Nice Things No.20! just click through to be taken to the sweet stuff.
discovered the work of illustrator and designer Ciara Phelan on DWL this morning. i like the pic of Ciara on her website working with what looks like a glue gun. it’s always nice to be reminded that loads of creatives still make things with their hands.
Ciara has a particular passion for collecting vintage ephemera and textile patterns, this love can been seen throughout her work. The foundation of her practice is mixing analog and digital media both on screen and with a scalpel to create playful, colourful and dynamically composed illustrations.
i really like the new resort 2015 collection by Tomas Maier, and so i began cutting and pasting the different looks – as i would with any inspiration board – and this is how they came out.
runway images courtesy of Style.com. please click on the artists’ names for the source.
please note this is just a fun exercise and the resulting collages are in no way affiliated with Tomas Maier or any of the artists shown here.
Isca Greenfield-Sanders encapsulates summer and nostalgia in her paintings. she finds, scans, edits, and prints vintage photographs, alters them with watercolour and pencil, then mounts details from the images onto tiles before, finally, painting over them in oils.
Her primary interest is the figured landscape and its relationship to memory—how universally recognizable places (beaches, family picnics, poolside scenes) can evoke both deeply personal and communal associations and a sense of foreboding.
all images courtesy of Artsy
Andrew Jacona spent a month in India in 2012, just exploring and pursuing his passion: photography. he took these photos with a Contax 645 camera using Kodak Portra 400 film. they are SO BEAUTIFUL that they actually make me psychically ache to visit India. Andrew lives in Sydney with his wife Paveena and their two kids. you can see more beautiful photos of Andrew’s family, and his travels, at his Flickr and portfolio website.
From a young age I remember setting up a little “street gallery” with my brother where I would draw pictures of mountains and places and we would sell them to people passing by for 10 or 20 cents. Now days my love is for travelling, photographing and meeting people. Photography is the means by which to do this and is not an end in itself. It’s the experiences that it opens up to you that’s of value and those come naturally out of the energy you put into it, this is easy when you love doing what you do.
yesterday i listened to an amazing story on The Moth by critically acclaimed author Andrew Solomon about his journey to becoming a father. Andrew is gay, and he got married to his partner John after initial hesitation as he wasn’t sure if he believed in the idea of marriage. they wed in a civil partnership ceremony in the UK (at Althorp, Princess Diana’s childhood home – love that) and what he said in the podcast* about the act of getting married is lovely:
I found that though our commitment had seemed to me to be permanent and declared and established before that, that the experience of having all of these hundreds of friends gathered together witnessing our love shored it up and strengthened it and gave it a new depth, and gave it a new resonance that I had never imagined or anticipated. And I found the fact that we were celebrating that love in a ceremony that echoed in some sense the one my parents had had, and the ones my grandparents had had, and the ones that presumedly went back generation upon generation exalted the feeling between us. And it was very joyful.
The best description of marriage I ever heard was made in reference to architectural structure, that its strength is the result of a delicate balance between stress and support. I like that description because it implies that active forces are required to make it work, a kind of dynamic tension between the mundane and the sublime that makes the act of marriage one of purposeful intention, of daring, courage and high adventure.
i wish i had had similarly eloquent words to express myself on the day we got married, but i couldn’t pull myself together in my rambling thank you speech (emotions, guys!) even now it’s hard to find the words. i’ve always been a more visual person, which is why these help:
* PS: what podcasts are you guys listening to? i have my firm favourites – This American Life, The Moth, Nerdist… but i am always looking for new recommendations. Death, Sex & Money is a new favourite, too. let me in on your podcast secrets!
here’s a whole lot of beauty to start off your day. this is a series called Atomic Occasions by photographer Jessica Tremp. she has a number of dark & magical series available to view at her portfolio. her travel photography is also bananas.
When I was little I used to dream about being a dancer or that I could fly and that I would learn to speak the language of the animals in the forest or that of the most dramatic actor. With the click of a finger I’ve found a way to make these things come true.
it amazes me what some people can do with paint. the feeling of rock and cold and mist and altitude that these pieces by Swiss artist Conrad Jon Godly convey is just unbelievable.
Godly originally studied as a painter at the Basel School of Art in the 80s, and then was a professional photographer for almost 2 decades – until he decided to return to painting. first working from a studio in Vienna, he eventually returned to his home in the Swiss Alps, where he studies the mountains on long walks with his camera.
i’ve always loved creative tote bags, but to be honest i never actually really used them. until i moved into my office this past month. now i find myself needing to tote shit everywhere. before i worked from home, and when i went out i just used my handbag. but now – packed lunches, power cables, bags of apples (yeah i don’t know either) … the life of a freelancer is full of stuff hey? so i smiled to myself when i saw these new totes by Verónica de Arriba of Deapapa today. i should get my hands on one.
the collection is a play on geometric shapes inspired by Memphis milano movement and all the things that inspire me daily. 6 models of organic cotton tote bags, screen printed with water based inks & made from a sustainable crop in a Fair Trade factory.
buy them here.