Butterflies Everywhere

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I like butterflies. Well, I’m finding butterflies everywhere these days. How appropriately so because of the upcoming transformative celebration of Easter this Sunday.

We host our annual brunch for about 50 folks, so this post will consequently be short. šŸ˜‰

This is my recent butterfly find from Elle Decor, as they tend to be circling back in style. (Personally, I never thought they flitted out of style.)

Butterflies everywhere in style via Elle Decor on Art Is Everywhere

Butterflies in style via Elle Decor

You can find recent and previous butterfly references here.

Also, here are a few updates and worthy mentions:

 

  1. The Fearless Girl Statue will stay in place for at least a year — until February 2018. Let’s hope everyone gets so used to it that it becomes permanent.

2. If you haven’t read the book Hillbilly Elegy – A Memoir of Family & Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance, it is a worthwhile read with real enjoyment. It’s both eye-opening and exceptionally told (orated by the author) from the insider’s perspective that helps explain a large portion of America’s people and their upbringing while being one of the few to “make it” and find the American Dream. (Even Oprah read this book, or is at least shown in a photo with the book on her table.)

Although the memoir was specific to Vance, it was embraced as a personification of the everyday struggles of Americaā€™s white underclass, and it shone a light on issues including race and privilege in America.Deadline Hollywood.

This just learned — the book will become a movie.

Click this link to listen to a sample. It personally moved me with my father’s Kentucky roots and even some real life characters being similar in name. For instance, J. D.’s name and his sister’s are similar names to my brother, John D (named after my father) and my sister Lindsey. Even his first home town in Jackson, KY, is all too uncanny to me. Although he currently lives in San Francisco, is a venture capitalist, works with Steve Case, he has DC Gibson Dunn law connections. There were unexpected guffaw moments of hilarious laughter and equal shocks of sadness but if everyone read this, there could be signs of hope, which is a good thing for this time of year — and a perfect thing on which to end this post.

Happy Easter!

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Art in Fashionable Flowers

Unfortunately, this scheduled post never published when it was supposed to on March 19th. Good thing because it seems appropriate with Easter to post it now. I’ve changed some wording to put it in current context.

Spring is here! Already I hear birds chirping and see flowers popping up everywhere, in fashion that is.

Look at these gorgeous floral dresses and you can see a celebration of spring as well as beautiful artistic, flowery design.

Floral Dress_AIE blog

I love how this dress flows. ItĀ  reminds me of a Chagall

With the wild winter weather we’ve had, I wouldn’t be surprised if there might even be one more snowstorm [back in March]. However, this picture below shows the dichotomy in the window dressing, announcing spring with snow falling.

Window Dressing Dichotomy via Washinton Post on AIE blogI bet you’ll see more fashionable flowers in these flowery dresses more than ever in the market for this spring season.

Floral Dresses_AIE blog

I like the 2 tropical ones on the far right

And why not? Spring is the perfect time to celebrate the flower’s power of simple yet pretty petals, especially when they can form such kaleidoscope of color, as seen from above in this Dutch landscape of Keukenhof Gardens.

We actually visited these gardens in Holland. It just happened to be right before most of the flowers were blooming.Tulips_AIE blogBright, vibrant colors are not only prevalent in flowers but also in DC’s newest Marion Barry Mural. I think it’s a pretty good likeness and I like how it is portable, being painted on removable tiles that can be transported and installed in different locations.Marion Barry Mural on AIEGetting back to celebrating spring with flowers, there is a new DCGardens.com website that shows what are the latest blooming varieties in the DC area and where to find them.

It already highlights one of my favorite plant places, the National Arboretum.

It’s interesting for me to go back and read these previously written, related posts after so much time:

First Day of Spring

National Arboretum Posts

And this time, I know now how to post a video (and even center it).

Happy Spring & Happy Easter!

Birds of a Real Feather

I’ve seen a lot of bird paintings. I like birds and even paint them myself. I was surprised that I was not familiar with these types of painted birds with real feathers. They were on display at Antiques in Alexandria in the Arader Galleries booth. If you look closely in the detail photo, you can see the feathers.

