Tuesday, June 16, 2009

This, That, and Some Art Nouveau

I've been trying to get some work done in the past few days. This is the beginning of my next mini-theatre. I'm still not sure how it's going to work out - but I think it's going to be fun...or a total disaster - which can be fun, too!
I also finished my spread for the Art Paper Doll Symposium Traveling Journal. I've never even attempted to make a paper doll costume before, so, frankly, I'm a little embarrassed by this FOURTH attempt. It just has to be okay, because my deadline to move it on is upon me. I like the spread okay - it's just that insipid costume that annoys me. Oh, well...I done did muh best!
When I think of art nouveau, I always think of Mucha prints, Klimt, and other artists who used the female form as their expression for the graceful curves and lines indicative of art nouveau...
...and of course, all those fabulous art nouveau lady lamps and fountains
But I often forget about the gorgeous examples of art nouveau in architecture and the decorative arts that don't use women as their basis...like this entryway in Horta's Brussels Maison & Atelier. Wouldn't you feel grand ascending this staircase?
Of course, no trip to Paris is complete without seeing Hector Guimard's fabulous subway entrance at the Port Dephine exit. It's sad to think this is the only one of Guimard's enclosed entrances left ... the others (all over Paris) were torn down when art nouveau went out of fashion.
I don't know where this lamp hangs (anybody know?), but the lavish and extravagant swirls and lines epitomize the nouveau style. I would love a miniature candleabra version!
I think pulling out this lorgnette at the opera would immediately identify you as a person of taste and quality! - and, of course, poor eyesight.
I have no use for this art nouveau beaded bag - but I think it's very pretty - and certainly a good example of clothing accessories being inspired by the art nouveau movement.
I love, Love LOVE this lamp! From the elaborate metal work to the stained glass to the "crowning" of the piece. It's just marvelous ... and would look lovely in my dining room, if my dining room had 20 foot ceilings. Which it doesn't - so it would really look pretty stupid in my dining room. But that's okay. I still want it.
And if I could have this exquisite clock, I would look at it so often I would never be late for anything again as long as I live!

Speaking of being late, before I take off for the day, I'm going to leave you today with this poem.

Dowsing

Cut a forked branch.
Strip it clean of bark,

and holdfast.

Seeking water,
it leads you to places

you've never been.

The unseen
pulls like a ten pound trout

bending your branch earthward,

reeling in
the hidden spring.

by Laura Treacy Bentley

Hope you've found something to amuse or inspire you today. Now go make something beautiful!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥

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