On the Ninth day of Christmas…

Back fresh from a stint in NYC, and with over twelve collections under her belt, Australian artist Lisa Madigan’s pieces are bold, romantic and evocative. A piece from the new Kaleidoscope collection makes for the perfect Christmas gift.

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Embracing Gatsby style

Art Deco is all about symmetry and balance, so it’s no surprise that it resonates with me. It’s been my favourite period since I remember learning all about it way back in fashion college. Maybe it’s the bold geometric shapes that I love, or the lavish over-the-top ornamentation.
The Art Deco movement began at about 1908 in Europe and remained popular until about the end of World War II. The Chrysler building in New York, of 1928, is a beautiful example of art deco architecture.
What forms the Art Deco signature? Look for curved lines contrasting with sharp lines. Repetition of everything including lines, trims, shapes. Geometric versions of motifs representing nature like suns, shells, waterfalls, and leaves.
Because travel during the Art Deco period was popular, the interiors were often influenced by the colour palettes and textures from global surrounds. Think Egyptian pyramids and the types of materials seen on African safari like animal skins, ivory and mother of pearl. A typical Art Deco interior would posess bold patterned wall coverings, black and white vinyl check flooring or parquetry, linear cut fireplaces, grand curved staircases, a palette of glossy black, white, oyster and beige, and shades of green and red. Shortly I’ll be posting more about the latest Deco interiors to inspire, so stay tuned.
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Confetti System

confetti5 I love that art can exist in so many different mediums. A star-spangled-metallic-foil-like confetti display is no exception. When it comes to sparkle I’m like a magpie trying to snatch a partner, my eyes are instantly drawn.

New York based confetti artists, Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho developed a friendship through their love for craft of all kinds; working with tissue paper, cardboard and silk to build objects that form a focal point. There’s something so intriguing about the painstaking repetition and time involved in their confetti designs. I’ve been buzzing about these guys lately because they’ve recently been in Australia working on the Regent Theatre’s production of King Kong.

The fashion industry adores them, and for what is still a relatively niche idea, they have managed to lure the big brands like Lanvin, Mercedes Benz and J.Crew to their work.  Their confetti designs have appeared in the pages in Pop magazine and The New York Times amongst others, decorated sets for Beyonce and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and have added excitement to in-store displays and store windows for Opening Ceremony, Le Bon Marche and Lane Crawford- filling spaces and turning them into a textured shiny wonderland, adding fun and an almost nostalgic air to the interiors. Their work reminds me of the ultimate pinãta party!confetti1confetti4confetti2confetti3Source and Images via:

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French Revue VS. Richard Prince: Some shameless ‘inspiration’

Creative’s rip-off Richard Prince all the time… he is one of the wonder-boy’s of our generation, so it’s no wonder.
The latest to get inspired by Richard Prince’s iconic GIRLFRIEND’s images (I reported about these a few weeks back) is photographer Thierry Le Goues for issue #22 of French Revue de Modes, featuring buxom blonde bombshell Ashley Smith, and Australia’s fave tomboy Anja Kostantinova with some of the biggest hair I’ve ever seen on her tiny frame.
I’ve placed the French Revue de Modes’ black and white images on the left, next to Richard Prince’s dirty biker images on the right, so you can see the similarities.

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The making of a Prince

Prince1 copyMost fashion followers would know ‘appropriation’ artist Richard Prince best for his collaboration with Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton back in Spring 2008. In homage to the artist, Vuitton sent models down the runway dressed as nurses- an obsession of Prince’s. The monogrammed bags and hats designed by the artist were popularised by celebrities and replicated by thousands of Asian sweatshops.

Appropriation (the process of reworking another artists’ work) became popular in the 1970′s. Richard Prince’s main medium is re-photography, a technique criticized by some (Prince lost a court case with one photographer who claimed he pleigerised his original images) But my favourite Richard Prince appropriation series would have to be the famous ‘Cowboys’. Developed from 1980 onwards, the rephotographed series focuses on the Marlboro advertisements, and depict a stereotyped and often idealised American masculinity. The cowboys were painted in different mediums, but always promoted the cowboy, powerful and sometimes horseless,  across a Western landscape, complete with tumbleweed, or with different macho paraphenalia like lassoo’s and spurs. Prince became well known for this obsession with the cowboy and the remaking of the Marlboro advertisements.
But back to the nurses. Richard Prince’s sexualisation of Nurses, all in minimal ‘nursy’ garb including surgical masks,  were superimposed on to canvas via scanning and computer ink jet, then reworked with acrylic paint, similar to the covers of retro books and magazines, and with similar titles . He created characters for his nurses, playing out different fantasies. Some of my favourites are Millionaire nurse, Runaway nurse, and Surf Safari nurse just to mention a few. Richard Prince’s nurses can make some people feel uncomfortable. For me, it makes me question the subject and it’s reality. Prince2 copy