Painted birds with watercolor with feathers via Arader Galleries, as seen on Art is Everywhere

Anonymous German Artist, c. 1815 – 30, watercolor with feathers, $2,800 Arader Galleries

I had to get underneath the painting to be able to depict the actual feathers. I think you can see them pretty well here and also see what has been painted and what is actual bird. This is a pretty unique and clever concept. I also like how the feathers add depth and bright color to the painting, something that with just paint would be lacking.

Painted birds with watercolor with feathers via Arader Galleries, as seen on Art is Everywhere

You can see all the many birds here on the blue wall.

Arader Galleries booth. Photo from Slipcovers for your walls blog, seen on Art Is Everywhere

Arader Galleries booth. Photo from Slipcovers for your walls blog

Want to make your own feather artwork? Start collecting.

Another thing I learned about was that fashion back in the 1920’s was not exactly as I thought — all flashy and ready to get up and do the Charleston in. This was primarily the vision for the well to do. General attire was much more low key and simple. You can see multiple styles featured in this fashion exhibit at the show — among them, an evening dress with heavy beading and a casual day-wear dress that you could see worn today as popular “vintage” attire. The pajamas stuck me as being funny, yes, comfortable but not anything sexy about them. Maybe they were the early version of lounge wear sweats. šŸ˜‰

1920's Fashion exhibit at the Antiques in Alexandria Show, as seen on Art Is Everhywhere

1920's Fashion exhibit at the Antiques in Alexandria Show, as seen on Art Is Everhywhere

Click here to read more about the show.

What do Steve Jobs – Missoni – The Housing Market Have in Common?

When too many different things mention a topic within a coincidental time frame, then that is a sign to me write about it.

I attended a presentation recently by Walter Isaacson, the author of the Steve Jobs Biography. He relayed insightful stories about our late, modern day genius. The most telling to me was how Steve Jobs equated science and technology merging with design as art. Like any artist, he was concerned in getting his vision correct with all the minor details making a difference. He was constantly simplifying – distilling the purity of his design. He reorganized the motherboard that most people wouldn’t even see so it would be aesthetically beautiful. Once completed, he had all the original creators sign their names, just as artists would. This is on the inside of his computers where you will never see but they know it’s there. Like some artists, he was egocentric and difficult to work with – his vision or the highway. OK, I admit that I can relate — with my artwork and business — but I can certainly collaborate with clients on their vision or help them obtain one. In fact, that is my favorite part of the creative process. It was a very inspirational speech and particularly to learn that Steve Jobs said, there is a shift that occurs in business when you’re more concerned about profit and it can bring a business down. With all those folks working away in China to create his products, this seemed a little contradictory. Above it all however, he was a scientific artist who has great designs for Apple products that have completely changed today’s technological landscape with their everyday use. Therein, they happen to be making a big profit because the design of their product comes first and drives sales.

Steve jobs book by Walter Isaacson_as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Then, I got notice of a new book by Jonah Leher entitiled, Imagine How Creativity Works. He describes how great inspirations come from the friction that occurs with different types of people “mixing.” Here’s an excerpt:

He cites the example of Pixar Studios: Steve Jobs “wanted there to be mixing. He knew that the human friction makes the sparks, and that when you’re talking about a creative endeavor that requires people from different cultures to come together, you have to force them to mix; that our natural tendency is to stay isolated, to talk to people who are just like us, who speak our private languages, who understand our problems. But that’s a big mistake.”

I like this cover too — very creative and colorful and reminds me of quilling.

imagine_book by Jonah Lehrer, as seen on Art is Everywhere

Be on the lookout, btw for Steve Jobs, the movie, coming to theaters soon. It’s in the works now. In the meantime, Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview is out in select theaters now. It was originally part of the PBS documentary series, Triumph of the Nerds, in 1995 and presumed lost. How he describes his product as having “feeling” and “taste” are instrumental to his vision that Apple has become.

Earlier that same day that I attended the Isaacson presentation, I listened to Luca Missoni, artistic director for Missoni, the fashion family and now home accessory and hotel empire, give his insights on design at the DC Design Center. Luca is far left in this family photo.

