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Month: August, 2014

Toast: Men’s Fall Collection ’14

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I often feature women’s fashion on here, but rarely men’s. My apologies for the bias. I attempt to make up for it now, with TOAST’s Fall ’14 collection for men. I’ve featured TOAST here before. They are a British clothing company (once only for women) that has recently forayed into housewares and (gasp) men’s clothing. And it’s a good thing they did, because their fall collection for men is looking pretty spectacular. In fact, I think it outshines the women’s line this season! Full of throw-back traditional and classic piece like tweed vests, corduroy blazers, and wool pea coats, the line still manages to appear modern and of it’s time. Take a look at some of my favorites from the lookbook below, or shop the collection online.

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Yasha Butler

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Yasha Butler creates highly conceptual ceramic pieces. Though still functional, Butler focuses more on the artistic side of her pieces, especially in their descriptions and inspirations. For instance, she calls her tablewares “functional landscapes.” Her work has clean, minimal lines, and often takes its cues from nature. Butler uses artifacts like bone or buried pottery, and natural shapes like dunes, puddles, and jellyfish for her inspiration. Butler is currently based in Barcelona and Istanbul, and shows her work in galleries across the world, though she has worked extensively in the states. She was born in Istanbul, received a degree in interior design from Cornell, and studied ceramics at Laney College in Oakland, California, at Penland School of Crafts in Penland, North Carolina, at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine, and under Nuray Ada in Istanbul, Turkey. Delicate, organic, and simple, her pieces seem light and airy, a difficult feat in her medium. She normally works in whites, blacks, creams, and other natural colors. But recently Butler took a dive into indigo and I am loving it! Take a look at her work on her website, or follow her beautiful blog.

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Things to Click…

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This week I am loving this long list of cooking blogs compiled by Of/A/Kind co-conspirators Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo with suggested recipes. It’s a compilation of some of my favorite blogs, along with some new owes, and some great pointers for which recipes to try first. 

Also found in Of/A/Kind’s newsletter this week is Falling Fruit, a mapping site that indicates where you can forage for food in urban spaces. The organization encourages exploration, experimentation, and a respect for natural systems, even in the midst of an urban environment. Look up your address on fallingfruit.org and find unexpected edibles near you.

I know that ALS ice bucket challenge videos are a dime a dozen right now, but this one made by our friend Nicholas Nocera is excellent. He and Alison Rose are the duo behind Columbus based and Ohio prideful screen printing label Alison Rose. His video is artful, cheeky, and short. Check it out!

I recently discovered A Better Queue, a website that helps filter movies and TV shows available for streaming on Netflix into a more manageable list. It combines it’s listings with With a beautiful, clean design, A Better Queue enables you to search using filters like the Rotten Tomatoes “tomatometer,” genre, year of release, and more. It’s kind of amazing. 

Image Credit: from food blog A House in the Hills.

Lisa Garcia

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Lisa Garcia is a designer, artist, and musician based in Nashville, Tennessee. She designs jewelry, interiors, and props and does styling for lookbooks. What I love most from this multi-talented lady is her fiber art (no surprise there). Garcia makes gorgeous wall art from natural fibers. Combing brass, jute, wood, and wool, Garcia’s pieces are minimally hued, but lushly draping with rich, naturally dyed wools. You almost want to curl up with her work rather than hang it on the wall. At once simple and bold, Garcia describes her work as a balance between “magic and order,” a nod to the origins of her line’s name Soñadora or “dreamer” in Spanish. Some hidden photos on her website have me thinking that her fiber line will expand into more homewares. Currently the Soñadora shop on Etsy has several woven jute lampshades for sale, but I happened to find a few photos of satellite chairs sprung with beautifully woven wool, and antique, wire lampshades carefully wrapped with delicate cording. I hope to see her shop expand soon, but for now I’ll just covet her plush and dreamy fiber pieces. Read more about Lisa Garcia’s work on her website, or shop her fiber line at her Etsy store.

