Grayson’s art club

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In these troubled times, it is easy to slip into the fold of our sofa in a mindless slumber. And while I have nothing against a good ol’ binge-watch, I find that it usually leaves me drained of all energy and creativity. That’s when Grayson Perry’s magnificent art club comes into the game.

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(painting by Julia Gardner; Julia Gardner via Channel 4)

The 6-episode program brings you Grayson and wife Philippa in their workshop as they work on some creative endeavours. Each episode is devoted to a theme and explores not only Perry’s work but also the public’s, which had been invited to participate and send in their works. Fun, entertaining and inspiring, Grayson’s art club makes me wish there were more similar TV programs out there.

Grayson’s Art Club is available on reply on Channel 4’s website.

Elphick’s Preraphaelite muses

I may have missed the very promising exhibition The Pre-raphaelite Sisters at the National Portrait Gallery in London, what I did not miss though, is that:

a) its curator Jan Marsh has a blog where you can read about history of art, the making of an exhibition and other art-related subjects; and

b) I fell in love with artist Marina Elphick‘s work, discovered through Marsh’s blog.

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Elphick was showcased at the Preraphaelite Sisters conference at York, where she brought her own depictions of the famous Preraphaelite models made with fabric and thread. Her “muses” as she calls them, are skillfully crafted (look at the hair! look at the dresses!) and perfectly beautiful. But that’s not everything. Not only did she create these amazing figures, but she also collaged them into illustrations, photographs and paintings of their contemporaries, thus creating new artworks for us all to enjoy.

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Posing in picturesque landscapes and Victorian interiors, the muses are depicted as Elphick imagined their lives were. But she didn’t stop there either! On her website, she also shares the biographies of each of her muses, filled with details, portraits and anecdotes.

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The creative process Elphick went through to create this multifacted project resulted in a very aesthetically pleasing, dream-like world where her enigmatic figures evolve surrounded by art and history. *le sigh!*

Sretsis A/W 2019

You may remember the Sretsis sisters being previously mentionned here in this post about their fabulous house. Well, my fascination for the Thai brand has no lessen one bit, if anything it has incresed! This time though, it’s not their talent as house designers that I want to tell you about, but their latest, lavish collection.

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Aren’t these lush? I love love the play with colours, details, textures and influences. Marie-Antoinette meets barocco meets bourgeois, and added to this, the extravagant touch that the Sretsis sisters always seem to add to their clothes. Now, my preference goes more towards the pretty pastelly gowns but I must admit I would feel positively grand in one of their brocade coats! In fact, this one reminds me of a quirky version of Margot Tenenbaum’s famous fur coat, don’t you think?

The Haveit Collective

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The Haveit Collective is a team of four badass gals from Kosovo who have decided to speak against the inequalities and patriarchal society of their country. Their prime target? The Kanun, a bronze-age set of rules, still in place in nowadays Kosovo, that considers women as only fit for childbearing, and altogether, as second-class citizens.

Their live performances are usually held in the streets of Pristina, the capital, where they challenge the local community with visually striking actions in order to make people think and reflect on the established ways. For instance, on International Women’s Day, they took a copy of the Kanun and covered it with flour, beat it with a rolling pin and then deep-fried it.

Their performances are usually filmed or photographed and then published online, resulting in them receiving regular death threats from less open-minded folks. These threats, unfortunately treated lightly by the local police, only reinforced the Haveit collective’s desire to make things change.

(photography : Dardan Zhegrova, Agim Balaj)

 

Toutankatube

Good news to all French speaking egyptology fans out there: Amandine Marshall, egyptologist and author of numerous books on the subject, has decided to start her own Youtube channel called “Toutankatube“! If you want to know more about the lost civilisation of the pharaohs – but without all the conspiracy theories you inevitably end up seeing online, I would strongly recommend checking her channel out. The first video, published two weeks ago, tells you the scientific facts on how and why mummies can explode. Now if that isn’t enough to make you wish for more, then I don’t know what is.

Elena Tyn

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When I found this Tumblr last year, I couldn’t believe how beautiful everything was. The photos, mostly taken in the forest, emanate this gentle charm that you sometimes find in pictures from the past. As for the crafts, carefully handmade little objects for everyday life: purses, knitted mittens, decorated notebooks… my heart sighed with admiration. How precious! Since then, I have been dutifully following Elena on her quaint Instagram account and on her Etsy shop and have recently ventured to ask her a few questions for the Art Gazette. She kindly accepted, here are her replies:

 

Hi! Could you tell me more about yourself? 
Hi! My name is Elena but I like to be called Ellen. I’m a full-time crafter and instagrammer living in the wild Karelian woods, Russia, with my family. Everything I do is my job and my hobby.
What does your pseudonym stand for?
The name of both my Instagram and Tumblr accounts is Liskin Dol, which means “valley of a fox” in Russian, in reference of where I live: a valley where the wildlife roams free.