Repeating different versions of artworks of the one subject ie. cowboys or nurses, led to the idea of grouping a bunch of the images together became known as ‘Ganging’ and is a regular practice for Prince. Displaying 9 or 12 of them together makes the viewer draw a relationship between the images. Prince repeated his technique of Ganging by appropriating the images taken from a motorcycle magazine in his series called GIRLFRIENDS which featured sexualised bikie’s girlfriends draped over a chopper. When viewed in a series, the result is a fabulous 80′s mash-up of bikie-trash, the kind you’d see in the ‘Real Girls’ section of Picture.
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Trash as someone’s treasure

Life is a world of vivid colour for multi-media artist Shinique Smith. And a chaotic one at that.
What some would call ‘hording’, holding on to their useless clutter for a rainy day, Shinique Smith uses for her art. Weeding out her own closet, including those of thrift stores like the Salvation Army, she divides her knick-knacks into starting points for a new work, or uses it as a source of inspiration for another.

Born in 1971 and from Brooklyn NYC, Shinique is inspired by what we consume and discard, using this idea as the basis for many of her artworks, for which she’s won many awards. T-shirts are dyed in varying hues and tied together in gradated harmony. Anything that can be recycled, especially second-hand clothing or fabrics, are composed to form a sculpture or installation, strewn together in a variety of forms, including bales, totems, and reclining figures.

Her work is represented by galleries in 4 different countries.

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Tim Walker’s wonderland

A giant doll. A supernatural swan boat. A life-sized spitfire.
These are the things that make up Tim Walker’s magical layered world of fantasy and romance. In a recent display at London’s Somerset house, and supported by Mulberry, Walker promoted his latest exhibition of fairytale-like photographs called ‘Story Teller’, coinciding with a book of the same name published by Thames & Hudson. Apart from the obvious child-like connotations of a fairytale, Walker manages to evoke a modern sexuality to his images. These are picture’s that have you wanting to know what happens next.

Stills and motion photographer Tim Walker assisted Richard Avedon full-time in New York before returning to his home town of London. He shot his first editorial for Vogue at just 25 years old which gave him the golden ticket to more than a decade of accolades.

He has carved a ‘photographic niche’ for himself in his extravagant sets and eccentric characters, portrayed even in portraits of normally fairly ordinary people. For this reason, Walker’s pictures are unmistakably recognisable. A standard shoot for British, American, French or Italian Vogue resembles something of a  film set: trailers of hair and make-up artists,  stylists and additional costume fitters, model makers and prop suppliers, builders, producers and painters, all whilst a cast of models (clad in couture) play out fictional characters. Tim’s beautiful images below:

All images © Tim Walker

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Mason Mulholland- the trilogy

Mason Mulholland is one of Sydney’s most in-demand models. He is also an artist, using a trilogy of painting, photography and mixed media to transform images, mainly via collage (my favourite technique). His amazing canvases are so ‘statement’. Oh how I would love to wallpaper a room with his work.

Mason is fascinated with ‘motion’ and uses inspiration from modelling as inspiration for his art, combined with the luxury of travel that his job has afforded him, allowing him to explore texture, techniques, colours and new styles from the world over. Back in 2010 he completed his debut exhibition at 72 Erskine Street in Sydney called ‘Moves’.  According to the man himself  “The Moves exhibition showcased subjects who have pioneered movements in art, film, music and history, including the likes of Francis Bacon, Jimmy Hendrix and James Dean. These movers have shaken us in various ways.  We seem to need that now and then!”

More recently, he has collaborated with fashion photographer Georges Antoni and other creative types in the WABI SABI exhibition currently showing at Sun Studios. I was blown away by some of Mason’s work on show there.

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The Neo-Expressionist

It is a rarity for a boy at age 11, to be fluent in French, Spanish and English. It is no wonder then that this same boy would go on to become one of the coolest and most recognised artists of the 20th Century.
Jean-Michel Basquiat started his career as a graffiti artist in New York city in the late 70′s, using images and words to ‘illustrate’ through his art, the social conversation of racism, class struggles, politics and power. Often, it was centered around one single figure, with the focus on the head- a contemporary synergy of poetry, drawing and painting in various mediums. It was often quite scribbled, doodled on and collaged. He dabbled in television and music before 1980, when Basquiat met Andy Warhol. The two eventually collaborated, and Warhol became his mentor. He died in 1988 of a drug overdose, but Basquiat’s art lives on, and is referenced in film’s, literature and music (Jay-Z is a fan!)

Below are some images of Basquiat’s work:

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Le Monde D’Hermès

Below are some beautiful new images from Hermè’s Autumn-Winter 2012 catalogue ‘Le Monde D’Hermès’  photographed by Julia Hetta.

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