Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Giuseppe Zanotti Design 2009
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things...
Today my incredible Mom is celebrating her birthday and since I can't be with her this post is devoted to her. An eternal Julie Andrews, my Mom is one of the most endearing, charming, gracious, and loving women alive. She is the driving force behind my family and my dearest confidant. My sister and I started a tradition when we were children of drawing the gifts we could not afford, but would like to give to our parents, for Christmas or Easter. Since I'm still a student unfortunately I've had to return to this tradition for her birthday.
I've drawn for her a 2009 Giuseppe Zanotti Design platform. My Mom has the most incredible taste in shoes. Though I know she would never wear these, 'too high' she would say, I'm certain she would appreciate it as art. For months now she's been telling me to post my illustrations of shoes that I've been doing over the past 6 or 7 years. Her birthday is the perfect opportunity to start. Mom I wish you the most wonderful birthday today and know that I'm with you always. Thank-you for being so much more than I ever could have wished for.
All my love,
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
As promised here is another painting I've done in tribute to the brilliant James Meakin. From the moment I saw this photograph I felt an immediate connection to it. I love the spirit, the warmth, the optimism. I like that I could actually escape into it. It reminded me of trying on these beautiful Afghani caftans in Istanbul and feeling so fortunate to witness such beauty. I've been on winter break now for the past five weeks, sifting through my anxieties about the future. At present everything is uncertain about my life and it has me thinking a lot about destiny.
I was reading Seventeen magazine today lol with Leighton Meester on the cover and she was talking about the power of visualization. She described how she literally conceived her dreams into reality. It got me thinking about the reason I started this blog, that I literally titled it after my dream job. Is it so far stretched to think that I could travel, write, and draw for a living? Being in New York makes you realize that anything is possible, that the homeless man in the park could be the next youtube sensation. Is that destiny or the power of believing? Why couldn't that be you or me?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this, what do you believe? For fear of ending this post in an existential crisis I would like to close with two must-see exhibits in New York right now.
'Fashion Illustration: Visual Poetry' at Gallery Hanahou curated by my professor and renowned artist Bil Donovan. It will feature the likes of Stina Persson, Sara Singh, and John Jay Cabuay opening tomorrow Jan 20th, 2011.
'Balenciaga: Spanish Master' at Queen Sofia Spanish Institute which showcases the work and impact of Cristobal Balenciaga's visionary designs ending Feb 19th, 2011.
Lots of love,
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Stylish Blogger Award
Firstly, I apologize tremendously for taking so long to prepare this post. I'm so touched that both Vanilla Jarvis and Maya Beus nominated me as the recipient of their Stylish Blogger Award. The award requires you to indicate your nominator, share seven facts about yourself, and propose an additional 15 recently discovered blogs of your choice. I decided it would be really fun to illustrate and collage images of the seven facts you don't know about me. This is also why it took so long to prepare. After all, seven facts is really just the beginning.
The List is as follows:
- When I was 20 I studied Italian Renaissance Art History abroad in Florence, Italy. I lived with 12 females in a beautiful apartment that boasted the most incredible patio overlooking a church. I would meet for group lectures at the Uffizi or Duomo and on weekends travel to Venice, Rome, and Cinque Terre. I devoured gorgeous meals on candle lit rooftops, danced the night away at Central Park, bought out San Lorenzo market, and fell in love...with life.
- Whenever I travel I purchase a piece of jewelry that embodies the culture, spirit, or flavor of the city. Each purchase has a story, some more incredible than the item. I like that the experience, much like the jewelry, lasts forever. Unless of course the ring is opal and it shatters in a Roman nunnery.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Parisian Hair Clip
Dubai's Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa
Istanbul's Blue Mosque, Baklava, and Turkish Coffee
Paris' Eiffel Tower, Macaroons, and London Bridge
I can't believe it's finally here, the day of the 'Illustrators Drawing Illustrators' portrait post. For those of you who are just tuning in, on Dec 22nd 2010 I asked my fellow artist bloggers to submit their name to me in order to be assigned another illustrator's portrait to draw. I pulled each name from a hat which resulted in the following list. Today is the day we post, link, and marvel at the incredible talent on the portrait blog crawl. The recipient of my portrait is the beautiful Ana Simonovic of ShoeRA. She's an architect and blogger based primarily in Dubai.
Not only is Ana a style maven, but a true world traveler. I was determined to illustrate her worldliness, architectural background, as well as her appreciation for all things glamorous. I resolved to design a structured dress that encompassed snapshots of her trips through London, Paris, Istanbul, and Dubai. I used her very own photos as references from the hair clip, to the turkish coffee cup. I had a blast drawing from my own experiences in each city too. Ana, I truly hope you like what I've done and that I managed to capture even a fraction of your essence.
Now begin the portrait blog crawl here!!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
I can't pinpoint exactly when my absolute obsession with the Sahara Desert began. Although, come to think of it, Aladdin was always my favorite Disney movie so I guess it makes sense. Something about the exoticism of the location, the heat, the desolate isolation has always drawn me in. That, and the fact that every fashion spread I've seen shot in the desert uses the most radiant colored clothing under the sun. Just the other day my friend Jill made me count the number of times I referenced the desert for inspiration. More specifically, the number of times I've drawn women in turbans on this blog lol.
A few months ago while visiting the lovely Lana's blog Woman-W, I stumbled across her post on fashion photographer James Meakin. Within seconds of opening the post I had a 'ureka moment' looking at his works. Sand dunes juxtaposed with splashes of neon color, ornately designed fabrics, amazing oppositions, contrasting compositions, ureka, ureka, ureka!! It was an artistic match made in heaven type moment. I promised myself that come winter break I would pay tribute to his work by painting a series of these photos. I've stayed true to my word and here is the first one of many to come. Enjoy!!
P.S. How is everyone making out with the 'Illustrators Drawing Illustrators' project? Less than a week to go woohoo!!