Penguin Drop Caps is a series of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature, each featuring on its cover a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by type designer Jessica Hische. A collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, whose series design encompasses a rainbow-hued spectrum across all twenty-six books, Penguin Drop Caps debuted with an ‘A’ for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a ‘B’ for Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and a ‘C’ for Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, and continues with more perennial classics from Penguin.
Shelter Press and Palais de Tokyo present a music show by visual artist and experimental musician Félicia Atkinson. Her works drift between improvisation and modulated structures conveying the concept of getting lost and finding your way back again. Catch her live tomorrow at 8pm at Palais de Tokyo in Paris!
French designer Émilie Voiren created this witty contemporary version of the Nativity scene. Modelled on the classical religious set-up, the figurines are handcrafed out of beech wood. The characters have lost their features and colours for a modern appearance that could appeal both believers and atheists. The holy scene that has been broadly reproduced is here recognizable by the names only, giving free rein to people’s imagination. Following the tradition, the nativity scenes are taken down after the 2nd of February.
Sass Brown is Acting Assistant Dean for the School of Art and Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and formally the Resident Director for FIT’s study abroad program in Florence, Italy. Originally from London, England, Sass established herself as a designer with her own signature collection selling in the UK and across Canada. As a researcher, writer and blogger, her area of expertise is eco fashion, from slow design and heritage craft skills to recycle, reuse and new business models. She has published papers, spoken and taught workshops around the world on the topic of sustainable design. She has worked and volunteered in varius international women’s cooperatives and educational institutions. Voted in the top 10 Women who Changed the Face of Fashion by Fashion Compassion, alongside the likes of Livia Firth and Lucy Siegle. Her latest book, ReFashioned, published by Laurence King, features 46 international designers who work with recycled materials and discarded garments, reinvigorating them with new life and value. Read her insightful answers after the jump!
Maya Hayuk’s latest mural installation at the Wynwood Walls in Miami, part of the Wynwood Walls Art Basel program for 2013. A new outdoor mural project and gallery exhibition celebrating the contributions of outstanding women are artists who are part of the history of and the new energy of street art. Co-curated by Goldman Properties CEO Jessica Goldman Srebnick and Jeffrey Deitch, Wynwood Walls’ original curatorial adviser, Women on the Walls will incorporate nine new wall murals as well as an exhibit showcasing the work of legendary innovators and artists that exemplify the new energy and spirit of street art.
Former model and professional snowboarder in the Burton team, Juliet Eliott spent several years modelling for everyone from Peter Lindberg to Steven Meisel and Corrine Day whilst complaining bitterly about it dragging her away from the snow capped mountains of the Alps. After combining the two careers for years, she began her experience as a journalist and PR at Warner Records in London and then opened her own agency: Final Agency. The bike hook up followed shortly afterwards and now Juliet is a sponsored cyclist, riding for Charge Bikes, Vans and Metis. She’s also the founder and editor of Coven: a magazine specializing in art, adventure and action sports viewed from a female perspective.
Still Here is a book by Lydia Goldblatt recently published by Hatje Cantz. In this project the artist immerses her intimate photographs in sublime extremes of light and shade, tracing the fleeting shadow of personal existence onto enduring human narratives. Marked with tenderness, her work offers a concentrated meditation on mortality, time, love and loss, in which corporeal scrutiny courts metaphysical wonder. Goldblatt gives witness to the ephemerality of life, combining portraits of her parents with metaphorical images that speak to the shifting nature of time.
Founded 20 years ago by glassmaker Della Tinsley and photographer Gideon Cleary, East London Design Show it’s on once again, over one hundred of the best independent product, interior and jewellery designers, all under one roof. ELDS has also a brand new venue at the Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane, this means more space for a food hall, new designers incubator area as well as a return to their workshops and children’s activities.