Thursday, May 21, 2020

A HEAVENLY FEAST FOR THE MAGIC OF OPULENCE

hi lovely you!

how are you doing? 
wherever you are i hope the sun is shining on your face.
 and if you are in the shadows i pray for you.

today is the day when christ went back to heaven after having risen to life after death, 40 days prior. the feast of the ascension. the lockdown because of this sadness virus did include the whole of easter. an easter that symbolises 
RE-BIRTH.
i hope and strive for a re-birth of me myself and for all of life. to start anew, to start practicing ahimsa for all of life. to only use what is essential, kindness to animals, animals as equals. to share resources to all of humanity and not only to a few. to see our mother earth as a gift we have received, a place we have been blessed to call our home.
to marvel of the wonder of the universe.
to marvel of all the creativity we humans were gifted. the gratefulness of this moment in time when it is easier than every to be in lockdown because of technology that we humans as birthed in to this world.
to acknowledge sadly that health is a privilege in our moment in time, it should be available for all. then all of us have the possibility  to make the good choices as we were given by god for our planet and others. as of now we have created a universe where a lot of people have no idea about the "good choices" or could have the energy to do the right thing since it's a daily awful struggle of surviving.

i have so many thoughts! i try to focus on hope and the goodness of us human beings.

during this time of being by myself since march 21st 2020 i have focused on creation. to do my art. to immerse myself as much as i possibly can with all i love, all that gifts me joy and fulfilment. it has been a lot of struggles but there has too been a lot of joys. the sun and early summer heat here in england has certainly been a helper in that.

nourish the moment
to seek beauty

this is what i need for myself. many years ago when i lived in new york and worked for the new york times magazine, deeply depressed and was struggling with an ocuring eating disorder since i was 12 years old, this wise doctor told me to go out and seek beauty, to be out in nature to seek out art that i loved to forget the little me and see something bigger that ultimately would bring awe and wonder to my life.  so many more layers here though (this will be to talk about at maybe another time)!

how i medicate myself is: 
to seek beauty. to nourish my moments.
to feed my brain as patti smith would put it.

i am joy
i have grace
i am creation magic beauty
- alice

you know what i am dreaming of for my life?
to live in my pink house surrounded by beauty. space, peace, quiet. to grow my own food. space for dancing creating. to share beauty and to gift awe to our universe. to be that god within me that i am. to experience life to its fullest, to be immersed in joy and for others to feel and experience the same. 

it's been a month since i greeted you last.
let's see what has happened here in epping.

let's have a feast of re-birth.
celebrations.

she wishes
fine art photography
devouring experimenting with roses

i have yet to edit this one.
do you see me?
raw image


pineapple beauty

 the other day i had a visitor whom left too soon๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ
cat

creating art for mental health/ well being:)))๐Ÿ’œ
mindfulness art

i have been baking:)
here is me devouring my almond oat cake and wine 
together with the magazine i hope to collaborate with one day, harper's bazaar of uk๐Ÿ’œ
if you want me to share the recipe i will!


 we have such glorious weather here in epping,
 so i can just wear a dress and sandals๐Ÿ˜Š

i am creating lots of mixed media art, here is a work in progress!

various works during lockdown that i might work/ edit on soon:)

a close up

a version๐ŸŒธ
alice saga

the image below was also created this may during covid 19 lockdown, here in epping, uk when we were  in the early days of lockdown we could go out for excercise one hour/ day and i used it often to create my work. 
dear sister i am holding you๐Ÿ’œ
vogue

 this is part of my first ever self-portraitist series
the cherry blossom girl
april 2014
alice saga

this image of a wild flower garden is from when i lived in east dulwich and often visited the beautiful dulwich park๐ŸŒท
alice saga

i think this dear inspiration fits today's specialness:

"angel"
by
such an inspiration๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒท

OH i forgot to tell you about my 3 month project that i started may 17th:) when i am deeper in to this project i will talk about it here! so maybe in june then!

let's create a heavenly feast for an opulence magic future๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’œ

faith hope love
alice saga

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

EASTER TELLS YOU THAT IT'S POSSIBLE TO BE A NEW CREATION ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ

         dear friend:

how are you doing?

