this is my sartorialist attempt at photographing street style... I spotted this woman and her lovely jacket at the Long Beach flea market this past weekend. she very sweetly allowed me to take a photo of her and she said she made the jacket from all her flea market finds! love the pompoms and just about everything about her style, don't you? so fun.
sure, a picture is worth a thousand words, but these home movies from Roddy McDowall's personal archives are pretty telling too. it's fun to see the fabulous in such a casual manner, not to mention what they're wearing!
in another (reluctant) attempt to say goodbye to summer, I give you these videos from a summer in 1965...
featured: Paul Newman and his Busch beer and short white shorts (!), a plaid swimsuit looses a strap, red gingham paper plates, raucous volleyball playing, pretty Jane Fonda in a pretty yellow bikini
featured: captain's hat, funky dances, Lauren Becall giving sultry looks, cute playsuits and pretty parasols
here's to hoping our weekends have at least a little of this vibe!
born in Pennsylvania in 1900.
attended Philly School of Design for Women (now Moore College of Art and Design).
took a summer course in portraiture, where she met her future Cuban husband Carlos Enriquez.
when, as she put it, "they expelled [Carlos] for not doing much more than taking evening walks with me, I left also"*.
has a nervous breakdown and later attempts suicide after her husband and second daughter leave for Paris (not enough money for all to travel together).
trouble starts with Carlos and Alice's relationship. She starts dating Kenneth Doolittle, a seaman.
in a rage, Kenneth burns more than 300 of Neel's drawings and watercolors and slashed more than 50 oil paintings. (!!!) Alice moves out...
her beliefs sided with the Communist party, although she was never an official member.
by the mid 1970s, Neel had gained stature an important American artist and became an icon for feminism.
she painted Andy Warhol's portrait.
she lived until she was 84.
she had an eventful life, that Alice...I'd like to see this documentary about her.
what do you think about her art? like or no?
*Patricia Hills, Alice Neel, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1983, p. 17
a couple weekends ago we took a field trip to the Hortense Miller Garden in Laguna beach and apparently Hortense was one feisty lady (and I like feisty). she loved to garden, so much so that she requested that her potting area (not her living room or kitchen, mind you) be positioned in the space with the best view on her property. I also am a fan of her approach to gardening: "I just buy something and walk around and look for a place to stick it," she said. "If it doesn't do, I put something else in...I don't like to have to coddle them and beg them and compliment them and urge them to grow." Amen, sister. (although I've been known to lovingly dust off each and every leaf on my fig tree....so I guess there's some coddling going on there)
thanks to Brian for the pics!
I'll post more pictures of the house (a neat mid-century modern) later this week. it was pretty cool.
Edith (1911-2005) was born in Iowa.
went to college in Chicago at the Chicago Teachers College.
after graduating, she enrolled part-time at the Art Institute of Chicago taking her first ceramics class (yay!)
she relocated to San Francisco with her husband, Brian and became an art teacher there.
she founded her own company/studio un the mid-40s.
her pieces were picked up by Gump's in San Fran.
many of her pieces have permanent homes in museums, for example...MOMA in NYC (kind of a big deal)
Heath ceramics is still produced today. every piece is made in the original Sausalito, California factory.