Saturday, November 29, 2008

Paris...La ville de l'amour


This girl reminds me of Paris, and not just because she has a giant Eiffel Tower on her shirt :) She's just...I don't know, kind of chic and interesting. Sexy in a confident, unselfconscious, natural kind of way. Plus, I like how stylish she looks in those harry potter glasses :p

Yasi saves the day

Yaaaaaay you found it!

That sounds very cool :)

Thanks for searching.

the architect's brother

anna's bird-man picture post was too cool to be left in ambiguity. by chance, i stumbled across the image and a site of the full exhibit it belongs to! the show is called "the architect's brother" and is a collection of works by Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison. the ParkeHarrisons, despite the misleading appearance of their photographs, are contemporary american photographers who have been exhibiting their work since the mid-1990s. they are internationally renowned for their unique artistic approach to photography and the extreme production effort put into making each piece. the pair draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources, including silent films, dreams, inventors, theatre, cinema, & literature. and often presents the prevailing topic of a wounded earth attempting to heal itself through the vignette of a man in a black suit embroiled in some interaction with the landscape. "the architect's brother" is a traveling exhibit, though the ParkeHarrison's work can also be found in the notable collections of such museums as The Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, & The National Museum of American Art at the Smithsonian

When I look at these, I have an overwhelming feeling of looking into the Industrial Age around the late 1850s... they're like perfect, eerie dreams. 

And if you REALLY like it, you can get the book here.

Friday, November 28, 2008

cause of peace... that's like saying a hunk of butter

source: flickr

i like you all, very much. for the hitherto unexposed we have: bob marley, jack kerouac, devendra banhart, charlotte gainsbourg, & bob dylan. in large part, i see these people as examples of lives well-lived (even those still in progress). yes these are the heavy-weights (maybe minus charlotte g) & all the nooks and crannies of their circles and works are worth exploring. 

Friday...I'm fatter than yesterday.

Some cool stuff I found on Etsy. I know none of it matches in that cool "look at all the whimsically themed things I happened to find" kind of way, but this is kind of how I dress (obviously not all of it at the same time) and so shoot me if you must :)

  1. 1920s Slip
  2. Mink Fur Coat
  3. Little Black Dress
  4. Pirate T-Shirt

Jean Ackerman

Source: Litteredglass on Flickr

This is a photo of Jean Ackerman - surprisingly hard to find any info on her at all, but I do know she was a hollywood actress in the 20s, and she used to be a Ziegfeld Girl. Very graceful and provocative, i like her.


Morning everybody. Welcome to Black Friday. She's a little treasure no? Reminds me of Alice in Wonderland...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Second "Anna-keep-out-of-the-kitchen-you're-knocking-stuff-over" Post

Don't remember how I found this, but look, its so coooool....I like to think he flew to distant lands and had adventures. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving - quick post between pie batches :)

David Downton

There's a lull in the cooking frenzy... so I'm amusing myself. David Downton is awesome. He'll be talking at my school next semester, I'm exited :) I love the fluidity and the supreme confidence of his drawings - he knows exactly where he wants to put the one line that will pull all the rest of them together.

n from the injunz

source: google image search

wow i almost forgot it was today! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! & for the record i side with these guys. 

One helluva pilgrim

Happy Thanksgiving everyone :)

classic doesn't get old

source: archives

from the may 2007 issue of vogue: natalia vodianova channeling the unforgettable styles of legendary designer paul poiret. there's a fairly good article that accompanies this shoot, too. the french fashion designer poiret is considered one of the most influential designers ever to have lived. personally, i think the look of 1920s vamp is golden. the whole image screams of a wonderful assertiveness/self-awareness and the ability to boldly tout a provocative appearance without necessarily being a tramp. 

The cool and the still cool but slightly disturbing...

Source: Google Search; Batgirl Barbie

Source: Google Search; Original Barbie
So I had a huge amount of Barbies when I was little, and I was never much into them. My mom pressed it but they really just weren't my thing...I couldn't see the point. Plus, they were all the same doll, with this awkward body and dorky smile... but when I was 13 my mom got herself the original 1950s Barbie doll to display in her office, and I adored it, I thought she looked great. These are some of the original styles.
Above that, is Batgirl. Batgirl's just cool. I think they did the doll well. 'Nuf said. 

Ok, the top doll requires a little more explanation. The woman who makes these dolls is Marina Bychkova, and they are handmade porcelain dolls with handmade clothes and accessories. See the beading on that dress? The painted silk on the underskirt? Yeah, she did all that by hand. This particular doll is meant to be Alice in Wonderland (one of my favorite characters of all time) and she "got bored" of the traditional and cliched versions of her so she made up her own personal version, which is stunning. The woman is not just a doll-maker, she is an artist, a master of her craft, and I'm enchanted by her girls, I think they're just beautiful, so delicate and detailed and exquisite. 

But they also disturb me on some level, there's just something about them that creeps me out a little. Maybe its the blatant sexuality of the dolls, or the materials she uses... they remind me of old fashioned porcelain dolls, which in turn remind me of Victorian macabre story... either way, I heard about these dolls a couple of years ago in an issue of Craft Magazine (love) and I never forgot them... or my fascination with this woman's skills. 

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My own ballet contribution

Yasi's post about the ballerina was really cool, so I went hunting and found this picture of American ballerina Maria Tallchief. She was a dancer in the 40s well into the 60s. I loved this picture, just the grace of it but also the lighting! Oh...just look at it. So beautiful and a little spooky too. 

i love psychedelia!

and the grateful dead, tie-dye, native americans, lions, and equality. i'm also fond of vegetation.   

lazy wednesday

source: flickr

i did absolutely nothing today aside from watch tv & soak up useless information from the internet. i adore this picture from the Ballet Nacional de Cuba; i think ballerinas are the perfect embodiment of feminine grace. i wish i wish i wish that as a little fish i'd stuck with it for more than one class, but oh well. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

the prophet

aside from his famous writings, lebanese author khalil gibran has an impressive repertoire of beautiful drawings. i really really love the sense of grace, vulnerability and delicacy and how the body language portrays such subtle emotion. these are all images from his book "the prophet" which i highly recommend. 


I love lingerie...its so pretty. It feels like I'm wearing a secret. :) The illustrator for the top picture is Richard Grey, a prominant fashion illustrator. He's done alot of stuff for McQueen, and this is the ad for Agent Provocateur.

Lillian Gish rocks my socks.

Lillian Gish was a silent screen star in the 20s, famous for her dedication to her craft...I wish I was as driven as Lilian to perform not just perfectly, but transcendentally.

Monday, November 24, 2008

YSL Show at the De Young Museum

There is an amazing show of the life work of Yves Saint Laurent going on at the de Young Museum in San Francisco....anyone living/visiting here should go, its jaw dropping.
Its on until March 1st, so I'll definately be going back! 3 hours of sketching, here I come.

Sexy Bat Girl

Lace is pretty.

I could have sworn I wrote her name down...

This Illustrator rocks my socks. If anyone knows how he/she is, let me know please?