Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Why is Mr Happy so?

Why is Mr Happy so?  Did he help the others to freedom via The Claw and this altruism warmed his little yellow cockles?  Is it because he is finally alone and has some space to himself? Is it because it's all about him now and he loves that? The mind boggles.

 He was my favorite Mr Man as a child.

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Why you should ignore what's fashionable

Denim on denim is distressing whilst someone might be auditioning for a dwarf role in the Hobbit. No visible neck, bushy beard and stumpy looking legs check!

Sullen uncordinated/preppy look

Monday, February 02, 2015

Bushy beards

I'm not a fan of the current fashion for a bushy beard. It makes young men look like much older men, collects food, reduces the prominence of strong cheekbones and jawline and the sensual upper lip. Looking  through  the latest Myer fashion catalogue yesterday I surprised to find a big beard on one of the models. Looking at the edge of his cheek bones and big brown eyes peering out from that wilderness, there appeared to potentially be an attractive man there - but we will never know because all we can see is his damn beard! [/rant]

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to Catwalk


17 Oct 2014 — 8 Feb 2015   National Gallery of Victoria

Here are my little iPhone snaps of this rather good show which ends in very soon!

My fashion design student co-worker didn't think much of it. Hers was the throw away, proverbial complaint when it comes to art 'I could have done that myself'. Yet you didn't! My friend and I (both industrial designers and artists) enjoyed it. Gaultier himself was happy with it so that must count for something eh?

Another complaint was the low light levels for black garments and I have to admit, they were significantly lower than elsewhere in the show in two rooms, which made it hard to see the intricate lace and beading. Setting them against a black background certainly didn't help and may have altered perception of lux levels ie a light background would have required less light since it would bounce around. That's the first rule of strong display: set your subject to stand out from a background by using a different colour/tone. The First rule of camoflauge : blend into the background by being a similar colour! The conservation arguement doesn't hold sway because having since researched this show these same pieces were displayed elsewhere in more adequate light.


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Left: Virgins Collection?
Right: Virgins Collection
Dolorès
Haute Couture, Spring-Summer 2007

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Bridal Mermaid, crutches detail
Mermaid collection
Haute couture, Spring-Summer 2008

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Bridal Mermaid, purse detail
Haute couture, Spring-Summer 2008

The man is more than a fashion designer - he is an artist. The level of detail in the works was amazing. The general public rarely gets to see haute couture this close while the fashionista usually only sees it for a minute at arm's length at best. It's definitely worth seeing this show if you're in town.

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Ex-voto
Virgins (or Madonnas) collection
Haute couture, Spring-Summer 2007
Chiffon and lame lace gown with ex-voto (an offering to a saint or divinity) plaque appliques and star and sea-shell embellished smoked plexiglass headdress. 
This gown took 315 hours to create.



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Ex-voto, detail
Virgins (or Madonnas) collection
Haute couture, Spring-Summer 2007

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Giraffe sticker


Giraffe sticker on pole, Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Vale. 

Friday, January 09, 2015

Snail and slug trap Mark III: The Final Design.

I've made a few versions of slug and snail beer traps and here is another one to try.

Take an empty, single serve, lidded yoghurt pot and remove the cardboard outer sheath:
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Remove the lid and cut an aperture in it using a cutting knife or strong scissors/shears. Make the hold big enough to take an adult snail but small enough so that the lid still clips on to keep out most of the rain:
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Examples of shapes you can cut into it and some decoration because I can't help myself:
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It situ in my sister's veggie patch, partially buried for stability and access, freshly baited with Carlton Draught
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The same idea using a single serve, microwave soup bowl instead.
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The lid can be a bit trickier to get off and it needs more beer but it works as well as the yoghurt pot version if not better. It's very stable, doesn't blow over in the wind, doesn't need to be buried to capture, evaporation is minimal, it keeps out the rain and water from the hose. One way to improve it would be to cut the hold to the edge like the yoghurt pot for easier lid removal.