly fabulous band *etran finatawa* a few days ago live in concert and I love their music!! When I found out that they play the only one concert in germany this summer near Hannover...well....I nearly felt off the chair....*happy dance*!

The musicians are come from Niger and it is very special that two of the members are tuareg and three members wodaabe nomads; they playing the traditional songs and music mixed with electric guitar in such a refreshing, breathtaking & very cool way, also singing the lyrics in tamasheq, the tuareg language & wodaabe language, their music is more than 100% *ear candy*!

find the music of  *etran finatawa* here...turn on the music....close your eyes...take the magic carpet or the camel as you prefer....and you will find yourself in the middle of the desert again for sure....*ear vacation*...

I was really excited but after some minutes beeing shy I had the chance to speak to the two tuareg members of the band after the concert...well....my french language speaking is still like a *grande salade mixte* so I tried to remember all the words *tamasheq* I ever learned.....it worked :-) they also brought precious artwork from Niger and sold it after the concert....pretty silver jewellry and fine leather products....I bought two beautiful handmade tassels from them...what a bliss!

are you in the mood for more desert music? The fantastic bands Tamikrest, Kel Assouf and Tinariwen are playing this summer allover europe and also in germany, check out their websites for the concert dates! You can also find all of them in facebook :-)

*happy music listening*

image: petra hassan

23.05.2011

*watch out....*

we found the perfect place....
up on the roof over the *medina*...
a place with *pretty* tiles....oh, I love this place!
the perfect place for watching.....
a traditional moroccan hat in the hand...
and on the head....
we waited and *watched*...but no pirates landed & entered the *medina* of Essaouira...well....we smelled the *rain* in the air and felt the upcoming storm...watched the giant waves of the atlantic sea.....may the pirates coming another time... :-)

model: sandra cripps
location: Dar91, essaouira medina, morocco
images: petra hassan

P.S.: find the *dress* now online in my dawanda-shop :-) and...in case you want to watch out for pirates one day click here :-)

22.05.2011

*the dream*

I have a dream.....
I have simple painted *henna* on my hands....
I am wrapped in a simple, deep *indigo* blue dress with pretty patterns...silver sandals on my feet...
I have *pretty* vintage silver rings on my finger....
I wake up in the morning with this view....oh, how  much I  love the wide *blue* desert sky...
I am sitting on soft *handmade* colourful carpets....magic carpets....the morning sunlight is dancing....
I taste the strong, sweet and *foamy* green tea.....*desert* tea.....
I smell the fresh, homemade *bread*..... carefully wrapped in handloomed wool.....
I feel the *sun* on my skin and watching the flowers in the garden...
I am listening the *wind* in the palm trees....
I am eating *traditional* friday couscous...oh, how delicious!
I am not in a dream....this is part of  my life....the life between the *sahara* desert and germany...because sometimes...sometimes in our life dreams are coming true...:-)

what a bliss! *happy sunday*

images: petra hassan

17.05.2011

*earth café marrakech*

one more time I passed by, had dinner & lunch at the...
may do you remember my last october post about the *fresh citrus* colours of the earth cafè in marrakech?
I had not been there since last year december and....*surprise*surprise*!!....I found new colours :-)
how much I love this combination of *raspberry* pink, chalky rosè and the subtile *green* of the pumpkins....
a hint of *fresh* lime green....leaves of a *citrus* tree....
*lemon* citrine sprinkles of colours....
turquoise & saffron yellow cushions and *chili* red walls....can I have the *raspberry* pink door, please?
*silver* green olive tree leaves and soft *yellow* bougainvillea flowers....
and a few, soft pastell shades :-)
I never can leave without having *delicious* vegetarian lunch....
and enjoy the *colour* therapy :-)

earth cafè marrakech
N°2, derb zawak,riad zitoune kdim
marrakech medina, morocco
open 10am - 9pm

images: petra hassan

P.S.: the latest earth cafè news are....visit the *new* earth cafè soup kitchen at N°1 derb nakousse, riad zitoune jdid, marrakech medina, morocco; I had not the time going there but I will go and see next time when I return to morocco :-)

16.05.2011

*magic carpet red*

ready for more strong and bright *colours*??
when I watched this silk colour first I just had one thought in my mind....
 this is the only one and true *magic carpet red* :-)
so..it was the time to sew a new dress....the *magic carpet red* dress...for a walk on the red carpet....or a flight on the magic carpe...as you like :-)
now online in my dawanda-shop!

model: sandra cripps
location: dar91, essaouira medina, morocco
images: petra hassan

P.S.: mille grazie again to you, Paolo & thanks so much again to you, San! :-)

*because .....*

because, because....there is more *because*......
sometimes we close the eyes and after open again the life changed into the bright *pink* mode.....but this is a story for another day :-)
because after the rain always comes the sun....this time, after *marrakech* rain, the hot *sahara* sun came....more about a simple life, a *hot* pink fotoshooting, blue stories from the desert and some more moroccan adventures coming, soon!

stay tuned! :-)

image 1: petra hassan
image 2: taken by a friend