Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Collaboration of Geniuses

I have an especially warm spot in my heart for collaborative art. Perhaps it's the side of me that thrilled to hear of the creation of Red House...the parties William Morris and Jane would host where all guests would be laughing, playing, and painting murals all over the walls, ceiling, furniture, etc. There's just something about art in which multiple incredibly talented individuals come together to create brilliancy that warms me to the bone.

A recent example of this would be the photo shoot done by Aurora of Grace Notes Photography (about whom I've previously blogged), featuring the jewelry of Parrish Relics, the hair styling of My Big Hair Day, and several quite talented models. Oh, and several of the costumes were created also by my dear friend Lisa of Arteffex.

Here is the complete credit list:

Jewelry by Parrish Relics - http://www.ParrishRelics.com
Set by Heather M Morris - http://www.hevart.com
Hair by Sarah Bortner - http://www.MyBigHairDay.com
Judith Kalaora - http://www.JudithKalaora.com
Lara Jay - http://www.BlackCatStunts.com

This is just a small selection of the amazing shots. Please....do not just gaze on these in small format...click and admire each one.


Hermes said...

Such a good colloboration.

The Clever Pup said...

Oh your blog is absolutley delish.
I love all things pre-raphaelite, arts and crafts AND Loreena McKennit too.

Have you read the Goblin Market by Rosetti?

I think you've done a great job staying true to your theme.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Dearest Grace! I keep forgetting that I need to add you to my list so I can see your updates! YOUR STYLE IS MY STYLE! Yes, I will be posting more pics of my house after my play this weekend! If you want, you can go to older posts of when I first started blogging in January. The pictures don't do justice. I LOVE JEN PARRISH'S WORK! I anm going to purchase some crowns from her. I love the Fleur de Lys crown, but she said that was only one for a photo shoot but she did say that she might later on be able to make me one. Her work is stunning. I am now going to click on each one of your pics. HOW MAGNIFICENT! TALK LATER, Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Now that I see the photos close up, I have many questions...where do you get the costumes? Who makes them? I saw the crown I want! On the head of the woman in green. Do you know that this is the style that I just want everywhere in my house? My friend says I am so "medieval", but what period is this exactly? You have some fun friends who love beauty. Bravo. Anita

ruthie said...

these are simply stunning, thank you! and so worth looking at in great detail. beautiful

Aurora said...

The costumes are indeed lovely, Anita--and come from a variety of sources.

I have been collecting costumes for years, and in general, my costumes come from:

my costumer (Maura Burns: http://www.suspiciouscloset.com
just yards of fabric, pinned together, to make a temporary "dress" : http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/102821542
Moresca: http://www.Moresca.com

In this shoot, Jen brought some costumes with her, as well--so there were a few additional sources.

http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/110941304 - this gown was from a production of Cinderella--I bought it on eBay
http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/110904446 This is two separate gowns, both owned by Jen--the gown being worn underneath, I'm not sure who made it...but the one on top is a bodice, and an "apron" of the same fabric, that was made (I believe) by Jen's mom
http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/110946194 - Max 2 bodice, by Moresca, pirate shirt from Limited Express, early 90's (I still have 'em in cream, burgundy, forest, and midnight, in silk and in rayon!) The skirt, which you can't see http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/91802876 , is 5 yards of fabric sewn around a drawstring waist--purchased on eBay
http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/110910491 - Velour Jack and Velour Breech (Trews?) from Moresca
http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/110570327 - with the "Mantua" added over the Velour Jack--Moresca, again--and a velvet curtain pinned on to make a cape
http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/110907709 - gown based on a Goble illustration - made by Lisa, of http://www.arteffex.com/
http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/110939854 - "Tatiana" - a truly astounding "one size fits all" gown (the sides expand, and will fit up to a 20+!) by Moresca
http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/110942131 and "Kid Cotte" by Moresca, again.

As for the crown you want...if you're talking about Dreena's crown--here's a closeup: http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/110907715 - if Lara's, here's a zoom: http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/110903279 - and here's what it looks like in back: http://www.pbase.com/briarrose/image/110941304

Hope that's useful to you! :)

Grace said...

Wow, Aurora, thank you so much for all those useful and droolworthy links! I covet every costume. :)

Anita, 'medieval' is generally the period before renaissance....think henins (cone hats) and men in tights. Of course that's an over-generalization, but it's definitely my favorite historic time period, and I can see why your friend calls your taste medieval! I've actually only recently discovered the category of "French" decorating, and discovered it's quite medieval indeed! And that's a GOOD thing! :)

Can't wait to see more shots of your place! I'll hold you to it! :)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello sweet Grace, WOW! I am going to reply to Aurora and thank her for such a complete answer to my questions. I am so excited to know that there are people out there who appreciate the beauty, wonder and mystic of the medieval period. Like I said, I love French decor, anything from Provencal to Marie Antoinette, but medieval is near and dear to me. I promise that I will show more shots of the house! After this Saturday when I announce the winner of the writing contest, I am going to concentrate on decor! Much thanks and I am finally connected by having you on my blog list, so I can keep up with your posts! Cheers! Anita

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oops...Aurora's site is not a blog! Give her my sincerest thanks and I am going to check out those links! Anita

Grace said...

I admire all those periods, Anita, but medieval and Victorian are the two I horde for my own home :D

Can't wait to see more pictures of your place!

Grace said...

Hi Clever Pup! Thank you for the blog compliments. I have not read Rossetti's Goblin Market yet (I'm so awful) nor have I read News from Nowhere by Morris, which I also really want to read. So many books, so little time!