a few years ago my dad started painting. as an urban designer he’s always had a pencil in his hand, but he never had the time to flex his creative muscles outside of work. he began experimenting with various mediums, and quickly settled on watercolour painting. i warned him that it was a tough medium – it might look deceptively easy when you see the finished product but actually getting there is, well, an art. there’s no real room for error, unlike oil painting where you can layer and even remove paint if you’ve made a mistake.
i have always been terrible at planning. i don’t plan my day or my week or make lists or any of that stuff – i know i should. and sometimes when i do manage to sort myself out it is almost always handwritten. i tried to use list apps and other techno things to help me out in that department once, but actually having a piece of paper with a list of things i need to do or remember – that is the most helpful to me.
i discovered the work of Mary Laube through Buy Some Damn Art (where you can currently buy some of her original paintings). Mary was born in South Korea but group up in the states, where she received her BFA at Illinois State University. i find her work so graphic and interesting, an artist i would definitely add to my own collection if i could.
looking through the SS15 collection from Canadian label Fortnight Lingerie was like visiting an old friend, as they were one of my first sponsors back in 2011! see the feature i did with the woman behind the label, Christina Remenyi, here and another great interview with her at Boots & Pine. it’s a killer lookbook too. if you’re interested in donning yourself in some fancy lady threads visit their website, they are stocked by a bunch of people online.
hey guys! man, i’ve hit the ground running since returning from holiday. it feels great, and surprisingly good to be busy after 3 weeks of basically just lying around and eating. i’ve been taking photos of some pretty rad local places for something i’m working on, and rediscovering Cape Town as a veritable tourist. FYI: people treat you really nicely when you have a camera and they think you’re from out of town. or maybe that’s just south africans? well, you guys should come visit. it’s beautiful here.
i dug DEEP into the archives of Casa dos Outros (‘House of Others’) a Brazilian blog by Zizi Carderari and Silvia Gomez that lets us into the lovely homes of people living in São Paulo. one connecting thing that i loved about these homes is the often eclectic ensemble of art and objects… so much joy and RADNESS and COLOUR.
Adina Grigore starting creating all-natural products to meet the needs of her own sensitive skin – and so began S.W. Basics, a skincare line based in Brooklyn. their products are all made from scratch using natural & potent ingredients – with a ‘less isn’t just more; less is everything’ attitude.
Madrid based designer Dina Khalifé established her own clothing line in 2011, turning her passion of drawing into creative textiles that set the mood for her colourful clothing & accessories. the SS15 collection & lookbook called The Swimmers perfectly showcases her fun designs. love those crazy necklaces…
Diana Beltran Herrera is a Colombian designer and artist who, simply put, does INSANE things with paper. not only is her work technically amazing; but the pieces that she creates are beautiful to behold. Diana has a university degree in industrial design, and has been pursuing an interest in paper sculpture since graduating.
i bet the people who took photos decades ago never thought their every day snaps would wind up on some “blog” being pored over by random strangers from the future. i wonder if our own photographs are heading in the same direction? our lives are so well documented now that at least no one will ever wonder who we were. but i do wonder what the stories behind the photographs on Global Pillage are, a blog compiled by Pete Mauney with an impressive collection of imagery by mostly unknown authors.
sometimes i like to imagine that Valentino create collections just for me. i picture the entire creative team sitting in their studio in Milan, saying – “you know, Diana hasn’t done a colour comparison in a while – things are looking a bit bleak over there. should we give her some inspiration? let’s throw everything we have at her! floral prints, landscapes, Ndebele, the GALAXY… she’s gonna LOVE this.” yep.
i don’t know what it is about 2015, but for some reason i feel like it’s going to be really GREAT! i get that sense from the people who surround me in my personal life, as well as from rad people that i follow online, too. it’s almost as if everyone is saying, “2014 sucked! let’s give 2015 a real GO.” i’m going to keep reminding myself of this sentiment if ever things go wrong this year (as they invariably do). and just keep on keeping on.
i’ve never experienced the kind of bitter cold that Canada and other similarly wintery places have to deal with, but something tells me that sitting in an ice fishing hut doesn’t appeal to me much. when i saw this series by photographer Richard Johnson however, i started imagining what my own ice hut would look like… i probably wouldn’t use it for fishing though, perhaps just as a giant freezer? i can store a year’s worth of ice-cream in there.
here’s an update so what’s been going on at Beautiful Dreamers, the Brooklyn based store that i featured over a year ago. i really don’t need an excuse to show you these wonderful wares, do i? i’m really jonesing for those gorgeous ceramic vessels by April Napier and that beautiful bucket bag by Samantha Grisdale.