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Wanna trade?

👥 HELLO BEAUTIES, MAKE YOUR FAVOURITE PROFILE AND SHOW IT.

cecilia nava

A few days ago I received two art pieces in the mail from a college friend I haven’t seen in years. He originally reached out to see if I was selling any of my artwork.

Rather than sending me cash, I proposed a trade: how about we trade something you make (i.e. art, poetry, whatever) for what I make?

It keeps things interesting but also keeps me from monetizing my work. It was an idea I took from an artist my friend Katherine met.

So, although he has never shown his work to anyone, my friend JC agreed to send me two of his pieces (and was okay with me sharing them).

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I was amazed. Each piece is well composed, which is something hard to do when you’re pulling together very different elements. His pieces kind of give an air to Feist’s album artwork for The…

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DIY Áo dài váy đụp + Áo choàng Cô bé quàng khăn đỏ

💟 HELLO BEAUTIES! IT’S TIME FOR VIETNAMESE PINK INSPIRATION.

An Chi's Blog

Chào mọi người,

Mọi người đừng lo hôm nay lại phải xem tiếp “cái bản mặt” của mình nữa nha, vì post này mình chỉ khoe 2 sản phẩm vừa ra lò cho cháu gái 6 tuổi thôi 🤣.

Thứ nhất là áo dài Tết. Trước khi may mình có lên vài mẫu và gửi mẹ bé xem, chốt lại mẫu “váy đụp” (mẫu 2).

Vì là “váy đụp” nên mình thiết kế tà thẳng nhỏ để lộ ra được nhiều váy hơn. Hơn nữa, màu váy hồng sen khá nổi nên mình muốn nó là điểm nhấn trên nền áo màu hồng nhạt. Còn cổ, nếu may cổ tròn cách tân dễ vận động và thoải mái hơn nhưng mình chọn may cổ truyền thống để ra chất áo dài VN, nhưng làm cổ thấp lại và rộng ra để bé dễ chơi đùa.

Thứ nhì là một cái…

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Helene in a Fur Coat

💦 🎨 WELL DEARS, TODAY WE’VE GOT A WORK BY FAMOUS RUBENS. THIS NOT EXACTLY A BATHING FASHION OF 17th CENTURY 😊

k. Rawson

The Fur ("Het Pelsken") by Peter Paul Rubens, 1630s

“Let it slip from your shoulder my kleine bruid.”

Helene blushed. The negotiations had begun an hour ago, leaving her petticoats in a pile on the divan, her corset slung over the chair, and her red dress on the floor beneath her like a rug. Only the fur was left.

“But husband, people will see this painting. The Janssens. The Duponts. The mayor.” Her breath hung in a cloud in the chilly studio.

He tilted around the easel to peer at her. “Indeed. And when the Lady Janssens’s raven tresses have gone gray, when the mayor’s bones have turned to dust in his grave, and when the mortar has crumbled on the Dupont château, and the last stone falls, you will still be fresh as dew. You will forever be the meadow bloom of the sweetest May morning. You will be immortal.”

She let the coat fall to her…

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Gorgeous quilts by textile artist Bisa Butler

👘 WELL DEARS, WE ARE BORN NAKED BUT AFTER WE’RE CROSSING A FULL LIFE WITH CLOTHES IN CONTACT WITH OUR SKIN. TEXTILE ART IS VERY IMPORTANT TOO.

Knitigating Circumstances

I was completely blown away when I saw Bisa Butler’s latest works in a photo article in the Guardian last weekend.  These quilts, with the subjects drawn from old black-and-white photos of African-Americans, are gorgeous – so completely full of life and colour.  The artistry is amazing and the fabrics are fantastic.

Here is the piece called Broom Jumpers:

Bisa Butler 1 photo copyright Bisa Butler; from Guardian article 19th October 2019

If you check out Ms. Butler’s Instagram account, you can see that these quilts are very large, and totally stunning.  I am taken with their vibrancy, with the skill of the artist, with the exuberant fabric, and with the subjects.

Here is one called Dear Mama:

Bisa Butler 4 photo copyright Bisa Butler; from Guardian article 19th October 2019

According to the article, Ms. Butler is currently exhibiting at the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.  If I was anywhere near New York…

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Gift – Inktober2018 Day 28

🌈 WELL SUGARS, OUR SISTER FLOREVA HAS A GIFT. A GREAT SKETCH. ENJOY!

Café culture addict

Well, for Inktober’s prompt is GIFT, so yes, I did end up drawing a gift, although I wanted to be more dark and draw a bomb being dropped, with a big ribbon, and a tag saying “welcome to democracy” .

But I refrained from doing it, because it would be so utterly cynical, and it could be so dark and depressing. And we need joy rather than gloom…

So, hands offering a gift , and the bow opeing its wings like butterflies do..

Enjoy!

Gift - Inktober2018 FV_1

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The way we dream in the digital age

🔘 WELL LOVELIES, THIS IS NOT EXACTLY MANGA. IN MY OPINION IS BETTER.

The Humble Fabulist

In Japanese

Red-Eyed Tribe, 2000
Digital ink-jet print
Chiho Aoshima, b. 1974

With no formal training in art, Chiho Aoshima made her debut as an artist with a series of digital prints that were created by her masterful use of Adobe Illustrator. Originally designed as an advertisement for an Issey Miyake fashion show, this work features red-eyed nymphs in a fantasy land. 

”A member of Takashi Murakami’s Kaikai Kiki collective, Chiho Aoshima is part of a group of young Japanese artists whose work investigates-and indeed is fueled by-Japan’s obsession-inducing anime and manga culture. Aoshima uses Macintosh illustration software to produce cartoon-like images that merge traditional elements of Japanese art with the latest computer design techniques. This large digital print appropriates the traditional Japanese handscroll format to create a surreal landscape of biomorphic shapes, flying caterpillars and inverted mountains. Aoshima’s world is inhabited by red-eyed females in contemporary (circa 2000) Japanese…

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Embracing the community

🐦 WELL DARLINGS, CAN I STAND ON YOUR SHOULDER ❓

Beryl's Adventures in Artland

Part of what I would like to achieve through my blog, is a conversation with other people who are having a go at art. I want to pick their brains, to learn from them and share their experiences. Social media makes this so much easier, opening a window to a world of artistic talent, enabling conversations in which no words are actually spoken and bottoms remain firmly on sofas.

It’s weird. It’s a bit intimidating how much amazing talent is out there. It is also, frankly, totally bonkers. I have lost hours this week watching hundreds of little videos. If I’m honest, only a few will actually enrich my life. Time-lapse videos showing the art process from start to finish are great. I have already learned lots from watching watercolour tutorials.

But then there’s the dark underbelly, that I wasn’t prepared for. I have watched more videos dedicated to mixing…

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