Thursday, May 29, 2014

PSYCHEDELIC CLOUDS







As a child, I was fascinated by the pulsing colors and spectra of works by Peter Max.  Born in 1937, Max created colorful illustrations throughout his entire life across all media, and in partnership with many large companies, such as the USPS and 7-Up, which made him a cultural phenomenon.  He is most notable for his psychedelic landscapes with jubilant figures that seem to characterize the "Cosmic Sixties".  Max still lives and works in New York City, and his work remains a source of inspiration for me, both in the color palettes and compositions which recall one of my favorite decades in fashion and in art.

Dress: L'Amour by Nanette Lepore
Shoes: Kelsi Dagger
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff 

[Photos by Kathy Paciello; Max images from pri.org, blogs.sun-sentinel.com.]

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

KARL MAUGHAN FLORAL










It's difficult not to feel inspired when the flora and fauna outside are finally in full bloom and bursting with color.  New Zealand-based artist Karl Maughan finds inspiration in the gardens surrounding him, both real and fabricated.  Maughan started out working en plein air in New Zealand, but when he relocated to London he no longer had lush gardens at his disposal from which to work year-round.  He began cataloguing gardens via photos which he now uses as inspiration.  He pulls bits and pieces of the very best and brightest, splicing them together in his paintings which are simultaneously idyllic and empty.

I've been on the hunt for one of the pieces of Maughan's collaboration collection with the Stolen Girlfriends Club to no avail.  This vintage jumpsuit, however, is a pretty close match!

Jumpsuit: vintage, Held Over in San Francisco
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban
Leather belt: Roberta Freymann

Photos by Jayne Clark at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.
Maughan images from gowlangsfordgallery.co.nz, ocula.com, odt.co.nz, tulsisays.blogspot.com. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

MAYA HAYUK: Bowery Mural










I first came across Maya Hayuk's work through a Google search for "neon art" about 5 years ago.  I was immediately transfixed by the in-your-face colors and exuberant designs, and have grown to love and appreciate her work even more as I've watched her murals pop up here and there all over the globe.  I was overjoyed when I read that she would be taking over The Bowery Mural this spring and set to work on a new piece of wearable art inspired by Hayuk's wall.

Hayuk's work catches your eye first with a bold, bright statement and then draws you in when you notice the handwork and symmetry of the piece.  Having traveled extensively, Hayuk has a wealth of visual experiences from which to draw, and her work is described as being related to "views of outer space, traditional Ukrainian crafts, airbrushed manicures, and mandalas."  Each piece solves a different problem, and Hayuk describes her process as being dictated by the site and the materials more than anything.


When I start a wall, I look at everything around it first. What else is visible in the space and what are the different vantage point like? How does the light change? How high up can I get and where will my painting end? In other words, how can I make the piece part of the wall rather than something stuck on the wall.

My goal in making this dress was to become a piece of the wall myself.  It was a work in progress until I discovered via the artist's Facebook page that the wall was scheduled to be whitewashed later that afternoon.  With the paint still wet and dripping down my legs, I hopped on the train with a supportive friend and rushed into the city to snap some photos. Luckily, we made it just in time before the mural was covered for good.  Viva Maya!


Dress: DIY by me
Necklace: kayellepea
Shoes: United Nude
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Photos by Hannah Kauffman, below process photo by me.

Monday, May 5, 2014

RAINY SUNDAY AT THE MET





As evidenced here, there are few things I adore more than spending a rainy afternoon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Although the roof closed shortly after my arrival, I enjoyed exploring new areas of a museum I've been to many, many times.

I discovered the Antonio Ratti Textile Center and Reference Library while searching for a tiny exhibition of William Morris (1834-1896) textiles and wallpaper which was just outside.  An extremely well-known British decorative artist, Morris created beautiful undulating designs that possess a timelessness which makes them seem more modern than their era.

And speaking of timelessness, I caught sight of Anna Wintour on her way out; presumably giving last-minute approvals for last night's Costume Institute Gala.  Perfect Sunday.

Blouse: Tracy Reese
Silk Skirt: Vintage
Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo

Photos of me by Meri Feir; Met roof photo by me.