after matisse

February 7, 2019

Matisse is by far my favourite artist, so to come across a young Mexico City based painter who’s portraits are infused with Henri’s jubilant colour and distorted perspectives, made me happy. I love these bathing beauties, and the faces on these demoiselles epitomize jolie laide. Have a look at Ana Leovy’s prints, they’re exuberant.

chaise chic

February 5, 2019

Here’s to beautiful chaise longues, preferably velvet ones. I’ve always loved the idea of owning one, and then wearing outfits befitting a chaise. A caftan and a tiara, perhaps. Gorgeous cotton pajamas. A house coat. This one fits the bill. I think I’d look good against sage green.

animal instinct

February 5, 2019

How can anyone not love these quirky, porcelain rings from Nach Bijoux? The peacock, the parrot and the rhino are my favourites, but I’d be happy with any animal on the arc. I kind of want to wear one on each finger. Have a look at the pins, too. That little frog is calling my name. Ribit.

la la land

February 1, 2019

This is my summer wardrobe –– a Mexican moomoo, straw hat and sunnies –– and I’m missing it. So, to feel a little brighter I’m scrolling through Ulla Johnson’s SS 19, and imagining myself on a beach in this white ruffled frock. Wait a minute, I can do better than that. How about standing on the bow of a 100 foot sailboat of the coast of Costa Rica wearing this metallic jacquard silk number? With no sun spots and thick, flowy hair. Yeah, that’ll do.

off the wall

January 31, 2019

I came across the work of Argentine artist, Francisco M. Diaz today, specifically his large scale murals. Diaz, who goes by the street name Pastel, paints flora and fauna on walls all over the world. His locations are never arbitrary, but rather selected due to their historical significance. Pastel’s, ‘Two peasants’ mural in Kiev (below) was inspired by the Makhnovist movement. How poignant, that he looks to nature, local nettle plants, to explore such a charged and thorny moment in history. This quote was posted on his social media, shortly after he completed the work. “We have all flirted with freedom and, deep inside all of us have the urge to make it a serious relationship. The Anarchist values of individual freedom, grass roots democracy, and the decentralisation of all forms of power are, if anything, more pertinent today then over. See you on the barricades.” Tony Allen, Kiev.

childsplay

January 31, 2019

Proving that children’s rooms need not be childish, this wallpaper is such a delight. It’s sweet and charming, but the monochrome makes it chic, too. The rust headboard and smattering of pillows is great looking against the wallpaper, and I love how this little girl gets an elegant vase of full tulips all to herself.

visible women

January 29, 2019

Have you heard of Louise Nevelson? Pissed off with the many holes in my art history education, I’ve decided to learn about a new female artist every week. Nevelson was a Russian Jewish woman born in 1899, who created sculptures from scraps of wood and other abandoned materials. Her massive, “Sky Gate, New York” sculpture, stood in the mezzanine of World Trade Center before it collapsed. In her book, Rediscovering Seven Outstanding American Women Artists, Donna Seamen describes Nevelson’s work as, “wooden poems, each box a stanza, each piece a word, yet they are not tethered to any one language. They speak to everyone.”

knock on wood

January 29, 2019

if you’re not claustrophobic, this is the place for you. I mean is there a room cozier? I bet some great stargazing goes on this room. I love the blue stripe with the colourful Persian. Of course, now I want to see the rest of the house. I am picturing a tiny but perfect pine cabin in the Catskills or Swiss Alps.

pinch, coil, repeat

January 28, 2019

I’m learning how to make pinch pots, and then adding coils for additional height. It’s kind of amazing to me how large a vessel made entirely from coils can get. Lawson Oyekan‘s monolithic sculptures are entirely pinched and coiled. I find Candice Methe‘s massive hand-pinched pots so very exciting, too. A friend showed me Maria Martinez‘ work last week; a legendary native American potter who made pots using long tubes of clay. Mine are still quite small, and they very often crack as I still have so much to learn. Timing is key, and as with all things pottery, the best vessels are ones made slowly. Here, Marea Gazzard, one of England’s most significant mid century ceramicists, coils a pot.

uniform

January 28, 2019

Here, right here, is my dream outfit. Chanel flats, (nude on black) scruffy jeans, good cashmere, and a blouse with frills, lace and bows. There is nothing I would add or take away. It’s perfect.

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