Missoni-family as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Luca relayed stories about the start of Missoni and how the origin was from his father’s sportswear business, from which knits spun (no pun intended). They were comfortable, easy wearing on the body, flexible yet practical. He showed us a wonderful video, sublime in it’s approach, with no voice overs to show the production of the designs: inside the plant facility, the machines working, dyeing the yarn, assembly, cutting, shaping and sewing, and finally, to the models getting ready to wear for a fashion show and then back to the machines again. Beautifully done. They weren’t looking to start their Home Collection but it was a natural progression from his mother’s family textile business producing bed linens. The fashion of home furnishings just mixed with Missoni. He said that they didn’t realize what a big deal the Target launch was — when all of their products sold out in a single day. They are getting ready to launch a line of fabrics and textiles with Stark.

Stark-Missoni window display, as seen on Art Is Everywhere

Hmmm, I wonder if they have wallpaper? He was so down to earth and approachable but I just did not get the chance to speak with him with other conversations taking place. His inspiration, as he explained, comes from the artistic way of looking at something. For instance instead of saying how would this design look, he asks If I was a textile, how would I feel? In fact, his exhibition, The Art of the Moving Textile that chronicles the 60 years of family fashion and design, will be touring Slovenia, from where his father hails. Like Steve Jobs, Luca cited always coming “back to the essence of design” to distill the essential quality of their work, preserve it and start again with a fresh take. I was also moved by the biggest lesson he has learned from his father is to have joyful passion for your work and the work will come to you. They never go seeking it – it finds them.

How fascinating. I was already bubbly from the artistic discussion and the to have the author of Steve Job’s Biography, who is also from New Orleans and his uncle was Walker Percy, speak later that evening was a bit mind-boggling.

Finally I got this study from Houzz on what homeowners want and was hopeful to learn that 86% are looking to improve their space rather than remodel for profit. They want to enjoy what they have and make it better for their own lives. This shift is economic but also goes back to the importance of what is quality? The answer returns to functional, beautifully pleasing design that we thoughtfully fill our lives with and notice around us daily as living art — and what all three of these have in common….Art is Everywhere.

Incredible 3D Light Displays

Celebrating a new year, this light display shows a new way of thinking — using 3D animation to create quite a spectacular and memorable show. This uses a storefront in Berlin as the backdrop screen. I love all the imagery — particularly the butterflies and the sea life.

First, Musical Lights the old way — still magical:

Second, Lights — the new way – spectacular!

And this may be the wave of the future for Ralph Lauren is using it and I’m sure others in the fashion and other industries will soon be using this technology — if they aren’t already.Ā  All these were in Europe so may be a little slower to arrive here in the States but look to the nearest storefront near you for the next showing.

And they can even be interactive.

Happy New Year!

Art of Camouflage

This story about the history of how military camouflage came about is a perfect post to commemorate Memorial Day.

Our contemporary camouflage has theĀ  abstract, cubist art movement to thank, particularly artists like Picasso and George Braque, as this USA Today story points out. “Breaking up” subjects into patterns or puzzle like shapes forces subjects not be immediately recognizable and this concept was picked up by military strategists during World War 1, which helped “allied ships avoid German U boat attacks.

Artists who helped create camouflage were called “camofluers.” Their task was to disguise objects by making them look like something they were not and could blend in with nature around them, similar to what some animals do naturally in their environments as a protective mechanism. These artists were decoy experts who relied on the work of naturalist Abbot Thayer for inspiration around 1909. They used concepts of natural shading to counterbalance and disrupt light patterns to confuse and “dazzle” the enemy.

 

camosoldiersforweb on Art is Everywhere

Example of colorful camouflaged soldiers

Camo patterns on Art is Everywhere

camo patterned vests via abbot thayer blogspot

Claudia Covert, (the coincidence of her name is uncanny), is an expert on military camouflage at RISD. The French first adopted the art of camouflage in 1915 and then the British and the US followed suit in 1917. Pretty fascinating facts while you’re hopefully enjoying your Memorial Day break and remembering all the brave troops who serve to protect the USA. Thanks to the art of camouflage many lives have been saved.

Of course this post reminded me of previous ones regarding Emma Hack andĀ  Liu Bolin. I love these. How fitting with the American Flag and the soda bottles kinda remind me of paint cans.

