Some while ago I made these photos for Enfants Terribles. I have been wanting to share them here as well ever after, but have been a bit overwhelmed by projects and deadlines. These photos represent such a sweet moment. It was a dark November day, and while Molly was napping, Frida Viola and I emptied our drawers for pale blue & white porcelain. We set a table for November without a real purpose - just for our pleasure. We added the last summer remnants from the backyard and some beautiful old lace collars from my mom and grandmom. Anyway - I love these photos and the expression of little Molly when she woke up and saw the table. To her it felt a bit like a celebration.
Time flies so rapidly for us at the moment, already November!
I wrote about some nice autumn books a while ago at Lille Nord and thought I would share these beauties here as well. Autumn is the perfect time for reading!
The beautiful and poetic Pappersväxten [The Paper Vegetation] written and illustrated by Swedish Josefin Sundqvist and published by one of our favourite Swedish publishers, Urax, is about the lonely boy Edgar, who collects tiny seeds in jars, tells stories alone in the darkness and draws maps of a co-existing imaginative world. The other kids in school don’t seem to understand him; he’s an outsider and doesn’t fit into the predefined social space of a school class. But one day something happens: One of his seeds begins to sprout, and a strong vegetation grows its way out of the class room, passing windows and buildings up towards the rooftops of the city where Edgar finds a new friend. The story is both full of hope and sorrow, and Josefin Sundqvist’s illustrations are dense with their refined patterns and wealth of details. They are like fertile seeds themselves, spreading their vegetation all over the paper. The imaginative world that Edgar excessively draws becomes real, and something grows to unforeseen strength both inside himself and in his universe. The colours and the mood of the book are perfect companions for an autumn day with time to talk about more serious topics like loneliness, exclusion and friendships with the kids. The book has something to offer for all ages.
The books by the iconic Swedish illustrator and writer Eva Lindström are also perfect for autumn reading with their dreamlike and magic depiction of nature. In En Fågeldag [A Birdday] we follow two bird kids, Lena and Bosse, throughout a very normal day in a bird’s life – we see what they play, what they eat, what their parents tell them to do, and what they do in secret. Frida Viola (5 years) and Molly (2 years) are giggling every time we read about their meals – it’s so funny to see the birds set around a typically family dinner table with cutlery and porcelain eating flies, worms and mosquitos! We follow the family in all its everydayness, with duties and quarrels – so well-known and familiar and yet so funny and curious.
In Vi är Vänner we meet the little girl Lilly. Deep in the forest she becomes best friends with the Hare and the Slow worm. During a summer we see what they do, and mostly what they don’t. They look up into the trees and the leaves, they sit quietly in the forest bed, they talk. And, says the text, “they were both having fun and were bored, they were both sad and happy”. When autumn comes the slow worm leaves to go into hibernation. “How do we know, you will come back again”, Lilly and the hare ask – “we don’t know”, is the brief answer. And then winter comes with cold and loneliness, and the three friends are longing for spring and being together. It’s a beautiful book about unconditional friendship, about just being and doing nothing together without questioning our differences. The animals are wild and can’t be held or owned – just as it should be in any friendship. The story about a girl making friendship with wild animals is exciting for all ages, while the deeper considerations about the meaning of friendship is an added bonus for older kids.
I have had a good eye for the new Danish brand Paa Ny for a while, with its simplicity and its aesthetic outline catching my attention. The story behind the brand is not less appealing - speaking directly to me with its conscious approach to both environment and production. The designer behind, Line Hyldegaard Klitbo has a vision about using only excess fabrics from large-scale productions mixed with beautiful vintage materials she carefully selects at fleamarkets. These surplus materials from our general abundance of clothes are transformed into new pieces of children's wear, all handmade in Denmark in collaboration with a socio-economic production. All pieces are limited edition only in one or a very few copies due to the character of the production.
I love that each item carry its own story on to a new body - each tiny piece of cloth is filled with histories and memories of other times, and thus something poetic and unique is put into the garments of our kids. When I explained about the clothes to Frida Viola, she spontanously pointed out -"just like the patchwork bedcover granny made!" The Silhouettes of Paa Ny are timeless and functional with thoughtful details as the reversibles quilted vests and jackets that provides a longevity. At the same time the brand has its very own expression with its raw and uneven finish.
The photos are from Paa Ny's and Fnubbu's autum event in the beautiful glass house of Line Hyldegaard Klitbo. Fnubbu is a longtime favorite of mine with its subtle colours and beautiful knitted styles. Along with the new items from Paa Ny, Fnubbu had selected some wonderful brands that also have considerations about environment and sustainability embedded in their conceps - as the soft organic alpaca knitwear from Waddler produced in Bolivia and Peru, and the unique plaids from Tweedmill made in reused wool. Both Waddler and Tweedmill are available in Fnubbu's webshop, as will Paa Ny's collection soon be. It was such an inspiring afternoon in the glass house in good company and filled with atmosphere and aesthetic consciousness.
Frida Viola's best friend moved away some while ago, and some weeks ago we visited the family at their new wonderful place. We didn't see Frida Viola all afternoon - she and her friend were too busy giggling, talking and playing. I love these photos of Molly - even from behind you sense her happiness. This was a good day.
Look at this adorable little skirt. It used to belong to a little French girl called Anya, and before her probably another little French girl. Now Frida Viola wears it, and after her Molly will. I love that thought, and I love the whole gesture of handing over. These are garments you care a little extra for. Sweet Elizabeth from Lila et Albertine sent it for us together with a couple of classic French sweets. We have never met, she and I, although I sometimes almost forget we didn't. We seem to have so many things in common, our passion for vintage is just one of them, and Elizabeth actually has a little shop with her lovely finds from French flea markets.
Her thoughtful package and letter made me think a lot about blogging and why we do it. After IG has taken over much of the focus, a personal and reflective blogpost makes my heart beat a little extra, because I know from myself that it takes time to make it, and we all have so little time to read, comment and share with eachother. But Elizabeth's letter was such a heartwarming reminder to me: This is why I love blogging - because I can't help sharing, telling stories, adding glimpses, handing over and peeking into other lives that are both similar and different to my own. And Frida Viola took the skirt to heart and loved the story about Anya who used it before her.