Daniel Naudé is a photographer from my hometown of Stellenbosch, South Africa who is well-known for his amazing photographs of South African animals, which were showcased in his debut exhibition Animal Farm (and book - which i suggest you buy stat). for the past two years Daniel has been working on his next exhibition Sightings of the Sacred, travelling to Uganda, Madagascar and India to photograph cattle in societies where they are considered sacred.
For the past two years Naudé has focused on photographing cattle in societies where these animals are revered and venerated. This is a position far removed from the Western world where they are mostly seen as productive sources of milk, meat and skins. Naudé first photographed the Ankole cattle in Uganda, renowned for their majestic horns which ideally curve out and then inward, forming a shape like a lyre. In his portraits of cattle, Naudé brings into our time the long tradition of depicting the natural world with its rich references to classification and comparison.
i have known Daniel since school days, so it’s even more awesome to see his wonderful work celebrated both here and internationally (his work was recently shown at Paris Photo in LA, follow him on Instagram here). you can catch the exhibition at the Stevenson gallery in Cape Town till the end of May or see the entire exhibition online here.
around this time last year i blogged about the launch of Thisispaper Shop. they have just relaunched, with a brand new website and new products. i particularly love all their bags, which are all handmade in their studio in Warsaw. the detailing on the leather is lovely, and i dig that line – “what we save, saves us.”
Our bags and rucksacks are designed and hand made by a small but passionate team at our Warsaw studio. At every stage of the process we aim to minimise waste and our environmental footprint, and maximise support for local community and suppliers. We only use genuine vegetabletanned leather and durable cotton and canvas. Instead of decoration, we go for simplicity, function and sustainability.
this is only a smidge of what is available, also check out their entire shop here.
if you’re a Kinfolk follower then you might already know about their new venture that was announced yesterday – Ouur. Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams was kind enough to send me some information on their new collective brand; which offers a seasonal line of apparel, publications (incl Kinfolk) and home goods. i also got a peek at the AW14 Ouur Collection. the line is influenced by Scandinavian & Japanese cultures, both of which consistently focus on simplicity in design, and have placed high value on doing more with less.
Ouur’s range of apparel is made using textiles such as linen, cotton and wool. Created with a sharp attention to detail, classic silhouettes and a neutral color palette, each item has been made with an emphasis on comfort and utility. The pieces in the collection will be interchangeable, functional and wearable in all seasons.
even though summer is on the way out for us down south (i wore boots yesterday for the first time!) i can still appreciate some breezy summer wear, especially since i basically spent all last summer in long skirts or dresses.
Kolonaki is a spanish brand with some sweet new stuff for summer 14. i love that first polka dot dress. all items available at their online shop. it looks like they only ship to the UK & Europe at the moment. US readers can buy their stuff at The Cools.
have come across some wonderful identity designs lately. please click on the images to be taken to the original designer and more information on their process.
designed by Michelle Viljoen for Monique Ferguson:
you know i’m a fan of wearing the pants, and if they’re designed specifically for comfort then they’re even better. the debut collection from MATTER, a socially motivated clothing line founded by Yvonne Suner and Renyung Ho after a trip across India, features “pants to see the world in”. they are made from Tussar silk cotton, with no zips to snag or clasps to break.
Working with artisan communities in Rajasthan, MATTER employs time-honored techniques of the loom and blockprint to develop unique fabrics and designs. Pants styles are designed through multiple fittings on multiple women, and field tested to ensure they withstand the challenges of airplane hopping or rush hour traﬃc navigation, taking the wearer from sandy beach to city bar with ease.
peruse their first collection at their online shop (and they ship internationally, for free)
Katz has admitted to destroying a thousand paintings during his first ten years as a painter in order to find his style. Since the 1950s, he worked to create art more freely in the sense that he tried to paint “faster than he can think.” His works seem simple, but according to Katz they are more reductive, which is fitting to his personality.