Pick a flower or plant and lay on top of a small piece of clay and use a rolling pin to make an imprint in the clay. Let it harden or bake, depending on which type clay used. Paint.
So. I’ve been painted by my talented friend Mandy Tsung. I’m so honored. Eve more considering what I am associated with in term of gender and female gaze. Now I can die happy, haha :)
Dwam. Oil on wood. 24”x32”. 2014.
This painting is heading to Mirus Gallery in San Francisco for “Through the Looking Glass: Refraction Through the Female Gaze”. You can go to their website for more info - mirusgallery.com. The show opens Feb. 22.
I’m so excited to have been invited to participate in this show because, as you can read from my blog, this theme interests me greatly. Or perhaps it’s not even that it interests me so much as it’s an inevitable factor in my practice of painting women. I get asked all the time why I paint women; it’s in the top 3 questions that I get. I often wonder if men get asked why they paint women. Do you? But anyways, I’m glad to have the opportunities to speak up about a subject that I very consciously consider.
I spend a lot of time thinking about the kind of images that I want to see in the world because I’m not satisfied with what is already here. In doing this, it’s also had the knock on effect of changing how I see myself. Perhaps it’s simply a result of getting older, but I think that filling my world with empowered, body positive imagery has helped me become so much more comfortable in my own skin. It’s also helped me to connect with other like-minded people, which is really wonderful to realize that I’m not alone in wanting to see a different world.
Dwam is a particularly captivating person, as I’m sure anyone who has ever read her blogs or seen her photos can attest. She is one of the people who has inspired me the most in terms of pushing for equality and speaking my mind. I’d like to address the fact that she doesn’t identify simply as female. You can find out more about this on her Tumblr blog (http://dwam.tumblr.com). I’m hoping that, by including a portrait of her in this show, it is saying something about gendered imagery and the falseness of gender binarism. This is not to criticize the show itself, because it is doing many important things like acknowledging that there are alternatives to the male gaze (see my previous (re)blog to know more about this and it’s ill effects), and giving female artists a clear platform on which to exhibit our views.
Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson
adding Fever Ray to the mix, too.
Current WIP - Leather detail sleeve.
Apologies for the terrible photo :/
Get handy with statement bracelet rings!
Theres nothing quite like getting your hands all dressed up, we adorn the rest of our body so why not make your hands as fabulous as your outfit! We truly understand now why Topshop went mad over harness necklaces last season, this season we’re bringing harness jewellery back with these Indian and punk inspired hand chains. The great thing about these statement rings is that you can literally (and we mean that) with ANYTHING! Top tip to get the same look: layer up your bracelets and rings and get the same effect. Aspire to the punk God that is Dame vivienne Westwood and take a leaf out of her badass book.
These lovelies all come in at under £5, We searched high and low for the perfect statement pieces and found Topshop and eBay were by far the cheapest and the bloody best!
I love magical surprises in the post so much, that I’d like to spend a year as mailbox Santa for all the people who inspire me – when I have the time. For now, I’ll be in the studio, wearing these beautiful, supple custom gloves from Decimation Fashion while working and radiating gratitude.
Weeeeeeeew! I do love a customer image from time to time. Added bonus is this particular customer is someone whom I have admired for a long time. It really was an honour to be able to send her something :3
by Mathu Andersen