Blogger's Favorites -- Lucia of Paper Weight

Every once in a while, I have the privilege of posting a Blogger's Favorite list from someone who I not only admire on the Internet but is also a soul-sister in real-life. My dear friend Lucia falls squarely into that category, and she is truly spectacular friends.

I am so enamored of/impressed by/obsessed with her blog, Paper Weight, that I filch images from it regularly. It's smart and quietly opinionated and thought-provoking and artful and beautiful and a little edgy...Basically it's pretty much the embodiment of Lucia.

So without further ado, herewith Luicia's favorites. Enjoy and have a splendid weekend!

stacks. I love the implicit order of stacks -- stacks of books, stacks of towels, stacks of papers, stacks of dishes, stacks of pancakes, stacks of napkins, stacks of wood, stacks of chairs -- vertically fending off chaos.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They were a mighty pair. Their approach to changing the world through interventions of tremendous beauty, and their creative partnership and vision, have shaped the way my husband and I think about our own work in the world. I can't say that we don't try to emulate them on a regular basis. Our motto is basically WWCJCD: "What would Christo and Jeanne-Claude do?"

heirlooms. Growing up, for every special occasion or milestone birthday, my mom gave me something of hers, pulled out of a special drawer in her dresser or from the china cabinet: scarves for my unruly hair, a charm bracelet, a clutch for parties, a ream of pink damask silk bought by her grandmother, a tarnished tea service, wooden and tortoiseshell napkin rings. Her entrusted gifts taught me to treasure things with a history. Subsequently, as an artist, memory is the thing I think about most.

creative clutter. I grew up in an academic household with professor parents that accrued massive piles of teaching-clutter around their desks and reading chairs. While it drives me a little nuts that I've inherited their habit of saving everything, I do feel inordinately comforted by the sight of scribbled-upon legal pads and books full of margin notes, paperweights and paperclips, as well as coffee cups, cups of pens that don't work, and the ubiquitous unsharpened pencil. (Louboutin's workspace photo via Ivan Terestchenko)

Juliette Binoche. Graceful, fiery, measured and brilliant. My favorite role of hers is in the movie Bleu, by the Polish director Krzysztof KieĊ›lowski, where she plays a grieving widow with an exacting poise and unruliness that is just phenomenal art-making.

rooms like this. I love a room that's part white and crisp, part worn-out, lived-in, loved. (image via eco stylista)

reading to kids/kids reading. Gosh, I love to read to my littles, especially books full of impossible adventure and heroics (which is probably why they're all obsessed with sword fighting and horses). Even more than I love read to them, I love to walk in on them lying on the floor engrossed in a big old fashioned book.


Jane Flanagan said...

I love these favourites. Juliette Binoche is so wonderful! Off to check out Lucia's blog now. Thank you both for sharing!

nicole lelacheur said...

I follow Paper Weight and I absolutely love her blog. It's always filled with unique things. One of my favorites!

Heather Peterson said...

Love this list-thank you.


Anonymous said...

beautiful list.

nelya said...

So good I read it twice. Honest.

As for the stacks, I have the very same compulsion and I love the way Lucia was able to capture it in words.

Ana Degenaar said...

First of all I love her name. Lucia was my aunt's name and I have always thought that only amazing people are given that name. Second of all, she unique and her blog is extremely captivating. Love her.

jack, lucy, finn, dot, martha, and rocky said...

as expected, i love this list.
oh, stacks. loved every word of it.

Sweet Pea (formerly Alice) said...

I have to agree with every single thing she's chosen. Bleu is one of my all time favorite films. I prefer homes that look lived in, as opposed to the pristine... I only wish I knew Christo and Jean-Claude!

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Kate said...

What a great list! I may have to pilfer from Paper Weight myself.

Hope that you're well, and that the madness of the past week has subsided!

martha twain said...

Lucia is all things good.

Melissa@Julias Bookbag said...

Aloha!! I just 'discovered' you and your lovely blog!(how cute are your girls?? SO DARLING!!) I'd love it if you came and discovered me as well over at http://www.juliasbookbag.com/, I write about children's books and your girls look similar in age to Miss Julia! come see us, we're TOTALLY fun :)