it has been a long time since we've met. 
and i so hope you are doing ok!?
๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

for me it's time for an awakening, and to do that in the middle of a pandemic๐Ÿ˜ฒ
 it might have to do with all beauty coming to life with spring, i don't know. what i do know is that i have been through much worse becoming homeless (this is a long story having to do with mental health which i hope to dare share with you one day) the fall of 2016 and not having a home where i could be ordered to stay inside, it taught me to take one day at a time. i still have trauma over those 2 months and i felt so alone, what is different now is that i have a home AND i feel part of the whole universe since we are all going through this together. i don't have my social places like my gym and ballet classes to go to so i have been all by myself for about 3 weeks now. and i can feel the pain for others whom are alone or stuck maybe in a small space with ones partner and even children (i don't know what is best here...to be alone or to not have the change to have ones own space for a period of only word knows how long), but for me this is sort of a relief, since staying with myself is my safe space.

my thoughts is that this can be start of a new beginning๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’ซ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’ซ 
one filled with more gratefulness and one of a more loving understanding of how we are GUESTS hon planet earth and we need to treat our mother with love & respect. to treat all other co-habitants of ours with love and respect. a world of, as the yogis say, ahimsa. there is so much i could say here but for now this is enough.

we've just had the beauty of easter happening. a sacrifice for us to live an eternal life. when understanding this fundamental; it is possible to become a new creation. a fundamental i think in all various ways of defining your own truth. 

"easter tells you that it's possible to be a new creation"
-
(he is the head  pastor of the church i went to on sundays when i lived in new york, redeemer where i attended the upper east side service and basically kept my head straight on what really is important in life. now i listen to their podcast "gospel in life" where i heard have been listening to his easter services)

i think in this moment in time we can ponder on being the cocoon becoming the butterfly, to when this is over we are to blossom and to be a new creation. 

to pray for all that are suffering 
but
to hold suffering and joy at the same time๐ŸŒท
to say thanks for our breath to say yes to a better future.

here in epping finally the warmth of the sunshine kissed my cheeks and i was ready to go out and create. oh how dear i have missed you sunshine warmth!!!

my april 2020
 epping essex perfection beauty april 2020
and how to devour the gift of it just showing up just like that.

since the spring of 2014 my focus has been on telling my story through self-portraits. in 2013 a lot of sadness was going on and in all came to a "rock bottom" the 13th of february 2104. that spring i could not plan anything with anyone since i could not promise to show up, so i started my self portraits because i could let myself down if needed be. before this i mainly shot and styled models for fashion/ culture magazines and before that i worked as a fashion associate at the new york times magazine for 6 years where my whole life actually was through the lens of beautiful clothing creations. the aspiration of such beauty designed by alexander mcqueen, marc jacobs, valentino, dior etc etc devouring photography through the lens of tim walkers imagination and other such talented wonders. such a different me. i just wanted to be the dream (or maybe i am just the same still...)
here my love for vintage started though, there were such amazing vintage shops in manhattan then:))) (for me this means around 2002-2006) so come 2014, my work was still focused on sheer beauty but too to focus on sustainability focusing on only buying vintage and as years has progressed i have become more and more aware about so many things. so since april 1st (no joke๐Ÿ˜‚) 2019, i have been a vegan! for our cohabitants and for our mother earth. yoga is new in my life and i try to practice ahimsa.

this is a new path.
every day my aim is to:

seek beauty
&
to nourish the moment

it is so important to see the beauty in this world.
it's a way of life to prosper i believe.
this is where i concentrate my work on right now this spring of 2020.


this image might be an option to work on
 my easter sunday in epping


one week earlier 

the outfit for the top image
 my easter sunday make up with the dress i wore for my day of editing.
 wearing a vintage dress that bought here in london 2015, 
a store that sadly does not exist anymore:(
a beauty in the area of spitalfields.

