Rashad Alakbarov..

December 20, 2012

Rashad Alakbarov uses shadows and light to create pieces of artwork.
His pieces often look like a random collection of items, but then a picture is revealed in the shadow.
The items he uses often look like junk and are recycled.
I love the piece which is created with coloured plastic..


Beauty and Dance..

November 26, 2012

I have just been to see the New York City Ballet perform George Balanchine’s Nutcracker.

It was really beautiful, however I was amazed at how much detail went into a lot of the costumes.

The costumes and set used were the original pieces from the fifties, when Balanchine choreographed the show. The costumes were all designed by Karinska. She collaborated with Balanchine for the majority of his ballets and from this she became an innovator and created new, more practical ways of making tutus. Through a different method of layering fabric, she created tutu’s which didn’t ripple or bunch up. This has now become the standard way in which tutu’s are made.

Karinska’s costumes are truly beautiful. However, as an audience member, I feel like there would be so much more detail and embellishment if I were to see one of her garments up close. She once said that the detail wasn’t just there for the audience, it was to make the dancers look beautiful too..

Illustrator Julie Verhoeven has worked for many magazines like Dazed and Confused and has created a series of Christmas cards for Topshop.
She is sought after by many designers and has collaborated with Versace, Mulberry and Louis Vuitton among others, creating prints for garments.
I like the mix of lines and ink in her work and the busy collages she creates..

Julie Verhoeven

Collaboration With Mulberry

Topshop Christmas Card

Collaboration With Versace

Cut and Stick…

March 3, 2012

Sibling Hate – The Globe and Mail

 Michelle Thompson uses collage to create her pieces and has featured in a lot of different publications.
Her work is often based on quite strong themes and sometimes quite serious issues.
I like how some of the pictures have quite a vintage, more innocent look, yet the overall pieces seem to have a more edgy style to them..

Michelle Thompson

Paris – Metropolitan Magazine

Nature/Nurture – New Scientist – Orchid Children

WI – HUB Magazine

In Wonderland…

February 10, 2012

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland was released in 2010. I went to see it at the cinema, however every time I have watched it since I have still been blown away by the costumes in it.
These costumes are so creative and really suit the style of the film.
Colleen Atwood won an Oscar for best costumes for her extravagant designs.
Atwood has won many awards for her contribution to films. Among others she designed the iconic costume for Edward Scissorhands, as well as designing the outfits for the girls in Chicago.
Nevertheless, I think the costumes in Alice in Wonderland really exhibit her creative talent..

‘Costumes are the first impression that you have of the character before they open their mouth-it really does establish who they are.’ – Colleen Atwood


Embroidered pin-ups…

February 3, 2012

Jenny Hart is an embroidery and textiles artist.
She takes the classic, centurys old skill of embroidery and brings it up to date in her quirky, modern embroidered portraits.
She uses a variety of different stitches in her work and her style reminds me of pin-up girls and retro tattoos..

Jenny Hart’s Website

The White Stripes


Dolly Parton

Sabrina Ward Harrison is a Canadian artist.
Her work is often autobiographical and I love how it is set out like a journal.
She collages together random photos and objects which represent memories and nostalgia.
I love how she uses handwriting and little doodles in her work..