Thursday, December 22, 2011

ART TO WEAR: Iris Tsante.

I am in love with the tongue-in-cheek jewelry by artist Iris Tsante.  
"I consider jewelry as a process of exploring ways to define the senses of 'beauty' and 'value' in reference to memories of significant objects and the subsequent human/social connections related to them."
Ms. Tsante is currently exhibiting at Galerie Ra in Amsterdam through 12 February. 

To see more work and read her bio, click here.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011



This scarf reminded me of the work of Marsden Hartley, an artist I always encountered when reading about American art of the 20th century, but whose work I never really investigated.  


Hartley (1877-1943) was an American Modernist painter, poet, and writer, born in Maine.


Hartley's work was shown alongside many other well-known American artists, such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Charles Sheeler, at Alfred Stieglitz's legendary 291 Gallery in New York.

Though Hartley traveled extensively throughout the United States, and was eventually categorized as an authentically American artist, he also lived in Europe and was greatly influenced by German Expressionism, and inspired by German military pageantry, as seen in the works shown here.


While in Europe, Hartley became acquainted with Gertrude Stein, Wassily Kandinsky (discussed here), and Franz Marc (recently discussed here), each of whom had a distinct influence on his work.


In the later years of his career, Hartley moved back to the U.S., and became a part of the Regionalism movement, depicting scenes of local life in both his paintings and his writing.


Hartley considered his art a spiritual journey, and found great meaning in symbolism.


"My work embodies little visions of the great intangible..."
--Marsden Hartley


Wool coat: vintage, thrifted
Scarf: thrifted
Riding pants: Tahari
Leather boots: Franco Sarto (also worn here and here)
Socks: Gold Toe (also worn here)
Leather purse: vintage (also worn here)
  Striped tunic: H&M
Leather gloves: Urban Outfitters

[Hartley images from,,, and, respectively.]

Friday, December 9, 2011

ART TO WEAR: Sacred Heart.

Jeff Koons, Sacred Heart (Red/Gold), 1997-2005

I've been on the lookout for a festive shoe that will add a bit of dazzle to my holiday ensembles.  When I came across this pair by Irregular Choice, I was immediately reminded of Jeff Koons' Sacred Heart

I captured the above photo when the sculpture was displayed on the roof of the Met in 2008, and I think it's the perfect piece to embody the holiday spirit of giving (although the sculpture itself is valued at $20-30 million, a bit high for most of our gift giving budgets).

Get the look with The Baby Beauty Shoe in Pink, $120 at

Thursday, December 8, 2011



I recently thrifted a book of painting and sculpture from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and came across the work of Robert H. Hudson (b. 1938), a Bay Area sculptor.


Hudson's work was new to me, but combined a few of my favorite things:  Abstract Expressionism, the Bay Area color palette, and assemblage.


Hudson began as a painter (comparable to the work of Richard Diebenkorn, also from the Bay Area) and slowly moved toward a combination of painting, sculpture, and found objects, eventually known as Funk Art Assemblage.

Robert Hudson-Signature

"Drawing from a reservoir of images, memories, ideas, and stories, he has developed a unique and ever-expanding language which he puts to use in a multitude of mediums."


I'm wearing a thrifted skirt worn as a dress, vintage leather belt, thrifted and DIY jean jacket, Lauren Merkin clutch, and Tory Burch boots.


[Hudson images from,, and; quote from San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: The Painting and Sculpture Collection, 1985.]

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011


Sacramento recently alerted me to this inspiring remake project happening on Booooooom.  Above are a few of my favorites.  I also noted the multiple versions of Man in a Red Turban.
View the updated gallery or submit your own here.

[Matisse's Femme au Chapeau by Stella Vula, van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles by Joshua Louis Simon, and Renoir's Portrait of the Actress Jeanne Samary by Marianna Oboeva.]

Friday, December 2, 2011

ART TO WEAR: Picasso Newsprint.

Pablo Picasso, Still Life with Newspaper and Packet of Tobacco, 1914

I've been swooning over these Picasso-inspired Oscar de la Renta pieces since they came down the runway and now they are available for pre-order.  
The papier collĂ© (cut paper collage) technique evoked in the print was an essential element of Cubism, and would be a welcome addition to my wardrobe!
View my Picasso Cubism post here.

Scarf ($490) and Dress ($1,390) available at Nordstrom.