another outfit for my first self-portrait story created this april:)

my dear art teacher, and now my piano tutor jason rose shared this image on facebook today and oh how i wanna create this myself, 
me being all the participants of "the progress of spring"๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ
by
charles daniel ward

as of now i am to create a blogpost every 3rd week of the month and on the wednesday of that week since it is the 3rd day. three is what my whole universe surrounds upon. i am sure i will have to explain a tiny bit more in regards to this but i think for now it has been too much text already๐Ÿ˜Š

i wanna leave you with this:

"i feel in this time...it is a necessity to have a plan, a manifesto, an alternative. it's a question of life and death of our species...after tragedies one has to invent a new world, knit it or embroider, make it up. it's not gonna be given to you because you deserve it, it doesn't work that way, you have to imagine something that doesn't exist and dig a cave into the future and demand space. it's a territorial hope affair...in the future it will become your reality."


dear friend take care
see you next month
๐Ÿ’“
xxx
alice



Saturday, January 11, 2020

HELLO 2020 ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

(update 2nd feb 2020...i am trying to figure out how to create my blogposts from now on. i am not sure of  its format for 2020! in the meantime there is my instagram stories where i post daily from my normal daily life and there is my facebook page๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒธ)

hi:)))

how are you doing? how does it feel to have entered a new decade?
 is this not magically exciting?!!!๐Ÿ˜Š

it feels like the awareness is arising day by day, so fast. just the awareness of we us being all one. we are all mini universes living in "the universe". and/ so meaning what i do to you i do to me and vice versa. do no harm. stay kind. to come from a place of love instead of fear. 

2019 was a major year for me (in comparison to myself from former years that is), i did so much better health wise. i went on a trip to france:))) after decades of being addicted to pepsi max, i ditched that and april 1st i became 100% vegan (with a couple of days in france where some chocolate happened). and the bravest thing i did was to finally go home to my little home town in sweden, uddevalla. it was sooo healing for me. i feel much more connected now with me, that is funny since i am with me all the time, that close ones can make you feel whole and like oneself, oh hallelujah such joy.

was your 2019 good and better when you compare it to your own previous years?
how i wish it was!

2020
my first big goal is to accomplish a short film late spring or summer, 
which in the planning stages i call
 "le spectre de la rose" 
(the spirit of a rose)
it will include me dancing a little ballet scene
the planning and thinking of this has been going on for 2-3 years,
๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ
a lot of my still life works has been influenced these 2 past months by this project

then i have a few other things:)
i am in the process of journaling my intentions for this new year so will elaborate in the coming blogpost in february๐Ÿ˜Š

so here are few experiments 
for a maybe maybe be part of my project
the feeling is right 
we'll see if the actual stills will work with the short film


 a self-portrait taking in epping after my trip to france
i was so filled with inspiration

this self-portrait is from my trip to villeneuve les avignon, france
to nourish & to devour the moment

this is how i felt about that beautiful trip
the beauty of spring in france

on a sunny day wearing a vivetta dress & chloe glasses
 comfy look for a very rainy englad day!!!

theee ocean in my hometown
here we are overlooking gustafsberg
where i am to stay for 10 days in august
in a little yellow cabin:))) by the ocean.

our town square in christmas time

one of my best friends ever
therese
she has an astounding view over the ocean:)))

this selfie of us was taken by her:)))
i am so happy here!
funnily enough, i don't have many images to share because
 i filmed almost everything and 

i came home and started to write magic wishes
 to some of my close ones for 2020

this is what i am currently going through
all various notes/ ideas from 2019

 what to implement for 2020


i have been exploring with various double exposure type apps
another rose

i explored a still life of some antique cutlery i own

seize this very minute;
whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it;
boldness has genius, power and magic in it!

