Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Beauty and Burlesque

*beauty : the quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit.

*burlesque :
theatrical entertainment of a broadly humorous often earthy character consisting of short turns, comic skits, and sometimes striptease acts.

There is something appealing about beautiful delight that doesn't take itself too seriously. Frivalous and frilly and sumptuous and lush. Fabrics play such an important part in all of these qualities - they provide the texture, glow, volume and joy to the character of the beautiful burlesque. They wrap beauty in clothes.

These previous images are from the famous burlesque performet Dita Von Teese. www.dita.net

Rose and Plumbago I 2001

Afternoon Delight III 2005

Rosemary Valadon provides such sumptuousness, femininity and voluptuousness in her paintings. I can hear the rustle of the clothing and want to touch and scrunch the flowers.

Here's what was said in the introduction to her exhibition 'The Divine Burlesque' -

"“I am interested in recording women’s experiences, and why and what shapes us,” explains Rosemary Valadon. “I use myth, fairy tales and psychology, which inform our subconscious selves, and try to show this in a visual manner. I also love drama, dressing up, trying out other selves.”

“Rosemary Valadon takes us on a journey into the theatrical world of fairy tales and ancient mythologies that examine the politics of gender and identity. Her work is clearly concerned with the place of women in the space of affection, power and social control,” explains exhibition curator, Rod Pattenden."
- http://www.gtcc.nsw.gov.au/page/page.asp?page_Id=1314

And you can't go past Lacroix for theatrical beauty.

These images are from his Fall 2007 collection found here - http://www.style.com/fashionshows/collections/F2007CTR/complete/thumb/CLACROIX
and his official site is here - http://www.christian-lacroix.fr/


Sunday, January 6, 2008

In Montana

I am in Montana. I have not thought about weaving other than the gifts I wove for family for Christmas. I return to Australia this week and will be back working on Fybermotion and some production work . Its snowing today!
Here a a few photos of Whitefish Montana, where I am staying.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Bug Art

I went for a bush walk the other day and came across an absolute delight! An entire Scribbly Gum forrest! I adore Scribbly Gums, I think probably since reading May Gibbs' 'Snugglepot and Cuddlepie'. According to the story they are bush creatures' messages left on the trees.

Standing in the middle of a whole forrest of them, I imagine a mass of little conversations around me. In such a quiet place it seemed very noisy!

After a little trip into childhood memory I went looking for May Gibbs on the net - and discovered you can visit her house Nutcote. I'd post some pictures but am too worried about copyright.. so sad! Here's a link tho.

But back to the bugs! Apparently the squiggles are caused by a particular type of moth larvae that inhabit the scribbly gums Eucalyptus rossii and E. racemosa. The CSIRO has a great page on interpreting the scribbles. There has been a lot of recent research as to which bug it is, but the scribbles become thicker as the grub grows.

This moth photo is from the CSIRO site here.

Hmm... imagine if all our newspapers were actually written by a bunch of never-seen grubs that evolve and then fly off leaving us with their scribbles to read. A new take on the legion of monkeys theory.

The marks they make are very beautiful in their quasi-random way and do inspire me - each one is different - I spent hours in that forest!



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