The story about three collections and one bitchy tangerine

Dear world!

Have you ever collected anything!? Dolls, books, people…I mean whatever.

Well, than you know that for making a collection you need time. Like lots of time. However, our holiday brief was about collecting things quickly ( whereas considering 3 rules !!!). I had just several weeks to make three diffent collections with at least 25 objects in each.

The first my thought was “Crazy”. The second “Oh, come on, Anna! Aren’t you used to such things yet?!”. And the last one *exhale* “Just do this…”.

Well. The biggest challenge was that one of those had to consist of drawings. Bad, right? However, I came up with a cool decision- I gathered ways a one can use to draw a New Year tree if he/she doest have relevant skills. That was fun.

New Year tree collection, rules:
1. Orange color.
2. It has to take no more than 20 seconds.
3. Be obvious that it is a tree.

Then, I had to find 25 physical objects. I had had such experience before, so it was the easiest one for me. As a child I collected  buttons. It all started accidentally. I just found several buttons that had a form of pencils of different colors and was intrigued to find out what other forms could they have. Plus, once my grandma told that my father had used to collect stamps and showed me the album where he had put it all. I noticed several blank pages at the end of it and was inspired to kinda go on with the work of my father. So I took dozens of stamps from my trips to Italy and San Marino to add there.

For the brief I wanted it to include something Ukrainian as I went back home for holidays. I went to a chocolaterie and bought there 25 candies that had images of Ukrainian sights on its cover. I had a lot of work with them, I have to say. Can you imagine how difficult it was not to eat 25 chocolates in one time?! My greatest achievement was that I didn’t gain weight doing this part of the brief.


Chocolates' wraps, rules:
1. Roshen production
2. They have to be chocolates.
3. With images of Ukraine on it.

And the last but not the least-my digital collection.

Honestly?! I really lacked ideas. I had a set of pictures and videos I collected during my trip to Paris and was gonna use them, but after all these New Year celebrations I got inspired by all of that so much that one morning I just took a tangerine and started taking pictures of that with festive decorations that I had at home. And I had a lot of that, like really A LOT.

Tangerine's collection, rules:
1.Cristmas and New Year theme.
2.All pictures have to be taken indoors.
3.The tangerine on each of them.

I won’t terrorize you by showing every picture and telling about it, but you definitely won’t shake off without seeing any of them. That’s why, enjoy: 

Who is the master of disguise?! Yea, this is right. It is me!....Not you. Me!

Ho-Ho-Ho! I am your best present! OMG, you are sooo lucky! Honestly, I would be over the moon if I could get more of   myself.

Everyone can  be whoever he/she wants!I mean, obviously, I am perfect, but you still have hope to become, well..not asawesome as I am, but at least better than this.

Yea, I also have my needs! Even the greatest minds have  to rest. Personally, I don't want, but you know...I have to.  I am strong-willed enough to put aside my work and have    rest. Of course, I have no pleasure of it.

Oh, holy shit! Bro! What have those stupid humans done to  you?!

Basically, all of my three collections happened to be tied up quite closely. Main features are: Ukraine, orange color and New Year/Christmas theme.

The process was really enjoyable and interesting except for the fact that I was really nervous that I won’t have enought time to finish with that.

I have also stated thinking about such things as:

  • Why do people collect stuff?
  • Why do they choose exact objects for their collections?
  • What can me the deep meaning of collections of other people?
  • Why some people are collectors and other see no point in that?
  • Maybe I am a collector without realizing that?

There is a lot of famous people who collect very different things. For instance, Quentin Tarantino collects TV-shows themed board games, Herbert George Wells – tin soldiers, while Georges Simenon was more practical and collected first and second names from  phonebooks to use them later in his novels.

So, the reasons and items of collections can be different as each of collectors are. For some reason it is important to have such collections for some of us. And I think that this is fascinating!

Well, now you know my story of collecting things. Let’s talk about you now.

Are you a collector?

See u!

Claude Monet: The Waterlily obsession

Museum Orangerie

14 november-11 march 2019

A virtual experience by Nicolas Thepot

When I was a child my mother brought me to Giverny, a small town not too far from Paris. I didn’t know why this was chosen to be our destination and was simply excited by journey, changed scenery around and later, when we eventually got there, by huge bright parrots that were flying in the sky or sitting on palms. I had no idea yet that this trip somehow would change my life.

We came to a wonderful cozy house with lots of painting, flowers, lace and books. It felt like home. There were lots of black-and-white photos of an old man with beard, mostly wearing a hat. I was told that was the owner of the house-one of the most prominent painters, Claud  Monet.But the most amazing thing about this place was a garden behind the house which was considered by the artist as “his most beautiful masterpiece”. That was a kingdom of nature and magic. One could feel that breathing is easier here.  I was surrounded by plants and surrendered  to their charms. The best part was a pond covered with waterlilies. I have never felt such peace before or after. I always remember about this place with that warmness and attachment that is peculiar to child’s memories, I guess due to being a child my aim there was just to feel the place, I didn’t know who was Monet and was experiencing the garden only through myself without analyzing that as a subject of a great genius. Nevertheless that became the reason why I became a big fan of Impressionism and the most apparently of Monet as well.

