(Vintage shorts, jacket and converse, Arc lace top)
By the fountains in Hyde Park today- it was very warm (but not so sunny) (I like being very English and giving you constant weather updates) (like, every post) - almost humid. For that reason I decided to go batshit crazy and wear my black Levi denim cut-offs with a white top and a denim jacket- sometimes, I just have to let loose.
I also went to see the Yoko Ono exhibition at The Serpentine (more later). In other art news, Ai Wei Wei is free!
Discovered David Mramor yesterday and feel for his blurred, acrylic and spray painted fabric pieces.
In a MoMA P.S.1. studio visit they are described as so:
Instincts drive these paintings. A fast process of intuitive gesture
created on top of a photographic image creates a relationship that
questions the “real” versus the “illusion”, the “literal” versus the
“abstract”. The photo images play with larger metaphors and ideas to
express the classical contrast of Eros and Thanatos in a contemporary
context. They use the basic modalities of the portrait, landscape, and
still life. I am interested in creating interruption and illusion
within the space of the painting. Ambiguity, shifting shapes, and
endless possibilities these works are free-spirited.
I enjoy the notion of 'real' versus 'illusion', and the possibilities of exploring this as an idea.
'The priority is that fact that I want everyone to feel like a mountain, with a big pink sunset, maybe even like the one I saw in Alpasso.'
'I think the most important thing about images is that they can make you feel better, and working on them can certainly make you be better.'
'Sally Singer once said to me that fashion makes you smarter. And I think it can, it can make you feel informed, and I think if you incorporate that with images it can make you feel elevated as well, into a different state of understanding- how we relate to people, how we dress ourselves, how we see life- and that's an amazing thing.'
'That is something I always try to open it [fashion] up to in my work- making it about the journey.'
'It's a tough industry to be in sometimes because it can appear frivolous, and sometimes it can feel that way too. And I think the most important thing is remembering to ground yourself in the more important things that happen in fashion, which is the collaborations that you can work on that can change everything.'
'It impresses upon you to use your imagination...
...and I think remembering to use your imagination is a wonderful thing.'
The image full film from Stevie Dance for What's Contemporary. Wise and interesting words from a woman many of us - certainly I do- look up to in this industry. She is the perfect mix of Australian cool and calm, and New York go-get attitude.
To watch the video in full click here, and to see others ideas of What's Contemporary (including Katie Grand), then click here.
It was my 22nd birthday yesterday, and although my friends had warned me, it was the first time I felt old. Not like my life is almost over (quite the opposite), but like I really am an adult and am firmly into my twenties. It's a strange feeling that I have never before experienced.
I had a picnic in one of the beautiful parks in Oxford with my mother, wandered around the city, and went for coffee. (How strange that I accidentally capture 'and age' on the wooden trunk that served as our table). Trying my very best to feel a little less 'old' in the last photo.
A midday trip to wander around some stalls. Wearing my favourite white and green striped shorts that I picked up at Rokit on Brick Lane last year and my go to accesories of black backpack, converse and my mother's old sunglasses.
Still trying to figure out which continent I would like to live in come September, and just generally what to do with my life. There's lots of pressure to not make any decisions I will regret in the future, which is rather overwhelming and so instead of being active I seemed to have now stalled, wary of making any false moves (quite literally).
A ring that my mother has lent to me (we all know what that means), which she got from a stall in New York a couple years ago. I love the way the silver wraps around them gem- almost like an orbiting planet of sorts. It looked great against the deep red of the wet roses.
Currently brainstorming ideas and making moodboards for the Fall issue of Rêver!
My interview with Ivania from Love Aesthetics in the first issue of Rever Magazine, which went live yesterday! I have immensely enjoyed the process of being Creative Director and cannot wait for the issues to keep progressing. For some aesthetic simulation (and good reading too, mind) check out Issue 00 here.
Not letting the rain stop me from what I need to do (ahem, I did not spend the day in bed yesterday). I actually quite like this sombre weather, it makes it feel like I can get more things done instead of spending every second of sunshine lying in the sun. I mean, look how happy I am that a huge drop of rain just landed on my head in the last photo!
This is a vintage dress which I cut the arms off of. It's such a great print, I'm considering DIY-ing it even more and making a two piece (and perhaps a matching collar) like I suggested below.
Loving matching two-pieces at the moment, from the simplest white and white to clashing prints worn together, I love the break the skin of the stomach gives. Might have to go an search for a similar version, or I might DIY it by buying a dress and chopping it in two!
This time next week I will have left university for good. It feels strange and exciting, scary and daunting; mostly because the thought of your adult life ahead of you is so inexplicably open and available to failure and success in equal measures, along with no real certainty of anything. It's probably the biggest hint that we are growing up that we have ever experienced. It's up to me now, everything.
No school, university, teachers, parents telling us what we should do and when. No loans to rely on, no student bubble to live in. This is it; what our whole lives have been leading up to, when we have to make successes out of ourselves and live up to all those arrogant claims we made as teenagers, when we were blissfully unaware of what lay ahead, when the thought of this time in our lives seemed so far away that we could make outrageous claims about who we would be and what we would be able to do. Except of course now it has come around we realise we are still the same person we were then. The time is now and it is the most excruciating, yet painfully exciting, reality check we have ever had.
(nail varnish courtesy of Rimmel, and bracelet from Istanbul courtesy of my cousin Maud)