Simone De Beauvior & Jean -Paul Satre revisit Paris

Last week I went to Paris! It is a beautiful city and I had great friends to visit, so Thank you Isabelle & Thierry!

It was the perfect opportunity to take the Existentialists, Jean-Paul Satre & Simone De Beauvoir to revisit some of their old haunts. So with Isabelle we did the alternative tour of Existentialist Paris

Coffee at the Cafe De Flore
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A word about the lobsters…I read that Jean-Paul Satre took mescaline and had hallucinations that lobsters were following him everywhere. So… I knitted him some ‘hallucinations’!

Cafe Deux Magots, which doesn’t mean maggots. It means two small monkeys!
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The Boulevard sign…
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Brasserie Lipp
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Montparnasse Cemetery where the real Simone & Jean-Paul are buried.

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Finally, the Sorbonne, where they met and studied.
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It was much better that the usual sightseeing touristy tour of Paris!

More Albert Camus on the Absurdity of Life

More Existentialist meanderings…Albert Camus on the absurdity of life. He is inspired… while wandering the streets.
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Taking the photos is fun but I love adding the quotes!
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He’s right at home with Jean-Paul Satre and Simone De Beauvoir at the Cafe De Flore….
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I always really enjoy these school of Life Films..this Camus one is especially good.

Albert Camus joins the Existentialists

Today it was great to finish a new French Existentialist philosopher & writer Albert Camus.
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He looks a little like Humphrey Bogart. The biggest challenge was to make him smoke a cigarette!

He like hanging around stations and smoking.

I did the cigarette with beads….
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I had a lot of fun adding quotes to these pictures.. taken at  a station.

I know a song about Albert Camus with reference to some of his  ideas and biographical details. It’s by our friend Mr. Jay Fynn. 😉

More soon……

Townes Van Zandt

Ah!…. Townes Van Zandt! Where to start?
I’ve only recently discovered him. What an incredible songwriter…..

I found some Dead Flowers in the park….

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Townes & the peacock!
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One of his most amazing songs.. If I Needed You….
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A wood pile seemed reminiscent of Texas!
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….and this song is literally a A Killer!! ” Waiting Around to Die”.. metaphor here… in the absence of actual gravestones.. maybe next trip out?
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and the beautiful “For The Sake Of The Song”
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Meeting Mick Fleetwood

So,  after 3 months of working of the four sets of Fleetwood Mac dolls the day came yesterday to hand them over in person to the lovely Mr. Fleetwood himself! I couldn’t quite imagine exactly how it was going to work out but it worked brilliantly! Mick’s personal assistant met us and took us to the auditorium where we sat in in a pre-show meet & greet where Mick was talking and taking questions. I wasn’t expecting to be in of that but it was really fascinating. Mick explained how he appreciated craftsmanship in things like shoes and clothes which are hand made. We both like shoe shopping it turns out……  photo 12.jpg Mick’s balls have a mind of their own and they are a lot of fun to play with. I’m glad I got the colours right. They are made of wax thread with beads on the end.  photo 5balls.jpg He was very dapper and very kind. He really seemed to like to dolls. He kissed the Stevie Nick one!  photo 1lg.jpg It was so god of him to pose for pictures with me and he even suggested getting all four boxes out and lining then up to get a propper sense of how much work was in them and the scale of the task.  photo 11.jpg  photo dolls.jpg

Mick said his plan was to give them to other members of the band at some point.. so I hope they like them too! Mick’s assistant tried to grab a Lindsay/’LB’ obviously for some mischief, but Mick said No. They have to be given at the right time. I hope they were & Happy Birthday Mick!

For me it was a pleasure to have made these for Mick.  Thank you Mick, Robert & Jenny for helping to make this happen and Steve for coming with me and taking the pictures with my infuriating camera!

The Extistentialists

In the spirit of doing something completely different…. I had a go at making a couple of French Existentialist philosophers… as you do!
So here are Jean-Paul Satre & Simone De Beauvoir.
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I’ve been listening to a lot to a lot of interesting lectures on youtube… It’s quite hard to physically read a book and knit at the same time so audio books are my new favourite thing!


I really like how they look as woolly dolls with profound quotes about the pointlessness & absurdity of life!

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This is a great little film on Satre – just 6 minutes!