Tuesday, March 11, 2014

THE ART ISSUE; AUSTRALIAN VOGUE

Beautiful, dark, deep, and divine.
 Finally, Australian Vogue pushes its boundaries and produces an eloquent, star studded, and creative arts issue.


"The Magic of Mia" 
Cover art by Del Kathryn Barton featuring Mia Wasikowska.

I have noticed the stellar rise of Art and Fashion collaborations for many seasons now and so too have many others. The editor of Australia Vogue, Edwina McCann has said:

“At the Spring/Summer 2014 shows there was no denying the avalanche of ideas that were inspired by art and specifically painting. Karl Lagerfeld turned the Grand Palais in Paris into a gallery with purpose-created installations and paintings… Phoebe Philo’s Céline looks were works of art in themselves, with bold brushstrokes and a nouveau classicism that had us chatting excitedly in the car afterwards about the ways in which she had just shifted fashion forward. And so we returned to Sydney and decided to devote our March issue to great Australian artists, the meaning of art in our lives, and, of course, its intrinsic link with fashion.
On the cover is Mia Wasikowska, the perfect painterly subject for an exciting collaboration between Jillian Davison, Del Kathryn Barton, Emma Summerton and Alice Babidge. The resulting images were nothing short of extraordinary and Vogue talks to Wasikowska about starring in the thoroughly Australian film Tracks and her less than standard route to Hollywood.
Barton says of choosing Wasikowska for the shoot: “She has quite an amazing balance between being very earthy but otherworldly at the same time.”
Also in the issue: An interview with Del Kathryn Barton; legendary John Olsen opens his home to Vogue and sits down with son Tim and daughter Louise as they discuss growing up in arguably one of the most creative households in the country; and Wendy Whitely gives a very personal account of life as an artist, a muse and a wife and a mother. Jillian Davison and Emma Summerton team up again to collaborate with street artist Anthony Lister."
-Vogue Australia

Artist of the moment, Mr Anthony Lister (who is 'repped by the gallery I work at on Sundays, Olsen Irwin) takes center stage inside in the main fashion editorial. It is a typical artist/ muse shoot...model in artists studio... etc etc, but I am just glad they have decided to embrace Australian art.
Left to right; Tim Olsen, John Olsen, Louise Olsen. Photography by Hugh Stewart.
 
Bravo, Vogue and Thank you, for making both my vocations cool.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

