Today we have a guest post by Lydia, who works in wholesale customer care at Tea.
Walking into the Legion of Honor special exhibit “Pulp Fashion: The Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave”, I did not know what to expect. I had only heard that she crafted costumes entirely out of paper. Naturally I was curious. Well, my curiosity was rewarded with rooms filled with meticulously crafted, historically rich paper costumes, garments more beautiful than anything I had ever seen before in real life.
Lengths of paper are elaborately painted with patterns and carefully sculpted into garments that mirror those found in paintings hanging in museums all over the world.
Isabelle de Borchgrave working in her studio
At the Legion of Honor, each room represented a certain period in time and fashion, and I was transported into the world of the Medici family during the Renaissance, then surrounded by the fantastical and exotic designs of the eccentric 20th century designer, Mariano Fortuny.
Accompanying the paper creations were beautiful tapestries and lengths of lace. Often I could not tell the difference between de Borchgrave’s paper copy and the real thing!
After visiting this exhibit, my mind was racing with ideas for crafting my own paper creation! If you’re in San Francisco between now and the 12th of June, this exhibit is definitely worth a visit.
(all photos courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Ben Heine is a Brussels-based photographer and illustrator who was born in the Ivory Coast. His playful images capture the idea of “manual photoshop”, and while fun, also carry a poignant level of idealism.
Featured longboarders are Ana, Bea, Bego, Carla, Emma, Hännä, Jacky, María, Kati, Maitane, Maryele, Paula, Sophie and Valeria. Found on the international Longboard Girls Crew website, which is definitely worth checking out.
I don’t cook. I just draw. But if anything was ever going to get me to cook, it would be this awesome website. Recipes hidden within pretty drawings. Love it. (Make sure you check out their map, to see recipes from all over the world.)
This calendar, created by Spanish designer Oscar Diaz, uses the capillary action of paper to draw ink out of the bottle. Designed to migrate across the sheet daily, the ink fills in each set of numbers with color to represent each day of the month. Different months are represented by a range of colors – greens and yellows in Spring, and reds in Summer. The ink calendar has been exhibited at various design shows around Europe – I wish it was actually in production!
If you’ve never seen the work of illustrator Bill Zeman and his daughter Rosie, you’re in for a treat. At the request of his daughter, Zeman illustrates scenes that she dictates and lets her judge the results. Some pieces are grudgingly approved, others adamantly denied, as Rosie does her best to pull “good art” out of her father.
Tiny Art Director started as a blog, and was published as a book in 2010. While humor is the main goal of this work, Zeman also raises an interesting point about encouraging children to view art critically. Recently Rosie the Tiny Art Director has learned the best way to express something is to do it herself. How do children express their imaginary worlds? What art do they like and not like – and more importantly, why?
Cristobal Balenciaga Eizaguirre started his first fashion boutique in San Sebastian, Spain in 1918, at the age of 33. Following great success after the Spanish Civil War, Balenciaga relocated to Paris, where his revolutionary designs became hot commodities, dressing royalty and celebrities. Despite his move to France he never lost his love of Spain, and many of his earlier items were heavily influenced by flamenco dresses and historical Spanish garb.
Balenciaga never gave an interview during his career, and so for many existed as a man of mystery. After his retirement in 1968 the house of Balenciaga stopped all production until 1986, when Jacques Bogart re-opened it with the goal to create a new ready-to-wear line. Bringing designers from all over the world, the Balenciaga name is at the forefront of modern innovative fashion.
If anyone is visiting San Francisco between now and July 4th 2011, be sure to check out the De Young Museum‘s exhibition Balenciaga and Spain. This retrospective examines the ways in which Spain as a nation influenced Balenciaga’s designs over the years.