The Forest Feast

i think about food all the time. and i don’t mean just eating it (of course) but always trying to answer the same questions – what am i going to eat for dinner? how can i NOT spend a crapload of cash on food? how can i not waste my food? how can i not resort to take-aways? what can i eat for lunch at my desk that isn’t a sandwich, every single day? etc. i find food blogs pretty overwhelming sometimes, and realistically i don’t want to make something that calls for more than 5 ingredients or a trip to the grocery store that fills up more than one bag.

The Forest Feast is a food blog by photographer and illustrator Erin Gleeson who, “inspired by local, seasonal ingredients in her weekly CSA box, has created a series of photographic recipe illustrations that are mostly vegetarian and laid out visually. The goal is to eventually create a Forest Feast Cookbook.” and i tell you, i’d buy that cookbook. not only for the visual aspect, but obviously for the simple & tasty looking recipes… plus Erin makes a mean cocktail.

all images courtesy of The Forest Feast

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Charlotte Linton A/W 2012

Charlotte Linton hits it straight out of the park again with her A/W 2012 collection

The travel diaries of early 20th century artist Rockwell Kent provide a starting point for designer Charlotte Linton’s Greenland Collection. Taking inspiration from the paintings and drawings Kent created whilst living amongst Inuit communities, Charlotte blends her usual mix of landscape, wildlife and culture with Kent’s exuberant colour palette in her eclectic printed scarf collection.

This season, Charlotte’s fictional muse Ermantrude follows in Kent’s footsteps arriving in Nuuk Greenland to undertake a cross-country expedition. Under the glow of the Northern lights, Ermantrude learns of Greenlandic mythology, the traditional crafts of the Inuit and their ingenuity with fur, and listens to the song of the Bowhead Whale.

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Matchbook Landscapes

Matchbook Landscapes is an interesting project by Krista Charles, who has collected old matchbooks ever since she salvaged a small collection from her then 90 year old grandfather-in-law.

For each matchbook I find where the location of the business would be in Google Maps and on the inside cover of the matchbook I make a pencil sketch of whatever is now shown at this location. On average each drawing takes about two hours to complete. Sometimes the places advertised on the matchbooks are still in business even after decades have passed, some businesses have changed names and are under new ownership, and some buildings are empty or have been torn down and replaced by new buildings or parking lots or highway expansion programs and even empty fields.

The age of the matchbooks I use vary, but all are a unique view into the previous business and the dreams of its owner and how these places and by extension all places and our histories change over time. Even the story of matchbooks has evolved and what was once a common item to give out to promote a business has now become a vintage item, rarer to find except in antique stores and our own junk drawers.

you can see the entire collection on her website and buy the matchbooks from her etsy store.

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No.6 Daily

i love checking into the No.6 blog to see what new pieces they’re carrying, and their informal photographs are always fun to look at. for those who don’t know, No. 6 is a shop in NYC (run by vintage collector Morgan Yakus and stylist Karin Bereson) that stocks vintage pieces, contemporary independent designers and their own amazing line of clothing and shoes. oh, the shoes. i want a pair of No.6 clogs so much it HURTS. they also carry shoes by Rae Jones (seen in the pics below) that are simply amazing.

all images courtesy of No.6

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Modern Hearts

i can be a real grump when it comes to the wedding industry. overly elaborate ceremonies, staged props (usually of the cutesy & vintage variety) and terribly cheesy wedding photography that’s photoshopped within an inch of its life makes me sigh audibly. i find most of it completely unnecessary, and it distracts from what the day is supposed to be about. so when i come across honest weddings and, best of all, honest wedding photographers i feel a glimmer of hope.

Deon & Irene are a couple who live in Cape Town and shoot weddings under the moniker Modern Hearts. i first came across their work because they captured the beautiful wedding of my friend Peter-Allan & his wife Nicolene. i also loved the intimate wedding of Gary & Claire that they shot in Durban. really looking forward to seeing more work from these two… if you’re getting married in South Africa one of these days be sure to contact them!

all photographs by Modern Hearts

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