Category: Art

Sashiko x

 

I love this; a functional marriage between the fragility of these crocheted leaves and the darning of these jumpers. The message being that old things can be treasured, worn things aren’t bad and that imagination is precious. These are all examples of Sashiko, a form of decorative reinforcement stitching from Japan, (though it also reminds me of Indian Kantha quilts). Every piece has been given some much needed love, transformed and given new life.

 

 

(All pics Pinterest)

It’s the sort of message I like for the start of a decade.

Laters, Kate x

The Golden Globes x

Oh. The Joy! It’s award season again – and it appears the uncertainty in the world is translating itself into unusual dress choices, pushing the boundaries and the return of colour.  Thank you Jodie Comer for these sleeves, this colour, that face.  Not sure quite what happened on the boob line, but I’ll forgive you for proving flashing flesh isn’t a necessity.

 

Not a miss in the classic sense, but a darker red would’ve been so much more flattering Nicole.  But the reason this is in the naughty list is Keith’s shoes.  You know what they say about big  feet…unless this is the armour for a Napoleon complex…

 

All that money, that body and Salma looks like she stepped out of a C&A advert Circa 1982.

 

Sacha Baron Cohen. Designed so his wife could find him in the crowds? Just. No!!

 

Saoirse Ronan. Don’t be blinded by the label – it’s a sack.

 

Dear Michelle, Your large blue bra strap is showing.

 

What?????  I wonder if there’s a recognised Hollywood affliction that’s the opposite to body dysmorphia where top level actresses think they can pull off any dress, including slime and a bin liner. Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture. Heads should roll.

 

 

Quentin Tarrantino looks like a scary man so I’ll only say this in brackets (Did he dye his hair and eyebrows to match his tux?)

 

 

This year, it’s my proud pleasure to give the Tara Curtain Award to Taylor Swift.


 

Kate Blanchett, normally impeccable, gets the Canape Award, sponsored by crinkle chips.

 

It’s not quite in Bjork Swan category, but I’m impressed JLo decided to wear her Christmas wreath down the red carpet.

 

I am, and will always remain a Phoebe fan……………………………………………………

(but……..the hair.  Who decided that the way to go was to give her a bald man’s combover???)

 

 

But drum roll please…….for consistently trying, but generally failing…and  even having the chutzpah to repeat horrific mistakes…the lifetime achievement award goes to Gwyneth Paltrow!

 

 

We know, with the right help, she can do it.


 

But nine times out of ten, something else happens.

 

 

The Golden Oldie award goes to  Zhao Shuzhen. Loved the film. Love her elegance. A beautiful choice.

 

Closely followed by Lucy Lu. I want to be these women when I grow up.

 

(They both put Helen Mirren and Glenn Close in the shade: Old fashioned, uninspiring.)

 

Toni Collette gets a pat on the back. A difficult choice, pulled off.

 

 

This is beautiful: Cut and colour. Zoey Deutch in Fendi.

 

 

Another winner, in both sense of the word, from The Farewell, Awkwafina. Loved this fun, understated, fashion forward look.

 

( All pics Elle and Pinterest)

 

This is how you do it. Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Gucci.

Roll on the Oscars.

Laters, Kate x

Baubles x

Each year the aim is to hunt down and buy one new decoration that has the ability to tug heart and tummy in a warm, I must have that, embrace.  This year, it’s a skating rabbit from Graham and Greene – there’s something about the retro tinsel, the nostalgic pose, the subtle colours that makes me smile.  In fact, Graham and Green possibly richest vein of baubles this year….

(All pics Graham and Green and Pinterest)

Simple pleasures.

Laters, Kate x

Mind the gap x

A fan of the quirky and like a genuine re-cycle? For present inspiration, look no further than the London Transport Museum shop. and their vintage shop.

There’s a whole section dedicated to first edition posters at unframed, present friendly prices.

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As well as refurbished luggage racks, large and small.  And for the real aficionados…push plates…

And even a jubilee line telephone….

(All pics London Transport Museum)

 

 

Choices, Choices.

Laters, Kate x

Christmas x

I’ve learnt the hard way – set a time and set it early for Christmas crafts, otherwise days will fly past and time will be eaten by nothing. My time is Saturday afternoons: A week to plan and gather bits, an open fire, a family film = perfection.


This Saturday we started with interpreting and making these, found on Pinterest, and as ever, it was a learning curve.  We used Inkjet printable Iron on T-shirt Fabric paper for light fabrics bought from Amazon for £11.99. Whilst it does work, the material you use is critical – we had to change from a coarser cotton to a smoother version.  Also a simple thing, but important – you need to cut out all the background and leave a white margin – it does something important to the eye.

 

This, for me, is the spirit of Christmas. Pour me a large one.

Laters, Kate x

Madness with love x

A fusion made in heaven: Tall candlesticks – already an object of desire because of their perfect balance of functionality with beauty – now upgraded to lust level with whimsy, madness and imagination.  Apparently these lovelies were originally from Anthropologie, and – apologies – are both unavailable and required deep pockets (I saw them priced at $395 each). But their joy is the love they continue to radiate in inspiration, because when should price stop anyone?

I particularly love this pic, and can only doff my hat to the skillful drilling it must’ve entailed. Muchus Kudos.

Quite a few examples have used glass: I have no idea what kind of glue they used, or how long the bonds would last, but how appealing for a Christmas table…

(All pics Pinterest)

 

And then there’s this little beauty, a hybrid of many things, including a brutal yet fanciful version of Japanese Kinsugi, the art of finding strength in the broken.

 

Come to Mama.

Laters, Kate x

Leaves, left, gone..

First came the stone art post, little gems of time and love, nestled in their creative blankets.  Now it’s leaves with crochet.  Moments of change caught forever; the turning of the tide from summer to autumn, the passing of another year. Less decoration, more frosting, ice crystals made permanent.  Delicate representations of fragility and tenderness.


(All pics Susanna Bauer and Pinterest)

 

Because why does purpose always have to lead?

Laters, Kate x

Layers of ethos x

Why do I love Toast so much? Let me count the ways…authentic, wholesome yet elusively stylish and contemporary, it’s a brand that manages to mix the products it sells with the ethos it promotes.  For example, these handblown glass baubles at £35 for 5 will be on my wish list this Christmas, not for decorating the tree, but to add to chandeliers all year round – the present element is a Brucie bonus.

(All pics Toast and Pinterest)

If you’re a maker then this bit of information I found on their website could be of real interest to you:

The TOAST New Makers programme will support and mentor five emerging makers. We will offer production, design, business and marketing advice, as well as a digital and physical platform to sell their pieces with full profits being returned to them.

The programme is open to makers of all disciplines. We are seeking makers who use sustainable materials, demonstrate skilled craftsmanship, share an appreciation of texture and colour and have an understanding of thoughtful, functional design.

If you are an emerging maker and would like to apply, please submit your application before 12pm, Wednesday 18th December 2019. The shortlist will be selected by an internal TOAST panel. Please note that this programme is open to all new makers, wherever you may be in the world.

 

It’s almost the perfect Christmas gift…

Laters, Kate x