It is hard not to see Iris Apfel in the media. The bright, colourful old lady with an attitude. I got intrigued when I saw Netflix showing a documentary about her and while watching it I got inspired.
Iris Apfel has the right attitude in life, it is an experiment and the whole point is to be happy. She does not really shun people for the way they get dressed ‘as long as they are happy’, but the fashion in general for everything looking the same. And this is what I have thought for a while now whenever trying to shop for clothes. No matter what shop I go to, I always see the same stuff. How boring!
Iris Apfel sees the world differently. She sees how the designers and the media are moulding what we should be wearing and how we should be behaving, and we listen blindly. She celebrates her wrinkles for the experience and wisdom she has collected them with and she dresses as extravagantly as what makes her happy or suits her mood. It is no wonder that people love her, as she is the image of rebellion against the mainstream media and fashion (which undoubtedly will be taking inspiration from her).
Although, when admiring her no-nonsense attitude and the sense of experimentation with colour and style I do wonder how this irrational shopping for items so many, that do not even fit into her own house, suit into my view of sustainability. They do not, actually. Even when watching the documentary I was thinking of how horrible it is how much she was acquiring and owned. However, she did live in a different time when the problems we are fully aware of now were not a common knowledge. Shunning the mainstream fast-fashion Iris has acquired most of her collection while travelling or from interesting little shops, which has probably been local stores with local production. In addition, she is donating big amounts of her ‘collection’ to museum or curators, which means they are not hitting the landfills.
I would never recommend acquiring such a big collection of items of any kind, however, what I think should be taken from the documentary and Iris herself is the sense of exploration and adventure to your style and to your life. Be happy! Do not let others tell how you should be happy and live life to the full. And what I am saying, do consider the environment while you are doing it! You can find the documentary on Netflix or check more about it from the website.
Pictures are from here and here.
What do you think about Iris Apfel?
I am always up for some kind of DIY, especially for Christmas. So when I come up to do something for other I do it, if I have the time. I like to make presents, such as sewing things I know my family will like or make cards. This year I was looking for Christmas tags and when I couldn’t find any that I really liked I came up with the idea of making my own. And it turns out to be super easy, especially when we have such an amazing resource as Pinterest! They are cute, fun to do and personal.
What I did:
- I drew a shape on a paper.
- I cut the shape out. If you want the shape to be even, fold the paper and draw only on one side and then cut it folded.
- I then traced this shape on a card of my choice. I had nice thick red, green and blue card in my house for doing different crafts.
- I then decorated the cards with coloured pens. This year white gel pen has been one of my favourites, as it is fresh and looks good with coloured card. You can also add some sparkle or stickers on the cards.
- To make these gift tags more sustainable you can write the name with a pencil and reuse the next year or write the name on a sticker that comes off fairly easily.
Happy DIY! Do you have any other DIY ideas under Christmas?
I am a very visual person. I love colour, I love looking at a great scenery and I love art. Illustrators are one of my favourite things to follow on Instagram and I am always finding new people who to follow and who’s art to awe at. There are some who make my heart jump up a beat, that makes me happy, makes me crave to look at that piece forever. I would love to have a gallery wall of my favourite illustrations, and someday I probably will. But for now, I wanted to share a couple of my favourite ones.
A Finnish illustrator who I stumbled upon ages ago. He is most known probably for his illustrations on dishes but does so much more. I love his detail in the imaging and the use of colour. His illustrations remind me of russian folklore and I love the animals and especially cats in his illustrations. I have been dreaming of a dish set that is illustrated by him and I am completely obsessed with his Instagram account and so sorry for myself when I see all the products they only release in Japan!
Another Finnish illustrator, Laura Laine has a wide portfolio of illustrations done for fashion companies. Her style is very unique and I recognise it most often by the amazing hair. It is not as colourful but still very detailed and interesting. She combines animals and florals in her illustrations so cleverly. Check out more of her work here.
Is an Australian illustrator with amazing colourful graphic illustrations. The amount and combination of colour is so wonderful and taking inspiration from common things as well as children’s toys, her illustrations are happy and cheerful. Her Instagram account is so cheerful it’s like a pop of happy mood for your day!
Do you know any other illustrators who I might love?
I came here to wish you all a very happy Easter! My easter is spent mostly relaxing. Yesterday we painted boiled eggs, which is my family’s tradition on easter. This morning we started with searching chocolate eggs around the house. Yes, another tradition of ours. It might be slightly childish, however, I find it engaging, fun and overall I love the excitement in finding the small treasures hidden around the house.
The rest of the day will be spent with my two easter purring furry balls (read cats) and my boyfriend relaxing, watching movies and spending some quality time.
Looking at these images, I think I might need to invest in some new watercolours and maybe practice some more painting. You can also admire some of the painting of my boyfriend (can you guess which ones they are?). He really has an artistic eye for this, hasn’t he 😉
With these words, I hope you have a great rest of the holiday!
I am not usually so much into pink colours, but rather like shades of blues, green and turquoise. Except when it comes to sky and the occasional really nice pink that I stumble upon. Well this other day I was having my Wednesday walk, I don’t know what that is, but I named it a Wednesday walk. Anyways, I stumbled upon this beautiful wall behind cafe or a small corner shop (it might have been both). The colour of the wall was so interesting I just had to take a picture of it.
I am sure there are other names to this kind of bright pink colour, but the first thing that came to my mind is Petrol Pink. So from now on I will be calling it petrol pink then.
Look at the interesting effect the sun is giving to these pics! It got me even more excited about taking pictures. Hope these sunny days will continue, we do not get them a lot in the grey Scotland.
How do you like the petrol pink colour?
Come to think of it, this colour is fuchsia, the name I like as well..