Urban Wanderlust: Embracing the Bohemian Tapestry of Life


There’s a certain bohemian flavor in sitting at the table and working in pajamas, much like I’m doing right now. Taking a break from societal norms and immersing myself in work in a state of undress feels liberating. Before me lies an eclectic mix: sketchbooks filled with ideas, a half-finished sculpture, scattered tools, remnants of breakfast, poetry books by Raboni and Zanzotto, volumes on Italian poets of the 20th century, sculpting technique manuals, a catalog of Modigliani sculptures, and even a catalog of primitive Japanese ceramic sculptures from the British Museum. Atop this stack rests Elle Magazine. And, of course, there’s my trusty Mac. This is my world at the moment.

For lunch, I plan to visit the Kandoo Japanese Restaurant on Viale Corsica, seeking a moment of culinary poetry and quiet reflection. I anticipate the harmonious menu and the journey towards the three-chocolate dessert.

My passions are layered like the tiers of this dessert: Art, fashion, and cuisine. Art needs no explanation; fashion, too, speaks volumes. However, cuisine might seem less obvious, especially for those who know me. Daily life is like kryptonite to Superman, sunlight to vampires, or holy water to demons. Within the routine lies desolation—a repetitive cycle that erodes beauty and awareness. Art is its natural antidote, absolute and unique. Then there’s fashion and the art of cooking, each layer of my dessert representing a form of consciousness—for the spirit, the self, and the senses.

Undoubtedly, my deepest love is art in all its forms, particularly the visual arts, intertwined with the realm of imagery. Fashion has been a lifelong passion, while cuisine and pastry-making represent my artistic endeavor in the realm of cooking—an observer and connoisseur, indulging not merely to eat but to savor the creative act with edible materials.

How does this dreamlike discourse, in harmony with pajamas, connect with the life of a manager and the world of work? I ponder this question myself, exploring potential intersections.

I believe that the world of work is made up of individuals, each with their unique essence. Happiness, balance, and the ability to create should be integral parts of everyone’s life, akin to mandatory subjects in education. If we view the capacity to create as essential, life’s quality would undergo a radical transformation. Over time, things that were once inconceivable have become indispensable: a balanced diet, sports, education for all—increasingly specialized education. However, the ability to create is not considered fundamental. Yet, this capacity can infuse vitality into every aspect of life. May everyone find a gateway to awaken dormant forces. Art, fashion, and cuisine are mine; for each, there must be a path—create, create, create.

From the film “Kate and Leopold”:

“Where I come from, a meal is the result of careful consideration. The menu is prepared in advance, and timing is executed to perfection. Without culinary artistry, reality would be unbearable.”


manuelametra
manuelametra

Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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