NAME:Paula Goldstein Di Principe
SPECIALISM:Travel, Fashion
LOCATION:La Gomera, Canary Islands
MATERIALS:X 15 Photographs / X 8 Notes / X 1 Postcard

Overview of Voyage D'etudes

A director of and Founder of Voyage D’etudes Paula started her career in publishing at British magazine Dazed and Confused aged 20. This became an all consuming passion for the world of magazines. Having found herself starting at the time when the publishing world was moving online she naturally created a niche in working with digital editorial and creative projects for new media. On leaving Dazed, Paula explored her love for storytelling through POST, the first fashion magazine exclusively for the iPad, which lead her to her current role working with Olivier Zahm for France’s Purple Magazine to set up it’s online platform. As well as fitting in work as a creative director and Dj because there is no such thing as too much.

I’m very lucky to travel a lot with my work and be exposed to some of the more grander spaces, meals and experiences in life through my fashion work, dipping into a world I could never actually hope to afford, it’s really something I feel very blessed by. But I also have regular existential crises brought on by the all consuming nature of the idea of style and luxury and the constant hamster wheel of fashion seasons. When I start to feel the wheel is flinging me wildly around of its own accord because the momentum has gotten too much – my go to fantasy is moving to rural Italy and growing my own food (I know how cliche) as the year drew to a close I was having a daily fix of broken down villa sales googling, when a small beacon text came through offering, freedom, sunshine, cheap flights, friends, lack of drama, my prayers had been answered! But then oh wait wait wait! Hold up it’s in the Canary Island’s was that not the very place that had featured in the “Big Fat Gypsy Christmas Special”. I was assured to not judge an island by its siblings that there would be watercress broth, goats and mountains where we could walk in the clouds – so I put my faith in my friends and went to La Gomera on a post Christmas mind cleanse.

We are on the road to nowhere – thankfully I adore the concept of nowhere having just taking an Easyjet flight from Gatwick to Tenerife at 7am a flight I have now named the “Tube of Hell”.

I don’t know why but for me Villa holidays have to always take place in around 1974 and our retreat overlooking the atlantic delivered on every level in that, the visual feeling I want filtered onto everything the slightly utilitarian vibe mixed with playboy whites poolside. Who needs Instagram when you have your own insanity to give everything that vintage glow? Oh and a photographer husband with swathes of grainy film to take pictures of moments just as they are pictured in your minds eye.

Don’t mess with 3 sugar starved city girls on a mountain top. The village that served as the final pitstop on our first hike was literally perched on the side of the mountain and our lunchtime venue “Maria’s”, was serving thin red mountain wine, boiled bunny rabbits and many many many potatoes. You might think this a bad thing yet to me dealing with a day to day life in which obsessive food choices that are ingrained particularly for those in fashion. The questions of being good or bad? marcobiotic, raw, vegan, high carb, low carb, meat quality, the task of friends who eat nothing, friends who eat everything and create enforced over spending, or the guilt getting something a bit wrong and cheap when drunk. I actually adore the lack of choice when away the and art of eating because we need nourishment.

We also had after lunch digestif which was apparently made from palms but tasted like a wonderful flavour combination of crude oil and and ethanol – thus I did make at least one food choice to never ever drink it again.

Sometimes I want to just be a mythical sea creature there are very few places in the world that we can be naked in nature without sexual connotation. Work for me is totally clothing focused so my ultimate escape is to do away with them entirely.

For those like me who had no idea where it is I acquired this handy Brits on tour friendly postcard map.

Plunging into 2014

Something had made the swimming pool a spiritual centre for us all on our escape imagine what you will of that but the electric ripples and the projections of swimming shadows where the perfect images to remember stay true to the simple things as 2013 drew its final breath.


So did I manage to find the space I needed and get down with my hippy self. The answer is kind of yes but I also realised by travelling with an amazing group of people that this other self doesn’t have to exist exclusively of my work self. I’m entering a  new year with the knowledge that I need to include more of the simplicity I love and make a bit of space for nature but also for thought and that thought doesn’t always need to have a physical point. Saying all these I was very happy to welcome a bath tub and flat whites back into my world.

