Posts from September 2021

stripe effect

September 24, 2021

I couldn’t decide between the pink on red stripes or the green on blue ones, and so I bought both. There’s something a little thrilling about buying a sweater in September; with it comes flashes of steaming hot tea, bangers and mash, and chilly walks on leaf littered streets. It won’t be long before my sweaters are bobbling from too much wear and I’m desperate for caftan weather. But today, on this most chilly September day, I’m embracing my new jumper. I may just wear both.

portrait of a woman

September 23, 2021

With nods to Gauguin, Rousseau and Manet, Stefania Tejada’s portraits are rich, beautiful and arresting. It’s the piercing gaze of her sitters that inhales our attention. And with backdrops so lush and exotic, it’s hard to look away. Tejada draws on her Colombian heritage, and delves deeply into themes of womanhood, nature and identity.

paper chase

September 22, 2021

One of the reasons why I’m drawn to collage is because I loved it so much as child. Paper scraps, plastic glue spreaders, glitter and paint; it was my favourite thing to do in art class. In my late teens, I studied the work of papier collé greats such as Picasso and Braque, and fell in love with Matisse’s exuberant cutouts. I have dozens of scrap books and photo albums filled with old photographs, letters, and other ephemera all collaged together with tape and Pritt Stick. “There seems to be a connection between childhood and collagist practice…collage is a realm of play,” writes artist, John Stezaker in an article on British collagist, Lauri Hopkins. As a child in Bognor Regis, Hopkins didn’t have toys or traditional art materials to play with, so collaging with discarded papers, pencils and home made glue was how she passed her time. Vintage book sleeves, candy wrappers and old cardboard are all used in the brightly coloured abstract collages she creates today. There is a beautiful childlikeness to her simple forms and expressive palette. Have a look at her work –– you may feel whisked back to your elementary art class, too.

around and around

September 21, 2021

Aubergines on pedestals; Lynn Karlin elevates the lowly vegetable to high art.

The joyous colour of Ana Prata.

Maren Kloppmann‘s porcelain wall sculptures.

Fall Suppers; oven baked lentil soup with greens.

Tessa Traeger’s beautiful photographs of eggs.

18th century Dutch Delft tiles.

everyday

September 20, 2021

Every now and then, I come across a project that resonates with me and Mary Jo Hoffman‘s daily photo blog, STILL is one such project. For almost a decade, the aerospace engineer-cum-artist has posted an image everyday of something she’s found –– a gingko leaf, a pine cone, branches, feathers, and dried flowers –– in and around her Minneapolis home. The accompanying text is thoughtful and poetic. The photographs caught my attention, yes, but it was Hoffman’s daily discipline that I found equally compelling. “When you’re doing it every day like that, some days are very pedestrian,” she says. “Not every day is artful, and that’s kind of the fun of it. It’s like doing scales. But then on some days magic happens.” As someone who blogs everyday, and has done for years, Hoffman’s words were a helpful reminder that when you’re in anything for the long haul, there are good days, bad ones, and once in a while, an amazing one.

latvia, love

September 17, 2021

If it’s beautifully made, earth friendly linens in all shades of stone that you’re after, have a look at RIIJA, a line of homewares from Latvia. The style is minimal, with a nod to Latvian ancestry. Think lace edged tablecloths and blankets with a traditional Lielvārde belt pattern. I’m after a pair of sheep wool slippers in grey or cream; perfect for when the days get cooler.

modern weave

September 17, 2021

Stephanie Schneider‘s delicate pieces are a weave of mohair, silk and linen with silver and gold. Textiles meet jewellery in each unique necklace, bracelet and ring. Tiny pearls adorn one exquisite bracelet and another one is a mix of red silk and oxidized metal. These are modern heirlooms, to be passed down for generations.

bathroom reading

September 15, 2021

Long time readers know how I feel about the guest loo, the home’s alter personality. When we renovated our house, it was the room I thought about most. We painted it a dark, inky blue, and added a concrete sink adorned with old fashioned brass taps. Sketches for ceramic vases cover one wall and the floor is the colour of a night sky. It’s tiny and decadent, and in total contrast to the rest of the house. The only thing left to do is scribble something on a piece of paper and stick it to the wall. I got this idea from a friend of mine who taped Constantine Cavafy’s Ithaca to the wall beside the loo roll at their family cottage. “When you read something enough times, the message sticks.” Ithaca is one of my favourite poems, a reminder to embrace the journey. For our own loo literature, I’m considering Priest’s wedding speech. Or some Dolly Parton lyrics.

around and around

September 14, 2021

Rococo textiles by William Killburn.

Joanne Burke’s wearable sculptures.

A spiral concrete staircase in São Paulo.

Scandinavian inspired textiles from Eloise Renouf.

A pink house on the island of Naxos.

Triple chocolate Madeleines.

Eamon Mac Mahon’s stunning aerial photographs. “I’m drawn to that feeling you have, especially in an old-growth forest, that the world takes care of itself, that nature left alone has systems that keep each other in balance.”

trifecta

September 13, 2021

I keep coming back to this fabulous pairing of colours from Valentino’s Spring 2019 couture. Imagine two people who you never would have pegged as a couple meeting, falling in love, and living happily ever after. That’s how I feel about pink and tobacco. They’re unexpectedly fabulous together. Now, if said duo were to have a bébé she’d be aqua, et voilà, fait accompli.

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