REBLOG! MY INTERVIEW FROM IMZCR8

MISS FINLAYSON IS A LOVER WITH A DEEP AFFECTION FOR AVOCADOS. IN GOOD TASTE SHE NAMES TAMAR DE LEMPICKA ONE OF HER FAVOURITE ARTISTS AND TALKS TO US ABOUT SHOOTING WITH STEVEN MEISEL, HER UPCOMING ART COLLABORATION, AND A NEW ONLINE PLATFORM SHE IS ABOUT TO LAUNCH FOR CREATIVE INDIVIDUALS SUCH AS HERSELF.
Right now i am... HUSTLING. 
My full name is... AMY JANE FINLAYSON. 
My star sign is… CAPRICORN. 
In my free time… EAT. PAINT. LOVE.
The reason why i started a blog is... TO HAVE SOME CREATIVE CONTROL IN AN INDUSTRY THAT LOVES TO DO WHATEVER IT WANTS WITH YOU.
My favourite artist... THIS IS A TOUGH ONE. IT CHANGES CONSTANTLY BUT I LOVE MY POWERFUL WOMEN- QUENTIN JONES, TRACEY EMIN, AUREL SCHMIDT, MARILYN MINTER, TAMRA DE LEMPICKA.
My most exciting collaboration to date... MY FIRST SHOW! A COLLABORATION VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART WITH MY AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHER FRIEND MICK BRUZZESE. ART MEETS PHOTOGRAPHY IN A VISUALLY EXCEPTIONAL EXHIBITION COMING SOON!
and coming up... I AM STARTING A SITE WITH A FRIEND OF MINE CALLED NAVY STUDIOS. IT'S A VESSEL FOR EXPRESSION. A DIGITAL PLATFORM FOR CONTRIBUTOR INPUT BUILT TO SHOWCASE CREATIVITY. IT'S NOT AN ONLINE MAG, IT'S A SITE THAT ALLOWS ITS CONTRIBUTORS AND COLLABORATORS TO WORK ON PROJECTS TOGETHER AND SHOW THEM TO THE WORLD. WE ARE CREATING A NEW VOLUME, NEW MOMENTS, NEW CREATIVE MINDS AND NEW WAYS OF THINKING ALL BROUGHT TO YOU BY NAVY STUDIOS. ONLINE VERY SOON! 
The first thing i do when i wake up is… MAKE THE BED
My favourite food to eat is… VEGETARIAN
If I were hosting a dinner party… I WOULD REMEMBER THE BASICS- GOOD FOOD, GOOD COMPANY, GOOD WINE, GOOD MUSIC. 
My guests would be… MY BEST FRIENDS. 
I wish a dressed like… I KEEP VERY STYLISH COMPANY SO THIS IS IMPOSSIBLE TO ANSWER.
The most influential person in my life is… MY PARENTS. THEY PUSH ME TO ALWAYS BE MY BEST. CLICHE BUT TRUE.
My biggest achievement to date… HOLDING A MODELING CAREER FOR OVER 10 YEARS. AND THIS YEAR I WILL BE ABLE TO SAY I HAVE DONE THAT PLUS GRADUATE FROM UNIVERSITY AND HAVE MY FIRST ART EXHIBITION.
I can not live with out… AVOCADOS. AND LOVE. AND HUGS. I AM A VERY CLINGY PERSON. MAYBE I SHOULD HAVE SAID LOVE FIRST.
My idea of happiness is… 
AVOCADO ON TOAST, A GOOD LATTE AND A BEAUTIFUL LOVER.
I am the most comfortable… 
WHEN I AM WITH HIM.
People don't know i… PICK MY NOSE. NO NOT REALLY...BUT HOW WOULD YOU KNOW? I BET PEOPLE DON'T KNOW I AM A DIE HARD RAP AND R&B FAN. I AM LISTENING TO 'NUCK IF YOU BUCK' BY CRIME MOBB RIGHT NOW. 
My favourite designers are… COMFORTABLE ONES. ELLERY, JAC AND JACK, WANG, MUI MUI, MARANT, SCANLAN AND THEODORE, ZARA, TOPSHOP. 
The best purchase i ever made was… PLANE TICKETS TO PLACES I LOVE.
My favourite city in the would is… NEW YORK CITY. ALWAYS WILL BE. I GREW UP THERE- FROM A TEEN TO AN ADULT AN THAT TIME WILL ALWAYS BE SACRED TO ME.
If I was an animal I would be… A STUBBORN MOUNTAIN GOAT 
Currently I am really into… SOLID MARKER PAINT PENS
My favourite concert I ever saw was… MYSTERY JETS AND THE KOOKS IN PARIS FROM BACKSTAGE.
My funniest drunk experience would have to be… CAN'T REMEMBER 
I always wanted to be… HAPPY
My favourite job was… ITALIAN VOGUE WITH STEVEN MEISEL
What is the next thing on your mind… ONE OF THE MANY DOT POINTS ON MY ENDLESS TO DO LISTS.


Thursday, February 6, 2014

J.Z AND B- THE OTHER POWER COUPLE



Another cool collaboration from some of my favorite Aussies- casual wear company bassike and boundary pushing, L.A based artist Jonathan Zawada

Having originally created the bassike branding in 2006, Zawada has teamed up with bassike again, this time on a limited edition print for the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection

Straight from the press release...

“We really respect Jonathan’s aesthetic and his modern yet philosophical approach to colour and texture. We feel very honored to be working with him again creatively” says Mary Lou Ryan of bassike.

Describing the concept behind the prints, Zawada explains, “For the past couple of years I have been creating small-scale doodles on my phone with a simple drawing app. I wanted to explore how some of these rough compositions could be evolved further and translated back into a non-digital format. I wanted this season of prints to feel like they were part of the ongoing narrative of work I've created with bassike.”

