Joanne Nam

Joanne Nam is a Korean artist based in Los Angeles, whose paintings and illustration have a decidedly contemplative and melancholic atmosphere. In her compositions, often beautiful young women pose awkwardly in darkened landscapes. Nam is a self-professed horror film fan, so this could have a little something to do with the eerie atmosphere that she is able to create. You can read a more detailed interview with the artist and learn about her creative process over here.

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Fashion Illustrated

I have a soft spot for certain types of fashion illustration. Styles vary greatly in the genre of fashion illustration from photorealistic to mere impressions of pattern and shapes. My appreciation is more for the latter. I thought I’d share some ones I’ve appreciated lately.

Capetonian illustrator Katrin Coetzer recently did a series of the most beautiful fashion illustrations for Issue 14 of Kinfolk. She is such a talented artist.

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Sainte Maria is a Russian fashion illustrator with a lively and bright style.

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Miscellany

Given my scarcity of blogging this week, I thought I would end it off with a bumper blogpost that features a selection of beautiful, delicious, and interesting things. Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

How to grow your own cactus fence. I really want to try this.

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This jacket is magic.

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So is this one.

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People Blocks are a limited edition artist sculpture series designed by Andy Rementer and produced by Case Studyo.

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Having an itinerant husband who travels a lot means that I have to often have to tackle the ominous task of cooking for one. Generally this means that I have toast with a changing roster of toppings. Maybe I’ll graduate into making more sophisticated meals, but in the meantime here are some toast combinations I love:

Avocado on toast – this is my go-to/old faithful

2013-0628_avocados-189Grilled cheese (otherwise known as the divine union of cheese and carbs)- can I get an amen!

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Lemon, ricotta, basil and honey bruschetta

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An old classic: peanut butter – but I vary the type of nut butters (almond butter is great), sometimes I add jam, or  honey, or cinnamon, or pears.

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If I had this beautifully packaged toothpaste as a child I think the idea of tooth brushing would have been much more appealing. This clever concept is designed by Miriam König.

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The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst is a HBO docu-miniseries directed by Andrew Jarecki that has been described as the television version of the critically acclaimed podcast Serial. I can see why – it’s a gripping murder mystery. The plot investigates millionaire Robert Durst as the potential culprit of three brutal murders. His story is marked by so many twists, odd characters, scattered clues, and just plain strangeness, it’s hard not to get drawn in.

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Anna Kövecses

There is a real art to simplifying an image to its most basic elements in most fields of creative practice. It’s something I struggle with when I am drawing, my desire is always to add more detail. This difficult task of simplification is masterfully handled in the work of Anna Kövecses, a Hungarian-born graphic designer currently living in Cyprus.

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I really liked these striking portraits she created of pop culture love icons for Hong Kong publication Milk X:

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Hypnopompic

Kuusta Saksi is a phenomenally talented Finnish designer, who currently lives and works in Amsterdam. His works have a liminal feeling –  floating somewhere between the real world and the unbridled creativity of the unconscious. Hypnopompic is a collection of  psychedelic wool carpets created by Saksi using the jacquard weaving technique.

“The collection title, Hypnopompic refers to a state of sensory confusion leading out of sleep, when the state of awakening gets mixed with the dream world into a surreal reality. It is an exceptional state of consciousness, in which one may experience the presence of, or see creatures and animals, such as spiders, monkeys and insects. Hypnopompic state has also been affiliated with visual delusions caused by migraine. These graphic patterns, designs and textures are thought to have contributed to the traditions of ornamentation, mosaic and textile.”

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Sisters of Sclerder

Sisters of Sclerder is a captivating project by photographer Ibolya Fehrer, documenting the quiet and humble existence of nuns in The Carmelite Monastery in Cornwall.

“The Carmelite order is one of the oldest and strictest among the female contemplative orders. Sclerder Abbey is an enclosed monastery where outsiders are allowed only on rare occasions. Apart from the two recreation times the sisters spend their day in prayer and working in silence, only talking when it is necessary.

My work explores monastic life as an alternative way of living at the beginning of the 21st century in Britain. As our contemporary society is driven by materialism and is ever more homogenised, it is increasingly challenging to find alternative, more spiritual lifestyles. The Nuns take vows of obedience, poverty and chastity and dedicate their life to live in unity with God and to pray for the world. As a community their simple but strict lifestyle allows them to seek harmony and happiness.”

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Native Youth SS15

British label Native Youth is not necessarily doing anything new with their SS 2015 Women’s Collection, but the pieces that make up the collection are infinitely versatile and wearable. They are the type of clothes that become well-worn favourites, the clothing that you return to again and again. You could say that this is mirrored by their approach:

“Native Youth reflects the no-nonsense British way of doing things. Signature details creating a stylish recognisable look for a confident generation.”

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