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Paperhand Puppet Intervention with good, new friends. 

Paper Lovely: Design & Letterpress

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Paper Lovely is the shop moniker of Kim Burks, who produces beautiful letterpress pieces out of Omaha, Nebraska. Burks designs cards, notebooks, stationary sets, business cards, and other paper products, all of which embrace a love for the written word and other simple pleasures in life. The look of her line is often minimal, with stark, white paper, and a great deal of white space. But this only works to Burks’ advantage, highlighting her doodly scripts and images and her paunchy palette of cheeky colors. This means her work can veer towards the cutesy, but more often her work remains simple, clever, and to the point. Everything is hand-pressed in single units using an antique press (fondly nicknamed Pearl) and Burks prints custom orders as well as her own line of goods. Heck, she even printed the business cards for one of my favorite cooking blogs, Happy Yolks.

You can check out Paper Lovely’s shop on Etsy, and learn more about Burks and her work on the Paper Lovely website

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Felicita Sala

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Felicita Sala is an illustrator who was born in Italy and grew up in Perth, Australia. She now works from Rome, Italy, where she draws for editorials and children’s books, paints, designs posters, and completes other commissioned and freelance work, including some stop-motion animation. Her drawings are whimsical, joyful, and full of color. They play a great deal with shapes, jumbling them together into piles of beautiful chaos. Her depictions of people are full of humor and love. Some of my favorite work of hers though is one of her more recent series of illustrated recipes. I also love her “3am” series depicting the various people she ran into in the middle of the night wandering around over three different jet-lagged nights.

You can see more of her work on her website. She’s also an excellent photographer, and her blog is worth following for her photographs alone. You can purchase her prints on her page at Society6, where her work is also available on cell phone covers, pillow cases, t-shirts, and tote bags. I had such a hard time picking images for this post because I just love everything she does. I hope you do too!

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Leah Duncan

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I just realized yesterday that I haven’t written about Leah Duncan yet on this blog! It’s probably because I assumed everyone interested in what I write about has already heard of Leah Duncan. But today I decided, what the hell, I love Leah Duncan, everyone who reads this is going to hear about Leah Duncan now whether they’ve already heard of her or not. Enough grandstanding…. I LOVE Leah Duncan. 

An illustrator and printer of textiles and home goods, Lean Duncan makes gorgeous art prints, pillows, tea towels, and scarves. After the success of her print items she even branched into jewelry, which is simple and fabulous. She also designs fabric, and has collaborated with everyone from Urban Outfitters, to Land of Nod, and (my personal favorite) Schoolhouse Electric. Her palette is muted yet colorful, and her designs complex yet built from simple shapes, almost like paper-cut or block-print work. Based in Austin, Texas, she uses locally sourced textiles and papers. Her pillows and prints are my favorite, but all of her work is phenomenal. You can read more about the glorious Leah Duncan on her website, shop her online store or her Etsy shop, or follow her on Instagram

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A day well spent in the woods.

Things to Click…

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I know Robin Williams stuff if all over the media, but this short little write-up from ArtNet illuminated a very small aspect of Williams’s life that I knew nothing about. And it’s accompanied by some great screenshots. 

I found this article from Mother Jones on Tom’s Shoes and other one-for-one charity business models reading this Op-Ed from the Business of Fashion on the problems with such models. Two fascinating articles on the practical functioning of this new, trendy model. 

This article from the New York Times on how to “Hit the Re-Set Button in Your Brain” highlights the importance of vacation and down time, discusses how an increasingly digitized world is changing our brain functioning, and analyzes why our brains work the way they do. It’s great!

I’ve always railed against gender specific toys and colors for toddlers as a bizarre means of socialization into traditional gender roles. These photographs from JeongMee Yoon of young children surrounded by museum catalog-like displays of their possessions only prove how bizarre it can get!