I loved to design this flyer for the art flakes design market that will take place this saturday at burnlab vienna. come down and bring your money honey.
it's one of the very last chances to get a secret smile surprise bag.
it got a bit quiet in the last time which is down to the fact that I stand at the beginning of a journey called yoga. once a week I leave my yoga teacher training energized and I would simply love to share my experiences with you but at this point I wouldn't know where to start. I guess it will take some time till I'll be able to structure my newly found knowledge and put it into useful words.
but what I am totally able to do is to introduce a yoga book that mesmerized me due to its beautiful design and images at first. art of attention is both a systematic study guide and a work of art by anusara yoga teacher elena brower and yoga teacher and graphic designer erica jago. this book was designed to inspire your practice, contemplation and creativity.
changing your bikini or wetsuit never looked better. hi ocean loving girls bring bright and cuddly capes that make you feel good after a long and exciting surf. the first feelgoodcape arouse out of sister love between the two founders Linda and Franzi from Stuttgart. one christmas Linda, the designer of the brand, created a cape as a present for her sister Franzi who surfs a lot in cold europe. I guess this must be true love and is just a little part of their story that began on a surftrip in 2011.
Linda, what do you love about the ocean?
I love the vastness and the feeling of freedom. whenever I am at the ocean everything's alright. problems of everyday life and stress feel far away and I just enjoy being in the water and having fun.
please describe your perfect surf before you snuggle down in your feelgoodcape.
first I strike out with my girls to see which spot runs best. on some days it's even not about super perfect waves to call it the perfect surf. that's when I just enjoy hanging out with my friends in the line up. we whoop each other and that pushes ourselves even more. and I love sunset surfs.
after a long surf nothing feels better than cuddling in a feelgoodcape. there's no jittering while changing clothes and no flattering towel. you just slip your cape on, put on the hood and no wind will come in anymore. afterwards I often take the cape down to the beach and use it as a beach towel.
what do you believe in?
everything in life happens for a reason altough it sometimes might not feel easy in the beginning it's mostly the right thing for you in the end. "you never know, unless you go".
hi ocean loving girls is for you ocean loving girls. so go and visit their website to see more of their collection that ranges from clothing to accessories to sweet matching fins bags.
austrian label meshit plays with hip hop culture, the dandy look and african prints in their SS2014 collection. since I got in touch with mudras at my yoga teacher training I'm obsessed with hand signals. the more I am into the shirt on the first picture showing an "M" that stands for meshit.
the collection lives on long printed dresses, cardigans, sporty mesh jumpers and printed golden link chains.
I raise my fingers and form an A.
A stands for awesome.
photography & layout Alexandra Bondi de Antoni <3 hair & make-up Yasmin Pirouzi models Lea, Patrycja, Truci
get ready for this winter that is around the corner and try free jivamukti yoga sessions at the Patagonia store in Munich. jivamukti yoga is a dynamic form of hatha yoga and will be brought to you by Manuela Salbach. it will release your tensions, strenghten your power of resistance and I guess you'll leave the session with a broad smile.
Maria Wolfsberger and me joined the women's longboard camp as filmers this year. we captured five days of longboarding, campfires, partying and miles of smiles. the girls and the team around fee bücheler, christine maier and camp daddy samy were amazing! come rain, come shine, come snow – they went downhill, slalom, they slided and danced and above all they looked damn good in their bin bags.
it is about four months ago that I travelled to Norway. it's not like that it hasn't been a mind-blowing journey than more the fact that warm and sunny days didn't feel to be the right time to reminisce about this vast and misty place. once vienna sinked in fog today I digged out my norway scans while I listened to volcano choir.
the first picture shows the one and only real travel reading on my way to Oslo – it's the summer issue of INDIE Magazine showing a spread designed by Annemarie Sauerbier. we miss you girl! I guess this was the last time that I've seen the sun for the whole next week.
after a day in Oslo we moved on to Telemark. on our way we've crossed canyons and we drove on mostly deserted roads through woods that made me feel having been arrived in the far north. after many miles we came across Gaustatoppen. from the valley the mountain looked like a snow-covered volcano and once we've been up it felt like the moon.
my mum after a long and rainy hike at Preikestolen. she climbed on mountains and went hard-to-reach places just because I wanted to. this is the moment when she beshrewed my love of adventure after our hike that took over several hours to see the Lysefjord from above. thank you for your patience and for making this trip coming true.
