i LOVE Matisse. see evidence of my massive adoration for him here. so when i saw this exceptional Matisse inspired AW 14/15 pre-collection by talented twin sister design duo Tata Naka, i could not help but do a mash up.
i discovered the work of Carlota Guerrero when i featured those awesome backpacks by Ölend a few weeks back (she photographed their beautiful lookbook). Carlota is a 24 year old photographer from Barcelona who has been taking photos since she was a teenager. one of her best friends gave her a Praktica reflex camera from 1989 before she briefly moved to Paris a few years ago, and she has been shooting on film ever since. see more at her portfolio & diary.
Lauren Winter is the talented lady behind formerly-known-as Etsy shop Blooming Leopold, which i have featured a couple of times on the blog. her label is now known simply as Lauren Winter – check out her wonderful new collection. but today i’d like to focus on the stylishness of Lauren herself, who is a talented DIYer and all-round creative person. she’s dyes her own fabric (!) and regularly shares some pretty kick-ass sewing projects over at Drifter & Gypsy. she also takes beautiful photographs! so be sure to add her to your blog roll, cause you’re gonna want to keep track.
today i’m inspired by the work of legendary abstract expressionist Helen Frankenthaler. her huge colourful paintings look like gigantic watercolours, but are in fact painted with oils & acrylics. Helen would work directly on unprepared canvas, and dilute the oil paint with turpentine (later she switched to acrylic paint), causing it to soak into the canvas – a technique called “soak stain” that was later adopted by other abstract expressionists like Jackson Pollock. her work was not highly gestural and painterly, instead she preferred to create pieces that looked as if they were “born in a minute”.
i have a bit of an obsession with beauty products. not make-up – i just use concealer, mascara, this stuff and maybe some lipstick if i’m feeling fancy. make-up actually just intimidates me, and mostly i’m too lazy to figure out what to do (even though watching tutorials is totally mesmerizing). but stuff that cleans the skin, stuff that makes you smell nice and that you’d like to think give you a glow-ey & dewy complexion are like crack to me. beauty crack!
as much as i protest against summer (it’s the heat! the heat) it does make for gorgeous photo opportunities, especially if you live in a very snap-worthy place like Cape Town. i’m quite amazed by what i can capture, just wandering along on a daily walk or whatever, with my iPhone. here’s the evidence of that. you can follow all my snaps over at Instagram.
oh i do love me a new season of Young Frankk! it’s pretty cool to see how designer Christine Young has developed her style since her hammered brass pieces kind of exploded on the internet a few years ago. there’s always something fresh and new to expect from her, and the SS 2014 collection is evidence of that.
i am fascinated by the work of artist Pepa Prieto, who was born in southern Spain, went to boarding school in England and now lives and works in New York. she has quite a varied body of work stemming from 2005 to now, but something i find consistently beautiful are those brush strokes that seem to coil their way through her pieces.