September 30, 2011
September 26, 2011
It makes me happy that TED talks exist. This is the true purpose of the internet, right? Aside from pictures of cats, of course. Being able to tap into the most exciting creative and intellectual minds from around the world, all for free. Here is a selection of my favourites - an eclectic selection of experts talking about everything from the World Food Program to creativity; iPads to doodling.
September 22, 2011
September 21, 2011
September 20, 2011
Night Signs / Zomes
Damage / Yo La Tengo
Under The Boardwalk / Tom Tom Club
Tender / Blur
Hang On To Your Ego / Beach Boys
Sea Of Love / Del Shannon
This Wheel's On Fire / The Byrds
Stay / The Hollies
Celebrity Skin / Hole
Blue Thunder / Galaxie 500
That's The Way / Led Zeppelin
Wear Your Love Like Heaven / Donovan
There's An End / Holly Golightly
September 18, 2011
Peter Jensen spring/summer 2012
"Peter Jensen recently dedicated a book to his "improbable sisterhood" of muses, but it unfortunately went to press before the most improbable of them all could be included. His inspiratrice for Spring 2012 is the legendarily badass jazz-soul singer Nina Simone. Legend she may have been, but Jensen didn't hear of her till he moved to London and read about a woman who fired an air rifle at a neighbor when he complained about her piano playing. "My kinda gal," thought the young Dane. To a soundtrack of classical piano (the music Nina would have studied at Philadelphia's Curtis Institute had she not been refused admittance due to the color of her skin), Jensen offered an abstracted vision in fabric of the singer's life, from the pure white church-worthy outfits of her youth in North Carolina to the showy Lurex and satin pieces she might have worn to perform in jazz clubs around the world."
- Tim Blanks, Style.com
I visited the wonderful new Auckland Art Gallery recently, and a small painting of a black-haired, heavy-lidded girl caught my eye. Called Lizette (first image), it was painted by Christchurch born artist Raymond McIntyre, who clearly had a penchant for moody brunettes and melancholy - apparently, according to an artist who shared a studio, "in the intervals of dabbling masterpieces on canvas, he sobs out his soul on the sorrowful 'cello.'"