Serpentine Dance Girl January 29 2020, 2 Comments
Several years ago I was attending a Renoir exhibit in the Royal Academy of Arts in London. At the same time, they had a loop of the silent film of the dancer Loie Fuller dancing on display. The film was mesmerizing. Why do I remember it today, because I recently stumbled on an article on Loie Fuller.
Fuller was one of the pioneers of modern dance. She started her career in vaudeville in Chicago. Loie developed her routine using improvisation, she created the Serpentine Dance. After not getting the recognition at home, she moved to Europe. In France, she became the embodiment of the Art Nouveau movement. This short tinted black and white silent film embodies the spirit of the art movement of the time.
Daniel Barreto's Technicolor Fabric March 06 2019, 0 Comments
I recently discovered visual artist Daniel Barreto's art on Pinterest and was completely mesmerized by his work. The way he uses color and shape is very primal and creative. Above is a recent animation of his, called Technicolor Fabrics.
(Video via Daniel Barreto)
Baya's Radical Folklore January 28 2019, 1 Comment
Baya Mahieddine's primitive and surreal art was quite radical for its time. A prodigy of her time, she had her first exhibition in Paris at 16 years old. She gained the attention of Picasso, later becoming his lover and André Beaton. Baya's work is notable with the scenes of women or nature, and the lack of men in her work. The art world at the time saw her as an outsider and a child artist, but that did not deter her from producing an extensive amount of paintings and pottery. What makes her work so eye-catching is her use of bright colors. What drew me to her art is that it revealed dreamlike and surrealist qualities in very simple domestic settings.
(Images courtesy of Grey Art Gallary, Gross & Delterz, and Trivium Art History)
Emilie Louise Fölge Designer of the Fin de Siècle Vienna November 28 2018, 0 Comments
Emilie Louis Fölge is known for being Gustav Klimt's muse and companion. However, in addition to being Klimt's lover and collaborator, she was a successful fashion designer and businesswoman. She preceded Coco Channel as a revolutionary in the fashion world. Emilie opened her salon in Vienna in 1910 where she produced avant-garde designs which included empire waist garments, wide sleeves, and beautifully designed panels inspired by Hungarian and Slavic embroidery. She favored loose bodices like modern caftans making her part of the Reform Dress Movement. Fölge's designs were successful when Vienna's retail world was split between ready to wear sold to the masses in department stores and skilled tailors that served the elite class. Her "playful approach to retail design set a precedent for contemporary concept stores like Colette in Paris, 10 Corso Como in Milan, and Dover Street Market in London" (Harpers Bazaar).
(Images courtesy of Pinterest and Harpers Bazaar via Getty Images)
Ronan Bouroullec October 29 2018, 0 Comments
Every once and a while you stumble on a work of art that really moves you. I recently stumbled on Ronan Bouroullec's work. His drawings are graphic and bold. Ronan is part of the brother design team Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. The paintings are part of his solo work. The beauty of his drawings is the fluidity of them.
(Images via Ronan Bouroullec)
Let's Go on Holiday August 08 2018, 0 Comments
I recently stumbled on Holiday magazine covers and fell in love with the graphic images. Holiday magazine was an American travel magazine that was published between 1946 and 1977. The magazine published prolific writers of the era such as Truman Capote and Joan Didion. It was launched after World War II when Americans began to travel for leisure, a cosmopolitan travel wish book with photo essays. Here are a few favorite covers from the past.
(Images courtesy of Pinterest)
Rawr! August 06 2018, 0 Comments
We love looking for inspiration for our prints. Can you see the inspiration of color from the vintage Almanaque Magazine from 1960 we found for the Lionshead print?
(Images courtesy of ecru and Pinterest)
June Groff Textiles July 25 2018, 0 Comments
I recently stumbled upon the work of textile designer June Groff. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Groff's textiles were used by leading American fashion houses. Her prints have the quality of looking like they have been hand painted, proving her excellent skill in screen printing.
(Images via Pinterest and Philadelphia Museum of Art)
Kubo Ayako August 01 2017, 0 Comments
I recently stumbled on the beautiful illustrations of the Japanese artist Kubo Ayako. Her work is bold and whimsical at the same time. I particularly love her illustrations of food. For more of her work, visit her website. It's definitely worth spending the afternoon looking at her gallery.
(Images courtesy of Kubo Ayako)
Almir Mavignier Bold Graphics October 10 2016, 0 Comments
I recently stumbled on Brazilian artist Almir Mavignier's work, and I absolutely love it. His work is bold, bright, and graphic. Born in Brazil, Mavignier studied art after his graduation from high school. He painted his first abstract painting in 1949, and in 1951 he moved to Paris. In addition to his abstract paintings, he is well known for his graphic posters which are the images that attracted me.
(Images courtesy of Almir Mavignier)