These Things No.42

my eyes just did one of those cartoon character bulges out of my face when i saw that the last these things i did was 1 month ago to the day. what. is. happening. to. time?! i was under the mistaken impression that i do one every week, and i should! be prepared to see more of these (things).

the sartorialist visited joburg recently and the pics are pretty rad:

kate miss knocks it out of the park again with her winter jewellery line lookbook:

beautiful & simple forget me not vases by aurelie richard:

explore clarisse demory’s paris flat:

the dreamcats calendar is back!

speaking of dreamcats, lovely to see anabela from fieldguided and other toronto locals featured at boots & pine:

a new favourite street style blog, a love is blind:

rouge cheeks and bobby pins after michael kors:

beautiful painted ceramics by lindsay emery at leif:

hansel from basel’s new lookbook:

a beautiful plant filled house and adorable cat:

john baldessari paintings are rad. feelings.

photos of swan lake by Raúl González:

wild cockatoos by leila jeffreys:

digging anja’s range of new range of bags for her label ann-ya:

dreamy goodies from Craft:

erin jang for paperless post:

these cats! photographed by clare canepa:

object is a cool shop:

really love these daniel wellington watches:

and finally, some shoes i’m digging…

top row: loeffler randall / salvatore ferragamo / matiko / maison martin margiela
middle: all A.P.C.
bottom: k. jacques / rachel comey / loeffler randall

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Good Hair

i haven’t been able to get the beautiful hair accessories by Brook&Lyn and Jujumade out of my mind since they launched their LA colab series recently. why don’t we dress up our hair more? i’m not one to talk, since i barely ever wear my hair out of a top knot (yes i’m one of those). but it would be nice to see our tresses a bit more jazzed up. not in a diamanté alice band way (shudder) – just in a casual “oh this ceramic barrette? i wear it all the time” way.

also reminded me of this revelation that bobby pins were actually invented to be inserted crinkle side down. did you know that? i did not, and judging by all the ladies in my twitter feed neither did they.

jujumade + brook&lyn hair accessories:

simple bobby pins at vanessa jackman:

maison michel for opening ceremony:

after dark copper hair cuff:

which you can achieve using an oysho copper hair tie:

always love the hair tutorials from a cup of jo:

also dig the DIY do’s from refinery29:

how to do a halo braid:

simple golden flower hair pins:

grecian leaf head piece:

floral haircomb by ginny & jude:

an elk antler (!) hair comb:

fun hair ties from anthropologie:

even funner match stick bobby pins by kate spade:

rodarte deco ball hair comb:

going a bit older now, a beautiful art nouveau hair comb:

 

more antique hair combs:

even older, hair combs from the qing dynasty:

 

 

and, unrelated by kind of related…

hair portraits by elizabeth mayville:

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Gisèle

Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht is her full name – and only fitting for a 100 year old artist who grew up in an Austrian castle, studied at the Paris École des Beaux d’Arts (which was interrupted by the financial crisis in Europe  in the thirties & the oncoming war), provided shelter for Jewish Germans in her canal house apartment in Amsterdam during WWII – where she still lives today, rebuilt and lived in a ruined monastery on the island of Paros in Greece with her husband… she sounds like a remarkable woman, and her beautiful eclectic art filled home (she actually owns the entire building now) is a perfect reflection of that. do yourself a favour and read the entire article at Freunde von Freunden. what a treat for a random Tuesday morning.

Photography: Jordi Huisman for Freunde von Freunden

here is a picture of Gisèle during the war – thanks to Francesca Rheannon, whose father was part of the underground artist community that congregated at Gisèle’s home in WWII.

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Exploring Shorpy

i haven’t visited Shorpy in a long time, but since i’ve been enjoying the latest seasons of period dramas like Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire lately i thought it was time for a deep browsing session. it’s remarkable to see how rapidly things changed at the turn of the century (this is all i kept thinking when watching the season finale of Downton Abbey – how weird to see the characters in the context of a roaring twenties dance club). these photos are in chronological order and range from 1900 through to 1977, and though they are by no means comprehensive or representative of all those decades it’s still pretty cool to see how time goes by. it’s also interesting to see how photos changed when cameras became a staple of every home – a lot of vacation pics and posing in front of cars.

all images courtesy of Shorpy.

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Put it on paper

i’ve been seeing some nice paper related goods around lately – notecards, prints, what have you. and since it’s almost the season to send someone a nice card or buy someone a nice print for christmas i thought i’d help you along with some suggestions.

banquet atelier & workshop has really beautiful geometric cards, neon calligraphy cards and rad prints too:

sparrow nest script has some humorous cards and other fun print related material:

everything at quill & fox is fantastic:

parrott design studio deals in beautiful calligraphic cards:

as does sugar paper:

i like these custom thank you cards by seaborn press:

a cool notecard set for any occasion set by besotted brand:

anek has a variety of nice prints for your walls:

karolin schnoor is mega talented:

so is emily isabella:

i like katie wohl’s geometric prints:

here’s the créme de la créme (print):

and, be brave and be kind.

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Ruud van Empel

at first glance one might be fooled by looking at the work of Ruud van Empel, but you quickly realise that you’re not faced with reality… is it photo? a painting? neither, really. the Dutch artist creates photorealistic digital montages by combining hundreds of his own images. Van Empel tried his hand at painting, but did not possess ‘the craftmanship to create realistic painting’ – which is what lead him to digital photographic manipulation.

Ruud van Empel creates striking large-format photomontages – collages of hundreds of photographs, combined to form one photorealistic image. The process takes many weeks and originates with a single idea. Van Empel first takes photographs of models and various settings, then merges them with images from a large database of pictures he has compiled over time, gradually developing a single image. The resulting picture is extremely high resolution, allowing him to obtain large-format prints of extraordinary quality and detail. – Collect Contemporary Photography

he “constructs worlds that cannot exist in reality, but are so sharply focused that we are immediately drawn into them” * …i really love his World series, which has been ongoing since 2005.  what i would give to see one in person! (or have a piece grace my walls)

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