Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Love This Dress

Came across this dress in my daily fashion news by Hussein Chalayn. The Hussein Chalayan exhibition will run from January 21 until May 17 2009 at the Design Museum, Shad Thames, London SE1.
Airborne, a dress created from Swarovski crystals and more than 15,000 LED lights, and pieces from Afterwards, Chalayan's spring/summer 2000 collection, in which furniture was literally transformed into clothing.

Here are a few pieces from his spring 2009 collection that I like too
His show literally ended with a crash: the live smashing of dozens of wine glasses lined up along a pseudo-bar inset in the back of the set. While that happened, the stage was occupied by a circle of girls standing on a revolving dais, wearing molded-latex dresses that appeared to be frozen in aerodynamic motion. Each dress was hand-painted with images of crushed cars.

"It's about the speed in our lives and how it can only result in a crash," Chalayan explained, adding that the prints, which included number plates, car handles, and fenders, were "taken from pictures of car graves." The extraordinary talent Chalayan has is his ability to project something emotionally and politically pertinent onto his runway without making it oppressively doom-laden.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Paper Source

My really good friend and creative mate, Morgan (If you would love to find out more about what creative things my friend Morgan gets up to, check out her very cheeky and sassy blog at Internet Therapy), told me a month ago about a store called The Paper Source opening at the Forum in our neighborhood. Since she told me not a week goes by that I don't visit the shop at least 3 times! A Few Items I have purchased, I turned the tube map into a giant place mat for our table.

It is such a wonderful and fun store for those who love and appreciate good design, quality stationery, crafty and artsy people. And YES!! there is a HUGE difference between crafty and artsy people. I just discovered I am artsy NOT crafty. My sister-in-law's bridal shower was coming up and I really wanted to make some decorations for the shower. The Paper Source has these wonderful kits that you can put together beautiful magnolia flowers. I thought they would really be fun and add a bit to the party decorations. So I got four packs of flowers in different sizes and then spent the next 5 days making the stupid things. In the end they were exactly what I wanted them to be. The really added to the decor and were beautiful. But the time and patience it takes to make crafts is not my thing at all!! I will never be making these flowers again. I'm sticking to my art!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Fashion Week (my favorites)

Moschino for 2009

Keep forgetting to post some of my favorite shots from fashion week. There was a lot I didn't care for, but there was some wonderful items, and it makes one very excited for the clothes to come next year. By far Moschino was my favorite show. Great colors and embellishments.

Burberry for 2009

Moschino for 2009

Dior for 2009

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Holiday Items Launch

You know I haven't been posting it's due to more new art. I finally launched my holiday items. There still may be a few late editions, but the the three main paintings are done. Already thrilled to see the positive response to the new art. Here is a sample of the art as cards

The painting that is doing the best is my "Finding Winter Cardinal" I was inspired to do this piece because of my grandmother that I named my Emma after. Every year for Christmas my Grandmother (who is now 94) always sends out a beautifully illustrated card with a cardinal on it. So when I was thinking of winter cards to do, it was a given that one of them had to be with a red cardinal and a little Emma girl. It's very exciting to see that others really love it. I sent out my first print of "Finding Winter Cardinal" today and totally fitting and with great joy it went to a lovely lady Illinois (which is also were my grandmother lives)