For the Autumn/Winter 2014 prints, Zawada uses “a mixture of hand and digital work. The paint strokes are created by hand then manipulated digitally to create new line work and new compositions. I've always been interested in the space between digital and analogue and this work is precisely that mix.”




Monday, February 3, 2014

BECOMING A WORLD TRAVELLER

 


"In this thoughtful piece, Brannon Gerling explores ways to do so much more than just travel. Open your eyes and your heart and the world will open to you"
If you can't read this visit the website or go and buy the mag- it has wonderful imagery. 
- Article from the Jan/Feb/March issue of Vacations and Travel Magazine

ST VINCENT- LIKE SEUSS BUT SMARTER


I just want to start out by saying the best thing about having a blog is the ability to post and write what ever the F you want. Apologies for the colloquial nature of that sentence but it is so true.  I have been thinking a lot about art and expression lately- which is good as my next unit for University is Philosophy and Cognitive science. What we see and hear has a great effect on how we think and act as humans, and I truly feel that art permeates hate and diffuses stale barriers of unnecessary fury. With that said I am now posting EVERYTHING I think is art- from this mature version of a Dr Seuss narrative- sung incredible by Annie Clark of St Vincent and directed by Chino Moya, to articles that resonate with me and stir the imagination and passion in my soul.
I encourage you to find the same- inspiration is all around us.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

COLOUR COLLAB. JOSH GOOT X TAUBMANS

Style in a can! A colourful, painterly collaboration between two Iconic Australians. My mate Goot has created some beautiful T-shirts (that come in a 1L Taubmans paint can) with the help of the colour enthusiasts at Taubmans.

As stated in the press release, "the natural synergy of these iconic brands results from their commitment to designing high quality technically advanced products for consumers." The brand manifesto at Taubmans is to "inspire consumers with colour" and who better to tell this story than Josh Goot.
Using a white base Goot played with his inspirational colours for the season, a vivid palette that included Taubman's Lavendula, Rouge Roi, Split Lime and Taffy Twist. The result, a beautiful digitally painted floral design.
"Nadine Miller-Vachon, Taubmans Head of Marketing, says of the partenership, "The high level of technicality in the clothing he produces paired with his iconic use of colour makes him a great partner to Taubmans. We’re excited to produce a beautiful and unique product with such a well-loved Australian designer, which shows that colour inspiration can come from anything and that every colour tells a story.""
-Urban Society


Much better than my old painting shirt.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

W MAGAZINE ART ISSUE

 Yayoi Kusama (Photographed by Emma Summerton)

 Yayoi Kusama

 Yayoi Kusama

In the late ’60s, Kusama’s celebrity rivaled that of Andy Warhol. A central figure on the New York avant-garde scene, Kusama was famous for her delicately patterned abstract canvases, soft furniture with phalluses, and happenings in which she painted naked participants with her now signature polka dots. She also had her own clothing shop, where she sold her racy designs. But when the emotional issues that had plagued her since childhood proved overwhelming, she quit New York and entered a Tokyo psychiatric hospital, where she has resided ever since. And yet she has never stopped producing bold, propulsive work that spans painting, sculpture, fashion, and installation, such as her mirrored infinity rooms, which surely reflect the cosmos of Kusama’s own imaginings. The sources for her celebrated polka-dot works, for example, are the hallucinations she first experienced as a child growing up in Japan during the war years. “Polka dots would cover my fingertips to the top of my head, expanding to the window and finally covering up the whole room,” says the artist, 84, whose latest solo show of new paintings and installations, “I Who Have Arrived in Heaven,” is on view at David Zwirner in New York through December 21. She adds: “I was terrified by these hallucinations, so much so I had to tremble in the closet. However, by painting these psychological complexes and fears repetitively, I was able to suppress and overcome all of them.” Early in her career, Kusama commissioned photographs of herself with her work, in which she often dressed to blend in with the elaborately polka-dotted settings. “I call it Kusama’s Self-Obliteration,” she says of an artistic philosophy that, perhaps ironically, has put that self front and center. Though she knew little about George Clooney, she decided to suit him up in polka dots as well. “My idea is to send the message of ‘love forever’ to all the people in the world through the polka dots, which are all about the universe and human beings and living things. Your sex, being famous, being a star has nothing to do with it.”
 
