Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Botanical Art by Female Artists

I very much hope that you're not tired of my flower themed posts just yet because here comes another one. It's dedicated to some beautiful botanical art by some very talented women.

Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) was a German artist, naturalist, and publisher. Her vivid, detailed and dramatic watercolors turned into engravings were highly prized both as exquisite pieces of art as well as works of great scientific merit. They were also used for pattern books on painting and embroidery, and Merian herself taught embroidery, which endears her to me even more.

You can see more of her work here

Another prominent 17th century botanical artist is Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750). With a botanist for a father, it is not at all strange that this Dutch artist turned her mind to painting sumptuous bouquets of flowers. Ruysch's work is very detailed, with strong vivid colors against a dark background.  

Flowers in a Glass Vase,1705-1715, Rachel Ruysch 

Flowers in a Terracotta Vase, 1723, Rachel Ruysch 

A Spray of Flowers, unknown date, Rachel Ruysch

You can see more of Ruysch's painting here

Marianne North (1830-1890) was a Victorian biologist and artist who led a pretty unconventional life for a woman of her time. She traveled extensively, often alone and spent her time hunting for flowers and plants all over the world which she then turned into painting of unprecedented beauty. 

Amatungula in Flower and Fruit and Blue Ipomoea, South Africa, Marianne North 

Various Species of Hibiscus, with Tecoma and Barleria, Marianne North 

A South African Sundew and Associate, Marianne North

You can see a lot more of North's art here, and if you're interested to know about her, check out this article. And you want to enjoy her art live, you have every opportunity as she has a permanent exhibition in the Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens, London. 

Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Decorative Floral Hair Comb

I'm still in a very spring-y mood, which means - you guessed it - more flowers! After looking at all these lovely botanical photo spreads like this one and this one, I felt that I needed something new and floral for my jewelry box.

This is my DIY tutorial on how to make a lovely little blossomy hair comb.

You will need:
A small decorative comb - from Glitter
Resin flower flatbacks - from Green Papaya
Super glue (make sure its the kind that works on plastic)

Step 1: 
Figure out how many flowers you will need. I originally went with four, but ended up suing five. Just align them along the winds of the comb and see how many you can fit in there. 

Step 2: 
Put some super glue on the back of your flowers and attach it to the comb one by one. Then leave it to dry. 

Step 3:
Ta-da! The comb is ready. Add it to your French twist or Edwardian tuck for maximum gorgeousness.

Speaking of flowers, I have recently discovered Fentimans Rose Lemonade. And it is now my drink of choice. It's a lovely ginger-flavored soda with just a hint of rose. Perfect for spring picnics.  


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dolce & Gabbana for Vogue Germany - Wilting Flowers

Spring is in the air. All the sunshine and patches of green grass have clearly gone to my head since as soon as I see a new photo spread with a flower theme, I feel compelled to blog it.   

These beautiful images created by photographers Daniele and Luigi + Iango make me think of the doomed queen Marie Antoinette. The gowns and hair are very à la pre-Revolutionary France. 

Publication: Vogue Germany April 2014
Models: Meghan Collison, Sophie Touchet, Steffi Soede, Xiao Wen, Holly Rose Emery & Codie Young 
Photographer: Daniele and Luigi + Iango
Styled: Patti Wilson
Hair: Luigi Murenu
Make-up: Virginia Young

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Art of Fantasy by Jeff Bark for Porter Magazine

This beautiful fashion spread reminds me of Pre-Raphaelite art and fairy tales. So I had to share it with you. 

Publication: Porter Magazine #2 Summer 2014
Model: Karen Elson
Photographer: Jeff Bark
Fashion Editor: Anthony Unwin
Beauty: Rick Gradone

Friday, April 4, 2014

Long Time Away and Back to the '70s

Well, it's been a while since I wrote anything on this blog. School, work and other things completely took over my life. But now I'm back. Sort of. At least I'll try and write more from now on.

I've been a bit ill so I've been watching a lot of That '70s Show, so this post is dedicated to all the '70s stuff I love.

The cast of That '70s Show.  

Another one of those faux '70s things. This is the Brady Bunch Movie from 1995, which is based on the series from the '70s but with a quaint '90s twist. It's like nostalgia for nostalgia. 

Nothing is more seventies than Star Wars.

And don't forget Wonder Woman played by the lovely Lynda Carter.   

Farrah Fawcett is quintessentially '70s. And absolutely gorgeous.   

The dark ladies of the 1970 cult classic The Vampire Lovers.

Riscilsoie eye makeup ad, 1974. Very understated.  

Barbie is so chic in her 1970s sticker book.

I think these cute outfits are from 1974. But I can't be sure.If anyone knows the source, please let me know. 

Sears catalog from 1973. Love the pattern dress. Not so sure about the shoes. Too clunky.  

Gorgeous 1970s caftans photographed by James Moore.  

I think I might do a whole separate post on the 1970s makeup and fashion. Now back to watching That 70s Show. I still have 5 season to go.    
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