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Weird and Wacky Design: Hats off – A riot of Springtime Promises

Posted in WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2020 by echostains

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Even as  these trying times are upon us, everything in the garden is blooming lovely. Seasons don’t fear the reaper and will come and go as they please regardless. Continuity of life , maybe not quite  as we once knew it, but there will a continuity nontheless. So if you are finding it hard to put  a spring in your step (and many of us are) then use your imagination,   fling your flamingos to the wind for a couple of minutes and visualise stepping out wearing one of these wildly imaginative exotic hats.

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Not for everyday wear of course, VERY and I mean (very) special occasions wear. Delightful silk blooms adorn the head in a colourful burst of symphony and synergy – a delight to eye. I’m feeling  joy just looking at them.

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Step through the fantasy of exotic meadows and mysterious rainforests as a riot of colour invades the senses. These exotic blooms vividly  invoke  in me rainforests and Rousseau drawn  animals in dense landscapes teaming with life and dappled sunshine – and I’ve never even been to a rainforest.

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This exotic  Carmen Miranda type hat provides much  fruit for thought. After no deliberation I have come to the conclusion that ‘I like you very much!’ 

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I would love to drown myself  in a chaos of metallic silk petals that hang in a mid confetti throwing shower around the head.  These freeze frame the face perfectly and leave exclamations hanging in mid-air.

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Meanwhile, down in the woods and meadows, nature has surely conspired with the small folk to make these  felted hats surely made for fairies by fairies or their fairy inspired ancestors.  The results are just bewitching and so is the website lalabugdesigns – pure escapism.  Just what the doctor ordered.

Thanks to these Beautiful websites for the journey

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Altered art book page 13 continued: Danse Macabre

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2009 by echostains

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Vanitas paintings take the form of still lifes, consisting of objects that symbolise death and love of human life and earthly pleasures.  The symbols used are mirrors, skulls, hourglasses, flowers, amongst others.  One of the most famous of the vanitas is Hans Holbein the Younger’s ‘The Ambassadors’.

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The skewed skull in the corner provides a visual puzzle for the viewer.  The skull, books and musical instrument serve as a Memento Mori or vanitas.  In the ever burgeoning materialistic life we live now, I wonder what Memento Mori we would surround ourselves with now?  Perhaps designer clothes,  jewelry or labels?  A DVD or IPOD perhaps?  Are our earthly pleasures any different from the ones displayed in the Ambassadors painting?  We are still obsessed with material possessions and showing them off, so perhaps not…..