 Karen Kilimnik 

Kilimnik has painted Paris Hilton as Marie Antoinette, drawn ballet star Rudolf Nureyev, and turned London’s Serpentine Gallery into a suite of rooms inspired by stately homes, equestrian themes, and the occult, but until now she had never made a drawing of Clooney. The famously reclusive artist, who worked from her recollections of the actor on the red carpet and in the film Ocean’s Eleven, says the most difficult Clooney quality to capture was “his sense of humor.” Kilimnik’s latest show of paintings and photographs runs through March 31, 2014, at the Prince of Conti’s 18th-­century winery in Burgundy, France.

 Marilyn Minter

I had the pleasure of meeting Marilyn in her studio New York City in 2009 when I was interning with former Harpers Bazaar photo editor Cary Leitzes at Leitzes and Co (formerly ARTCO). I have always admired her technique and I love her aesthetic. Her video Green Pink Caviar is a must see and is the video that made me fall in love with her. At the end of my internship I was lucky enough to be bestowed with a signed copy of her book. She is one of my favourite artists- her incredibly layered aesthetic, passion and presence keep her at the top of her game even at 65. A true inspiration for women everywhere.



In her hyperrealistic photographs and paintings, Minter, 65, taps into our anxieties about glamour and desire. Look closely at her glossy gold-­encrusted mouths, tongues spewing pearls, or feet teetering on spiky sandals and they suddenly go all blurry—they are, and they aren’t, what they appear to be. A key part of the New York art scene since 1969, when she made the now famous photographic series of her drug-addicted, agoraphobic mother, Minter will be among the artists featured in the gallery show “Bad Conscience,” at Metro Pictures in New York from January 16 through February 22, 2014. “I’m interested in cultural leftovers—images that you don’t really see because they are waiting to get replaced or swept away,” she says. For W, she imagined Clooney as the figure on a movie poster that is about to be removed from a bus shelter or a billboard. She worked from original close-ups of Clooney’s pores, stubble, and eyes; on her computer, she made his eyelashes more prominent, then graffitied the cracked glass with markers and swiped a glycerine-water mixture over it to mimic the effect of rain. Finally, she set up a light to create a flare in his pupil and shot the image with her digital camera. In the end, Minter says, “I chose to wipe him out altogether so that he just became a male eye.”

 Catherine Opie

Catherine Opie

From W Magazine:
The first “out leather dyke from California,” as she puts it, to earn a major solo show at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, in 2008, the 52-year-old artist has never shied away from confrontation or candor. For a 1994 self-portrait, she wore a leather hood and had the word pervert cut into her bare chest; a decade later she posed topless as her infant son suckled her nipple. (That work is featured in the group show “Me. Myself. Naked” at Museen Böttcherstrasse, in Bremen, Germany, through February 2, 2014.) Although the construction of identity has long been the subject of her work—she is best known for her documentary-style photographs of archetypical communities including surfers, football players, and lesbian families—Opie has also trained her lens on freeways and rural landscapes. Over the past couple of years, she has shot close artist friends like Matthew Barney, Raymond Pettibon, and Kara Walker against a black background, in hopes of investing her photographs with more narrative mystery. The goal, she explains, is to allow viewers “to load their own sense of story onto an image.” Though she’d never met him before, George Clooney, she decided, fit neatly into her concept. “I told myself this was just another person I had asked to come to the studio,” she says. Of course, his renown as “the go-to romantic guy,” Opie explains, led her to explore the expectations that come with a portrait of a male movie star and to “tweak them.” For starters, she left the actor barefoot and played with poses from John F. Kennedy’s official portraits, among others. A lover of 17th-century painting, Opie looked to Hans Holbein as inspiration for her earliest sittings; lately, Leonardo da Vinci has led her to think about light and how it breaks and illuminates certain areas while pulling others into shadow. Wanting Clooney to appear as if he were emerging from a private reverie, she moved the lights herself and kept the set music-free. “I didn’t want just a stare; it had to be a human moment,” Opie says. “Ultimately, I’m interested in the silence that portraits can offer."

