Levis and Me: Candice Traube22. May 2013
This is Miss Candice Traube and she is the next lovely lass to be featured in our Levis and Me project. She is wearing one of the coolest leather jackets I’ve seen in a while, it has suede shoulder patches and everything. WANT.
Candice is a producer who lives in Johannesburg and who wouldn’t mind a 3rd hand growing out her head.
*Last weeks Levis and Me: Daniela Riquelme Morales
*Leigh Harrington Reilly is up on Andrews site, check her out.
Name: Candice Traube
1. What city do you live in, and how long have you called it home? Johannesburg- for the past 2/3 years.. Cape Town and Benoni before that. Yes, Benoni, it’s really not that bad.
2.What do you do? I’m a Producer- I’ve dabbled from reality tv, to agency tv production.. and most recently to stills production for some amazing photographers.
3. What is one of the raddest things you have done wearing a pair of jeans? A recent rad ‘jeans-specific’ memory would definitely be riding along the beach path from Venice Beach to Santa Monica pier on cruiser bikes in December. That place is a total visual feast, from the old Dogtown culture that lingers to the crazy homeless people spaced out on LSD.. I was a gaping tommy tourist and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
4. If you could live in someone else’s ‘jeans’ for a day who would that person be? Debbie Harry, circa 1980′s. She has to be one of my favourites – and who wouldn’t want to fit in her jeans with an ass like that?
5. What is the one thing/person that influences your style the most? In all honesty nothing really influences me too much. Style blogs and all those lookbooks have all started to look the same to me. Plus I’m too lazy to follow them properly. I figure- if you see something you like, take it. Simple as that.
6. Would you rather have all Bill Gates money but have a face that looks like a squashed tortoise or all Bill Gates money and an extra hand growing out the top of your head that likes to wave at everyone? I’d take the latter. That way I could use my third hand to give a lot of the money away to people who really need it ‘coz there’d be more than plenty to go around. Plus you’d be a do-gooder.. and everyone would LOVE your weird cash-throwing head hand.
Instant Grass – interiors21. May 2013
Nick and I designed Instant Grass’s new space in Braamfontein a few months ago and now we finally have a decent collection of photos that we can share. It was so much fun coming up with ideas and sourcing things, we had some stuff custom made for the space and then other things were sourced from here there and everywhere.
We made the 14-seater table, the bike chandelier, the honeycomb stools, the crate bookshelf and the painting of the team that work there. We were so happy with how everything came out. Yay us. Hee.
Evan B. Harris21. May 2013
I was admiring the work of Evan B. Harris over the weekend. His paintings feel like they should be epic tattoos on strange circus folk, don’t ask me why I feel that way, I just do. Even though the majority of his subjects are sad they’re beautiful too. Evan’s creative process involves hours of painting and crafting before he brushes and sands over them to give them an old school look. The shark and wolf are amongst my favourite.
- Born among the briars & brambles in backwoods of Klamath Falls, Oregon, Evan Benjamin Harris grew up with little knowledge of the bourgeois big city fine arts. So, he dove into the recesses of his own imagination and embraced the fables and folklore that fascinated him. With little to do but draw, he did exactly that. Now older, things haven’t changed much. The stories he created as a child are still present in his paintings. With diligence and hard work, Evan’s crude stick figures became the more clearly defined images you see today. With no formal art training, he creates on his own terms.
Broken boards, oil and acrylic paints, charcoal pastels, plastic resign, and melted waxes are among the mediums Evan uses. Then they are beaten, brushed, sanded, polished, and hung. Most would cringe at the idea of scratching or sanding something they spent hours upon hours painting, but that’s Evan’s favorite part – creating the appearance that this wasn’t made in the 21st century. Behind every scratch and claw mark is a story waiting to be told.
Restaurant time: Stretta21. May 2013
Over the weekend my mom and I drove to Natal to go to my cousins wedding. It was such a lovely affair, there were a lot of Greeks so that meant a lot of food, Greek dancing and plate breaking. It was too much fun, I haven’t danced that much in ages. Anyway on Sunday we drove through to Durban to see my aunt and another cousin (I have a lot) for lunch and they took us to such a cool little place called Stretta in Hillcrest (Shop 215C, Heritage Market, Old Main Road, Hillcrest, Durban). It’s a pasta, pizza, beer swigging joint that has been designed so nicely in black, white and wood. The minute I walked in my eyes lit up, such nice little design touches here and there, it seriously made the design nerd in me smile (designed by Kevin Boyd)
We all had different pastas (I forgot to take photos of the food, sorry) and wine and the food was really nice. I would say swing past if you’re ever in the area, it’s a cool spot with good food and they even have beer tasting evenings which you can sign up for, which sounds like fun.
The Story of the 501® Jean.20. May 2013
Today is the Levi’s 501® Jean’s 140th birthday and Levi’s have released an informative video giving you the story of their original jean to celebrate the rather epic birthday.
Sally Ross17. May 2013
I came across this artist named Sally Ross on Design Files and thought I would share her work with you guys. Her paintings look very labour intensive, what with all the tiny dots and lines that make up most of what you are looking at, which is pretty amazing. The blog I found her on interviewed her in her studio, so if you like what you see and want to read more about her, click here.
- My process is simple – found photograph, composition drawing, then paint (Lukas oil paints on linen).
When I find an image I wish to paint, a sort of recognition takes place and then I just do it. The actual painting is time-consuming, tuning up the image always seem to require further detail, more observation. A work can take from weeks to many months to complete. I do work on several canvases at once, they tend to feed off each other.