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Dries Van Noten, “Curating Inspiration”

2 Mar
Dries curated an exhibit in Paris at the Museum of Decorative Arts. “Curating Inspiration” Pulling together his own work along with that of other designers, he visually demonstrates the elements that inspires the garments.
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Would love to see this, but that is not going to happen. Here’s the link

The Gilded Festival…Building up Steam

1 Dec
Steamy!

Steamy!

received a phone call this morning, it was my long time friend Billy, he informed me that the first  “Gilded Festival”  was in town. The festival has pulled  together multiple artisans and performers  from Goth to Kilts.  All the participants share a passion for Steam-punk. I’m sure many of my readers are familiar with the term.

Table after table offered the regalia necessary to portray a diabolical mad 19th century scientist or if you choose leather clad  benevolent Fairy. It was quite a show, clockwork jewelry, skeleton keys, goggles, canes, top hats, magic wands, bustiers, even 19th century i pods. The show was small but I’m sure this show will “build up steam” in the past future.

Fabulous

Fabulous

My absolute favorite was the work of Brute Force Studios. The native Pennsylvanians hail from Harrisburg, of all places, but then again it must be fun to shake up the PA. capital especially with Corbit in the Governors seat. The pieces illustrated here are Brute Force, beautiful execution, made from leather metal [ no plastic or resin] the real thing.

Read about the Studios

 ” Owner and designer Thomas Willeford is also the author of the bestselling steampunk how-to book “Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts” (McGraw-Hill). He is best known as the creator of the mechanical arm worn by Nathan Fillion in the steampunk episode of ABC’s “Castle”. 

  ‘Thomas and his products have been widely featured on television (MTV, BBC, “Castle”, “Oddities”), online (Wired, BoingBoing, Popular Mechanics), and in print (Art Donovan’s “The Art of Steampunk”, Morgan Spurlock and Stan Lee’s “Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope”, Bizarre Magazine, Gothic Beauty Magazine, Engine Magazine). Satisfied customers include David Silverman (The Simpsons), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5), Virginia Hey (Farscape), and bands Abney Park, Ghostfire, and Beautiful Deadly Children”.

” Supporting American industries and workers is very important to us. All of our materials, including fabric, metal, leather, and acrylic are made in the United States or imported from Sheffield, England. We do not outsource any of our labor to other countries. Even the fabric is milled in Pennsylvania”

“Human and animal welfare are also very important to us. We make monthly donations to our local food bank and PAWS of PA, a no-kill animal rescue and spay/neuter group”.

Now go to the site http://www.bruteforceleather.com/store/scripts/default.asp

Check out the Festival  http://gildedfestival.com/about/

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Bergdorf Goodman’s Window Reveal

27 Nov
The always spectacular B. G. Windows were revealed this year by a team of flying acrobats. The “Holiday on Ice” theme maintains the stores tradition of highly produced, “dense with detail” display, that is B.G.s trade mark. This year acrobats flying above the crowd drew back the curtains on another Christmas installation.  No store in the U.S. does it better than the incomparable Bergdorf Goodman.

The World of Steam

22 Nov
The World of Steam, its been coming on for a while, but now Steampunk devotees have a series they can call their own “The World of Steam” Watch Episode 1 The Clockwork Heart …I'm loving this
 
 
Check Out the web site
 
Behind the Scenes
 

Mr.Repurposed, Alex Calderwood Dies at 47

17 Nov
 
Alex Calderwood founder of the Ace Hotels has died of undisclosed causes. He was an early proponent of the repurposed look that has become widely accepted in restaurants, retail stores, and home decor. His Ace hotels boasted in room turntables, Industrial fixtures and other “cheap chic” before the more widely accepted and cross generational term “repurposed” came along. Calderwood was right on time with his concept, the recession changed everything. calderwood was offering an alternative to the drop dead chic of hotels like the “W” chain. Appealing to a broader clientele, those with money who want to appear edgy and those who are really “edgy” but without the funds. A brilliant move.
 
Follow the money, the post recession retail scene has divided retail into two camps. The “haves” and the “have nots” On the right we have the designer brand driven retail stores popping up everywhere the likes of Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Coach, Henri Bendel, Restoration Hardware and Anthropologie are in every A class suburban mall. Some like Anthropolgie are disguising products made in China as “vintage” throw backs to exploit the trend in order serve a clientele that would never step foot in a second hand shop and need the security of spending too much for brand recognition. Ace Hotels transcended the cost of being “hip” he referred to them as Art projects.
 
