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August 2014

Bohemian /bəʊˈhiːmɪən/ (n.)

1. A native or inhabitant of Bohemia.

2. A socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts. [ mid 19th century: from French bohémien ‘Gypsy’ (because Gypsies were thought to come from Bohemia, or because they perhaps entered the West through Bohemia)]

     – The Oxford English Dictionary

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If, like I, you first became acquainted with the word via Queen’s karaoke classic, it may take a moment to connect the geographical region of Bohemia to the notorious artistic ideology.  I consider myself fortunate to be writing this article from the very heart of both definitions – Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, the once Kingdom of Bohemia.  It is impossible to divorce the art of Baba Studio from its surroundings, and the stories and styles of Central Europe are often laced through the studio’s designs – sometimes subtly, sometimes strikingly.  At the same time, we consider ourselves part of an increasingly anachronistic community of “socially unconventional” bohemians around the world – those who look at life through a glass warped by inspiration, and who carry a little art in every aspect of their lives.

 From the twisting alleys and misted towers of Prague, Baba Studio brings an alternative view of the fantasy landscape where the dark history of old Prague meets the poetic decadence of the Bohemian lifestyle, swathed in the mysteries of the Gothic idyll…

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But just what is The Gothic?

The word does not fail to induce an immediate response in everyone who hears it.  Whether it’s medieval architecture, Victorian literature, post-punk music or exotic fashion, there are similar strands in all the varied things that the term has stood for. A certain darkness, yes. Something worthy of fear, but also of celebration – celebration through art.

This morbid yet enlightening fascination with the unknown has been influential in art throughout European history, painting city streets and soundscapes, sonnets and self-expression with its luxuriant blackness…

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