Can’t quite believe that February is coming to an end – this year has been a bit of a whirlwind so far, what with the launch of Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook. I’m actually back in Australia as we speak (write/read!), working on a new project which I’ll be sure to tell you more about in the coming months.
In the mean time I thought I’d share what’s been catching my eye over the last month.
If, like me, you were thinking Paint was a thing of the past then think again. Australian artist, Miranda Lorikeet, is making some fab artwork using Paint – loving the use of colour. It’s seriously impress stuff, not sure I’d have the patience!
When I was first living in Paris, I worked as an Au-Pair. Camille, one of the girls I looked after, is now at university in Paris studying medicine and is about to embark on a trip to Nicaragua to work on a community project as part of her degree. Asides from it making me feel old that Camille is now at university, it’s a really amazing thing that her and her fellow students are doing.
You can find out more about the project here (note the website is in French!).
3 – Clean lines
Love the beautiful simplicity of this desk space. The Scandi Foodie blog is run by Maria, who works as a stylist and photographer in Australia – if you haven’t had a look before, make sure you do, some lovely stuff.
Despite having slightly eery overtones, I absolutely love these illustrations – so interesting to see how the brief was interpreted and put to paper so differently. The book entrants had to design illustrations for was ‘The Folio Collection of Ghost Stories’, featuring gothic works from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, hence the ghostly nature of the illustrations.
I like this one by the winner, David McConochie – also a fan of the typographic illustrations too. Which one of is your favourite?
It’s sometimes hard to comprehend that water – something we take entirely for granted – is so problematic elsewhere in the world. Particularly in big cities, like Sao Paolo, which you’d expect to have running water for all its residents. Not the case, particularly in the favela (Brazilian term for slum / shanty town), where clean, running water is in scarce supply.
One woman has come up with a simple, inexpensive method of collecting and filtering rain water to help solve this problem (sort of like something you’d see in people’s gardens), which she is now teaching to other favela residents – clever stuff.
There’s something quite disconcerting about these photos of models posing as Barbies representing different high-end fashion houses, perhaps the fact they look so convincing! That aside, it’s an interesting view of the fashion industry, stereotypes and the way in which models (and most people!) are often objectified and held up to impossible ideals.
7 – Bloody baking
I’m a big fan of blood oranges, but blood plus oranges? Not entirely sure about this one, can’t say I’ve ever cooked with blood – especially not in a sweet context (my limit is probably black pudding!). These little Blood Orange Meringue Tartlets over on Munchies are very intriguing – have you ever cooked with blood?
Really enjoyed this run down of foodie moments in famous films – who could forget that scene in Uncle Buck and the beautiful scenes in Amélie. It’s hard to pick one favourite, but I can’t believe ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ isn’t on the list, so many of the most iconic food scenes of all time. And I’d definitely add the pastries from Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’ to the list too!