Miscellany

Time for another smorgasbord of things for you to look at!

I love this Nude with iPhone series by illustrator Christopher DeLorenzo. A contemporary take on the nude that is so simple but so beautifully executed.

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Going to try this recipe for Warm Swedish Caramel Apple Cheesecake from Half Baked Harvest. It looks delicious.

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Clive Roddy is the clever fellow behind these Cacti Coasters. When they are not in use, these birch plywood coasters can slot together in multiple formations to create an attractive cactus sculpture.

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Seventies-style fashion is popping up all over the various fashion blogs I follow – from high waisted, wide-legged trousers, to billowy blouses, floral prints and feminine frills. **Click on the images below for their respective links

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HRUSKAA is an etsy store with some elegant hanging planters.

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Really enjoyed this article about Legoland builder Veronica Watson. She did this amazing Lego recreation of Pablo Picasso’s iconic anti-war mural Guernica, which I’ve included an image of below.

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The Future is Female. Amen to that.

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Two lovely jungly drawings by Indian illustrator and visual artist Nupur Panemanglor.

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Peter Pilotto’s Resort 2016 collection is a collaboration between Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos, featuring a range of Greek-inspired sandals:

“Pilotto and De Vos riffed on the aesthetics of an ancient Greek board game by creating patterns with a vaguely Aegean feel. There were colorful embroideries, placid pastel-toned jacquards, and cozy intarsia knits…”

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Bored Girls

Bored Girls is a photographic series by Portland-based creative Anja Verdugo. The project began during an impromptu shoot when a moment of boredom was captured on camera. This grew into over 30 portraits of bored women against bright pastel backdrops.

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Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge

Chief Solomon Osagie Alonge (1911-1994) was a Nigerian photographer who held the title of official photographer for the Royal Court of Benin in the mid 20th century. In 1942 he opened his own studio called The Ideal Studio where he did private commissions, documenting Nigeria’s social and cultural elite.

Those in the upper echelon of society who could afford to do so would come dressed in their best outfits to have their portraits taken. Staring straight into Alonge’s lens, each subject had the power to represent himself or herself in the manner of their own choosing, a significant statement at a time when photos of Africans were often filtered through the gaze of a non-African photographer or anthropologist.”

The Washington Post did an article on some of these amazing images, which I thought I would share with you today.

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To Watch: Deutschland 83

I’m not going to make any excuses about neglecting this blog because it’s always the same. Let’s just write it up as “life” and get on with things. With that said, it’s always nice to return to this little corner of the internet to share some things with those of you who still check this blog on occasion. For your patience and attention I thank you.

I wanted to revisit my “To Watch” feature where I share good television and/or movies that I have stumbled across while researching for work or in my free time. You can see previous posts here, here and here.

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My most recent discovery, thanks to my friend Sandra’s recommendation, is Deutschland 83 produced by Sundance TV and RTL Television. It is an 8-part German series set in East and West Germany during the Cold War – 1983 to be exact. The narrative follows a young solider called Martin Rauch (played by Jonas Nay) who is recruited by East German intelligence to infiltrate the West German army to collect information on their nuclear plans.

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Not only is the series masterfully structured to keep you gripped throughout, the art direction and cinematography is meticulously considered to create an authentic and visually striking final product. The soundtrack is packed with 1980’s synth pop hits that will have you singing or humming along for days after you watch it – you can find a Deutschland 83 YouTube playlist here. I’m really hoping they pick it up for another season.

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School Portraits

American documentary photographer Eliot Elisofon took these striking portraits of female students at a Protestant secondary school in Mbandaka, Congo, in 1972. I love the mix of hairstyles – these ladies had an amazing sense of style.

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Zeren Badar

The Accident Series is a multimedia art project by Turkish artist Zeren Badar that draws from the western art canon with a cheeky sense of humour.

“The idea is old masters meet with pop art and found objects. I create 3D collages and photograph them. I destroy classic paintings and I make them my own”

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Red Cap Cards

I don’t usually buy cards because I prefer to make them myself, but I would definitely break that rule for Red Cap Cards. Founded by Hal Mertz and Carrie Gifford, Red Cap Cards:

“creates a platform for emerging artists to reach a broad audience, fitting art into the every-day. Thoughtfully curated, each illustrator is hand-selected for their notable work and achievements in children’s book illustration, animation, design and modern art. Each illustrator offers a unique perspective, and is seen as a storyteller with a visual story to tell.”

Some notable illustrators who have contributed designs are Jon Klassen, Lizzy Stewart, Becca Stadtlander, Chris Sasaki and Yelena Bryksenkova.

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They have recently released a foil collection that is luxurious and beautiful.

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