i've come to like gothic-inspired jewellery, mostly because it's about death and death isn't just something that is morbid and frightening. i'm enjoying the macabre aesthetic appropriated by bloodMilk designs. each piece is based on myth, prophecy and folklore, from native american tradition to victorian mourning, sinpired by catholic figures of grief, redmeption and tragedy such as joan of arc. skulls and bones aren't really that scary. they have a beauty about them that reaches beyond concepts of death and decay. the use of animal claws, bones, teeth and skulls cast in oxidized sterling silver creates a 'convulsive beauty' that'll make you shudder, even if involuntarily. the aesthetic of this collection allows one to feel awe and disgust at the same time. strange as it is, i cannot help but admire the enigma of her found object creations, as feminine as they are dark.
sparrow skull ring, your journey is never far from home.
charlotte burkhart of little sister designs has a beautiful range of handmade acrylic and sterling silver jewellery pieces. her designs are balanced as well as quirky, and chunky without being. each design its own mystical narrative and symbolic quality.
i found her use of materials particularly interesting - she uses anything from antique photos, sterling silver to human hair, bones and teeth, which are, for a jeweller, more precious than diamonds and harder to come across.
in recent years dynamic concept stores have begun to shoot up like wildflowers all over our brimming city. they're lovely places where you can listen to live jazz, or even a shakespeare or poetry reading, admire an art exhibit, drink coffee like a pro hipster, or generally just be trendy among rails of vintage fare and trays of cupcakes wafting beneath your nose.
skermunkil is a jewellery design label from here in good ol' creative cape town. all of her beautiful pieces are handmade and meticulously designed. creations include silver tweetydoves, golden bambis and love-sparrows. divine.
skermunkil means 'rascal' in afrikaans, as the designs are 'playful and lighthearted.' the concept is the brainchild of designer marietjie beeslaar who uses a range of media, including resin, wood, enamel, silver, gold and perspex. she uses recyclable materials, such as broken crockery, cookie tins and old nickel spoons.
i like this concept. this is a modelling agency 'for individuals and alcoholics/misfits/artists/musicians with personal style.' it's a little pretency, because, in all honesty, it is a collection of 'cool kids', each of whom want to commodify their image by selling themselves to greater creative circles. but the idea of profiling a nice range of interesting faces of all shapes/sizes/colours is quite different and makes a change from the usual sallow, unsmiling entities that grace the runways of europe. the photography is fresh and minimal, celebrating the 'ordinary' face (in an ironic sense). we also can ignore the fact that this is a typical cape town endeavour to perpetuate hipsterism, because i kinda like it.
this article was written back in 2009, when the cape town hipster possy was at its prime. Dylan Muhlenberg (whoever he is, he should run for Pres) exposes the pretentious douchery of our city's subverted youth, who bask in irony and live to 'emit vibe long enough for their poses to get flashed in the we-are-awesome famebulb.' they may as well throw parties in the bin, says one comment. this poison makes cevron look docile.
guerilla promotion? chip-shouldered loser complex? pure genius? whichever. it made me laugh quite a bit.
for now, i am going to remain on the rim of the city bowl and chuckle to myself at all this pretentious nonsense that remians the predominant discourse of trust-fund kids with spurred tattoo jobs and identity crises.
i adore blazers. they can be worn casually, with skinny jeans, wedges, tunics or shirt dresses or to jazz up an evening ensemble. blazers are typically uniform garments, but this doesn't mean they can only be worn at yachting regattas, British boarding schools, boy scout initiation or in the airforce. if you're austin powers you can even wear a brightly coloured blazer for that 'swinging london' look. whatever the case, blazers are an essential item for any wardrobe.
marc by marc jacobs, 'crosstown' jacket
this authentic leather bag is from back in the soviet days, and was used to carry around maps, documents, stationary and compasses. circa 1960.
portugese brown suede leather ankle boots, with heel. delicious.
kate wears a tweed blazer in her topshop '7 days of kate' launch.
in spring things start to germinate and grow. for the past few month my garden has become neglected and overgrown, tall alien weeds choking any chance for a young sapling to begin its breaking into sunlit space above ground. living on a sand dune makes gardening and landscaping a little tricky - nothing really grows very lusciously in sandy soil. however, as a green-fingered fool, i found a few creative gardening tricks to make amends for four seasons of neglect.
use seaweed to nourish the soil. i live near a beach, so this is an ideal compost option.
other inexpensive compost ideas may be organic matter such as egg shells, crushed seashells, woodcuts, coffee pulp and shredded paper. this is also a good way to recycle.
plant perennials, plants which love sandy soil and only need to be planted once a year to be able to survive for several growing seasons. examples of these are wild indigo, purple heart, sage, lily, and cone flower.
start growing pot plants and herbs indoors, such as parsley, to avoid having to spend money to buy the grown plant.
add interest and accent to your garden with landscape rocks.
an old clawfoot bathtub filled with soil can give your garden a rustic, whimsical look. the same can be done with a wheelbarrow.
cinder blocks stacked in a pyramid can harbour flourishing herbs and flowers. they are inexpensive and easy to come by. you can do the same with old tyres, painted with bright colours.
grow plants from cuttings, such as hydrangea, lavender, geranium, honeysuckle and azalea.
make a mosaic with old broken china and use these as finishes to a wall or tabletop, or as paving. find broken china at the china dealer in kalk bay.
hang coloured bottles from trees in different shapes and sizes to reflect sunlight and produce sounds when chimed together in the wind.
attract critters. make a bird bath with an old cake tin, pie pan or clay pot saucer.
make a garden bench. overturn two planting barrels and bolt a sturdy plank for a seat, to create a simple, comfortable seat so you can sit and admire your work.
most of these materials can be found at a recycling depot or building site. just ask around.