Archive for May, 2009

Still Tottering on the Wild Side

Posted in ART, DESIGN with tags , , on May 17, 2009 by echostains

Just a short post today.  This one goes with the one I did yesterday The Patter of Tiny Pattens Walk on the Wild Side

Whilst looking for unusual shoes, I was very much taken with these!  fabulous handpainted shoes!

Salvador_Dali_shoes_by_vcallanta these are handpainted!

 

Salvador_Dali_shoes_by_vcallanta these are handpainted!

A rather unusual  pair of surreal  heeled elevators are these.  Those heels are mind boggling!  I wonder what they’re like to walk in?  Or perhaps they are more for posing in!  Great fun anyway!

sergio-rossi-redgold-shoes

 

sergio-rossi-redgold-shoes

Well I better pull my socks up or I’ll be late for work…down to reality eh!

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The Patter of Tiny Feet in Pattens Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Posted in ART, DESIGN with tags , , , , on May 16, 2009 by echostains

platform_shoes 'I'm on top of the world Ma!'

platform_shoes 'I'm on top of the world Ma!'

What are pattens?  And why aren’t they around now?  Well I suppose they are still around but in a different incarnation.  They’re called platforms!  pattens have a long history (see here)

Georgian pattens

Georgian pattens

Pattens were made of wood or leather and sometimes very high 8 to 10 inches.  The idea was to elevate the dainty or flimsily made shoe or slipper from the wet, muddy or damp ground. Rather like walking on stilts really.  This site is very informative about shoes including pattens.

 

14th  15th  century german pattens

14th 15th century german pattens

Some of these pattens had a metal ring at  the bottom, this raised them from the ground.  They must have been very difficult to balance on and it makes you wonder if people fell off them into the mud thereby defeating the object lol!

zebedee had the same idea, but couldn't quite get the hang of it

zebedee had the same idea, but couldn't quite get the hang of it

 

chopines a walk on the wild side

chopines a walk on the wild side

Another type of  pattens were  Chopines, made for the wealthy in Renaissance Italy, though they date to earlier and are by no means exclusive to Italy.   These were very elaborate contraptions and  highly fashionable.

Pattens early 19th cen wood and metal

Pattens early 19th cen wood and metal

The Bronte’s Aunt Branwell  wore pattens.  Coming from the warm climate of Penzance Cornwall, she hated the dark rainy windy climate of Haworth Yorkshire.  She never ever got used to it.  It was not considered  polite to wear pattens indoors so Aunt Branwell was considered eccentric for doing so: –

…she disliked many of the customs of the place, and particularly dreaded the cold damp arising from the flag floors in the passages and parlours of Haworth Parsonage. The stairs, too, I believe, are made of stone; and no wonder, when stone quarries are near, and trees are far to seek. I have heard that Miss Branwell always went about the house in pattens, clicking up and down the stairs, from her dread of catching cold.’ (From ‘The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell)

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patten find top

patten find top

 This patten comes from a metal detecting site.  There is a very interesting story about how they were found!

patten fine bottom

patten fine bottom

 I came across this interesting fashion blog!

              A nice little Fashion Blog

Transcription: Snow White and her Stepmother by Paula Rego page 40 – 45 ‘The Sinister Shadow Theatre’

Posted in ART, TRANSCRIPTION with tags , , , on May 15, 2009 by echostains

 

page 40

page 40

Continuing with my transcription of Paula Rego’s ‘Snow White and her Stepmother’.  This is page 40.  I am concentrating now on the hands of the stepmother:

 

page 41
page 41

Note how the stepmother’s hands are both grasping and exploring in an almost gloating way:-

Sillouettes of these hands form a sinister shadow theatre:-

 

pages 42 and 43
pages 42 and 43

By digitally manipulating the hands and elongating them, the sinister shadows grow longer as in a shadow theatre – and thereby become much scarier: –

To be continued tomorrow

The pages so far;

Pages 1 – 5

Pages 6 – 13

Pages 14 – 21

Pages 22 – 25

Pages 26 – 28

Pages 29 – 30

 pages 33 – 36

page 37

page 38

page 39

 

 

 

Mysterious Places: Roche Rock

Posted in PAST PLACES with tags , , on May 14, 2009 by echostains
The mysterious rock

The mysterious rock

 

When I came across my Cornish pictures yesterday (Barbara Hepworth museum), I uncovered a cache of interesting places we went on our Cornish holiday 3 years ago.  One of them was Roche rock.  We had recently read about it in our favorite magazine Fortean Times. and desperately wanted to see it!

the ruined chapel

the ruined chapel

This rock is surreal!  Where did it come from?  It stands there almost accusingly.  It has a life or a presence all of its own.  Even on a summer’s day, it has a dark broodiness.  Apparently the chapel at the top (now in ruin) was dedicated to St Michael in 1409.

