Monthly Archives: January 2011

January 27, 2011

The Horses of Spain

Horses have been an important part of Spain’s culture, agriculture, military, and sport for hundreds of years. However Spain’s most famous breed of horse would have to be the Andalusian.

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Engraving of Andalusian, 1743

 

The breed was developed in the Iberian Penninsula in the 15th century, and was originally used as war horses to carry warriors during battle. They were eventually replaced by sturdier, larger horses who could carry men in armor, and since then have become sport horses, doing anything from dressage to bull-fighting.

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This Spring we celebrated Spain’s love of horses with our Caballo Graphic Tee, inspired by the cubist art movement and Picasso’s horses:

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January 25, 2011

A New Twist on Tea

We’re always looking for new ways to style Tea. This season a few of Tea’s employees found inspiration in some of our Catalonia-inspired kid’s items, and found a whole new style for these pieces:

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Michelle (above), who works in Graphic Design for Tea, is rocking the girl’s Picasso Bowtie Shirt in size 12. The shirt ran a little short, so she layered an H&M camisole underneath. Jeans are by RVCA, Cardigan is Madewell.

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Isabelle (above) does Product Development for Tea, and is sporting the boy’s Picasso Stripe Sweater in size 12. Her scarf is from Nordstrom, and her short boots are by Rachel Comey.

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What’s your favorite way to style Tea?

 

January 22, 2011

Picasso’s Horses

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Here are a few of many of Picasso’s horse drawings & paintings.  There are many great Picasso horse drawings from 1936 & 1937 when he was doing studies for Guernica. The bottom right piece Tete de Cheva was actually stolen from a Swiss museum in 2008. Picasso seems to be very popular with art stealing criminal crowd. Darn Peirce Brosnan -  making stealing artwork seem so appealing (if you’ve ever seen The Thomas Crown Affair).

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Tea’s Caballo Graphic Tee and Picasso’s Horse Study V

The Online Picasso Project is a great place to explore some of Picasso’s lesser known works and see many of his studies.

p.s. one last great horse drawing that I can only find here.

What is Cubism?

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Cubism is modern art movement where artists represent the “total experience’ by showing multiple views simultaneously on the same canvas.  Objects are broken down, analyzed and reassembled.  Distinct characteristics of cubism include fragmented, geometric shapes, lack of depth, and multple viewpoints. Cubism revolutionized modern art and paved the way for many modern art movements.

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Analytical Cubism (above): monochromatic muted color, overlapping planes, no distinct edges

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Synthetic Cubism (above): collages, physical materials, more color, assemblage

Time Period: 1907-1921

Founders: Pablo Picasso and George Braque

Other Important Artists: Juan Gris, Fernand Leger, Roger de la Fresnaye

Media: Sculpture and Painting

Influences: Paul Cezanne, Pointillism, African Art and Masks

images:  Olga’s Gallery

January 17, 2011

Random Acts of Inspiration: Julie Morstad

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If this is your first introduction to the work of Julie Morstad, you’re in for a treat. An illustrator and artist, Julie’s work often features children and animals.

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We love her use of colors and textures! Do the dancing girls above remind you of any of the pieces from our recent Fall Collection? (Hint: here, here and here.)

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You can see more of Julie’s work on her website, and shop for prints of her artwork at her online shop.