Well, I guess I overestimated when I looked at my own calendar last month. In my June favorites, I wrote about how it would be my last monthly favorites before baby #2 gets here, but I’m still waiting! So, in the meantime, here are six things I’ve been loving this month as I wait for baby boy’s arrival.
Faye Wei Wei
I came across Faye Wei Wei’s art on Pinterest earlier this month and instantly fell in love. Her artwork is steeped in poeticism, and stylistically is composed of translucent layers, powerful brush-strokes and instinctive mark-making. Her paintings can include anything from pastel roses bleeding into green backdrops, peppered with pink polka dots to a naked body cradling a skeletal figure under a wreath of flowers to a woman looking longingly out of a floral, heart-shaped frame, surrounded by her lover’s iconography. Not only am I obsessed with her art, but I’m fairly in love with her as a human. After reading multiple interviews with her and following on social media, I’ve deduced she’s just all around way too cool.
Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi
How To Be An Antiracist is easily one of the most transformative books I’ve ever read, so when I heard Dr. Ibram X. Kendi was launching a podcast, I was so excited to add it to my weekly repertoire. If you’re not familiar with Kendi, get to know him ASAP. Ibram X. Kendi, an inspirational man, who carries many roles — doctor, writer, Civil Rights leader, cancer survivor, father, husband, scholar — and now audio storyteller. Be Antiracist with Ibram X. Kendi, is a weekly interview show that builds on his extensive body of antiracist work, challenging listeners to consider what an antiracist society might look like and how individuals and communities can play an active role in building it.
Tom Waits Playlist Series
Tom Waits is one of my all-time favorite musicians. In fact, my love for him was something my husband and I initially bonded over when we first met, and we danced to his song You Can Never Hold Back Spring as our first dance at our wedding. Recently, his team has been compiling playlists over the coming months that encompass different aspects of Waits’s music. The first was Throw Words Like Rice, a vigorous set featuring Waits’s syncopated lyricism at its exuberant best. The most recent was A Little Rain, a compilation of his lyrical ballads. I can’t wait for the rest of the series.
Dauphinette Strawbery Bergère Bag
Last month, I shared my love of Olivia Cheng’s incredible dried floral creations, and this month, I’m obsessing over her other talents — fashion design. This Strawberry Bergère bag is such a fun piece. When designing this bag, Cheng was inspired by Matisse’s La Gerbe floral cutouts and turned them into a purse handle. I love the way she infuses art and fashion so seamlessly.
I think I’ve watched this documentary around six times now. If you caught my post on must-watch documentaries for music nerds, you know I’m as nerdy as they come. Luckily, I’m also married to one so we’ve been enjoying this new doc from Questlove together. The documentary explores the Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969, a music extravaganza that took place over six weeks at the dawn of the Black Power Movement. The film was compiled from 40 hours of live footage from the festival, as well as news accounts and recent interviews with concertgoers and performers, including Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples and Ray Barretto. Yet somehow, this momentous event was lost to history, but Questlove has set out to rectify that.
Alja Horvat Puzzles
I can never get enough of Alja Horvat’s artwork, and I’m so excited that she recently launched her own line of puzzles featuring her art. If you’re not familiar with Alja, she’s a Slovenian illustrator whose work is colorful, feminine and often inspired by the fun, abstract vibes of the ’60s and ’70s. It’s always more fun to work on a puzzle when it’s by an artist you know and love, so I can’t wait to get started on these.