Posts from October 2020

creativity abounds

October 5, 2020

Frances Palmer is a bee keeper and a potter. She grows giant dahlias (some 140 varieties) in her beautiful Connecticut garden, and is a passionate photographer and cook. She studied Art History at Columbia and cut her teeth at print making and knitting before getting into clay. I read an inspiring profile on Palmer in House & Garden today –– her creativity, approach to clay, and life. Of clay she says, “you have to be completely calm. I meet the material part-way. It’s the same with the flowers and bees.” And of her ability to move from one creative endeavour to another, she says, “I’ve trained myself to do many different things in small segments over the course of the day…..Yesterday I began by making a butternut squash cake for our meeting, then I worked on my kintsugi.” It’s always exciting to meet a person so abundantly creative and whose aesthetic is so confident that it manifests in every single thing they create. Have a gander around her home; it really is a labour of love.


October 5, 2020

My Mum wore Kenzo in the 90s. She owned a lot of the brand’s signature prints, and she wasn’t afraid of combing them. I was sad to hear of the passing of Kenzo Takada. His designs were exuberant, playful and irreverent. As journalist, Suzy Menkes said yesterday, “he wanted to make happy clothes.” If you have a minute today, please watch this beautiful portrait of Kenzo’s hands created by Buenos Aires-based filmmaking collective, 1985. “The hand is where the mind meets the world. The way we use it shows what kind of a person you are.”

creature comforts

October 1, 2020

“A lot of people are intimidated by a blank canvas, but I love it,” says artist, Kindah Khalidy who’s juicy coloured canvases caught my eye a few years ago. “There’s just a million possibilities of what you can do.” We own a tiny Khalidy –– weird blobs and scribbles in blue, red, yellow and neon pink –– that moves from room to room. “I like to leave it open for interpretation and see what people see in the at work. I think it’s more fun that way.” I see a hat, a cloud, a whale, a boob and a mountain in our painting, but beyond the shapes, it’s Khadily’s playful, childlike embrace of colour that I love. Have a look at her website; her tea towels, masks and tote bags are hard not to love.

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