Aestheticise

Some style.

Written and curated by R. Sinclair

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  • November 27, 2013 10:26 am

    Hard Art

    I run a lot, because my body needs to be pushed.

    Feeling exhausted but happy is a truly great feeling.

    Some art reveals the effort it took to create it in its appearance. Sculpture is one form where this is often the case.

    The materials used in the creation of this art have a big part to play in this.

    Look at this Bog Oak Bow Tie:

    It’s made from wood. I don’t need to talk about the skill involved in this, it’s obvious.

    From making simple household objects to all manner of clothing and so much more, woodwork is everything from easily accessible to seemingly impossible.

    It’s one form that is tactile, whether you touch it or not.

  • September 13, 2013 11:29 am

    It Starts With Art

    I’m a fan of life, which means I’m a fan of Art.

    Simple projects such as that inspired by Jen Bekman’s slogan “Live with art, It’s good for you!” are easily loveable. If you’ve ever had the fun of trying to convince a nay-sayer that art is worthwhile, projects such as this are a blessing. 

    But as a fan of life, and a fan of art, I like to be challenged.

    Listen to Ornette Coleman’s “Free Jazz” is challenging. Enjoying a Jackson Pollock can be challenging. I deliberately selected those two references because of their connection.

    Appreciating a Mark Rothko, is challenging.

    Enjoying art every day is different. It can become ‘normal’ to the point where people don’t realise they’re “using” art.

    Take the item below as an example: an every-day object with purpose, but with an artistic angle. Interesting? Life is interesting, and art is.

  • June 17, 2013 2:07 pm

    Stoic Style

    Fashion is not “trends”. Well, not all of the time.

    It’s important, in my view, to reveal some of yourself in how you appear, even if by revealing only little of yourself, you are revealing 10% of your personality that has something to announce, and 90% that is more private. 

    We’re not all peacocks (he writes on his blog, which he hopes people will visit, read and share).

    Being “true to yourself” is an oft-repeated maxim to live by. Stoicism can be a tool to help you achieve that. It’s all about incentive, motivation and choice.

    1. Are you doing what you want to be doing?
    2. Are you being who you want to be?
    3. Are the choices you make revealing you as the person you are to others?
    4. Do you give a damn?

  • April 12, 2013 4:42 pm

    On Fashion Writing

    Is fashion writing all boring?

    Are images alone enough?

    Is combining images and music better?

    Is still photography always going to be the best way to showcase fashion?

    Which dates more quickly, video or stills?

    I have questions.

  • March 29, 2013 1:38 pm

    Considering Personal Economic Change

    As part of my aim to do things properly, I have to face changes to that which I did before.

    When it comes to behavioural change, much of that is driven by desire. Desire is not as independent as you might think —you can influence desire by pre-empting certain events that affect desire: by choosing to be somewhere, choosing to agree to something, choosing to buy something.

    Money is our vote in the economy.

    If we buy low quality food, we’re voting for poor health.

    If we buy lots of mediocre items, we’re voting for mediocrity.

    So here’s a statement I’m getting behind, in the name of “change”:

    Spend wisely.

    It’s very simple: buy less overall, buy items that truly meet a purpose.

    It has taken me a certain amount of living to get to the point where I can tolerate the choices I make - that is, I can now be happy with buying less because I can appreciate what I’m buying.

  • March 22, 2013 12:14 pm

    What’s Your Favourite Colour?

    Here are some colours that I like. Diversity is important, but seeing clothing in these colours and not wanting to wear it is a rare thing.

    "What’s your favourite colour?" is one of the first questions you ask on a regular basis as a child. It’s still an important question to me.

    Seasons come and go, but some of these colours last through every month.

    We may all have been identified at distance by the colour of our clothing. Colour is mood, statement, fancy. 

    Colour is everything you want it to be, or everything someone else wants it to be.

    orange

    red one

    red two

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  • March 15, 2013 4:09 pm

    British Manufacturing, by Mamnick

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    British Manufacturing, long in decline so we’re told.

    "Current economic crisis". Depending on your point of view, British manufacturing may have been in a critical state for some time.

    Is there room for small manufacturers to create quality goods in the UK to be sold domestically and exported? 

    Perhaps that’s a different question, one belonging to mass production manufacturing.

    Thom Barnett’s Mamnick is working with steel and creating quality accessories.

    If you’re romantic, it’s exciting.

    If you agree with me that these items have the attribute of decency, it’s reassuring.

    Mamnick.

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