allison schulnick

I am a total fan of Allison Schulnick's work. Not only are her paintings great, but her animations are amazing! Please take some time and watch them, here and here {you might recognize the second one, as it is the music video for a Grizzly Bear song}. Her work is exuberant with a dark side.

{below: two stills from her animation films}



love the color combo in the top photo, and that emerald green wall


there is something about this outfit
i don't even know if i like it
but i love it
because it is a reminder to have more fun...
... in any way i can
and take more risks
weather it's fashion
or elsewhere


raw color

check out all the awesome stuff going on over at raw color

what's my line?

One night I got so into watching these clips from the show What's My Line? 
These were my favorites. {How sexy is Lauren Bacall! Yowzers! Love her.} There are lots of other great ones.
But it got me thinking about our culture, and not to go off on a tangent, but I will just say that the Salvado Dali, and Frank Loyd Wright clips really struck a particular cord with me (besides being totally funny and charming) - it got me to thinking about how these days I would be shocked to find a game show where a contemporary artist or architect would be on. In popular culture the arts have been replaced with "celebrities" and reality TV "stars". And this makes me sad.

But, take some time and watch these! They are really great!


las pozas

Years and years ago I tore a spread about this garden out of a magazine, and it has stayed with me ever since. 
Some day I hope to visit it, if only in my dreams. 

Extraordinary sculpture garden created by the eccentric English poet and patron of the Surrealist movement, Edward James, was built in 1947. For the next ten years, James used Las Pozas as a home for orchids and exotic animals. The design of Las Pozas was inspired both by James' orchids and the vegetation of the Huastecan jungle combined with architectural elements taken from the Surrealist movement he was so closely involved with.


leonora carrington

  Leonora Carrington passed away recently. 

She is a painter that I love, and one of the most important surrealist painters. 
She also wrote one of my favorite books, The Hearing Trumpet. It is a wonderful, magical and charming book - perfect for a summer read {or any time of year really}, if you are interested. You will love it! It is so delightful!



Keeping with the spirit of this blog, as a place to post about the things that inspire me, I am especially excited about this post. I have posted a lot of things recently about my grandmother Audrey, but not very much about my other grandmother, Thelma {aka: nana}. And the two of them really couldn't have been more opposite, the only thing they had in common was the fact that they were both really powerful women, but even then, in very different ways. 
How do I begin to describe nana? Oh the stories I could tell, I have so many wonderful ones about her.
She taught fashion at Washington University, and she made amazing clothes. One of my favorite stories about her was how she used to go to Saks and Neimans and buy suits and then take them home and cut patterns from them and then make them herself {brilliant !}, and return the originals. 
More importantly, she was truly an amazing painter! Above are two of my favorite paintings of hers. She loved butterflies and flowers and painted some abstracts and a whole fabulous series of small paintings of mushrooms. When I was younger I would go over in the afternoon and sit in her studio and we would both paint together. Along with my mum, she was so influential and shaped so much of the person I am today. She is incredibly inspiring. 
  She always danced to the beat of her own drummer, not caring what people thought. Wearing bright colors and patterns, and huge rings on every finger! She had a wonderful lightness about her, full of so much joy and wonder and whimsy. She and my mother were bestest of friends, and when I was little the three of us would do everything together! I feel so grateful for that time with them and the many gifts they have passed on to me. 

photos: Nana, as a young woman, I think she looks very Coco Chanel. A basket of her paint brushes I found at home, my mum must have kept them. An amazing photo of nana and my mum in their kimonos, I think from the mid 70's.


summer lovin'

What’s That Fragrance You’re Wearing?

Images by Joseph Scheer

It may not sound like the hottest thing to hit perfume counters since Chanel No. 5, but to polyphemus moths,11-Hexadecadienyl acetate is the very aroma of love. Females release this compound from special glands. Males that encounter the drifting plume of scent change course immediately, flying upwind on four-to-six-inch (10-to-15 centimeter) wings to find the pheromone-emitting female and mate with her. As in many moth species, Antheraea polyphemus males (specimen shown directly above) can detect the come-hither fragrance of a willing female from more than a mile away.

louise despont


erin considine

For a while I have had my eye on Erin Considine's amazing and unique jewelry {I adore the necklace on the left of the 6th photo from the top}. She uses ethically sourced silk and cotton, then hand dyes it using the natural pigment found in marigold, onion skins, turmeric, hibiscus, madder root and other plants and spices, which is what gives each piece their muted and beautiful colors. Then she weaves the yarn using complicated and sometimes ancient techniques, while also incorporating cast charms and clasps made from repurposed and recycled metals such as brass. A perfect mix of earthy and modern.

photos of erin's studio via