Lately I’ve been somewhat obsessed with mustaches and I guess I’m not the only one considering the mustache merchandise popping up everywhere. They are funny things aren’t they? And I do think their right place is on stuff in stead of on a face. Except when the face belongs to someone in a play or in a photo booth. Then a mustache could be just what’s missing! I recently discovered Tiger.dk and bought myself three rolls of their mustache tape. Great (affordable) shop by the way!
I enjoyed my day today. The weather was beautiful outside so I went for a long walk with my son, all wrapped up extra warm since it’s below zero Celsius here. I wore my mou mou’s and felt so snugly in them. When we got back we played hide & seek and we read books. Chris Haughton’s book Mama kwijt (Little owl lost) is my boy’s current favorite. He just loves the happy ending. I toyed around with my camera (you know the Nikon D80) and decided to name him Roland in honor of Roland Barthes and his book on photography Camera Lucida. Me and Roland are starting to get to know each other.
I promised to share some impressions of the Modefabriek, which I was so fortunate to attend. There were two especially inspiring areas called mint (which featured ethical fashion and lifestyle brands) and a section called cutting edge. I saw a lot of labels I didn’t know yet and of course I saw the collections of my favorite brands.
I do hope you have had a wonderful weekend! Today’s post is dedicated to the lovely talent of Joyce Tenneson. I have had one of her photo’s in my image library for a long time (one of her well-known photo’s) and it still strikes a chord when I see it. The colours of the photo (sort of sweet), the naked breasts of the woman and her gaze. It is just exactly like a painting. Joyce Tenneson’s work breathes softness and fragility, she is inspired by mythology among other things. Her women are goddesses. They are strong in their vulnerability. Her photo’s refer to a time long gone, to a sort of primitive being. I like the rawness embedded in the softness. There is sorrow and beauty there too. A dream on the verge of a nightmare perhaps…?
One of my most favorite publishers is Chronicle Books. Of course every one who is concerned with decorating, illustration, cooking and crafting must know of them. They have the most gorgeous books and the single best nose for talent. Whenever I’m in Frankfurt (at the Buchmesse) I always go by their stand. Almost every book of theirs is a must-have. They are simply cutting edge. They are the publishing home of bloghero Holly Becker of decor8 and her book Decorate, they publish the books by Lotta Jansdotter, they do DIY, photography, architecture, craft, you name it. Even more exciting, they are branching out into merchandising such as papergoods and work together with the most talented illustrators. Some of these illustrators I simply love, such as the great Junzo Terada, Rex Rey and Grady McFerrin.
I always have a little coffee moment to myself while I browse their new catalogues and eagerly mark everything I would very much like. Sometimes I buy something from my Chronicle (chronic) wish list, but more often I just dream. Next on my wish list are these Shoegazing notecards edited by Uppercase magazine’s Janine Vangool.
It must be one of these postcards featured on the fall / winter catalogue gift by Chronicle. Loving it!
If I would have to define my style it would be something like Audrey Hepburn meets Charlize Theron. I like clothing that is refined and sophisticated, I like beautiful materials and feminine cuts, but I also like abstract patterns. I’m maybe less of a flower girl, I think flowers are beautiful in a vase but put them on a dress or shirt and they somehow almost always seem niffy. One of the stores I simply adore thanks to their cutting edge style and minimalistic, abstract clothes is COS. Whenever I was in The Hague, home of COS’ s flagship store in the Netherlands, I went there dragging my husband along with me (little did he know we were only in The Hague for the COS shop) and abused him as clothing rack to throw my ever growing piles of items on. During the Sale-season things were even worse. I once was refused into a fitting room because I wanted to try too many items. They were unsympathetic and unyielding considering the endless line I would have to stand in again. In the hustle and bustle of the store (packed with bargain hunters, accidental shoppers – how I hate those unaware of the genius that is COS – future designers and young creatives) I went trying on all of my items in front of a lost mirror blushing and sweating while still trying to keep some sort of composure. That is my COS addiction for you.
I don’t know how many times I asked the different cashiers if the flagship store in The Hague really was the only COS store in the Netherlands. I could not for the life of me comprehend why they wouldn’t want to branch out at least to Amsterdam (which is closer to home). Amsterdam, as in capital city of the Netherlands! Or at least open an online shop!! But, at long last a wish has come true. They recently opened a little (modest) store in one of Amsterdam’s most original shopping area’s: the 9 streets (a place I know so well, I could draw you a map of the little streets and their shops). Of course I was overjoyed and immediately prepared an opportunity to visit the shop. It is the end of the year after all. There must be some sale going on… Today was that day.
Of course I encountered somewhat of a crowd when I entered the shop decorated in the same clean signature style and furniture. It is not a large shop and only three (!) fitting rooms which resulted in (you guessed it) long lines. However, I did succeed in buying three on sale items and was very happy and content. I snatched a shot of their beautiful sofa and little table by Scholtens & Baijngs. Don’t you just love that! Dear COS, thanks so much for coming to Amsterdam and also opening an online store! It was well worth the wait!
Don’t you just love this mixed media portrait? I love how you can completely change the atmosphere of a photo by adding an illustration and different colours. I like the mixture of real and fantasy. Our very existence is real and phantasmagorical at the same time. We all life and breathe and walk this earth while our heads and hearts are filled with imaginary things, hopes, dreams and nightmares. My ex-boyfriend once asked me why I believed there was something more then just this life. I said I couldn’t believe our thoughts, our inner feelings, our unspoken words and everything we keep inside would just be biology. I still don’t believe that.
This beautiful work is by the talented Australian Laura McKellar. I love the bird crown this sixties woman is wearing. I would love to wear a bird all day! You can buy Laura’s work online in her shop.
I like the name Camilla. It reminds me somehow of summer and flowers. Maybe because it rings a little bit like cammomille. Good things come from those who are called Camilla. Just to mention one of my favorite Camilla’s is Camilla Norrback, a Danish designer who designs ecoluxury fashion.If possible I would seasonally buy the entire collection by Camilla Norrback. As it is though I try to buy some key pieces on sale… From this autumncollection these are a couple of my favourites, starting with a bow piece, since I love love love bows.
The other Camilla I adore (and secretly envy on occasion for her talent, life and well general being) is the Swedish Camilla Engman. She makes illustrations and paintings and keeps a blog (well I guess if you don’t know Camilla Engman you have been living under a blog-rock). I just want to sing her praise once again (she has been featured so many times online and her work has also been featured in the nicest book ever (by the nicest publishers ever). Just a little reminder when I reincarnate: have to be born somewhere in Scandinavia and have to be named Camilla (so preferably as a girl).
As said I’m a huge fan and immediately ordered her book published by Uppercase. There were some extra cards with illustrations with it that invited you to cut and make your own mixed collage. This is my small Camilla inspired collage. I really enjoyed making it.
I have always wanted to go to Japan. I love their attention to detail and their ability to dedicate themselves completely to a cause or a project. They do everything with such passion and devotion. They set really high standards and for many I presume the bar is just too high (Japan ranks in the top ten countries with the most suicides). Still, I love them for seeking perfection. I am a sucker for perfection myself. At the Frankfurt Buchmesse I saw these Japanese handicraft books (which I love, but are somewhat difficult to come by). I especially love the Peikko (Takako Kitano) books.
Don’t you just love this delicate little doll? You can just see her being born. She is already telling us something, you can read it in her eyes. It is made by London based artist Sweet Bestiary.
Sweet Bestiary makes beautiful work; what a gift it is to be able to make these creatures. To always be surrounded by magic! I would fill my home with them and risk never leaving again, wrapped up in my own selfmade universe of fairy.