Archive for June, 2009
Belts are an often overlooked and under appreciated accessory (shoes and bags get all the attention). Yet, a great belt can make you look slimmer, pulled together, accentuate curves, and add bling to an otherwise bland outfit. A thick black belt on a black dress instantly narrows the waist and highlights your curves. A hip belt on top of a tunic will draw the eye down. A skinny belt on a low-slung trouser makes you look polished. But the belt is not just about the silhouette. Think of your belts as pieces of jewelry (or art to wear). Look for unique designs, styles, fabrics, and big buckles. Try out corset belts, hip belts, ethnic styles, red crocodile, green python, zebra print, etc. These are the kinds of belts that you can add to a white dress, a black dress, or jeans and a T-shirt — and in seconds the look is transformed. (excerpted from The One Hundred by Nina Garcia)
Fabric is the canvas on which Kay Chapman creates her limited edition hand-dyed clothing. When you wear a Kay Chapman you will feel special and, above all, beautiful.
Kay is a fabric artist and wearable art clothing designer who shows her work in galleries and boutiques nationwide. A native Californian, Kay has a BA in design from California State University at Northridge and has studied various dyeing techniques in Kyoto, Japan.
She works primarily on natural fabrics: silk, linen, cotton and wool. And she works with bamboo fabrics as well. Pattern and color are applied to the fabric using direct dye techniques. Fabric is usually stretched over bars and painted with either fiber reactive or acid dyes using foam brushes. Dyes are then set by steaming. The fabric is then washed and rinsed and ready to be made into the garment.
Kay creates styles which flatter a woman’s body and are easy to wear.
Laura Jean McLaughlin, ceramic artist, grew up in Pittsburgh, PA in a family of 11 children. She always wanted to be an artist but was encouraged to go to school to be a Medical Technologist. After taking her first clay class the last semester in school she discovered a new passion. Marc Leuthold, a ceramic artist fresh out of grad school, took Laura under his wing and helped her get into graduate school at WVU for clay with a full scholarship. She studied at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, ME, Penland School of Crafts, NC, West Virginia University College of Creative Arts and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Now Laura is a ceramic artist who sells her work to over 80 galleries, collectors and designers, throughout the U.S. and abroad.
LAST MINUTE UNCOMMON GIFT IDEAS: metal wine holders, ceramic wall art, unique wall clocks, graphite sculpture, silk ties, metal sculptured candle holders, handcrafted wooden letter openers, etc.
If you’re a creative individual, it’s very likely that you have an affinity with both fashion and art. But these two categories are not necessarily mutually exclusive. When clothing is created with an artistic temperament and an innovative eye, that piece of clothing transcends simply being a vest or coat, and it truly becomes like a piece of art.
As such, it’s very likely that you’re interested in this wearable art clothing, because it’s a great way to express your interest in both arenas. But what makes clothing complete that jump from clothing to art? First and foremost, it needs to use carefully selected, luxurious, and color conscious fabric. Just as an artist carefully chooses paint for an oil on canvas, so too do fashion designers pick their fabrics. And don’t forget that the cuts must also be innovative, unique, and different.
“I like to move fast, and wearing high heels was tough, and low heels with a skirt is unattractive. So pants took over.” ~ Katherine Hepburn
The first big rumblings of women wearing pants occurred at the end of the Victorian period. Ladies were getting a bit tired of heavy full skirts, corsets, cumbersome padding, bustles, and those multi-layered petticoats. Realistically and figuratively the garments were trapping women, keeping them down. Bloomers were soon introduced. Named after feminist advocate Amelia Jenks Bloomer, the outfit consisted of a knee length full skirt worn with full cut trousers underneath. Bloomers did not really become popular.
Then came World War I. Women had to go into the factories to work the jobs of the absent men. They pulled back their hair and pulled off their skirts. Loose pants and pants similar to riding pants became part of the work attire.
Hollywood put their stamp of approval on pants when Marlene Dietrich donned a pair in the movie Morocco. A style icon, Katherine Hepburn inspired the trouser pants in the 1930′s and 40′s. Then, in 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany’s was released. The world began to mimic Audrey Hepburn’s costume of black capris. Gauchos became popular in the late 1970’s and seem to be back in style again.
NOW wearable art clothing adds a whole new dimension to styles, fabrics, colors and textures.
Chrysocolla (hydrated copper silicate) is a mineral. It is of secondary origin and forms in the oxidation zones of copper ore bodies. Associated minerals are quartz, limonite, azurite, malachite, cuprite, and other secondary copper minerals. It has an attractive blue-green color and is a minor ore of copper. The druzy form of chrysocolla is a beautiful Robin’s egg blue. High quality, gem grade chrysocolla can be translucent and is highly prized.
Though used as an ornament stone in wearable art jewelry, chrysocolla is also known to have healing and protective properties.
The goddess stone empowers female energy and inspires creativity. It encourages self-awareness and inner balance. A symbol of beauty, love and harmony, it is a stimulating stone with healing properties. It releases stress, grief, sadness and fear, and is balancing to the emotions and the mind. It also promotes peace and joy and is thought to be lucky.
Attitude is the strongest and best accessory because the way you look depends on the way you feel.
… and if your wardrobe could use a few new items, visit the Gallery Five collection.
When Mark and David combine their individual artistic styles, the outcome is extraordinary. Their metal sculptures embrace both abstract and realistic elements, resulting in a line of imaginative yet familiar creatures. Delightful personality and fantastic motion bring each piece to life. All sculptures are hand-cast in high quality solid lead-free pewter and meticulously hand-finished. Mark and David’s work can be found in galleries, museums and fine retail establishments in the United States and abroad.
We hand-sculpt the original design out of clay. The clay piece is fired and finely sanded. Our intensive two-mold process begins with a hand built RTV rubber mold. We sink the clay model into this low vacuum mold to ensure that a detailed impression is made. Next, we inject molten pewter to produce metal models. We then hand-build an intricate multi-piece black rubber mold that fits around the models like a 3-D puzzle. Through certifugal casting, 450 degree molten pewter is hand-poured into the rapidly spinning mold, forcing the liquid metal in to create the finest impression.
After cooling, the pewter sculptures are removed from the rubber and cleaned with hand tools. Next, they are dipped into a natural oxidation solution and meticulously hand-polished on a finishing wheel. Hand-painted enamel eyes and other colorful accents bring each piece to life. A protective clear coat laquer seals in the finish for a lifetime of enjoyment.
It’s time for another Father’s Day, and as always, you want to get the perfect gift. To save you the hassle of having to deal with the crowds at malls, shop online this year for a special handmade gift for the fathers in your life – one-of-a-kind or limited editions, such as hand-marbled silk ties; ceramic, glass and metal art; handcrafted clocks; keepsake boxes, photo frames, and graphite sculptures.
Along with your gift, you can cook a special dish which is your dad’s favorite, you can prepare a family album with your dad’s favorite family photographs, or you can write a special Father’s Day letter. Enjoy.