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7.19.10

katherine bowman

Loving Katherine Bowman’s handmade rings with their soft, organic lines and old-world feel. I imagine the priestesses of Avalon wearing this kind of rough hewn gold. Very earthy and magical!

Posted at 10am on 7/19/10 | 2 comments | Filed Under: art & artists | read on

6.29.10

home tree

Looks real, but not sure. Found.

Posted at 10am on 6/29/10 | 2 comments | Filed Under: art & artists, photography | read on

6.21.10

everything i need is where i’m going

Brandi Strickland. (Via)

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6.4.10

the swing

I’d come across lots of intriguing images from Yinka Shonibare’s show at the Brooklyn Museuma last year, but somehow missed his version of Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s The Swing. (This pieces looks infinitely better lit in the shadows rather than under stark white lights.) Love the flying shoe!

*Note: in this exhibit, Shonibare created tableaus that combined African style fabrics with European fashion and art to make a statement about how the “African experience has long been a part of Western culture, even if it has been barely depicted on canvas.”

Posted at 10am on 6/4/10 | 1 comment | Filed Under: art & artists | read on

5.25.10

made by hand

Here it comes! From the ridiculously talented Pia Jane, her new book in the (growing) *made by hand* series… it arrives June 1. I’m so looking forward to my (armchair) trip to Amsterdam ^_^ !

This is the second Made by Hand guide by stylist Pia Jane Bijkerk. The first, Paris: Made by Hand, received an ecstatic reception around the world from magazines such as British House & Garden, Vogue Living, and Martha Stewart Living, and on dozens and dozens of design blogs from design*sponge to decor8. Amsterdam: Made by Hand takes readers to dozens of boutiques, studios, and workshops offering not only newly created items fashioned by hand, but also vintage objects and found objects that may have been reworked by a talented artist. Also included are shops providing exclusive European supplies if you want to make your own objects: fabric, vintage silk tassels, yarn, handmade buttons, flowers in feathers and silk, and more. Pia describes her book the best:

“As a stylist, I am always on the lookout for objects that are distinctive and alluring—which is why I adore all things handmade. Amsterdam: Made by Hand is an insider’s guide where you’ll discover Dutch ateliers tucked away on the cobble stoned backstreets of the old canal district, and boutiques that Dutch designers and stylists have kept well-hidden inside their black books. . . until now. Between its pages you can expect to find woodworkers, flower artists, jewelry designers, dressmakers, ceramicists, and more: with the backdrop of Amsterdam’s beautiful canals and wonky buildings, you can expect to see this quaint old city in a whole new light.”

Posted at 9pm on 5/25/10 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists, books & writing, photography | read on

4.30.10

eye gazing

Have you ever looked deep into somebody’s eyes? For hours?? I have a bit of experience with eye gazing and find it to be absolutely fascinating! A few years back, I first tried it with a group of strangers as part of a meditation retreat. We made two lines facing each other, sat on the floor, and moved like a conveyor belt so that we each had five minutes of eye gazing with everyone in the group. At first, staring deeply into the eyes of a stranger in total silence made me want to laugh and look away (desperately!), but after my initial embarrassment, I began to ride the waves of the experience. Embarrassment would melt into moments of peace. Peace would merge intense curiosity. A few times I felt something primal, almost dangerous, arise inside of me. There were also moments of intense, intimate connection with these strangers. Yet, whatever I was *connecting to* lay behind their eyes, a presence that looked back at me through them with recognition. A few times this connection would further morph into the experience of looking into a mirror – as if I were looking at myself looking back at me. The whole experience was trippy. I loved it, even though there were moments of supreme discomfort.

A lot of mystics believe that eye gazing (or soul gazing) is a gateway to enlightenment. There are even therapeutic practices that utilize eye gazing for healing emotional trauma. I totally believe in its power and wish I remembered to practice it more often. I think it’s especially helpful for people who have issues with intimacy or deep discomfort with the self. Sometimes I’ll practice it with Peter when I’m feeling overwhelmed or dislocated. It grounds me like nothing else.

This is my long-winded intro to a viewer participation piece called The Artist is Present which can now be “seen” at the NYC MOMA with performance artist Marina Abramović:

Have you heard of it yet? Here, Marina sits at a wood table and will stare into the eyes of whoever would like to sit across from her, for however long they’d like. If you choose to sit, a photograph portrait will be taken of you while you stare into Marina’s eyes.

Some critics have called the piece self-important (blah, blah), but after looking through the portraits of anonymous museum patrons who stare into Marina’s eyes, how can you not think this is profound?? I’m completely captivated by these stranger’s faces and the emotions (or lack thereof) that can be seen in their amazing eyes!

Over here, a gossip blog collected pics of celebs who’ve sat with Marina, but infinitely more interesting (if you scroll down) was their mention of a female patron who, styled as Marina herself, proceeded to sit with her for 600 minutes. The woman called it a performance piece of her own. (Like something out of a Charlie Kaufman film.)

That same blog highlighted another museum patron whose sat with Marina nine times and counting. Sometimes he cries. You can see him here if you scroll down.

If you’re intrigued enough to go through the portraits on Flickr, you’ll notice that Marina herself is often crying. One can only imagine what she is seeing and processing in all of these faces, especially, the repeat sitters. Exhausting!

Here are some of the more powerful portraits I came across. Notice that below each portrait is the number of minutes each person sat. Some people only sit for two minutes and others sit for an hour or longer:

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Posted at 10am on 4/30/10 | 4 comments | Filed Under: art & artists | read on

4.27.10

organic inspiration

I devoured Abigail Doan’s blog this evening.
1. thracian headpieces
2. Ceca Georgieva’s green leaf jewelry
3. tatting
4. headpiece by mandy greer
5. fiber installation in Iran

Posted at 11pm on 4/27/10 | 1 comment | Filed Under: art & artists, blogs, environment | read on

4.10.10

she-pirate

1) anne wood 2) pamela love 3) from here 4) Emily Miranda (via NGFM)

Posted at 3pm on 4/10/10 | 5 comments | Filed Under: art & artists, fashion | read on

4.8.10

perfume

Weird. Just last night I pulled Patrick Suskind’s Perfume off the shelf last night thinking I might re-read, but the binding is horrid and the cover is so ugly that it discouraged me. Today, I come across Perfume’s gorgeous new cover design by Klaus Haapaniemi.

Posted at 10am on 4/8/10 | 2 comments | Filed Under: art & artists, books & writing | read on

4.7.10

conor harrington

I’ve come across this image several times over the past few weeks and finally decided to investigate. It’s the work of the “post-graffiti” artist Conor Harrington who mixes classical painting with urban etch. Love his his stuff (made even more impressive being that he does not use stencils.)

Posted at 12am on 4/7/10 | 1 comment | Filed Under: art & artists | read on

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