Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DAY OF MONET










Happy birthday, Claude Monet!

I teamed up with the Getty Museum and LACMA to highlight two fabulous works by Claude Monet in their respective collections.


Nympheas, ca. 1897-1898

Check out @gettymuseum and @lacma on Instagram to see the creation process in their Instagram Stories!



Tuesday, October 31, 2017

ART HISTORY HALLOWEEN: Femme au chapeau







Happy Halloween!

My costume this year was inspired by Henri Matisse's Femme au chapeau (Woman with a Hat), 1905, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  I've always been fascinated by this painting for its riotous colors, and it was actually one of the first artworks to be classified as "Fauvist".  

It is a portrait of Matisse's wife, Amélie, who was a hat-maker.  What a fun challenge to recreate the gorgeous topper depicted in this painting!  

I used hand-painted paper, which I cramped and attached to a painted hat.  I painted the blouse as well, and the backdrop.  My friend Kathy helped me with the makeup and took the photos.  It was so much fun to bring one of my favorite paintings to life!

Have you worn an art-inspired Halloween costume?  I'd love to see it!

Friday, August 4, 2017

I dreamed a world and called it love




Greetings from Aspen, Colorado!

I'm in town for Art Crush, a yearly benefit for the Aspen Art Museum that draws artists and collectors  alike to the mountain town.  I donated a custom Artfully Awear garment to their benefit collection, and all proceeds go toward funding the museum and its programs.  I can't wait to find out who ends up with one of my pieces!

The dress I'm wearing here is hand-painted using metallic paint on vegan leather, and the inspirational work is Jim Hodges' I dreamed a world and called it love #8 and #9.  I'd only seen photos of this artwork while making the dress, and it was so much more complex in real life.  It is made of glass on canvas, and each piece is cut and fit to the next piece.  It was a tough concept to recreate as something wearable!  Luckily my sparkly shoes capture the reflective nature of the glass.

Thanks to Amy Phelan for inviting me to Wine Crush, and to the Aspen Art Museum for hosting me for their benefit!

Photos by Emily Hoerdemann.



Monday, July 31, 2017

#AArtxFashion: Miljan Suknovic and Artfully Awear






















Last week, I celebrated the launch of my first capsule collection of clothing in collaboration with artist Miljan Suknovic.  
Even as I type these words, it seems a bit surreal that Artfully Awear has taken the form of an actual clothing collection!  It's an understatement to say that I'm excited.

Miljan and I have been friends for about a year and a half, during which time I've visited his studio on numerous occasions and always gleaned inspiration.  When Dreams on Air asked him to do an installation of work in their SoHo store, we knew it was the perfect time and venue for us to do something amazing together.  I got to work making a collection of garments inspired by his work.

Ahead of the event, Miljan installed a number of his large-scale pieces throughout the boutique, and created an awesome window display featuring his paintings as well as one of my garments.  On the evening of the event, we hosted over 200 people for champagne and a viewing of the work, including a photo booth (with hand-painted wearables) and a live painting demonstration by yours truly.

We were surrounded by all of our friends and received such an overwhelmingly positive response to our work together.  All of my hand-painted garments sold out!  It was truly one of the best and most memorable nights of my life!

Photos by Peter Sealy Art & Photography and Dezfitmedia
Model: Luiza Farber

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ROBERT OTTO EPSTEIN











I met Robert Otto Epstein a few years ago, while he was working on his 8Bitterized paintings and drawings.  I was intrigued by the (as I thought) obvious connection to technology and of course the vibrant color palette, and I got to know him through a few conversations about his work and visits to group shows.  Most recently, I was struck by his portraits at VOLTA in NYC.  When I saw that his work would be included in a two-artist show at Hionas Gallery in Chinatown, I decided to reach out to him about a collaboration.

In chatting about his work, I found out that it references much more than technology.  In his words, "When I was first painting, I randomly came across a knitting pattern magazine on eBay.  So I started out painting sweaters, cardigans, jackets, and skirts.  Over time, I noticed that the knitting instructions take on a grid format.  Each square and each symbol represented a different color and that's how I got into the abstract form of painting and drawing." Basically, Robert was Artfully Awear all along!

When asked about his newest series of portraits, three of which are included in the Hionas Gallery show, he said he started out searching the internet for high-resolution images, and eventually landed on celebrities as subject matter, after exploring gallerists and athletes.  The painting that I chose as inspiration for my jacket is based on a portrait of Olivia Munn.  We both had a laugh when I told him how difficult it was to capture the expression in his painting - and he reminded me that each portrait naturally contains a likeness to its artist, so of course mine would have appeared different than his.

Instinctively, I asked him what's next, and he said he's very interested in pursuing wall-sized paintings.  It took many hours for me to hand-paint the skirt and jacket inspired by his work, so I immediately understood how intensive the process would be to paint a grid on a surface the size of a wall!   He also joked that perhaps a fashion line should be in the works.  I'd wear it!

Robert's work is on view at Hionas Gallery until May 26th.

Photos by Kathy Paciello.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

KUSAMA KIDS







My very favorite thing about Artfully Awear is seeing how others are inspired to create their own wearable art.  Leila and Jonah, along with their mother Stephanie, created these fabulous polka-dotted shirts for their visit to the Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum. Stephanie said they were inspired by my Artfully Awear ensembles.  In her words, "The exhibit is so interactive already and interacting with your clothing brings it to the next level."  Have you ever seen a more adorable duo?!  It looks like Leila and Jonah had a blast wearing their Kusama shirts in her infinity rooms!

Have you created any wearable art?  I would love to see it!  Use the hashtag #ArtfullyAwear on social media to share your creations.