Firstly a big thank you to my friend Rachel King, who is currently in northern Thailand working with the Karen Women’s Organisation. She took these beautiful photos on the yearly KWO day celebrating their culture and heritage. The theme of this year was the traditional clothing of Karen women. They are gathering knowledge about all the various styles of clothes as there are many different groups within the Karen ethnic group and the styles of clothing change. They organised a competition on the day and each woman had to explain where her clothes were from and the meaning of the different colours, patterns, etc. even the seeds sown onto the cloth and the strings hanging from the cloth have meaning to the Karen.
The Karen people are one of Burma’s major ethnic groups, living mostly in the mountainous eastern border region and central delta area. For over 60 years the Karen people of Burma have been resisting political, economic and cultural suppression and human rights abuses by the Burmese military regime. Since the 1970s the Karen people have fled across Burma’s many borders to escape the persecution. The KWO is a community based organisation active in all seven Karen refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border and in Karen districts within Burma working for women’s equality, empowerment and freedom, whilst supporting the Karen community to maintain its culture and identity.
If you are interested to find out more, please have a look on their website here.
This week was Clerkenwell Design Week in London. A great event to see new Design, contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories. I had a good browse through the Farmiloe building and here you see what caught my eye.
Brands to watch: WorkHouse and its collection of furniture, tiles and lighting with an honest, raw and contemporary edge. Duffy London and its UP coffee table giving the impression of a glass table being suspended by balloons. Viccarbe and its 70’s inspired Maarten chair by Victor Carrasco and the clever folded Origami inspired Aperture lamps distributed by Luminosity. Yet my favourite the “This is not Bauhaus” lamps by Servomuto in collaboration with LEITMOTIV who provided the fabric for the creation of the lampshades. Bauhaus’ pure geometrics and baroque’s excess of decoration find an unusual match full of contrast.
Here Doris van Rey and Tobias Scholl in their shop D’or in Eppendorf in Hamburg/Germany. Its a great shop full of Vintage and passed on exclusive clothes, shoes and jewellery. At the back Tobias is looking after the amazing anitiques he is sourcing from all over the world and also a selection of self designed and customised mirrored furniture at www.Maison-Dor.com
I wish all of you just the Best for 2011. May all your wishes and aspirations come true!
Also a big Thank you for all your support, great comments and interest in my blog and pictures. I had a second brilliant year of enjoying going out and about in search of personalities and interesting looks. Here just some of the inspiring people I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing last year!
Lots of Love xx
“Woodwalk” is a 25-pair limited edition of wooden footwear by Paul Coudamy for K-Swiss.
“Wooden Textiles” by Elisa Strozyk is an approach to responsible thinking concerning lifecycles of products. The outcome is a material that is half wood-half textile, between hard and soft, challenging what can be expected from a material or category.
“Giacca di Jeans” and “Borsa del Pittoreee” by artist Livio De Marchi.
Isn’t that a brilliant Bathtub by Anna Van Der Lei? The specially designed joints expand when they become wet, the wood gives out a pleasant pine aroma when the bath is filled and you can also gently steam your clothes while you are bathing.
Tweelink presents the Woody Workshop. Woody’s originate from wooden waste material like shelfs, fallen branches, old toys and lollipop sticks. Cute!
Simone Wagener In the Tartan Beaded Elisa Skirt.
Have a look at the whole feature on the Selfridges blog.