Learning To Love You More is the brainchild of Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher. It’s a website comprising work made by the public in response to creative assignments set by July and Fletcher such as “Take a flash photo under your bed” and “Write your life story in less than a day”.
Here is the one I’m going to do: “Make an encouraging banner”
Think of something encouraging you often tell yourself. For example: Everything will be ok. Or: Don’t listen to them. Or: It’ll blow over. Now make a banner, making sure to follow these instructions:
1. Draw each letter of the sentence on a large piece of colored construction paper or big squares of fabric. One letter per piece. Draw them blocky so you can cut them out.
2. Cut them out.
3. Glue each one onto a piece of construction paper or fabric that is a contrasting color.
4. Then glue the edges of all the pieces of paper or fabric together to make a banner.
5. Hang the banner in a place where you or someone else might need some encouragement, for example, across your bathroom. Or between two trees so that you and your neighbors can receive encouragement from it. Or in a gas station.
6. Photograph the banner and upload it onto the site.
You can see examples of other people’s banners on the website here.
The Co-operative Building in Middlesbrough is curating an exhibition of completed assignments which opens on 25th July. If you want to take part (have a go, it’s fun!) you’ll need to submit your assignment by 20th June.
Pamcasso at Square Old Soul is inviting us to partake in her White Shirt + Jeans project. Have a look at her post here if you want to check it out.
In the meantime, I’ve borrowed these images to highlight some white tee/denim style candy.
Pics: Jane Birkin, Kate Lanphear, Karla’s Closet
Sometimes I really do feel like the luckiest girl in the world. How else can I explain my reaction when I came home to find this friendly fellow striding across my desk? Dear D has gone to a wedding in Wales for the weekend (I don’t do weddings) so has left Mickey in charge. Does life get any better than this?
I could have sworn I read somewhere last week that Douglas Keeve (Unzipped) is making a movie about esteemed fashion legend Polly Mellen. But can I find any reference to it online? No I bloody can’t! Either I have false memory syndrome or I am just too ahead of the curve. Anyone able to shed light on this for me?
Ah! I fially found the article in The FT here (go to page 2) by Bronwyn Cosgrave. Of course, spelling Polly Mellen as ‘Polly Mellon’ didn’t help with matters of a Google nature:
“Meanwhile, Douglas Keeve, the documentarist behind Unzipped, the hit 1995 portrait of designer Isaac Mizrahi, as well as Hotel Gramercy Park, which just debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival, is now turning his attention to the “Polly Mellon project.” For two years, Keeve filmed the exuberant former Allure magazine creative director and one-time Diana Vreeland protégé and recorded her phone calls.”
I liked these two shop windows spotted earlier this week. One is the Jigsaw flagship store in Bond Street (Jigsaw is sponsoring the Tim Walker exhibition at the Design Museum), the other is Agent Provocateur.
A friend has asked me to sit on a mock-interview panel tomorrow and Friday for graduating journalism students at the college where she teaches. We all know the rules when it comes to dressing for job interviews. Dress for the job: city = suity, creative = something with more snap, crackle and pop, don’t wear jangly jewels, do iron your shirt, etc, etc. But what if you’re doing the interviewing?
I must say I do enjoy a bit of role play and on this occasion I’m to be cast as the ‘serious, scary, external interviewer’ (the other panel members are tutors at the college). All well and good except I got a text this morning casually mentioning that I will need to ‘dress a bit smart’. Ah, I forgot that small matter. I’d figured a dark-jeans-loafers-and-jumper ensemble might suffice but now I’m feeling doubtful. Other than jeans I have chinos which are quite wide in the leg so only work with Converse (too casual) or black Gap cigarette trousers which I can wear with my Bass Weejun loafers. Would a jaunty sock be too much? Then I surely need a smart jacket, and I do have a very nice black Helmut Lang blazer – but it’s not an exact match with the trousers, is that a big no-no? The top doesn’t pose too much of a problem. If I go smart on the trousers, jacket and shoe, I think I can loosen up on the top so I’m thinking trusty Marimekko two-tone stripe top for the smart-with-a-beatnik-edge writer look.
That just leaves Friday to worry about. As a rule, I don’t do smart dresses but I do have my H&M jersey stripe affair which is a good standby for ‘smarten up a bit’ occasions. This would go nicely with my Dexter boots, grey ‘school’ tights (Burlingtons, still going strong from some long lost magazine fashion cupboard) and aforementioned Helmut Lang blazer. To accessorise: my Celine bourgeois bag and Herve Chapelier tote.
I wonder what the students will wear?
Yes, next week The Sartorialist is in London. Start planing your outfits now people!
What is it about city types and fashion? After Osman Yousefzada (who started out as a city banker) comes financier-turned-fashion-designer Sean Monahan, whose label Sea New York is one to watch for AW 08. Just arrived in the UK, I especially love the two-in-ones which look like a top and skirt but are in fact a dress. Talk about no-brainer dressing!
In the war between Gap and Uniqlo, my allegience is strictly with Gap. I dunno why, I just like that they don’t try too hard to court the hipster crowd. But now they’re playing Uniqlo at their own game with an artist T-shirt hook-up featuring designs by Chuck Close, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger and Kenny Scharf among others. Wow, this I can’t miss. I don’t even know what they look like yet but I’m loving the idea of a Barbara Kruger or a Jeff Koons. I already have the Kenny Scharf Swatch watch so a T-shirt to go with it? Why, yes please! Which brings me neatly to this suggestion…Can Swatch please jump on the bandwagon and reinstate their Swatch-designer collabo’s? I mean, a Luella Swatch, an Eley Kishimoto Swatch, a JC de Castelbajac Swatch… the list is surely endless?