July 28, 2015

AMY FINLAYSON for VALONZ

Head to Valonz Haircutters Paddington to see my new work. Now Hanging!

AMY FINLAYSON for MIMCO

I was recently lucky enough to collaborate with accessory giant Mimco for their Spring/Summer 15/16 launch 'Atomic Ranger'. I personalized pouches for each guest with their initials surrounded by a cluster of colours inspired by the vision Mimco had for this season.
I also painted a large leather hide as guests entered the event that corresponded to the journey taken by the 'Atomic Ranger'.
Studio shots
My Mimco pouch on the beautiful table setting
The leather hide
Beautiful artworks at The Richard Martin Art Gallery. All accessories by Mimco




For all other collaboration and inquiries please email:
Nadine@chicmanagement.com.au
Info@thefincollection.com

July 18, 2015

ART MEETS FASHION THE TOP 5 FUSIONS FROM PARIS COUTURE for BURO 24/7

Art meets fashion: the top 5 fusions from Paris Couture

                
 
Next-level wearable art at Viktor & Rolf. Donatella Versace's Pre-Raphaelite nymphs. Karl Lagerfeld's somewhat controversial fur fest at Fendi. This year, it seems like all the designers found  inspiration for their Paris Couture collections in art through the ages. Here are five of my favourites.
 
1. Viktor & Rolf
 
Art meets fashion: the top 5 fusions from Paris Couture
Models paraded down the catwalk looking like they'd been propelled through paintings, with each canvas becoming increasingly detailed as the show went on. Soft and subtle hues of blue and white became detailed works by Dutch masters that highlighted the tailoring and drapery skill that Viktor & Rolf are so famous for. Once walked, the pieces were removed by the duo in a subtle nod to performance art and were hung on the wall of the Palais de Tokyo gallery where the show was held. From cape to canvas, petticoat to portrait, fashion literally turned to art and (vice versa) in this creative couture performance.
 
2. Maison Margiela by John Galliano
 
Art meets fashion: the top 5 fusions from Paris Couture
Galliano's turn at Margiela seems to be following a pattern of artistic influences. Last season it was Basquiat, and for Fall Couture '15 Maison Margiela revisited the iconic blue tone championed by Yves Klein back in the '50s and '60s.  Perhaps the iconic colour was Galliano's way of mirroring Klein's focus and determination in his 'quest to reach the far side of the infinite'. The show was flecked with the historic hue, including personalised applications for each model by the uber-talented Pat McGrath.
 
3. Fendi
 
Art meets fashion: the top 5 fusions from Paris Couture
Largerfeld presented his landmark Fendi couture show against the backdrop of 'Piazza d'Italia' by Giorgio de Chirico, founder of the scuola metafisica art movement and the master of chiaroscuro, perspective and imagination (and also one of the most famous painters of the 20th century). With personal reservations on fur aside, the show embraced all aspects of the Chirico philosophy - craftsmanship, history, contrasts, and above all, imagination.
 
4. Atelier Versace
 
Art meets fashion: the top 5 fusions from Paris Couture
With a set heavily influenced by Romanticism (and a touch of Art Nouveau), it seemed fitting for Donatella Versace to embrace her more tender side for this collection - a massive departure from the look of past seasons. Fluid fabrics and tiny flowers were reminiscent of a '70s version of John William Waterhouse's 'Ophelia'. Diaphanous dresses floated down the runway, materialising Waterhouse's amorous masterpieces.
 
5. Dior
 
Art meets fashion: the top 5 fusions from Paris Couture
Raf Simons' presented a modern religious experience under sheets of what seemed to resemble beautifully reimagined stained glass windows. Taking the oldest elements of religious iconography, Simons' reworking of elements from the House of Worship saw a modern day twist on divine dressing.
His main influence was the Garden of Earthly Delights, a triptych from the 1500s by artist Hieronymus Bosch. Aspects of both Paradise and Purgatory were found in this oil painting and this collection, along with the oversized fruit that was scattered along the runway. The binary oppositions of modernity and history and femininity and masculinity were used as foundations for this collection as Simons breathed new life into ancient narratives.

