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Samantha Battersby
I'm a drawing machine and history head!
Interests: the "photo" above is of me in a past life., interests include drawing and designing new prints and originals to put in my etsy shop of course! other interests include going for walks and talking
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Colour Square Sphere Olafur Eliasson - the master of refracted light and colour. He is a Danish-Icelandic installation artist who works with light, water and air temperature. His biography on his website describes his work as being: "...driven by his... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at matouenpeluche
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I just read a Harper's Bazaar article that chronicles 24 hours with the legendary Valentino. It's quite a fascinating read - now that he has semi-retired from his eponymous fashion house, he is quite the man of leisure. I also... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at matouenpeluche
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From what I can gather these "Falbalas and Fanfreluches" (translated as ruffles and frills) were pochoir portfolios published between 1922 and 1926 to showcase Georges Barbier's beautiful work. Apparently, only 600 editions were printed, so they are incredibly rare. Imagine... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at matouenpeluche
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My take on the quintessential Nouvelle Vague film - Jean Luc Godard's A Bout de Souffle. Below are some shots of Jean-Luc Godard and cast on set. Top: Jean Seberg, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean-Luc Godard on the set of A... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Anna's Eighty-eight butterfly and a Woodnymph butterfly. And here are five butterfly facts that you can amaze everyone with if the occasion arises: 1) Butterfly wings are transparent. 2) Butterflies taste with their feet. 3) Butterflies live on an all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Oh yes, I could see myself having a fine time here in this house - Le Grand Plateau. It's like a very delux tree house nestled amongst a forest of spruce trees. The architects decided to have the house sit... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Everyone has a favourite colour, don't they? Mine has always been green. 1) Jasper the green swallow print. 2) Amelie Poster. 3) Retro Style Genuine Leather Green Messenger Crossbody Bag. 4) Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. 5) Leaves by Oliver... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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I came across these big, beautiful, bold illustrations by Mari Kanstad Johnsen for Helge Torvund's children's book Vivaldi the other day. They are everything I love about good children's book illustrations: playful, colourful and full of character. You can buy... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but is this a beautiful bit of info/typography graphics, or is it a beautiful bit of info/typography graphics? It is by Lisbon based, Portuguese graphic designer Mike Carreira. His company is called eme design. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Did you know there are 75 different species of tulip? Below are fields of The Netherland's national flower photographed from the air by Italian photographer Simone Sbaraglia. They really are something, aren't they? All images by Simone Sbaraglia from here. Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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I like these Art Socks as featured in Vogue from The Sock Drawer. I especially like the styling by Kate Brien. I think the photographs themselves are very appealing - she has a very unique eye for colour and pattern.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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This is Didier and and his brother Leon having their annual awkward photograph. Their mother, Madame Leroy, always insists on having their photograph taken every year. Sometimes she will use the yearly photograph for the Christmas card that goes out... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Attention all stargazers! Apparently, the next couple of days will be amazing astronomically speaking. First of all there is the Perseids Meteor shower which is at its peak on the night of the 12th of August and morning of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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A few of my favourite things as seen on my travels. There's a bit of a bear theme, a bit of a jewellery theme and a bit of a mustard yellow theme. 1)Emerald Green Onyx Necklace by VeronicaRussekJoyas. 2)Mountain Fridge... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Popular artist and writer Maira Kalman has a regular spot in the opinion section of The New York Times. You can see more of that work here. I love her quirky style and the way she combines text and images,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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The Great Escape is from here...and for more GIF action click here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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1) Puppy Kitty Love Tote - leahgoren 2) Vintage Bird Target - bellalulu vintage 3) 1 inch pinback buttons - hello quiet tiger 4) Leo Brooch - adatine Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Hollywood beauty Carole Lombard. Images from here, here, and here. Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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This is Archie and he a very passionate about ice-cream. In fact he's a bit of a connoisseur. He knows the difference between a peppermint chip vanilla swirl and a vanilla bean mint flake. Oh yes! One day he wants... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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We had the winter solstice a few weeks ago in Sydney. After that (21st June) the weather immediately cooled down after a very mild start to our winter here. Speaking of the winter solstice, this photo (taken in the northern... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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This is George and he definitely hearts books. His favourite author is Beatrix Potter because he finds her stories to be totally gripping. He has every single book by Beatrix Potter, some in both hard back and soft. His favourite... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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These magnificent fabric moths and butterflies are by the very talented irohandbags. From what I can gather, they are also proper "portraits" of actual moths and butterflies. You can read more about the details here. Unfortunately, all the ones pictured... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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Saturday GIF brought to you by Bad at Petting Cats. ...For more GIF fun! Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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This fab graphic cockapoo tea towel is by Lucie Sheridan and you can buy it from the on line shopping site howkapow.com along with a whole heap of other very desirable items (including the poogle tea towel below). Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at matouenpeluche
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1) Original drawing of the BT tower in London on an up-cycled vintage envelope by Esther Coombs. 2) 1890 antique city map of London from Antique Prints Only. 3) Original drawing of the Lloyds Building, London on an up-cycled small... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at matouenpeluche