"Behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern;  that we—I mean all human beings— are connected with this;  that the whole world is a work of art;  that we are parts of the work of art.”
Happy birthday Virginia Woolf.
Fabric created by the Omega Workshops circa 1915

"Behind the cotton wool is hidden a pattern;
that we—I mean all human beings—
are connected with this;
that the whole world is a work of art;
that we are parts of the work of art.”

Happy birthday Virginia Woolf.

Fabric created by the Omega Workshops circa 1915


image

London, United Kingdom

Custom Barista Apron by Dawson Denim

- 13 oz black selvage denim
- Undyed British leather
- Steel Marine D-Rings
- Hemmed by a 1959 Union Special (Apparently it’s rare to find one of these in working order, they actually had to drag an engineer out of retirement to service it) 

Dawson Denim is a young company steeped in traditional denim craft. This glossary of denim terms is pretty much their bible. The fabrics come from an old family run mill in Japan, and the products are crafted in the UK at their Brighton studio. Stay tuned for their collection of jeans launching any day now.

image

image

Color photo by Kenny McCracken at Create Studios
B/W photos by David Goldman for Jocks and Nerds Magazine


London, United Kingdom

The world’s largest plant collection and how flowers really changed the world as shown in this short by reliable storytellers at Lonely Leap.


On surviving the winter: a poem paired with holistic remedies, shared by our dear friend and healer Yona Kanzen. With love from London.

The Guest House by Rumi
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. 
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honourably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond. 
If you feel that you are getting a cold: 
Add water, a couple of cinnamon sticks, 1-2 pieces of cardamom and 2-3 cloves to a pot — bring it to a boil, simmer it for a couple of minutes and drink, you can add honey if you want. If there is any left in the pot you can keep it for a couple of days since it is concentrated, just add hot water and  drink.
If you suffer from common or severe colds:
Try taking one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.
If you have a nasty cough:
Chop an onion place it in a jar, fill it up with honey and keep in the fridge for 24 hours then take a teaspoon of the liquid every few hours (it tastes horrible, but it works!).

On surviving the winter: a poem paired with holistic remedies, shared by our dear friend and healer Yona Kanzen. With love from London.

The Guest House by Rumi

This being human is a guest house. 
Every morning a new arrival. 

A joy, a depression, a meanness, 
some momentary awareness comes 
as an unexpected visitor. 

Welcome and entertain them all! 
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, 
who violently sweep your house 
empty of its furniture, 
still, treat each guest honourably. 
He may be clearing you out 
for some new delight. 

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 
meet them at the door laughing, 
and invite them in. 

Be grateful for whoever comes, 
because each has been sent 
as a guide from beyond. 

If you feel that you are getting a cold: 

Add water, a couple of cinnamon sticks, 1-2 pieces of cardamom and 2-3 cloves to a pot — bring it to a boil, simmer it for a couple of minutes and drink, you can add honey if you want. If there is any left in the pot you can keep it for a couple of days since it is concentrated, just add hot water and  drink.

If you suffer from common or severe colds:

Try taking one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.

If you have a nasty cough:

Chop an onion place it in a jar, fill it up with honey and keep in the fridge for 24 hours then take a teaspoon of the liquid every few hours (it tastes horrible, but it works!).


London Shoreditch, United Kingdom

Photo and collage by multi-talent Anthony Gerace.

Anthony created large-scale collages for Ace London’s guest rooms this fall. Currently he’s finishing his collage series There Must Be More to Life Than This and embarking on new photo projects we can’t wait to see, including a survey of classic cinemas in London and a look at Box Elder County Utah.


 image

Daniel Speightartist and art installer at Ace London, lives on a boat in the canals of the city, where it’s legal to tether in one spot for up to two weeks and then, like an urban nomad, move onwards. He gathers supplies along the way, living in the fluid, shifting intersection between the natural and industrial worlds and watching as they change through the seasons. This life has allowed him a unique point of view on a vibrant and vital urban hub, watched from a distance — a perspective best seen in his elaborate illustrations of London’s buildings and homes, screen printed onto the fore-edges of old books. He’s a nimble storyteller, unbound to one medium or method. London Foxes, printed in full below, is his personal account of London canal life. 

Read More


According to English folklore, the first person to enter the home on New Year’s Day will bring good fortune. Especially if it’s a tall dark-haired man, accompanied by a handful of coal, some good bread and a bottle of whiskey.
Happy NYE England!

According to English folklore, the first person to enter the home on New Year’s Day will bring good fortune. Especially if it’s a tall dark-haired man, accompanied by a handful of coal, some good bread and a bottle of whiskey.

Happy NYE England!


Merry Crimbo from the front desk in Shoreditch.

Merry Crimbo from the front desk in Shoreditch.


Artist Alex Chinneck's upside down building.At 20 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY 
Photo via Huh Magazine

Artist Alex Chinneck's upside down building.
At 20 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NY 

Photo via Huh Magazine


image

Spending the afternoon exploring ISYS ARCHIVE’s What We Wore project, daydreaming our way onto the memory lanes and into the outfits of our now-neighbors, worn and loved long before there was an Ace Hotel in Shoreditch or anywhere else. 

In 1954, Barbara Ruben and her best friend Pam worked as seamstresses in Spitalfields. They waitressed together for a summer in East Sussex, and bought matching bikinis for the beach. Barbara still lives and works in the neighborhood.


Powered by Tumblr