Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Josh Keyes

Distinctive style and hits the spot, doesn't it just?
Artist's website here.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Walking Cats in London

sass & bide

Totally my bag. Their stuff isn't always but often is and this time for sure. That last dress could be my wedding dress. Ethnic inspirations translated into geometric shapes in drapey silhouettes.

richard nicholl

Fringing and reinterpretation of Hawaiian floral&triabal patterns. Geometrics. Got my love.


Definately not any old boyfriend cardigan. It's intricate and it's pretty. And it even looks warm&comfy.

mark fast

Textures&shapes remind me of the sea side. A pretty sexy sea side though.

louise goldin

Miss Goldin makin golden clothin. Almost creamy golden tribal pattern on pastells, dreamy.

julien macdonald

Crocheted layered cobwebs. Works.

eley kishimoto

Wearable colorful pattern combos.

Lonond Fashion Week, Spring/Summer '10. Completely ignoring reviews and what might be attached to the big names; here are a few personal faves. Also realized this is the first actual proper fashiony entry. Woohoo.

Bloggin' celebs

... i.e. bloggers who are famous in the blogosphere.

There are different universes within it; my pluto-sized planet of blog rotates around the sun that tends to shines out visual/graphic/photographic/fashion/textile/travel/designy/ making stuff kind of stuff.

Some people write more specialized and regularly which may capture interest and gain popularity. I don't know much about increasing traffic etc. Anyway, one of the first things I did this morning was have a quick glance on the guardian website, as I do on quiet midweek mornings and BOOM the most viewed article on this website in the last 24 hours is about a 13-year-old fashion blogger, yup that's her below with nobody less than Yohji Yamamoto.

Tavi with Yohji Yamamoto. Photograph: Jemal Countess/ Getty Images for Y-3 from

Seriously. Now popping up all over the 'fashun' world, it's insane. TBH she is insanely good, yes, very dedicated and waaaay beyond her age. But I am instantly worried that she will be hooked on coke by the time she is 14 like Drew Barrymore (only she was 12) partying in fashiony NY. And she looks innocent and fragile like a little elf. Click here for the Tavi's blog. Aw. And awe.

These images above are from an "old" blog fave of mine who mysteriously stopped posting last year without any warning, explanation or good-bye. The blog still exists here. She did recently get a pet pig (arrr) and also married, so maybe a change in lifestyle has occurred but I was so sad that a googled it and saw other people discussing the disappearance of Agathe. And nobody knows. Her blog is personal, stylish but relaxed and I do love her Scandinavian way of combining vintage designer/customised thrift store worn with H&M. Check out those shades?! Oh mama.

And then there's a non-blogging 'Yakooo' with noticable internet presence; as her press folder on her flickr profile containing 20 images reflect. The most recent, and so far most important, feature was on the MTV website. I came across her featuring on etsy; her chain necklace grabbed my attention, which isn't surprising; it's farking amazing. So different. May attempt one at my knitting circle, may just etsy-buy one.

Not too long ago I also got an e-mail from the MFN (Manchester Fashion Network) inviting me to an evening to discuss "the power of the blog". It was in London, so I couldn't go. But yes, the power of the blog. And the power of internet in fashion in general, I guess. The power? Yeah maybe, the possibilities interest me more, I'm not that into power.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

i like you sew much!

The idea of a sewn love letter is metaphorically clever as you want to make those words last as long as possible and fabric is longer lasting than paper. Well, you do have the unpicker in case of mistake or heartbreak.
I also like the sound of the needle piercing paper making a the irreversible hole (even if it makes a needle blunt, oops). I have experimented with the paper/thread/sewing/embroidery combo before, for example making a photo album and sewing in the photos while embroidering little bits around the photo. Cause don't you just find it annoying when the glue comes loose and they just fall out the album and in the worst case the photo gets lost? And the thread (&holes) adds lovely texture and colour.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Photographic embroidery increases number of inspo-cells

Suffering under lack creativity lately which has been leading to symptoms such as non-blogging, these images have healed me and induced my return to the incredible land of inspiration. I like people, art, artists, objects that don't take themselves seriously, yet aren't just blatantly comical.
These photographs from almost a century ago have been embroidered in way that has made the object into a beautiful artful caricatures by having its features highlighted and exaggerated by colourful thread.
For the last few weeks I have been in the process of scanning in photos from albums I inherited from my grandparents, who were born in 1910/1911 so they are secured digitally and be shared with other members of the family. By scanning each single page, I get to look at the single photograph more closely and can even zoom in on details that I have not noticed the many times I had flicked through. Maurizio Anseri's work has inspired me to not only value these insights but reinterpret them with my own media... I can see some cut&paste work happening with some colour input and fabric application...
... jeez, ... art sure is a matter of interpretation. I showed my housemate these images and his instantanious reaction was that that the faces had been deformed and looked like they were diseased with growths etc. Nothing in that disection had crossed my mind at all! But then he is an illustrator who love to draw skulls if that says anything.