PS all photographs have been stolen from my husband Simon Di Principe

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I AM ELEVEN – - Around the World, again and again and again by Genevieve Bailey

Genevieve Bailey is an Australian filmmaker, she has produced over 40 short films, documentaries and music videos. I AM ELEVEN is her first feature documentary. And this Voyage scrapbook follows her journey as she travels the world to make the film explaining "I felt overwhelmed by the amount of bad news that seems to dominate the media-sphere. After dodging my own death in a serious car accident when I was 22, I reflected on the age I was happiest - and it was 11. I wondered what it's like to be an 11-year-old today, with so much more access to information - internet-enabled and media-savvy. Are they as optimistic and perhaps naïve as I once was?

A pilgrimage to the Lightning Fields by Janina Joffe

Janina Joffe is the founder of East of Mayfair , an online destination for art and design shopping. A gallery concept she explains is aiming to set the precedent that “Art collecting does not need to be complicated, pretentious or expensive.” Her Voyage took her to one of the worlds most unique art installations the Lightning fields. Janina explains "The american conceptual artist Walter de Maria died in July 2013 at the age of 77. Our long scheduled trip to his monumental work The Lightning Field was booked for one month later. The Lightning Field is a work of Land Art commissioned by the Dia Art Foundation in 1977. It is situated in a remote area of the high desert of western New Mexico and consists of 400 polished stainless steel poles installed in a grid measuring one mile by one kilometer. All visitors spend one night in a small cabin at the installation and under certain rare conditions lightning converges on the poles in a unique display. Witnessing this is not, however, essential to experiencing the installation in full effect. I have often thought that museums and art exhibitions are a modern day, middle class equivalent of churches and destinations of pilgrimage. Today, both believers and the agnostic worship and ponder in silence in the echoing halls of cultural institutions. "

Perfect Wasteland – Location of Study: Delta, Mississippi by Greta Bellamacina

Greta Bellamacina is a young British poet, filmmaker and model who graduated from King’s College London and has gone on to publish 2 books as well as editing a collection of poems about nature which will be published by MACK this March. Her Voyage took her down the Delta in Mississippi in search of the perfect wasteland "I started my journey in Texas, travelling to Jackson to stay with a friend and then through the Delta, giving poetry workshops along the way. I was deeply curious about discovering Jackson; a place of debutantes, members’ clubs, women’s luncheons and small neighborhoods surrounded by walls of security. This was in contrast to Mississippi Delta, (which is an area facing the harsh realties of poverty) lying between the Mississippi and Yazoo rivers. The region that in the past had been called "The Most Southern Place on Earth" because of its unique racial, cultural, and economic history."

#FLOODSUPPORT #TEMPERLEY – Somerset, England by Alice Temperley

Alice Temperley, MBE, is the Creative Director of Temperley London which entered its fourteenth year of business in 2014. Temperley London is an proudly independent British luxury brand and Alice was happy to celebrate the British Isles as her Voyage D'etudes as a native of the beautiful rural southern county of Somerset yet sadly her celebration has transitioned into a plea for help as early in 2014 the area was struck by some of the worst flooding the country had ever seen.

A Voyage in search of the real meaning of an “Essex Girl”, Essex, England by Paula Goldstein Di Principe

Paula Goldstein Di Principe is the founder of Voyage D'etudes and a born and bred "Essex Girl" It seemed inevitable that at some point she would tell the story of her home county of Essex. It's arguably the most-maligned 1,300 square miles in the UK. It also has one of the country's most distinct reputations - and probably the worst. She wanted to find the real "Essex Girl" a mythical name that she was born into and kindly referred to by the Oxford English Dictionary as "a name used especially in jokes to refer to a type of young woman who is not intelligent, dresses badly, talks in a loud and ugly way, and is very willing to have sex".

At The End of The Road to Wigan Pier – learning about local pride in my hometown with (northern) soul by Laura Havlin

Laura Havlin is an arts and culture journalist based in London, for her British Voyage she went home to Wigan in search of her "Northern Soul". Laura explains "Maybe George Orwell set the ball rolling when he painted an unrelentingly bleak picture of the industrial town in his 1937 politically-charged exploration of mining towns The Road to Wigan Pier, reporting to the world not only the ugliness of the area – “…the dreadful environs of Wigan”... However, what Wigan has, that many other provincial towns don’t have is - for want of a better terms - vibe. The birthplace of Northern Soul got soul, and, it wants to remind you of it constantly. "