 

You seem to be doing both photography and crafts, do you consider yourself more of a photographer or a maker?
Do I have to choose? 🙂 Both photography and crafts exist together and go hand in hand in my life.

 

Which one did you start first?
I think crafts came to my life earlier. I always did something with my own hands since early childhood.

 

Can you tell us the process you go through to make one of your creation?
It’s a very chaotic process! And very different every time. But from the moment an idea blooms in my mind I can’t be calm. I won’t stop until it’s ready.

 

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What inspires you? 
Everything that surrounds me, so… nature! Wild forest vibes are the best inspiration.

 

Where do you take your photos?
I try to take all my photos outside: in my garden or in the forest behind my home,  so my followers and customers can feel nature’s magic.

 

Any new projects in mind for the future months?
Actually, nothing in particular right now. I’m going to develop my skills and focus on the things I already work on for the moment.

 

Where can we see your work?
I publish my works mostly on Instagram, and sometimes on Tumblr. I also have an Etsy shop. It’s usually empty but you can see my previous works – including those which aren’t posted in instagram, in the sold out products.

 

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The 5 exhibitions I’m looking forward to this autumn in Paris

September marks the beginning of la rentrée (back to school) i.e. the awakening of a very sleepy Paris. After an entire month of vacances, the parisians finally yawned their way back to town and are now ready for all the art and entertainment Paris has to offer.
Here are the five exhibitions I’m personally very much looking forward to see, in no particular order :

 

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L’âge d’or de la peinture anglaise (The golden age of english painting), Musée du Luxembourg, until Feb. 16th 2020
– shows masterpieces of the 18th and 19th c. kindly loaned by the Tate Britain.
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Morderne Maharadjah, un mécène des années 30 (modern maharadja, a patron of the arts in the 1930s), Musée des Arts Décoratifs, from Sept. 26th til Jan. 12th 2020
– to see the Maharadja of Indore’s colletion of objects and furnitures used to decorate the first modernist building of his country: the Manik Bagh Palace.
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Marie-Antoinette, métamorphoses d’une image (Marie-Antoinette, metamorphosis of an image), Conciergerie, from Oct. 16th til Jan. 26th 2020
– the most famous queen of France and how the people have perceived her throughout the centuries.
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Tolkien, voyage en Terre du Milieu (Tolkien, voyage to Middle-Earth), Bibliothèque Nationale Française, from Oct. 22nd til Feb. 16th 2020
– the biggest French retrospective on Tolkien, themed on the magical geography of his works.
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L’oeil et la nuit (the eye and the night), Institut des Cultures d’Islam
– exploring the multi-facetted vision we have of the night, by artists from Europe, Africa and the Middle-East.

 

Maudie

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Have you seen the movie Maudie? It tells the life of Canadian artist Maude Lewis, her conflictious relationship with her husband Everett and her struggles with rheumatoid arthritis – an illness that affects joints and made it painful for her to hold a paintbrush. Despite all that, the film doesn’t fall into the trap of neither misery nor romanticism and stays fairly close to what we know of Lewis’s life (check out this article for more info on the accuracy of the movie).

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Personnaly, I really enjoyed watching it. The story was poetic and the characters depicted without judgement. I felt touched by the life and romance of the protagonists and pleased by the aesthetic of the film. If you want to know more about Maude Lewis’s life, or if you’re simply looking for a good film to watch, I would definitely recommend Maudie.

All aboard the Hogwarts Express!

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Calling all Harry Potter fans out there! If you too are still waiting for your acceptance letter from Hogwarts, all hopes may not be lost. You can now board the Hogwarts Express – or at least some of the carriages used for the film, and go on a magical trip around Scotland, where most of the movie was shot.
The 2-day round trip on the West Coast Railways takes you to the most extreme sights Britain has to offer, including the highest mountain, the shortest river and the deepest seawater loch in Europe. It also crosses the now famous Glennfinnan viaduct and stops on the way at several picturesque villages.
Departures are from Fort William, Scotland (Platform 9 3/4 is always too crowded with muggles anyway) and run from April to October. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go pack my stuff.

La fille de l’artiste

What have I been doing in the past 10 days? Well, I have been working on a tiny personal project: a lookbook. Having quite a few clothes for sale, I thought it would be fun to be a bit creative in the process of putting them for sale. The theme of the lookbook is The Artist’s Daughter, and was shot in an artist’s workshop in Paris. It’s obviously the work of a beginner but I thought I should put it here anyway!

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2.lecture du matinvintahe yellow top4.beaded bag5.polka dots dress6.vintage green dress7.vintage maryjanes8.pink saylor dress9.little black dress

If you are based in France and wish to buy any of these items, here is where you can do so!