Liu Bolin on Art Is Everywhere

Liu Bolin via artbistro.com

Liu Bolin  on Art Is Everywhere

Liu Bolin via techeblog.com

Keeping up my Monday Murals posts, here are some abstract murals by Matt Moore of MWM Graphics as part of the Shawnee Peak Muralthon. These are colorful and fun, not meant to deceive but bring joy with color and design.

MWM Graphics abstract murals on Art Is Everywhere

MWM Graphics abstract murals via MWM Graphics newsblog

MWM Graphics abstract murals on Art Is Everywhere

PS: I thought I had scheduled my post for last Thursday. With all of the hubbub surrounding graduation, I guess I forgot to post it. Sorry for that; although I don’t think it will be missed. This just means I’ll have one less post to write this busy week, an unexpected bonus!

Mardi Gras Costumes get a Copyright

I’ve seen countless Mardi Gras costumes, so have you probably, but growing up in New Orleans, this was not uncommon. Of these, the most recognizable referring to New Orleans tend to be The Mardi Gras Indians. I recently learned that up until now there hasn’t been a copyright on their costumes but they are starting to see what benefits this could bring. Having people pay to use photographs of their images would bring a hefty sum. I agree that their suits are creations of art, so it stands to reason that if pictures are being used with these artistic images, then their creators have a say in how those images may be used. This goes the same for any artist who’s work is being represented in a gallery and photos of it are being published in a book. One would have to get permission first if that book is for sale. Once that picture is out in the public domain, however, it could be used on blogs, etc. without proceeds involved and this would actually help to promote and gain that artist exposure. That should be a welcome thing, but I understand the lack of control involved over how these images are used without a copyright, which would provide a basic layer of ownership and protection. A little side note:Ā  Why just last week a reader wrote to ask me for permission to use one of the images I used in blog post about coffee art. I usually go to great lengths to always give the source of where I find my blog photos but for some reason, I could not find a source for this one. I thought it was very thoughtful, nonetheless, that she even took the time to ask, but it wasn’t originally my picture. Here’s more about the Mardi Gras Indian Costume story on NPR. Until this is resolved, I better use this photo of the Mardi Gras Indians pretty quickly…(odd that I found it on Houston Institute for Culture…maybe when there was a mass exodus from New Orleans during Katrina, the Zulus have set up camp there andĀ  are now parading in Houston?).

indian from The Houston Institute of Culture, as seen on Art is Everywhere

Here are two classicĀ  Mardi Gras tunes from Professor Longhair for Kick Starting your Mardi Gras weekend. I’m envious because my son is there but I’m not envious of my mother who is gracious in letting him crash for a night or so with his fraternity brothers.Ā  Maybe Piers will remember to bring a King Cake back for his parents? The Washington Post just named these places as having the best for their taste test. I haven’t tried the top two but have heard good things about them. I like Gambino’s and they rated this third on their list. They should have chosen the Bourbon Cream Cheese or the Pecan Praline filling.

Ahhhhh, I remember the days — just let this music course through your veins and you’ll be transported right there.

For some reason, I cannot get the following videos to embed, so please click on their links.

Big Chief, by Professor Longhair

Go to the Mardi Gras by Professor Longhair with scenes from Mardi Gras.

I did see Marc Broussard in concert last night, however, which was great. I could only find a 2009 version of him playing, Home, while at the Birchmere and last night’s version was more intense, including an unexpected and surprise version of Led Zeppelin’s Dancing Days. Fantastic! I was also impressed with Drew Holcomb and Neighbors, the warm up band, who’s bassist also played with Marc Broussard.

Thanks to my friends for joining me!

The Wow of Wohr

When I first saw this parking garage design by Wohr Parking Systems, used under theĀ  St. Istvan-Ter Cathedral’s Square, in Budapest, I was wowed alright. This is parking genius. They take what could be an everyday nightmare and find an innovative design solution. I can only imagine how much it costs. Check out this link to the Wohr Multiparker to see the short video of how it works. Be sure to check out their other projects while there.

Wohr1 as seen on Art Is Everywhere

This beautiful square was used as a surface parking lot

Wohr Multiparker as seen on Art Is Everywhere

but now, there is a compact & convenient system that puts them underneath

Wohr Multiparker parking garage design as seen on Art Is Everywhere blog

Cars come in....