goethe
oh dear how happy i am that today is today
๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

i will see you feb. 1st๐Ÿ˜Š
from now on i am to post every first saturday of each month

lots of love
alice


Tuesday, December 03, 2019

a poem, a birthday, a new shop & soon a new decade!!! ๐ŸŒธ

 hey beautiful lovelies๐ŸŒธ

(update from a january 7th of 2020, 
from this year i am to exploring creating my monthly blogposts 
on saturdays instead of tuesdays, 
so i will meet you january 11th๐ŸŒท)

it is december!!! ๐Ÿ˜
it's time for all the magic of anticipation, arrival of christmas...the birth of jesus christ and all celebrations that comes with that. i am so excited since i am going home to uddevalla, sweden to be with my mom aunt and other dear ones i love and hold dear at home๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

we have experienced a whole november though:) how was yours? for me there was my birthday, i too opened up my new shop where i sell a tiny selection of my fine art prints ( soon to be a bigger selection) and i got the new magazine "kyrkobladet" by the swedish church in london; where my self portrait and poem was published (which i will share with you in this post๐Ÿ˜Š). 

something astounding occurred to me this morning, in about 4 weeks we have finished a whole decade. i have been so focused on entering a new decade that i forgot the one we have just devoured. ohlalala what a ride this decade has been. i say thank you!!! thank you universe/ god for all that you have taught me (so far). 
soon we have finished a whole decade
there is so much work to do to protect and love our planet earth๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ’

anyways
...
here is a print i am soon to add to my shop
it is a composite from a couple of self-portraits (from 2014 and 2015) and a couple of still life of roses from this past november.

i am dreamingly longing for you my dear sisters 
alice saga

i have started creating weekly fine art photography shoots in my flat
(a tiny bit cold to be outside)
a flowery bed of roses
fine art by alice saga
in my last post i shared an iphone double expousre from this shoot
... 
here is an image from my canon full fram camera

november 12th was my birthday๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒท
and i created this delicious cake
a vegan gluten free gingerbread cake
i will share recipe soon๐Ÿ’–
 i really did have a lovely day
i always have lovely days when i feel creatively fulfilled

she is thriving while cleaning the air in my flat:)))
her name is jenny christina
she is named after my adorable friend 
the artist
(whom was a partner in crime getting the baby seed of this beauty)

this candelabra a neighbour of mine had decided to toss away this morning, thanks!!!
 i think it looks perfect here in my flat:)))
 i plan to decorate it so it becomes more flowery and victorian
 (we'll see if that actually happens...๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ˜Šmaybe i should leave it clean?)

 my (first goal of 2020) project for next spring is my
 "le spectre de la rose" short film. 
one where i will be dancing a tiny variation from a ballet. 
i might mix it with some of my prose/ poetry. 

here is the first pair of ballerina shoes i worn out for this project

of course a lot of play with the beauty of the rose

a nature faerie ballerina

the brilliant actress emma thompson is on the cover
there is a lovely article with her inside about her activism
emma thompson

 my spread

are you there god? it’s me alice.

with all that i understand,
 one shall ask and trust to receive.
i am asking you therefore
to gift me the life i love.
you know my pink victorian house
surrounded by a blossoming magically perfumed garden,
where my sweetness has space for joy,
yes my sweetness,
please don’t forget her.

are you there god?
it’s me alice

with all that i know
one
me being a special drop
in the magnificence of the ocean
together
with every other uniqueness of life.
we are all one.
two
that if i do good to you
i do good to me.
three
that trees talks to each other,
that nature the universe the planet
is a mathematical perfection
all collaborating for the greater good
knowing all this
how am i to live my life?
how am i to share my gifts for the greater good?
let your truth go through me,
please don’t forget.

are you there god?
it’s me alice.

with all the glorious beauty 
surrounding me,
and
the abundance of it.
to be a creation among 
all others.
how do i stay in awe?
how do i pleasure my heart?
how do i treasure all of it ?
in order
to have my moment nourished.
please gift me the whispers of a poetic life.
please help me re-member myself.

snรคlle gode gud hjรคlp mig


 i have been playing with my iphone apps:)
having one of my vintage dolls be the subject 
of course together with a bath of roses

the year of 2014 i created a collage a day for 365 days
most day's on my ipad;
when i had more time i did a true cut and paste one,
here is one of them๐Ÿ˜Š
that we are here
that life exists
๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

i wanna share this again again & again

keep true to the rare music in
your heart, to the marvelous and
unique form that is and shall
always be nothing else but you.

mark z. danielewski
"house of leaves"

i will see you in the new decade of 2020
january 7th๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒธ
love
alice saga