Soppy

Soppy

i think that many of us can relate to Soppy, a set of illustrations by Philippa Rice about the everyday minutiae within a relationship that actually mean so much. based on her relationship with illustrator Luke Pearson, she’s been sharing them on her blog since 2013 and they are now available as 112 page  book.

Atlantic Seaboard

Lucie de Moyencourt: Atlantic Seaboard

last week we visited a newish deli that opened in my neighbourhood late last year. there is a large Jewish community in Sea Point, so i benefit from all sorts of great stuff in the supermarkets around here that you typically don’t get in other areas of Cape Town (like being able to choose from ten different types of hummus) as well as a deli culture that used to be serviced by the now-closed New York Bagel. so Kleinsky’s is a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, and not only do they do great food – and satisfy my cravings for bagels and schmear – but they also have a rad interior.

Endre Penovác

Endre Penovác

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.

Mary Laube

Mary Laube

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.

Skin Cleanse

Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore

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.

Diana Beltran Herrera

Diana Beltran Herrera

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.

The Art of Valentino

Miss Moss: Valentino Colour Comparisons

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.

ELOI

ELOI scarves, made from paper cut-out designs.

i’m always into things that are slightly off-kilter and what people might call “crazy”. that’s why i instantly took a liking to ELOI, a range of scarves by artist Paige Russell who constructs vibrant designs from paper cut-outs.

2015 Illustrated Nudie Calendar

Illustrated Nudie Calendar by Anna Gleeson

illustrator Anna Gleeson made a playful, illustrated take on the age-old classic: the nudie calendar. do you guys still page directly to your birth month when looking at a calendar? i have always mentally high-fived myself whenever i get a great page in September. the two-colour riso printed calendar is available to buy here – order soon as it’s only available for a few days before Anna goes on holiday.