Today’s post is a sort of mini-ode to one of my favourite artists of all time, David Hockney, in celebration of his 80th year (even though his birthday is only in July) and the opening of his biggest exhibition to date.
An exhibition at the Tate gathers together an extensive selection of David Hockney’s most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades.
An incredible artist that has involved over the decades with the use of new technology and continuously changing his style.
There’s this simplicity to his work and the use of colour that just pull’s you into the piece particularly his swimming pool series in the 60’s and 70’s.
If you new to David Hockney watch the video below for a brief look into Hockney’s life and his work over the decades. Doesn’t he make you smile form ear to ear?
“I like to enjoy now as there is only now” – David Hockney
left: the Aphrodite female nude form, Porcelain.
right: Odalisque, female nude form, Porcelain.
Today’s post really reminds me why I am so proudly South African. Last week Wednesday I went to visit the Southern Guild Gallery and was blown away by the artwork and design being showcased. Each piece stood out uniquely and evoked a rather emotional response. “The Southern Guild was established as a forum for South African designers to challenge and support each other, unified by national origin.”
One of the designers that really stood out for me was Conrad Botes and his Sad Man’s Tongue collection. Botes’ biting satire of South African politics, religion and society is often channeled into his painting, printmaking, sculptures and comics. His Sad Man’s Tongue collection was an idea he developed to translate some of his cartoon-like images to cardboard cutouts. With some guidance from Bronze Age’s Otto Du Pleases and his team, he began casting these cutouts as once-off bronze sculptures.
After seeing Botes’ pieces last Wednesday I simply had to go back and shoot a look post there. Why? Firstly I feel like more people need to know about Guild and secondly I wanted to celebrate South African design. My outfit I put together was a curation of South Africa designers: Adriaan Kuiters, Jody Paulsen and Katherine Pichulik.
Jody Paulsen’s shirt dress is one of those unique pieces that only comes around every now and then. With it’s bold prints and large sleeve’s this item demands attention. An item that can be worn alone or teamed with a maxi skirt or a pair of trousers. Either way eyes are bound to turn your way when wearing this Jody Paulsen piece.
Unfortunately Guild is now over, but I suggest adding it to your calendar for next year… you won’t be disappointed.
Shirt Dress: Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen
Maxi Skirt: Adriaan Kuiters + Jody Paulsen
Bangles: Katherine Pichulik
Shoes: BirkenstocksSpecial thanks to the team at Southern Guild Gallery and Bennett Contemporary Gallery for allowing us to use Conrad Bote’s designs as a backdrop.
Photos by Justin Polkey.
The pinafore dress… the more girly version of good old dungarees. It’s the perfect item to indulge in school girl chic. With it’s striking simplicity, ease and comfort it’s hard not to love.
Last week I posted an article all about dungarees and how to wear them, the same applies with the pinafore dress, except this time theres more room for more of a girly attitude.
Photos by Justin Polkey