February passed so quickly that we didn’t even have a chance to update the blog once. But then again, we had so much work that our days should have 48 hours. Just to give you an example: short story written (now awaiting Rita`s drawning to be finalized), t-shirt designs done, a ton of new digital polaroids made, a Valentine Day party organized at the office, a collaboration for poems/lyrics is underway, attended a conference about leadership and a concert (the same day!) and we have been having a try at window dressing. And that combined with daytime work, running house chords and sleeping. Uff….
Multitasking seems to be our middle name. Over next few days we will be posting the stuff done in the last 28 days. So stay tuned.
Today, we want to tell you about our small project done in collaboration with Charlene Mercieca. She`s an artist, soap maker, manager, organizer of workshops and owner of Soap Cafe shop in Malta. We have no idea how so much talent can be squeezed into a small body, but believe us, once you meet Charlene in person, you will be amazed. Beside running a unique business, Charlene is optimistc and incredibly friendly. Everyone visiting Soap Cafe is welcomed with a glass of tea and you can spend hours chatting and looking through a large selection of soaps, body products, teas, spices, jewellery and other gifts.
If you want to see for yourself, please visit the link below:
Soap Cafe opened in December 2009. It speclializes in hand made soaps and free trade products. Charlene uses only local products (to reduce carbon footprint and to ensure top quality of ingredients) so everything is vegan and you can be sure that no animal or other being was hurt in the process. No bad stuff also goes into the sopas so your skin wont suffer. Charlene believes that beauty and health goes together so at Soap Cafe you may also find hand made scarfs and jewellery, a wide selection of fair trade teas, spices and olive oil.
Her soaps and bath salts are incredibly creative – she can make anything from rosees to a muffin and sushi. In just over a year her establishment became recognized to the point that somebody tries to eliminate Soap Cafe from the market. We dont want to dwell on the topic and give those cowards a free publicity, but that included reporting her to authorities and getting her Facebook profile banned. So far Charlene is fighting with a grace of a Jedi knight and we hope that she will become victorious in the end.
We have known Charlene for over a year and always admired her approach to life. She is so full of energy. So when she expressed her desire to host other artists in her shop, we knew we`d love to collaborate with her. Thats how the Carnival project was born.
A while ago, Rita produced masks made from pape mache and hand painted them. We thought it would be a great idea to display them in the window at Soap Cafe, creating an unique exposition just in time for Carnival. Charlene agreed and last week we meet up at the shop to bring some Mardi Gras spirit to Malta. It took about 2 hours to position the masks and to create the display.
Charlene also decided to make a special soap named Carnivale for the ocassion and to decorate it as a traditional Maltese sweet Prinjolata. This exclusive item is to be sold only during the carnival period, so you better hurry and visit the shop to get yourself a piece before it sells out.
Rita reserved herself first piece on the spot.
Mal as a photographer was running around with a camera taking photos. We hope that you like this little project. We hoped to create something new and hopefully we will see other establishments following and coming up with creative and artistic window displays.
We will write again asap.
So far its good night from us and kudos from Charlene.