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Paper meadow: Su Blackwell

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I have just finished Patrick Ness’s The Crane Wife – a mystical heart-tugger of a little novel – and in the acknowledgements he mentions the paper-cut book sculptures of Su Blackwell. The delicacy! The intimacy! So lovely. All images from her website. HF.

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Quilts in Queensland

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Getting excited about the V&A’s Quilts: 1700-1945 at GoMA, Queensland Art Gallery this winter. But please: someone put on a major Australian historical quilting exhibition soon! HF. Details on quilt images above found here

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Festival / Vogue Japan

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In celebration of yesterday’s 27 degree Indian Summer day – Giampaolo Sgura for Vogue Japan.

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Tilda / Tim

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Tilda Swinton + Las Pozas, Mexico + t&t’s favourite photographer Tim Walker = holy aesthetic trinity. In the current W Magazine. Divine Mary Katrantzou dress, at top. HF.

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Clare Grill: Samplers

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Sampler oil on paper paintings by Clare Grill, a Chicago-born, NY-based artist. I love these; how they loosen such a neat form and make the initials and symbols melt. It’s as though the stitches are freed. Her other paintings are just as intriguing. HF.

 

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Baby/animals

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I have animals and whimsy on my mind, having spent the weekend getting a baby’s room ready for a baby. I find myself flicking through Selvedge and bypassing beautiful throws, in favour of handmade creatures and mobiles and booties…yegads! From top: the studio of textile artist Mister Finch, his beautiful moth sculptures, Horse Mobile by Hillery Sproatt, hand painted tambourine by Claire Fletcher, Mister Finch’s foxes and moths, Hillery Sproatt’s Woman and Horse mobile. HF.

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Draga Obradovic / Elle

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Divine, green cactus-laden Lake Como home of Draga Obradovic and Aureal K Basedow, from Elle Decoration February 2013. Photographs by Fabrizio Cicconi. See all images here. Draga Obradovic designs, amongst other things, handmade silkscreen fabrics, shown throughout. HF.

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Mother of Pearl / Tomaselli

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I am late to the party with Mother of Pearl: designer Maia Norman’s sporty, arty label that regularly teams up with art world stars to produce some pretty amazing prints. Winter 2012 saw Fred Tomaselli contribute the rights to a range of paintings, resulting in some hypnotic Autumnal designs of bird life, flora and constellations. This Spring/Summer, Francesco Simeti continued the collage feel – images second, third and fifth from top. Looking forward to seeing the next partnership. HF.

Paintings by Fred Tomaselli, from top: Hang Over, 2005; Geode, 2006; Migrant Fruit Thugs, 2006.

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Check in / Summer 2013

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Beauty in simplicity: Contemporary quilt by Ineke Poort (Netherlands): voor Joost 18 jaar, 1994

 

When I haven’t been thinking about finishing a PhD and having a baby (most likely to take place in the same month/week), the above have occupied my mind: paintings by Emily Ferretti (top, and fourth from top), Erdem Pre-Fall 2013, the Acne Piers bag, the need for a new Bolivian manta (to upholster our bedhead), a print like this for the nursery and the quilts of Inneke Poort. Apologies for the length of time between drinks/posts. HF.

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The Apartment

 

 

Yes, we alerted you to the perfectly curated range of goods from The Apartment, Denmark, last month. But I couldn’t not post these images once I’d come across them on Jelanie’s blog. I’ve taken to thinking of such interiors as mantels writ large, as they’re designed with a pared back aesthetic to allow interesting art and textural objects to shine. If I could get rid of a few hundred objects in my home, I might be on my way to a mantel, but for the moment I’m living in more of a shrine… HF.

 

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