Holiday Hiatus


The Artful Blog is taking a holiday hiatus through 2015. The 2016 New Year will mark The Artful Blog’s five year anniversary. In the meantime, do hope it has brought some joy, and continues to be an interesting and rich, artful resource to all that follow. Please enjoy the archives. Season’s Greetings.

Peace Prayer


“For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time: hatred ceases by love. This is an unalterable law.” ~ The Buddha

Prayers and thoughts for the beautiful and precious life that’s been lost and deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Stay strong Paris. Heartfelt solidarity as you process, grieve, and heal. In the face of this tragedy, let us deepen our resolve to sow seeds of peace. May love and compassion prevail. #prayforhumanity

Fantastic Man


Kyle MacLachlan, AKA Special Agent Dale Cooper posing in a dramatic portrait in which he quietly cries to himself, graces the Fantastic Man Autumn/Winter 2015 Cover.

Photographed by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin the suave Twin Peaks star can be found bathed in red on certain limited edition covers -a clever nod to the eagerly anticipated reprise of the series. MacLachlan is protagonist of the legendary tv-series Twin Peaks by David Lynch and Mark Frost, that was broadcast in the 90’s, but is still considered one of the best to date. For many Twin Peaks has a cult status. After a 25 year absence, season three of series is currently in the making and Lynch and Frost are both involved in the writing and the episodes are again directed by David Lynch. With a defining design aesthetic in the indie magazine culture, Fantastic Man combines articles about men from all walks of life with a trainspotter’s eye for detail. Although written in English, Fantastic Man is a Dutch publication founded a decade ago by Gert Jonkers and Jop van Bennekom. Its tone is dry, deadpan, guileless, fantastic. #eyeondesign #returnoftherepressed

Dior By Avedon


Dior By Avedon, Text by Justine Pidardie and Olivier Saillard, Foreword by Jacqueline de Ribes, Hardcover, 206 pgs, Published October 27, 2015. From the House’s beginnings, in 1947, and over almost thirty years, Richard Avedon would immortalize Christian Dior creations in images that have become legendary. The newly-released book Dior by Avedon, published by Rizzoli, retraces this special relationship through a host of emblematic photographs.

Avedon’s iconic fashion work not only changed fashion photography but also changed the way the world looks at fashion. One of his most prolific collaborations was with the house of Dior, which can be traced back to 1947, just after the haute couture house had taken the Paris fashion world by storm. This lavish volume includes 150 iconic and many never-before-published photographs by Avedon, his most indelible images of Dior fashions and portraits from the 1940’s through the 70’s, featuring glamorous models and celebrities, including Marlene Dietrich, Suzy Parker, Sunny Hartnett, Dovima, Carmen Dell’Orefice, Dorian Leigh, Capucine, Lauren Hutton, Anjelica Huston, and Barbra Streisand.


Richard Avedon, Dovima With Elephants, Evening Dress by Christian Dior, Cirque d’Hiver, August 1955, Courtesy and © The Richard Avedon Foundation. The most distinguishing series of Avedon’s Paris fashion photographs were unquestionably those of the model Dovima posing in a long sheath dress between the elephants of the Cirque d’Hiver menagerie in 1955, for Harper’s Bazaar.


Richard Avedon, Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall, Dress by Dior, Place de la Concorde, Paris, August 1956, Courtesy and © The Richard Avedon Foundation.

Avedon’s images document Dior’s fashion, as well as fashion history, with an eye for moments of grace, drama, and humor, as well as a mastery of light and contrast. Avedon masterfully captures the essence of Dior’s elegant designs, the style and personality of the iconic women who wore them, and incredible moments in photography that will intrigue photography, art, and fashion lovers alike. This enchanting tale is told in images and through the recollections of Jacqueline de Ribes, a discriminating fashion figure, as well as through the learned pens of Justine Picardie, author and editor-in-chief of British Harper’s Bazaar, and Olivier Saillard, fashion historian and director of the Palais Galliera, who wrote the afterword.

For more Dior see previous posts Art of Dior and Dior Glamour

Art Of The Note


People love to mourn the lost art of the handwritten note. There have been scores of articles and books on the subject -and the emotional benefit of a personal notecard in comparison to a typewritten letter is undeniable. But for those with less than perfect handwriting, composing a note by hand can be a daunting and sometimes lengthy endeavor. The recently launched new app Bond Black is out to change that.

