Sunday Six

Joanna’s Favorites

Tantra on the Edge: Inspirations and Experiments in Twentieth-Century Indian Art:  If I could transport myself to any part of the world right now, it would be to Delhi to catch this exhibition that features the work of 16 pioneers of tantra art.  Curated by Madhu Kanna who co-authored the fascinating book, The Tantric Way: Art, Science, Ritual, with tantric scholar Ajit Mookerjee, it offers a glimpse into each of the artists relationships with the philosophy of tantra and its spiritual revelations.  There isn’t a style of art that captivates me more, as it is rooted in the exploration of self with the ultimate goal of the expansion of human consciousness.  I am especially drawn to the paintings by Biren De and Shobha Broota, made between 1968 and 2011, but it’s one exquisitely beautiful work, untitled and painted anonymously (as was most tantra art) that really grabs my attention and is shown here.

Aquarium Drunkard Playlist: I’ve mentioned AD here before, my ultimate favorite resource for music run by wonderful human Justin Gage.  Justin sent me some playlists for the store and this one has been on heavy repeat.  Good for a Sunday.

Roses in Vases by Pierre-Joseph Redouté:  There is nothing more satisfying than walking out my door each morning and taking in the sight of my glorious pink roses, climbing their way up to blue skies.  It makes me ridiculously happy.  While researching rose varieties I came across this heavenly painting from 1830 by Belgian artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté – drawing master to Marie Antoinette and court and flower painter of Empress Joséphine Bonaparte.  How utterly intoxicating.

Young Punks by Sheila Rock: Oh, to be punk in London in the seventies.  This is a book from my library that never fails to inspire for its raw and unapologetic DIY attitude captured in photos taken by photographer Sheila Wood, documenting some of the most electric and iconic moments in music and fashion history.  Punk never dies.

Pernille Lind Studio: I recently came across the most elegant wardrobe designed in Denmark by Pernille Lind Studio and now I want everything made in pippy oak.  I love how moody it feels and the basketweave detailing is A+.  

Vintage Clarence House Fabric:  Too good not to share.  A few years ago, my dear friend Jason was showing me his collection of the most unbelievably gorgeous textiles that he’d amassed during his 40 plus years of selling fabric from around the world.  It was one of the most inspiring experiences and my profound excitement led him to generously gift me the greatest fabric of all time – a vintage Liberty print from 1984 that was made for Clarence House. I’ve never seen a more enchanting print and I’m finally about to use it in my new home.