Native Line

i’ve noticed a popular resurgence in hand weaving the past while, especially in the realm of wall hangings. i’m sure you’ve seen beautiful tapestries featured on design blogs (the stunning work of Brook&Lyn comes to mind) or cropping up on pinterest. if you’re a fan, like me, then you can add another talented artist to your most wanted weavers list – Justine Ashbee.

with a background as a fine artist known for her intricate pen drawings, she recently expanded her talents into woven pieces, wearable jewelry, hanging light sculptures and wall hangings – all of which stem from her early explorations in weaving metal sculptures as a textiles student. she collects her work and inspirations on her website Native Line.

Native Line consists of one off woven pieces, wearable jewelry, hanging light sculptures, & wall hangings, all of which stem from her early explorations in weaving metal sculptures, as a textiles student, at the Rhode Island School of Design. Inspired by the timeless motifs of indigenous woven craft work, Justine combines geometric lines with shimmering metals, to create luminary pieces of woven art, whether for your wall, or to wear as every day statement pieces.

you can buy Justine’s handwoven wall hanging objects at her online shop.

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New York Stories

you know i’m a tart for anything inspired by colour, so i was really happy to discover a collaboration between stylist Marcus Hay & photographer Kat Teutsch on a wonderful series called New York Storiesself styled shoots inspired by the lives of fictional ladies in New York City. says Marcus,

I have for a long time wanted to a series of color based stories inspired by fictional characters, eccentric hybrids of personalities I know or admire from a distance in New York. These shoots are produced as a result of meeting or observing from afar the array of characters here, constantly I am inspired by just a glimpse of someone on the street who you know has a long story to tell. New York is famous for its eccentric personalities and thankfully the city is still full of them! Kat and I get a kick out of having a narrative to work from and the possibilities are endless, watch out for some more of our ladies!

they have three stories so far – the blue & green hued Edna Indigo Greenleaf; the rose & citrus story of Goldie Rose Smyth; and the super cool black & gold story of Ophelia Sable Le Blanc (my favourite, which you’ll see below). be sure to check out the rest either at Marcus’ blog or Kat’s website.

styling: Marcus Hay; photography: Kat Teutsch.

Ophelia Sable Le Blanc, Born May 12th, 1952

Ophelia grew up in affluent Chicago suburb of Oak Park, while she did not live in a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright of whom designed many of the houses and buildings of more prominent folk, she always wished she had.

An Architectural buff, Ophelia had dreams of attending school for Architecture but somehow never managed to get there settling instead in New York where she was attracted to mood of the 1960’s where her jet black bob and big charcoaled eyes made an impression at the Fashion Magazines where she worked in the Art Department eventually building her way up to a Director position.

Partly retired now, Ophelia still dabbles in Design and holds classes at a prominent Design School for Graphic Design. She loves her coffee black and her cocktails strong, her signature black bowler hat makes an appearance at times when the mood is upon her.

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Myrtle

i was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the new lookbook for LA-based shop Myrtle over the weekend, which just launched today. it was shot by Megan McIsaac (who shot the previous Myrtle lookbooks) and Laura Taylor – and instead of getting models they photographed each other, which is why the lookbook is called Double EP. that’s a bit of a stroke of genius, if you ask me. the newly renovated Echo Lake in Echo Park, LA was the setting. you can shop Myrtle’s wares online here and be sure to follow the adorable Whitney on Instagram where she often showcases their new arrivals.

Now open for a year and a half, the shop is still focused on independent female designers and you’ll see many familiar names here: Samantha Pleet, Dusen Dusen, Gretchen Jones, Feral Childe, In God We Trust, Wrk-Shp and Filly. There are many new designers too as we keep an eye out for the next wave of designing ladies – Reif, SJO, Nettie Kent, and Willow Knows!

