Friday, July 29, 2011

Exclusive interview with London stylist and artist Julianna Sseruwagi-Nisbett

Meet Julianna Sseruwagi-Nisbett, London born and bred stylist and artist whose next show  is part of a group show that will open at the Saatchi Gallery in London on 14th October.
She agreed to take some time and reflect on her amazing career as well as her relationship with Italian brand Moschino.

How would you describe yourself and how would you describe your art?

My work involves styling but there is an artistic thought process behind it. I want to explore the many reasons why people wear the clothes they do as well as dress them up! Of course fashion in the immediate sense is aesthetic, but there is depth to it as well; it is one the most basic forms of individual human expression. So when you remove the business element from fashion what remains is pure creativity or nothing.

Which exhibition are you most proud of?

I have only had one so far! It was about exploring my relationship with Moschino from the nineties (when I was a teenager), to the present day. The exhibition allowed me to reminisce about the people and places that formed part of the person I am today. Moschino was just as much a part of my teenage years as jungle music, raves and my first love. I think this importance of clothing can be overlooked in fashion today, which is why I try and explore it in my work. I grew up in a quite a deprived area of South London and designer clothes were a status symbol for people who didn’t have much. Nowadays, middle class people wear the same Moschino I used to wear for the opposite reason of wanting to look ‘street’. I find this cross pollination of cultures quite humorous.

Currently, do you have an exhibition and where does it take place?
No. My first exhibition ‘OFF-KEY’ finished last month. You can still see the pictures on my website though.


Where do you take your inspiration from?

My inspiration comes from family, friends, strangers, memories, the city and popular culture. I’m also interested in the overlap and the alienation between fashion and the classes.

If you were not an artist, what would you be doing?
Going a bit crazy. I’ve had an eclectic past with events, music, politics and fashion, so hopefully I’d be expressing myself creatively in some way.

What is your next project about?
I am obsessed with Nietzsche; particularly the book Will to Power. He believes all ‘truth’ is just a set of beliefs constructed by one person to dominate others. I am exploring the idea of what is real and what is fake in fashion advertising. As with all my work there are more personal aspects to it as well but I don’t want to give it all away! One of the things I love about each project is that it is constantly evolving so who knows what the final outcome will be.

Do you consider that Art is Alive?

As I said, my work is constantly evolving so I feel like it’s a living being. I believe art is alive as long as we are and it manifests itself in many forms which is what I find so beautiful about it.

Is London an inspiration?
Yes, because it is my home. I believe the place that you grew up in will always be an inspiration as it is a part of who you are, whether you are embracing it or trying to get away from it. In my case it is a bit of both! I am fortunate that London is one of the most diverse and multi-cultural cities in the world which means I can access many different people, places and life experiences in one bus journey. I don’t think of it as consciously as that because it is all I have ever known, but when I reflect I can see it in myself. I went from being an rnb club girl, to an indie band manager, dabbling in politics and philosophy along the way before presenting my love of fashion and art. There are not many places in England you can do that without barely moving postcodes!

What do you think about this blog and what would you wish it?
This is a really lovely way to collate different mediums within art and design. I love getting hints of other people’s inspiration and passion within popular culture and I’m very happy to be part of it.

Thanks Julianna !

Pictures are courtesy of Annin Arts

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

DIY series by Andre Pereira

Kingston University graduate Andre Pereira has created a series of products to help with tricky DIY tasks, including these paint brushes that clip onto the edge of a tin of paint.
The DIY series also includes a brush guard that holds bristles together for neater corners and edges.

The art of Bernat Fortet Unanue

Beautiful pictures of Barcelona-based artist Bernat Fortet Unanue. It's a sea of colours ! I love them...

Ralph Lauren rugby skull short

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Another beautiful voice goes...

I am so sad today, R.I.P Amy Winehouse, you will be missed...

Remembering Amy, I wanted to post this artwork by Gerald Laing which brings me a lot of memories back...

Another creative genius passes away...

R.I.P Lucian Freud

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2012

Loving the shoes and the details, especially the centred label !

Installation by French artist Baptiste Debombourg

Le Centre Pompidou to organise travelling exhibitions

Very interesting initiative which got me all excited ! The Centre Pompidou is to host travelling exhibitions across France. They will be housed in a 650 m2 mobile structure consisting of juxtaposed modules. This project will start in October 2011.

The first exhibition will be devoted to the theme of "Colour". It will highlight works by Léger, Braque, Matisse and Picasso. After an initial three months in the city of Chaumont (Haute-Marne), the mobile Centre Pompidou will go to Cambrai (Nord), Boulogne-sur-Mer (Pas-de-Calais) and in Aquitaine, before reaching Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) and Aubagne (Bouches-du-Rhone)... I can hardly imagine the security behind such a project and the cost but it's good for other cities in France than Paris.