July 13, 2015

HOW TO MEDITATE WITH MARINA for YOUONLYLIVEONCE.COM

 
If you missed Marina Abramović: In Residence, which was kindly brought to Sydney by Kaldor Public Arts Projects, never fear! We’re here to (slooowly) walk you through what you missed.
First of all, a little about Abramović…
For over 40 years, the Serbian artist has been working as a contemporary performance artist. No, this isn’t limited to weird interpretative dance – performance art actually has many inclinations, but at its core, it’s about creation, a search for identity, a quest for expression, and a journey of the heart and mind.
The mind took centre stage at Abramovic’s recent immersive event. This time, the visitors became the art with Marina guiding them through the space. Moving through a series of activities she had collected from a number of cultures and countries, we were reminded that stillness is key. Commencing with a sequence of physical exercises, the body was warmed and the mind opened in preparation; shaking off the limbs, massaging of the face, breathing deeply, and a return to centre started the journey.

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Once in the space (with compulsory noise cancelling headphones on), you could choose to separate and count a pile of rice and lentils, sit and stare at piece of giant coloured card, sit and stare at a total stranger, have a nap, or walk very, very slowly down the side of the entire space.
We entered and immediately felt angry. Which were we meant to do first? Why is everyone so slow? Who is in charge here? We cut the pile of rice and lentils in two halves and moved straight onto the next activity. Someone stole the seat in front of the yellow card we wanted, so we grumpily moved along. Long story short, we ended up sitting for 45 minutes in front of a complete stranger. After the awkward laughs and weirdness, we finally felt it: Abramović was making us slow down. She wanted us to just take our time. There was no rush necessary and no time allocation for anything. We were to see the beauty in the small things and delve deep to find the patience and peace within ourselves.

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As Abramović said about the event:
“It will be the public who will take the physical and emotional journey. We constantly like to be entertained, to get things from outside. We never take time to get in touch with ourselves and our inner self. My function in this new kind of performance situation is to show you, through the Abramovic Method, what you can do for yourself. I wanted to make this big change because I understood that actually you can’t get any experience by me doing it for you and so I am completely shifting the paradigm, changing the rules.”

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If you want to learn more about Marina, we highly recommend her documentary, The Artist Is Present. Find out more about Kaldor Public Arts Projects here.

July 7, 2015

SAVING THE ENIRONMENT ONE WORKOUT AT A TIME

If you like yoga, and actually enough to care about the environment to the point that you want to do something to help, I highly suggest you take a look at The Poison Arrow Collection by Aussie label ZIPPORA. They are helping the Poison Arrow Frog that is in serious danger due to human invasion in their native environment and are donating $5.00 from each garment sold to AmazonWatch.
It's up to ALL of us to help this very tiny frog in it's very large home.

"Zipporra is an art form that uses fashion design as a means to shed light and
bring awareness to issues that the environment and society are currently facing. Working with an array of artists, designers and creators we use imagery, shape
and detailing to tell these stories."
 
"Each of our prints is designed in Australia. We are using up all of our fabric rolls printed in Australia for our current collection. Our new season fabrications will be manufactured in collaboration with CleanCut, an organisation that facilitates supply of sustainable, ethical and fair trade textiles from India. Individual items are then handmade and detailed in Australia."
"This collection is named after the Poison Arrow Frog. Native to Central and
South America, this little guy (or girl) is about the size of your thumbnail and
is distinctively bright and colourful."
 

"The poison arrow frog carries enough poison to kill around 100 people! Tragically, extensive deforestation in the amazon basin has led to habitat destruction for this species and left the
existing population with an endangered status."


"The three prints Zippora's painted version of the Poison Arrow Frogs, transferred onto fabric via digital print. This collection was created to bring awareness to protect The Amazon and all of those who call her home."

Check out their full range of awesome gear here.

Find out more about the plight of this lil' frog by watching the documentary 'Belo Monte Monster dams'

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