Hello! (said in Adele voice) i haven’t done a giveaway in such a long time, so i am very excited for this one – not least because Jane Sews is one of our proudest South African exports. i have seen Amy Venter grow her label from a young fashion range to an online powerhouse that’s up there with the best you’ll see internationally.
i was conflicted about doing this post because the one thing i feel weird about is “designing” your kid’s life, or creating a remotely instagrammeable lifestyle for your kid. on the other hand i think some kids things are pretty sweet, and i find myself straying into kidswear departments pretty often now that we are expecting one. we are already receiving thoughtful baby gifts and being asked what the nursery will look like – and a big part of me wants to say hey hey hold your horses, it’s not even out of my body yet, can we NOT do this?
i have had a folder of work by Brooklyn based artist Daniel Heidkamp on my computer for the longest time, biding my time to post about him till he had a new show on. luckily for me, and anyone in the NY area, he has a new exhibition at Pace Prints running right now till Christmas eve. you should go check it out, his work is very Hockneyesque and i just love it.
Annie Costello Brown’s jewellery line ACB is full of dramatic & oversized hand cut hammered pieces; made from silver, brass and gold, fit for Frida Kahlo or an Egyptian queen. Annie has an interesting back story: growing up on a houseboat in the San Francisco Bay area in the seventies, surrounded by artists, musicians, and craftspeople – so perhaps it’s no surprise that her jewellery is so interesting and eclectic. you can read an interview with her at Jean Stories.
Petros Koublis is a photographer from Greece whose relationship with photography began in 2000, after dedicating many years to painting. he developed his own style through constant personal exploration and his website shows a series of interesting themes that you can explore here. i’m most taken by his photographs of animals, interspersed with fascinating landscapes that often look almost unreal.
so, this week did not go as planned. went to the office on Monday, worked, came home… and then, started feeling a bit weird. four days later and i could finally get out of bed this morning, after enduring the stomach flu of death. i feel like maybe everything is heightened when you’re pregnant? i’m just thankful to have crested the worst of it, but unfortunately that means this week was without posts (i could not even browse the internet, that’s how bad it was guys)
this past weekend i was having a discussion with friends about how great our parents and grandparents family photos were, compared to the endless and often crappy iPhone photos we haphazardly churn out these days. when i look back at photos i took pre-digital days (i still used a film camera when i was at university in the early 2000s) they were more considered, and certainly keepsakes in comparison to the thousands of pics on my camera roll.
look, i never pass up the chance to peruse a new online shop. some i can skim for a couple of seconds before closing the tab, others – well, i get sucked in for a good long while. that’s how it turned out when the friendly people from Beech Hall pointed me towards their shop with an imaginary hieroglyphic hand. hieroglyphic because the seasonal collections from Beech Hall are themed, and the debut collection is all about Egypt.
if there’s one thing i can count on every year it’s that designer Claire Pignot is going to release a lovely new collection for her label Heinui. yep, just take a look at the FW15 collection. the Lenny dress is a particular favourite, and love the embroidery on the Luisa dress. oh also the Ernest jumpsuit is super badass. you can peruse everything on her online shop (ships worldwide!)