Saturday, December 26, 2009

Modern Day Relics

She's defiantly got charm, but this jewelry designer has witt!
Elke Karmer is probably the coolest girl in town with her super luxe, super fun resin creations! I'm loving here cleaver adaption of the fossil/stone like resin, with the Flindstone-esque enlarged 'gems'. The blending of synthetic materials with a natural aesthetic and cut, is a wonderful and modern move in jewelry.

I find here works elegant, sophisticated with a definite spark of comic enthusiasm and playfulness.


All images are from her web page:

Walking on a Dream

Man Ray, 1936, 'Portrait of Dora Maar'

Louis Vuitton Campaign

Two artists which I LOVE: Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton and Man Ray.
What I find even more amazing and overwhelming, is the ability of artists to change and appropriate ideas for our current cultural climate! I mean, we now live in a world of designer labels and fashion industry giants, so it's no surprise that artists apply their talents here!

I am totally in awe of Louis Vuitton's last season's woman's campaign; as it seems to me, that is has taken on many techniques from the Surrealist photographic genius, Man Ray. While it's not copping, but appropriating, I like how this campaign still uses the solarization technique, but with vivid colour. Creating the ideal dream and magical landscape for the current shopper!!!


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Dulac Discovery

When I was thinking about what my first post should be, I pretty much immediately thought of this illustrator!

On the last day of Uni, when I finally return all those piles of books that I've been renewing for the past 4 months, this book just entranced me! Like something out of an adventure movie, this Illustration book was glowing on the shelf!!!!

Edmund Dulac was one of the most highly successful illustrators of his time, along with Arthur Rackham, W. Heath Robinson and Howard Pyle. His works between the years 1905 and 1918 established his outstanding talent, and his Oriental and Arabic influences set him apart from his contemporaries.

What love most about Dulac's illustrations is his ability to create lush, exuberant and bejeweled surroundings, that have beautiful fluid line work. While the content is extravagant and so exciting, a balanced competition is still created. The strong Arabian influence, and Art Nouveau line work are both styles which I deeply admire!

So here are a few of my favorite works by Edmund Dulac:
Book: DULAC, edited by David Larkin, Introduction by Brian Sanders, 1975