Instant Face Maker

I used to love art when I was younger, so I was pretty shocked to realise that I’ve not taken the time to sit down and make any art in almost 3 years. I wouldn’t say that I’m particularly talented, but whilst I usually hate to do things I know I’m not going to be very good at I find I mind far less when it comes to drawing and painting. Perhaps because it’s something you do only for yourself? Whatever, I’ve decided I need to make time for actual hobbies and the following is a great little exercise for easing me back into a creative mindset.



Emma Cook A/W 2013

I love Emma Cook’s designs: feminine, playful, and undeniably pretty, they have just the right amount of whimsy, offset with a good dash of wit. Releasing videos as a collection preview isn’t new, and has become increasingly popular among forward-thinking and media-savvy brands over the past few seasons – Kenzo and Honor NYC have both recently produced stellar examples – but this purposely lo-fi short perfectly captures the Cook aesthetic. Maybe I’m just a sucker for a dinosaur jumper (I’m totally just a sucker for a dinosaur jumper), but this genuinely feels like an extension of the brand, rather than a PR ploy:

The Scared is scared

I am rubbish with endings. I think that goes for a lot of us. I either cling on for dear life and refuse to move forward, or I do a swift cut and run – pre-empting that horrible squelchy-stomach feeling by walking away before it happens and never looking back. I am notoriously bad at keeping in touch with old friends for fear of experiencing that hurt when something ends that can never be returned to; it is certainly one of my worst traits. Sometimes it takes a child’s unconscious wisdom to remind you that endings are a natural part of life’s order, and they’re OK, and you will be OK, too.


I’m off to spend the rest of the afternoon doing the things that make me happy: taking a long, hot bath; making a big batch of soup; going for a brisk walk around the Common, and then retiring to read fashion magazines in bed with a cup of tea. Perfect.

What’s making you happy this weekend?

Wendy Marvel & Mark Arnon Rosen

A new series by artists Wendy Marvel and Mark Arnon Rosen entitled Mechanical Flip Book. There are more videos available to watch here, but these three are my favourites. I love the mildly naughty re-imagining of Victorian photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s nudes.