Category Archives: Art

Tat[too] much?

The process of deciding what want to embellish my skin with has been going on for the past few years. Now I’ve finally found a concept that I could fall in love with. I say ‘could’, because I’m not totally satisfied with any proposed final product yet.

I started out with an idea and I thought I had it down. Then I started drawing and the possibilities became endless. Feels as though I’m back at the start. Ever feel that way? blegh

Could just stop being so petty and get it done, but then I’ll miss out on the journey of finding things for it to entail. The journey is more enticing to me. It has to be a work of art. I wouldn’t just want to slap any old image on.

Hopefully it gets done before I die. lol. Imagine that fail.

Attempt 2 at the key

The things I am sure about, is that the heart locket must be unlocked and that the key must have all the symbolism it can hold. Oh and detail. As much as possible. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

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Japanese rice art!

Seems all things Japanese and wonderful keep making their way into my life. This time my surprise came in the form of an email from my boyfriends mum.

Again it involves Japanese art. Hooooda-thunk-it!

Japanese farming villages have decided to take on a different approach to making their farming efforts unique. Aomori prefecture village of Inakadate, has earned a reputation for its rice illustration which was planted for the first time in the summer of 2009.

Sengoku Warrior

How do they do it? Well, if you are a Farmville player (hehe) you will know that rice comes in different colours. Farm workers need to strategically plant the rice in position, so that when it grows the colours paint a picture. The faster the crop grows the faster the illustration emerges.

FROM THIS…

Team work does wonders

TO THIS…

Can you see the image emerging?

TO THIS!!!

The final product

AWESOME!

See more images here.

In my last post about Japanese art I referred (and linked) to a famous historical artwork by Hokusai called the Great wave… If you recognise the image above and didn’t know why, there’s your explanation. It seems the Japanese realise that the rest of the world has an interest in this piece. They sure know talent when they see it.

I want to know how long these planting sessions take to plan! Congrats to the Japanese, innovation comes so easily to them!

Recreation and  productivity at the same time. Like a dream…It’s like finding a job that you enjoy.

I’m going to try it on my Farmville farm now! I’ll let you know how it works out 😉

My art obsession confession

Contrary to popular belief, the first nations to make use of printing were the Chinese and Japanese in the early 1800’s.

Woodblock printing is the name of one of the techniques they used. As the name suggests they made use of wood to paint on and then press onto paper with. The technique was used mostly for art forms and in Chinese Buddhist temple books.

One of the artists in Japan to make use of this technique was Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). He is mostly remembered this beautiful painting of a wave in front of Mount Fuji which he called The Great Wave Off Kanagawa. Click on the link, you won’t be disappointed!

I’ve never studied art, which is kind of weird, because I’ve always found it really fascinating. So, when I came across the years of historical paintings and prints that Japanese artists left behind… I just couldn’t stop searching for more and more to feed my hungry eyeballs with!

THEN I found Fuco… and became obsessed.

Fuco Ueda is undoubtably my favourite artist at this point in time. Her work is both unethical and non-sensical, but at the same time captivating and freakishly awesome!

I can stare at these prints for hours on end…

Click here to go to http://www.fucoueda.com

I love her work, because it gives me a dreamy feeling. The detail of the girl’s hair in the images make me want to draw over them with precision and all the concentration I can offer. I could think up a story for every one of them.

This woman has the imagination of an old ‘twisted sister’ soul with the talent of a rainbow god.

I really don’t have any better words to describe her.

Pam Grossman, author of Phantasmaphile, had the following to say about Ueda’s work:

“The heroines of Fuco Ueda’s paintings are often on the brink of danger.  These beauties are at once victims and agents.  But whether the threats are self-inflicted or not, they make for fierce and beautiful narratives.”

Click on HERE to read Fuco Ueda’s bio and to see more of her work. It’s fantastic to see how she’s grown as an artist in the past decade or so. While you’re there would you mind purchasing and mailing me a print or two? hehe

So now it’s your turn…who is your favourite artist and why?

