Peter Stichbury

Peter Stichbury is a New Zealand-born artist who paints oddly beautiful portraits. Each portrait has a level of distortion that brings a slightly surreal, almost ethereal, quality to his paintings.  Perhaps this is way Stichbury cites neo-classical artist Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres as an inspiration, as Ingres was famous for distorting the human form, particularly in his painting Grande Odalisque (1814) where the female subject’s back is anatomically incorrect and disproportionately elongated.

“For all of their “nearly oppressive flawlessness,” Stichbury’s paintings and drawings do not look back to “the repository of classical ideas,” but to a world replete with cosmetic surgery, Photoshop, Facebook, Twitter and reality television, just to name a few of the ways society exhibits new and improved faces…In his best paintings, Stichbury walks a fine line between the unblemished and the grotesque without showing his hand, either literally or metaphorically. We tend to associate flawlessness with beauty, but Stichbury’s smooth, perfectly modulated, tight surfaces are unsettling. “

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Miscellany

It’s been awhile since I did a miscellany post and it’s also a great opportunity to clear through the things I bookmarked for the blog.  Win-win. I hope you find it interesting.

An old but great editorial shoot from 2012 titled “Nairobi” for LOVE Magazine.

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The Protohaus is a stylish timber trailer home fabricated from recycled or reclaimed materials. Measuring 125 square feet,  this little dwelling is:

“built on a trailer bed rated to withstand 14,000 pounds. Separate fresh, grey, and black water systems are integrated into the design allowing for remote removal and disposal of waste. A solar and wind system power the house allowing it to be off grid.”

I’d love to spend a summer holiday in one of them.

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Adriaan Louw is a talented South African photographer and film maker. He recently shot model Giannina Antonette and the images are really beautiful.

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If you follow me on Pinterest, you will notice the proliferation of baby and kid-related pins lately. No I am not pregnant, but quite a few of my lovely friends are and I’m planning to be the best surrogate “auntie” ever. Here are some of my finds:

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The final season of Mad Men has started and I’m going to relish it.

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Artist and illustrator Neryl Walker created this lovely, playful illustration of Gorman’s Winter Harvest dress.

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Speaking of food, I’d like to give this recipe for yoghurt with toasted quinoa, dates and almonds a try.

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Bona Drag 2014 Ceremonial Collection

Bona Drag is an online store that showcases the work of independent fashion and accessory designers carefully curated by a group of talented women with an astute eye for aesthetics.

The term Bona Drag means “nice outfit” in polari, a secret language used by the gay culture in London during the 1960’s. The phrase was introduced to us by Morrissey and encapsulates the intention of the store. A shared camaraderie for those of us who seek out unique aesthetics and are fascinated by the secret language of style.”

Bona Drag recently released a lookbook for their second ceremonial collection that caters to those of us who don’t want to look a meringue on our wedding day. The collection features the work of  Mara Hoffman, Lover, Pamela Love, Daisy and Love, and Lindsay Thornburg (to name but a few).

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photography: Alexandra Valenti
model: Emily Ruhl
styling: Coryn Madley
hair and make up: Kali Kennedy
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The Herringbone House

Although I could never imagine living in a house as sparse and subdued as this (I love colour too much). I love how traditional materials like face brick have been used in an unusual way to create the facade’s herringbone pattern. Also the use of varying shapes and sizes of stone-coloured tiles provides texture, moving away from boring all-white spaces while retaining a sense of open space.

The Herringbone House was designed by Atelier ChanChan:

“Atelier ChanChan is a practice based in London, operating in the realms between art and architecture; it was founded in 2010 by Cambridge scholar and Architectural Association scholarship graduate Zoe Chan. The practice takes a phenomenological approach to its work; aiming to create unique, awe-inspiring installations and experiential architecture within the city; specializing in London’s forgotten, derelict spaces. They investigate the relationship between architecture and emotion and how material, space, light and form can be manipulated to create new, imaginative, experience-driven architectures.”

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Torne Valley

Brooklyn-based jewellery line Odette New York’s latest collection Torne Valley is a subtle collection with a number of interesting details from the hammered surfaces to the folded metal shapes.

“Founded in 2006 by artist Jennifer Sarkilahti, Odette jewelry is designed and crafted by hand in her Brooklyn studio. Sarkilahti studied fine arts, receiving her Master of Fine Arts in Painting from George Mason University and her hand-textured surfaces have become signature to the collection.”

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Photography: John Molloy
Model: Lisa Przystup
Styling: Katie McClain

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Black Portraits Collection

The Black Portraits Collection is a series of paintings by Miguel Laino rendered in an expressive, monochromatic style. Each portrait, cropped just below the shoulders, is left expressionless or given distorted facial features through dynamic brushstrokes. These emotionally-charged paintings really stuck with me, so I thought I would share them. Here is an abridged version of Miguel’s artists’ statement:

“Painting is my primary way of interpreting, reflecting and responding to the multitude of forms of things that we all attract into every moment of our lives… My work is my testimony and my expression of gratitude for each fleeting, unique thing that expresses its essence through its form and then returns to the mystery from which we all arise.”

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Brookes Boswell S/S 2014

The Spring/Summer 2014 hat collection of Brookes Boswell turned up in my inbox last week and I thought it was well worth sharing. Brookes Boswell is a New York millinery company that has consistently been releasing beautiful, bespoke hats since 2009. Here is a little more about the current collection:

“The details of the Spring & Summer 2014 collection are varied and transportive: Elastic toggles notched to bucket hats are playful and convenient, while a straw cap peppered with inky-black sequins  and a netted-hammock veil is illusive and sleek. Nautical cotton ropes are laced above wide straw brims and capped with clever, copper ends. A gauzey voile scarf affixed to a Southport Panama Straw protects from the elements while harkening back to a time of femininity and cross-continental travel.”

You can get hold of their lovely hats by visiting the Brookes Boswell online store, or one of their stockists.

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