Keetra Dean Dixon's work is a beautiful and thoughtful play on words. I haven't come across many artists/designers who are able to use typography in such a sensitive and expressive way. Needless to say I'm quite besotted. I especially love the "BECOME" slab of agate; it appeals to the child in me that once used to collect cheap, colourful gemstones.
All images via Keetra's website.
This month Inside Out magazine are running a series on their blog about creative Australians who have an affinity with Japan. The delightful and multi-talented Lee Tran Lam asked if I would like to be involved, and to share some of my Japan and Tokyo favourites. How could I possibly refuse? There are an overwhelming amount of things I love about my new home, and you can find me harping on about them (once again, sorry!) over here.
via Bobby Stokes
So I'm looking forward to my first real winter here in Japan. Coming from Sydney, I was told I "wouldn't enjoy" Tokyo's winter. One friend actually suggested I may "die, screaming". Well contrary to popular belief I am, in fact, able to buy warm coat so I can then enjoy my days frolicking in the crisp, cold air. Much like this trio:
GAUNTLET HAIR // I was thinking... from caitlin mcnichols on Vimeo.
Though in Tokyo there will be far less snow, probably no bonfires and no sensationally happy dog. I have been listening to I Was Thinking by Gauntlet Hair almost continuously lately. There's something about the grey mornings and sporadic rain that just seems to work. Found via Knife Wives. Do yourself a favour and download Shinya's superb playlists.
via Bobby Stokes
via Phil Gailey
via Rui Hosono
There is something quite bleak and austere about Japanese winter that I love (and hope I will do by the end of February).
Going jewellery gaga lately. Bet you thought seed beads belonged in the junk/craft section at Kmart, right? You are in fact wrong. They belong on your damn wrist. I discovered Brokenfab's amazing Disco Beading at another Harajuku favourite, Radd Lounge. I think I need to party. Or wear these beads every day and pretend I am.
All images via Brokenfab's website.
Jewels I am currently head-over-heels for. Gold, pointy, tribal, goddess. I'm pretty sure Cleopatra wore TOM TOM.