Thursday, May 26, 2016

How to Style a basic: The Cardigan (1)

I've been studying like crazy these last few days but finally found some time to write another post. And we will be going over another basic item of my wardrobe. I've grown really fond of it, I'm talking about The Cardigan. Personally I like the longer version, the short ones with the buttons have more of a granny-vibe. I bought this one during winter, it's perfect to keep you warm. But living in Belgium, it could be useful all year round. Here summer doesn't necessarily mean warm weather. 

And yes, of course my cardigan is blue. If you take a look at my other outfit-posts, you'll understand. For a basic piece it's really important that you think about the color, it should be easy to combine it with other items in your closet. I always ask the question 'with what in my closet would I wear this?', instead of choosing a whole outfit in the store and then after realize you don't have anything else to wear it with. I like a wardrobe in which everything can be put together, because I try to avoid those moments in front of the closet that you sigh and think 'I don't have anything to wear'.  

Jeans: Primark/ Cardigan: Forever21/ Top: H&M
Shoes: Adidas/ Bag: Primark/ Jewelry: Primark

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday For Photography: El lissitzky

El Lissitzky- The constructor (1924)

El Lissitzky (1890-1941) was a Russian artist and is known for making propaganda for the Soviet Union.  He also started as a painter and after got interested in photography, design and architecture. Rodschenko was a member of his close circle of friend, and so was Kazimir Malevich. Malevich was the developer of the abstract art movement called Suprematism.

El Lissitzky started experimenting with photography around 1924 when he moved to Switzerland.  He experimented most with photomontage. In these montages he uses a combination of found-footage and photos he made himself. Often he would use multiple layers of photos over each other. In this case there is a self-portrait of the artist, a hand, some letters and geometrical shapes. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Mindfulness

I first saw the word Mindfulness in a magazine, it was immediately something I wanted to achieve. Even more so after a period filled with struggle, a struggle to get all my schoolwork done, be creatively active, keep posting on the blog and finding time to breathe. It's such a strong and powerful word, but I didn't really know what it meant. After some quick research I decided that Mindfulness is a balance in your life between work and enjoyment. To live with attention for every moment in your day, so you can fully experience those moments.
To help me in my own process to Mindfulness I have decided to read a couple of books. The first two, 'The steal like an artist journal' from Austin Kleon and 'Blogboek' from Kelly Deriemaeker, to help me focus on the things that I really want to do. I want to be more creative, make more things, but for that you need to be inspired first. I am now looking for that inspiration. Which at the same time should help me with my blog, because I really want to be more consistent in posting. 
The last two, 'Eat, Pray, Love' by Elizabeth Gilbert and 'The power of motivation' by Anton Philips & Annemiek van Kessel, are for further research to get a better idea about it.
I have also started to use an agenda, although I want it to be much more than that. It has to be a space where I can keep everything together. But I am still experimenting with different formats for the organisation of the notebook. I think I'm getting close, so more about that in the next update. 
Part 2 >>>

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Floral Dress

Hey you,

Remember the pencil skirt from my previous outfit post, if yes, then this will look very familiar. If not, then you can check it out here. I actually made the dress first, after I had enough fabric left to do something else with it, so I made the pencil skirt.
Flower prints are always a good idea, for a dress, skirt and even pants. They have been a spring/summer trend for many years now. I found this bolder design in different colours but decided to go with this combination of blue, yellow and red. For the past year or so I've noticed that I always go for different blue tones and therefor I knew it would be easier to combine within my wardrobe. 
The dress is playful in esthetic, with the zipper being placed asymmetrical and standing out because of its colour. It's also a fun fit, loose and comfortable, which is nicer when the weather is warmer, like this past week. 



Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday for Photography: Man Ray

Man Ray-Photogram (1922)
Man Ray (1890-1976) was born in United States and had an interest in Art since a very young age. He, like many other, first started painting. It was only after meeting Marcel Duchamp, a revolutionist of Plastic Arts, that he started working with kinetic art, assemblages and photography. At that moment he also fell in love with Paris. He eventually moved there.

In the 1920's Photography was still a very young medium in comparison with painting, that has existed since like forever. During these years there was still a lot of experimentation being done by different artists. Man Ray is most known for his 'Photograms', in these he used the photosensitive paper without a camera. He would place different items on top of the paper and expose it with light, this gave the image of a silhouette on the paper. Other artists also used this technique but not to the extent of Man Ray.