Monday, March 31, 2008

Making Space for Indigenous Feminism.

Making Space for Indigenous Feminism. By Joyce Green. Zed Books, 2007. 224pp, 8.9x5.9x0.6".

"The majority of scholarly and activist opinion by and about Indigenous women claims that feminism is irrelevant for them. Yet there is also an articulate, theoretically informed and activist constituency that identifies as feminist.

This book is by and about Indigenous feminists, whose work demonstrates a powerful and original intellectual and political contribution demonstrating that feminism has much to offer Indignenous women in their struggles against oppression and for equality.

Indigenous feminism is international in its scope: the contributors here are from Canada, the USA, Sapmi (Samiland), and Aotearoa/New Zealand. The chapters include theoretical contributions, stories of political activism, and deeply personal accounts of developing political consciousness as Aboriginal feminists."

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sunshine and frills

Sonia Rykiel SS08 ad campaign

The lovely images from Sonia Rykiel's Spring/Summer 2008 ad campaign has been popping up on quite a few blogs, but I couldn't help adding it here anyway.

The hair, the drapings, the wonderful wonderful idea that is the bags, the beautiful leafy city garden - just wonderful!

Monday, March 24, 2008

Judith by Gustav Klimt

Judith by Gustav Klimt (1901).

Not sure why this image came into my mind - but the patterns and textures and colour combinations feels very appealing somehow right now. ...and defiance with rosy cheeks is always a good look!

ps. Tate Liverpool will have a Gustav Klimt exhibition starting 30th of May.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Happy Easter & Glad Påsk

Swedish grown tulips in yellow

I'm off to paint some eggs (is this something everyone does? either way I just love it). Hope you have a wonderful time with your family!

Thursday, March 20, 2008


Over at Bloesem Kids there are weekly art projects to do with your kids.
I wouldn't personally suggest to do them with children - and as you can see from the example above it's really a bit too pristine and non-personal for it to bare the mark of something your child's made.

I do however think they can be great little projects for anyone to make.

I especially like the alphabet poster - I would really love to have some typesets! - and the styling of the photograph is great.

"Arounna Khounnoraj is a weekly guest at Bloesem Kids, showing us some great art projects you can do with your kids. Arounna received several Art degrees. She lives in Toronto and divides her time between her textile designs and her artwork where she explores sculpture, drawing and printmaking. Together with husband John Booth she produces pieces for their own label...Bookhou design."

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Colour inspiration

W Magazine March 2008. Editorial: "Pin-up". Photography: Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

Beautiful colour and shape inspiration from the March 2008 issue of
W magazine. See more images from the "pin-up" editorial here.

Monday, March 17, 2008


Selection of wallpaper from Claire Coles Design - images from her website.

I just really love this kind of textured type of wallpapers - and I admire the thought process and sourcing of material that's gone behind creating each piece. In her own words:

"Sourcing old and new wallpapers, ranging from floral patterns to regency stripes, I adapt these papers to develop an innovative approach to traditional wallpaper design.

Stitching together various textures and patterns creates an intricate and layered effect within my designs, where it appears that the pattern of these papers begins to grow and come to life.

The use of needlecraft reflects the time and care given to each individual piece."

Claire Coles also make ceramics, furniture and accessories with the same feel and thought behind them. Her badges composed out of torn up love stories I think lovely Sandra would like.

That also reminds me that I meant to post about another (previous here) mixtape she's made (if you don't speak Swedish: click the mixtape link above - scroll down and click on "Sandras hångelpepp" and download).

You're guaranteed to like it!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Inspiring cover

Cover of Deutschland, Deutschland über Alles. Text by Kurt Tucholsky. Cover design by John Heartfield. Photographs/photomontages by Heartfield and others. Neue Deutscher Verlag, 1929. 231 pp. Quarto. First printing. Clothbound with colored photomontage by Heartfield inlaid into embossed sections on front and rear covers. No dust jacket as issued. Numerous black-and-white reproductions.

This wonderful first edition was up for auction at photo-eye a while ago (there's another later copy auctioned off right now). I think the cover is absolutely sensational. I really love all art, architecture and literature made around the Bauhaus period - and I just love collages (especially those newsprint inspired, typography focused and playing with shape or negative space).

"Heartfield's cover for Tucholsky's scathing 1929 satire of German society is an undisputed masterwork of photomontage and one of the most sought after examples of twentieth century avant-garde book design."

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Miri says

Image from the Vi Agroforestry Programme website. Support them if you can.

Wonderful Miri has written a great post about luxury consumption. She has some very valid points - keeping the text objective, human, and full of that rare thing: common sense. Read here.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Grey as quietly beautiful

Images from the paris apartment.

Every time I've been writing it's raining or grey or horrible outside in some way the sun has promptly started to shine - and I've been frankly a bit worried that posting would jinx the sunshine.

Anyway it's pouring again ...and I like the feeling these images give me that grey doesn't have to be depressing.