When I attempted to live in London, visiting Ken's stall at the Broadway Market was a neat Saturday morning activity......well chosen clothes and shoes pitched with narrative glee and tailoring suggestions. Pictured here looking like Mick Fleetwood in the company of shawled ladies.
Our friend Kathy is managing these sublime pop rascals, during the tour they dropped by WFMU to record a live set. Calm Me Down, a Human Expression cover from the session could be my new favorite song.......stream tracks here. An Ariel Pink album, to be recorded with this new (and awesome) band line up is on the cards....thanks KR!
Finally saw The Exiles today at the Hammer Museum, I've been curious since seeing clips in Thom Anderson's Los Angeles Plays Itself. It was screened with Kent Mackenzie's short documentary Bunker Hill, filmed when he was a student prior to making The Exiles, the films as a pair representing two very different social demographics and alternate speeds of life on Bunker Hill in the late 1950's. It's a beautifully shot film, politically and cinematicaly ahead of it's time.
Homemade outdoor kiln, cemented into a driveway in Mt Washington, LA. POSTALCO stationary, from Japan, on display at South Willard, LA. Someone's awesome idea as to how a planter should really look, involving marbles and sea shells, just missed at Rose Bowl market last week.
Some more Indigo and vegetable dyed, Japanese Boro cotton pieces. The first two shots are front/back of the same super thin indigo piece, fine stitching and also some moth handiwork. Second piece is a heavier homespun cotton in a beautiful warm plaid (Koshi) design, found locally - with thanks to Ryan and Kelly!
Possibly my all time favorite market finds here, again from Rose Bowl today. First four shots are of a Boro/Sashiko farmers garment, beautifully constructed from indigo dyed cottom, layered and loaded with repairs and additions for warmth. It becomes this dense collage which is almost Encyclopedic in it's cotton indigo/vegetable dyed variety. The last two shots show dyed indigo cotton/hemp pieces with limited repairs and well proportioned for future scarfs.
'For some time within Japan boro was regarded with shame because these utilitarian textiles are strong evidence of rural Japan's impoverished past'.
All American type items from Rose Bowl today. 1950's rayon/polly cotton quilt, nice color scheme eh?. Deadstock Vietnam Tigerstripe Camouflage jacket with bellow pockets and crisp tag. USN WW1 deck shirt, light green herringbone cotton. Raglan sleeve sports t-shirt, deadstock 1960's. Red, White and Blue striped deckchair, 1950's. Articulated workshop lamp, brings the light to you!.