Friday, January 29, 2010

Out of Focus

Here are a few more images to go with the Floral Focus trend. These images are from the Vintage Fabric group on Flikr.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Floral Focus

Here is another trend we are seeing for Spring........ Floral Focus. Maybe it should be called Floral Out of Focus. Soft, blurry, out of focus florals were seen all over the runway. They either had a blurry photographic feel or a watercolor bleed look. Colors are soft with accents of photo blacks and/or brights. Here are a few pieces from our vintage collection that go along with this trend.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

In the Realms of the Unreal

This past weekend we also watched a documentary from our Net Flicks queue. "In the Realms of the Unreal," a documentary about outsider artist and writer Henry Darger. Henry Darger was a janitor who created another world when he was in the locked away inside his apartment. No one knew what he was doing in there, but when he passed away, a treasure trove was found. He wrote a 15,000+ page manuscript "In the Realms of the Unreal," along with several hundred illustrations. He also wrote an autobiography of 5000+ pages. If you have a chance you should check out this documentary. It is quite interesting, makes you think twice about those around you that go unnoticed.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Inside Daisy Clover

We have been hooked on our Roku Box, which lets us watch movies from Net Flicks anytime we want. This weekend we watched a movie from the 60's called "Inside Daisy Clover" staring Natalie Wood, Robert Redford and Christopher Plummer (the father from "The Sound of Music.") Is is a down on your luck rags to riches, star is born story. Daisy is a teenager living in a trailer with her not so all there mother (played by Ruth Gordon of "Harold and Maude") on the boardwalk in Angel Beach. It is set in the 30's but the costume design and set design is heavily influenced by it's current day, 1965. Costumes were designed by Edith Head. The 1st part of the movie she is dressed in a sweatshirt and khaki's that are so perfectly distressed. She also sports a sweet pair of dungarees later on. She then sends in a recording of herself to a Hollywood studio head and is discovered and whisked into the dark yet glamourous world of the pictures. There she meets Robert Redford's character "Wade Lewis" a cynical movie star. There are some crazy surreal scenes from the movies she shoots....a circus clown act and a sparkley 60's space number. The music was composed by Andre Previn and was quite interesting, at times sounding horror movie-esque. Not sure who designed the sets but there was some over the top Hollywood Regency style. Check out the the style in the picture of Redford below. The movie was directed by Robert Mulligan who also directed another cool movie from the 60's "Up the Down Staircase." I am not sure how many stars I would give Daisy, but it was definitely interesting and fun to watch, especially some of the surreal movie scenes.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Paul Klee

Paul Klee was not only a painter, but also an influential educator at the Bauhaus School. He was also extremely influential in the field of color Theory. He produced the Paul Klee Notebooks which was a 2 volume work collecting his lectures at the Bauhaus and essays he wrote on Modern Art. Here are a few pieces from his days at the Bauhaus. His use of color is genius.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Anni Albers Ingenuity

While teaching at the experimental Black Mountain College in North Carolina, Anni designed this jewelry with items found at the local hardware and 5 and dime. The above necklace is made from ball and chain and bobby pins, the below are of gross grain ribbon and washers and bolts. So resourceful as well as amazing design.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Anni Albers

Anni Albers was another influential designer and artist who trained with Gunta Stolzl and Paul Klee at the Bauhaus school. There she met Joseph Albers and the 2 were married. This couple went onto to be a major influence on design as we know it today.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Gunta Stolzl Rugs

Here are a few rugs woven by Gunta. Wish we had one of these!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Gunta Stolzl

Gunta Stolzl was a German textile artist instrumental in the development of the Bauhaus school's weaving workshop. These are initial designs for some of her weavings. They are just as impressive as the actual weavings. We got to see this one above in person. I was majorly coveting it. Made me want to get some graph paper out and get to work. Here is a link to a site dedicated to her. It is quite comprehensive, with lots of great pictures.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Workshops for Modernity

Last week while we were in New York for the Directions show, we took some time out to go check out the Bauhaus exhibit at MoMA. It was quite amazing and inspirational. Looks like others have been taking some inspiration as well. Here is a little mood board I put together as well as a few pieces from our collection. You can see more pieces from our collection that go with this theme in the "preview" section of our website.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Art of Dyeing

Here are a few images of the art of dyeing in action. The image above is of natural dyes from the Mysore Market in India. The artisans below are indigo dyeing in the ancient dye pits of Kano in Nigeria. These pits are over 500 years old! The 2 last images are batik artists at work. The woman is practicing the art of Indonesian Batik. Not sure where the man is from. Wish I had some of those dye pits in the back yard and some bowls full of natural dye.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

African Batik

Here are a few images of the ancient art of Batik, wax resist dying, from the Ananse Village website. They are hand produced in Africa.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ghana Tie Dye Part 2

Here are a few more tie dye images from the Ananse Village website. These are hand dyed in Ghana West Africa.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ghana Tie Dye

Found this tie dye at Ananse Village. It is a website for the store located just north of San Francisco. The store specializes in supporting small scale production by talented craftspeople from Africa. While these pieces are not vintage, they are utilizing ancient hand dyed techniques.