Add links to images please! I’m the one with the hungry eyes…

Pieces of me…

WHIMSICAL

quirky, unpredictable, playful, spontaneous

COLOURFUL

vivid, bright, interesting, lively

LIBERAL

free-thinking, open-minded, tolerant

Cirque du Soleil magic

Today I want to share with you the amazing costumes and attire of the circus act Cirque du Soleil

Anyone who has seen one of their shows is bound to highlight the theatrical style in which they dress. No penny is spared in creating a visual experience never to forget! This is art in fashion at it’s very best!

Photo: Al Seib Costumes: Dominique Lemieux

Notice the amazing make-up? Every show produced by Cirque Du Soleil is created around a specific theme. The latest theme for their 25th Birthday celebration act in 2009 was “The dream continues”.

The first show of theirs I ever saw was broadcast on television and it was called Alegria (meaning happiness or joy). Alegria was created for Cirque du Soleil’s tenth anniversary and marked their transition from the traditionally bright circus into something excitingly unconventional. It’s definitely still my favourite for the amazing fashion and overall spirit. Here’s a short extract of the show.

Cirque du Soleil is more than just a circus act, it’s a Quebec based company with more than 4000 employees worldwide who represent 40 nationalities and speak 25 different languages. They’ve come a long way from a group of 20 street performers in the early 1980’s.

1983- LA FÊTE FORAINE. A gathering of street performers, it was inspired by the communal spirit of the 1960s. Photo: François Rivard

Cirque du Soleil are planning on publishing a book about the contribution and passion of the talented costume designers and craftspeople that became part of their family through the years. The book will feature costumes of it’s shows. I am definitely in the que to get me one of them babies!

“Cirque du Soleil’s mission is to invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions of people around the world.”

Wonderfully artistic and well worthy of praise! I love Cirque du Soleil, what do you think of them?

Web 2.0 clothing innovation

Juan Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, Billabong, Nike, Springleap? Clothing labels. Some are famous for their creators and some for their innovation in a field.

Since web 2.0 and the integration of social media and branding  has become such a popular topic I thought I’d join the party and share with you the community that is Springleap.

Springleap.com is a clothing label, currently dabbling in t-shirts, which has embraced the use of the internet as far as it can manage.  Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, a blog forum, a photo gallery and online competitions are just some of the methods they use to get people involved with what they do on the net.

The main way to get involved is to choose the winners in their t-shirt design competitions. Huh? Yes, you choose the winners via a voting process in which you grade each and every design submitted to the specific competition.

The best part is that you have the opportunity of telling the designer EXACTLY what you think of their work. Believe me, it can get hot in there.

If you’d like to risk your alias and your pride for a shot at a few thousand bucks, you could design a creation of your own and submit it too.

If you’d like to be a part of the action subscribe to the website and have a look around. You will find links to their Facebook and Twitter profiles on the homepage.

Here’s one for the Star Wars fans, because I am your father…the image is linked…u may click on it my son…

Me in the "Who's your Daddy?" tee by a designer named DotNot.

Happy Crowdsourcing Sorcerors 🙂

Recreational drugs

Did you ever hear that the creator and writer of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, took LSD before he began to write?

I heard this rumour years ago and since the latest hype about the release of Tim Burton’s film edition of the book, I eventually decided to find out whether it was true. (Click HERE to view the official film trailer.)

The original edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first released in 1865. LSD was only synthesised and discovered by Albert Hofmann, accidentally (imagine that), in the year 1943.

Consequently, LSD or acid was only produced an entire 78 years after Carroll wrote the story about Alice in her dreamy little world! Myth BUSTED!

Although Carroll could not have possibly been an ‘acid bunny’, further investigation showed that he DID after all use other narcotics in order to fuel the creativity of his mind. He was known to have smoked opium, ‘pop’ liberty caps and indulge in the ingestion of psychedelic mushrooms, to be precise.

The use of illegal substances is no secret in many genres of artistic trades. Modern society has ever increasingly given recreational drug use an unashamed status of acceptance among world famous musicians, sculptors, fashion designers and painters.

I find I embrace the creativity produced by our generation and those before it, even though an artist’s methods may be ‘induced’ by drug abuse.

How do you feel about the recreational use of narcotics by some of the most amazing artists the world has ever known?