Wednesday Wonder: Maximus Thor.

New total obsession.  The video shorts of Maximus Thor.  They are like the best Art:  challenging, inspiring, deeply human, and totally unto themselves.

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And believe me–once you start.  It’s hard to stop.  It’s a whole Universe of Amazing.  And it is chock-a-block full of magic, social commentary and even recipes.  (!)  

This one is the first I ever saw.  And I love it so much, that I try to listen to it at least once a day.  As a reminder…


You can read more about the project here.  And in an interesting article on Upworthy, that really hones in on why this is good work that you ought to take a look at.

I’ll leave you with one last video, for another taste, that was featured in that article.   Check it!

Peace out!  And make sure “YOU get caught daydreaming again, dammit!”


Oh, Dries…!

I make no secret of the fact that I love Dries Van Noten.  LOVE HIM.  And I’m smitten all over again–after last week’s show at Paris FW.

Models present creations by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten as part of his Spring/Summer 2016 women's ready-to-wear fashion show in Paris, France, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Models present creations by Belgian designer Dries Van Noten as part of his Spring/Summer 2016 women’s ready-to-wear fashion show in Paris, France, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Those colors.  The mixing of pattern and texture, as always, knocks my socks off.  I read here that his idea was to “do it sophisticated and raw at the same time” so that “when you clash them together [they] make an even bigger shock than when you have multicolored things.”

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Well done, Sir.  Duly noted.  



This post has been sitting in my “draft” box for a year and a half.  I think that between the post before this one, with the Anthro print–and the one that will come after this post–I have finally shook it loose.  Lol…

48. Suite of Forty Pochoirs, ca. 1930 by Sonia Delaunay-Terk (Ukranian, 1885-1979) 12 ¾ x 9 ¾ in paper size

 Suite of Forty Pochoirs, ca. 1930 by Sonia Delaunay-Terk, 12 ¾ x 9 ¾ in paper size

The last post, with the wonderful framed bouquet, made me think very much of the “pochoir” technique in art.  It’s a wonderful Deco technique that you can learn more about here and here.  It’s deceptively simple in its look.  But I can only imagine (never having tried it), that it is rather exacting to pull off.

The paint typically used is gouache.  Which I have an utter Love/Hate relationship with, from my days in Art School.  It dries so quickly!  You have to really move fast to work with it.  But the result is so wonderful.  Opaque.  Beautiful.  Pigment.  

Combine this with the use of the technique in textile design.  And in anything Deco.  Well…yes, please!

Although it is not exactly like the Anthro print that jostled my mind, in order to post this today.  I will leave you with a gallery of one who I think did it best.  The amaaaaaaazing Sonia Delaunay.

Such soft precision.

Love.  Love.  Love.


Women. At the Table.


Apropos of my last post, lauding the merits of the Bauhaus movement, and in light of the purport of my blog (as a platform to provide a focus for women in art and culture)–I have to admit there is a niggling moment in that film.  One that represents a bit of a conundrum when considering this movement.

For me, it is in the common understanding that the movers and shakers of Bauhaus were all male.  And if you take a look at the picture above, of the Master Instructors at the school–well, that is the case.  However, the lone female in that photo–Gunta Stolzl–by no means is the token lady participating.

For me, the spirit of the Bauhaus is in its women.  Those that created in the various workshops.  The young, free-spirited and talented women that I endeavor to highlight here–particularly in the “Friday Femme” feature of this blog.


It is just a small way of re-shifting the focus.  After all, it takes two to tango, as they say.  And it seems so evident to me, when you look at the photos of the events and in the studio, that this combination of male and female energy is so very present.  

And yes–the women in the movement were certainly outpaced in the race to the top.  Perhaps they hit that glass ceiling at a much lower level.  And perhaps, too, they have lost their place in the cultural memory.

But by God–they were allowed a Seat at the Table.  And I’ll be damned, if they didn’t take it.  And that is what is remarkable.  Noteworthy.  And Inspiring to me.


Bauhaus Primer…

Isn’t it interesting how a time period–an art movement–public figure–can capture your imagination.  Can resonate with you so completely?  Who knows why?  But it just “is.”

It’s taken me at least 30 years to get to the point at which I can say that this movement in art and industry is “that place” for me.  That crossroads where it all comes together.  

What a fun journey.  And I look forward to where continuing education and future interests lead me next.

For the time being:  I will leave you here.  With a nice little film that sums up the movement in a lovely way…


ps:  Would love to hear where you locate your artistic/cultural/visionary on the map of Life.  Do share, please, and leave a comment!  

We all could use a Binky.

Thanks to Soul Pancake–where I always learn amazing things and leave smiling.


Today I learned that when a rabbit jumps in the air, with a twisting motion, it is called “a binky.”  They apparently do this joyful move when they are feeling happy.


How did I not know this?  Too good not to share…