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Etsy Treasures: Jessica Durant

Jessica’s Little Shop of Illustrations by JessicaIllustration.

I’m sure I’ve said this before, but Etsy is an interesting beast.  There is some legit crap out there, not going to lie.  Like knitted Kleenex box covers.  But on the other hand, there is some great stuff, you just have to look for it.  I’ve gotten some great little pieces of art at really great prices.

I found Jessica Durant’s Etsy shop, and I think her illustrations are so great.  An example of the non-crap out there.  They’re stark and girly and modern.  Some day I envision having a major bedroom-sized closet with a chair to lounge in and great prints all over the walls.  These would be perfect.

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Gallery Girls

I’ve always loved art.  A lot.  I studied in art history in college, love museums, you know I care a lot about aesthetics, whether on the wall, in a room, or on my bod, and I’ve always had secret (ok, not so secret) dreams of working in the art world (very Charlotte from Sex and the City, I’m SO cheesy).  For the most part, to work in the art world is to be poor.  I interned at the Crow Collection of Asian Art one summer in college.  The director of the museum had been waiting her whole life for a job like she had.  She had a masters in art history and taught elementary school art for years for lack of legit art job opportunities.  This opportunity came for her when an entire new museum opened.  Lucky duck.  But those opportunities are so rare.  I remember my dad always telling me “just become a lawyer and you can buy art”.  Duly noted, father, you win.

Anyways, I have found that I can indulge both my passion for art AND for bad reality tv (who knew that would ever be a combination??  I guess that’s sad for the art world…) with the new Bravo (of course!) series, Gallery Girls.  The show is split between the snobby upper east side sorority girls (all fake blonde fake tan) and the just as snobby but ostentatiously anti-snob creative girls from Brooklyn (all pale, wear black, messy hair, red lipstick).  It’s just like the crips and the bloods.  Just.

All of these girls seem to work for free, stuffing envelopes interning and the upper east side ones are very open about how their daddies are paying for everything (this I believe is why Papasan wanted me to go to law school – I figured you out, Dad).  The Brooklyn girls act like they live there because it’s hip and cool, but really, I think it’s because Manhattan is expensive as balls.  Anyways, it’s fun to watch the fashion, the gallery openings, and but of course, as any good Bravo show, they deliver on the chick drama.  Until the fall tv shows start, this’ll do.

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Can I borrower $80 million??

NYC Art Sale To Feature Munch’s ‘The Scream’.

Sotheby’s is selling the only version of Edvard Munch’s The Scream that is privately held (there are four).  They are estimating that it will go for $80 million. It is just bananas to me how much people are willing to pay for an icon.  I love art probably more than the next person, but if I had 80 mil, I think I’d be focusing on purchasing my island (yup, MY island) … and maybe a helicopter first.  I pity the person that must shell out that much for THAT… wait, NO I don’t!!  Though, I must say, what kind of life do you live if this baby is having over your bed?

Since I don’t quiiiite have $80 mil (cash flow issue only, you understand) to acquire precious art, I have a plan B.  Versions of the Scream have been stolen several times from museums in Norway, so, to the future owner of this one, beware!  (Click here for the top 10 most notorious art thefts in history – a lot of them are really fun)  I’m not sure if you’re aware, but when I retire from my legal career, I plan to become an art thief.  I realize that at least in the case of The Scream, they were not successful, but that will not deter me.  For inspiration, watch my favorite Audrey Hepburn movie (and that says a lot!) – How to Steal a Million.  I think all I need is some Givenchy attire and a cute blue-eyed sidekick.  Audrey wouldn’t lead me astray.

Also check out this book, the Rescue Artist, about tracking down the thieves that stole The Scream.  Much more fun than buying it.  Tad more risky.  Whatev.

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On occasion, Facebook can be cool…

25 Funny and Creative Facebook Timeline Covers.

I’m not a huge fan of the Timeline function on the Book.  Actually, I hate it.  I find it very difficult to stalk people, and I feel like it jumps around awkwardly on the screen.  BUT, I came across this fun website, and some people have done some pretty cool things with their Timeline covers.  Check them out.  Some people have too much free time (or maybe I’m just jealous that I’m not as tech savvy with graphics… or… maybe with Timeline in general.)

Here are some of my favorites.  Check out the link above for all of them.

Phoooone (facebook) hoooome.

And on the seventh day, God created Mark Zuckerburg.

Poke.  Haha.  Clever if this actually works/is allowed.

Mmmm candy.  I’m always hungry and foolish.  Yet, shockingly lacking in the talent of Steve Jobs.

That’s dedication to the profile pic if I’ve ever seen it.

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Gaultier Exotique

Dallas Museum of Art – Gaultier.

