We are thrilled to announce our latest collection: Childhood Nostalgia
This collection transports us back to a time when life was more innocent and pure, and the island of Malta upheld a sense of magic and wonder in our young eyes. The series invites us to reflect on the changes that have taken place since then and to cherish the memories of our childhoods on this small but beautiful island.
Let’s take a look at each print in more detail:
This artwork captures the essence of our childhood tales. Picture a boy, on the rickety charm of the old Maltese buses. A testament to carefree days and the innocence of solo adventures. In bygone days, Malta was a safe haven and as young children, our parents entrusted us with going on a journey alone on the bus, oftentimes to run errands for our mother. Most of the time, the bus drivers and our mothers had a strong acquaintance that encouraged trust and safety.
The artwork captures the distinctive appearance of the vintage buses with their recognizable open doors welcoming passengers inside. The interiors had comfortable hardwood or fabric seats supporting us during our trips. These buses transported us through the energetic streets of Malta, writing our tales into the island's history as they bore witness to numerous experiences.
The second print celebrates the architectural poetry of Malta's traditional balconies. Step into a world where time stands still, where generations have leaned against the sturdy structure, sharing secrets and savouring the gentle breezes.
These balconies combine functionality with a charming look to serve two purposes and offer a certain touch to the local architecture. Unfortunately, this balcony form is becoming less and less common in modern architecture, which makes the memories of being inside one even more treasured.
Our third print paints a scene of a boy, lured by the aroma of freshly brewed tea and warm pastizzi, venturing into the legendary shop that holds the secrets of indulgence. Locals hold a special place in their hearts for this place, especially elderly males who come here for afternoon tea. The bar now keeps open till late to accommodate a lively late-night audience, but in recent years it has also become a favourite hangout for the younger generation.
All 3 prints are on display at our permanent exhibition in Sliema available for sale in our retails shops (Valletta & Sliema) and online.