HELLO, I’m Elena Grimaud-Ineichen and welcome to Creative Living Geneva.
Although I’ve trained and worked as a professional journalist, editor, communications/public relations officer and French-to-English translator for newspapers and magazines (The Guardian, The Sunday Telegraph, The Expat in Britain, Swiss News, GEM, UN Special, Swiss Learning, AO Dialogue and AOSpine), for international corporations (Novartis), businesses (Restaurant-Hôtel du Parc des Eaux-Vives) and for medical non-profits (IOF and AO Foundations), as well as other organizations both big and small, I’ve always harbored a love for arts and crafts.
In fact, had I the chance to start my career over again, I might give up the pen for the sewing needle. Truth is, I love fabric, color, and design. And beauty in its many forms: clothes sewn or knitted, photographs, paintings and sketches, jewellery, furniture, architecture, art and literature, a meal put together with a view to both the stomach and the eye.
I truly admire those energetic and entrepreneurial souls who live to create or support creativity. Very few become rich and famous at it, but the artisans who persist in following where their talents lead them are heroes in my book.
For me, creativity is a road to pleasure and peace of mind and the ideal way to meet people. It’s brought me closer to my local communities and introduced me to talented makers whom I would not have otherwise met.
Here at Creative Living Geneva, I want to share information, interviews, ideas and tips about creative people, places, events and activities in the Swiss Romandy, but also further afield. My hope is that they will help you connect with the pastimes, resources and creators that will make your stay in this beautiful country a fulfilling and happy one…however long you’re here for.
Because I’m constantly inspired by Switzerland, my home for almost 30 years now, I’m also going to share some words and images on Swiss themes in the hope that you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.
I’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to get in touch if you have an idea that you’d like to share with me and other visitors to this blog. Or drop me a line if you have a collaboration in mind, if you’d like to promote a creative or cultural activity or event, or if you would like to place an advertisement or sponsor a post.
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Wishing you happiness and fulfillment in whichever ways you choose to embrace your creativity…