Sunday, May 31, 2009

People font

Backbreaker. Typeface made at the beach of Zandvoort aan Zee in The Netherlands.
I just love this! Not only is it a font, but all of these guys are doing a kind of Yoga! So it fulfills two big loves of mine. I studied typography when I was at art school doing my diploma of graphic design about three hundred years ago. And to this day, I keep an eye on new developments in that world, and occasionally. (like the logo on my website for example.) If you like fonts go to: my fonts.

Thursday, May 28, 2009


So here we are, this represents something which might change the way we do art. I did this on my iPhone today with a new app called 'brushes', which I found on The New Yorker site. This week's front cover of that venerable magazine was created by Jorge Colombo. I checked out the app on the iTunes store, and decided to treat myself to it. (its only $5.95, but I usually prefer getting free apps..) I can't wait to get really fluent with this, being the iPhone junkie that I am!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Henri Matisse - 'Poster Show'

WOW and wow again...How can this be compared to anything or anybody? Henri Matisse created this print in 1945. (yes..) Everything else here on this blog today just gets wiped away into a frivolous little pile of nothingness. I love it when that happens. Everything just gets put into perspective. BTW, this poster is for sale. Yes.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Louis Vuitton fall 09

Marc Jacobs has re-worked the eighties to the extreme, and introduced this era's multi-layered-ethno tribe (which is also quite eighties I think). Check out the rest of the cat-walk, it will be very familiar to those of us who were flying our feromones back then in the eighties!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Mui Mui fall 09

This must be one of my favorite colour combinations, and then to see it used by one of my favorite designers, in what looks like a sort of glossy organza...swoooon...
(however, they did have a lot of fur on the cat-walk, and I'm not happy about that!) Can anyone tell me whether they used real fur or whether they were great fakes?

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Anne Demeulemeester Spring 09

The Anne Demeulemeester catwalk for Spring 09 (above) was particularly dark and bleak I thought. Apart from some gorgeous orange-the-new-black pieces. Given that this show happened in October 08, when everyone was feeling particularly pessimistic, I guess one can understand. But I have to say that the jewels are beautiful, they are not unlike some pieces I made for a Couture show (which got cancelled) about 8 years. (below)
Model is my daughter-out-law, Jesse Neave, the beautiful mother of my divine grandson: Leroy.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

whatever happened to Rebecca Patterson?

I found this picture in a book I have from 1985, called: 'Australian Fashion Design' by Elina Mackay. Someone gave it to me a few years ago. I am amazed at how few of the designers seem to be around anymore..And yet there was/is great talent. The above picture comes under the title Di Marzio Line. Rebecca Patterson came from Perth to Sydney to create this label along with Nicolas Pando. I love this, because it stretches its big wings between art and fashion. She said: "My clothes are full of symbols, contrasting images and statements expressing a certain uninhibited style."

Monday, May 18, 2009

the dancing light

I took this picture when we were in Koh Samui the year before last. I still look at it alot, because of the dancing light, and the pattern created by the relationship between the girl and her dog. The dog was leaping up into the air for the ball. The light was dusk, and the air was thick with the scent of spices and frangipani, and that moist warmth which makes every cell in your body surrender.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Rhonda Fleming pic from 1959 Cannes archive

I just love this elegant and timely classic. This picture is from a wonderful slide show currently being shown on 'The Daily Beast' page. Well worth checking out, there are some great natural yet journalistic pictures here. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Sacred Tao symbol

'Talisman to vitalize the tongue. It is to be used under the sign of the thrid brand of the Twelve Earthly Branches, with corresponding symbolic animal Tiger, Zodical sign Gemini, hours 3-5 a.m., and point of compass East-North-East. It represents the Vital Energy (ch'i) of the purple clouds of the Centre of Heaven....'
I have this wonderful book which I look at quite a lot, but rarely read. Its called 'Tao Magic The Secret Language of Diagrams & Calligraphy' by Laszlo Legeza.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Autumn rose

Yeah I know its a bit corny...but how about that delicate transition from pale cool yellow, to frosty sweet pink, and that slight wind and angular light..I just couldn't resist! I took it with my phone camera (quality isn't great) yesterday in Preston. Poignant and sweet...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Thierry Mugler photo

aaahhh...yes, this somehow evokes a universal beach dreaming state I think. It is from a book I have of Thierry Mugler's photographs from the late eighties. He has been a big influence on me.
And I like this image so much because it brings Africa into the picture. It does really bring back something about the essence of that time, other than the caricature padded shoulders and brash trash jewellery from the eighties...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

from Paris Vogue 1974

Wow! I have a large pile of French and English Vogues dating from 1974. Some of them are falling apart at the bindings, they have been leafed through so much; and then moved from one place to the next over the last 35 years. (I have moved with all my things about 18 times in this period I think.) I have used them ruthlessly at times as the pillars of shelves or they have been left in cardboard boxes in the shadows of their former selves. They are fantastic, and I love them. I don't look at them very often these days, but today decided its time to dip in again..(stay tuned)

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

'Rushes' cuff - vintage Candy Spender!

I made this about six years ago out of a couple of vintage necklaces from the sixties..the colours just hit a spot in me. I wired them onto one of those stretchy stainless steel rah rah cuffs (which sort of look like old fashioned watch bands), along with some shiny gold-plated German box chain offcuts. The tiny green beads were beautiful glass seed beads, which I found in an old metal lolly box.
I sold this as soon as I'd finished it, and I'm glad I took this picture, because it still inspires me..the beads, the colours, the idea...

Monday, May 4, 2009

art deco place mats

These exquisite hand made place mats are from the 1930's. They are perfect. The colours glow, the weaving is just so neat, the colours are jaw-droppingly beautiful (the reduduction I have created here really doesn't share how saturated and radiant the colours really are...). I inherited them from my mother. She had a draw full of linen and straw place mats. These were the best ones. They are some of my favorite things, and continue to nourish my eyes and heart with their simple beauty.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Tibetan dancers in Dharamsala

I look at this picture a lot. I took it in Dharamsala when I was there a few years ago. Somehow the colours remind me of the people I saw in the Andes when I was growing up in Columbia in South America. Only here are Tibetans in India! I love the echos of these saturated colours...

Saturday, May 2, 2009

mannequin chat

These two mannequins were definitely having a communicative moment


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