jeudi 13 février 2014

Barbie crown Jewels

Amazing pictures of my new jewels by the photographer Patty Tseng 

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collar  barbie face necklace 

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barbie medaillon 

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graphic lego earrings 

Wearing the dolls face sequins dress and the three babies heads necklace in Regent Park 

Fabulous head piece, a friend posted on my facebook wall, give me more inspirations for developing barbie head pieces! 
Ideas are in the air, apparently dolls are becoming very fashionable, funny to see Alexander Mc Queen campaign with Kate Moss with a little dolls version of her! 
Images from the Alexander McQueen spring/summer 2014 campaign. Photos: Steven Klein

Mood board/inspiration:

I was invited by Steven Wright to visit his House of dream,if you are a Feng-shui fan or a minimalistic addict run away, otherwise you will be amazed by this  an amazing museum, where the proliferating  art is growing organically like a living being. 

Steven Wright asked me why I was using dolls in my work and I said it was a medium of miniaturised human representation in order to make my creations more performative. I guess for Steven, Dolls are a medium to deal with the grief of loss. He like them dirty, battered by life. He finds beauty in imperfection, the beauty of a missing eyes or a stained face. 

"Steve Wright uses the discarded objects of everyday life to create mosaics: milk bottle tops, broken dolls, dolls eyeballs, the contents of Christmas crackers, false teeth, pen lids, crockery, and the rich pickings of a car boot sale. Seemingly worthless ubiquitous objects are turned into jewels that become an integral part of the stories he tells. His interest is driven by the impromptu aesthetic qualities that they offer.
Wrights use of objects is Outsider Art. A Baroque Art for our times.
More is more. Forget about the minimalist graphics and the bare bones of conceptual art. Steve Wright has borrowed from the traditions of Folk Art and made it his own. An opera of colour and texture adorns the walls of his Art Gallery/home and garden. Each room is a richly embroidered tapestry interwoven with his stories. He has created his own Mexico in a quiet grey street in Dulwich. 
The house is bequeathed to the National Trust and open to visitors by appointment.
 Wright is a versatile artist working in a broad range of materials across a range of disciplines. He has worked in print, hand painted silks, knitted fabrics and has designed stationary and greeting cards. His work is defined by colour, texture, pattern and story telling and is informed by the Folk Art Traditions of Haiti, Mexico, India and South America that have stimulated him. Other influences cited by Wright are disability, illness and imperfection. He is drawn to the spiritual, iconographic and religious significance of the Folk Art object.

To add to the list of cool:random work I have done as a freelance costume designer, a head piece and a costume for Amnesty International. 

 A troupe of ballet dancers performed parts of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake outside the Russian Embassy to demand President Putin ends his assault on freedom of expression and gay rights in Russia.

SAW IT ON TV (France 5): 

article on "Que j'adore Paris" (even if I am more of a Londoner now!) 

 Because of the name of my blog, an article I wrote for the London Cycling Campaign about the kink between being a cyclist and an artist:

mardi 11 février 2014

Lego dress at the Lego Movie Premiere

On sunday 9 of february I attended to the Lego Movie Premiere as the designer of the Lego dress.  

At 8 o clock in the morning a cab come to pick me up at my Home, he told me that it was the weirdest things he had to carry in his whole carrier.  

Arrived at the cinema the security give me this badge, I feel suddenly like an important person! 

We need  one hour and an half for make up and fitting of the dress. It is like coming back in ancient time, when you need at least 2 people to dress the Lego princess.  

The necklace that I am wearing for the Premiere available on my online shop
To match with my Lego dress I created my own one, a kind of extension of the original design! With a mosaic pattern of lego following the seams of the bright yellow dress.  

In the Lego Movie, the Bad guy, Lord Business plans to use the Kragle (a tube of Krazy glue with some of the logo's letters rubbed out) to freeze the universe perfectly in place. So I feel a bit like the bad guy in the Lego movie because in order to make everything stick together I had to glue lego bricks on by one, which is against Lego nature, you should be able to  freely assemble and disassemble. Gluing Lego is freezing creativity but it is different to play with Lego and to make it wearable! 

As a designer it is amazing to see your creation becoming "alive" and provoke some social interaction.  It is just great to see the amazement of  kids, and see the happiness in their eyes when they are posing with the Lego dress.And lots of celebrities posed with my dress! 

Then I was invited to the Lego reception. There was workshop for kids where they can build they own lego, and a colourful buffet with delicious and Lego biscuit and cup cake, Lego goodies bags… 
Welcome in the Lego world where everything is made out of Lego! 

Because it needed some fixing since the fashion week, the dress was delivered to my place in order to get a bit of surgery

I like being a Lego designer, because it is like Christmas everyday…courser come to your place to deliver Lego boxes, in order replace some Lego bricks.  

Ok, this is a crime for Lego, you are not supposed to drill hole on Lego bricks in order not to change the original design (that is why, my colleague Yueer Zhang and me had to use a special flexible  structure to stitch the Lego together) 
But I just used the drill to make my "unofficial"  head piece because it is quicker.  

Read more article about the Lego dress at the Lego movie Premiere in the British press:
- the upcoming 

-the daily mail 

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