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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Three’s Company

there are a few new collections i’ve spotted around lately – three in particular – that have been making me quite excited for summer, and it only makes sense to share them all in one go. three’s company, three time’s a charm… you know what i’m saying. love the vibrant block colours from Dress Up (and the model is SMILING and having fun – yay!), digging on the greek holiday feel that Wren is bringing for her spring collection and really appreciate the floral goodness and summer skirts happening over at Kelly Love.

thanks to Mallory and Jen for sharing Dress Up & Kelly Love.

 

 

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Stuff Lately

i had a few posts prepped for yesterday & today but unfortunately my computer c-c-c-rrraaasssshhhheeed and i spent the entire day trying to fix it yesterday. sigh. i managed to get it back up and running this morning, but while i sort that bugger out here’s an update on some instagrammin’ and real life things that have been going on. did you see the new instagram web profiles that have launched? they are still busy rolling it out, but you can see what it will look like by visiting famous people’s instagram profiles like oh, i don’t know, Barack Obama.

in the meantime you can follow me @miss_moss or just check out my instagram page.

making home more homey…

walking around cape town…

and exploring more places to include in the cape town city guide

trying not to shop too much…

visiting old friends in the country…

having picnics and eating a lot…

and just enjoying the scenery.

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Nice Things No.14

hey, happy friday! here are some things i think are nice. they are nice things (no.14, in fact). though there are only 13 items here… mmm. perhaps i should correspond the number of nice things with the nice things number. nice things no.100 is going to be a doozy, guys. have a good weekend.

1: cat bread board / 2: tilly acorns plate / 3: everlane cashmere / 4: handpainted pom pom wrapping paper / 5: diamond hanging planter / 6: constellation iphone sleeve / 7: pyramid collar tips / 8: lanvin copper toe sneakers / 9: ann-ya leather pouches / 10: hand-painted milk jug / 11:  shearer’s soap / 12: the possibilities are endless tote / 13: hinged brass mirrors

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