Category Archives: Art and Fashion

Symbiosis of Perfection and Beauty

I wonder what it is, sometimes, to have beauty. Is it perfect physicality or perfection of mind, or both. Perhaps it is the unifying of both ends to make a stronger strand of human. That brilliant two-ply line that quivers and shakes but does not break when pulled. Wrapping it around your finger you can tie it in a knot in an attempt to keep it secure, but the process of time only causes it to tighten to the point of painful suffocation. The finger dead, you must cut it off, losing more than what you originally had.
Sometimes I try too hard for perfection and forget the benefits of an imperfect reality. Room to improve, hopes of betterment, and a mutual camaraderie with my fellow man. Perhaps perfection is a symbiotic relationship rather than a state of being. We can not actually be perfect without each other, without God or Christ, or depending on your world view, simply a being greater and more pure than oneself. What ounce of chance do we have even dreaming of aspiring to this position of spiritual liberation on our own. After all, one must have a liberator to be liberated. You see, perfection has a comparative quality, its candor often overlooked by way of the prideful self-serving mind. Naively we believe perfection is a state we can achieve through trial and error, eternal life, or death. All of these self manifestations, all of these venues for achievement, inherently wrong. Off putting, perhaps, but truthfully, perfection is only attained through another perfect being. Seeing as we never start there, we can not EVER achieve it alone.

Revenge and the Good Man

A great discussion point on the ambiguity of good and evil, and the rather narrow idea of “good” and “bad” individuals. This considers the reality of the moral high ground concerning how a “good” person may act out upon a “bad” one and our acceptance of that as a society.

“Each act of vengeance is more gruesome than the last. It isn’t enough that the bad guy is prevented from doing his bad deeds; he must suffer as much as possible. It is as if the existence of evil- or something that can be designated as such- provides a safe haven for the good to engage in evil. It’s  a safe space to indulge in inflicting harm, to experience the sublime of suffering.”

-M.E. Thomas, “Confessions of a Sociopath”

Livery

noun
1.
archaic :  the apportioning of provisions especially to servants :  allowance
2.
a :  the distinctive clothing or badge formerly worn by the retainers of a person of rank

b :  a servant’s uniform

c :  distinctive dress :  garb

d:  chiefly British :  an identifying design (as on a vehicle) that designates ownership

3.
archaic

a :  one’s retainers or retinue

 b :  the members of a British livery company
4.
:  the act of delivering legal possession of property
5
a :  the feeding, stabling, and care of horses for pay

c :  a concern offering vehicles (as boats) for rent

*Merriam-Webster online

Updates of flowers coated with resin and creation of Necklace

Have been wondering if resin could be used to preserve flowers. Think I’ll try my hand at it!

The La Vie En Rose Project

After coating the flowers from Surigao with resin, sadly only two made the day without wilting. The two small flowers turned brown and wilted even after the resin was brushed on the flower. I think the cause of this was how the flowers small size made two days in the silica gel too long. I plan to leave it for only one day when I dry the flower next time.

This is how the small flower looked like:

IMG_5008As you can see the flower completely wilted, turning brown and having the petals droop down.

Thankfully though the two other flowers turned out well. I plan to add a second coat to these flowers, especially the fresh flower as the resin seems to be sweating off the petals. I would like to see if the flower will remain fresh after two or three coats of resin.

This is how the flowers look…

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30 Days of Alchemy

9.  “I’ve crossed these sands many times, ” said one of the camel drivers one night.  “But the desert is so huge, and the horizons so distant, that  they make a person feel small, and as if he should remain silent.”

. . .

But he was excited at his intuitive understanding of the camel driver’s comment: maybe he was also learning the universal language that deals with the past and the present of all people. “Hunches,” his mother used to call them. The boy was beginning to understand that intuition is really a sudden immersion of the soul into the universal current of life, where the histories of all people are connected, and we are able to know everything, because it’s all written there.

“Maktub,” the boy said, remembering the crystal merchant.

-Paulo Coelho, “The Alchemist”

Circular Fashion: Where are We Now?

Lets take a minute and recognize the irrelevancy of current mainstream “fashion” from a progressive standpoint. And by progressive, I mean the elevation of fashion from a concept of seasonal “trending” to a concept of garment innovation. Fashion which leads to the progress, not the recycling, of clothing trends.

