Archives for the month of: November, 2010

Usually people say that art is beauty, emotion, and a snapshot in time. Something that expresses you, and you made it with your own touch. It’s like music and food, you can’t tell someone what to like and what not to like. I won’t talk about little kids’ paintings or some snapshots on walls. I think that art, the great art, which is made by people who call themselves ‘artists’ , for money, for another people can be criticized and has to be.

I appreciate people who start new style, whose idea it is.

Ex: Black square

By the pioneer of the avant-garde Suprematist movement, Black Square may by Kzimir Malevich’s most famous piece.  Malevich had discovered the art notion of “zaum”, a state where experience occurs outside the naturally perceived world. This led to Suprematism: a movement focused on geometric forms. Malevich would a sequel of sorts 5 years later, “Suprematist Composition: White on White”: a square canvas painted entirely white.

Interesting is that this painting was created 1913. That year born American Abstract painter Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967), who was the most known for works in different shades of the same color (all red, all blue, all white) in the 1950s.
Reinhardt is best known for his so-called “black” paintings of the 1960s. They were different, made from smaller squares, different color’s shadings. But maybe the most shocking was this one- plain black’s. Also this painter claimed : “Art is too serious to be taken seriously.”

Another American painter, minimalist, conceptual artist Robert Ryman, who born 1930, differently loved white color.

Ryman’s most famous quote is “There is never any question of what to paint only how to paint.”  Maybe only white color wasn’t the new idea, but having ‘white painting style’ or exposing ‘white canvas’ were.

Also it’s understandable why many people don’t understand such an art. Things what can be created by yourself maybe are less respected.  Sometimes I only think another people thought that these creations are too simple to be exposed and called ‘examples of the great art’. Or maybe they didn’t see the reason to expose it as this doesn’t require very big imagination. But earlier or later there is someone who does something very elementary and enters to history.

Not aesthetic  art

Art has various functions: educational,  aesthetic, historical, emotional, psychological and etc. I personally think that art has to be along with aesthetics. Maybe because I prefer  art’s function to give a pleasure to enjoy it. Still I think it’s good that such an art exists: it gives a possibility to look differently, it  introduces with subjects or imaginary aspects which people aren’t susceptible to think about.
Francis Bacon (1909- 1992) was an Anglo-Irish figurative painter known for his bold, austere, graphic and emotionally raw imagery. Bacon’s painterly but abstract figures typically appear isolated in glass or steel geometrical cages set against flat, nondescript backgrounds. Since his death, Bacon’s reputation has steadily grown.

I believe that one artist inspires another. Of course, from one style is born another one. From less shocking we can see more shocking.

Orlan (Mireille Suzanne Francette Porte), French artist, who was born in 1947. She’s best known for her work with plastic surgery in the early to mid nineties.

1990 La Ré-Incarnation de Sainte Orlan ou Image(s), Nouvelle(s) image(s). She is transforming her face, but her aim is not to attain a commonly held standard of beauty. Orlan is the only artist working so radically with her own body, asking questions about the status of the body in society. Since May 1990 she has undergone a series of plastic surgical operations to transform herself into a new being, modelled on Venus, Diana, Europa, Psyche and Mona Lisa. This feminist narcissist used all reliquaries left from operations (blood, bandages, her body) and transformed to art.

2001 showed movie ‘Ornal Carnal Art’. The film chronicals a series of operations performed on Orlan, who intent on completely changing her appearance. These operations however, are not an attempt to change her apperance for purposes of beauty, but is instead an attempt to change her appearance to what beauty was considered at different points in history. Through this she attempts to show how she can manipulate and change the body through science and technology.

IS THIS ART ?

Michael Landy (born 1963) is an English conceptional and installations’ artist. Landy’s most recent project Art Bin was a new installation for the South London Gallery described by the artist as ‘a monument to creative failure’. Artists and collectors were invited to apply to dispose of works of art via a dedicated website Art Bin.

What will be next ?

Maybe when very simple, casual things become art there is no more space to create something and people start looking for talents around themselves. I guess everyone can say that his kid is an artist, but not everyone can say this about his animal or pet.

I guess this woman will be an inspiration for people who already call themselves ‘artists and maybe after few years will appear some installations like white room and cat running with painted claws…

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This is my second sewed bag which I like very much. It’s story is short but nice. I had got it’s previous version before few years from a person who loved me very much, too much I could say. I missed a lining fabric and pockets. I   had just found some materials in grandparents’ loft and decided to fix. As a result I recreated it quite definitely. Firstly I cut  rectangle from lining material, similar to the basic fabric’s and then decorated basic fabric with purple beading  (oww, how difficult and how long it took this process). After this I made 2 pockets and sewed them. Later fold up these 2 rectangles and sewed both sides (only left ~8cm from top and tried to make little folds). Then put band and sewed it. With another band I made something like a ribbon.

Firstly this bag looked too small, I couldn’t carry all my stuff at first so this gave me a lesson to reduce my ‘casual property’s ‘ amount. But spring by itself is light season, everybody wants to throw down heavy clothes, pick up slingbacks. Maybe due this I’m happy as usually bigger bag you have, more items you need. So a bit smaller bag really helps to feel absolutely light spring (=
And once again I am very thankful for a person who chose these fabrics. (,

This is my first sewn bag. I did it last summer: I was a little bit bored and decided to sew (although at very young school age I hated sewing (but about this I’ll talk later in special post)). After clearing the wardrobe I had many clothes which I didn’t like anymore. But this jumper was so special : it was my grandma’s jumper, I liked the fabric very much and it was something that reminded me my early childhood (many questions ‘why’ , ‘how’ and of course pancakes’ smell) so I couldn’t throw it away. So I searched and found 1 site (before 1 year I couldn’t read Russian letters), and followed few photos

So, I sewed 2 sides and as a lining fabric used an old skirt. Before sewing the basic and lining fabrics I made 2 extra pockets inside (very bad quality as it was an experiment). For a handle I used an old belt from very old pants (cut and sew).

