It’s impossible to know what cities would look like if women’s needs were included in the decision making process from the start. However, we can get a glimpse of changes cities can make when redesigning it so that it serves women better. Take a look how some changes they made in Barcelona.
If you’re in need of a splash of color during this grey season, take a look at this interview with Camille Walala. She reminds me of Hundertwasser, but using bold geometrical patterns to brighten up the world, instead of organic patterns. Even though I prefer Hundertwasser’s houses, I strongly wish more municipalities would have the guts to let Walala, or like minded artist, spruce up certain areas. One of her latest projects was to design the House of Dots for Lego. If only I could have brought Daughter to London…darn you covid-19!
P.S.: we now have a direct train connection between Amsterdam and London. I hope to be able to use it (safely) in 2021.
When it comes to book design, Irma Boom is one of the best. I’m not in the book design business, so I hadn’t seen her work or heard her name before I saw a short video during the Adobe Max event. Her work is simply amazing. She studied in Enschede at the AKI, the art school in my former home town, but she decided she was not good enough to become an artist, creating something out of nothing. Then she got introduced in the world of books by Abe Kuipers and figured out she was a (graphic) designer instead.
The video I saw during Adobe Max is not available, but there are other videos available on Youtube. I recommend watching those of the Louisiana Channel (by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art). Boom: My Manifesto for a Book, Irma Boom Interview: Passion for Books and A tribute to Coco Chanel.
MoMa has bought some of her work. That does qualify her as an artist, don’t you think?
Ever since you blogged about seeing the documentary on Taylor Swift, and disclosed being a fan, Miss Americana was on my to watch list. I never really listened to Swift’s songs. I put her in the box of teenage artists singing about teenage heartbreaks. Swift was a girl when she first made it to Dutch radio and her songs were too sweet for me. But girls grow into women. That’s what the documentary Miss Americana shows. Taylor Swift is no longer a girl, but a woman who dares to take ownership of her own life and artistic content. My respect for her as an artist grew by watching the documentary. Afterwards I browsed through her albums and listened to some of her albums. I definitely prefer her latest three albums. They sound like an adult musician. And folklore, her pandemic record released this July, is a real gem. Thanks for disclosing your admiration for Taylor Swift, Peter. It made me put Swift in the right box, that of great female artists.
I produced another episode of my podcast (in Dutch). As always I was looking to find a song or sound that captured the mood of the interview. During that search I stumbled upon an artist from Mali (the person I interviewed lived in Mali for a number of years). Rokia Traoré. Her latest album, Né So (Spotify), is now in my favorite albums list. Of course it’s copyrighted material, so I couldn’t use it in my show (unless I’m willing to overpay massively for a song for my tiny audience), but instead I linked it in the show notes. And here for you.
I can wholeheartedly recommend Hannah Gadsby’s show called Douglas which was recently added to Netflix.