An interview with local artist & designer Stephanie Borg

This week we experienced a new world of colour with Stephanie Borg, a vibrant, local self-taught artist, graphic and surface pattern designer. Her professional practice as a graphic designer for over 25 years, both in her native Malta and overseas, has brought about the most beautifully inspired artworks.

Stephanie happily says “I love colour, it’s my inspiration along with beautiful patterns that I have been tracing since my childhood.”

When viewing her collections one can see the inspiration through Malta’s local tiles, colourful wooden doors and wrought iron balconies, amongst others. Her vast collection of creations range from espresso cups to beautiful vases to gorgeous silk scarves, each item created with love and passion.

Stephanie’s gifts are amongst our top picks for corporate gifts, but also the perfect gift for any occasion really.

Well done Stephanie, we can’t wait to see your new collection!


Bocelli Will Welcome The New Year With Spectacular Performance On Maltese TV

This New Year’s Eve is going to be special for many reasons, one of which is the fact that Andrea Bocelli will feature on TVM for a small concert shot right here in Malta.

The world-renowned tenor will perform a 50-minute production along with an ensemble, singing eight songs across two iconic locations across the island – Fort St Elmo and St John’s Co-Cathedral.

The decision to perform eight songs is in tribute to the eight-point cross of the Knights of St John.

Shots of Malta’s beauty and landscapes will accompany Boccelli as he performs songs inspired by his latest album, Believe.

The announcement provides clarity as to why Bocelli visited the island last month, where he spent time filming the production and bonding with his fellow tenor, Joseph Calleja.

“This small island is a truly special place, like the heart of the Mediterranean,” he told TVM.

The 50-minute concert will premiere on TVM at 9pm this Thursday. The production will then be broadcasted to other stations around the world and online, including Andrea Bocelli’s own YouTube channel which has over 4.3 million subscribers.

Although we might not be able to celebrate the way we would like this year, having Bocelli perform from Malta on our TV set will undoubtedly make the evening special.

And if you aren’t into classical music, with electronic music being more your scene, you might want to tune in to Trackage Scheme x Esplora’s three-hour Planetarium stream on NYE.

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Caravaggio masterpieces in Malta

The most famous artist who worked in Malta has to be Caravaggio. His ‘Beheading of St. John the Baptist’, a work once described as ‘the painting of the 17th century’ was commissioned for, and is still on display in, the Oratory of the Co-Cathedral of St. John, Valletta. Another of his most famous works, St. Jerome, is also in the cathedral. Together, these works represent a key period in the development of this unorthodox artist. His style, with its powerful use of shadow and shafts of light (chiaroscuro), created an almost choreographed drama with the subject; a technique which broke with the tradition of religious painting. Caravaggio arrived in Malta in 1607 in rather dubious circumstances having fled Rome to avoid justice. He was wanted for murder. However, in Malta, under his new patrons, he was feted and admitted to the Order of St. John. But his freedom from justice lasted only just over a year. He was imprisoned in Fort St. Angelo and later escaped to Sicily, only to die two years later at the age of 38 still hounded by the forces of justice.

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