February 4th, 2014
Happy Lunar & Chinese New Year!
It’s been a significant year for me already. I just had a baby last week! She arrived a couple weeks earlier than expected, and just missed being born in the year of the horse. Something I kept a bit quiet about online but am so incredibly happy about, and I’m feeling re-inspired and re-energized for this new year full of amazing new things.
Above is a postcard illustration that I love, sent to me by artist Emi Ueoka, who I’ve posted about previously here. It was especially loved knowing I was expecting little girl being born this year. You can find more of Emi’s work on her site and her zine is available from Nieves.
Below that is new work for the new year by the Kojiki Girls, whose work I discovered while in Japan. Just putting this out there again but I really wish someone would put out a catalog of the Kojiki Girls work. I am a big fan, I bought as many of their postcard prints as I could at the gallery show I met one of them at while in Tokyo.
January 17th, 2014
Very excited to share this TEDx talk featuring my dear friend, and founder of The Ecology Center, Evan Marks, who is always an inspiring and positive force to be around.
January 15th, 2014
I came across the work of artist Claire Oswalt via instagram recently, and was instantly a fan of her work! Combining minimalist collaging of watercolors on torn paper and old book pages, shows such a beautiful simplicity in delicate forms. She is also one half of Hopewell, whose quilts I am also a fan of.Check out more of her work here.
January 9th, 2014
In love with so many pieces from this lookbook!
January 8th, 2014
Barnabé Fillion is a french perfumer, known as a “nez” en français, whom I’ve had the pleasure to work with and get to know here in Paris. He is a unique character who not only works on creating commercial scents, but does natural and custom scents as well. I wish I could share scents via the web because they are truly beautiful and unlike so many scents you find out there. I am not a huge fan of perfumes to begin with due to the fact that I avoid knowingly putting horrible chemicals into my body, so when I find a natural scent, (that is actually only natural ingredients) I get extra excited. I have the Von Sono colaboration scent that Barnabé made and absolutely love it!
Barnabé has recently launched his website and also created a scent for The Broken Arm boutique here in Paris, whose trio I have also had the pleasure of working with and getting to know over the last couple years. The TBA scent is beautifully bottled and available now in their boutique, and of course smells wonderful.
I first discovered Barnabé’s work in New York years ago in an issue of Bloom magazine that had samples of his scents based on different places. This is something that is part of his unique approach to scents, it usually comes from a special place or point of inspiration that no one else would have thought of. His background as a model, photographer and stylist also come into play in his very visual approach to scent. Read more about him on his site here.
January 2nd, 2014
Wishing everyone a beautiful new year!
image via Hobo magazine
December 10th, 2013
Lots of holiday shopping is happening right now. For a great way to give someone something unique, useful and meaningful check out The Ecology Center’s Tools for Change General store online here. Or visit the center for even more goods! It’s really a magical place full of people doing inspiring great things, plus all the proceeds from your shopping go directly to funding their amazing educational programing. One of my favorite items that I never travel without is this set. They also offer workshops that are another way to give (easily accessible by train from LA), check out the calendar here.
November 20th, 2013
There is a really great exhibition of work by graphic designer Irma Boom at the Netherlands Institute in Paris right now until Dec 15th. Sadly the institute is closing at the end of the year, and I just found out about it!
The exhibition shows a multitude of different books designed by Boom, from Shelia Hicks Weaving as Metaphor (which I finally picked up in the shop), to Chanel books with crazy packaging and embossing, to museum catalogs and more! Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Paris and love books or design.
November 18th, 2013
Just discovered the work of Gianni Caravaggio, an Italian born artist raised in Germany. Some of his work made me think of Lauren Spencer King’s work which I also love so much. Completely blown away by that first piece!
November 15th, 2013
While I was in LA I was lucky enough to get to see Lauren Spencer King’s studio show of new work. Scheduled around the new moon in scorpio from sunrise to sunset, I caught the sunset which reflected so beautifully in some of the pieces on view. I have to say the sunset made the silver painting one of my favorites!
November 14th, 2013
If you haven’t already been to visit the amazing shops that are part of ARTS RE STORE LA in Westwood, go check them out before they’re gone!
The UCLA Hammer museum received a $100,000 grant to create Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood, a project that is currently taking over multiple empty storefronts in Westwood and filling them with pop-up shops currated by LA artisans.
Featuring an incredible line up of people who make up an amazing community of creators in LA right now, there are multiple shops full of so many good things to buy and see, from Iko Iko, Dosa, Weltenbuerger & Ermie, Bookstand, Heather Levine, and so many more! There are even concerts and workshops happening here throughout the month so take advantage of this rare moment to participate in a really amazing project, which will hopefully encourage more things like this to happen throughout the city. Up until November 24th.
November 12th, 2013
Struggling with jet lag.. lots to share soon!
image from Oyster journal
October 11th, 2013
I’m off to California for a few weeks, very excited to check out so many new things, the new Moonjuice in Silverlake, the new Mohawk shop in Pasadena, the Kneeland Mercado shop, and so many more good things to eat and drink before heading back to Paris..
October 9th, 2013
New work by Korean artist Semi Kim, opening and new catalog out at 0fr October 16th 6-9.
*I went to see a preview of the show at Semi’s studio and it’s so so good! Check it out at 0fr until October 23rd, and get a beautiful catalog before they’re gone.