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Ah, Morocco… Where do I start?

I was on holiday in Marrakech and the Sahara a couple of weeks ago. It was my first time in North Africa and I was beyond excited! I expected lovely people, warm weather, delicious food and lots of photogenic nature and architecture. I saw all of that, of course, and much more.

Marrakech is an experience. It’s not a particularly relaxing place. It’s noisy and chaotic but it’s also friendly and full of interesting things to see, from snake charmers and ancient leather tanneries, to the most incredible mosaics and jewellery I have ever laid my eyes on. It’s a creative city that feeds the imagination. Here is a small sample of what I saw:

Marrakech is pink, orange and terracotta;

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Marrakech is full of quirky and amazing things to see;

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In Marrakech there are gorgeous colors everywhere;

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And absolutely beautiful details.

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Best lunch: Le Jardin.

Where we stayed: Riad El Mansour (Gorgeous rooms and lovely staff).

Best Dinner: La Maison Arabe.

Best things to buy: Leather goods (the handbags and ballet flats are beautiful!) and jewellery, LOTS of jewellery.

Best things to see: The Souks, the Medina and Djemaa el Fna square, of course. Ben Youssef, the ancient Islamic University and the Maison de la Photographie.

Best Garden: The Jardin Marjorelle, designed by Yves Saint Laurent.

Best short trip outside of Marrakech: The Sahara Desert – I’m still dreaming about this place. It is amazing. AMAZING. I’ll be talking about it on my next post.

Lots of love.

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Hello again Switzerland

Still as gorgeous, sweet and perfect as always! :0)

(All pictures taken by me)

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A little bit of my life in Switzerland, as seen through my cell phone.

Yes, I admit it, I am absolutely in love with Instagram. It’s an addiction.

I’ve been going through a meticulous process of finding interesting artists to follow and it’s amazing to get a glimpse of their work processes and understand a little bit of how their minds work. The other day I actually came to the conclusion that some of the best feeds I’ve seen are from Thailand. I can’t explain why. Just beautiful illustrations and stunning photography. Not your usual Instagram-type pictures, if you know what I mean. While I definitely don’t mind those, I think Instagram is not just about seeing what my friends are up to (to be honest, I don’t really care what they’re eating or wearing), it can also be a very good tool for finding great references and inspiration.

If you want to follow me, you can find me @joanafaria.

Lots of love from Basel.

It has been too long

Hello my dears,

At last, I am back. It has been a long time indeed.

I am in Switzerland at the moment, and for those of you who have never been here in the summer, I entirely recommend it. It’s light, green and so beautiful.

I have been drawing LOTS and working on tons of different projects: children’s clothes for a client in LA, portraits for a client in NY, business cards, logos and stationery for a client in Brazil, a children’s book, a book of short stories and a brand new blog project. I am breathless and in need of a good nap, but excited and inspired.

I have updated my website and added a number of new pieces and projects there. Check them out on www.atelierjoanafaria.com – I hope you like it!

I am always posting pictures, sketches and work in progress on Instagram. For updates, follow me @joanafaria.

Lots of love from Switzerland.

The New York weekender

Weekends in New York kind of look like this:

 All pictures taken by me.

Until next weekend, lots of love from the East Village.