I was compiling some of my favorite pattern pins on pinterest for a blog post and upon searching for the source of a particular pin (below) I discovered textile designer Laura Slater (found via Danielle de Lange’s amazing Flickr account. Check out her inspiring Style Files/Travel Files blogs). Considering my heart dropped about three feet when I saw her designs, I thought she deserved her very own blog post!
This was the original swoon-worthy image:
Then I discovered her other fabrics and products. See below. I mean… I can’t deal, can you?
The lifestyle shots of her products are spot on. Items are placed on mid-century modern furniture with a stark concrete backdrop. Perfect for her abstract patterns which clearly have mid-century influences. Though 2-dimensional, her patterns seem to be sculptural – her free-form shapes are reminscent of Calder, her rough textures of a brutalist bronze. I am in love.
P.S. I must have this apron though I would never want to get it dirty. Soooo amazing.
Check out Laura Slater’s website here.
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This woman is so fantastic! What a spirit – I want to be like her at 90. I randomly came across this video and I’m so glad that I pressed play – it made my day! Meet 90 year old Ilona Royce Smithkin. She is more lively than most 20 year olds, she paints, she sings, and wears lashes made of her own hair. Confused about this posts’ title? Watch the video
Bonus: I checked out the source of the video, Advanced Style, and love what this guy is doing: “My name is Ari Seth Cohen. I roam the streets of New York looking for the most stylish and creative older folks. Respect your elders and let these ladies and gents teach you a thing or two about living life to the fullest. Advanced Style offers proof from the wise and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.” Check out his blog at: www.advancedstyle.blogspot.com
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