the last part of our journey took us to alpine regions and this was where I discovered the kind of houses norwegians spend their winter holidays at. the wooden houses form small villages next to the ski slopes and all the roofs are covered with grass. I haven't seen any bars or fancy snowboard shops like I am used to see when I am at ski resorts. this felt beautiful untouched, uncommercial and pure and cold.
the route in short Oslo – Grimstad, which was beautiful with its white and neat houses – Stavanger – Bergen, which will stick in my memories as a great small city that we reached by different ferries – Myrkdalen – Beitostølen –
and many many fjords, fjells and fisks in between that arised in the lightest light and the longest days I've ever spent.
as a child Lea Brassy was dreaming of freedom and adventurous journeys. and you know when you firmly believe in something it will come true one day. so Lea travels the world and plays around with the great outdoors today. she sails from France to Greenland, hikes above the arctic circle and names surfing as her main connection to nature. even in surfing the patagonia ambassador doesn't back off from the cold. she loves the alive nature and the loneliness of it.
as a friend of light luggage and going off the beaten track I couldn't imagine
someone more inspiring than this super natural and travel experienced young woman that embraces the simple things in life to ask about her personal travel tips. here is lea's list.
photo Tim Davis / Patagonia
be self sufficient
think about all the little things you might need in your journey and which are hard to find, and take a sample of each, to save precious time and eventually help others. ex: ding repair kit, medicines, first aid kit, organic cosmetics, all around repair kit...
respect the places
if you're camping or traveling in a country with no water sanitation, bring ecological soap with you, washing powder or shampoo in order to make sure you don't pollute the places you visit (even if locals do).
respect the people
make sure you're aware of people's clothing and behavior customs to take with you appropriate outfits and state of mind.
pack your bag, look at it, it's got twice what you need, so pack it again with half of your gear (including boards). it's easier to move around and it feels good to be light!
I found out an iphone can be enough except if you take lots of photos but it's great to carry minimum electronics too. having a low profile with less expensive belongings makes the journey even richer.
it does not mean to be in permanent contact with your community but get a local phone number in order to make organization easier with locals but also if your family needs to get hold of you, it's important.
bring on your culture
pack numerous light weight, long-life food samples from home. it's a great appreciated way to exchange with locals.
photo Tim Davis / Patagonia
thrilled by Lea's travel destinations I asked her to finish following sentences:
when I surfed the dark blue waters of iceland at midnight sun … the moment was more perfect that I dared to imagine. It will remain one of the few timeless time spaces of my journeys.
when I sailed on a polar yacht to greenland … seasickness hit me so bad I thought I'd loose it until I got used to the sea and started getting into its rhythm. It takes time to appreciate things sometimes, but it's usually the things you appreciate the most deeply.
when I mountainereed above the arctic circle … I might have shed a tear when we reached the first submit. I had never shared love on a rope and I had never watch mountains on that angle. A all new world of adventures opened to me.
photo Laurent Masurel
Lea runs a wonderful blog called simple voyage. she and her boyfriend take you to the end of the world.
sneaker heads, the sneakerness is ahead! vienna hosts the sneaker convention for the 5th time this sunday. besides sneaker beauties like the ones from the vans x kenzo collection you'll get to see the best private collections, the presentation of leading sneaker brands, an extra area for shops and boutiques like stil laden, comerc or we bandits and of course a music and streetball programme.
september 22th 2013 11 am – 7 pm former Anker Brotfabrik, Expedithalle
Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna
see you there friends of tigers, bball and multicoloured snugness.
unexplored newland is waiting for you ambitious freeride adventurers. O'Neill runs three girls freeride coachings presented by K2 and Blue Tomato this winter. you will learn in small groups about snow blanket structure, rescue excercises and how
to find your right track. pro riders and certified alpine guides will introduce you to avalanche lore and
of course you and the other girls will draw big turns in untouched
presents make me very happy, especially when
they feel like a fresh summer breeze. I can't wait to stand on a
desolate beach, watch the sun drown into the sea at my feet and wear
this beautiful dress by Billabong.
photographer and outdoor enthusiast Conny Marshaus and her drop dead gorgeous fish family striked out to the surf & skate festival in munich earlier this year. get to know how Conny put her photographs on her favourite material wood and which surface is her favourite to move along.
how's your summer so far?
pretty awesome! at the moment I am in Thuringia in a small village called Löbi, where my family lives. so far it’s been a pretty exciting year for me with lots of traveling and work.
please tell us about your exhibition at the surf & skate festival.
