What could inspire our imagination more than a well-written novel? The authors’ words have the power to transport us to new worlds and suffuse our senses. Through their eyes, we bond with new characters, joining them on whatever fantastical ride they choose to create for us.
To escape into a writer’s world is like holding a handmade object in your hands. Each author telling their own story. Which is why we decided to celebrate both through our new series, “A Handmade Tale”, where we will attempt to visualise some of our favorite novels through the inspiring work of artists and artisans.
“Popisho” by Leone Ross, was an easy choice as a debut novel. Ross has created an unforgettable world with the use of a lyrical, vibrant and earthy narrative that easily brings the magical characters of Popisho, a make believe Caribbean-like island, to life.
“Everyone in Popisho was born with a little something… The local name for it was cors. Magic, but more than magic. A gift, nah? Yes. From the gods: a thing that felt so inexpressibly your own.”
Bringing the novel to life: Prickly Pear photo by Locorum; Nurtured by nature, Nurtured by mother painting by Kylie Marume; Decorative mirrors by Rosa Pietsch; Flower wall art by Atelier Toit; “The Party Joker” colorful sculpture by Marianne Huotari; Pink and green petit floral vase by Véronique Rivemale; Flower heads photo by illustrator CoRah Celestru; Heart sculpture by Julie Bergeron; Wall tiles by Smink Studio
Magical realism at its best, Popisho takes you on a wild, sensory ride filled with whimsical beauty. Heavy themes run throughout the novel, interspersed with unrestrained, wild fantasy. Healing hands, body parts dropping to the ground, wings sprouting from the shoulders — Ross has created a sensual realm, heady with detail, that will have you revelling in a world of fantasy and magic as if you were a child again.
Bringing the novel to life: Cardi wall painting by Agostino Iacurci, photo by Domenico d’Alessandro; Table ceramics by Alexandra Manousakis; Long earrings by Pauline M. Hagan; “Zeilers” painting by Kristof Santy; Handmade colorful coat by Tereza Rosalie Kladosova; Small ceramic vessel by Clay by Design; Silk scarf by Mine Dogan; Handmade paper flower brooch by Miss Clara; “The Push” painting by Jozsef Csato
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