A few months ago now I entered a little online giveaway courtesy of one of my favourite journals Paper Runway. The giveaway was for a signed copy of Pia Jane Bijkerk’s brand new book “My Heart Wanders“. I was super surprised to receive a lovely email from Paper Runway’s editor Nikki saying that I was the lucky winner. WOW! I was thrilled to be the recipient of such a beautiful book. So, today I am sharing it with you.
Where do I start? Pia Jane Bijkerk is an Australian internationally acclaimed stylist, photographer, blogger and author. She has previously published “Paris: made by hand” and “Amsterdam: made by hand“.
This new book of Pia’s is one that I can look at over and over, and over again, and still find a new delightful image or illustrative detail that had previously gone unnoticed, or written words that spark my imagination in a completely new way the second time around. A beautiful journey for ones own mind to reflect and ponder their own life journey.
A photographic diary to evoke even those not usually drawn to photography. Pia’s signature styling is key to bringing her words alive in ones own mind. My Heart Wanders is simply stunning, visually delightfully and such a beautiful book that I will keep beside my bed always.
Just recently a lovely old uni friend of mine messaged me the details of a book she thought I might enjoy and gain some valuable insight from. It is called “The Divided Heart; Art and Motherhood” by Rachel Power. This intriguing book literally arrived on my doorstep yesterday. Needless to say I’ve been desperate to read it. I turned the first page last night, however it was nearing midnight and my eyes wouldn’t stay open after more than a couple of pages. Certainly not for lack of interest or a dull start though. I was hooked and so keen to pick it up again that I tried this morning and encouraged the boys to read their own books beside me on the couch. This didn’t really work though (you don’t say Liza), of course they wanted me to read their books to them. I managed to get through the introduction in a disjointed fashion and have loved every word so far. As I can’t review it completely for you yet, I have found this book review for you.
Last but not least another book that has been moving back and forth from our coffee table is “The Artist’s Lunch” by Alice McCormick. Two of my favourite subjects Art and Food, now how could I resist a peek inside the cover of this bold book?! It’s fabulous. Full of colourful, beautiful photographs and conversations over shared meals between photographer Sarah Rhodes and writer Alice McCormick, and some of Australia’s most well-known artists.
Oh to be in the home of and sharing a meal at the table of John Olsen, or Mirka Mora! A glorious insight into the lives and minds of these inspiring artists. A sensory delight in every sense. If only I could have been there!