Flo, one of the founders of the surf & skate festival came across my lifestyle photos featuring some surf shots on my website and asked if I want to show my photos at the skate & surf art exhibition this year. I didn’t hesitate a second and said "yeah, for sure".
a couple of months prior the exhibition I already had the idea to print some of my favourite photos on skateboard decks. unfortunately it just stayed a rough concept without excecution because I was too busy with work.
I finally got to realize my idea at the surf & skate art exhibition, but instead of skateboard decks, I envisioned fish-like shapes, cut out of wood, that would serve as canvas for selected photos of mine. my brainchild "the fishfamily" for the exhibition was born.
every member of my fishfamily is one of a kind. each has a unique layout of photos, shapes and graphics printed on its surface. after I hung all ten members on the wall with ropes at the exhibition I noticed they look like fish cought in a fishing net.
how did you produce the fish boards?
I found a company that was able to print photos on wood by using a printing method called UV direct printing. UV printers cure the ink with a series of ultraviolet lamps, causing the ink on the wooden surface to be dry almost immediately after the print head has passed.
they printed my layouts on a large piece of spruce wood. with the help of my amazing carpenter boyfriend Andreas Reiber I cut the printed board into ten fish-shapes.
it's not the first time that you've worked with uncommon substrates for your photography. please tell us more about your affection for putting your images on different materials.
I love it how different materials come together and how they merge. first I started with polaroid-transfers with my 320 landcamera. normally you do the transfer onto watercolor paper but it worked fairly good on forex plates as well as wooden boards. it was important for me that you can still see the wooden structure through the pictures.
at the moment I still like to work with wood, because there are so many different kinds of wood with various patterns, structure and color, that gives each photo a uniqe background.
w – wild o – original o - object d – drop-dead gorgeous
on which surfaces do you personally prefer to move along?
in the summertime I love to be on a horse and in wintertime definitely in the mountains, just being around with my friends in the snow. these are my favourite moments.
while we edit the womens longboard camp video – uff, yes still,
summer is a bitch – a really nice video of melanie golz came out. she was one of the riders at the wlc and just won the european longboard dancing championships. wohooo!
the mix & match bikini is back and ready to shake things up on the beach. to celebrate fresh floral prints and stripes smile at your sister has a bikini for you to give away. all you need to do is to answer following question on my facebook page:
which things in life get even better when you mix them?
summer is for traveling to far-off destinations, pushing your limits, exploring new places and surfing. but maybe it's flat, the waves feel too big or you didn't get to the seaside yet. then go and grab the second issue of salted. it will sweeten your days.
the all-girls surf magazine by the editors of surfer is peppered with beautiful surf photos, practical advice and what I really appreciate a very clean and classy layout. salted was a great companion on my rainy and wrapped up days in france with its inspiring portraits of the most influential ladies in the surf world.
this gem of a magazine takes you to the icy shores of iceland, a tropical island of south china and the warm pointbreaks of mexico – all in the most beautiful shades of blue.
if you can't find the mag in your newsstand just click here for the digital version and have an adventurous summer!
Britta Burger, fashion editor and edgy twist adder of cooler magazine talks about the necessity of anarchic elements in creative projects and explains why rules are more fun than no rules. after I've worked with Britta for indie and monki magazine several times and as a big cooler mag fan it was long overdue to open the question time for the london based whizz kid.
many might know you as the fashion editor of cooler mag. what do you do all day long?
I plan the style pages for every issue of cooler, and the cover, I decide which models, photographers, writers and illustrators I should commission; what brief I should give them; which clothes I should use, everything fashion related is done in house which I think gives the mag a very strong identity. I write articles, interview people, take pictures in our new in house studio or on location, usually somewhere in London, work on the layout with our designer, do the proof reading; I normally come up with about two web stories per day, put them up on the site and on facebook, check the web stats, work with marketing and sales people on new strategies, etc etc.
when I'm not in the office I check out clothes at PR agencies, street cast, find locations, go on shoots and trips. I've started doing little video edits and fashion films too which is kind of what I have the most fun with at the moment. they're all just done on my phone, but the new iPhone is cool for stuff like that, great image quality, and it means you can be very spontaneous and film the weirdest things in the strangest locations without people even noticing.
plus I do my personal and freelance stuff, mainly photography and mainly on weekends or in the middle of the night.
how did it come that you work for cooler? do you have any boardsports background?
I saw cooler in a shop, liked it, and emailed them. my real background is in literature and languages, but I did do an MA in fashion journalism in London, initially I thought it was just for fun, but I started working as a fashion writer for newspapers and also got into styling, quite strange and I guess you could call it 'edgy' fashion stories. ridiculously edgy actually. some completely absurd stuff. I miss doing these shoots.
