Beautiful textiles and homeware from Jonna Saarinen.
I want to wear simple tees and button-ups with quirky prints everyday. I can see these cute designs from Things Like Diamonds paired with slim jeans or perfectly tailored skinny pants (in a bold color of course) to make for a low-key outfit with a lot of character.
I watched Black Orpheus (aka Orfeu Negro in Portuguese) for the first time this weekend and have fallen in love with this film. I've heard so many great things about the classic, especially from my mother, but just never got around to watching it.
Finally, I made time to enjoy this beautiful movie which takes place in Rio de Janeiro circa 1959, with a plot loosely based on the mythological character, Orpheus. Brazilian carnival serves as a festive and colorful backdrop to the dramatic love story. It was a joy to see and hear the early samba moves and sounds; before every step, every costume, and song became a overly-sophisticated form art. It all seems more improvised and free back then.
Side note: we have a Brazilian family friend who dances samba horribly, her moves are CRAZY in a bad way. But she always thinks she is killing it on th dance floor. She's an older woman and after seeing this film, which was released during her coming of age years, I now get it; because that's exactly how they're dancing in Black Orpheus!
Over the weekend I also decided to spend more time sketching. Something I used to do all the time but have somehow neglected this beloved habit. I'm determined to explore my creative interests more regularly, therefore, with the inspiration of this film I sat down to sketch what I saw. This is only a little taste, but thought it would be fun to share.
Admiring the beautiful textiles of Walter G, a brand named after the grandfathers of Australian duo Lauren and Genevieve.
Loving the the warm crimsons and magentas...
I've been thinking a lot about my interests and things I want to try and what constantly reappears is my fascination with textiles and surface design. The theme is clearly evident right here on Fly, on my mood-boards, and especially in my library of design books. I collect textiles and anything related to them. Then most recently I was offered the opportunity to teach a surface design course at my school and the excitement I felt convinced me that this is something I should really explore.
When I was at the Baltimore Farmer's Market & Bazaar over the weekend I was reminded of that desire to explore textiles/surface design when I was gushing over the market vendor called Made in Heaven. This particular brand sells imported vintage kantha quilts from India among many other beautiful goodies. I had been eyeing the vintage kantha quilt Anthropologie jackets and dresses by Vineet Bahl for a while but couldn't get over the price. So when I saw a similar collection at Made in Heaven for way less than a quarter of the cost I went bananas! I had to treat myself to a fab kantha quilt jacket and a beautiful throw for my new couch.
Why I'm so drawn to textiles and beautiful surface prints, I don't know — I'm in the process of figuring it out. Maybe it was my early years growing up in a sewing studio, or the idea of creating something textural, colorful and usable. Either way I'm definitely curious to learn more.
What about you? Have you discovered something new that you would like to try or learn more about?