1. So simple, so hypnotic. Lily Donaldson; shot by her father photographer Matthew Donaldson, using a Phantom camera at 1000 frames per second. Hair as Octopus.

     
     
  2. Having just worked on an animation project, I am all eyes for interesting animation. This piece by Chinese Artist Lei Lei was created using vintage book covers designed by his graphic-designer father (by hand, before computers). “No plots, storyboards, or scripts were involved” he says. Love the palette and flat graphic environments.



     

     
     
  3. A Belated Christmas Card:

    Mario Giacomelli’s series of ‘Young Priests’; at play and relaxation, at the episcopal seminary in Senigallia, Italy. Giacomelli created the high contrast, unreal sense of space by shooting in snow or burning out the backgrounds when he hand printed the image.

     
  4. I’m a big fan of artist Sheila Hicks, especially of her miniature works. Though most of the pieces are woven on a simple 12 x 12 inch wooden frame edged with nails, the structures are quite complex. I find them so intimate, animated and full of personality.

     
  5. Just love the way this moves and the way it captures the experience of the photographer. It is made from 80,000 pictures shot over 3 years in many different locations. From independent film maker Gioacchino Petronicce.

     
     
  6. Artist David Carrino was drawn to Japanese calligraphy and Islamic hand lettering, which led him to think about what handwriting signifies. A master calligrapher imbues a word with meaning by the way he visually renders it, in the same way that in the Chinese language a single word has many different meanings depending on its spoken intonation. His investigation toward a western equivalent of this individual style led him to make these beautiful abstractions of signatures, hand written letters and manuscripts.

     
  7. Khadi is cloth that is hand spun and hand woven in India. The khadi movement, started by Mahatma Gandhi, promoted the idea that Indians could gain self reliance by boycotting British textiles made from Indian cotton and instead produce their own, thus symbolizing freedom and independence. He, himself famously spun cotton on a charka, dressed only in a dhoti. I have travelled to India many times, often with textiles as the focus of my trip. I have spent plenty of time in villages just like this, where cotton is hand spun as fine as a hair and perfect, gossamer thin cotton is made on wooden pit looms sunk into the dirt floor. I am very fond of this film by Kanika Myer, seeing it all in black and white, the graphic compositions, use of multiples and repetition, and the way it captures the life and spirit that surrounds the making of the cloth.

     
     
  8. I recently saw the Edmund de Waal show at the Gagosian Gallery. Great quantities of tiny hand thrown porcelain vessels are installed in chic minimal vitrines that read monotone abacus from a distance. Each is a study in very subtle differences of form as well as quality and shade of the glazes; a beautiful wabi sabi moment.

     
  9. Birds of paradise: Everyday, my friend Anka Itskovich takes portraits on the same few blocks of the East Village where she lives. Everyday I am treated to a little bit of E.V. eye candy.

     
  10. German creative director and animator Sebastian Lange made this incredibly crafted piece of motion graphics. Using fragments of the poem Mutability by Percy Bysshe Shelley, it takes concrete poetry to a whole new level.