In these wild times, there is one thing that is keeping me smiling and that is all the amazing stuff that is happening on internet and in particular Instagram. So much creativity, so much sharing, so much beauty being posted and appreciated.
I wanted to tell you about some of my favourites at this time, and I’d love for you to do the same.
1 Jamie Beck @annstreetstudio
Jamie is a true artist. I know few people as creative as her on Instagram. With her husband Kevin they are photography royalty, and were the original creators of the Cinemagraph, you know, those amazing photos with just one element that moves. She lives in the south of France and as well as taking care of her gorgeous toddler Elise, she is making the time to create every single day.
She was due to have a show of her work in New York right now, but that is obviously cancelled. With the help and initiative of her IG friend Behida she is going to stage an online show, with her photos for sale.
She also shares other peoples creations everyday, just tag your picture with #isolationcreation and maybe she’ll share yours too!
And today she is sharing which pieces she are for sale in her online show! YAY!
2. Elise Dumas @thepineapplechef
Elise is a French photographer who spends most of her time in Paris. Right now she is confined in the countryside with her family, but still creating everyday. Somehow floral art made only with foraged flowers and greenery is even more beautiful than fancy florists blooms. And she can even make an improvised plate of spaghetti look stunning!
I love her style, full of deep strong colour and drama.
3. Molly Wilkinson @mollyjwilk
Those of you who have been on one of our tours, will recognise Molly’s name. Yep, she is part of our MFCH team, and when she isn’t coordinating tours, or answering your mails, she is a passionate pastry chef.
During confinement, she is staging live bake-alongs on Instagram. You can either just watch, or gather the ingredients beforehand and make the cake at the same time as Molly. Really creative food sharing, and so much fun.
4. Charlotte Reiss @vivietmargot
Charlotte is a fellow Brit, living in the States and in France with her husband and two gorgeous little girls. She runs her online business Vivietmargot, and like so many other small businesses is really feeling the effects of the confinement and the virus.
Rather than sit around moping, Charlotte had the brilliant idea this week of staging a series of live Insta stories, each time with a different guest. She chose guests with stories to tell and with a fellow entrepreneurial spirit (including yours truly).
Her interviews are fun and lively and a very generous way to share news of other woman’s businesses and how they are coping right now. Check out her story to see who the next guest will be.
5. Carla Coulson @carlacoulson
Another photographer for you, author of several books, who specialises in fantastic portraits. During confinement last weekend she offered a free live portrait photography class. No worries if you missed it because it is still available here, ready to download and enjoy.
As well as her photography, Carla also works as a life coach, and helps women find their next steps in life, reconnecting them to their passion and creativity.
6. Serena Crawford @serenacrawford
Serena’s IG posts catch my eye nearly every day of the year. A talented interior architect she shares her life between South Africa and London. What I love most about Serena is how engaged she is with the world around her. As she says in her IG bio “I LOVE LIFE!”. Always curious, always interested and always on the lookout for something to share.
During confinement she is sharing her pick of films to watch, including a wonderful list of international museums offering virtual visits of their collections … and we can all agree that anything is better than queuing to get into the Louvre!
7. Marie Christine @chateaumoissacbellevue
My friends Marie Christine and Louis at the Chateau de Moissac Bellevue are posting a picture for each day of confinement, taken somewhere in their chateau. I’m loving this series, and its randomness. Highlighting the importance of seizing the moment, and taking pleasure in good light, or a pretty view, or a familiar room.
8. Sarah Nightingale – @sarahnightingale
Sarah is a talented artist and is offering free watercolour classes, such a lovely idea! She tells you what materials you will need to paint alongside her, and you can join the live class or watch the class later on her highlight here
Sarah creates beautiful artwork, and I’m particularly fond of her watercolour landscapes!
9. Erin Benzakein @Floret Flower
Oh my goodness, who doesn’t love this girl and all that she gets up to?! She has put flower-growing and farming back on the map, and has the whole world dreaming with her photos of fields of dahlias, or sweet peas or tulips.
She is super generous with her free downloadables offering advice on growing specific flowers (my favourite is the dahlia course), and right now she is offering 25 giant giveaway hampers of goodies! Erin says: “If you have a person in your life that could use some extra sunshine right now, please tag them and write what you love about them. We’d love to hear about what makes them special and why we should send them a box.”
How kind is that?!
10. Sandra Sigman @les fleursandover
My friend Sandra Sigman has a beautiful flower store in Andover. With this confinement period it was impossible to have her team working side by side and she has had to temporarily shut her door. But with a fresh delivery of flowers just arrived that she didn’t want to go to waste, she continues to spread the love by making up bouquets and taking them to people who’d like to receive a little cheer and comfort. So generous and thoughtful.
So if you know somebody who would like to receive a beautiful little bouquet this week, contact Les Fleurs in Andover MA.
And …. Sandra and I will be doing a live video on Instagram tomorrow at 10am EST. Tune in to my Instagram around then and join us for a chat ! We’ll both do a small bouquet using foraged flowers and greenery, giving you ideas of things you can create even if you can’t get out to the stores.
Voila , I hope you have enjoyed my round up of just some of the amazing things that are happening on social media right now. More images on my IG story.
I’d love for you to share what you are doing during your seclusion, and the names of those you love to follow too.
Stay safe and stay inside! XX