I finally made it to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art (Jean Paul Gaultier:  From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk).  Last two days – hurry and get there!  Apparently it’s the most-attended exhibition the museum has had of late – the last two days of the exhibition are sure to be a total zoo.  Makes sense – despite what most of you foreigners (non-Texans) think, Dallas-ites ARE in fact extremely interested in fashion.  I mean, we birthed Neiman Marcus and Stanley Korshak, duh.

I thought the exhibit was fantastic.  I was expecting some amazing hand-sewn couture gowns, which were delivered, but there was so much more.  A lot of more S&M-inspired pieces, a “Boudior” collection, 80’s punk, and science fiction costumes worn in the Fifth Element.  If you didn’t already feel like you were living in the renowned enfant terrible’s creepy yet brilliant fantasy world, the mannequins had blank faces with actual facial features projected onto the blank canvas though film from ceiling projectors, with an incredible life-like reality (see pictures below).  I have never seen anything like it, and mannequins would spontaneously begin speaking (of course with a French accent).  Freaky, yet awesome.  Many of the displays noted how many hours were put into each of the pieces – sometimes, hundreds.  The attention to detail and the actual craft are just incredible.  I was just blown away by the creativity and the artistic vision that he has – by far one of the most unique and inspired designers I have ever seen.

Dallas Museum of Art - Gaultier

Dallas Museum of Art - Gaultier

Dallas Museum of Art - Gaultier

Dallas Museum of Art - Gaultier

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Papercut Art (and my first Etsy experience)

Papercut Art & Jewelry by Tina Tarnoff by tinatarnoff on Etsy.

So I was telling my friend that I was looking for artwork to hang on my wall in my office, and she mentioned that she’d just purchased a great print from Etsy.  Now I’ve heard of Etsy, but usually my first thought is that it’s a lot of home-made yarn mittens, not to be rude – kitsch, and generally things that I don’t need.  But, I browsed through the art section and found some really great stuff!  (I know to everyone else that regularly shops the site, this is no revelation, but as you may know, I’m usually the last one to the party.)  I came across this boutique by Tina Tarnoff of papercut art and they are just so cute!  Not office material, but they are sweet and feminine and would go great in the future fabulous closet/dressing room that I swear I will have one day, dammit!  (You know, one of those with some ridiculous lounge chair, a chandelier, fabulous closets, and let’s be real, a wine fridge.  Something that I imagine Beyonce has.)  Definitely check out her Etsy shop!

Papercut Art & Jewelry by Tina Tarnoff by tinatarnoff on Etsy

Papercut Art & Jewelry by Tina Tarnoff by tinatarnoff on Etsy

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Midnight in Paris

MIDNIGHT IN PARIS | Written and Directed by Woody Allen.

So, in my usual yearly attempt to catch up on the Oscar nominations and understand what is relevant in culture (film culture, that is), I always try to watch as many Best Pictures as possible.  Usually, that’s about 1.5 per year.  Buuut, I’m shooting for the stars this year.  First stop:  Midnight in Paris.  I love Woody Allen, so this is the natural start for me.  I wanted to see it in the theaters, but no one would go with me!  Sorry there aren’t stunts like Mission Impossible, people.  I love Woody’s style, love his stories, love the soundtrack, LOVE PARIS.

Nostalgia is denial – denial of the painful present.

First off, I have to love it because if I could pick an era of history in which to live, I would most definitely also go with Paris in the 1920’s.  I took an English class on Americans in Paris in the 20’s in college, and you just yearn to be around such style, sass, and flare.  People were so classy (well, depending on who you ask, I guess, but at least compared to today, where we revere artists that wear meat outfits and tattoo Thug Life Across their knuckles (though, don’t worry, I’m still pretty modern – I do request Umbrella be played at pretty much every bar with a dj where I’ve had more than two drinks)) and artistic.  Maybe I’m just running with the wrong circle.  Lawyers, they aren’t always so hoppin’.   I don’t care for Hemingway, but I would absolutely hang out with Scott and Zelda.  And Dali!  And Gertrude Stein!  Especially Zelda – she is portrayed as such a firecracker.  She’s fabulous.  And nuts.  But fabulous.  I am definitely inspired to read a biography.  Adrian Brody as Dali was hilarious, and Kathy Bates as Gertrude Stein was an amazing choice.

Anyways, I digress.  I thought the movie was cute, romantic, quirky.  So Woody.  Despite the time travel, which really isn’t my deal, I loved it.  See it!!  Fantastic cast.  Carla Bruni, I love you.

That’s what the present is, unsatisfying.  Because that’s what life is, a little unsatisfying. 

Booking.  Trip.  To.  Paris.

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