Fantasy, Folklore & Freshwater

9 06 2011

This year, 2011, the Regional Arts and Culture Council has awarded an Individual Project Grant to Fuchsia Lin, to complete her textile sculpture and performance piece, Fantasy, Folklore, and Freshwater.I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Fuchsia’s performance this past Saturday. It was amazing and emotional. Beautiful.

In Asian mythology, dragons were believed to be rulers and benevolent spirits of moving bodies of water. Inspired by the stories of her culture, and continuing the exploration of her fascination with water, Fuchsia will create a series of sculptural masks and costumes of water dragons. Fuchsia often explores the theme of water in her art to express its inherent beauty and spirituality, as well as the importance of our relationship with this precious resource.

This collection of photos are just from my phone, I wish that you could have seen it in person. Learn more about Fucshia Lin at http://www.fuchsialin.com/main.html as well as mark your calendars because complete exhibition of the works will be held at The Cleaners at Ace Hotel on Thursday, December 8th from 7-10 PM.

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Time Capsule

14 10 2010

Painting by Italian artist Giovanni Boldini of Marthe de Florian, the French actress and his formal muse has been discovered.  The flat is owned by de Florian’s granddaughter in 9th arrondissement, Paris.

Along with love letters tied
with ribbon from Boldini to Marthe de Florian .

The Paris flat has been untouched for 70 years.  Marthe de Florian’s granddaughter went to live in south of France before World War II and never returned. The flat was discovered after the granddaughter died at the age of 91.  She paid rent in full for the last 70 years.

A love-note and a biographical reference to the work painted in 1898, when the actress was 24, cemented its authenticity. At auction the painting sold for €2.1 million, a record for the artist.

The painting is beautiful.  But, I’m wondering who is going to live in that incredible flat?  I’ll take the flat any day.  Such an amazing story.

All photos courtesy of Telegraph.

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“IRIS (We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars)”

6 07 2010

Intriguing work by Marc Quinn of six-foot tondos (circular paintings) of eyeballs.  He is best known for collecting 10 pints of his own blood every few years and freezing it into a self-portrait.  I find this series “IRIS (We Share Our Chemistry with the Stars)” to be very exquisite.  Our eye balls colouring and patterns do remind me of the stars.  These paintings also inspired my next collection of A/W 10.  Enjoy!

Check out more Quinn’s work via Mary Boone Gallery here.

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Motion and Change

8 06 2010

I really love the fact that we are in constant motion and change.  Nothing stays the same.  The beautiful visual that you can really experienced the impermanent of life is the sand mandala practiced by Tibetan Buddhist monks.    Exquisite different colours of sand constructed in brilliant complicated geometric patterns.  Work that takes many hour of skills and patience then destroyed once completed.  Symbolizing the cycle of life.  Here is stunning work of drawing in the sand by artist Jim Denevan.

“Jim Denevan makes temporary drawings on sand
earth and ice that are eventually erased by
waves and weather.”  Via his website.  View more work of Denevan here.

Speaking of change and challenges.  Some of the lights at the shop are still not fixed.   The website including idom email accounts are down.  Hopefully it will get sorted out soon.  It is a good practice of not reacting in a frustrating situation.  I just have to remember to breath.  In the mean time you can still check out the blog.  If you need to get in touch with me.  Please email me at my personal address, modisoondarotok@gmail.com or ring the shop + 1 503 477 6818.

Wish me luck!

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Incredible Paper Structures

27 01 2010

These stunning paper structures by Kendall Buster made me so happy.  Hope that you will enjoy them as well.

All images via Le territoire des sens.

Wishing you a wonderful week.  Thanks very much for your time.





