This cute, remote line-up of our places under the rubric of Wild Thing, conjures Mother Nature into a neat little edit of 6 boltholes, some far afield, other close to home, each a topographical mirror of their terrain and sitting oh so snug to the landscapes, you could easily miss them.
Can you believe it’s already been 9 days since we rang in the New Year? While all traces of that crushing headache you had on the afternoon of the 1st are hopefully long gone, there might just be some confetti still lingering in those dark places behind the sofa — or, dare we say it? — swept under the rug. Something else from the New Year that’s still lingering but easily swept into a corner? Yep, you guessed it, it’s all those grand plans and promises you had for 2012. Bring them back out into the light! They deserve it, and so do you! No space to think, you say? Then Inis Meáin Inspiration Weeks at none other than White Line Hotels Edit Inis Meáin Restaurant & Suites is exactly what you’ve been dreaming of.
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Long before the genre of fictional documentary was established enough to receive the honor of an abbreviated name (why not save a few syllables and use docufiction?), and certainly before the mockumentary, there was Robert J. Flaherty. The Nanook of the North and Moana creator turned his pioneering docufictional-eye on the Aran Islands in 1934, resulting in a visually stunning – if completely romanticized – balance of fiction and reality he called Man of Aran.
3/4 of a century later and you can see that Flaherty’s film, and the Aran Islands, continue to inspire; just check out this clip from Rough Trade Records featuring the new soundtrack for the film created by UK band British Sea Power. Better yet, check in for a few days at White Line Hotels edit Inis Meain and get inspired yourself.
The 2011 opening of Inis Meáin will soon be upon us. The Aran Island, just off the coast of Ireland, has one of the most unique landscapes in the world. It’s home to so much more than a traditional culture of farming, fishing, and music, it’s also the birthplace of the simple and timeless designs of the Inis Meáin Knitting Company.
There aren’t many places in the world that can claim a knitwear pattern all their own. Inspired by the simplicity and independence of island life, the design of the tweed stitch pattern replicates that worn by local fishermen in 100-year old photographs. The sweaters, scarves, and shawls have a bespoke design, combining the need for practical clothing with luxurious fibres. Locals have handcrafted the pieces for the last 30 years, ensuring that there’s truly an authentic bit of the island in each one.
A few of the pieces can be purchased on their online shop (www.inismeain.ie), and you can find them in independent shops worldwide, but isn’t it always best to go straight to the source?
On April 15th the 5-room de Blacam & Meagher designed Inis Meain Restaurant & Suites, a White Line Hotels edit, opens for the season. If you visit the knitting factory, you’ll be offered special local prices on the knits. Experience a bit of Ireland’s old world, meet with locals at the island’s one pub, and wander the rugged seaside cliffs, just as generations of poets and writers have before.
Contributing writer: Alicia Reuter