Friday, I’m in Love | Fables and other series by Karen Knorr
The work of Karen Knorr is absolutely stunning. Born German and raised in Puerto Rico, Karen later moved on to study in Paris and London, also the primary locations of the backdrops used in her pieces. She is currently the Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey.
In her series Fables, Karen used both analogue and digital photography to create these scenes inspired by tales from master storytellers Ovid, Aesop La Fontaine, and Disney. The backdrops are from museums and heritage sites including Carnavalet Museum, the Museum of Hunt and Nature, Chambord Castle. the Conde Museum in Chantilly Castle and Villa Savoye. The animals are from photographs taken of the animals as seen or as displayed in the same institutions.
Visit the link below to read about Karen’s twist on Fables.
Experiencing everyday life in Osaka during the Edo period.
Rented a kimono to complete the experience and walked around ‘town’ like
an almost legit Japanese lady! Oh, what fun! Dressing up + Taking Pictures + Interactive Vintage Setting (an entire freaking village!!!) = How I spent the first half of the first day of my trip to Japan.
Also my first kimono-wearing experience. Unfortunately, the rental lady said because of my size, I could only choose from the first four patterns on the rack.. T_T Why.. Otherwise I would have surely strayed from pink.. Coincidentally, the silver stripes match my scrunchie, if it’s any consolation. It also matches my very modern looking watch -.- which I stupidly forgot to remove. Note the special toe split socks to grip the Japanese slippers..
Travel Thursday | Bright City Lights of Namba, Japan.
Rows and rows of shops and eateries around the Namba area in Osaka, Japan. This comprises of the Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi areas as well. I love the giant food signboards (Btw, the crab legs actually move!). The streets are clean and fun to walk. Tons of people to watch, stuff to buy and food to eat. Everything is so bright and colourful. A bit like Hong Kong, only less tacky and there is no haggling! I usually don’t go out late into the night when I travel, but Japan streets feel so safe and there is just so much to do in the city centre.. Best part is, if it rains, you just go underground and continue shopping!
Wishlist Wednesday | Book Page Brooches by House of Ismay
Stumbled upon these on the Web and I just had to share! I think they are a most wonderful idea.
These classic book page brooches are lovingly handmade by Sarah, founder of House of Ismay, at her home studio in East London. Using original pages of worn out copies of the book, Sarah covers the pages over reclaimed wood to create the brooches. Each carefully selected page contains an important character name or a well-known quote from its respective literary tale.
Pairing them with the right shapes - a rabbit for Alice in Wonderland, a whale for Moby Dick, etc. Sarah hand-cuts the silhouette before applying layers of varnish. So not only is each brooch a unique, one-of-a-kind piece, it is also 100% made from recycled or reclaimed vintage materials for that ‘instant feeling of history and familiarity’.
Click below to view more wonderful pieces from House of Ismay available for sale on Etsy.
Sasha Pivovarova for Free People’s January Catalogue
Dubai Ad Agency FP7 Poaches Talent 007 Style
Creating fake industry self-help books targeted to match the interests of each professional they wanted to hire, FP7 hollowed out a section which perfectly fit a single mobile phone, programmed with only one number: that of their executive creative director. These volumes were then mailed directly to the targets, ultimately adding four key staff to their fold - an art director, a design chief and an award-winning creative team. The technique also resulted in huge savings from the lack of headhunting fees and gave the potential targets a (rather exciting) taste of the firm’s creativity.
Wouldn’t you like to be poached James Bond style? What fun! This message will self-destruct in 3, 2, 1..
Foodie Trio | Pt. 5
1) Fish and Tomato Chowder - Spiced rockfish and vegetables.
2) Chicken Cordon Bleu - Ham and cheese-filled breaded chicken, rice peas pilaf, seasonal vegetables and lingonberry relish.
3) Classic lemon tart with fresh berry toppings.