Black Elk Ghost Dance and and elephants I can´t forget

My friend Bengt Braskered said come with me and see Stina Folkebrants exhibit at Dieselverkstaden. 

So we did. We arrived at Dieselverkstaden, which is a very cool building to begin with. If you as me like the industrial type of interiors of a old factory this truly is a inspiring place.

Bengt introduced me to Stina, to whom I took a liking to at once. Stina explained how she read this book by an American Indian Chief called Black Elk Ghost Dance. 

The book and with it Stinas feeling started a movement that ended with her painting life-size  animals. 

Yes the elephants and the horses are all life size. All animals, and they are many, are all life-size.  

This is what Stina says about herself :

“Jag heter Stina Folkebrant och är född och uppvuxen i Borås. Jag har målat sen barnsben, arbetat som dekormålare på teatrar, gått konstskolor och målat väggmålningar på beställning. Det är först nu i år som jag börjat måla på duk och då väljer jag ett stort format där jag trivs allra bäst. Det passar mitt sätt att måla med större penseldrag där hela processen blir mer fysisk bland annat genom att jag måste klättra på stegar för att nå hela duken.
När jag var liten ville jag bli konstnär eller veterinär. Jag arbetade på Borås Djurpark under min tonårsperiod där jag både skötte om djuren och tecknade av dem.”


 As I said : and elephants I can´t forget. 

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Cooking with pumpkins

When I year 1984 spent my first Halloween in the south meaning, Cary in North Carolina in the US, I found the whole trick or treat thing a bit much as I woke up the day after Halloween seeing our neighbor´s house covered in wet toilet paper....

No I´m not kidding, when kids think they do not get what they should from a family in form of candy or money....this does happen. 

But....what i did find memorable was all the wonderful pumpkin recipes and the food culture that in season makes the most of the local produce that pumpkins truly are in the states. 


The fall decoration with pumpkins of all kinds and the food that you can create is such a favorite and stands out from the rest of the year in my opinion. 

I found these recipes from where I look to find new inspiration for gardening normally, and first fell for the jaw dropping photos. So not only great gardening but also recipes when you get the newsletter at GardenDesign.com


Food blogger Thieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest shares some mouthwatering pumpkin dishes to add to your repertoire. 


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Since I love to cook and to eat (!) I will cook at least two of these pumpkin filled recipes this weekend. 
Wising you a wonderful weekend filled with tasty pumpkin based food, deserts and deco. 




Margiela - the Hermès years at Artipelag

Martin Margiela was appointed by Jean-Louis Dumas, then CEO of Hermès, as artistic director of the Parisian fashion house creating the women's ready-to-wear collections between 1997-2003. This collaboration turned out to be one of the most exciting in fashion history (which most did not see at the time) and it is now presented in the exhibition Margiela, The Hermès Years at the state of the arts exhibition center Artipelag 
situated a short boat, buss or taxi ride from Stockholm city center. 

Entering the Margiela exhibition the two different doors take you to the two dimensions of the House of Margiela with the white boxes and the Parisian House of Hermès naturally represented by the orange boxes clearly and simply telling how it was a bold choice of Dumas to appoint the avantgarde deconstructionist that Martin Margiela was and is. 

Standing on the desk making a clear statement the Margiela way.

The Martin Margiela way of deconstructing a turtleneck into a 4 piece garment inviting the wearer to co-design the flexible look giving many options possible to personal interpretation. 

The attention to detail in the exhibit is remarkable. 

Feminine, fragile and macho eclectic all at once. 

The photos accompanying the Margiela exhibition is zooming in on the designdetails in the best possible way and adds a higher level of understanding of the bold details like these shoes covered in packing tape. 

The supreme quality materials along with the no button, no jewelry, clean cut shapes and plain styling elevates the Hermés fashion created by Martin Margiela.  

Just adore the fact that Martin Margiela designed for fully grown women. 

The youngest model in this exhibit is 40 years old which is representativ for the strategy of how the fashion for Margiela was shown and for whom he designed for Hermés during the years he was head designer for the women's pret-a-porter collections. 

Being a avant-garde hero does not in any way hold  Martin Margiela back from letting the 1700´s historic garments inspire his deconstructed contemporary fashion sense. The contemporary side bags being a user friendly storage garment instead of just giving the large skirt the right lift as in the 1700´s. 

Margiela enjoys dressing  women in comfortable  clothes in genuine materials combined with the classic art of tailoring. 

Maison Margiela at Artipelag

 A Margiela type of reuse long before it was fashionable for the rest of the world.

Margiela, the Hermès Years was originally created by Kaat Debo and Martin Margiela for the MoMu - the museum of modern art in Antwerp 2017.

To get the right random worn&wonderful type of knit for this clash look of exclusive cashmere fibers made into a worn statement look long before it caught on and made into a international fashion statement, Margiela asked his mother to do the prototype after failing to have it produced professionally. The sweater to the left is artistically created from a bunch of army socks. 

The exhibit is overall so well planned, designed and well lit. Full of many details like this seat that i just love and that is so Maison Margiela.  Margiela´s objects collection has had furniture and decoration through the years. 

Finding so may inspirational objects and material in this one exhibit that I do recommend highly seeing it before it closes the 10th of March 2019. 

Margiela - the Hermès years will put Artipelag on the world map as a Kunsthalle/Art Gallery to be reckoned with in the future which we need to thank Cay Bond for making the connections for it to be possible to create this astonishing exhibition imported successfully by artistic director Bo Nilsson and the governing owners of Artipelag.   

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Tim´s world of feathers

Tim Mårtenson to the right and me to the left. 

