Fashion = Art

Check out this amazing coat from John Galliano and Benjamin Shine for Maison Margiela. It’s from their SS17 Collection and is absolutely stunning. Most fashion passes me by these days, but this really stood out as a beautiful piece of art. It should be on a wall in a gallery, not in a wardrobe!

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Driving Home For Christmas

Ever heard the theory that Chris Rea’s ‘Driving Home for Christmas’ is actually about an obsessive husband who has finally tracked down his estranged family in hiding? You’ll never hear it the same way again.

I’m driving home for Christmas
Oh, I can’t wait to see those faces
I’m driving home for Christmas, yea
Well I’m moving down that line
And it’s been so long
But I will be there

Eh… Merry Christmas?

Project: Ombre Flower Clutch

I’ve been on the search for an ombre bag for a few months now. I searched everywhere but couldn’t find what I was looking for. There was a very clear picture in my head of what I wanted: embellished, feminine, not too dainty. Anything I found online just wasn’t right. Wrong colour, wrong fabric, too big, too small…

What do you do when you can’t find it? Sew it yourself! So I did:

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I love it.

Here’s how I made it…

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Nature Crowdsourcing

This is a really interesting project from Nerds for Nature:

On September 8, 2013, 3,111 acres around the summit of Mt. Diablo went up in flames. While the charred landcape can appear alarming, fire is actually a natural part of the mountain’s ecology, and many plants actually require fire to reproduce. We’re trying to monitor how the landscape is changing and recovering after the fire by taking pictures from fixed locations for 1 year after the fire.

People are asked to take photos from fixed areas around the location. I think it’s a great use of crowdsourcing – I’d definitely take part if there was something that like that where I live.

Bullet Journal

I’m sure (*I hope) I’m not alone in my obsession with good old fashioned note-taking. My job is centered around the web and everything digital, but I can’t bring myself to convert completely.

I replaced books with a Kindle years ago (which halved my suitcase weight), but I just can’t give up notebooks. There’s something about taking physical notes that I love.

I use the Bullet Journal approach. It is essentially bullet points with a key to make it easy to see what needs attention.

The approach is based on common sense, but it’s good to see it there in black and white. I never considered adding an index, breaking notes up by month, or simply numbering pages, but it makes so much sense when you think about it.

The first time you are surprised by a question in a meeting and can flip to the answer immediately, you’ll be thankful you bothered!

Give Bullet Journal a read and get yourself organised!

Printing Clothes: The Future?

According to Joshua Harris and his Clothing Printer Concept, we’ll be cutting out retailers by 2050. No more horrid dressing room lighting with that curtain that just won’t quite close properly.

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You can print any clothing you like, in any colour, then when you’ve finished you can reinsert it into the printer to break it down and use it all over again for a new garment. Sounds great!

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Since my wardrobe is 99% grey and black, I’ve got a feeling I’ll save a fair bit of money!

Greyscale all the way!