On the left we have hundreds of dollar stores and the owner operated consignment and “vintage” shops. Twenty years ago vintage was called “thrift” and only the more Bohemian boomers (like myself) scoured them for cheap mid century. Repurposed has become the new chic, one can claim that recycling is due to a social conciousness, but behind it all is the diminished buying power of the middle class customer.[the thirty somethings with children] We are also are in the midst of a generation shift, todays millennials working for a minimum wage have no choice, but to shop H&M, Old Navy, Target or the last resort, Walmart.
 
The road to success can be a dangerous ride, for some the trip is short.
 
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Animated Paintings…

8 Nov
Need a laugh? The following animations will do it. Nothing I like more than irreverent takes at the alter of “Art”
 
 

Zoe Strauss

26 Oct

I am very proud to count Zoe Strauss among my circle of Philadelphia friends. The extraordinary Strauss family has produced under the guidance of an exceptional mother the most talented people I know. Heres to you ileen, You did a great job.

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an always remembered Thanksgiving.

 International Center of Photography in New York is showing Zoe’s  “Zoe Strauss: 10 Years,”  her moving photo history of Philadelphia through the lens, to quote,

“an epic narrative about the beauty and struggle of everyday life.”

If you are not familiar with Zoes work you should be.

The New Yorker Mag published an announcement about the event, http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/photobooth/2013/10/zoe-strauss-10-years.html#slide_ss_0=1

The Cut-Away View..

15 Oct

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The cut-away view, another victim of the age of virtual everything. As a child I was obsessed with these drawings, I spent hours carefully inspecting every minute detail. My own adolescent drawings were much the same I would draw detailed city blocks of buildings striving to include every conceivable detail. I was a strange kid, I had a penchant for disaster views, earthquakes and end of the world tableau were my favorite subjects. Many of you may know that I am still doing  fundamentally the same thing as an adult, the strange kid managed to make a career out of his childhood passions. Now it’s mostly 3D in nature but the same none-the-less.

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The Roman Coliseum

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A Spanish Galleon

Stephen Biesty’s incredible cross sections [which he draws by hand] bring back the memories of those hours spent as a child, consumed with my own ability to draw that which I imagined. I am older than Stephen, my cut-away inspiration came from magazines and advertisements. Popular Science the Saturday Evening Post and Life were a great source. The drawings I remember were mostly done by Frank Soltesz “the master of the Cut-Away” His “How it Operates” drawing are amazing, the detail is intense. Not only did he draw it imagine the amount of research it took to understand the operation, in the days before Google.

I couldn’t get enough of this sort

Ships were the best

Ships were the best

Trains were real good too

Trains were real good too

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This is where I ended up

This is where I ended up

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Too Greek for me…hit too close to home

REALLY liked this one I clearly remember seeing this,somewhere before.

REALLY liked this one I clearly remember seeing this,somewhere before.

Take a look at more Frank…http://www.flickr.com/photos/leifpeng/sets/72157600024625909/

Facade Slips Down

8 Oct
Great concept

Great concept

I really have to hand it to this town, really a brilliant concept. Not an easy project to articulate, but they did, and did it beautifully. The top story left in its original state was a sacrifice worth making to realize his concept. I do wonder how they maintained its stability, while installing the new facade  . A temporary Art installation, funded by local arts council, it’s a wonderful example of a community pulling together to resurrect the towns slipping popularity.

Take a look at the article…http://www.dezeen.com/2013/10/01/from-the-knees-of-my-nose-to-the-belly-of-my-toes-by-alex-chinneck/

Steampunk to the Max

7 Oct

This has to be the best Steampunk I’ve ever seenAwesome Steampunk Interior Design At Truth Cafe In South Africa  Bored Panda - Google Chrome 1072013 73514 AM Awesome Steampunk Interior Design At Truth Cafe In South Africa  Bored Panda - Google Chrome 1072013 73647 AM Awesome Steampunk Interior Design At Truth Cafe In South Africa  Bored Panda - Google Chrome 1072013 73709 AM Awesome Steampunk Interior Design At Truth Cafe In South Africa  Bored Panda - Google Chrome 1072013 73732 AMAll I can say is WOW.

Take a closer look……                          http://haldanemartin.co.za/truth-coffee/                                                                                        

 

 

 

 

 

 

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