Tim Mårtensson is the one and only Plume Maker in Scandinavia. He is also a dear friend that I stand in awe of. 

Here you see Tim and me in my Studio where he let me exhibit a few of his amazing headpieces. As you see I could not resist wearing this green bird as it landed on my head. And feathers does just that, you instantly want to try them on!

A plume maker specializes in feather and plume creations. Historically plymmakare (swedish) plumassier(french) existed as early as in ancient Egypt, several thousand years ago! 

Knowledge about from what birds the feathers originate, where on the bird they are located, how they are used and reworked is a must just like knowing that the birds are never wronged in the process.

Here you see the plum colored (right Madame Bond?) hat with feathers we have had the pleasure of showing at Jimsch Studio that Tim has created. 

This unique triangular or Christmas tree shaped head piece is held together by a camouflage cap. 
After my brief of what my first collection should look and feel like for Jimsch, I asked Tim to make a feather creations to fit the wood head design I called Wigstock (ask me for more explanation if you know from where I found that name) 

Tim made this green feather and camoflage fabric and told me that it will make me feel at home when i wear it. So I guess it´s time to find the right occasion to wear it (!) Meanwhile it sits right here for all to see at the Jimsch Studio at Södermalm. 

Here you see how the green bird head dress that Tim created from the design of Anna Del Russo, Editor-at-large for Vogue Japan for H&M. 

The gorgeous green bird flew up into the lamp I designed called Soomkai because the technique comes from the making of chicken cages in Thailand kai is chicken in Thai and Soomkai means chicken coop. 

Not only does Tim do feather artistry for theatres, museums and performances around the world he also does lectures and teachings in the art of feather making. 

Tim has contributed to the exhibition Feathers, A world of feathers at Etnografiska in Stockholm, which you can see more of at my Instagram highlights with moving images-look for the icon named Feathers. 

See all of Tim´s feather world at his Instagram 

If you have seen the last success After Dark show then you have seen Tim´s extravagant feather costumes made for the Swedish savvy Drag group that is also exhibited magically well at Etnografiska in Stockholm 

Here are some of my non Tim favorites from Feathers a world of Feathers at Etnografiska 
that you can see until the 3 of March 2019

Feathers A world of feathers at Etnografiska
The Indian feathers. 

Feathers A world of feathers at Etnografiska
The history of feather gear. 

Feathers A world of feathers at Etnografiska
Feathers in historic head dresses.  

Feathers A world of feathers at Etnografiska
                  Feathers and plumes in historic context as well as in futuristic fashion. 

Feathers A world of feathers at Etnografiska

If you are into fashion and interiors then the exhibit at Etnografiska is something for you. 

I am so happy to follow Tim and his amazing feather artwork he creates from his studio at his farm outside of Stockholm. 

Welcome into Jimsch Studio Showroom when you are at Söder in Stockholm and see the green plumes that Tim made for us.

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Happy in feathers with Tim Mårtensson. 


Palazzo Litta Milano 2018

The Palazzo Litta in Milano also known as the Palazzo Arese-Litta is a Baroque structure in Milan dating from the period of Spanish rule.

 Originally built in 1642-1648 for Count Bartolomeo Arese housing grand parties and even the reception of Napoleon. 2018 Palazzo Litta is serving as a cultural center, housing exhibitions spaces, offices and a theater. 

The red wooden structure taking up the court yard changes the entering into the Palazzo totally and we stop and look at and tend to want to try the welcoming hammocks that was not here last year.

The grid of red-stained timber columns installed in the courtyard is made by Architect Asif Khan to create a refuge for visitors this year at Milan design week. 

Called Tempietto nel Bosco, meaning Temple in the Forest, the week long installation was designed to replicate a forest with a claring at its centre. Khan´s aim was to create a place during the Milan Design Week where visitors could relax while looking up at the sky.  

So we did!


The Palazzo supplies a stunning backdrop to all of the exhibiters.  

Normally I am uninterested in the motor influx on the Milan Design week that has turned the former vibrant interior design influence on the exhibitions at Tortona into a carshow. But this extravagantly gorgeous styling of this exceptional motorbike has something to say, if you know what i mean. 

Really fell for this super simple cozy seat constructed from two oversized attached pillows by Faye Toogood.

Palazzo Litta at Corso Magenta 24 is a good place to check out all the time when in Milano. 

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The Jaffa Tel Aviv

The Jaffa in Tel Aviv is located by the sea within the walls of a 19th century complex that once housed Jaffa´s French Hospital and the School of the Sisterhood of St Joseph. Jaffa is the  first settlement that grew into the city of Tel Aviv and a must see when visiting Israel.

The new hotel, restaurant and spa is designed by John Pawson in collaboration with Ramy Gill
The duo transformed the original structure into a blend of modern-meets-historic, while remaining true to the original heritage and visual details. 

Since I have taken a liking to Tel Aviv over all and really would like to stay at The Jaffa on my next visit I am looking forward to checking out this gorgeous new hotel. 

At The Jaffa right next to the beach you can choose to stay in the exquisitely restored 19th-century wing, boasting lofty ceilings and arched windows. 

Or in the contemporary building embracing a more modern architectural style. 

The 120 rooms and suites of The Jaffa offer stunning views of the Mediterranean or the fantastic courtyard. 

Lofty ceilings, check!

Love that while the bones of the hotel are rooted in history, the rooms and apartments are entirely modern. 

This transformed convent,hospital and intricately designed former chapel with its stucco and stained glass windows really makes me want to go to Tel Aviv. 

See more of Tel Aviv here. 

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