Looking forward!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ehud Menswear collection Barcelona Fashion Week

Mies van der Rohe Price

The Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture this year celebrated its 23 anniversary. It was awarded on June 20 to David Chipperfield for his intervention in the Neues Museum in Berlin.

Described as a remarkable achievement by the jury, Chipperfield joins other winning renowned architects such as Rem Koolhaas.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Alexander McQueen's jacket

I was flicking through the McQueen virtual store and I saw this jacket which I found absolutely amazing! What do you think?

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Adele - Rolling In The Deep

I like the song and the video...

Installation by art collective viaGrafik

‘Sooner Or Later It All Comes Down’ installation by art collective viaGrafik, based in Wiesbaden, Germany.It was showcased for the names festival in Prague. I've got the "wahou factor" !

Glamour of the Gods at the National Portrait Gallery of London

Glamour of the Gods is a celebration of Hollywood portraiture from the industry's 'Golden Age', the period 1920 to 1960. From Greta Garbo and Clark Gable to Audrey Hepburn, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, these portraits have transformed actors and actresses into international style icons. In many cases these are the career-defining images of Hollywood's greatest names and help to illustrate their enduring appeal.
Featuring over 70 photographs, most of which are exquisite vintage prints displayed for the first time, the exhibition is drawn from the extraordinary archive of the John Kobal Foundation and demonstrate photography's decisive role in creating and marketing the stars central to the Hollywood mystique.

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Biotherm travel recharge

Biotherm are amazing. They thought about a market no one had been thinking about before : travellers. It’s so true that when you travel, your skin is tight and you might have reactions you wouldn’t have when on the ground.

The Travel Recharge line – which features one product for women and one for men – is now available.

The products are described as multi-tasking treatments that protect the skin from the multiple stresses of travel, both emotional (disturbed sleep, jet leg, worry over delays/lost luggage) and environmental (changes in temperature, humidity and pollution).

 These issues affect the skin’s hydration levels, and its overall cellular vitality, leading to skin dryness and signs of fatigue. According to a crew survey in summer 2010, 90% of frequent flyers say their skin looks tired and feels taut following a long-haul flight. Did you know that?

To address this, Biotherm created the Travel Recharge line, which it describes as a one-stop recovery treatment for travellers. The paraben-free formula contains Rhodiola Rosea, to limit the impact of environmental stresses on the skin, Himalayan Pink Salt, soothing Mint Extract to boost well-being, antioxidant vitamin E, plus Biotherm’s signature super-charged Pure Thermal Plankton extract.

For optimum results, application is recommended in the days before, during and after a trip. Repeated use helps to better protect the skin and to speed up its recovery, the brand maintains.

Travel Recharge is presented in travel-friendly, ultra-lightweight, carry-on size 30ml packaging. The women’s version is coloured white; the men’s version grey. To complement the launch, Biotherm has created a Travel Coach iPhone app, available now.

The app offers tips for stress-free travel. Users enter their departure and arrival cities, and a personalised programme will send through information about hydration levels, massage techniques and anti-jet lag advice.

 To demonstrate Travel Recharge’s anti-fatigue and hydrating properties, Biotherm has conducted trials with international cabin crew. Over 70 women and 60 men tested the product daily for two weeks, clocking up a cumulative 3,000 hours in the air.
All reported excellent scores in terms of skin moisturisation, plus a dramatic drop in signs of fatigue, redness and dullness.

In a nutshell, a fantastic invention… Enjoy !

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Penelope Cruz looks gorgeous on the cover of V

Beautiful pictures...

Creative genius Roland Petit passed away


Betty Bolsa

At Art is Alive, we've received samples of this bag from the brand called Betty Bolsa. It was designed in Spain, made in Portugal and is already being a hit in Brazil. The Betty Bolsa is ideal for Festivals...

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Björk has been busy

Björk is one of my muses and her latest work "Biophilia" seems fascinating because of all the innovations involved. It has been partly composed on an iPad and is set to be released in the form of a series of apps. She premiered the album's first single 'Crystalline' at the Manchester festival (alongside her friends Antony and Marina A.) and the performance has been critically acclaimed.

She's also been busy curating the latest issue of Dazed and Confused. I love the cover, it's great! I am so excited about the news.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Chanel Fall-Winter 2011/2012 Haute Couture

Only Chanel can do that: reproduce the Place Vendôme in Le Grand Palais in Paris... beautiful setting and amazing collection...

Grand Palais, Paris, July 5th
Photos: Olivier Saillant

Creative genius Cy Twombly passed away


Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Alexander McQueen's rare polaroïd

Alexander McQueen
Photography: Ezra Petronio

Friday, July 1, 2011

The Givenchy's fall campaign features Naomi Campbell

The first image from Givenchy's fall campaign was released this week featuring the one and only Naomi Campbell.
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