SHOWstudio’s shop has opened a new exhibition, To Bed. Sleep often serves as a subject in art, affording artists with material and metaphors for work. Remember when The Tate held a mass sleepover in 2007 that coincided with a 19-hour screening of Andy Warhol’s Sleep? And what of John and Yoko’s week-long “bed-in” for peace. To Bed is a little more intimate, showing personal and vulnerable states of sleep. From Corinne Day’s photographic diary of her own hospitalisation in 1996, to Maiko Takeda’s sculpture that outlines the soft curves of a woman in bed, To Bed is devoted to the space of sleep. It’s voyeurism sans the usual titillation that comes with peeking through the bedroom window.
Minna Parka is the first Finnish designer to grace the pages of our blog. Finnish? Fashion, you say? The two words would not seem mutually inclusive to most. While not necessarily regarded as a powerhouse in European fashion, its industry is nonetheless moving into a postmodern era of design. Forget Marimekko. Finnish fashion is being resurrected by designers like Minna; the young, the ambitious, the brave.
This is the new season from Brass. Inspired by 30s film star Marlene Dietrich, jungle themes and showgirls, the designs are defined by angular, geometric shapes and the palette is dominated by black. When I took in that first look shown here I instinctively felt it was something straight out of New York. The shapes and on-trend cropping lend it a familiar, minimalist aesthetic that would sit well on the racks of Oak.
Maybe it’s because Emma Watson’s new pixie cut is creating way too much debate, or maybe it’s the overload of babydoll dresses on ASOS and TopShop, but whichever way you look it’s hard to escape the mod vibe this season. So we find its fitting the National Gallery of London has put together a new exhibition from popular 60s op-artist Bridget Riley. The focus is on Riley’s recent works, including a large scale recreation of her Arcadia painting, last seen at her Paris retrospective. Though the colour relationships and repetitive structures are very much key to an earlier era, Riley’s art still holds relevance. Like fashion, it’s a visual spectacle of emotion and reflexion.
The transition to a new city and new environment here in Copenhagen has been fairly easy. Despite warnings from friends and family of a hankering for my former life, I've settled in quite well. Was quick to find a the best coffee shop in town and a delicious bakery and even quicker to fin somewhere fun and cosy and local to have a beer. Clearly all important things to find when you move to a new city. I have to admit though the one thing I've started to feel a little homesick for are my favourite Australian fashion labels.
Jennifer Loiselle’s an expat Aussie, living in London, looking after her little daughter and making some of the coolest headbands we’ve seen. I came across her designs on Etsy – the only site where you’ll find her stuff, that’s how exclusive it is. They’re hard not to miss, and love, with their oversized shapes, and clash of bold colours and texture.
Sarah Banger, the online creator of Supermarket Sarah, decided to leave the corporate world and set up shop in her own home, round the corner from Portobello Market where she has a stall for all her vintage and recycled treasures. She’s got a discerning eye for quirky and collectable pieces and each shot is a specific story, creating a themed collection for the store.