Cards in the Making

These past few days I have been enjoying recycling my old watercolours and drawings and giving them a new life. I love making new things out of old things and coming up with interesting colours combinations. So those cards will be for Christmas time I an I wanted to share some of them. I am quite excited since it will be the first time in years I can be off at Christmas and enjoy it with my family and it will be hot as I will be in Brazil! Wourou! so excited!image-11photo 3-16photo 2-19

 

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Yes Marc Jacobs did it again, a very New Yorker show, full of personalities interesting and loud.  I found interesting how now you can follow how you feel and express your self in how you dress and not necessarily follow trends. He is saying my yourself, ( as everyone else is taken!) and be proud be unique from a positive side of being individual and thats what find so cool and refreshing. Each girl is different and is allowed to be. Also the prints are wonderful and again all have different influences. It adds a richness to the clothes that bring them to life. So in fewer words, I LOVE IT!

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Flowers collection from different gardens I have been or even from streets

So I hope you’re enjoyed my first youtube video, and I am already planning some more! Today I am going to share photos of gardens, flowers I have collected over the years (and overcrowded my iphone tremendously!). Ok so you know I am obsessed with flowers… I found all these images as I was having a tidying up of my phone and computer and felt compelled to share them with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

IMG_1214These gorgeous small roses are from Holland Park in London.IMG_1442IMG_1444IMG_1446Some roses I just had to photograph outside my friend’s building, she was late so I was waiting outside and those roses in full bloom were just so beautiful.IMG_1532IMG_1533IMG_1539IMG_1554IMG_1569IMG_1571I saw and visited this wonderful and magical garden last summer, I was invited to a friend’s wedding in the Sussex and stayed at a B&B near by. The Morning after, the owner gave us a tour of the garden. Bearing in mind I was hangover, and (now I can tell you…) I lied & called in sick to stay for the brunch that day (a very british wedding tradition that I love!) and as a bonus saw this incredible garden, life couldn’t have been better!IMG_1898A beautiful rose I saw at the Brompton Cemetery while I was drawing and painting a while back there. I used to live very close by, such a charming place in it’s weirdly unique way.IMG_2570IMG_2576IMG_2578These wonderful flowers are from my friend’s kitchen! She works for a Japanese restaurant and they have those in the window, but as soon as they stop blooming they would throw them away! So she would take them home and put them in her kitchen. She has magic green fingers because all of them would bloom tremendously again and again. And now her kitchen is filled with the orchids, she has no where to put them! IMG_4948IMG_4958IMG_4965IMG_4972IMG_4973These more recent photos are from the New York Botanical garden in the Bronx. I went there to see the Frida Kahlo exhibition, and also wandered about it’s so big and beautiful. You get lost in there. I especially loved the pond with most enchanting lotus flowers. There were incredible. I will soon do another post on this trip to this very special place that is the New York Botanical garden.

watercolours & first ever youtube video!

Ok as I went bang on about youtube last time, I thought I should give it a go!

And my friend let me tell you it’s time consuming! I struggled for a while but then imovie finally gave me a hand and now it is finally uploaded!

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So here it is my first video on a safe subject for me that is my watercolour and drawings. I am quite excited now (although exhausted!) and already thinking to try harder videos (well much harder to make) on makeup, fashion…

I want to make one on the clothes I brought here in New York, and how I team them up maybe? Not sure how it’s going to go yet, you will see soon enough…

Here is the address of the store I mention in the video,

Couleurs du Quai Voltaire, 3 Quai Voltaire 75007 Paris France

Mood

I have been enjoying a refreshing Hampton’s break this past weekend, I had a blast! It was just wonderful! I will do a post soon on the house where I stayed, especially on the garden! I loved it so much!! I had a lot fun painting and drawing there.

As a little side note here, I have also been thinking seriously to join the Youtube sphere, as I really want to have more of my own videos featured on the blog. Videos are such a great way to showcase my drawings and talking about their location, inspiration all that stuff.

I recently got into Youtube way more as I have no TV and been hooked on many videos on make up, wardrobe style and all that… I think I could do really good one myself, no offence but some are just bad although lots are amazing as well. I am thinking to do some on my wardrobe, on my shoe collection (I do have some beautiful ones..), on my vintage finds, ok I do have lots of ideas on this and I am actually very excited to start this video idea. Although I kind of have no clue how to physically do it but will try hopefully very soon. So watch out youtube!

This post is way over due! I have now finished my professional studies at Parson’s and these are the result, or as they called it my mood boards.

I discovered this amazing thing that mood boards are! (the annoying thing is printing out all the online images though! but Pinterest is here to the rescue!) And it’s such a great way to organise your thoughts and ideas and makes everything a bit more, how should we say.. professional?