Wohr Multiparker parking garage design as seen on Art Is Everywhere blog

...cars get stacked and stowed until the owner retrieves

Brilliant!Ā  Notice that they do not mention any projects in the USA, but evidently, they have an American affiliate called SpaceSaver Parking Systems in Chicago. Their intro is an attention grabber…”Parking for the 21st Century and Beyond!”

SpaceSaver Parking Design, as seen on Art Is Everywhere blog

SpaceSaver Parking Design in Chicago

Here’s another interesting site thatĀ  my son Piers, the rising 4th year, civil engineering student told me about — where to see unusual things, places and design — where all types of unusual get exposed. Worthy of adding it to my blogroll. Here are just a few pics from posts on their home page.Ā  Unusual Life covers the gamut. Even Shepard Fairey is profiled and I have another post coming up soon mentioning him again.

kettle house, uploade by BizarreRecords, seen on Unusual Life & Art Is Everywhere

Kettle house in Galveston, Tx, originally uploaded by BizarreRecords and seen on Unusual Life

Eco-wearable weedrobe by Nicole Dextras, fromUnusual Life. Seen on ArtIsEverywher

Nicole Dextras' ā€œWeedrobes," made from live plant materials, as "Ephemeral Art Series" creates "eco-wearables." Posted on Unusual Life. (I might wear this one - beautiful and one of a kind - particularly as flowers fall while adorning.)

Dali-Mae. Posted on Unusual Life, and seen on Art Is Everywhere

Dali-Mae @ the DalĆ­ Museum of Figueres. Posted on Unusual Life

What to Wear

As a follow up to my art dress, graffiti and the invisible artist posts, here are more examples of what to wear — artistically that is:

Chor Boogi not only paints murals, he paints lovely ladies.

Chor Boogie mural models at gallery opening

Evidently Lui Bolin wasn’t the first artist to make himself invisible. I found this on an interesting blog, Butterfly by Day, plus I like the name. It reminds me of casart coverings and our butterflies.

Veruschka Art book on Butterfly by Day blog

I like Susan Sontag’s opening quote on this Veruschka’s website (photo link above). To learn more about Veruschka’s interesting life as a famous fashion model, click here.

Finally, looking for that perfect party dress for New Year’s? Here’s one full of lights that will carry you over from Christmas.

Light dress via DJ Designer Lab blog

Or if you want to have more excitement and really whip things up, try this whisk/ beater dress from DJ Designer Lab blog, perfect for the next post to come on cocktails — just in time for New Year’s.

Whisk dress via DJ Designer Lab blog

Artistic Dresses

Looking for a one of a kind holiday dress?

Although I was unfamiliar with the Weisser Glass Studio and Gallery in Kensington, MD I’m glad I know about it now. Wow, how incredible is this, Autumn Sunset Kimono by Marko & Norris?! It’s made of woven glass. Amazing.

Autumn Sunset Dress by Marko&Norris. Photo by Javier Agostinelli

Here’s a silent video that gives a visual snippet to help show their artistic process:

If I could afford a piece, I’d probably purchase the Ice Babies from their Nest Babiesā„¢ collection. Something about the colors are calming and contradictory with an ice climate for hatching eggs. The dichotomy speaks to me.

Ice Babies by Marko & Norris

Their work is truly innovative and beautiful. The testimonies on their site are worth reading.

Speaking of other inspiring, fashionable art, as this “dress” above, this is a pretty dress by Leigh Reveley, who won first place for her design in the New Orleans Worn Again Competition. The dress is made of discarded fabric scraps such as rotten lace and repurposed textiles. It’s inspired by James Audubon’s Heron. The back is very sexy.

Dress by Leigh Reveley. Photo by Michael DeMocker, Times-Picayune

This video by David White shows the dress being modeled on the runway.

Well, this Ring Toss dress by Lee Rinnenger really caught my attention. It’s made with rings of porcelain and metallic thread. How stunning!

Ring Toss Dress by Lee Renninger via Art Daily

Another unique dress as a follow up photo to my glove dress post:

Glove Dress at MAD. Photo by Richard Barnes via Art Daily

Clicking on the photo will link you to the notice about MAD’s (Museum of Art & Design) MADCrush Wine Bar. Hey, something to try when I’m back in New York City for an extended stay.

Other fashionable posts you may enjoy.

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