I found out this week that I'm a finalist in the Etsy Australian Design Awards! How nice is that? Specifically, I'm a finalist in the Art and Illustration category. There is some major talent in the final set of shops for the art and illustration category, so it's an absolute thrill to be included. If you'd like to vote for me and be in the running to win a $250 Etsy voucher (WOW!) click here:
Here's my second interpretation of a French New Wave film poster: Jules et Jim (here was my first). Of all the Nouvelle Vague directors, I'd have to say that Truffaut is without a shadow of a doubt my very favourite. Although, Jules et Jim isn't my favourite Truffaut film, it does have the gorgeous Jeanne Moreau in it with her fabulous knitted jumper. If you are unfamiliar with Truffaut's Jules et Jim, here's a very nice piece about it and the Nouvelle Vague genre in general.
Meanwhile, here are some classic stills from Jules et Jim and one of Truffaut himself.
Henri Serre, Oskar Werner and Jeanne Moreau from here and here.
Spring is in full swing here in Sydney! There are lots of lovely flowers doing their thing all over the city like these delightful paper daisies I spotted the other day. The best thing about them was the soft rustle they made when the breeze blew.
Olafur Eliasson - the master of refracted light and colour. He is a Danish-Icelandic installation artist who works with light, water and air temperature. His biography on his website describes his work as being:
"...driven by his interests in perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Eliasson strives to make the concerns of art relevant to society at large. Art, for him, is a crucial means for turning thinking into doing in the world".
I just read a Harper's Bazaar article that chronicles 24 hours with the legendary Valentino. It's quite a fascinating read - now that he has semi-retired from his eponymous fashion house, he is quite the man of leisure. I also found out that he has a virtual historic museum filled with his designer gowns. I think I remember seeing him working on this museum in the highly entertaining documentary called Valentino: the Last Emperor that came out a few years ago. I think the highlight of the documentary was seeing him in transit accompanied by his entourage of pugs which the above photo illustrates perfectly!
From what I can gather these "Falbalas and Fanfreluches" (translated as ruffles and frills) were pochoir portfolios published between 1922 and 1926 to showcase Georges Barbier's beautiful work. Apparently, only 600 editions were printed, so they are incredibly rare. Imagine finding one tucked away in the back of an antique bookstore! I think I'd faint!