Tuesday, 30 March 2010

003: Rozanne Hawksley - Textile Art

I am literally blogging while waiting for paint to dry. :D

and lead us not (detail) 1987-1989
Et ne non inducas (And lead us not),1987 – 1989 (Detail)

I came across Rozanne Hawksley's work in "Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textiles Artists" and fell in love with her beautiful, highly detailed, emotive and singularly morbid (yay!) work.  I felt particularly moved by her pieces concerning difficult topics such as death, religion, birth control and war. As her website states, her work is based on the themes of  life - "love and loss, war and suffering, isolation and the abuse of power, by focusing in on intimate details of what they mean to a specific individual."  I think she has a wonderful renaissance style - many Tudor and Jacobean elements coming through and I love the way she uses her materials like iconography, wood and bones to communicate. Very inspiring also that she is still working into her seventies.

Here is a photograph I took of some early 17thC gauntlets at the Fashion Museum in Bath to compare with her piece, "Et ne non inducas and lead us not", which follows on.
Late Tudor & Jacobean Gloves



et ne non inducas and lead us not 1987 1989
Et ne non inducas (And lead us not),1987 – 1989


More of her work below the cut -

Monday, 29 March 2010

001: Sharon Tate Makeup Tutorial

Stupid me forgot to back up my posts at likeabalalaika.com before I closed it down. Thank GOD for google cache!

Sharon Tate, The Fearless Vampire Killers, 1966


Sharon Tate was so, so beautiful. Seriously. Stunning.  I was surprised that no one has posted a tutorial on her look as I think it’s a much prettier and natural than other 60s icons as Twiggy, Barbra Streisand and Edie Sedgwick. I’m not a makeup artist, just a keen amateur so please be kind with my tutorial. I wouldn’t know how to make a youtube vid, so I’ve just put together some research photos of Sharon and I made a drawing of her eyes (all that money spent on art school has not gone to waste. :D) with some annotations of how to apply the makeup. I’ve also posted a step by step tutorial with a product list from when I tried this look out myself.

The focus of Sharon’s look was always her beautiful, large brown eyes, the rest of her makeup was quite natural. She had clear, tanned skin and was the epitome of the California Golden Girl. Her clever use of eye-makeup made her eyes seem even larger than they were, as I hope you can tell from the photos below:


Left: Sharon with and (Right:) without makeup



Please read below the cut for epic postage…