To mark its 20th anniversary, the Château de Prangins has opened a major exhibit on the printed cotton material know as chintz. Originating in India, the 17th-century European craze for this fabric and its floral motifs dominated the global economy, society and fashion for 200 years. Celebrating its two decades of existence, the Swiss National Museum at the Château de Prangins has chosen a beauty of a topic, not only for the attractiveness of its main subject but because of its significance for Switzerland, a primary participant and beneficiary of the printed cotton trade that fluorished in the 17th and 18th centuries in Europe and latterly in America.
By the time spring comes around again I know it’s time for the “riot” of creativity that is the UNIcréa Arts & Crafts Salon, which twice annually brings together more than 100 artisans ‘handpicked’ for their originality, passion and talent by UNIcréa founder and director Céline Dreveton.
The characters and themes brought to vibrant, colorful life in artist Yvonne Morell’s artworks are familiar and yet strikingly original. Her depictions cast a fresh light on everyday occurrences, habits and objects with an engaging warmth, wit and humanity. In this interview she tells us what inspires her in life and in work. Yvonne, please describe your path to becoming an artist. Creativity has always been part of my life but it was only at 22 that I registered for a drawing class at Ceruleum in Lausanne. Every Saturday morning I went there and just drew all morning…pots, plants, flowers, anything: I didn’t care what, I just LOVED it. I felt a whole new world opening up to me. From there it was years of painting and learning until I decided to dedicate myself full time to it.
Again this Spring the artisans of the Lake Geneva region are throwing open their workshops to welcome the public during the Journées des Métiers d’Art 2018 (JEMA). Here in the Swiss Romandy we go about our daily business often oblivious to the talented craftspeople who keep some of our favorite boutiques, repair shops, opera houses, theatres, museums and so much more, open for business. Their painstaking workmanship is often the result of years of study and apprenticeships to hone skills that have been passed down through many generations.
Last summer I posted about how the Théâtre de Carouge reaches out to Geneva’s international, multilingual audience with innovative new techniques and imaginative special events. Now it’s taking that effort one step further with a special performance entirely in English of a mesmerizing new production that promises to be unlike anything seen in the City of Calvin before — Cold Blood.
It sometimes seems to me that Geneva has more artists per square inch than any other city of comparable size. An event this coming Saturday and Sunday, 14-15 October, only fuels that impression.
Since the late 1950s, the Théâtre de Carouge has played a rich and vital role in Geneva’s cultural and social life by offering locally and internationally produced theatre productions of the highest calibre, in French, to loyal local audiences, the composition of which has changed dramatically over the decades. Today the city is home to a multitude of citizens and visitors from a broad swathe of origins, backgrounds, tastes and most significantly for a theatre company, languages.