A big crush on Clemens Habicht’s work

20 09 2009

I know I have promised to blog more about New York Fashion Week.  I haven’t been feeling too inspired to even look at all the new Spring/Summer collections.   I have been obsessed over beautiful art work from various artist and my old comics from Japan.  Of course the comics are written in Thai.  I have been enjoying the illustration and reading in Thai for these last few days.  Anyhow, some of the illustrations are reminding me of Clemens Habicht’s fantastic work.  Enjoy!

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‘Alice in Wonderland’ 2000 Illustrations for children’s story

Clemens Habicht is an illustrator, graphic designer and film director based in Paris but originally from Sydney. His name means Hawke in German. Using cut paper, ink and gouache his illustrations and music videos have appeared in Creative Review Magazine, The Bulletin, Antenna Music Video Showcase, and the Edinburgh Film festival. He is inspired by Roman Signer, Rodin drawings, flea markets, Chermayeff collages, birds, books and music. In his spare time he likes to build push bikes and kites and fish for squid.

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Unbreakable’ 2004 SPEEDSTAR
EMI Music, Sydney Music Video ClipCommissioned FEAR OF DENIM PRODUCTIONS, Sydney

Picture4-2 ‘Flock, Suspending Disbelief’, for Michelle Jank Spring Summer 08.  Jank is a fashion designer from Australia.

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‘Mirror ball intro’, Edinburgh International Film Festival.

projects
‘New York’ 2003

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‘Ocean Series’ 2002/2004

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Cover, THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM, Sydney 2002
‘The Australian Museum Shop Catalogue’, 16 pages, 25 x 19.4 cm

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Jean-Louis Aubert, Parle-Moi

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend.






Brilliant James Jean

26 06 2009

I find that James Jean’s work are out of this world!  I still can’t believe he did a big project with Prada for Spring 08.  If you have a chance check out Prada animation ad campaign on You Tube.  It is lovely and creepy at the same time.  Which by the way I like the creepy and the beautiful dichotomy.  Much of his work reminds me of Japanese animation I grew up watching on Saturday mornings in Bangkok.  Plus I was so fascinated with Japanese comics as a kid.  I first saw his work in New York.  I was so blown away.  Thought I would share some of the images with you.

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“Supertron”

James Jean was born in 1979, Taipei, Taiwan. Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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“Toy Maker”

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“Shattered”

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“Horse”

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“Bloom”  This piece is from Prada Spring 08 campaign. He also illustrated his work on their fabrics and their handbags.

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He illustrated this amazing wall papers for their store.  Prada says it “represents the somewhat perverse intersection between Hieronymus Bosch and Aubrey Beardsley. The image depicts an intense landscape of man-eating flowers, dragons, hybrid creatures and eerie fairies.”

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More wall paper from Prada.

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“Sink”

His sensibility reminds me of my friend Lance’s work.  I’ll have to try to sneak some of Mr. Lance’s paintings on here one of these days.  I mentioned him before.  He is the illustrator behind IDOM logo and decals.  Our dream is to collaborated and come up with original prints for IDOM collection.

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“Dive”

View more of his work on JamesJeans.com.  All images are courtesy of James Jean.





Last Thursday Art Opening with Kathy Brock

26 03 2009

Please join us tonight from 6 until 9 pm with our Last Thursday Artist of the month Kathy Brock.

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Brock attended the Art Institute of San Francisco, 1975-76, concentrating on film editing.
She has been creating mixed media pieces since high school.  Brock has always felt tender toward distressed, discarded, or lost bits of paper, advertising, and personal effects.

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Brock exhibited in a variety of venues and galleries, including:  The Postcard Palace, San Francisco;  DOT Gallery, Portland, OR;  Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland;  Cargo, Portland.  She lives with her husband Tim and her two cats in Portland, Oregon.

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Her line of work is buying and selling vintage and antique textiles and jewelry.  Brock travels  regularly to the markets of Turkey and the estate and farm sales of Kansas and Missouri, looking for items.  At the same time, she always keep her eye out for any deteriorated ephemera that can be used in my mixed media artwork.

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See you at IDOM tonight!

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