Ben Johnson for L’MAD

L’MAD Collection is a local fashion brand who creates limited edition collections with south african artists & designers. they have worked with people like Nico Krijno, Daniella Mooney and Michael Taylor amongst other, and their latest colab is with Ben Johnson, a talented graphic designer & creative who, funnily enough, used to work in my office space before we moved in here!

Ben Johnson is a graphic designer, director and photographer based in Cape Town. His original approach to African iconography, inventive layering and “novel nod to MS Paint effects” have been combined to produce a sublime collection for L’MAD.

also check out the cute promo by Michael MacGarry. you can shop the scarves here.

Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD
Ben Johnson for L'MAD

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Humans of Cape Town

today i was preparing to do a follow up to my Bygone Cape Town post from a few years back (be sure to check it out) when i went down a rabbit hole and discovered, to my delight, the archives of Bobby Graham whose father took photos of ordinary people in Cape Town from 1959 to 1963. by the end of it i had the biggest grin on my face, he really had a gift for capturing the natural sense of a person. thanks to his daughter for uploading & sharing.

see the entire set here.

People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town
People of Cape Town

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Reformation

every day i go online i think, this is it – there’s nothing new for me to discover. i know all the clothing designers, i have seen it all. nope. wrong. every day there’s something new-to-me. i was actually surprised i hadn’t come across Reformation before (pardon me Americans if i am super slow on the uptake, so uncool!) they make these damn beautiful dresses that you can buy in a variety of colours & patterns. yes! that’s the dream.

oh, and there’s a wedding section which is pretty sweet. i could see a cool bride in this.

Reformation
Reformation
Reformation
Reformation
Reformation
Reformation
Reformation
Reformation

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Blog Milk Giveaway!

the giveaway is now closed. congrats to Danielle, Ellie, Sara-Jane and Megan!


Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk

i am so excited about this giveaway because it’s something close to my heart… beautiful blog themes! as a designer (and blogger) i really appreciate a nice theme. many times it influences whether i will visit a site again or not. understandably it’s not always possible for the average person to afford the services of a graphic designer to design their website, and sometimes it’s frustrating to find a theme that doesn’t look like it came pre-packaged with whatever platform you’re using. and that isn’t already used by a million other people.

with designer Ana Degenaar at the helm, Blog Milk designs beautiful minimal themes for both Blogger and WordPress. i have been a fan of her work for a long time. they just released their latest collection of themes Off the Record. 12 new themes  - one for every month.

today FOUR people stand the chance to win a theme of their choice. worth $98. this is how:

1. head on over to Blog Milk and look through their themes.
2. leave a comment telling me which is your favourite theme & where you plan to use it
3. share the giveaway on instagram, twitter or pinterest using the hashtag #missmossblogmilk
4. be sure to leave your instagram, twitter or pinterest name so i can check.

that’s it! my personal favourites? May & September. those are good months.

Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk
Miss Moss Blog Milk Giveaway #missmossblogmilk

See the demos for all the themes here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

RULES: 4 winners will be chosen at random and they will each win one theme of their choice. please leave a valid email address so that we can contact you. Blog Milk themes work on both Blogger and WordPress. the WordPress themes only work on self-hosted WordPress blogs, NOT WordPress.com. if you win you may specify your platform preference. you will only receive a theme for ONE platform. a downloadable zip package with installation instructions will be delivered to the winner via email. please check Blog Milk’s FAQ if you have any questions. The giveaway is open to all readers internationally.

Giveaway closes on Wednesday 13 August.

Archive New York

Archive New York was started by textile designer Amira Marion, who creates digital collections from vintage and antique fabric remnants. they hunt down rare & unique textiles and transform them into these colourful silk prints. how cool is that?

For the Fall/Winter 2014 Collection, Dream States, we turned to classic Guatemalan woven textiles for our inspiration. In our second collection: ARCHIVE NY HANDMADE, we worked with the non-profit Maya Traditions and its local weavers in Panajachel, Guatemala, to recreate some of our favorite traditional textiles.

check out their collections and browse their online shop.

Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY
Archive NY

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Walks

i have been walking a lot in the mountains that surround my parents’ home in the past while. my family all live in stellenbosch and between them they have 4 dogs who need a lot of walking. two are hunting breeds, and so they need double the amount of exercise. since i don’t have dogs of my own and i don’t really get the chance to walk in the mountains in Cape Town… this is what i love doing when i visit.

these pics were all taken with my iPhone unless noted. the ones of the dogs running towards me involves a dangerous game of bending down with the camera at the ready, whistling for them, and then taking the shot before they pummel me over with doggy joy.

Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // WalksMiss Moss // WalksMiss Moss // WalksMiss Moss // Walks

above two photos taken by my brother

Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks
Miss Moss // Walks

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Raoul Dufy in America

i have a folder of paintings by Raoul Dufy on my mac that i look at every now and then, sometimes i set them as my desktop wallpaper… and then i have to set it back to something else because they are just too bright, beautiful and colourful for me to look at 24/7. i have been wanting to do a post about him for ages but wasn’t sure in what context - until i found these images of an elderly Dufy visiting the USA in 1950, where he was being treated for crippling arthritis. he used to fasten the brush to his hands just so he could continue working.

Raoul Dufy visits America

sadly it is believed that Dufy died as a result of the continuos arthritis treatment he was receiving, due to mixing his medication with aspirin. also, interestingly, it is has been suggested that rheumatoid arthritis was more common in artists of that day who used intensely bright colours due to the heavy metals present in the pigment. it also didn’t help that most of them were smokers. can you imagine a french artist without a cigarette or pipe in their hand?

you can read the Life Magazine article here. photographs by Gjon Mili.

Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America

“disgusted by the drum majorettes”

Raoul Dufy in America

“Brooklyn Bridge was rapidly sketched from the front seat of a moving car in which Dufy made three slow trips across the bridge”

Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America

above: a portrait of the photographer painted by Dufy.

Raoul Dufy in America
Raoul Dufy in America

here are some of my favourite Raoul Dufy pieces.

Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy
Raoul Dufy Self Portrait

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Giant Lion FW14

my favourite piece from the new Giant Lion FW14 collection has to be these arc studs. you can shop the entire collection herelookbook photographed by Arrowood Photography

giantLION is a line of handcrafted jewelry formed in 2011, distilled from the fascinations of owner and designer, Caroline Whittington Young. Using raw stones, bronze, sterling silver, 10k and 14k gold, Caroline crafts delicate, timeless pieces that draw inspiration from nature, history and symbology. The giantLION collection ranges from playful to effortlessly elegant, always with a subtle, sophisticated edge. Each piece is designed to age with grace and serve as an affirmation of style, daily reminder, treasured gift, or simple note to yourself.

Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14
Giant Lion FW14

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