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Actress & Gallery Owner Marina Welsch

Marina Welsch Photo FourA.R. Gurney’s play Love Letters was presented in Solingen, Germany during the spring of 2016 and it starred German actors Marina Welsch and Michael Lesch, with Lesch also directing the play. The play originally was staged Off Broadway in New York City and starred Kathleen Turner and John Rubinstein in 1989 and Love Letters was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The story is told through letters that were written by the characters, Andrew Makepeace Ladd III and Melissa Gardner to each other throughout their lives. The response for tickets was so great that an additional performance was added at Theater Kammerspielchen and Welsch and Lesch also have plans to present Love Letters in several other German cities during the autumn of 2016.     

Just prior to the opening of the play in Solingen, the warm and thoughtful Marina Welsch took a few minutes to sit down with Riveting Riffs Magazine to discuss the play, the art gallery that she owns and her life and career.

As for staging Love Letters in Germany, Welsch explains, “It was my idea. Christina, Michael’s wife, was my former acting agent years ago and at the time he was still very busy doing TV serials. He is quite well-known in Germany. When I changed my agency and I lost track of Christina, but when I opened my gallery in September (2015), she went there and meanwhile Michael had returned to Read More

Anna Bonnevier of Odd Molly

Anna Bonnevier front page photoIn 2002 Per Holknet, a former skateboarding world champion, former drug addict and previously homeless person got together with designer Karin Jimfelt-Ghatan and financier Christer Andersson and co-founded the Swedish clothing company Odd Molly, with a shared vision inspired by a real life girl named Molly. The Odd Molly brand is now sold through a combination of boutiques and Odd Molly owned stores throughout the world. (Editor’s note: Holknet and Jimfelt-Ghatan left Odd Molly in 2013 to pursue other business ventures.)

Recently, Anna Bonnevier, the Head of Fashion for Odd Molly took time to talk to Riveting Riffs Magazine from her home in Sweden.

Ms. Bonnevier elaborates on the story behind Odd Molly, “The Odd Molly brand would not exist if there was no Molly girl. It is a true story, because one of the founders Per was a skateboard pro in the ‘80s and at that time he lived in Los Angeles and there was one girl called Molly, just hanging around the skate parks and so on. It was her personal look and style that really inspired Per to start this brand. I know that Per and Karin bumped into each other in L.A.”

We wondered just who is this Molly girl and is she still an inspiration for the designers today?  Read More

Italian Designer Elisabetta Comotto

Elisabetta Comotto Photo OneFor Elisabetta Comotto, becoming a jewelry designer and we might add a really magnificient one was not a career that she decided on, but instead that career chose her. Her mother had a shop located on the outskirts of Genova (Genoa) where she sold jewelry and her father was a salesman of watches.

She says, “I made my first decision to create jewelry when I was eight years old and I was playing behind the counter of the store and my mom gave me toy beads to make necklaces made of plastic!” (Elisabetta Comotto smiles while she tells the story)

Comotto’s formal training was a combination of formal education through the Isituto Statale d’arte Chiavari and England’s Gem A.

Elisabetta Comotto says, “At seventeen I started working in the studio with Massimo Sasso, my mentor, while I was still attending school to become a goldsmith. The street where my studio is located is called the street of the Goldsmiths and it is in the center of Genova. There have been goldsmiths here since the year 1700.”

Massimo Sasso had also studied under another of Italy’s great goldsmiths, Pietro Sforza and in 1983 with his Read More

Celeste Yarnall & Nazim Nazim

Celeste Yarnall Photo Front PageWhat happens when art meets the clothing design world? Well in the case of Nazim Nazim (first name and last name the same) and Celeste Yarnall, actress turned entrepreneur the result is wearable art in the form of the Art of Wellness collection and the Celeste Yarnall Curated Wearable Art Collection.

“Almost from the moment that I met Nazim and fell in love with his art and as our relationship progressed and we fell in love with each other, I kept thinking how magnificent his paintings would be if we could translate them to scarves, kimono style sheer wraps and especially jewelry. You know what they say, be careful what you wish for, because if you envision it, it is going to happen. The opportunity to do this kind of design work together just fell out of the heavens. I am thrilled that my dream has come to fruition,” says Celeste Yarnall.

Her husband and partner in this enterprise, Nazim Nazim contributes, “As to the inspiration behind the designs, like Celeste said it is very much based on a vision that she had and the fact that she could see in my work the potential to create a unique fashion style and fashion sense. It was very much born out of our collaborative view of the world.”

Celeste joins in, “As an actress I always had the ability to see what the camera sees.  I have the ability to see how people see me and I can see how I see them. When I look at one of Nazim’s paintings and sometimes they come from an idea that I’ve had, I might say darling what about this? He will immediately get his sketch pad and he will create something and I will say wow that is exactly what I had in my head. There is often a little mental telepathy going  Read More

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David Forlano

David Forlano 2014 photo oneWhen you look up the term renaissance man, which we did from many different sources, you find explanations like these, “a person with many talents and areas of knowledge,” …someone with a variety of skills and a broad base of knowledge,” and “a man who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences.” All of those definitions and similar ones such as polymath draw their inspiration from people such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Francis Bacon. They serve as an apt description for Santa Fe, New Mexico jewelry designer, artist, web series co-producer (Cyphers) and musician David Forlano.

Forlano has for many years collaborated with longtime friend and business partner Steve Ford of Philadelphia, to build a very successful jewelry business based on their original designs, which are displayed in upscale craft galleries throughout America, such as de Novo, in Palo Alto, California, Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco and Santa Fe’s Patina Gallery. Their jewelry, as well as David Forlano’s paintings have also been exhibited at the New Mexico Museum of Fine Art.  

In an earlier interview with Riveting Riffs Magazine, David Forlano said that the art jewelry that they create from polymer clay (and often using sterling silver) is properly defined as couture, as it very unique to them and each piece is different. “Our challenge is to stay on top of the game and to keep inventing. We have a certain look and when people see us they know us by name, Read More

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