Lartigue

For me, there's no better way to spend a weekend morning than curled up under the covers with my cats at my feet, a cappuccino in hand, eating breakfast in bed, and catching up on my reading and correspondence (who still writes letters and has actual penpals? THIS GIRL). I'm savoring these few rare months in Florida when I can have my doors and windows open and put to use my favorite quilts and blankets (all are handmade by my grandmother) without sweating profusely. This morning in bed, I have been browsing through a coffee table book entitled Lartigue's Winter Pictures. The photographer is one of Matt's favorites, and over the past few years he's introduced me to his work through an amazingly telling series of picture books. Jacques Henri Lartigue was a French photographer and artist, most well-known for his medium format photographs of his family and friends running, jumping and being silly on their extravagant vacations — many in the French alps.

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The book is also interspersed with excerpts from his journal. I absolutely adore his writing style...why does no one write like this anymore?

"Today I couldn't care less about anything. Everything has been erased inside me and outside me by the dazzle of the sun. I left the little village full of muddy slush and tourists dressed up in their 'valiant mountaineer' costumes and, lunch on my back, I climbed to find the snow near my little chalet of last year, motionless in its desert of light. In the immense silence, as though hanging in the air, it was waiting for me as if all that I had done since the last time had been only an interlude in this paradise." -Lartigue Megève, France February 16, 1933

I'm also a huge fan of the portraits he took of his mistress, Renée Perle, during the early '30s.

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Those We Love

I stumbled across the book "Those We Love" in an incredible old bookstore in the sleepy country town of Drexel, NC over a year ago. I finally got around to scanning some of this hilarious (and outrageously sexist) book featuring "portraits" of what the typical wife, "good old dad," and a little boy, amongst others, should be like. This is copyrighted 1960 and the photographs are particularly fantastic. I still am unsure if the book was meant to be clever or if the guy who wrote it was actually just a total doucher and an advocate of these stereotypes. Enjoy - I know I did! "A boy is truth with dirt on its face"...

"A little girl likes tea parties and one boy"...

"Little girls are available in five colors..."

"Mothers are mostly just people with husbands to clean up after, children to love and spank, and houses to turn into homes..."

"Good old dad and his hard-earned paycheck are usually taken for granted, like the foundations of his house..."

Ahh, my personal favorite portrait. "Wives are available in weights from 98 pounds to 200..."

"A wife is a person whose intuition should be ignored..."

Mmm my husband is so smart. How did he fix those curtains? I could have NEVER figured that out myself.

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All images above are via "Those We Love" by Alan Beck, 1960.

Lost Crafts

When I say the word "crafts" I am usually referring to things like crocheting, scrapbooking, sewing, etc. I just ordered this book, which I have a feeling might broaden my crafting horizons. lostcrafts

Because I mean really, who doesn't wanna know how to milk a cow and make homemade marmalade? Or how about building a fence out of sticks or making a bow and arrow? You know, just in case i'm ever on Lost

You can get more info, view some pages, and buy Lost Crafts by Una McGovern here.

 

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Visual Armory

2483_1052738813054_1663317670_121271_6755148_n   Chicago-based artist Andy Luce's portfolio spans through virtually every art medium.

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From mixed-media paintings to film to photography to graphic design, he is truly imaginative in his process.

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One of my favorite pieces, is a book Andy developed as his personal visual interpretation of the album [a->b] life by the band mewithoutYou. Twelve original paintings were created, and lyrics were incorporated abstractly in Photoshop, then personally bound.

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For more: http://visualarmory.com/