I’ve had the honor of knowing Vansana for almost five years now. It all began at Bida Manda, where I was a hostess, and to be honest, a pretty bad one. When I told Van I’d be moving to Barcelona to study a master’s degree in Creative Literature, he promised to visit. True to his word, Van came that very November and we taught the Catalans a little something about stuffing, pecan pie and how a turkey in the oven can bring together a table of people, all from different countries and cultures. Van came back again the next year and I’m sure he would have returned for his third Barcelona Thanksgiving if I had not returned back home to Raleigh.
A few weeks ago, I visited Brewery Bhavana, the new space dreamed up by brother and sister duo, Van and Vanvisa Nolintha. Inside is beautiful: there are plants that take you to someplace far from Raleigh to some place tropical, quiet. There is the light that shines through the sunroof and as you watch the afternoon pass by, you begin to realize what it mean to just be.
It was to my delight that Van asked me to feature some of my illustrations for Bhavana’s Mother’s Day event. Needless to say, the last week has been crazy: I managed to squeeze out about 45 original cards to sell at Bhavana for Mother’s Day. The weekend was wonderful and I was so thankful to be part of what Van and everyone at Bhavana has created.
Peace, love and toast.