Shapes by Deapapa

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.

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Fawn DeViney

you know those beautifully curated tumblrs that have thousands of photographs but you just never ever know where they are from, who took them or… well, any context at all? i discovered the work of photographer Fawn DeViney this way, after seeing one of her pictures and going down a rabbit hole of google image searching to find the real source (i swear tumblr is the bane of my internet existence sometimes!) and luckily I FOUND HER. and then went down another proverbial rabbit hole looking at her lovely photographs.

Fawn DeViney splits her time in Boston & Phoenix. She is equally inspired by the neutral pallete of the Atlantic ocean & the striking sunsets of the Southwest. If she wasn’t a photographer she would be a baker or florist… living in Paris.

she herself has a great tumblr, too. all images by Fawn DeViney.

edit: it seems i myself have a rabbit hole for a brain, because i actually featured Fawn’s work last year when i blogged about the VSCO grid. but, i haven’t seen all these beautiful pictures before – so definitely deserving of her own post!

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Tony Chestnut

Tony Chestnut is a line by Canadian designer Jill Sawatzky, “a one women show from start to finish.” this is her SS14 collection, which looks like it’s already pretty much sold out. i love those interesting quilted jackets - made from deadstock faux leather from the 70s.

i make clothes for you. clothing to carry you through your day. clothing to make you look and feel good. clothing to express yourself in.

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Girl Pilots

here are some bad-ass women to inspire you this Friday, who flew in the face of convention (pardon the pun) and trained as airforce pilots in 1943. despite the magazine describing them thusly, “girls are very serious about their chance to fly for the Army, even when it means giving up nail polish, beauty parlours and dates for a regimented 33 weeks.” can you even. you can read the original article in LIFE magazine here.

photos by Peter Stackpole for Life Magazine in 1943.

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Spring in LA, 1944

i have been hearing grumblings around the internet that it’s HOT in LA at the moment. i can’t help but be a little smug, because on this side of the world we are experiencing optimal autumn weather. sunny, but cold, with the occasional rain shower… I LOVE IT. i think that LA is quite similar to Cape Town weather wise, so perhaps we have just directly swapped seasons. well, you guys can enjoy your boiling hot days for the time being.

Anton and i have been threatening to visit dear friends in LA, so maybe one day i will make my way over there (it’s just SO FAR from here). i don’t know where these specific photos were taken, but they are from LIFE magazine in 1944, by Peter Stackpole. the gals look like they are having a great time, either way. anyone have an idea of the location?

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Jaclyn Conley

the current exhibition over at Buy Some Damn Art features work by canadian artist Jaclyn Conley. whenever i’m faced with the “what would you do if you had a million dollars?” question i always fantasise about investing in a lot of great art. but, you and i can do that right now – that’s where Buy Some Damn Art comes in. i love these pieces by Jaclyn, i think they would be a fine addition to my imaginary collection. you can read an interview with here.

These paintings are the result of broad paring down in my studio and practice. I’ve challenged myself to present only what it essential in terms of material, image, rendering and scale. Paintings are worked and reworked with a great deal of erasure and reductive building. As I’m painting I’m distilling an image down to a very small moment. This way of working is in some ways more responsive, slow and less predetermined than I’ve done in the past.

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Lucie de Moyencourt

while i was enjoying the new Pichulik website yesterday i particularly loved their Brave Women series – intimate portraits of the women who wear Pichulik pieces. the first feature is on Lucie de Moyencourt who works as an architect, set designer, illustrator and painter.

lucie de moyencourt was born in 1983 in paris, she grew up in south africa, where she works as an architect, set designer, illustrator and painter. with no formal art training, painting and drawing is something lucie has always done for herself. by observing her subjects very closely, she allows the brush to move around the canvas without giving it much thought, trusting that her hand will do something intuitive to what she is seeing. lucie aims to complete a painting in one sitting, and enjoys working into wet paint with thicker layers of colour. “i paint because i am addicted to the ‘surprise’ that the painted canvas gives me when i step back from the easel”.

STORY: Pichulik. STILLS: Tommaso Fiscaletti. VIDEO: Johnathan Mellish. ART: Lucie de Moyencourt

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