Trends are nothing new. In the past, just as in the present, they stemmed from aesthetic preferences. But up until the 1980’s clothing trends were actually linked to more than just visual appeal.

“Hello Ladies!”

Elizabethan cod pieces offered not only visual interest but also obvious functionality; Victorian hoop-skirts idealized the perfect feminine figure but also kept women in their place – socially -, and spoke for both status and fortune. The sensual and egotistic origins of pointed toed shoes and foot binding are also examples of trends which held deeper grip than aesthetics, alone. Economy birthed shorter skirts, while engineering progress and the plastic craze pushed polyester in the 1970’s.

Over the past 100 years the garment industry has evolved clothing manufacturing and the rapidity with which we do so. The invention of ready-wear collections, beginning popularly with Channel’s home shows, has ushered in a new era of fast fashion. Silhouettes, patterns and colors come and go with the seasons, while lasting style has been pushed into niche. These days, with forecasting sights like Pantone and Stylesite, the trends you love and the colors that are “in” are formulated and predetermined  years in advance. Design houses/companies pay membership fees to access this information for future development. Trendy colors and design inspiration are often as inspired as a 20th century history book. Artistic direction is as free thinking as your wallet. Sadly, wastefulness and the cheapening of garments has birthed consumer ignorance. Because styles have become so cheap and easy, a general understanding and appreciation of fit and construction is lacking in the consumer mind.  Trendy items fall apart within months, just long enough to live out their seasonal trend. The worth of clothing, excuse the pun, has fallen apart as well.

Of course, there are niche markets which still supply thoughtful, quality items. Here, as well as in upstart designers with more to prove,  is where most innovation actually takes place. Exercise apparel is one market that naturally necessitates constant innovation. From knitting technologies to ensure comfort and mobility, to inventive textile properties such as odor resistant pure silver, companies like LuLu Lemon and Nike are constantly searching for new ways to create thoughtful garments with built in fashion.   Technologies in merino wool fiber have lead companies in the right direction of sustainable and technological advancement. Companies like Celliant work to incorporate health and performance into their products by working with infra-red light to develop fabric and garments which help energize and heal the user. These companies are on the forefront of making science-fiction a reality!  They are helping to move fashion forward, not around in a circle.

On that note, here is another great tool that is in the toddler stage of fashion. Lately, 3D printing has been spoken about by designers far and wide.  To own a printer itself is extremely pricey, but 3D printers are being developed on not only a fashion and fabrication level, but on biological levels as well.  The ability to use one of these machines to create genetically unique organs and etc. will some day be a reality. And who knows where clothing could be by then.  Fabric that reacts to skin type; clothing that tells you when you’ve taken in too much sun or alcohol; dresses that change with your mood. The realities are endless, and so much cooler than next season’s redo of 90’s grunge.

NOTE: Obviously, ideas and innovations in fashion do exist and are being conducted. As well, there are many definitions of “innovation” to which only the technology aspect is being focused upon here. It’s a very complex and delicate structure to balance, and one which requires a huge amount of consideration. For this particular discussion the main question to ponder is: “When will these innovations permeate into mainstream trends?” Perhaps a huge part of the answer is: “When we see a consistent and genuine effort from fashion brands to incorporate these niche technologies into mainstream design trends”. Maybe, then, the cycle of fashion will begin to see straight.

 

 

Character Makers: Alexandra Byrne

Born: 1962

Career: 1995-present

Venue: Film

You’ve probably never heard of Alexandre Byrne, but you’ve probably heard of or seen several of her characters acting out in numerous period and fantasy flicks. “Finding Neverland“, “Hamlet” (1996),  “The Phantom of the Opera“, and lest we forget the mega-blockbusters:  “Thor” , “The Avengers” and most recently  “The Guardians of the Galaxy“.  So far, Mrs. Byrne has helped develop the characters for 12 films, earning  costuming Oscar nominations (1 win) for 4 of them.  Alexandra studied under Margaret Harris at the Motley Theater Design Course.

She has also won a BAFTA for 1995’s “Persuasion“, a Tony award for Best Scenic Design in “Some Americans Abroad” and her Oscar win goes to “Elizabeth: The Golden Age“.

In her MARVEL work Byrne takes some of the most visually creative characters, with often eccentric looks, and deftly combines modern concepts of aesthetics and the realities of a three dimensional human body to translate the character onto screen.  Cheers to a master!