Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Full Moon


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A while ago I found a band I hadn't heard of before. It consists of Croatians Luca Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, and they call themselves 2CELLOS. As you might guess from the name, they both play the cello. But they play it in a way you have never heard before... So for this month's full moon music, I give you the video I first saw with them. Here is Thunderstruck!





Friday, April 11, 2014

Fabergé Friday

Here comes yet another one of Fabergé's famous egg pendants. This one was made by workmaster Mikhail Perkhin, sometime between the years 1896 and 1903!






As I love the night and the stars, I feel this one would fit perfectly on a chain around my neck! The little gold egg is covered in night-blue enamel over a guilloché ground. It is also decorated with rose-cut diamonds in a falling star pattern. It's dimensions are 0.6'' x 0.5'' (1.6 x 1.2 cm), and it was acquired by Queen Alexandra. It now has it's place in the Royal Collection.







Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Exquisite Identities

I feel very blessed to have so many artistic and creative friends. It feels like someone is always up to something crazy, beautiful and entertaining, and most of them don't mind sharing their work with the rest of us. One of these people is photographer John Paul Bichard. You have probably seen some of his pictures on my blog before, since he always walks around with his camera, shooting both performers and guests at events such as Fräulein Frauke Presents and the International Stockholm Burlesque Festival - both of which he produces together with his wife Fräulein Frauke.

John Paul has worked with different projects which has been exhibited both in Europe and in the US, and this post will be about one of those projects - one he calls Exquisite Identities. When describing the project himself, he says that Exquisite Identities is "a growing series of photographic works that capture the creativity, personality and aesthetics of some of the great names in the contemporary burlesque and cabaret scene. The focus is on people who go to extraordinary lengths in their professional lives to develop rich, complex and highly constructed identities..." As some of these exquisite identities happens to be friends of mine, or performers I have had the chance to see on stage, I can tell you that the way they have been portrayed by Mr Bichard is the perfect way to get to know their stage-personalities. This is who these people are, and what they do!



Lou Lou D'Vil



Fräulein Frauke



Laurie Hagen



Honey Lulu



Hedo Luxe



Erochica Bamboo



Mr Pustra



Scotty The Blue Bunny



Cleo Viper



Marlene von Steenvag



Vicky Butterfly



Until The end of April you can see seven pictures from this series exhibited at MELT Bar & Restaurant in Stockholm. For more of John Paul Bichard's works, please visit his web site here!











































Monday, April 07, 2014

Jean-Gabriel Domergue

If you like pinup art you might have heard of the man who himself claimed to be "the inventor of the pin-up". This man's name was Jean-Gabriel Domergue (March 4, 1889 - November 16, 1962). Domergue was a French painter specializing in portraits of Parisian women, and although most people think about the 1940s and 50s when it comes to pinups, I can really see how he could name himself as the inventor of this genre. The women in his paintings are often portrayed more or less nude, a bit provocative, but never pornographic, and always beautiful. I really like his art, so I hope you will too - cause here comes a Domergue pic spam:


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Friday, April 04, 2014

Fabergé Friday

Today I have a Fabergé pendant for you! It was made around 1900, but there is no wormaster's mark on it to tell us who made it...




The pendant is made in Art Nouveau style, and is decorated with irises in gold, plique-à-jour enamel, and rose-cut diamonds. It's measurements are 1'' x 0.6'' x 0.1 '' (2.6 x 1.5 x 0.3 cm). Queen Alexandra was the acquirer of the pendant, and it can now be found in the Royal Collection.









Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Empty Rooms...

As long as a house is inhabited, it feels normal, and often cozy. But as soon as a home gets abandoned, especially if it still has furniture and personal belongings left behind in it, it becomes a spooky, eery place full of ghosts. A place you wouldn't want to spend time in alone... Urban explorer Andre Govia found one of these abandoned homes - the Round Mansion in Belgium - and decided to document it with his camera. No one knows why the family left this big mansion, with nine large bedrooms, but it has been empty since the early 1990s, with only the inhabitant's belongings - shoes, books, clothes, toys etc - still there to tell the stories of what happened... I would love to walk around in this house for a while. But even I feel it would feel safer to have a friend or two with me if I did... Andre Govia said about his time shooting in the mansion that "This particular building made me feel on edge and so there was no time to relax when I was inside...It was very cold and creepy, heavy damp air and noises from the wind made it seem so chilling."










































Monday, March 31, 2014

Zuhair Murad Spring 2014 Couture

Imagine a garden party in the beginning of the summer. The lilacs are in full bloom. Nightingales sing in the trees. Peacocks wander around among the champagne fountains placed here and there. A violin quartet plays Vivaldi... We're all there enjoying ourselves, and below are the amazing dresses we're dancing around in. They come from Zuhair Murad's Spring 2014 Couture collection, and I doubt any girl would say "no" to one of them...



















































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