Heidi Swanson

i am a huge fan of Heidi Swanson’s amazing food blog 101 Cookbooks – and i’m sure you are too – but i only recently discovered her beautiful photography (other than her food photography, of course). she is a super talented lady, with a new york times bestselling cookbook and wonderfully curated online shop Quitokeeto. check out more of her photos at flickr.

all photos by Heidi Swanson

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nido

i know i complain about our endless summers a plenty – it’s not the sunshine that gets me, it’s just the heat guys! i revel in the short winter months where i get to wear stockings and scarves and coats and things made from wool. i must admit though, it never gets that cold. i don’t think i have worn gloves in south africa more than a handful (…) of times in my entire life. that does not mean i wouldn’t buy a pair. it would probably just end up sitting in a drawer all sad and lonely, waiting for the cold.

if that day ever comes i would definitely not mind rocking a pair of wool gloves from argentinian label nido (i would also like one of those peach jerseys, please). their pieces are handknitted with 100% sheep wool which is “made from a women cooperative located in Mary Grande, a village near of Paraná, Entre Ríos. they shear their sheep, produce the fleece, spin them by hand on wooden distaff and dye the wool with colors extracted from nature: blackberry, onion, locust bark, eucalyptus leaves.

visit their website & tumblr. first image by ana armendariz.
















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Jewels Deux

i’ve been noticing some beautiful new jewellery & lookbooks around, so considering this post was pretty popular i thought i’d expand on that thought. please click on the images to be taken to the relevant designer / shop.
















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Katrin Coetzer: Honeymoon

living in Cape Town allows me to see the work of some of my favourite local artists in person, and Katrin Coetzer is one of them (who you may have seen me mention on the blog a few times – and you will probably remember her gorgeous wedding). she’s currently showing her latest exhibition Honeymoon at Salon91 in Kloof Street – it is showing until this Saturday 18 May, so get down there and have a look if you haven’t already. i walked out of there feeling so happy, you guys.

Honeymoon marks a personal current period in artist Katrin Coetzer’s life, where she is forging a connection between her inner world and the geographical spaces she visits – real, imaginary and remembered. Honeymoon further references a waning sweetness and suggests the meeting point of fantasy, place and memory. The content of this body of work is centered around themes of spatial exploration, & exotic vs local seen through the lenses of feeling and itinerary…

 

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These Things No.47

man, i can’t believe it’s Friday already – again. i am having a bit of a déjà vu moment because this time last friday i was prepping a these things post before rushing out of the door for a weekend away. well… we’re going away again! but this time it’s a huge family gathering to celebrate Anton’s grandmother’s 90th birthday. i have a cake, and everything. have a good one, see you on monday!

These Things No 47

  1. i like this new to me blog varpunen
  2. the 30 days project is still going!
  3. DIY paper design from emmadime
  4. DIY leather eReader cover by fieldguided
  5. this caramel corn packaging
  6. the design work of oliver moore
  7. this apartment
  8. travis & maike’s house
  9. dear golden’s amazing 20s dresses
  10. diane kruger’s style
  11. this girl!
  12. this bathroom
  13. this kitchen
  14. cilantro salad recipe
  15. avocado salad *

* i’ve created a pinterest board for healthy recipes

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Moving Mountains Furniture

you’ll certainly remember the amazing bags and jewellery by designer Syrette Lew under her label Moving Mountains. well, Syrette has expanded those design talents into a burgeoning line of furniture. the collection currently features multi-functional nesting tables, an a-framed mirror, a modern take on the traditional farm table and – one of my favourite things – a classic windsor bench.

Mies Van der Rohe once said that “An interesting plainness is the most difficult and precious thing to achieve.” The first collection from Moving Mountains, attempts to embody this idea. In the absence of ornamentation, specific design elements and details are carefully calculated and considered  in order to achieve a timeless simplicity that draws an emotional connection.

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Portraits by Robert Holmgren

Robert Holmgren is a photographer based in California who is originally from Rockford, Illinois. on his flickr page is a collection of portraits he scanned from old negatives dating back to 1971. here are some of my favourites.

They range from my hometown Rockford, IL, my first photography classes in Southern Illinois University, to homes in Kokomo, IN, San Francisco, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Menlo Park, CA and places in between. They include family, friends, co-workers and strangers. I wasn’t intending there to be a common linkage, only a record of seemed interesting at the time.










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Lenneke Wispelwey

Lenneke Wispelwey is a dutch ceramicist whose pastel hued porcelain pieces are “inspired by her own memories and found pieces from every day life”. her pieces make me think of modern versions of vases and collectibles i often see in vintage shops. you can shop her collection online at Buiten de Lijntjes. visit her website and facebook page for more.

Her pastel coloured products with mathematic/geometric patterns are the result of a very low-tech way of designing. Lenneke finds a basic, simple approach to techniques and materials very important to communicate her vision and her way of working. She prefers creating a family of products because as an only child she had always a desire for a bigger family.

photos by Buiten de Lijntjes.







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LES by Lesia Paramonova

i’ve briefly featured russian fashion designer Lesia Paramonova by way of Susie Bubble (who is evidently a fan, as she has been snapped in her creations multiple times) and was reminded of her splendid work again by thisispaper – which you should be reading if you aren’t already. her latest collection was released last week on her website.

The uniform became the main inspiration. These are the models of a very simple silhouettes with specific surrealistic prints. The main theme is still the wood, already not so real, but surreal, fairy-like, full of fantastic animals and unusual plants: instead of wings ducks could have leaves, and there suddenly could be mouse growing on blackberry bushes. For this collection I created the prints  by transforming my  illustrations that’s why there is an impression that the prints have been drawn on a fabric with a simple pencil.

While creating this collection, I imagined the teenage girl from the Soviet past, with bows, stockings and in a traditional school uniform. It is, in some way, nostalgia on an image of the Soviet school student, but changed and passed through a prism of modern perception.

 photographs by Elena Kholkina










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