2014/12/20

yoshitomo nara: greetings from a place in my heart.

2014 was a year I travelled to two countries I had always wanted to travel to - South Korea and Japan. It was a year when I met new people, collected new experiences, and became a new person.
2014 was also a year I finally got to see exhibitions of two of my favourite artists - Kusama Yayoi in Seoul, and Nara Yoshitomo in London.
Whilst deleting photos from my old camera, I found these that I'd taken at Nara's exhibition at the Dairy Art Centre, and even though it has unfortunately already ended, I still want to share them. Nara strikes me as someone very down-to-earth, working while shut in his atelier, chainsmoking and listening to loud rock music. The characters he creates go beyond being 'kawaii' and childlike. There is a sense of humour, a sense of rebellion, and there is something that touches you when you look them in the eyes. They are the kids your parents wouldn't want you to play with, yet they seem to be deep down inside every one of us.

I thought this would be the perfect festive or year-closing or whatever-you-may-call-it post. The big eyes that stare into your soul are more sparkling and magical than shopping mall Christmas decorations, and becoming more like Nara's lot wouldn't be a bad New Year's resolution at all.

Nara Yoshitomo

2014/11/16

the tab.

I recently did an interview with The Tab, one of the Oxford student newspapers, for which me and my friend Clio shot a few images. While in places like London, you have an abundance of urban backgrounds to choose from, in an old English city like Oxford, you thank god for every shabby concrete wall you come across, let alone an entire building like this one. Styling-wise, instead of showing off my entire wardrobe, I layered a few items on top of each other creating one outfit, which gave me the freedom to play around with the clothes, take them off and put them on again.

You can read the interview at The Oxford Tab's website.

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2014/11/09

objects.

I have moved to a new flat for this academic year. It is in a neighbourhood very removed from the university environment, with many little cafes and charity shops, for which I am very thankful. My room is no interior design piece to brag about. It was already furbished when I moved in, so I merely tried to keep it as simple as possible to help me stay concentrated. There are a few objects, however, which mark this square box as my own personal space, and make me feel at home.

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2014/10/31

six.

The infamous Oxford workload has been eating up most of my time (and mental strength) recently, but in the middle of it all I managed to take pictures of the leather vest people from Koshka kindly sent over. It's perfect for layering, especially with knits and sweatshirts, and because the weather has been warm enough to step outside of the house without a winer coat, I pretty much haven't taken it off since it arrived.
I have also become a big fan of sport socks and sportswear in general, the way it 'kills' a otherwise very dressed up look, or the way accessories and layering can elevate it to something more than gym clothes, whichever viewpoint you prefer.

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LEATHER VEST - C/O KOSHKA | KNIT CARDIGAN - MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA | MAXI DRESS - MONKI | CHAIN NECKLACE & BRACELET - VINTAGE | GOLD EAR CUFF - INFINITINE | SOCKS - NIKE | ANKLE BOOTS - TOPSHOP | SIX BADGES - DOVER STREET MARKET

2014/10/24

globetrotter.

Having spent most of my life in a middle-of-nowhere environment, I am very grateful for being able to explore new places. Travelling is a way of leaving everything behind and bathing in the wind of temporary freedom, it's a way to broaden your horizons, explore new cultures, and eventually look at yourself with different eyes. It can be a reality-slapping, or new-found-home experience, but it is always enriching in some way.
I am not qualified for the title 'globetrotter' just yet, but I very much hope to become one. And cross out all the cities on these tights.

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ROAD TRIP PRINTED TIGHTS - C/O TRENDYLEGS | COMME DES YAMAMOTO BIG TEE - NOPPELABO | WHITE PLASTIC CHAIN - MONKI | CHAIN RING - C/O INFINITINE | SNEAKERS - H&M | EARRINGS - GIZA TOKYO