guys. this feels weird to admit, but, i’ve been listening to 1989 a LOT. this coming from someone who never really knew what Taylor Swift was all about until this year – when i started seeing her pop up all over MY internets. of course she has been a mega star forever, but she never infiltrated my own happy internet bubble… until now. you only need to read How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the T.Swift to understand.
Greta Van Campen is an artist based in Portland, Maine whose graphic paintings are a thing of beauty. Greta works from her own photographs, deciding on large compositional elements and dynamic lines, then paints in layers and masks off entire areas or smaller details with washi tape as she goes along – filling in more detail. you can read more about her and her process here. it’s really cool to see how she paints plein air as well.
these are not new, but i’ve decided that i’m not just going to just blog about stuff that’s breaking news. if i find it, and i love it, then i’ll share it. and that’s how i felt when i saw this campaign for LA based clothing line Objects Without Meaning featuring Miranda July. there’s even a video! and it was shot by July’s husband Mike Mills. so – you know, it’s all good.
Someware was founded by Giselle Hernandez, a designer living in LA who is originally from Colombia. the online shop features curated items for the home; handcrafted by artisans and designers from around the world – their first collection explores ethnic designs from Colombia and Peru.
i’ve featured Ladies & Gentlemen Studio a few times on the blog, but somehow missed their latest collection Shape Up, the lookbook is just amazing.
i love following Whitney Bickers on Instagram, she has the cutest shop and style and clients. if i ever make it to LA one day then i will have to pay Myrtle a visit, stat. i also love receiving her new lookbooks in my inbox – they are always interesting & unique. the last one i featured was illustrated which i thought was just brilliant! this is her latest, for FW14.
Erin from Cotton & Flax sent me a sneak peek of her new FW14 collection which debuted on her website this week. all of her textiles are made by hand in LA, and she makes beautiful things like tea towels, pillows, napkins, coasters – all using natural materials.
so if you’re checking into the site itself and not reading via bloglovin or rss (or some other fancy way i don’t know about!) then you’ll notice things look a bit different around here! i have been wanting to change the look of the blog for a long time, as i feel like it’s been stuck in the same layout / rut for a good few years. mostly i was concerned with readability and page loads, as the blog is so incredibly image heavy it can be quite a strain on your browser.
QUESTION * how do you guys consume your online content these days? i’m still a faithful RSS subscriber, even after Google Reader crashed and burned into the internet blackhole last year (i’ve been using Feedly ever since). i was having this conversation with a friend last night, who visits individual sites in his bookmarks – now that’s dedication.
when i was at university (in the early 2000s – holla!) the only real inspiration we got were from magazines and books, before the magic of the blog world exploded. i didn’t like many of the mags that were available to me, except for frankie magazine. they were hard to come by in south africa then. i used to scour the shops to come across that elusive copy and i still have all of them! so to say i have a soft spot for frankie is an understatement.
Mariell Amélie is a photographer based in London who does the best self portraits i have seen in a while. like, crazy good you guys. she’s been making them since 2006 and it’s interesting to see how her style has developed over the years. i actually blogged about her back in 2011!
i really love independent lingeries labels because most of the time they showcase their wares on a variety of “normal” women. and by normal i mean any shape and size – not specifically thin, or specifically curvy, or specifically this or that. just any kind of woman, because there are a billion of us and we all look different. i appreciate this from any fashion line actually, not just lingerie. but when you see a model in her scivvies there is sometimes a certain feeling of, well, i don’t look like that in lingerie. you know? i know it’s an old discussion and i wish it wasn’t still such a THING. but i feel like things are progressing and it’s kind of cool!
when i first saw some of these images from the new campaign for the Metropolis collection by Levi’s Vintage Clothing i thought, wow these are some great vintage shots. then i looked more carefully. mmm, those construction workers are awfully good looking. and they are very sharply dressed while building those skyscrapers. nice one, Levis – you did a great job in almost tricking this vintage photo lover.
now that we’re at issue 2 of Mid Week Distractions it already feels like a regular thing! i enjoyed bookmarking all the interesting things i came across in the last week, and it was also pretty nice for me to go through them again. enjoy.