Juan Chavarria

illustrations inspired by myths by Juan Chavarria

“I read a lot of mythology, or tragic stories online. If I read something I could translate into an illustration, I instantly brainstorm in my Moleskin with a Staedtler pencil, or sometimes a Sharpie pen. When I find that I’ve accomplished the story told in its simplest way, I transfer that onto large sketch paper. When the drawing is finished, I scan and color it in Photoshop.” - via ape on the moon

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Clarke’s

i get a surprising number of emails from people around the world telling me they’re about to travel to cape town / south africa and do i have any tips, or “please can you make a cape town city guide post” – etc. well, truth is i don’t actually live in cape town. if you want to know the ins-and-outs of a sleepy town in the winelands, i’m your gal! that said i will be moving to the mother city one of these days (months) and i already spend a fair amount of time there – so that guide might be coming your way soonish.

in the meantime if you’re in the fairest town of the cape make your way to clarke’s bar and dining room on 133 bree street (a couple of doors down from birds and diagonally across the road from &union – you can’t miss it). we popped in there the week that they had opened and unfortunately there was no table for us (even though the kind hostess offered to send us a text in case anything opened). i admired the light fittings and was sad that i couldn’t partake in their “yum fries”. i will be dropping in there again soon, hopefully they will have a burger ready for me. HINT HINT guys!

they also have a facebook page if you’re into that. all the nice photos were taken by alexia webster.

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These Things No.31

i’m going away for a couple of weeks to the seaside on boxing day, so this will be the last these things of the year.  i love the way things slow down at this time of year, even on the internet, but  for those of you still around and checking in on your readers don’t despair – i’ve made sure to set up some new posts while i’m away. have a great holiday everyone!

vintage gift wrapping via cath’s round up of cute christmas wrapping:

honor pre-fall 2012:

this amazing shot of the quirky stylista:

let it be beautiful – songs of the beatles rewritten as short stories & essays via anabela:

iris tsante via art hound:

everything about this girl:

accordian calendar by the indigo bunting:

grain design via design for mankind:

cold spring apothecary via honey kennedy:

furze chan paper art via dear golden:

her amazing outfit (except the shoes, gotta say):

julia kostreva’s notebooks & daily planners:

the cutest birthday cake i ever did see:

floral leather peter pan necklace by ampris loves:

and finally, i really enjoyed kate’s best songs of 2011 mix:

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Browns Autumn 1988/89

apologies for the radio silence since tuesday – i’ve been catching up with friends before everyone disperses for the holidays and have also been wandering around cape town in search of the last of my christmas gifts. the most torturous thing about all this shopping is that i have to constantly hold back from buying numerous things for myself – especially when i was browsing around the many antique shops in kalk bay.

so when i came across this amazing autumn lookbook for Browns from 1988/89sweetly asked my boyfriend if he had a tenner on him so i could take it home (R10 is about $1.20, so it was a steal really). i absolutely love beautifully styled lookbooks, and this one just proves that having a batch printed on good quality paper is so worth it – because 23 years later someone is going to find it in a second hand shop or in a box in their mom’s attic and marvel at how relevant the fashion, photography and art direction still is.

concept: jill holmes and david waldon. design and art direction: david waldon. typography: judy harrison. models: marie-sophie, rob michael, saffron. photography: by perry ogden. designers: jean paul gaultier, byblos, donna karan, genny, norma kamali, moschino, christian lacroix, callaghan, claude montana, jil sander, azzedine alaia, go silk, sonia rykiel, romeo gigli, comme des garcons. commissioned by: young & rubicam, london. photographed in luggala house, co. wicklow, ireland july 1988.

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