Here’s how the invite-only app works: a customer types out a note in the app, and Bond uses its robotics technology to compose a note using the customer’s penmanship or one of 40 handwriting styles in its library. Enabling you to send notes from anywhere in the world as simply as writing a text message. Simply write your note and it will get sealed, stamped and delivered to your recipient. A fee-based Bond Black membership includes a consultation with Bond’s concierge, set-up, 120 bespoke hand-engraved cards and envelopes -made of 100 percent French-made cotton, unlimited concierge service, and access to Bond’s customized iPhone app. A customer can also have their own personal handwriting imported into the Bond’s system using ​computational analysis. ​#bespokenotes #sendyoursentiment

Witch’s New Year


Myrna Loy as a spooky beautiful Halloween Witch, Paris 1960, Photo by Edouard Boubat.

Witch’s New Year: Halloween/Samhain and Day of the Dead. This is when the veils between the worlds of matter and spirit, between past, present, and future are thin. It is the most magical time of Death, Rebirth, and Renewal. Whether on your own or in community, put aside some time and space to honor your ancestors, especially those who passed into Spirit this year, and to connect to those for whom we will be the ancestors, and honor those who were born this year. Meditate on the cauldron of transformation, ask for guidance around what is being cooked down in you, what you wish to leave behind as you enter the threshold of the new year. Write down one thing and make a symbolic offering to the fire by burning it, releasing that which you are letting go at the end of the old year in order to birth what you are bringing into being at the beginning of the new. Let us honor our beloved dead and realize we, too, will one day be remembered. Let us create beauty for the present and future generations. Blessed Be. ~Robin Rose BennettWiseWoman Healing Ways

Vintage Charm


Mozie Bicycle Carolina from The Mode Collection.

Loving these bikes from Mozie Bicycles, a leading innovator of European and Vintage-style bikes, born out of the desire to design the perfect street bicycles that would represent the innate style of the rider through a handsome elegant design. Bicycles that retain comfort and practicality without sacrificing the exterior look. That uphold classical, stylish cycling heritage while embracing the technologies and improvements of the modern world. Inspired by the rich bicycle culture of Holland and Denmark, the ‘Carolina’ has an oversized basket that sits atop an assortment of beautiful accessories from Buck & Wing -a luxurious line of leather cycle accessories that uses hand-crafted tooling techniques to create stylish wares in the most beautiful way possible. Comfort leather grips and sprung saddle create an enjoyable journey, while the front stabilizer spring helps steady the load. The oversized chrome wheel-powered headlamp, frame-mounted tire pump, and rear carrier rack add further functionality. #chictransport #letsride

Harvest Time


Apple Orchard Harvest Time, Each Autumn I look forward to crisp days filled with a kaleidoscopic of colored leaves and the richness of harvest time, especially the coming of Apple season. Apples have always been a favorite fruit of mine to enjoy with delicious seasonal recipes. Nothing beats perennial favorites like a mug of Spiced Cider on a chilly day or a bowl of freshly made Cinnamon Applesauce. Apples (Malus species) are a member of the lovely Rose family along with other Autumn fruits such as Pears, Quince, and Rose Hips, and are chock full of tasty nutrition, which makes them a wonderful Autumn food for boosting immunity.


Raw Caramel Apples, Eating fresh raw Apples is ideal as you benefit from all the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients they offer, because cooking Apples can destroy some of the nutrients, particularly the polyphenols. Here is a real treat and a special nutritious way to eat freshly harvested Apples. This raw, healthy Caramel Apples Recipe is the perfect way to get your Caramel Apple fix without all the sugar and artificial ingredients. Rawsome Apple inspiration for the upcoming holiday!


6 apples, organic
2 cups of dates
1 cup water
2 Tbsp of raw tahini
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 small pinch of sea salt
2 cups of finely chopped walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts


  1. Soak the dates in the water until soft.
  2. Place dates, water, tahini, vanilla, and salt in a food processor and blend until smooth, this is your healthy, raw caramel!
  3. Stick a chopstick through each of the apples.
  4. Carefully coat each apple with the caramel.
  5. Place the nuts in a bowl.
  6. Roll the apples in the nuts and refrigerate to harden. Enjoy!

Art Of Autumn

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the Autumn tree. ~Emily Bronte


Brooke Shaden The Falling of Autumn Darkness, Photograph on Paper, Courtesy and © Brooke Shaden.

Happy Autumnal Equinox as Fall season colorfully ushers in. It’s one of two days out of the year that night and day are equal in length, signifying that the balance between light and dark is shifting. Fall Equinox is an opportunity for both reflection and practical forward thinking. Make some downtime to journal, get centered and consider your place within nature, reflect on the changes, make a gratitude list, and revisit any goals you might have set for yourself earlier in the year. Journaling can evoke a state of mindfulness as you close the chapter on Summer, focus on the present, and find your Fall groove. Taking this time to check in with yourself will set the stage for you to realize how far you’ve come this year and prepare for the next big thing. May you transition gracefully into Fall.