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Whoever had the opportunity to check out The Artist Project will agree with me when I say, this place was cool as SH*T. Honestly for a minute I considered taking a seat and claiming my spot on the ground, I didn't see myself leaving. Everywhere I looked, something new caught my eye... with almost an overwhelming amount of art, even feeling perma wasn't getting me out.
Usually when I go to art events, they give off such a pretentious feel. Gallery owners and dealers attempting to showcase pieces that aren't even their own. Not that it's ever a bad time, but theres nothing like seeing the correlation between the artist and his art... which is what exactly what the Artist Project did.
Much like Rob Croxford,
A visual artist I had the opportunity to get to know a little better at the event. My eyes were first caught by the unique and playful twist of his work.
I was drawn over to Rob's booth and began to inspect the political edge and vintage scrabble pieces he uses in his art. I then got a glimpse of Rob. His quirky smile shined through the crowd much like his work. I immediately gained a better understanding of his pieces.. followed by questions of his inspirations and collections you'll definitely want to check out his bio.
"THE MALE GAZE"
used to describe when an audience is put into the perspective of a (heterosexual) man. Female characters are sexualized, and the camera may zero in on female body parts considered sexual.
Alright, well this was probably one of the coolest guys I had the opportunity to meet. There was something about the historical aspect in his art that drew me over to the booth. More importantly it was Marco's witty personality and depth that made me stay.
Bertuzzo's art was far more than what met the eye... I was over thrown by his collection // Pravus Papilio. What seemed to be beautiful origami of bulls and butterflies, had a lot less to do about beauty and more about 'the male gaze'.
Better explained by Marco, he says "the project came from a lot of readings about post-modern art criticism. The concept of "the male gaze", the implied gaze of the male-centric artist, viewer, and culture upon the subject, was used often and to me, very vaguely"
"I became interested in the art of critiquing the act of looking, how coldly, assumptive and matter of fact, these academic papers dealt with something so intricate as sexuality"
To me these imaginary critics took the form of turn to the century biologists, who, by sterilizing, labelling and divorcing their subjects from a natural context, believed they had a true understanding of nature"
To parody this, I did precisely what one of those biologists would do. Taking sexuality, stripping it of anything sexual, by folding and obscuring and then pinning down and labelling it to allow a "critical" analysis of it.
And then Marco told me they were all made from PORN MAGAZINES... if thats not cool as shit, I don't know what is. How his brain even connected these ideas together blows me away.
Check out more of his work HERE // big thanks to Marco for all the assistance on this piece and the specially folded butterflies for Double Tee's.
"How does this relate to fashion?"
"Well, It doesn't... but when I find something I like in relation to Toronto, I keep it..... I don't really like it here."
I only had a few minutes to speak to Tara... stood by her art for almost twenty. I'm not sure what it was that drew me in. Maybe the rawness of the world and the art within it...
The best thing about art is not needing words for it to be beautiful.
Robert MacNeil and I had never met before this event, while having previous engagements, it's because of this man, I even had the pleasure of coming to the project. When I saw his booth it felt like we had already known each other, finally being able to see Rob's characteristics and actions gave me a whole new perspective of his art. Just speaking to Rob you can sense a background filled with creativity. Behind us you can see the photography of the same flower through many different aspects.
THE SAME FREAKING FLOWER. It was almost too good to be true.
Get a better look at the "INIZIO" collection on his site.
Andrew Duff is one of the most unique artists I have met. So willing to share his thoughts and inspirations. I was truly intrigued by the art of his robots.... he of course was still more passionate about drawing them and I wondered why?
When Duff began drawing robots, they came out very angry. He realized it was himself and his emotions at the time that were reflecting on his work. Andrew draws his robots with dents and scars to embody the troubles we go through in life while still having determination.
See Andrew's work close up on his site
I actually had a great time hanging out with Shawn Skier. It was funny.. when I went to take pictures with certain artists, they were kind of surprised that I wanted one with them and not their art...Shawn was different. He was more than excited to get in front of the camera and share his achievements with me. After talking about Double Tee's he told me he had created a collection of his own apparel line using art, sending me links and showing me pictures. I love how his enthusiastic personality shines throughout his art, ironically with a meditative feel... I only hope to see and share more of his work in the future
I had an amazing time at this event thanks to Robert MacNeil. I can't begin to explain my gratitude for all the assistance and recognition I have received from artists, photographers and friends throughout Toronto. While connections stand I can't wait to move forward with creative minds, just like that one's I met at The Artist Project.
