Actress and writer Noémie Kocher appeared on my Skype screen; a vision of true elegance. I thought that we’d be chatting about her extensive film, television and stage career – and we did. But as well, the conversation quickly turned to issues of politics, power and her vision for a better future.
Make It Matter
1. The material or substance of a discourse, book, etc., often as distinguished from the form
2. Something of consequence
First impression of painter and sculptor Craig Waddell is that he’s not holding back. He’ll tell you about his numerous accomplishments – from professional cricketer to award-winning artist.
Ask Jules Faber what the most important ingredient is to living a creative life. He’ll begin to answer, then his daughter will interrupt him to tell him she’s just lost a tooth (the second for the week). He’ll acknowledge her, then slip back into his discussion with you as easily as you can imagine. Adaptability, he’ll say. And you believe him.
French poet and novelist, Jehanne de Champvallon could be the subject of a poem by Baudelaire or a play by Wilde. And she’s not afraid to follow from the transgressive authors who inspire her.
Though Joe Dolce wrote the number one hit song “Shaddap You Face”, there’s nothing ‘shaddup’ in his approach to his life and work. A prolific creator, Dolce continues to write music, perform and write poetry and essays.
‘Candour’ is a word that comes to mind when I think of actress, author and festival director, Melanie Myers. And when I think of the word candour, it reminds me of Cecily’s great line from Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Earnest, “I think that when someone has anything unpleasant to say, one should always be quite candid.”
Clothing designer Muiccia Prada is – at least ostensibly – an odd choice for an article in a series called “How to make what matters”. Whilst she’s creative and designs beautiful clothes for her label Miu Miu, she is after all, just a clothes maker.
Dave Eggers sits at the fore of a selection of writers who use the power of the word to create social change.
Creative lives with social impact.