APT loves sourcing natural, primordial stones for our jewelry. Here’s your guide on how to use pieces from our SS14 TAVLA collection not only for self-adornment, but also for healing. Score!
Agate spurs pragmatism and realistic thinking. It helps with self-awareness, acceptance, and confidence, and promotes overcoming of trauma, bitterness, and anger. Agate enhances mental function and clarity. It stimulates the digestive system, heals skin disorders, strengthens cardiac muscles if worn near the heart, and cures fevers if a cold stone is placed on the forehead.
our KARIOKA necklace
Malachite protects by absorbing negative energy. It encourages change, emotional risk-taking (eek!), and paves the way to spiritual growth by moving past old patterns. It helps to overcome shyness, depression, anxiety, and any emotional ish from childhood. It’s great for all ailments female, and is known as the Midwife Stone. It helps with cold sweats, malaria, trembling, Parkinson’s, asthma, and intestinal problems. It enhances the memory, lowers blood pressure, helps joint pain, and strengthens the immune system.
our BANU bangles
Lapis, the stone of truth, stimulates good judgement, wisdom, and intellectual horsepower. It encourages self-awareness, expression, acceptance, and the release of anger. Lapis is beneficial for the throat and vocal chords and helps to regulate the thyroid. It helps regulate the heart and promotes circulation, reduces bruising, and a piece heated in warm water can cure eye infections. It alleviates cramping, inflammation and migraines, and possibly helps ADD, autism, and Asperger’s.
our STARGAZER ring
Tiger’s eye is very protective and lucky. It focuses the mind and encourages objectivity and problem solving. It is balancing and can stabilize mood swings. It helps to dispel fears and anxiety, and makes us more aware of our needs in relation to those of the people around us. It releases toxins, helps repair broken bones, and strengthens the alignment of the spine.
our NVDA earrings
When gathering inspiration for our FW14 collection, the creative flow led the APT gals to the land of Norse mythology. Nerdy? Yes. Awesome? Also yes. During our research we discovered Eyes as Big as Plates, a character-driven photo collab between Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth revolving around some old school Nordic folklore. It’s so quirky and peaceful and we just love it.
If you’re looking for something sweet and and special to do with your boo this Valentine’s Day, please please please check out Hassan Hajjaj’s solo show at the Taymour Grahne Gallery. His series 'Kesh Angels gives us a glimpse into the world of Moroccan gals of Marrakesh and their motorbike gangs. These women are veiled, powerful, and adorably chic. The show is up until March 2, so get yourself there quick!
Ever wonder where the little darlings around the world rest their heads? Photographer James Mollison has created a series of portraits of children from around the globe next to a shot of his or her bedroom - “bedroom” being loosely defined here. These striking photos are neither sweet nor happy, but they are real and beautiful.
Anonymous - Age 9 // Ivory Coast
Ahkohxet - Age 8 // Amazonia, Brazil
Alex - Age 9 // Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Alyssa - Age 8 // Harlan County, USA
Nantio - Age 15 // Lisamis, Northern Kenya
Indira - Age 7 // Kathmandu, Nepal
Jaime - Age 9 // New York, USA
Bilal - Age 6 // Wadi Abu Hindi, The West Bank
Li - Age 10 // Beijing, China
Gilded mosaics of aunties and uncles? Beehive hair and flashy jewelry? Yes please! Iranian born artist Soheila Sokhanarvi has created a world filled with magical realism, family nostalgia and political undertones in her tempera painting series. This is sooo our jam.
Sometimes we just want to evaporate into a colorful cloud of magic and unicorns. Young man photographer Louis Lander Deacon captures this desire, but in a somber, dystopian, middle-of-January way. We totally dig.
Hey there trudgemuffins, get a load of these snowpieces by artist Simon Beck. He walks around in the snow for hours creating these intricate and impermanent masterpieces. Almost makes you want to go outside, doesn’t it?
Winter Solstice, coming up this Saturday, is lovely not just because it means the end of the tiresome late dawn and early sunset jam. It is also the season for pagan ritual. In his series Wilder Man, photographer Charles Fréger has captured magical stills of people fully decked out and celebrating the wintery mix.
SHOW YOUR FACE!
Hey guys and dolls, APT is going to be at the CAPSULE MARKET SQUARE all weekend with zillions of holiday treasures for sale. Stop by 82 Mercer and say what up!
We love these magical sparkly wall hangings by artist Justine Ashbee. Using metallic thread and a hand-loom, Ashbee brings us into the ethereal world of “dance rituals, fractal hair do’s, albinos, and earthships.” Check her collection entitled Native Line here.
THE PERFECT IMPERFECT WOMAN
Casey Brooks and Tati Cotliar have created a tower of female neuroticism out of teacups. We can totally identify, plus we love the outfits and the shipyard backdrop. Congrats if you can spot our ADIRI Onyx ring in there.
Photographer Justine Kurland has caught our eye, and rekindled our urbanite yearnings to escape to a fern covered mountaintop and prance around with our sisters and babies. Bring it, November!
THE MEN IN OUR LIVES
Who doesn’t love a good old fashioned male nude? At the Musée d’Orsay, there’s an exhibition paying homage to that very thing - male nudes in fine art over the past 200 years. We love their analytical approach, and the curation is just exquisite. If you find yourself in Paris before January 2, we implore you to pay a visit. No matter who you are or who you prefer, the beauty of Masculine/Masculine won’t disappoint. Take a peak at a few of the paintings on display, and definitely watch the video. C’est magnifique!
Ok, so we are a little freaked out by this. Also we are equally in awe by how amazingly weird and, uh awesome, it is. We’ve heard of foot fetishes and leather fetishes, but a silk scarf fetish? If we were ever to have a fetish, this would be it. Who doesn’t want to wrap themselves up in a thousand silky smooth [APT] scarves? We do it every day!
CUT + PASTE
Remember all those collages you used to make with your magazine cut-outs, construction paper, and some rubber cement stolen from school? Well Baltimore artiste Beth Hoeckel still makes them, and they are just perfect. They make us think of an ethereal and mythical vintage land where dreams come true. Check out these pieces from her Point of View series.