 Tracey Emin

 Tracey Emin

Emin, 50, was a writer before she was an artist, and words drive her confessional, in-your-face works. The piece from 1995 that made her famous, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995, consisted of a camping tent with the names of everyone she has ever shared a bed with stitched inside. Having grown up in the seaside town of Margate, England, surrounded by neon signs, she put her own name in lights that same year—for the Tracey Emin Museum she created in London. “My neon is hand-blown and hand-twisted and follows directly from my handwriting, which is very distinctive,” says Emin, who considers her longhand script as expressive as a drawing. “It’s all joined up and quite old-fashioned-looking,” Since 2009, she has also made text portraits (opposite) based on a standard questionnaire (above) she asks each subject—in this case, George Clooney—to complete. Emin knew Clooney only through his films and political activism, and his e-mailed answers made her “burst out laughing,” she says. “They were so candid. So I thought about how strong his smile is, because he’s definitely funny.” His humble notion of home also intrigued her. “I could imagine him sitting there on his own, writing notes, thinking about it. You can tell by his answers that he has this strange time, this no-man’s time going from one place to another.” Emin says that her subjects’ responses are often more revealing than what any in-the-flesh sitting might produce. “It’s a collaboration in the simplest way,” says the artist, whose first U.S. museum show, “Angel Without You,” which focuses exclusively on her neon works, opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami on December 4 (through March 9, 2014). “I’m asking them to guide me by what’s in their mind—but they’re influenced by my questions.” Her question about sex, for example, “reveals to me how up-front they are or how much they could possibly take in their own environment,” and the one asking how they’d choose to die “lets me see how vain they are—you know, if they say, ‘being shot into space’ or whatever.” 

 GIRL POWER. These 5 female artists have taken one ultimate subject- the delish Mr George Clooney and transformed him into a number of beautiful works- each representing the differing styles and aesthetics of their creator. A tribute to the possibility of art to transform and inspire. All of these women have a different story and are sources of inspiration for us all. 

All images from www.wmagazine.com

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

JJ + DD =YES YES.








I love a good collaboration and when the beautiful peeps from Jac + Jack and Dinosaur Designs joined forces the result was divine. MASSIVE bummer it has sold out 'cos I would totally rock these at the beach. Crafted from hand woven cotton, each towel takes three days to weave. Constructed in India they are crafted by artisan weavers and are then tie dyed. Hand made art to lie on. What more could you want this summer!?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

MORE BEAUTIFUL BOUDICCA

Watch the divine, simple and pure video here.

Monday, November 4, 2013

WODE by BOUDICCA

An oldie but a goodie!
New video coming soon

Monday, September 30, 2013

VALONZ WEBAZINE



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If you haven't already discovered it, you should seriously consider signing up for the Valonz Webazine. It showcases some of the most creative beauty editorials I have seen in a long time, along with the best talent in the business. Take a look here.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

GARAGE MAGAZINE CONSUMES ME (INEZ AND VINOODH MAGIC 4/4)