Photographers & Models: Megan McIsaac and Laura Taylor /Styling: Whitney Bickers /Clothing: Myrtle / Sunglasses: Gogosha Optique / Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles


















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Lotuff Leather

Lotuff Leather is a bag & accessories maker based in Connecticut who have a 100% hands-on, local approach to making their beautiful leather goods. founded by brothers Joe & Rick Lotuff and partner Alden Edmonds,  they pride themselves in reinvigorating traditional craftsmanship and, “creating a whole new generation of Americans who are once again encouraged – not dissuaded – to take a few extra minutes, hours, or days to make something exceptional.”

Lotuff Leather is a collaboration of prideful American craftsmen making fine quality leather goods the way they should be made. The love and passion that go into our handmade bags are tangible: you can see, smell, and touch the difference. Our vision is to create items of lasting value and the work is a reflection of our personal character.

i absolutely love their gorgeous leather working tote (this pic totally sold me). you can see some of the fine pieces for ladies in their Spring 2013 lookbook, photographed by Alyssa Robb.

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Muku

i was intending on doing a these things today, as usual, but the Muku SS 2013 collection felt like just the right way to sign off the week. from the sweet little girls (those little dresses! those milk-maid braids! those flowers crowns!) to the simple & beautiful pieces for women made from exquisite natural fabrics – i am quite smitten with Lithuanian based Muku.

Muku mainly focus on kids clothing but likes to venture out and play around with toys, accessories, and whatever our exploring hands can create. We choose to use natural fibers. We get inspired by DIY idea, recycling, remakes, urban art… Find most of our materials from grandparents cupboards, antique bookshops, flea markets. All made with love and nicety.

they have a website, online shop and blog.

















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Li Hui

continuing with Flickr Fridays! i have noticed and admired the work of Li Hui for years on Flickr, so I was surprised to find that i had never actually done a post about her before (cannot keep track after all these years i guess). she is a self-taught photographer who only uses film. something you might notice is that her subjects never show their faces, and she gives a reason for that in this interview:

My pictures never shows faces because I think this is a way of communicating with the viewer. The pictures remind us of our common feelings, secrets, past memories or magical dreams. The people in my pictures are not supposed to be unknown faces, but the viewer him- or herself.

browse her dreamy body of work at her website, tumblr and, of course, flickr.

all photographs by Li Hui.

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Another Feather: Artemis II

Another Feather is an Asheville-based accessories label by jewellery designer Hannah Ferrara. the lookbooks for her various collections never cease to wow me – and so I was excited to see the imagery for her new collection Artemis II, taken by photographer Olivia Rae James. you can peruse all her pieces at her online shop.

Inspired by her travels, the mountains she lives near, and an appreciation for well made objects and heirlooms, Hannah’s line includes simple everyday adornments, as well as one of a kind metal made jewellery.  She uses traditional metal smithing techniques and tools to craft each item, using recycled metals from sustainable sources, combined with the occasional natural object or repurposed vintage parts.

Photography: Olivia Rae James | Model: Becca Barnet | Styling: Hannah Ferrara













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Take Care

Take Care is a Cape Town based label by designer Jessica Harwood. their winter collection suits my taste for beautiful pared down pieces. i went into their shop on Kloof Street recently, shared with menswear label Adriaan Kuiters, and man-handled (woman-handled?) some of the beautiful coats. i am particularly taken by the double waterfall jacket below. also happy to tell you that you can now peruse Take Care at their online shop – glad to see more and more South African designers selling on the web.

lookbook photos shot by Julia Merrett.

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Biodiversity Heritage Library

i thought i’d share a little resource with you today. if you’re into dabbling around with imagery, need inspiration for visual projects or graphic design moodboards or whatever – you might be interested in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. they have hundreds (thousands?) of hi-res images from a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries. you can delve into a world of insects and botanicals and fungi and sea creatures… gorgeous even just to look at.

 

 

 

 

i haven’t even scratched the iceberg of what they have to offer (mixing my idioms there, deal with it). but i couldn’t go posting all the pics ever, so i played a bit with this set of illustrated British fungi – pairing them with street style that have caught my eye recently.

street style: Vanessa Jackman

street style: Citizen Couture

street style: A Love Is Blind

street style: The Locals

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