I do not cope well with heat – when the temperature goes above 28 degrees celsius I turn into a grumpy, lethargic monster. So in these swelteringly hot days that Cape Town has been delivering in abundance, it helps to entertain thoughts of the colder and wetter months of the year.
Whit is a New York fashion label that consistently delivers in terms of wearability and sophistication. Their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection is perfect for the South African winter ,(that is thankfully rather moderate), comprising of pieces suitable for most occasions and made interesting through the use of bold prints and interesting textures.
Judy Millar is an artist from New Zealand, whose home and studio can be found on the remote wind-swept shoreline of Waitakere just outside Auckland. I’d love to hole myself up in a place like this to draw and take in the view.
“Upon four acres, her home, comprised of found industrial materials, overlooks the black sands of Anawhata beach. Known for its treacherous conditions, the beauty of this rugged coastline exudes a wild energy and beauty. Describing her home like an animal that moves and makes sounds in the wind, it is a structure that she has become inextricably linked with. A series of sprawling sub-tropical garden beds have been built up as protection from the wind, that over time have seen the roof replaced more than once.”
via: Freunde von Freunden
Thomas Prior is a New York-based photographer, who developed his interest in the field by poring over the work of Magnum Photographers. He then gained experience by assisting photographers Luis Sanchis and Jason Nocito before venturing out on his own. Since then he has worked as a photojournalist, commercial photographer, fashion photographer, as well as documenting more personal and impressionistic images of his own life.
The Art of Instruction by Katrien van der Schueren is a favourite in my humble collection of art books. This large book is a collection of illustrated educational charts from the 19th Century, covering topics from art, to design, science, and natural history. It’s a book I consistently go back to, poring over its beautiful pages again and again.
I was captivated when I discovered the U.S. National Library of Medicine‘s lovely collection of vintage, illustrated, Chinese Public Health Posters - most of which were published in the 1950′s. The choice of colour and the composition of the posters are so great.
I really love the work of Mexican design studio Anagrama. They tailor their design to each project without losing the aesthetic sensibility that makes them so great. In a nutshell, Anagrama is far from a one-trick pony and well deserve their title as “creative juggernauts”.
Their latest project is a full branding treatment for Xoclad, a high-end pastry and confectionery shop in the Mayan Riviera.
“ Xoclad needed to communicate the area’s strong Mayan culture in a classy way that could never be called cliché or tacky. First, we gave its name a visual and phonetic pre-Hispanic feeling that also conveyed one of the shop’s prime products: chocolate. Then we designed a labyrinth-like pattern reminiscent of antique mayan art and architecture ornamentation. The colour palette consigns the brand with a sober, clean feeling that makes it modern and sweet.”
kowtow is a New Zealand fashion label with a strong environmental philosophy. Their “fairtrade organic clothing…is ethically and sustainably made from seed to garment”. kowtow’s factory is based in Kolkata, India. Not only do they make unique but wearable clothing, they also contribute to improving the living and working conditions for people in the local community.
I particularly liked their Autumn/Winter 2014 collection that features some great prints and unusual silhouettes. All of the pieces look damn comfortable too.
I was awe-struck by these aerial photographs of Botswana by New York-based artist Zack Seckler that resemble abstract colour field paintings. These photographs form part of Zeckler’s latest exhibition titled Botswana, currently on show at Robin Rice Gallery in New York:
“ Through his unique perspective, vistas once invisible to those on the ground or in a jetliner above are captured in exquisite detail. As he soars over the wildlife and its surrounding beauty, the earth deconstructs into parts and shapes and we see the subtle, aesthetic moments within the iconic landscapes. This rare view enabled Seckler to create images that are simultaneously familiar and unfamiliar.”