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I had as you can see I had three themes, the first is florals, (almost in your face florals!) with inspiration from Matisse Paintings, some photos of actual flowers, some editorial piece on florals with graphic accessories, (stripes and floral bit trend coming!!) a vintage dress found on Instagram, and the amazing tulip dress by Celia Birtwell, and some of her beautiful drawings. Finally a photo of front book store I went back in Paris. I really liked how the image is cut up in the stripes. I actually used that cut up technique on the localised print that you see on the two girls with the jumper. I have used that stripe idea into my other board too.

Here below I put the three printed looks that are on the boards but are quite small and hard to see.

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Then my second board is also floral but more artsy? More bohemian perhaps? I looked at this exhibition of Van Gogh flower painting and I love his irises so much! I love the bouquets and the movement of the flowers falling. I have also looked at a painting by Pierre Bonnard, at his use of colour (LOVE HIM!!). I have also included a painting by Vuillard, I really like the mix of print into this small cramp space that he created onto his canvas. I added a magazine clip of look more bohemian with all over prints.

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So here are the images with my flowers inspired Van Gogh,and the looks from girls with my prints.

pantalon 2 tenpull yellow 3 skirt straight 1 pull yellow 2My last board was the most difficult and more rushed that the other two. I had fewer item on this and my teacher pushed to do more on this one especially and experiment with new ideas. He wanted me also to use fabric and try paint directly onto the fabric. It was challenging but fun too. I didn’t work as much on the actual print as I had very little time.

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So on this board I included an article on the Paul Poiret first perfume, called Nuit de Chine, dated 1913. I saw it at the Met exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass”, and was fascinated by this idea of what is exotic. My teacher also recommended me to look at this artist called Erte. I have inserted many of his work into this board. I put as well a drawing (also found at that same exhibit) from Yves Saint Laurent on his idea of the perfume Opium.

All of those prints are localised and from the fabric I painted upon it. It’s a new experiment for me as all my print start from a drawing made on paper. But I will definitely use that technique again!

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Voila, I hope you enjoyed this post and more to come very soon!! Enjoy xx

India or the Met follow up

So this the last follow up from the Met that I have currently. I have been to a few other exhibition since then, but I wanted to share those wonderful intricate textile from the exhibit at the Mat called, Sultans of Deccan India.

Such a richness, and incredible details in those fabrics. I had to share it with you. I just love the patch work feel on some of them, and all the little characters doing different things…

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Met follow up….

Ok so I’m afraid there will be many follow ups. So this was taken while in class last tuesday, as we went to the Antonio Ratti Textile Center that reside at the Metropolitain. You have to make an appointment but it’s so worth it.

These underneath are samples made for men’s jacket from the 18th century (if I recall correctly) Those embroideries samples were made just for those men’s jacket. How incredible!

I do appologise for the poor quality of some of the photos… (there were taken rapidly and I wasn’t considering sharing them with you.)

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My new obsession has taken the form of the Metropolitain museum (or going repeatedly to it), or as the New Yorker call it the “Met”. I excuse myself for the million of photos in advance as there is too much much to see, and be inspired. I actually even decided to have several post from that museum as I have by now gone three times, (trust me there will be many more…) and too much to share in one post. So I went the first time to see the very much talked about exhibition China Through the Looking Glass. I have since re-saw it twice properly. It is just so rich wonderfully magic a “bewitching” exhibit. However I also went to see a one room exibit that is the Van Gogh flowers and specifically the Iris flowers (been my favourite flowers..) I had to see it!!

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This room was mostly John Galiano and the headpieces were Stephen Jones. IMG_4539IMG_4542This stunning ensemble is by Cristobal Balenciaga 1955-56 IMG_4837IMG_4537

On the left American Robe a la Polonaise 1780-85 on the right French Robe a la Polonaise 1780IMG_4842

IMG_4476 Jeanne Lanvin Robe de style Spring Summer 1924IMG_4826IMG_4819 Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture Autumn Winter 1977-78IMG_4471

Jeanne Lanvin Evening Jacket 1936 – 1937IMG_4544 Jean Patou Dress 1920’sIMG_4545 IMG_4563House of Chanel Karl Lagarfeld House of Lesage Dress Autumn Winter 1996-97IMG_4567

IMG_4500 Chinese Shawl early 20th CenturyIMG_4506IMG_4529 Spanish Shawl 1930IMG_4530

IMG_4524 Cristobal Balenciaga Evening dress 1960IMG_4525 IMG_4526IMG_4533Jean Paul Gaultier Ensemble Autumn Winter 2010-11IMG_4534IMG_4517Cristobal Balenciaga Evening dress 1962IMG_4519IMG_4496Most of the rooms there were showing extracts of films that influenced the west idea of china. The films were selected by the director Wong Kar Wai, they made real sense in the exhibit. I so need to find a dvd rent store to watch all of those! Here is the actress Anna May Wong, she was so stylish and elegant!  IMG_4848

Yves Saint Laurent Ensemble Autumn Winter 1977-78

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So there you have it! so much to see and take in! I am going to post soon some more on another exhibit I saw there too. For the moment enjoy! xx