Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sweetness and Light

Love the beautiful, fairy tale-like paintings of Anne Siems. Dreamlike and wonderful.


This week's links. Enjoy.

Grace Coddington: Creative Indeed
Great piece about the legendary Grace Coddington — creative director of American Vogue and a force in fashion for nearly 50 years — by Julie Kavanagh, Grace's assistant in the 1970s and a friend ever since.

Writing Sheds of Famous Writers
Love this recent post on Re-Nest about the writing retreats of such authors as Virginia Woolf, Roald Dahl, Mark Twain and Dylan Thomas.

Kinetic Wave Sculptures
Lovely video of sculptor Reuben Margolin, who creates extraordinary techno-kinetic wave sculptures using a wide range of materials — from wood to cardboard to found and salvaged objects. An elegant fusion of art and science — and just stunningly beautiful.

A Nose For the Past
Wonderful profile of perfume designer Olivia Giacobetti, who creates scents from memories. She created her first perfume — Petit Guerlain — when she was just 23, and her clients have included Diptyque, L’Artisan Parfumeur, Hermès, Fredéric Malle among others. I love her poetic descriptions of her art. Via The Browser.

Kiss Me Quick
The French flirt with strangers but won't talk with them, Americans will happily chat with strangers but won't touch them, and the Brits refuse to do either. A playful look social interaction across three cultures.

3,000 Years of Warrior Women
Guardian Books has a great slide show of highlights from the new book Warrior Women: 3,000 Years of Courage and Heroism by Rosalind Miles and Robin Cross, a guide to history's heroines — released, appropriately enough, on International Women's Day.

Bubble Wrap
Having a stupid day? Pop some virtual bubble wrap and feel instantly better! Click manic mode for extra pop.

Pita Bread Pizza With Fresh Mozzarella
A quick pizza recipe that uses just a few quality ingredients (fresh mozzarella, dried tomatoes, black olives) that all add up to a delicious whole. I'd consider adding a bit of pickled eggplant, too.

(lovely photo by Joe Schmelzer)
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