Silk

  When I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman’ – Audrey Hepburn What do Audrey Hepburn
Red is alarming, uncompromising, empowering and fierce. As a society, we're hard wired to it since it taps into our primal, passionate impulses. It's the colour of the blood of Christ and also the Devil, with a cocktail of connotations consisting of fireworks, adrenaline, love hearts, red roses and indeed the aptly named districts where certain women make a living.
Ida Ivanka Kubler, an artist born in Bulgaria, is overwhelmed by the great interest her cocoon paintings are having after exhibiting at the New York and London Affordable Art Fairs. Ivanka makes sculptural paintings using silk cocoons as the main material for her works which are highly influenced by Abstract Expressionism.
It's that time of year again (although the weather would certainly disagree); with spring in full bloom and summer around the corner, candy colours are back! Flicking through the glossy pages of this month's Vogue, I can't help but be drawn to the ice blues, gentle lilacs, soft pinks, mint greens and lemon yellows.
Designer perfume brands package mass market luxury, whereas true luxury labels have a story to tell. A recent trip to Avery, a tiny shop in the heart of London's Mayfair, introduced me to some niche perfumes and the concept of Art Perfume.
For artist Ida Ivanka Kubler the therapy lies in the act of using actual cocoons to create artworks awakening positive responses in people. Both cocoon therapies results are the same: allowing the humans brain to rest and thereby heal.
Silk - BBC1, 9pm It's time to head back to Shoe Lane Chambers as legal drama Silk returns for a second series. Maxine Peake