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, but it's her colour palette that is really something in my opinion!
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 to embark on a grand tour partaking of all the world's most famous ice-creams and then he intends to write a book about his adventures. He's going to call it "The ice-cream and I". You can find him in my shop here.
I only found out about the French actress and chanteuse Juliette Gréco the other day. Are you familiar with her at all? Well, if not here is a neat summary of the who, what and where of Juliette Gréco:
1) She was born 7th, February 1927 in Monpellier, France.
2) During World War II, she became involved in the Résistance for which she was arrested, and then released a few months later.
3) During the 50s and 60s she became a bohemian and hung out with people like Jean-Paul Sartre who famously said she had "millions of poems in her voice".
4) She was married three times and went out with Miles Davis for a while whom she describes as "one of the most elegant men I have known".
5) She declined a seven year Hollywood contract because it felt "inappropriate".
6) At 86, she is still very much in demand as a singer, having had a performance in the Paris Olympia in May last year, and as a model - she is YSL's brand ambassador.
There is an interview and article about her here at The Gaurdian. Images from here.
Apparently it is the 150 year anniversary of the London Underground. To celebrate, the London Transport Museum is having an exhibition of posters designed for what was/is the world's first underground railway. The posters span the period from 1908 to the present day. I thought they were very stylish!
Krazy Kat is a strangely surreal cartoon first published in the New York Times Journal in 1913. Drawn by George Heriman, it's the story of a nutty cat called Krazy who's in love with an evil mouse called Ignatz. Ignatz can't stand Krazy and so spends his whole time throwing bricks at the besotted cat. In Krazy's weird brain this is interpreted as a sign of love and affection from Ignatz. Meanwhile, Krazy is loved by a police pug dog called Officer Bull Pup who spends his time trying to prevent Ignatz from throwing bricks at Krazy by locking him up in jail at every opportunity.
I find the strip strangely addictive and the more I read, the funnier they get - but that's just me!