I grew up in the Kitzbuehel area in Austria, so I started skiing so early – before I turned three – that I can't remember not being able to ski. I tried a bit of snowboarding when it was really cool in the early 90s, but I'm a much better skier, I used to be an instructor for six seasons and did competitions as a kid. I only started surfing on cooler press trips and am a bit embarrassed that I can't skateboard.
do you think there are limits in mixing fashion and boardsports in an all girl magazine?
there are always limits, but I push the traditional boardsports look as much as possible, I go as far as I can get away with, or a little bit further sometimes. I like playing with rules, subverting them. rules are more fun than no rules, but they are kind of just a game for me, I don't take them seriously. I think any creative project should have an element of anarchy, otherwise it's just light entertainment.
in other words. what do you think about stories showing models with skateboards used as accessories?
I wrote a whole blog about this for the volcomunity page, about how cool a skateboard makes you look, even if you're a boring high fashion brand with no street cred, and how I thought I would never use skateboards for such ulterior motives. but I realised I had a whole collection of shots of models with skateboards. and not all of them can skate. which means I'm a hypocrite. but then, a lot of them can, and the ones who don't look like they possibly could. they might not look like top athletes, but that's not what skateboarding (or surfing or snowboarding) should be about. It never used to anyway. I'd much rather shoot someone who skates for fun and is into skate art and films and is part of the culture around it, maybe a photographer or illustrator, or I don't know, some street skater who invented a trick and has really good style, than someone who has no time for all that because they have to train for the X-games all day, or someone who can do crazy tricks because they are basically gymnasts. I can go to the circus to see that. that doesn't mean I don't like crazy tricks. or the circus.
you work a lot with subcultures in your photographies. what's the exciting about it for you and where do you find those people?
it's where street style comes from most of the time. or where it used to come from. there hasn't been that much new stuff since a large junk of the working class has been destroyed and replaced by a big underclass with very little power or influence. it's funny how a lot of stuff that came from 50s to early 80s working class subcultures is still re-used and re-packaged for a middle class customer. but it's a stupid, fake, 'subculture-light' version, without the poverty and the violence. people want to be credible but play it safe at the same time. I was casting boys for a 60s inspired football fashion advertorial a couple of years ago and found some great models, who were also probably grandsons of guys who went to watch the football in the kind of clothes we were shooting. the brand I was working with said the boys didn't look aspirational enough. just because they were chavy. I shot them anyway, for a magazine and a national newspaper. two of my favourite style stories ever.
and it's easy to find people like these boys, they're everywhere. they're very close to being the majority. people are too brainwashed or too arrogant to notice. it's easy to work with them too, you just have to talk to them and be open and not condescending, you'll probably have a good time with them.
I like that you show strong and cheeky girls.
you might be right when you say they're strong, I don't particularly like showing vulnerable women, I deliberately avoid it unless a shot is very beautiful or works really well for the story or the context, but even then I'd put it next to a shot where the model looks a bit tough. for some reason I prefer showing vulnerability in boys. it's less cliched. and a trace of it is very sexy.
do you feel limited in styling and taking pictures of girls all the time?
yes. I love boys. for high fashion stuff I probably prefer girls, I like weird poses and girls tend to be better at them. but for portrait stuff it's definitely boys, it's easier to take pictures with more depth, maybe because boys tend to be less good at faking it.
what was the biggest challenge once you moved to london?
it's very expensive and very competitive.
which part of london would you show your guest who is into skateboarding, markets and nightlife?
the obvious choice would be East London, there is a cool new skatepark in Victoria Park and two nice bowls in Clissold Park in Stoke Newington where you can also watch the skating action from a hill in the sun. and East London is so trendy that it's full of bars and clubs and restaurants, and there's Broadway Market and Chatsworth Road Market and then the big ones like Brick Lane or Columbia Road flower market. but it's also a bit of a cliche, and don't go there if you have a problem with hipsters. parts of South London are still marginally better, and there is a great skatepark in Brixton and a good market actually and some famous music venues, quite gentrified too though, but more chilled than East.
hej, I'm Dani and I'm art director of some shamazing fashion magazines. I'm based in Vienna and wherever my boards and desires take me.
smile at your sister is for those who are into design and who like to sleep down by the fire side, climb on trees and who love to leave the goddamn city behind them as often as they can. it's about the good things.