In my post ‘Bespoke is a Mindset’ on April 21st I explained that one of my grandmother figures is an Indian lady called Ushi. I had the luxury of taking a large cup of cappuccino as well as a hunk of coffee and walnut cake with her this afternoon. She talked me through her latest art exhibition and her first solo holiday to Prague, Vienna and Budapest which she did with a tour group. All seemed to have been a raging success, so much so that even my brother bought one of Ushi’s pictures before the exhibition had begun.
Ushi is such an inspiration, she had just finished playing tennis with her ‘Tuesday Tennis Group’, was hosting me for tea then going to see her grandchildren for dinner. She religiously attends several pilates classes, tennis games, water aerobics and art classes. Her energy is enviable for any age, let alone some in her mid-80s.
I have always admired Ushi’s style and coordinated jewellery and outfits. Of course her artist’s eye influences the way she dresses and this was all the more evident when she took me in to her studio to see her most recent works. There are cabinets stuffed with charcoaled and painted sheets of paper and the floor is also carpeted with them. Although the room was strewn with Ushi’s work there was still room for a lamp which also functioned as a necklace holder. These strings had bulbous beads, silver baubles, turquoise rocks and 60s-style discs; these colours and textures can be found in all her work, take a second glance at the picture above which my brother bought. Ushi pointed to the holes in the side of a cabinet where shelves are normally placed, she explained she had intentions of buying hooks so she can hang more of her necklaces. What a wonderful, cheap way to store as well as decorate your home
Seeing Ushi today, reminded me of how fashion and style is your lifestyle, and it is something we should all embrace.