You were thinking about offering chocolate for Christmas? Well, you had the perfect idea, but let me point you in the proper direction... The beautifully amazing Chocolate Skulls handmade by the gifted Marina Malvada. Cast in a mold made from an actual human skull, the piece is made of a special blend of white and milk chocolate, hence the mat tone of the skull. You can find below an experimental, two-toned version, presented at Marina's art show in last February.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Remember while ago when I was so enthralled by the series of book discussing the history and semantic of Russian Criminal Tattoos? Well, this might not be fresh news to some of you, but I discovered a company who saw, just like I did, the graphic potential of these designs. Wanna pay tribute to these men and women who could not set their minds to bow under authority? Grab yours HERE.
|The woman with barbed wire was worn predominately by men and represented a loved one at home. This type of tattoo was also popular during the 50's and 60's and was probably inspired by the American pin-up culture and old sailor tattoos.|
|The eyes tattoo has various meanings.
It can mean that the wearer has an extra pair of eyes watching out. It
can also mean that he/she has eyes ON her all the time, like in a prison
The words under the eyes translate to "Full of Love".
|On the back is the sailing Pirate Ship tattoo. This type of tattoo usually meant that the wearer was down for an escape and that he/she may have had prior escapes/attempts behind them. This type of tattoo was also widespread among Soviet sailors.|
|On the Front is the eagles design. This eagle was tattooed mostly during the 30's and 40's and belongs to some of the earliest Russian Criminal tattoos. It symbolized strength and freedom It was very popular among the Thieves of that time.|
Last winter, I took a hat making class with the wonderful modist Lucie Grégoire, who taught us the A to Z of that timeless art. She has been making hats, bibis and more since years, under her brand Commeunchapeau.com and received numerous prizes, which you can see listed on her website. I can't even begin to express how grateful I was to have her as a teacher ; she is excessively talented, generous and patient. She deserves more than a million thanks!
It was an eye-opening experience. I realized that my love for hats goes beyond the admiration for a a beautiful object ; it's rooted far deeper, all the way to the felt itself.
Vintage hats and grosgrain experiments by Lucie Grégoire.
Form made by Lucie Grégoire to explain how to make 3D objects with straw and piano strings.
Mini iron!! ( I want one so bad!)
Wonderful Japanese ribbons.
Can't remember the name right now, but they are the most delicate, intricate and expensive (!) ribbons.
|Burnt feathers ; a lost art.|
|Red straw hat made by Lucie Grégoire to demonstrate straw hat techniques.|
A top-hat block along with Gabrielle's hat made with it.
All pictures were taken at her studio located at Le Chat des Artistes (which are some of the most beautiful and amazing creative spaces I've seen), in Montreal. If you happen to be in the area this weekend, stop by for their yearly open-house, where you will be able to meet artists and discuss about their creative process, along with visiting the building itself.