Mid Week Distraction No. 19

the first two links in this mid week distraction are related to cancer. i have had several close & dear friends affected by this absolute asshole of a disease in the past few months. some have just been diagnosed, others are battling through chemo, and some have lost their loved ones to it – devastatingly, and swiftly.

Julie Blackmon

Julie Blackmon is a photographer whose ongoing series Domestic Vacations is inspired by 17th century Dutch paintings of chaotic domestic life, particularly those by artist Jan Steen – see this painting and you’ll get a good idea. today a “Jan Steen Household” is used to refer to a home in disarray: full of rowdy kids and boisterous family gatherings. Blackmon is the oldest of nine children and herself a mother of three, and so she explores the everyday life of her family and those around her.

Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood is an LA based artist whose work immediately appealed to me, not only for his graphic style but because of an ever present sense of humour that i just love. you can see how big some of his paintings are in context at his most recent exhibition.

Finery

the first thing i noticed about new British label Finery were the interesting cuts, shapes and lines that form the basis of their debut collection. the clothing is exciting and modern (and different!) but also classic enough that you can wear one of their pieces forever.

Mid Week Distraction No. 18

wow, i feel like my biggest and only post these days to you is my mid week distraction. don’t get me wrong – i LOVE doing it. and i love that you love it. but i’ve found myself so busy with non-blog stuff lately that i’m neglecting this old bird… and that just WON’T DO.

Vintage National Geographic

not to be confused with National Geographic’s own tumblr, Vintage National Geographic instead features scanned in pages from vintage copies of National Geographic going back to the 1800’s. you’ll recognise that familiar halftone printing look that jumps off these old clippings, and it’s almost like you can smell the pile of old magazines that you used to page through at grandma’s house.

Hsiao-Ron Cheng

Hsiao-Ron Cheng is a Taiwanese digital artist & illustrator whose work i discovered via Cath of Wolf Eyebrows (whose blog is consistently great – follow her!) she is commissioned for work by various clients in the fashion and design industries, but i most love her wonderful fashion portraits that she does for self promotional purposes.

Onehundredforty

this is one of the coolest things i’ve seen in a while. Onehundredforty is an art experiment that merges smart programming with beautiful design to make personal art prints – from a tweet of your choice. basically you select a tweet, Onehundredforty generates your design, and they print and send it to you.

Heinui SS15

Claire Pignot just released the SS15 collection for her label Heinui, featuring the wonderful watercolour prints that are so distinctive of her designs. personally i wish i could hire someone to paint on all of my clothes.

Drizzle & Dip

this week i wrapped up a new blog design for the wonderful local food stylist, recipe developer and food blogger Sam Linsell of Drizzle & Dip. Sam and i actually live in the same neighbourhood – we are known to bump into each other at our local woolworths (she once caught me there lingering in the cheese section). so it was a lovely project for me to work on, especially because i got to look at her food photography all day long. something which you shouldn’t do when you haven’t eaten, by the way.

Self-Portrait

earlier this week i stumbled upon these awesome new dresses by UK based label Self-Portrait on ASOS – but by the time i compiled and started writing this post half of them were sold out! which isn’t a surprise, because they are awesome.

Clocks

you know how some people always say that they don’t use their watches / clocks anymore because they just read the time on their phones? i am not one of those people.

Mid Week Distraction No. 16

it’s been quite a week in Cape Town. yesterday was the hottest day in 100 years, and a huge wildfire has been raging on the mountain since Sunday that has left over 4000 hectares of destruction in its wake. if you want to learn more about how fire is actually good for fynbos, head here for an interesting read. fire is, obviously, shit for everyone else though – so you can go here to easily donate to the fire fighters via SnapScan.

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