sometimes you browse through someone’s work just because it makes you feel really GOOD. that’s what i felt when i discovered the artwork of Chicago based illustrator Laura Berger, and i spent the next while looking at every print available at her online shop (i particularly love this one and this one.. oh and this one.)
this is one of the coolest things i’ve seen in a while. Onehundredforty is an art experiment that merges smart programming with beautiful design to make personal art prints – from a tweet of your choice. basically you select a tweet, Onehundredforty generates your design, and they print and send it to you.
Jo Waterhouse is a designer from the UK who specialises in hand-printed textiles, homewares and fine art prints. you can buy her awesome things at her online shop, but you can also find her goods at Family Tree in London for the next 2 months leading up to Christmas. so if you want some cool gifts, get on down there!
birds have gotten a bad rap these past few years, appearing in a cutesy manner on anything and everything from ceramics to dish towels to tote bags (put a bird on it!) at one point i found myself saying, “if i see one more bird…” but Australian designer and illustrator Pete Cromer has made me appreciate our feathered friends once again with his Aussie bird prints. i also love his other prints like this whale head and happy cogs. all available at his online shop.
you know i’m a fan of wearing the pants, and if they’re designed specifically for comfort then they’re even better. the debut collection from MATTER, a socially motivated clothing line founded by Yvonne Suner and Renyung Ho after a trip across India, features “pants to see the world in”. they are made from Tussar silk cotton, with no zips to snag or clasps to break.
Working with artisan communities in Rajasthan, MATTER employs time-honored techniques of the loom and blockprint to develop unique fabrics and designs. Pants styles are designed through multiple fittings on multiple women, and field tested to ensure they withstand the challenges of airplane hopping or rush hour traﬃc navigation, taking the wearer from sandy beach to city bar with ease.
peruse their first collection at their online shop (and they ship internationally, for free)
i love the internet for just this reason: discovering a Ghanaian inspired fashion label, started by an Australian print lover, thanks to a recommendation from an Aussie internet friend, who i have never met, and now lives in London. YEVU was started by Anna Robertson who, after a year of living in Ghana, decided to bring the vibrant West African textiles to her home town of Sydney. she was particularly inspired by the print-on-print aesthetic of the locals, who aren’t afraid to be bold in their sartorial choices.
YEVU is a brand that was inspired by, and developed in Ghana in 2013. The idea was to celebrate and harness the beauty of West African wax prints and the craftsmanship of Ghanaian tailors and seamstresses, to create unique and fun apparel that fit the lifestyle of my friends in Summer in Sydney. Each piece is unique. The fabrics were hand picked from the markets of Accra, Kumasi, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire. Each garment has been constructed by hand in Accra in collaboration with local businesses. Its an ethically produced range which attempts to connect the buyer with the marketplace of West Africa.
you can follow along on their tumblr and instagram, and also read a great interview with Anna about the label here. and in case you were wondering, Yevu is the word for white person or foreigner in a Ewe, the language of the Volta region in Ghana.
Kristina Krogh is a Danish graphic designer and artist who combines different materials and their surfaces to create fascinating designs that you can buy as prints. you can see more & purchase at her online shop.
I think the strong mix of these exclusive and cheap textual materials such as marble, ply, wood, cork and paper is an interesting an unexpected combination that I love. My inspiration comes from the things and objects that surrounds me; a beautiful old parquet, a perfect color combination on a building, a stone floor in a church, a bike ride through Copenhagen – among many other things.
i love Aussie brand Gorman – their prints just scream S U M M E R. and since us south africans, and our counterparts in the southern hemisphere, are going into spring i feel like this is the kind of stuff everyone should be wearing. at the moment we are still having some cooooold days, but perhaps if we, as a collective, wear beautiful bold prints it will force the sun to come out.
there is a distinctive handwriting that underpins all of gorman’s designs, from its whimsical signature prints, directional knitwear and distinctive colour palettes. for all of its vintage and tribal references, gorman is thoroughly modern and inspired by the everyday, and the local culture and artists that surround us.
a sure-fire way to know that the holiday season is upon us (apart from the christmas carols playing ad-nauseum in the supermarkets) is the sudden appearance of the new year calendar. just in case you needed to be reminded that 2012 is O-V-E-R. on to the next! here are some of my favourites (there are a couple in my recent gift guides too).
the ultimate cat calendar, Dreamcats:
and something a bit different, a lasercut desk calendar:
my go-to gift, and also my favourite to receive, is a print or a piece of art for my wall (or floor, or shelf, or wherever i can squeeze it in due to impending space issues). 20×200 has a great gift guide going at the moment, which i think is perfect for the holidays. they specialise in limited edition prints at affordable prices, and you get them framed too so it’s a sweet deal all round. these are some of my favourites in their shop.
i’ve been seeing some nice paper related goods around lately – notecards, prints, what have you. and since it’s almost the season to send someone a nice card or buy someone a nice print for christmas i thought i’d help you along with some suggestions.
banquet atelier & workshop has really beautiful geometric cards, neon calligraphy cards and rad prints too:
sparrow nest script has some humorous cards and other fun print related material:
everything at quill & fox is fantastic:
parrott design studio deals in beautiful calligraphic cards:
as does sugar paper:
i like these custom thank you cards by seaborn press:
a cool notecard set for any occasion set by besotted brand:
anek has a variety of nice prints for your walls:
karolin schnoor is mega talented:
so is emily isabella:
i like katie wohl’s geometric prints:
here’s the créme de la créme (print):
and, be brave and be kind.
let me explain to you how this usually goes. i start browsing through my trusted roll of street style blogs, opening my favourite looks in new tabs, then i usually have a gander at bukowski’s to see what new art they have on their books (the internet isn’t fun if you don’t multi-task) which leads to a couple of mmmm moments. mmm this is an interesting theme. mmm these look good together. and then blammo! mashup magic happens.
yes, that’s how it usually goes.