Nonna Italiana

I met a woman on the bus from Rome to Martina Franca who couldn't have been less than 80 years old and was so enamored with my embroidery that it prompted her to chatter non-stop for hours in Italian to me knowing that I could only understand about a tenth of what she was saying. She told jokes which had punchlines I couldn't translate, held my hands emphatically, and grasped my face while saying "bella, bella" over and over. After losing two grandmother figures in the last month, this love found in the most unexpected place was nothing short of miraculous.



List #1 - to be completed by Saturday July 13

1. Go to NY but only hang out in Brooklyn done, June 30 - july 5 2. Shoot some Lady Makers who are inspiring to me done, B.IMPRESSED, letterpress extrordinaire

3. Finally shoot Dead Horse Bay and collect some stuff done, and damn did we collect some stuff.

4. Finish moving into our apartment we've been in since May 1 i did it! almost.... i think esb is right about planning a housewarming to force me to finish getting settled. Adding that to the aprés Paris list.

5. Hang all clothes, put away all Laundry, wash all dirty laundry sheets, towels, clothes, dishrags, everything has been washed. we will come home to a pristine home. The putting away wasn't as thorough as i would have liked but hey, I am feeling pretty good right now.

6. Pack for Paris - decide which cameras I'm bringing and stick to the plan (buy new backpack?) 4x5", 120mm 6x7, polaroid 660, fuji instax wide, holga, canon 5d 50mm 1.4f, and the new pack is a gorgeous archival rucksack in a nice gray waxed twill. So. Fine.

7. Drop film at Colortek .. nope

8. Scan some @$%^& negatives .. nope

Well I can't win them all but at least i completed everything that was relatively time sensitive... er whatever.

Ladycrush: Emily Carroll & Vera Bee

Emily Carroll and Vera Brosgo interpret photos of outfits into drawings of outfits. They are lovely and amazing and I really enjoy this collaborative illustration blog of theirs. There's something truly magical about breathing new life into these forgotten or historic garments, and adding a little personality to the characters who may have worn them. This dress I saw last week at the MFA and it has stuck with me, which is why I was so excited when I saw it illustrated by Ms. Carroll. I love the mummy-lady, I love her super casual "who, me?" gesture and how the texture of the dress was rendered.

by emily carroll:

Beadnet dress, Egyptian Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu —so neat! (via defunctfashion)

Beadnet dress | Egyptian Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu |2551–2528 B.C.

Depictions of women in Egyptian art occasionally feature garments decorated with an overall lozenge pattern. This design is believed to represent beadwork, which was either sewn onto a linen dress or worked into a separate net worn over the linen. This beadnet dress is the earliest surviving example of such a garment. It has been painstakingly reassembled from approximately seven thousand beads found in an undisturbed burial of a female contemporary of King Khufu. Although their string had disintegrated, a few beads still lay in their original pattern on and around the mummy, permitting an accurate reconstruction. The color of the beads has faded, but the beadnet was originally blue and blue green in imitation of lapis lazuli and turquoise. (Boston MFA)

LadyCrush : Martini Severin :: Beyond Boston Chic

When I moved back to Massachusetts from NC, I came across Martini's blog, Beyond Boston Chic, and fell in love with her eye and her sense of humour! I am a long-time follower of other photography/style blogs, such as The Sartorialist & The Selby, and thought Martini's take was fresh and feminine, while remaining aesthetically well-shot and style-conscious. Her photographs seem effortless and intimate, and the accompanying written post is usually articulate, funny, and personal.

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