natures way

natures way

The rock is a natural phenomena and is millions of years old.  It has a lava like substance that seems to have been arrested in mid bubbling lol!

eerie sentinels

eerie sentinels

There was once a hermitage below the chapel and legends abound about Roche rock, which has been featured in the film ‘The Omen  The Final Conflict.  Read some more about it here.

and here

A Cornish Garden of Hidden Delights: The Barbara Hepworth Museum, Cornwall

Posted in ART, PAST PLACES with tags , , on May 13, 2009 by echostains

two sculptures converse

two sculptures converse

I came across these photos the other day.  They are from a holiday we had in Cornwall about 3 years ago.  Amongst the many places we visited, was the Barbara Hepworth Museum in St  Ives.  The house has a few Hepworth personal memento’s, but it isn’t as interesting as Hepworths studio or garden .

Hepworth's studio

Hepworth's studio

Everywhere you turn, a sculpture confronts you,  Sometimes they seem to creep up on you and take you unawares!    Each pathway, bush and sculpture provides a vista.  Sometimes these vistas lead to other vistas.  There is so much life out here in the gardens.  The flowers and plants seem in perfect harmony with their neighbours (the sculptures).

amazing forms

amazing forms

Opening up these forms, by piercing them, lets in light and lets the sculpture ‘breathe’.

natures influence

natures influence

Hepworth was influenced by older sculptors like Henri Gaudier Brzeska and Jacob Epstein.  Hepworth took her forms from nature and from Neolithic stones.  If you are in St Ives, it is well worth visiting this lovely place!

Potty about Teapots: Lock in the Flavour!

Posted in DESIGN, TEAPOTS - A HOMAGE TO UNUSUAL TEAPOTS with tags , , on May 12, 2009 by echostains

 

securitea teapot by andy titcomb

securitea teapot by andy titcomb

I came across this original and unusual teapot by Andy Titcomb the other day.  I was immediately struck by how the design acts as a metaphor to the availability and exclusiveness of this once valuable beverage

Tea  caddy circa 1790

Tea caddy circa 1790

Tea, introduced in the mid 17th century became the main  British beverage.  Everyone I know, drinks coffee now though!  Why is this?  Tea was once such a valuable commodity, only wealthy people could afford it.  It was locked away in a tea caddy and eaked out.  Even the leaves were recycled.

tin tea caddy

tin tea caddy

This site incorporates tea caddies and old advertising!

For a brief history of Tea, see here

http://www.britainexpress.com/History/tea-in-britain.htm

‘Happy Birthday Dear Dali!’

Posted in ART with tags , , on May 11, 2009 by echostains

Dapper Dali!

Dapper Dali!

It’s legendary artist Salvador Dali’s birthday today!  He would have celebrated his 105th birthday (and been in the Guinness Book of Records) is he’d have lived!  He died in Figueres Spain (his birthplace) of heart failure in 1989, aged 84.

Salvador Dali MetamorphosisOf Narcissus.  Dali's paintings are full of Freudian symbolism

Salvador Dali MetamorphosisOf Narcissus. Dali's paintings are full of Freudian symbolism

He is in my opinion the  personification of a painter: talented, original and as mad as a hatter lol!  We went to the Dali Universe in London a few years ago. 

Salvador Dali Mae West sofa

There's something fishy going on with this lobster telephone

There's something fishy going on with this lobster telephone

 Apart from the easily recognised Dali sculptures (lobster telephones etc), the best bit was Dali’s actual drawings and illustrations: absolutely  exquisite pieces of work and lots of them.  Each one a marvel and absolute delight to gaze upon.  Dali was an excellent draughtsman and his sculptures are well…surreal like the man himself!

Facts about Dali here

Here is a list of links to post I have made so far concerning artist’s birthday.  I have tried to make it a rule that I actually LIKE the artists’ work!   Some artists I do like, I have not included so far, as their birthdays have clashed with something else I was writing about. Some birthdays I have only found out about when it was too late to include them , I mean to rectify this at a later date.

Dali Soft construction with boiled beens

More of my posts that feature Surrealism;-

‘Sleight of Mind  and Psychic Art’

And what about the Women Surrealists?  Read my review of the ‘Angels of Anarchy’ exhibition HERE

Fellow Surrealist Marcel Duchamp HERE and Photographer Man Ray HERE

The Latest artist’s birthday  is Pable Picasso

Rubens

Gauguin

Leonardo da Vinci

Hart Benton

Turner

Van Gogh

Morris

Pollock

Chagall

Kahlo

Modigliani

Degas

Hopper

Duchamp

Hogarth

Beardsley

Munch

Hepworth