The other day, I came home to this exquisite pin in a little parcel sent directly from Holl-ee-wood. My friend Brion, down there, has been feeding my obsessions* since the tender age of 15. Thanks Brion!
*Who knew?! Peter Gabriel is a long running obsession of mine. I equally love his solo work, and his work with Genesis. I am constantly amazed at how he pushes himself and never stops experimenting with the technical side of music. He’s not one to repeat himself decade after decade. He’s a showman and he cares about the whole package of his works (performance, packaging, digital experiences, etc.). He’s got one of the best voices around. Bottom line, I could talk your ear off about why he’s so amazing. But don’t worry, I’ll try not to.
We bought a vintage dresser this weekend and one of the drawers contained this perfectly conserved packet of tissue. How lovely is that lettering?! Warm, casual, even soft (like a tissue!).
They’ve since beefed up the script, but it doesn’t have the same charm. It’s stillgot a friendliness to it, but they’ve certainly knocked the ’60s’ right out of it. I suppose that’s what has to be done to make it in the competitive tissue market.
I can’t figure out what is going on in our back neighbor’s yard—but their house is illuminated like this every night. I don’t think there’s a pool, but I feel like that’s the only explanation, right?
The images we choose for our desktops are special, aren’t they? I generally choose carefully and only put up images that I really adore because I tend to leave them up for a while.
I thought it would be fun to share what’s on my desktop periodically because it’s always such a beloved piece of imagery for me.
Recently, I put up this Soviet textile by E. Nikitina. I could look at this swatch for ages. So much movement and strength—there’s always a new interaction of shapes and figurative references to see!
I also love that you can easily see that this is a textile from the texture so clear in the photo. That just adds to the impressiveness of it. There’s not another country in the world that would have created this pattern and actually produced it, it seems to me. It is quintessentially Soviet. It was from a very distinct time, of course, and it’s not as if all Soviet women wore these kinds of fabrics—but it is certainly a part of a larger collection of works on along these lines and I think it’s such a clever (and stylish!) way to build patriotism (let’s pretend it was not a corrupt government).
If you enjoy this, you’ll love the book I found it in: Soviet Textile Design of the Revolutionary Period, by I. Yasinskaya.
I went on a book-buying binge this weekend. I even bought a Kindle Touch. I’m kind of pumped about it. First book is an obvious selection—the Steve Jobs bio. I’m looking forward to reading on my bus commute being a much more comfortable experience.
(Actually, the pink one on the bottom is an overpriced, but exquisite Japanese notebook.)