THE ART OF JOHN MC ALLISTER

Oooh, how I love John McAllister‘s pattern collages – so inspiring!

DANCERS OF THE CASINO DE PARIS

Hi friends, sorry, I had so much work to do during the past few days that it was impossible to find some time for my blog.
These dancers of The Casino de Paris were supposed to be my carnival post…Don’t they look magnificent? I’m obsessed with these lavish stage outfits! Please excuse the image quality, but the costumes are just to good not to post them! via

THE ART OF LOTTE REININGER

I hope you all had a wonderful christmas! Mine was great as I expected it to be! I’m sign­ing off till new year now – relaxation…! I wish you all happy holidays and hope to see you in 2012!
Those who know me a little better knowing that I’m a big fan of Lotte Reininger’s work. It’s amazing what two skilful hands and a scissor are able to accomplish! Here are only a few examples of her incredible work.

“Lotte Reiniger was born in Berlin-Charlottenburg, German Empire, on June 2, 1899. As a child, she was fascinated with the Chinese art of silhouette puppetry, even building her own puppet theater so she could put on shows for her family and friends.
As a teenager, Reiniger fell in love with cinema, first with the films of Georges Méliès for their special effects, then the films of actor and director Paul Wegener, known today for The Golem (1920). In 1915, the young woman attended a lecture by Wegener that focused on the fantastic possibilities of animation.
After a bit of persuasion, she convinced her parents to enroll her in the acting group Wegener belonged to, the Theater of Max Reinhardt. In an attempt to attract the attention of her distant and very-busy hero, she started making silhouette portraits of the various actors around her. This had its desired effect, and soon she was making elaborate title cards for Wegener’s films, many of which featured silhouettes…” Go on reading about her life and work here!

THE ART OF THEA KLIROS

Thea Kliros was born in New York City and currently lives there. She studied art at Bennington College in Vermont and at the Yale University School of Art and Design in New Haven, Connecticut. She began her career as a painter and worked on dioramas at the Natural History Museum in Washington, DC.
She then moved to Europe, lived in Spain and Switzerland for a number of years, continued to paint, exhibited, and gained experience as a freelance illustrator.
Her illustrations have been featured in magazines as diverse as The Economist and National Lampoon, but until the late eighties, she concentrated on fashion illustrations. These have appeared in numerous publications including Woman’s Wear Daily, Vogue, Seventeen and Good Housekeeping.”
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY FRIEDENSREICH

Still amazingly inspiring for me! So HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you Mr. Friedensreich Regentag Dunkelbunt Hunderwasser!
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BEAUTY CLASS AND MASKS

Over a period of several years Ingeborg Morath collaborated with Saul Steinberg on a series of portraits, inviting individuals and groups of people to pose for Morath wearing Steinberg’s masks. What a great thing! I think I’m gonna paint some paperbags for next halloween!
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VERSACE & BETTY BOOP

I was totally psy­ched about this adorable Vintage Versace Betty Boop Print Jacket ! It is made for me – theoretically! The bad part is…it is probably too small! But if it fits…I’m gonna make it my x-mas present! How do you like it?
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