Monday, 29 July 2013

ART TALK: GUSTAV KLIMT AND FASHION

Weee! A feature! ART TALK is pretty self explanatory, I'm going to discuss a particular artist or art movement and offer analysis on their influences, who they influenced and links to fashion.

If I wasn't already sitting down, I'd have to sit down right now, because OH BOY, there isn't an artist I like more than Gustav Klimt! It may just be because I love the scenes in which his female subjects are in, or the way he has been influenced by Japanese and Eastern art - but overall his amaaaaazing way of depicting the human form by simultaneously focusing on it through stark areas of flesh and, contrastingly, detracting from it with overly stylised blocks of colour, pattern and flowers.

The Kiss, Gustav Klimt, 1908 Source: Klimt Museum
Known for his particular focus on women and the female body, Gustav Klimt lived from 1862 through to 1918, bringing with him a legacy of unique use of colour, shape and pattern to create visual texture.

Klimt is considered by most art commentators to be most well known for his "Golden Phase", in which he employed the use of gold leaf as a sort of "base" colour (and background) and added on top of that in typical oil acrylics to even further draw the eye and make it focus on certain parts of the painting. This phase heralded his most well-known paintings to date - "The Kiss" and "Portrait of Adele Bloche-Bauer" (which sold a few years ago for £85 million!). The Kiss shows an embracing couple and contrary to a lot of his depictions of the female body where their bodies are objects, the woman in this instance is treated as part of this particular story.

Portrait of Adele Bloche-Bauer, Gustav Klimt, 1907 Source: Klimt Museum
clippings from "Gustav Klimt and the Art of East Asia" by Johannes Weininger
Klimt's art can easily be translated into fashion, probably due to the already prominent textures and patterns that he used, but also since his work featured so much opulent and elaborate decoration - it is easy to be influenced by to translate into print and textile. One recent example of Klimt's influences on fashion is the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection from L'Wren Scott, who described the collection as "[The] Dreaming of decadence. Gustav Klimt during the Golden Period using Adele [Bloch-]Bauer acting as the muse.” S

A/W 2013, L'Wren Scott, Source: style.com
I'm pretty sure I will never, ever, ever, tire of looking at Klimt's work - and the art world never seems to be able to find criticisms in his work either - showing that art doesn't always have to SAY something, or MEAN something - it might do, but the whole point is that it's just plain nice to look at.

What is your opinion about Klimt? Do you think he is overly-zealous with the texture, don't really like his female portraits or just think his work is REALLY pretty?

Friday, 26 July 2013

The wondrous power of journals

Warning: there's a hella lot of swearing from here on out. It's probably more than is required for a blog post on art journals, but whatever. 
PS. This post is a re-post of a post (too many posts, sorry dictionaries everywhere) from an older blog of mine!

If we roll on back to the end of January 2012, I was in a limbo. I was wanting to apply for art college in the next year of school and I felt like I had nothing to go towards that… I had a massive passion and I collected books and read them (which is surprisingly something I do a lot with books) and read blogs about people who were connected to what I wanted to do… yet I had no physical evidence of my passion (except the really cool books, but that’s another blog post yet, my dear).

In a haze of internet procrastination and journeying, I came upon a section of the internet which calls itself… an e-course. These are things that people who run blogs (even the ones that aren’t even minutely successful!) make to earn money. OK, they may be more than that to some people, but generally, they cash in on gullible people by pretending their e-course or bible or workshop or puppet show includes the answers to the universe (which I will tell you now FOR FREE is 42. You’re freakin welcome.) and even FREAKIN more if you buy the whole collection of their e-courses for ONLY (and I mean ONLY… It literally COULD NOT get cheaper, seeing as you are ALREADY getting a MASSIVE saving of A MASSIVE £2) £345.69. And that includes the really special deelybopper which glows in the dark. BUT I DIGRESS!

The moral of this story is not a rant on internet businessmen and women, but rather a happy tale of a misguided and procrastinating teenager who swiftly abandons their terrible ways of procrastinating by taking part in an intriguing weekly art journal challenge, which, in a shocking twist of a tale, they end up accidentally forgetting about during the summer and having to catch up in a frenzy as they mentioned…. But hang on! I am rather speedily telling my story. It would be far better for both me and you if I spent the time to tell you in a more normal, human way of typing what I am actually talking about.

Basically, I found out about an “Art Journal All Year” E-course, created by bloggers Elsie and Rachel, and sold in their shop, Red Velvet. It doesn’t technically have to be all year, as once purchased you get access to a website and it stays up there for ever and ever (unless there is a computer meltdown, but that’s in the far future) so in essence you could do it monthly for 52 months, bi-monthly for a hundred and…. oh jesus… four months? Yeah. 104 months. Although that sounds like an awfully long time. It’s actually a really good, comprehensive bunch of challenges which are useful to people (like myself) who aren’t that great at sitting down and thinking of something off the bat.

