Hormazd Narielwalla (I just want to cry his name is so magical) is a London-based artist who does these incredible collages using original sewing patterns as his canvas. These patterns are sourced from vintage magazine inserts from Le Petit Echo de la Mode (a 19th century fashion magazine), patterns of uniforms for the British Raj and those used in Savile Row amongst other places. Old meets new is always a good theme.
You can follow him on Instagram @narielwalla. I just found out he did an exhibition in London which ended on the 10th of June so we can all just fall apart now.
Antoinette Poisson is a Paris-based company which designs and manufactures hand-made domino paper. They sell beautiful wallpapers and boxes featuring their domino designs but I particularly love their posters which, placed in a simple frame, can really liven up a room.
Also wonderful are their notebooks if you, like my friend Emma, are sick to death of journals that have hateful covers featuring detestable scenes from twentieth century paintings that nobody likes.
They have a beautiful store that you can visit in the 11th district (12, rue Saint-Sabin) and will soon be launching an e-shop! Swoon.
Is it just me or do Claire Cowie’s watercolours look like maps? Maybe maps of strange imagined lands but maps nonetheless. All those negative ferns above look like the rivulets of fantastical water beds to me. And maybe, in the painting down below, you can make out parcelled out farm land on a range of hills. That’s what I’m seeing anyway.
You can see check out an interview with Cowie here or see more of her work on her website: www.clairecowie.com
I first discovered the artworks of Jonas Wood while watching Vogue’s 73 questions with Emily Ratajkowski on YouTube. Do you know that YouTube series? They go into the apartments of famous people and interview them and you get to see what nice furniture everyone has. My favourite spaces so far have been Emily Ratajkowski’s loft and Taylor Swift’s house. Ratajkowski, it turns out, has a whole lot of art on her walls, including a a giant Jonas Wood painting of a potted plant.
Jonas Wood, born 1977, currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He doesn’t even know it but I’m all the way in Paris, grateful that he is alive.
I find myself watching so many random things on YouTube. What do you watch? I’d love to know. (You can reply in the comment section below)
I recently discovered Charlotte Evans’ work online and instantly fell in love. She does mainly oil on canvas and even though I’m a sucker for paintings of plants (which she does!), I was particularly drawn to her subject matter of people playing sport. I’m not used to seeing artwork that I actually like of swimmers and boys kicking a ball around so it’s exciting to know that it’s possible.
Some of her work is available for purchase via saatchi art
I saw this technique to get newspaper nails a while back and got very excited. All it takes is a little vodka! That is probably true of a lot of things.
When choosing your newspaper be smart because I promise you, everyone will ask you which newspaper you used. It may not seem like they would but they will.
We want our nails to be intellectual.
I bought Le Monde to decorate my nails and had to go through the entire newspaper before finding an article that wasn’t about war, corruption or pestilence. I eventually found one about the Cannes film festival which I cut up into ten small strips. Be sure you choose an article about something positive or else you’ll be carrying negativity round with you all week.
Of course, I nearly pressed the wrong side of one of the newspaper strips onto my nails but Sin-Xay, who was watching the entire process with some bewilderment, stopped me from putting a section of the obituaries on my left forefinger.
Poor dear, but she had a good life according to page 19.