June, 2013

Muku

i was intending on doing a these things today, as usual, but the Muku SS 2013 collection felt like just the right way to sign off the week. from the sweet little girls (those little dresses! those milk-maid braids! those flowers crowns!) to the simple & beautiful pieces for women made from exquisite natural fabrics – i am quite smitten with Lithuanian based Muku.

Muku mainly focus on kids clothing but likes to venture out and play around with toys, accessories, and whatever our exploring hands can create. We choose to use natural fibers. We get inspired by DIY idea, recycling, remakes, urban art… Find most of our materials from grandparents cupboards, antique bookshops, flea markets. All made with love and nicety.

they have a website, online shop and blog.

















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Li Hui

continuing with Flickr Fridays! i have noticed and admired the work of Li Hui for years on Flickr, so I was surprised to find that i had never actually done a post about her before (cannot keep track after all these years i guess). she is a self-taught photographer who only uses film. something you might notice is that her subjects never show their faces, and she gives a reason for that in this interview:

My pictures never shows faces because I think this is a way of communicating with the viewer. The pictures remind us of our common feelings, secrets, past memories or magical dreams. The people in my pictures are not supposed to be unknown faces, but the viewer him- or herself.

browse her dreamy body of work at her website, tumblr and, of course, flickr.

all photographs by Li Hui.

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Another Feather: Artemis II

Another Feather is an Asheville-based accessories label by jewellery designer Hannah Ferrara. the lookbooks for her various collections never cease to wow me – and so I was excited to see the imagery for her new collection Artemis II, taken by photographer Olivia Rae James. you can peruse all her pieces at her online shop.

Inspired by her travels, the mountains she lives near, and an appreciation for well made objects and heirlooms, Hannah’s line includes simple everyday adornments, as well as one of a kind metal made jewellery.  She uses traditional metal smithing techniques and tools to craft each item, using recycled metals from sustainable sources, combined with the occasional natural object or repurposed vintage parts.

Photography: Olivia Rae James | Model: Becca Barnet | Styling: Hannah Ferrara













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Take Care

Take Care is a Cape Town based label by designer Jessica Harwood. their winter collection suits my taste for beautiful pared down pieces. i went into their shop on Kloof Street recently, shared with menswear label Adriaan Kuiters, and man-handled (woman-handled?) some of the beautiful coats. i am particularly taken by the double waterfall jacket below. also happy to tell you that you can now peruse Take Care at their online shop – glad to see more and more South African designers selling on the web.

lookbook photos shot by Julia Merrett.

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Biodiversity Heritage Library

i thought i’d share a little resource with you today. if you’re into dabbling around with imagery, need inspiration for visual projects or graphic design moodboards or whatever – you might be interested in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. they have hundreds (thousands?) of hi-res images from a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries. you can delve into a world of insects and botanicals and fungi and sea creatures… gorgeous even just to look at.

 

 

 

 

i haven’t even scratched the iceberg of what they have to offer (mixing my idioms there, deal with it). but i couldn’t go posting all the pics ever, so i played a bit with this set of illustrated British fungi – pairing them with street style that have caught my eye recently.

street style: Vanessa Jackman

street style: Citizen Couture

street style: A Love Is Blind

street style: The Locals

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These Things No.51

these things no.51! i don’t have anything interesting to say today… i’m tired. i’m going to have a bath. i might read in there. it’s raining outside. i might try my hand at making some vegetable soup. any recipes you care to share? have a good weekend!

the BFF themed lookbook for Robber features actual BFFs, and it’s amazing. photographs by Arden Wray:

a new website and lookbook for Datter:

exceptionally beautiful styling work by Marie Olsson Nylander:

a new lookbook for Oh Dear Megan:

a beautiful interior for Delbôve boutique by Christophe Remy:

now i have a craving for Hokkaido milk toast, big time:

Father, a new coffee roastery in Braamfontein:

Emma-Jane’s living room makeover:

have to try this 3 ingredient recipe for chocolate fudge:

nice new things at Vuela:

love the S/S 13 lookbook for Blooming Leopold:

love this dainty ring by Favor Jewellery:

an amazing shoot by Raffaella Campeggi, courtesy of Emma:

Middle of Nowhere is a cute Aussie design studio:

interesting knitwear by Yu Square:

and if you want some new music to listen to, check out Joburg based Vampire 9000:

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Hanne Johansen

i’ve decided, in addition to a friday these things, that i will be instituting a Flickr Friday around here. first up is Hanne Johansen, because this photo absolutely stole my heart. she is a student and animal lover who lives in Oslo, and you can find more photos at her flickr and blog.

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all photos by Hanne Johansen

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Alan Reid

Alan Reid is an artist based in NYC who works with colour pencils. reading up about him i discovered,

his representational images of heiresses, bored fashionistas and aquiline beauties that have been called provocatively light, with coloring as delicate as his women are elegant. The work invites reasoning, provocation and negotiation of absurdist scenarios involving majestic women in insipid situations.

well, i don’t know about all THAT – but i do love his portraits, and would gladly hang one of his bored heiresses in my home. you can find out more about him, and see more of his work, at Lisa Cooley and Artsy.

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