If you’re sitting there wondering to yourself… what is an art journal? Well, first of all, I’d like to apologise for anyone who doesn’t think that, and also sorry for sounding particularly condescending, but defining what an art journal is is important and crucial in a post about them. Sorry.

So, an art journal is basically a journal; favoured by the more hipster teenager who would rather not use a diary and would rather call it a journal as it has all their feelings in it but makes them sound cooler when they whisper to their friends that they have a journal, since a diary just sounds middle-school, amirite?, and since it is an art journal, it is the combination of the frenziful emotion-y feeling love spew rainbow shite and the condescending thy better than thou OH COLOURS TEXTURE me me me meememememememememememe art stuff. Because the best definition of art is “stuff”.

Now, I’m not saying my art journal isn’t full of “love spew rainbow shite” or “OH COLOURS TEXTURE me me me mememememememe art stuff”, but in essence, that is what they are. Ain’t no other way of saying it. Apart from using Ain’t instead of There is not, but that is an entirely different kettle of rainbow shite.

Hasta la pasta,

Jean

PS If you were at all inspired to check out the e-course I used, zoom here.

(disclaimer: journals generally don’t come with a wondrous power. It’s what you do with them that changes that.)

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Stavanger 2013 camp

Hello hello hello!

Back at the start of July, I went away for 10 days with 9 other girls around the same age as me (16-19) and 3 Leaders from Girlguiding Scotland, to go to the National Norwegian Jamboree - Stavanger 2013. There were, naturally, mainly Norwegian Scouts there, but there were about 3000 guides and scouts from all over the world, including the USA, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the UK, Sweden, Denmark, France and Croatia (to name but a few!).

Going to Norway was actually my first time flying ANYWHERE and it was one of the most exciting and different experiences of my entire life! Suffice to say, I think 10 days of camping in a tent is probably my limit!



The girls who came (including me) were all selected from different Girlguiding regions in Scotland, so before we went to Norway we had only met twice beforehand, at the selection weekend and at an information weekend!

I would gladly call these girls really good friends now, which I think is one of the best things that came out of the trip.

One of the most exciting *things* we did was a hike to Pulpit Rock, or Preikestolen as it is called in Norway, which is a rock face that sticks out 600m above sea level, and overlooks a beautiful fjord. It was such a beautiful place it sort of felt like I was on the inside of a painting, if ya get me?


Jaw-droppingly beautiful, in my opinion!!

Now that I have finally "travelled", I want to do some more! There is a World Scout Jamboree being held in Japan in 2015, and the International Service Team applications open in September... guess who is gonna go apply?! The idea of being able to go to Japan (probably only) once in my life, is giving me shivers - I really hope I get selected as one of the 300 IST people going over, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity :0

Guiding isn't all about international opportunities (although you can consider them the more exciting thing about Girlguiding!), and I volunteer in a unit, take part in challenges and awards and am part of a Senior Section (for girls aged 14-26 years of age). Expect way more posts on guiding and why it is SO SO awesome!

CIAO X

JEAN 

Monday, 22 July 2013

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Hello internet!

My name is Jean, I am 18, and if there were such a thing as Bloggers Anonymous, I’d totally be going, and saying things like; “I make a new blog every year or so which I commit to for a few weeks and then leave by the way side”, and “the only blog I have consistently posted to is Tumblr, which, come on, is just reblogging things”.

I won’t bore you with all the details, but I have made numerous blogs, some have actually become moderately ‘successful’ and then I kinda….. stop. I LOVE reading blogs, blogs from people of a similar age, posts on what’s in their bag, what their skincare routine is, how they organise for school/university/work, Filofax shit, outfit of the day, I could go on. I’m an expert reader of blogs but not so much a purveyor of blogs.

OK I know there’s a lot of effort and time that comes with a blog, but I’m sincerely hoping that this time, I’ll just keep chatting away to myself and hope to god someone comes along and wants to chat with me.

What can you expect from this blog?
  • ramblings. a lot of em. probably on leaving school, university life, art, music, tumblr, the internet…. the list goes on 
  • fashion. I’m doing fashion and textiles at Robert Gordon University starting from September. I guess I should sort of talk about fashion sometimes? Yeah? 
  • beauty. I’m not that into makeup but I loooooove skincare. 
  • tutorials. I don't really know that much about anything but I can try!
  • art. I won't be posting anything I actually do (apart from sewing stuff) but I feel like posts on exhibitions etc. will fit right in!
  • organisation. Filofaxes!1!1! And maybe other things like how to use interesting apps and things I've come across.
  • my life. It is a blog, give me a break would ya? 
  • Guiding. I’m part of Girlguiding and absolutely love it – there is definitely not enough blogs about it in my opinion!
I can't wait to get started, and hopefully keep on going! I plan on posting a few things about Filofaxes and why they are super cool and awesome, my skincare routine (which seems to have an abundance of Simple right now), and analysing my sewing productivity (which is much to be desired).

Ciao and auf weidersehn,

Jean