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(5) Things we love …#8

Posted in Things We Love

1. Reflection:
These mirrors. Collected from second-hand stores/car boot sales … painted white, artfully grouped and shelved. Bringing light to a room. I am stealing this idea.eclectic-

2. Blue
Shibori is a Japanese term for several methods of dyeing cloth and creating a pattern by binding, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing or capping. We know Shibori in the West as tie-dye – not something I wear, but a look I like for a bed or sofa throw. I’ve not been able to find Shibori in SA, but I found a tutorial online at Honestly WTF the other day and am dying (hah ha) to try it. The family is frightened, very frightened.

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3. Inspiration
Aimee Mullins is a friend of Topaz Page Green the CEO/Founder of The Lunchbox Fund, the NGO I work for. Topaz created a Feeding Program in response to watching children go without during break time at schools. And co-created a mobile phone App – FEEDIE – that turns shared photos of meals eaten in swish restaurants – into actual meals eaten in those same hungry playgrounds. Amy didn’t let life without legs slow her down. In fact, quite the opposite, and over 5 million people have learned to how find the opportunity of adversity and the importance of having more than one pair of legs –  through her TED talks.  Any time I get a little worried about how the world is shaping up – I remember what these two have achieved. And they are both only in their thirties.

Aimee Mullins
Aimee Mullins

4. Secrets
PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. The week’s secrets are posted to the site every Sunday. A window into a secret world. Addictive

5. Music.
R.E.M. is the only band to have done two MTV Unplugged performances (between 1991 and 2001). I am biased, without a doubt, but they are my favourite band ever: as artists, as people. Every song on this new compendium of the two shows is wonderful. There are 33 songs in total – with only one repetition (Losing My Religion – at MTV’s request). Their song  Find The River  (click on the song title to watch the 2001 performance), from their album Automatic For The People makes me cry/smile every time I hear it. The album was released in 1992 – when I was 31, and the decade after that was the best time of my life. I dedicate this ‘thing I love’ to my brother Chris, who loves it as much as I do.


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  1. There is a superb little restaurant in Primrose Hill (North London) called Odette’s and they have copied you, as the walls of several of the restaurant rooms are lined with beautifully framed mirrors. At night, when they keep the lights low and there are candles on the tables it is quite magical. And to be frank, I like it because like many other women of a certain age, we look so much better in candlelight – reflected or otherwise!

    May 31, 2014
  2. silvia

    Can’t wait to see how your dyeing experiments turned out

    May 31, 2014
  3. One of my skating dresses has a skirt made of silver fabric that was dyed using the shibori technique. It can produce some wonderful effects.

    May 31, 2014

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