Lee Towndrow

Lee Towndrow is a designer turned photographer from Canada who has travelled and lived all over the world, eventually settling in New York – where he continues to produce beautiful & interesting work. usually i’d select my favourite images when featuring a photographer, but Lee’s individual projects are so interesting and really deserve to be seen in their entirety. i particularly loved his ongoing series of Paper Portraits, as well as the personal projects Anachronisms No.1 & Anachronisms No.2 – where old men and young kids essentially switch places. No.2 (the one with the kids) is especially beautiful to me, as it was shot on film using only natural light. impressive!

Paper Portraits

“Lee Towndrow was looking for a way to reinvent the portrait. He began experimenting with the colored paper common to photography studios in a more three dimensional way.” – Bransch

Anachronisms No.2

“In these large-scale colour photographs, I construct a series of anachronisms as a means to study intimacy and the fashion image. I’ve been watching the relationships around me changing. When we’re young, we’re unfamiliar with closeness and intimacy, and yet it all comes very naturally to us. And as we age, we tend to distance ourselves from others, choosing in some cases to become personally intimate only with a partner. I was interested in what it might look like when those roles were reversed.”

Anachronisms No.1

“Lee Towndrow has inverted our expectations by casting seniors in the role of a band of youthful, carefree, streetwise hooligans. As a testament to his theatrical and photographic skills, Towndrow’s series is replete with detail, expression, emotion and narrative. We feel like we are part of The Juniors. But do we want to go back and relive our youth?” - Heather Morton

all photographs by Lee Towndrow

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Paper & Chain Giveaway

- the giveaway is now closed. congratulations to Gaby! -

remember i included the Paper & Chain hex bar necklace in my birthday wish list? well now you can stand a chance to win one – or any other handmade piece of jewellery from their range! so, all you have to do is go have a browse around Paper & Chain and tell me in the comments which piece is your favourite – and that’s the one you’ll walk away with if your name gets drawn next week.

please note that this giveaway is open to all readers worldwide, but if you are outside the UK your package might be subject to your country’s import duties / taxes. giveaway closes wednesday 26 september.

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Buy Some Damn Art: Sara Barnes

i hope you have noticed that Kate Singleton’s rad shop Buy Some Damn Art is one of my wonderful sponsors (see yonder sidebar). if you don’t know about BSDA already here’s a quick rundown – every week Kate curates online shows featuring affordable original art from up-and-coming artists that you can buy, dammit! and buy you should. the latest artists to be featured is Sara Barnes, whose mixed media collages are right up my alley. Sara’s work draws inspiration from cubism, surrealism and especially Matisse’s cut outs. read more about her process here.

I’m a nosy person, and love looking at how people choose to adorn their space. Studies have been done about much insight about a person can be done by simply looking at the contents of their bedroom. This series is a reflection of that interest, and also my love of art/illustration/media that is “slice of life,” which could be touted as cliche and overwrought, but I find fascinating all aspects that are beneath the surface.

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Billie Sunday

it’s always great when a wonderfully creative lookbook draws you in, but it’s doubly awesome when you really LOVE the products that are being showcased. Billie Sunday is a new line of bags out of Barcelona by designers Mar Villegas and Emma Pardos. the lookbook for their first collection Sand Paradise, which is inspired by Palm Springs in the early 60s, unfolds over five days and plays out like a sunny sixties thriller. you can shop the collection here.

A collection that inserts you into the aesthetics and ordinary qualities of this American vacation paradise that consisted of no more than swimming pools, motels and palm trees surrounded by desert. The photographs taken by Las Coleccionistas, recollect the atmosphere of that particular place through stories, parties, neighborhoods, and pursuits which blend together as if it were a motion picture.

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Nice Things, Birthday Edition

i don’t make birthday wish lists in real life, and i don’t particularly like being asked what i want for my birthday. i’m a firm believer in giving someone a gift that you really want them to have, doesn’t matter how big or small it is… or how weird it may be (a basket of cheese, for example, would be a great gift in my opinion). but since it’s my birthday on sunday i thought why not make an imaginary wish list in the form of a nice things post? why not, i say! perhaps it’s your birthday soon, in which case you can send this post to your loved ones for some splendid gift ideas. happy birthday september babies.

please click on the images to be taken to corresponding online shop.

mr rabbit bag / stoneware planter + vase / flamingo print dress / hex bar necklace / japanese copper graters / hairpin plant stand / rebecca minkoff bag of tricks pouch / hansel from basel tights / nose ring holder / alexander wang devere satchel / cork bottles by vitrified studio / wave decorative porcelain bowlabstract painting by emmy rickard /woodcut by bryan nash gill /rope & mesh necklace /aubin & wills print top /general list notepad / linen party hat

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Modern Findings

i am so jealous of Wakako’s home, which you can see in full at her house tour. she has a blog called Modern Findings that details her love for mid-century modern design, something that is clearly reflected in this beautiful space.

all images by Modern Findings

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Les Composantes

i overslept this morning, and so rushed through my usual get ready & dressed routine in about 5 minutes – threw on jeans, shirt, cardigan and ran out the door… when i realised, it was curiously warm. my cardigan was making me uncomfortably hot. after months of revelling in my favourite season of all, it dawned on me that winter was over.

so it’s usually at this time of year that the fall/winter lookbooks & collections for our northern hemispherean cousins start trickling in, and i experience mixed emotions because on the one hand i love the feeling of everything thawing out in spring (including myself) – but i’m already jealous of the cool clothes that those going into autumn get to wear.

Les Composantes is a fashion label by self-taught french designer & vintage lover Morgane Sézalory. she releases new creations every month, and just launched her Autumn 2012 collection.

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TW Workshop

i’ve been keeping a close eye on Tracy Wilkinson’s blog 149 Sullivan Street, as she has been teasing us with sneak peeks of her new site for TW Workshop - which i’m happy to see launched this past week. Tracy is a British designer who has a masters degree in fashion & textile design from the royal college of art in london, and now lives stateside where she handmakes ceramics and home accessories (amongst other creative endeavours). be sure to visit her shop.

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