1. We’ve just booked to go to Mexico (DF and Oaxaca) for Josh’s 30th next month and I am SO. EXCITED. Reading my chef-crush Rene Redzepi‘s impressions of the food in the NYT only fuels it further.
2. My very favourite Soho fabric shop, Cloth House, is now selling online. Gulp goes my bank balance.
3. Love this marble-print bedding from H&M – and it’s on sale! But would I keep it for the bed or harvest the fabric to sew with, hmm.
4. I’ve fallen for this sweet collaged pigeon print by Pui.
5. I love Artemis of Junkaholique’s hand-woven textiles. I really don’t need yet *another* hobby, but now a tiny weaving loom is calling my name…
To get me out of a bit of blogging-block, I thought I’d share some random things from around the Internet that have made me smile lately.
1. Stacking ceramic beakers with logos inspired by Communist Poland. Surprisingly lovely.
2. I just want everything cat print from Paul & Joe Sister.
3. Bunting washi tape, ideal for making a quick handmade card or perking up an envelope.
4. A little playground near my home has been planted with poetry, thanks to Ministry of Stories.
5. Historically-accurate brass paperclip shapes: just pick your year and get a beautiful box of ten.
Josh and I made the trip to West London on Friday to check out the V&A Friday Lates. They open the museum extra late and put on installations, talks, exhibitions and interactive sessions to complement the shows that are going on in the museum. Last Friday’s theme was “Adornment’ to coincide with the current Pearls show (I saw this last weekend too, it’s excellent) and it covered fashion and tattooing as well as jewellery.
Sadly I missed the talk I wanted to see due disorganisation, but we swung by the Skin Deep session put on by Brothers of the Stripe, where you could watch the collective doing a live drawing installation and make yourself a rubber-stamped tattoo poster to take away.
We also saw a fashion show by E Wha Lim in the Medieval & Renaissance hall. Her surreal work was beautifully complemented by the surroundings.
It was also just great to roam the museum ‘after hours’. We popped to the Japan section…
Happy chest is happy
Embroidery detail on samurai robes
… and my favourite place, the jewellery hall.
Is it just me who likes to play pretend I’m shopping and pick what I’d most like to take home?
Beautiful wheel of gems
I think this was the last Lates of the year, but check the site for next year’s events.
When Holly namechecked the Pink Panther as an influence on her illustration work, I was immediately reminded of my childhood love of those cartoons. We had them on a bright pink VHS tape – the coolest thing ever at the time – and I recently spent a happy Sunday afternoon re-watching old episodes on YouTube.
Given the recent revival in naive, expressive illustration with a mid-century Americana slant, it’s not surprising that these stills could happily sit alongside contemporary work. The use of bright warm colour, folk typography, and the scratchy line work is particularly inspiring to me. Enjoy these grabs!
I love these guys too, Ant and Aardvark, a spinoff from the Pink Panther. Wonderful expressions and background texture.