Five artist that are inspiring me this month

September 6th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

white-stripes

The White Stripes: simple, good music. Great style theme and presence. The duo had the courage to create a simple idea and then run with it.

Sigur Ros
Sigur Ros: A band that somehow creates music that is out of this world and so unique no one could possibly recreate it. And that is something to aspire to no matter what your creative outlet is. I particularly like their live stuff and their latest video: Gobbledigook, which was in turn, was inspired by photographer Ryan McGinley‘s work (the video and Ryan’s photos are NSFW).

Bjork

© Erez Sabag

Björk: This woman has done it all, in my eyes, and continues to expand her artistic repertoire. I was watching an interview she did with Charlie Rose where she states she’s thinking about the music she can create when she’s 80. I also like the fact that her private life is so secretive, she had her son when she was 20 and she did her best work when she was raising him, I’d like to see more of that kind of lifestyle!

The reason I do photographs is to help people understand my music, so it’s very important that I am the same, emotionally, in the photographs as in the music. Most people’s eyes are much better developed than their ears. If they see a certain emotion in the photograph, then they’ll understand the music. – Björk

Brigitte Lacombe is a wonderfully pared down photographer that makes light sing! She gets such a great vulnerability and strength from everyone she photographs. Below is a photo she took of Kate Winslet, which is, coincidentally, the last on my inspiration list.

Kate Winslet © Brigitte Lacombe

Kate Winslet © Brigitte Lacombe

Kate Winslet‘s films are thought-provoking (The Holiday excluded). Heavenly Creatures. Revolutionary Road. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Quills.

Kate Winslet made me cry uncontrollably in a packed cinema (she brought The Reader to life). It was embarrassing. I could not stop the flow of salt water. I cried on the walk home then I sat down on my brown couch and cried some more. It was like the person I loved with all of me had just died, in a cinema, on a screen. I am not exaggerating – she was that fucking good in her part.

That’s all folks, for now. Who inspires you?

Killer zuchinni slice

September 5th, 2009 § 1 comment § permalink

Sent over by Sweeny, taste-tested by Tash. This three step process can’t go wrong.

time needed: 8 mins prep, roughly 35 mins cooking.

  • four zucchinis, washed and grated (skin on)
  • 1 cup self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese (I used jarlsberg)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 3 slices chopped bacon (if you’re not a vegetarian)
  • 3/4 chopped onion
  • salt + pepper
  • any herbs or veg you want to use up
  • a tiny bit of butter
  1. Coat your large baking dish with butter.
  2. Put everything in. Mix with your hands until smooth.
  3. Bake at 180 C (350 F) until crispy on top. Serve.

When I was mixing I thought: Argh! This is too healthy, where’s the butter and milk? Where’s the flavour? But believe me, it’s there. And if you like quiche lorraine, you’d love this.