I recently bought the latest issue of Garage Magazine and I physically can not read it fast enough. I haven't actually bought Garage before, but let me tell you, I. Am. Hooked. Obsessed. Infatuated. 
The cover is bloody amazing- 'John Baldessari met Inez and Vinoodh' and created a really fresh image that perfectly combines the creative worlds of fashion and art in a really modern and accessible way.
 A well informed, creative, articulate and clever editors letter starts the tone for the rest of the magazine. It is followed by the most amazing gems- John Baldessari in witty and intellectual conversation with editor Dasha Zhukova. Derek Blasberg's hilarious email banter along side cutting edge and creative advertising. Smoking hot cowgirl Adrina Lima by the continually impressive Inez and Vinoodh (who on top of everything recently released a perfume with Byredo Parfums called '1996' - does everything they touch turn to gold!?). An editorial dedicated to fashion statements and manifestos of the top fashion houses with jumpers created by Leutton Postle. And then when you think it can't get any better there is a fucking SCRATCH AND SNIFF section entitled 'Five Artworks Five Odors', 'a new collaboration between sight and smell for your olfactory pleasure'! CAN YOU GET ANY COOLER!? Want to know what Antoine Lie thinks 'Desperation' by Roy Lichtenstein smells like? Just give the work a rub and breathe it in. Or how about 'Fountain' by Marcel Duchamp? Take a whiff of what Francis Kurkdjian reckons it smells like. Garage is packed. I highly suggest you purchase. From cover to cover it is immaculate and I can't wait for issue 6. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

INEZ AND VINOODH MAGIC 3/4




Inez and Vinoodh have shot the recent campaign for Barneys and also directed the ever so cool Lou Doillon in the recent video "Devil or Angel." With the mini Lou D by Shona Heath and the swirling whimsical illustration by Jo Ratcliffe the video gives even more dimension to Lou's wicked world. 

A note from the Barneys website: "The campaign stars Doillon’s alter ego—a life-sized marionette, created by set designer Shona Heath, meant to mimic her every stylish move."
All images by Inez and Vinoodh from Barney's New York.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

INEZ AND VINOODH MAGIC 2/4


I can't believe I am only finding out about this now. I certainly love my jewelry and for all those reading who love a bit of bling, these wicked creations by Inez and Vinoodh for new York jewelry company Ten Thousand Things are a shining example of refined creativity. 
Here's what V Magazine had to say about it:

"With a stunning portfolio that features their clientele from the worlds of music, fashion, art, and film, TENTHOUSANDTHINGS founders David Rees and Ron Anderson together with Inez & Vinoodh celebrate the jewelry brand’s twentieth year in the business. Shown here, those loyal friends and philanthropists give back, posing in one-of-a-kind creations, all of which are available via online auction February 6–27 on CharityBuzz.com. Proceeds will be donated to each subject’s chosen cause, so shop this exclusive preview and pick your favorite piece from the pages of V! "

 CYNDI WEARS DIAMOND PAVÉ AND PEARL 18K GOLD LARIAT (OTHER JEWELRY HER OWN)  FASHION PATTI WILSON  MAKEUP WENDY ROWE  HAIR DUFFY  MANICURE GINA VIVIANO (ARTISTS BY TIMOTHY PRIANO)

 SUSAN WEARS DIAMOND PAVÉ, AMERICAN NATURAL PEARL, AND MOONSTONE DOUBLE PENDANT NECKLACE  FASHION ANNIE LADINO  MAKEUP WENDY ROWE  HAIR CHRISTIAAN    

 KRISTEN WEARS DIAMOND PAVÉ AVANYU RING  FASHION JOE MCKENNA  MAKEUP AARON DE MEY  HAIR DIDIER MALIGE  MANICURE GINA VIVIANO (ARTISTS BY TIMOTHY PRIANO)  

CHRISTY WEARS DIAMOND PAVÉ STICKS WITH AMERICAN CULTURED PEARL EARRINGS   FASHION CARLYNE CERF DE DUDZEELE  MAKEUP JEANINE LOBELL  HAIR CHRISTIAAN

FREJA WEARS VINTAGE FRESHWATER PEARL STICKS AND DIAMOND PAVÉ FRINGE CHOKER   MAKEUP JEANINE LOBELL  HAIR DUFFY

 JULIANNE WEARS DIAMOND PAVÉ AND SAPPHIRE SCULPTURAL RING

"The name TENTHOUSANDTHINGS is taken from a line of ancient Chinese philosophy: “from one thing begets the ten thousand things.” This principle of infinite creativity and constant evolution guides designers David Rees and Ron Anderson."-www.tenthousandthingsnyc.com

All photography by Inez and Vinoodh. Images from V Magazine. See full story and portfolio here.