It is with a very heavy heart that I write this post. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has passed away at the age of 95. I’m not one for political commentary on this blog but I feel the event is too important not to mention. He was an amazingly inspiring man who had a profound effect on all South Africans. Using his talents as lawyer, politician, freedom fighter and president of South Africa, he made innumerable positive changes to our country and the people/organisations he encountered.
As a South African I feel very privileged and thankful to have been alive during his lifetime and to enjoy the rights and freedoms that he and so many others fought so hard for. His compassion, patience, respect and openness for all people was truly exemplary. He will be greatly missed – rest in peace Madiba.
Maybe its because I’m an old soul at heart, but I’ve always wanted to dye my hair grey or white. So you can understand why I responded to this photo essay in the tenth issue of Kinfolk Magazine.
Kinfolk’s latest issue that is curated around the theme of ageing. The Grace of Gray is one of the photo essays, shot by Neil Bedford and styled by Rose Forde, that captures portraits of beautiful and accomplished women with grey or silver hair.
Production: Upstairs Production
Photographer’s first assistant: Chris Rhodes
Photographer’s second assistant: Chris Nutt
Photographer’s retoucher: Oliver Carver
Assistant stylist: Lauryn Tomlinson
Hair: Marcia Lee with Caren
Makeup: Gina Blondell
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Tagged Chris Nutt, Chris Rhodes, Gina Blondell, grey hair, Issue 10, Kinfolk Magazine, Lauryn Tomlinson, Marcia Lee, Neil Bedford, Oliver Carver, portraits, Rose Forde, The Aged Issue, The Grace of Gray, Upstairs Production
Hooray! A post dedicated to beautifully designed packaging! Let’s get started…
Nutritional supplements are usually a frightening mess of bad typography and neon colours when it comes to packaging. Andreas Engelbreckt Kamp Bünger addressed this faux pas with his elegant monochromatic packaging design for One Nutrition, a Danish brand of supplements for athletes. The central element of the design is a bespoke typeface called Viktor.
Skandinavisk is a lifestyle brand that celebrates Scandinavian culture and aesthetics through a range of handmade candles. I really like their simple, iconic packaging design.
Moodley Brand Identity created this fun and friendly packaging for a family-run German bakery called Sorger.
Brew York City is centred around the old growler bar format – where customers can fill growlers (a distinctive brown glass jug) with dozens of different beers in drug stores. CBX created the packaging replete with elegant typography.
Luna Burger is an Ohio-based company that creates fancy frozen food, more specifically vegan, veggie burger patties made from organic, locally-sourced ingredients. Slagle Design created their packaging adorned with beautiful plant-based patterns specific to each product.
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Tagged Andreas Engelbreckt Kamp Bünger, beer packaging, bespoke typeface, Brew York City, frozen food packaging, Luna Burger, Moodley Brand Identity, nutritional supplements, One Nutrition, Scandinavian candles, Skandinavisk, Slagle Design, Sorger, Viktor
Emi Ueoka is a Japanese illustrator who is currently based in Melbourne, Australia. She got her start as a editorial designer in Tokyo, before moving into creating illustrations for Bloomberg NY and Nieve books, as well as her own self-initiated work.
She has a really distinctive style, rendering her subject matter in a minimalist style without losing vital details and moments. I’d love to own one of her illustrations one day.
Photographer Koen Hauser collaborated with stylist and art director Maarten Spruyt to create this vibrant series of images of Vlisco’s Hommage a l’Art Collection, inspired by the regal African women who wear Vlisco‘s colourful, printed fabrics.
“Dutch fabric manufacturer Vlisco was founded by entrepreneur Pieter Fenterer van Vlissingen in 1846, the company, which pioneered the production of Indonesian batik cloth.”
Tadao Cern is a Lithuanian architect turned photographer. His series Comfort Zone documents a variety of people asleep on the beach – a moment of relaxed vulnerability outside of usual social limitations.
“These photos are not staged and people did not suspect that they were photographed by me. I chose to capture images of sleeping vacationers because it accurately represents the name of the project ‘Comfort Zone’… I chose to showcase only the photos with hidden faces not by an accident, but to grant an observer with an opportunity to calmly scrutinize each and every detail without being distracted. It also helps to avoid empathy or connection between people in the photos and the observers.”
Cachetejack is the pseudonym for the illustration duo Nuria Bellver and Raquel Fanjul – two Spanish creatives based in London.
“Their illustration universe is full of colours, energy, humour and irony. The hand drawn work of Cachetejack takes a fresh and unique style working in a variety of mediums, including—but not limited to—books, magazines, newspapers, clothing, drawing, painting, walls and illustration. Cachetejack combines reality with a cool point of view to create situations and environments closer to the viewer.”