Monday, June 28, 2010

ballet dancers and veils

Current inspiration: ballet costumes ripped and worn after a performance, a dancer's metamorphosis into a character, face covering and veils that mask one's identity, smudged unclear pastel lines of a degas drawing, imaginary creatures and beings.

all images via the Dream Walking Society

Monday, June 21, 2010

resort 2011 faves




Saturday, June 19, 2010

feathers and wings

I found this illustration that I did a while ago while I was designing my dress inspired by insect wings. The drawing is in ink and I created the background by masking the white areas and then going over the entire thing with a watercolour wash.
You can't see it too well as a scan, but it's a cool little effect that lets you get clean(ish) lines with a large wash of water that would normally be hard to control.
Anyhow... thinkin' of using it again for some new pieces...


Friday, June 18, 2010

introducing the frockettes

Annie Frockette

Brooke Frockette

Me and Annie at Frock snapped by Brooke!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

brooke part 2

So Brooke has commissioned a little piece from me and I've been busy working on it all night... I only just looked at the clock to see that it's 10 30! Already!
The piece is lookin' good so far and I'm about to add a little background interest... perhaps a faded liberty print. But I must say that I just love those freckles!

I'm wearing a blouse I stole from sister that I believe she got in Kensington market for about 10 bucks! Also wearing a pin I bought at the Worn party, and my favouritest necklace: a dark purple enamel and gold Chanel that I got in Paris.

And I felt like snapping a lame picture of my new little vintage bag I got today beside my black Joe Fresh heels that have clearly been tossed off neglectfully after having been worn all day...

À plus tard mes amis


Just wanted to post Dawn before I run off to work!
I hope she likes it!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

what i'm doing

I've decided that since all the girls I work with at Frock are just about the cutest people eveeeerrr, I'd do some little watercolour portraits of all of them!
I've been hard at work all night on my Frockettes. Here's some of my work in progress...

Annie in rough sketch form.

Brooke is barely there...

Brooke is starting to take form!

Brooke is finished!
Is she too messy?
I got kinda sick of trying to make it all perfect and just went crazy and scratched it all up. I can't tell if I ruined it. I might've.
Oh well! That's what making art is all about, I guess!

Edit: I just finished Dawn too!


Friday, June 11, 2010

what i want to wear right now

Jason Wu Resort 2011

Jason Wu Resort 2011

Jason Wu Resort 2011

Jason Wu Resort 2011

Jason Wu Resort 2011

Jason Wu's Resort 2010 collection was so lovely I have decided to wear nothing but boater hats and girlie dresses starting now.
Official uniform?

all images

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

real life watercolours

I just fell upon these incredibly moving photographs by Susanna Majuri on Lancia Trend Visions.
The ambiguity of the images makes me think of a dream that you can't remember when you wake up in the morning: all strangeness and hazy mystery.
The soft bleeding colours and dark subject matter also remind of Pre-Raphaelite paintings... like Ophelia drowning herself in a lake littered with wilted flowers.
There's something about these that just makes me want to throw on a dark silky gown and run barefoot into a forest.
And besides all that, how the hell did she create these??? How are those stunning images projected so perfectly onto the surface of the water? Perhaps this is really obvious to you Photoshop wiz kids out there, but to me it is completely mysterious!

Anyways, I just love them. Somehow scary, somehow fascinating, somehow magical.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

oldies but goodies

I must admit to having been a bad poster as of late.... I guess I've been too busy to actually make anything new to put up. So instead here are a few oldies I kinda like. They are part of a series inspired by dead insects.
Let's hope I come up with something else to post soooooon!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

I recently noticed Stretsis's lookbook on Style Bubble and thought it was just incredible.
I love the way the little platforms give the models the appearance of those tacky porcelain figurines, and the way the fabrics move in some of the images is just stunning.
The pictures themselves are a little tacky, but I feel like it still somehow works... The sugary sweet colour palette, the fake roses, the cat, the giant bow... such girlish elements, but it all seems somehow strange and ghostly when their hair is fluttering around like that.
Well, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Ps: now I want BLUE hair!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

paper craving

via Unicorn Diaries

So I have been a bit obsessed with paper sculpture as of late...
Maybe it's my inner seven year old who yearns for the days of paper dolls, cutting out those tiny little perfect outfits and folding the tabs and all that meticulous work that tiny little seven year old hands seem to be so good at.
I've always been really interested in paper (maybe it's because I'm constantly drawing on it), but I never really looked into the ridiculously huge range of creative projects done with paper.
Once I started looking, I really couldn't stop! These are just a select few of my growing collection...
I feel inspired to create some sort of paper sculpture. Maybe an old-fashioned doll house with little paper dolls for grown-ups who miss fiddling around with teeny bits of paper (although I'd hardly call myself a 'grown-up')...
Anyways. Stay tuuuned

poems found in the pages of old books on Altered Books

Daniel Sean Murphy

Benign Objects

Graphic Exchange

via Twig and Thistle

Peter Callesen

all images via Paper Crave and Twig and Thistle