Monday, April 30, 2012

The Same But Very Different, Three Embroidery Artists Blend Art & Fashion

Art & Fashion together here in embroidery works of three amazing artists, Jose Romussi, (above & below), Maurizio Anzeri (further below) and Ausra Osipaviciute (bottom.) They each work with photography (and embroidery), to create a stunning mixed media pieces that blur the lines between art, fashion and style! Have a look....
 Chilean artist Jose Romussi (above), takes vintage black & white photograph of ballerina and saw over some colorful thread adding a playful touch to their frozen posture. If you like this kind of mixed media, you should also check the more complex work of  Maurizio Anzeri, below.

I love these works, a little creepy and a lot contemporary (to me) and 200% something I want on my walls.
Above, shot by Lithuanian photographer Ausra Osipaviciute and embroidered by Gintare Pasakarnyte.
Some photos found on

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Art of the Shoe, Literally. Sam Edelman at Bloomingdale's, A Spring Shoe Event!

Join me on a little photo tour of the Sam Edelman Spring Shoe Event at Bloomingdale's 59th Street, won't you... "Is it art? Is it fashion," the daily blog's both. These shoes ARE a work of art. So there it is. Presto, now it's a mix of fashion & art....
The event took place last Thursday evening at the flagship location and featured prime shoe advice from Mr. Edelman and his staff, including the designers!  
Everyone can agree, comfort is key for the working woman dashing around the city, thus for spring I chose the "Nell" above, in black, of course.  A "normal" sized heel and lots of studs!  The designers said this was a best seller and of course, very comfy,  Mr. Edelman was very interested in what the ladies had to say in what they wanted in a shoe; "on trend, unique look, again, yes, comfortable" -oh and "affordable," which the brand is. 
You can't see it, but the cupcakes had shoes on them too....
Mr. Edleman signed shoe prints, which for an artists - this type of take home made me week, and month!
Designer Michelle Long and an Edelman associates...
A few of my other favorite pieces. Of course, polka dots!
And another of the famous signings!
This is one of my two that I was lucky enough to receive.
After being to the Affordable Art Fair and another art show, this is how you end up looking. It was a hard days night, but a ton of fun.  One of my favorite Bloomingdale's events for sure. Such an honor to not only meet Mr. Edelman but again, get these prints. My fellow art (& fashion), collectors are jealous indeed!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Changing Pop Art Forever - Keith Haring Exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, Don't Take My Word-GO SEE IT NOW!!

Art or Fashion?  This one's ART friends!  Next weeks posts will feature more on the blurry lines between art and fashion, such as Agnes B. photo printed clothing and Embroidery Art on original photographs from three amazing photographers / artists I found on
But first....
... I finally went to the Keith Haring exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum  last weekend "Keith Haring: 1978–1982"  and was blown away by the over 300 images during this time period.  Back in the early 80's as I discovered art (at the very young age I might add.), Andy Warhol was my unwavering favorite.  And Keith Haring, and Basquiat, and anything Studio 54...well you get it.   Going to the Pop Shop in the mid 90's here in the city was also a huge treat.  This exhibit brings back the true NY spirit of Haring and introduces one to the many facets of his work.  It was fascinating to watch the videos of him painting in what can only be described as a methodical trance.   The exhibit also showcases his notebooks, photographs, and subway drawings, random books as well as his friendship with artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf.  I took almost one hundred photos and without any type of flash in the museum (which is not allowed) and most came out ok.  Don't let this (and the many other blogs reporting on Haring), stop you from seeing the exhibit, I'm going back again - that's how great it is.  One of my most favorites was seeing the hand written and typed flyers Keith made for his art events and art calls.  Oh how I wish I had one of those original flyers now!  It shows how things were done in back in the day, with a genuine passion and perseverance minus all the computer fluff.  Once you go, you'll know!
The many "art call" and club flyers Haring hand made that I speak of below....
If I found one of these it would be in a vault!


One of my most favorite images of Haring and Basquiat....

Just happened to catch this at the right time - get it... the heart, love...?
I met these guys on the way out... I saw this Basquiat shirt and had to stop him for a photo. Name; Jean Paul Fontanta who is a designer and made this amazing coat (that you can't see), but trust me, look at his info below.  I didn't get his friends' name but both were kind enough to let me snap a couple images, again sorry folks - no flash in museum so I hope you can see how fresh the style is.  His designs were a "work of art" for sure! (See more at & on Instagram @fontanta_arte.)

 Keith Haring died on February 16, 1990 from complications from AIDS at the age of 31.