Eugène Séguy: Insectes

just gonna file this under coolest things ever. these are illustrations by French entomologist Eugène Séguy, from a book detailing his illustrations of insects and colourful decorative compositions of their patterns and colouring dating from 1925. he was, understandably, more well-known for his brilliant pattern design than for his work as an entomologist – though the two are undeniably intertwined. read more about him here.

Eugene Alain Seguy was one of the foremost French designers at the beginning of the 20th century. Working in both the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, he published many design folios utilizing the pochoir technique, a printing process that employs a series of stencils to lay dense and vivid color. *

images c/o the Beineke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, part of the Yale University Library. you can actually download the entire catalog in PDF form.

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Vintage Black Glamour

Nichelle Gainour, a journalist who blogs and writes for various online and offline publications, owns a tumblr called Vintage Black Glamour that has progressed into a book, launching in June. the tumblr is unique in that it’s not just pictures pictures pictures, something i find quite frustrating about themed tumblrs in general. she talks about the subjects in the photographs at length, something that i really appreciate in the land of the never ending out-of-context image (aka the internet).

i love this image of Loïs Mailou Jones, an artist who studied at Harvard and Columbia, pictured in her Parisian studio. there are many more where that came from – i suggest you delve into the archives.

Using rarely accessed photographic archives and private collections, Nichelle has unearthed a revealing treasure trove of memorable and iconic images. The book presents historic photographs of famous actors, dancers, writers and entertainers who worked in the 20th-century entertainment business, but who rarely appeared in the same publications as their white counterparts. With its stunning photographs and insightful biographies, this book is a hugely important addition to Black history archives.

pre-order the book here. the images in this post are both from the book and the tumblr.

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New Friends

i briefly featured the work of NYC based New Friends, aka Alexandra Segreti and Kelly Rakowski, last year - but i thought they deserved their own post because their work is just soooooo good. they were also featured in the UO blog last month and i just loved seeing a little tour of their studio.

New Friends design and produce weavings, textiles and housewares. They weave unique objects that combine the rich history of textiles and contemporary visual culture. The fibers used in their vivid, oddball collections range from locally sourced, plant dyed wools to man-made metallic threads.

photography c/o New Friends, studio images c/o the UO Blog, photographed by Jody Rogac.

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Toast SS14

i’m always impressed by British brand Toast because they make a real effort with their monthly lookbooks. not just your usual studio portraiture, but beautiful destinations and photography – that paired with their simple pieces makes for a pretty nice combination. they also have a blog that has extensive profiles, interviews and stories about interesting people and things.

shop the new collection, seen below, here. i also like this girl’s hair… time for a cut?

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Jack/Knife

Jack/Knife Outfitters is a small batch production house based in San Francisco. John, Nick and Melissa make all their garments by hand in their studio – from pattern drafting, to sewing, to pounding rivets. specialising in denim, they have also recently branched out into cotton pieces. beautiful unisex shirts and awesome barn jackets are the order of the day. you can buy their pieces online, or order something custom made for that perfect fit – Jack/Knife keeps your custom pattern on file for future orders.

lookbook photography by Yoko Takahashi, shot on Sally Fox’s organic cotton farm. behind-the-scenes photography by Matt Edge. see some more photos of Jack/Knife here.

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Jane Sews

when i was at the Design Indaba Expo recently there was one stall in the fashion section that was swarming with women – and that was Jane Sews. designer Amy’s range has developed from season to season, something i LOVE seeing in young designers. Jane Sews feels all grown up now, with classic linen pieces, amazing sandals and a cut-out boot to die for, beautiful felt hats and leather bags that made me go ooooh. i hung around for a while feeling up all the pieces, and walked away hoping i will own something from her new range soon. you can shop Jane Sews online or at numerous stockists around the country.

ps: do you like the blog’s new look? Miss Moss is growing up a bit too, i suppose.

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A South African Family Album

Alexia Webster, born in Johannesburg, travels throughout the continent documenting both personal and commissioned stories as a freelance photographer. she has an extensive and beautiful portfolio – be sure to look at this emotional farewell to Mandela and this amazing series of Ghanaian modernist architecture. but it’s her Street Portraits series that i’d like to share with you today, showing a slice of South African life that made me smile.

Tired of a world were photos are so often taken but so rarely given we created free outdoor photo studios on street corners around the country.  The images in this series are from five street studios that were set up in Hillbrow in Johannesburg, Woodstock, Blikkiesdorp, Du Noon and Cape Town city center. We invited passing families, individuals and groups of friends to pose at this temporary studio, and they received a free photograph on site to take home with them for their family album.

all images c/o Alexia Webster

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Stokperd

you will remember Monya from Stokperd who made my Peggy cabinet and my Megan coffee table for me (yes, i named them after Mad Men characters). i sent her a few reference images and ideas and she knocked together these beautiful pieces in no time. those pictures are all from my old apartment  - i kinda miss that tiny place! and it was two years ago, unbelievably.

at the moment our current apartment is full of furniture, so there’s no space for something new… but as soon as the need arises i’ll be contacting Monya again. if she’s not TOO busy making new stuff. which she has been, as you can see on her website. i love these new desks that she’s been churning out. well, i do have a new studio space that needs future furnishing. WINK.

she also has a cool blog, and a category called House Envy with some local home tours. check it out!

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