I once took a fashion design course which I never completed (I know, shame on me), but I learnt to paint in watercolours here, and I’ve loved it ever since. I love the way watercolour diffuses into the coarse paper creating soft textures and beautiful transitions of shades. A visit to the Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC) earlier this month brought me to a lovely collection of children’s book illustrations by the late Japanese artist Chihiro Iwasaki. I can’t tell you how I fell for these paintings – sweet and endearing in a quiet way, she paid great attention to detail and captured perfectly a childhood…
I love peasant blouses, the more ruffles the better, and white is best. “Peasant” is a lovely way to call this clothing style, but for some unknown reason I always picture the 18th century nobleman in this blouse. And so the lovely Freja in this shot, in this beautiful peasant blouse and with the emotions on her face, blurrs the contemporary setting (a casting office, isn’t it?). I see a young aristocrat contemplating a letter with it complex, hidden meanings.
Beautiful in a noble way.
What’s in a scrapbook? Pieces of inspiration and memory
In her scrapbook, Cao Thị Lan Phương throws in sartorial thoughts and captures beauty of all things natural