Sunday 3 July 2011

    more mario

     

    In my dream I am the girl wearing the white dress in big drawing room.

    Lara Stone by Mario Testino for Vogue US January 2011

    {Images via Fashion Gone Rogue}

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    Sunday 3 July 2011

    Diana, Princess of Wales

     

    Princess Diana, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier

    A photograph by Patrick Demarchelier of Princess Diana, published in the July 2007 issue of Vanity Fair.

    French photographer Patrick Demarchelier was the first non-British photographer to click the British Royal Family.  In 1989 Patrick Demarchelier became, by request, Her Royal Highness Princess Diana’s official photographer. This relationship lasted until her untimely death in 1997. Patrick Demarchelier shot four beautiful covers of Diana for the British Vogue published in 1991, 1994 and 1997.

    These natural and beautiful Christmas 1994 snaps of Diana with William and Harry. The young Princes are enjoying her company and she’s showing such affection towards them capturing the delight and love she had for them.

    {Images Princess Diana by Patrick Demarchelier; Princess Diana with her sons are unknown.}

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    Saturday 2 July 2011

    forever beautiful

     

    Diana, Princess of Wales ~ remembering her elegant spirit, her grace under pressure and her kindness and desire to help others. Princess Diana would have been 50 on Friday, July 1.

    “When you are happy, you can forgive a great deal.”

    Diana Reborn | Diana, Princess of Wales by Mario Testino for Vanity Fair July 1997

    These iconic images of Princess Diana were taken by Mario Testino five months before her tragic death. The fashion photographer said about the pictures, “[Diana] said to me at the time [that] her children had said to her it was the most ‘her’ they had seen.”.  Mario Testino is also the photographer behind Prince William and Kate Middletons’ engagement pics.

    THE DRESS credited with turning a shy Diana Spencer in to a worldwide fashion phenomenon is set to go under the hammer. The black dress, by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, was worn by a 19-year-old Diana to her first official appearance after her engagement to Prince Charles – and earned her the tabloid nickname “Daring Di” for its low neckline and bare shoulders.

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    Saturday 2 July 2011

    game :: set :: match

     

    It’s strawberries and cream time ~inspired by the elegance of English tennis and the Wimbledon finals.

    Laura Robson, the 2008 Wimbledon girls’ singles champion

    {Images via This is Glamorous & Polo Ralph Lauren Wimbledon campaign, 2008}

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    Tuesday 28 June 2011

    Minimalist Japanese Residence Flaunting a Fascinating Facade

     

    The Cell Brick House is unique with its geometrical facade, and there are aspects that I really like but it’s not somewhere I could live.

    Looking at the Cell Brick House from the outside makes you wonder how the interiors of this amazing architectural building are shaped. The skin of the house is what makes it so special. It displays a fascinating pattern of holes that rise up from a pebble-covered base. Small steel boxes were placed one on top of the next to shape a rectangular block that shelters the interior living spaces. Atelier Tekuto, the designers of the Cell Brick House, describe their challenges:

    The first was to combine opposing architectonics; the masonry structure which is the origin of the building technique and the skin structure which I have been trying on my projects. And the second was to innovate something that equips structure, function and heat environment altogether.”

    By combining specific measurements for the steel bricks, the architects were able to ensure the interiors will have the right temperature and sunlight all year round. By covering the bricks with a heat resistant ceramic-infused coating, the house is protected from overheating. The interiors are brought to life by the personal belongings of the inhabitants, displayed on the special shelves. This creates an interesting personalized space that can become a little overwhelming at times. All in all, the residence is a step further in the way we look at residential architecture.

    {Images & text reposted from Fresh Home}

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    Saturday 25 June 2011

    skin + bone

     

    I really do love skeletons etc

    {Skin light by the Design team at Atelier 688; Skull via mark monroe}

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    Saturday 25 June 2011

    launch of the postale society

     

    While celebrating my love of paper, I want to share the Postale Society with you. Such a lovely idea.

    Kristina and Lou are pleased to announce

    the launch of

    the postale society.

    crumpled pages smoothed out,

    bent corners turned back,
    taped together remnants of a letter.

    keepsakes treasured.

    knowing our stories
    are part of where we come from,
    where we are,
    and where we will go.

    for a sneak peek of the characters and their tales, click here.

    subscription is available for purchase in the on-line store.

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    Saturday 25 June 2011

    paper artist :: Su Blackwell

     

    Su Blackwell has a way with paper ~ her gorgeous book sculptures are paper fantasies of incredible intricacy and magical enchantment.

    “Paper has been used for communication since its invention; either between humans or in an attempt to communicate with the spirit world. I employ this delicate, accessible medium and use irreversible, destructive processes to reflect on the precariousness of the world we inhabit and the fragility of our life, dreams and ambitions.” Su Blackwell

    Su Blackwell makes intricate art-works from every-day objects, transforming clothes and books into fantastical three-dimensional forms. Using a scalpel she cuts and glues the pages of books to create miniature dioramas glowing with lights in wood and glass boxes, like Victorian relics found in a museum of intrigue. She uses repetitive labor-intensive processes that often involve sewing, knotting, folding and cutting.

    She finds her books – or rather lets them find her – by trawling through second-hand book shops. She always reads the book first and this in turn inspires the work. Some of the books that come into the artist’s possession sit on her shelf for months and months. The books themselves, their histories and stories, also interest her. They hold in their pages a record of their past events, as physical objects; their damage, such as frays and stains, makes our relationship with the contents immediate and visceral, and in turn tells another story. Long & Ryle

    There is a great interview with Su at My Love for You is a Stampede of Horses, here is an exerpt…“I read in a book a Burmese legend about the soul butterfly or win-laik-pya…it is believed that a sleeping person’s soul takes the shape of a butterfly and flies abroad while it’s owner is asleep, searching for the souls of other persons and animals and returning when the owner awakes.  burmese children are still taught never to wake a sleeping person for fear they may die, or worse, live on, without a soul.”

    I discovered Su Blackwell in an editorial from British Vogue’s Fantastic Fashion Fantasy issue where she created an enchanting Christmas fantasyland of book-cut sculptures. And she has a blog showcasing her exquisite work.

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    Saturday 25 June 2011

    Paper sculptures in Pottermore

     

    JK Rowling launched Pottermore, her latest creation for Harry Potter, and the hand-cut, stop-motion paper animations are so beautiful.

     

    The cut paper sculptures looks like the work of paper artist Su Blackwell ~ I adore her work.

    Pottermore will be a new interactive reading experience. It will be a combination: part social-networking forum, part computer game in a website containing additional encyclopedic-like details.

    It was revealed that her new venture Pottermore was set to feature a wealth of new and previously unpublished material about the world of Harry Potter. Although the author made clear that she had “no plans to write another novel”, the fresh Potter material – to be unveiled later this year – already stretches to 18,000 words about the novels’ characters, places and objects, with more to come. From Professor McGonagall’s love for a Muggle as a young woman, to how the Dursleys met (Petunia was working in an office); from new information about Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff houses, to details about wand wood, Rowling’s writing will be just one part of the richly interactive, free  Pottermore.com website, which is intended to bring the Harry Potter storylines to interactive life for readers. {The Guardian}

    [Images 1.& 6 via Harry Potter Stuffs; stills from the video; owl image via Pottermore.com]

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    Wednesday 22 June 2011

    “Gosh, being married, that was my ‘caged bird’ period”

     

    Daphne Guinness {on marriage}…

    I thought this painting captures the loneliness, beauty and confinement of golden chains.

    The Gilded Cage by St George Hare, 1857-1933 at Stourhead

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