Until Next Time,
November 18th I had the pleasure of joining Lamania at the Wrap Yourself In Style Event hosted by one and only, Patrice McDonough. This pre holiday event featured make-up by motives and holiday pieces from Poor Little Rich Girl and Lamania.
Filled with wine tastings and Neopolitian Pizza, the Sip wine bar was definitely the place to set a holiday mood. I had the honour of show casing this season's collection for Lamania. As soon as I arrived I was greeted by warm staff and bubbly Wendy Huang. Being a very talented make-up artist aside from her passion in event planning, I had the chance to have her do my make-up in this seasons, Motives Collection.
I would like to say a big thank you to Lamania for having me show case this seasons collection which you can find at their boutique on yonge and eglinton. The Wrap Yourself in Style event was definitely a hit and I am looking forward for more collaboration with all those networking.
Getting in the mood for the holidays,
from Double Tee’s
I had the honour of show casing two of Lamania’s finest pieces for the night. Having my make up done in a smokey eye, I started off in a mid length floral dress perfect for any occasion. I have never been the girl who likes to rock the skin tight pieces just to flaunt what I got (not that I have much to begin with anyway…) I really enjoyed the length as it gave me the ability to be mobile and warm as cold months roll in. My favourite part of the dress would definitely be the dipped back as it gives it that slight sex appeal while still remaining classy.
The next outfit I wore definitely gave me more of a new years eve feel, this was the perfect combination of sexy and sophisticated. The slimming black and gold mid length is a head turner for any of your holiday events. The strip of mesh running down a single side and arm, creates a slimming affect while showing the perfect amount of skin. This dress impeccable if your all for comfort and a little bit of sparkle.
Anyone else desperately looking for new places to shop? Or is that just me?
I don't know if it has to do with the fact that I am slowly growing into my own person or I simply can't justify spending a fortune on pieces all my friends will own in a week.... but seriously over the whole brand name, mall shopping ordeal.
I am beyond excited to introduce to you guys Lamania. An Elegant yet chic boutique located in the fast paced streets of Toronto. Anna Jackowska , the owner wished to bring a slice of European style to the Toronto Market.
The quaint decor quickly resembles a Parisian boutique, carrying one of a kind pieces for the working woman, Anna found most of these unique brands while living in Europe.
Carrying styles ranging from comfort to class, you are bound to find clothes for any occasion.
When I first found Lamania, I couldn't shake myself of the name. Something about it reminded me nothing more of a 'shopping mania'.... What more would a girl want? I couldn't help but to check it out for myself. Since then Lamania has become home to my internship and one of my favourite places to shop.
Saturday, November 8th, Lamania featured their pieces in the National Women's show, certainly stealing the Runway.
Models: Nikolina Granic, Madeleine Heaven, Quinn Bui, Trida Simone and Chloe Sugar were styled to perfection by the one and only Anna Jackowska. Take a sneak peak at what Lamania has in store for the festive holiday seasons.
These past couple of days, BMO has hosted yet another fabulous week of new spring collections for 2015. Each and every runway show expressed the unique aspects of art through everyday pieces.
The upcoming trends for the spring season seem be transparent blouses and baggy trousers with extra waist space. On the runway, Mackage sported rather athletic looks with some beautiful pieces of leather (and by the way have me drooling over their S/S '15 collection).
Mix and matching with patterns in upcoming seasons gives Double Tee's an amazing ability to bring you outfits to spark your inspirations. Look back for more fall looks and ways to dress for Halloween right out of your closet.
LAST NIGHTS PLAID
OVERALS: AMERICAN APPAREL
In honor of the annual MasterCard Fashion Week, Double Tee's felt it would be a shame not to take the opportunity to give you a feel for what’s coming up in the next seasons. I love buying pieces that I will be able to wear more than once in a number of different fashions. Don't get me wrong being a Jenner would be all nice and dandy having a different outfit for every day of the week..... But probably not. So here some looks including plaid prints and baggy waistlines perfect for upcoming seasons.
XOXO DOUBLE TEE'S