Jeanne Gaigher is an exciting young artist from Cape Town whose debut solo show Club is opening at SMITH gallery this week. i first saw her work at a group exhibition earlier this year, and Anton and i immediately bought a piece: this painting that you can see in our study – our first grown up art purchase.
okay, okay. this is not a mid week distraction. it is of course an end of week distraction. unless you work on weekends – in which case this IS a mid week distraction! look, just distract yo self okay? there’s a lot in here, perhaps the most distractions i have ever compiled at one time. and do you know why… because i had to do my taxes this week! nothing can distract me more than having to do my taxes.
so there i was going down a google image rabbit hole and i found pictures of this beautiful château filled with flowers, and paintings of flowers, which lead me to French artist Claire Basler – and here we are. she lives and paints in her home Château de Beauvoir, “a natural choice” she explains (i mean, of course). and while her paintings aren’t totally my flavour, the way they compliment the dramatic interiors of this historic castle is very pleasing, impressive and kinda dreamy. also, how cool is that tree growing in the kitchen?!
when i discovered the work of NY based artist Claire Sherman i loved it at first sight – the graphic style & those prominent brush strokes are totally my bag. she actually paints many of these scenes from kitchy nature books. reading more about the story behind her work, she explains…
i have been following Kate Miss online, in some form, since forever ever. back in the day i got to know her through her old blog For Me, For You and she felt like a kindred spirit in a sea of lifestyle blogs – both of our day jobs are as graphic designers, we share similar taste in fashion and music, and we even planned our weddings and got married a month apart. also, i’m sure she gets just as many ‘Kate Moss’ jokes as i get ‘Diana Ross’ jokes.
Sara Berks is a designer based in Brooklyn whose textile brand MINNA began as an exploration in tapestry weaving, and has grown into a fully-fledged range of gorgeous textile goods. she works with artisan collectives in Mexico and Guatemala, combining their master skills with her own contemporary design aesthetic.
Heather Evans Smith is a photographer whose conceptual series Seen Not Heard explores her multi-faceted relationship with her young daughter. the first image i featured above is just SO amazing! i think it’s so interesting to explore & interpret various stages of your life through such a creative medium. this is going to be pretty amazing for her daughter to look back on one day.
hey guys! it’s been quiet here for a couple of days because i actually took the seemingly monumental task of moving the blog to a new host. i’ve been putting this off for years because i thought it would be the biggest drag in the world to do (moving 6 years worth of content is quite a thing) – but my new hosts made the process so easy. i’m thrilled. and, hopefully, everything is working fine around here! let me know if you pick up any bugs. *ladybird emoji*
above: monstera by seventytree
this year i made my first real art purchase. my friend Amy is the curator of Smith, a gallery in central Cape Town – so i am lucky to have a small glimpse into what’s happening in the contemporary South Africa art world. i would love to expand our art collection, but it’s something that has to come slowly and surely when you are starting out.