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Towards Greater Intelligence

Towards Greater Intelligence

Hello, and welcome back to A-Z Journal. I’ve been thinking about stirring up my creative side recently and I am determined to make more time for myself and the things I enjoy in 2020. One of the ways I’ll be doing that is by returning to blogging. And my blog will be taking a...

A is for Antiquarian bookshops

A is for Antiquarian bookshops

Working at home is the dream of many people, but those who’ve achieved it know that remote work can be a lonely endeavor. I therefore have often found the intellectual atmosphere of antiquarian bookshops more stimulating than the one at home or in a public library, and more peaceful than the crowded coffee shops. A big...

B is for Sylvia Beach

B is for Sylvia Beach

At first, the calm and modest portrait of Sylvia Beach didn’t distinguish itself from tenths quirky yet fascinating illustrations of Maria Herreros. After reading Beach’s memoir and visiting the legendary Shakespeare and Company (The second bookstore, opened in 1951) together with Marika Maijala, I now see the portrait with different eyes. In the exhibition, it presents...

C is for Chapeau

C is for Chapeau

Many of Marika Maijala drawings are repeated images and one recurring subject is the hat. The literal word ’chapeau’ comes from the French, and it means ’hat’. Aside from meaning ’hat’ it is also used when congratulating and giving someone respect, a short way of saying ’hat off’ or ’I’m so impressed, I take...

D is for Robert Delaunay

D is for Robert Delaunay

In December 2018, I was sitting in a crowded cafe along Vaasankatu with Marika Maijala, who was going into residency in Paris next month. ”How do you picture Paris?”, I asked her. I was interested to know, if she already had some image of the city in her mind, and how would it feel...