“Coffee and creativity go hand in hand” Coffee Commandments Inc.
The hugely successful National Coffee week and its Liverpool based fringe put the spotlight on coffee and creativity. As part of the London celebrations, Liverpool-based Coffee Commandments Inc took part in the Coffee Art Project at London’s Old Truman Brewery which saw the work shown in the capital for the first time.
Coffee Commandments Inc are Anna Di Scala and Sebastian Gahan and the duo’s work celebrates cafe culture with a series of they jointly refer to as commandments. The series melds the classical forms of pencil and ink strokes and the modern art of digital manipulation to produce fine art images that are truly unique.
Sebastian tells me that the idea for the series began over a semi-serious conversation about the Ten Commandments of coffee in a small cafe on the back streets of Liverpool and soon the art was flowing producing more than the traditional Ten Commandments could handle.
Their artwork, freshly returned from that there London, will be on display for a short time from Monday 6th May at Unit 51, Jamaica Street, Liverpool L1 0AH.
This week it’s London Coffee Week and, not to be left out, Liverpool is hosting a fringe Coffee Culture Week as part of the celebrations. Brought together by Seba Rashii Culture, Liverpool’s Coffee Culture Week is celebrating the links between coffee, culture and creativity.
If you’d have asked me a year ago about coffee and creativity and how they’re linked, I’d have thrown my head back and snorted in derision. Possibly. But back then, no-one asked me, I didn’t answer and now I’ll never know what I would have said or done.
But a year is a long time and much has changed since then. Just over a year ago, I emerged, Bambi-like, blinking and not too sure on my legs, as one of Liverpool’s five Cultural Champions. With no real clue what we were doing, the five of us – me, Johny, Ray, Judy and Andre – were let loose on the cultural life of our city with the brief to CONSUME – CRITIQUE – CREATE
The “CREATE” part of the brief left me quaking in my boots. Faced with the extraordinary breadth and range of talent in this city, I waited for someone to show me the door with a shake of their head as if to say, “Come on, love. Who were you kidding?” I was single, working mother who just fancied getting out of the house a bit more. What was I doing here?
But no-one showed me the door and I immersed myself in the cultural life of the city. And it’s no exaggeration to say it was a life-changing thing.
“Ok, so where does coffee come into this?” you may well ask. Well, coffee for me has been integral to my life of culture and creativity. Probably the most well-used phrase I’ve deployed over the last year has been “Fancy meeting up for a coffee and a chat?”
I’ve used it with artists, musicians, writers, event organisers and, of course, my fellow Culture Champs. There are few things more rewarding than shooting the breeze over a coffee or two. As well as being a great opportunity for a good old bit of gossip (an excellent pastime in my experience) coffee is a great catalyst for new ideas and collaborations.
And amid a sea of cappuccinos, lattes and mochachinos, I had an idea. I was ready to CREATE. My idea at the moment is like a newly-hatched chick that needs some good old TLC for it to grow. Whether it grows into a beautiful swan or a big old turkey is one for the future, but in the meantime I’ll keep on having those coffees and watching those ideas flow.
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