So, after 10 years  you can imagine how happy I was to return to this enchanting garden again, completely by chance, being on one of the Paris banks of the Seine. Moreover, that was my first experience of virtual reality and that just fueled my nervousness.

I was equipped with a special headset and headphones and my adventure started.

I saw the museum’s vestibule designed my Monet where 8 panels of his watercolors are presented. I heard the sound of water- a quick flow was coming impetuously  through spaces that serve as doors. When the level of water had reached my breast and I  felt a little uncomfortably the room started to fade, gradually turning into the Giverny’s garden. I was standing in the middle of the pond, still with most parts of my body being in aqua. The day was chasing the night. Hot summer gave way to autumn, ruby colors were changed by winter and its peculiarly expressive diamonds in the sky, spring fluff was flying in the air while bugs were filling the place with their buzzing arias and wind was gently touching plants.

After that I got into a canvas of the master with him putting multicolored strokes of the brush. I could see the layers of his work and that was the first time I realized that they have them, that their meanings and observations are way more deeper than I used to think.

The culminate moment-cataract. Monet is not able to see red and yellow colors, with time there are only white and black left in his world. (So did I ) At this exact time his life and inner well-being was invaded by the First World War. Being in the age he suffered a lot that he couldn’t help his country anyhow. Thats why, when the piece was gained he donated his Water Lilies to France with only one condition-those paintings could never leave the walls of the museum. He was offering Parisians a “Heaven”:  “Nerves strained by work would relax I. its presence, following the restful example of its stagnant waters, and for he who would live in it, this room would offer a refuge for peaceful meditation in the midst of a flowering aquarium.” (Monet,1909) Waterlilies were presented to public after his death in 1927 and attracted little attention as the art world of that time was more interested in the new avantgarde. The deserved recognition it gained only after the Second World War.

I was back again in Paris in a dusty room full of covered canvases. The man’s hat and a walking stick were on a coach. The last words to us said by Monet. Everything rotated and the space transformed into a nowadays hall of Waterlilies in Orangerie. There was no water anymore…no sign of what had just happened…as if it was a dream…

All this time I was accompanied with English audio description of some periods of the artist’s life and basically, what I was seeing. The information was very sensible including separate deep voice for quotes and parts from diaries of Monet.

When a singer loses his voice, he leaves the stage, the same fate suffer a painter who can’t see colors no more-retirement. However and fortunately, Monet couldn’t do that. And this is a significance evidence not only of his spirit strength but also of the talent. He was painting not seeing what he was actually creating. And  died without knowing what his heritage was.

Undoubtedly, now I feel and understand the artist better. Trembling I wanted to cry after that, overwhelmed by feelings and reflexions. That was like the one to one conversation with Claud – the experience I could never forget.



Have I changed or the very first blog in 2019

Dear world!

2019. Here it is. And, I guess, this is the perfect timing to tell about the interests that I have developed on the course so far and challenges that I will have ahead.

Fist of all – entering a uni for bachelor degree. I have come to the UK in order to   make my childhood dream come true-become a movie director. However, an unexpected thing happened – I heard a presentation of PR course by Michal Chmiel and suddenly became extremely interested in the subject. So, after weeks of self-torturing and reflections, I decided to apply to both movie and pr courses. Picking up one of them is the problem of future Anna, not mine ( I can already feel how she is kicking my ass through space and time for that).

I realized that I really lack of time and knowledge: I immediately went to LCC library and took a textbook “Public Relations today” by Cameron, Wilcox, Reber and Shin, that turned out to be very interesting. Moreover, I started to write my “movie diary” in English to provide it together with a portfolio.

Moreover, 2019 will be the year that I publish my first set of short stories. I want to start with creating the design an bounding it on my own. My last uni workshop inspired me to go to hard cover workshop to make a book all by myself. If I really manage to do it, it will be gorgeous.

I also want to go to screen printing studio and make a set of posters to improve my skills in this technique.

Another goal is to shoot and edit as many videos as I can, cause I haven’t got a lot of practice. To tell the truth I am scared to do it. Here is the thing: I have been dreaming about it for so long, that when the time has come, I am afraid that they will be not as good as I imagined them to be. But it is not an excuse!

I am going to read at least 50 books during this year, not counting textbooks or those that I need for my studying. I hope it will give me more ideas for my own creative writing.

Besides living and studying in such a multicultural community make me search for language courses in London. I know already two foreign languages and I want to study the third! It will be French!

I want to visit at least three new countries this year and produce sets of art works reflecting on my impressions and experience there.

To top it all, my main aim is to understand and decide what I want to do in the nearest years, to find a harmony  and develop myself in various directions one of which is drawing, cause I still suck in it.

So, wish me good luck, as I am wishing you and all the best in the new year. Some people think about it as a new page in life. Personally, for me it is not, it is just a chance to start doing something you have been postponing all the time.

Lets make this year memorable and productive!

See u all!

And all the best!