I am content with the result (although the photos quality is very bad) as this bag is very comfy, quite big enough to hold my casual stuff. As I experimented and didn’t  know correctly some sewing techniques (oh my dear pockets !! ), I had to work harder and resew several times. Also the fabric isn’t the best choice for the wet weather.

Also, maybe I have a negative characteristic to keep an old items, clothes. One wise man told that senescence is coming when somebody starts saving items and putting them into small boxes. Sometimes I love these cute items, sometimes I love too much fabrics or colors or sometimes these items, clothes remind me cosy little moments. My inspiration usually comes really really  suddenly and sometimes I create or recreate something very very fast. This dress was also my ‘recreation’. I’ve bought it before many years in very low price. Linen is very grateful fabric especially during hot summer. I liked color. I didn’t like the form of this dress, how it lied on me. So I recreated the bottom and added nice belt. And now I love this dress.

There are more items which I recreated: cut the bottom of another skirt or dress, changed the color, made new earrings from the old ones. I’m glad I didn’t throw them away, these little projects  helped me in gaining new experiences, increasing skills. I am sure this also shows my tactic even in life not to throw something away, but try to fix, first to think and later to do. But.. What I’m talking about, I’ve finished a semester of philosophy last year so I’ll leave these theories ((=

And I guess I’ll public few projects more before showing new ones.  yep.

The kitchen as always stays my favorite place where I love to spend my cosy morning,  wearing a fluffy pyjamas, holding  a big cup of coffee and of course- to chat. Or to have a cosy evening.

My grandma asked me renovate an old cupboard and I  accepted gladly this challenge. It’s a pity that I don’t have pictures how this cupboard looked before  my work but I am very happy how it came out  !!! I used very simple decoupage technique (decorating with serviettes).  Although I have been practicing for 3,5 years but it was the first SO big work, ha.

After this project I love more my grandparents’ kitchen ((=

Pastaruoju metu ėmiau domėtis arabų pasauliu, jų tradicijomis, liečiančiomis moterų aprangą. Ir tikrai ne dėl feministinių pažiūrų ar tolerancijos stokos, kad yra gyvenančių kitaip, pagal kitokias taisykles. Paprasčiausiai gal kiek sutrikau visai atsitiktinai atradus tokią nuotrauką:
<— Tai arabės moters maudymosi kostiumėlis- burquini (burkini). Niekada į galvą neateidavo, kaip arabė moteris maudosi. Aišku, toks variantas tikrai geresnis, nei maudymasis apsirėdžius juodomis suknelėmis:

(ir man visada kildavo instinktyvus klausimas, ar tokiame karštyje juodai apsirengusios moterys nesukaista ir ar tikrai tokia apranga tokiomis sąlygomis neprieštarauja higienos reikalavimams; na ir jei tikrai viskas yra dėl moters pomirtinio gyvenimo gerovės, tuomet save gerbiantis vyras galėtų palaikyti žmoną ir nesirengti priešingai šviesiais rūbais, bet… Aš jau žiūriu savo akimis, ne arabo.

Pati musulmonių moterų apranga yra santykinai įvairi. Įdomu tai, kad nors Korane (šv. islamo knyga) yra pasakyta, kad moteris, keliaudama svetur turėtų pabrėžti savo tikėjimą apranga, kad būtų atpažinta; taip pat neturėtų rodyti gundomo nuogumo (turėtų dėvėti galvos apdangalą, taip pat dengiantį krūtinę), kad pasitaiko įvairių atvejų: nors dabar daugelyje pasisakymų ar straipsnių pabrėžiama, kad moters apranga yra jos laisvas pasirinkimas, kurio neturėtų niekas varžyti, tikrovė dažnai prasilenkia su norimomis pateikti vizijomis: dar pasitaiko atvejų, kai Afganistane einančios į mokyklą mergaitės yra apmėtomos akmenimis, o ką ir kalbėti apie ,,nepadorų” nuogumą. Nors Tunisas ir Turkija yra skelbiamos tolerantiškiausiomis šalimis (moteris gali pati pasirinkti), dažnai mažosios bendruomenės įveda norimą turėti tvarką: moteris priversta vilkėti nurodytą apdarą dėl gresiančių didelių baudų ar žiaurių bausmių (Iranas, Afganistanas). Galbūt arabiškas kraujas, nesuvaldomas pavydas ir baimė, kad kaimynas pavilios žmoną, kuri jau yra išrinktojo nuosavybė, o galbūt nenoras turėti moteriškąją konkurenciją šalia lemia tokį elgesį.

Yra sakančiųjų, kad moteris kaip tik demokratiškose šalyse ir ypač vakaruose (kad ir kaip būtų žiūrima) tėra mėsos gabalas: viskas daroma dėl vyro užgaidų patenkinimo. Aišku, galima traktuoti įvairiai, tačiau, tai priklauso iš kurios pusės yra žvelgiama. Nors tiesa, kad didelė dauguma prostitucijos, vergijos aukų yra moterys, kad visa reklamos industrija yra varoma kūniškųjų instinktų skatinimu ir moteris yra naudojama kaip jaukas, ir kad nemažą dalį moteriškojo garderobo sudaro rūbai, padedantys gundyti, atkreipti į save dėmesį, nes toks yra išėjimo į gatvę tikslas (būti pastebėta), tačiau, vyriška liemenėlė (originaliai sugalvota dėl medicininių priežasčių) vis labiau tampa madingu aksesuaru (Japonijoj jau yra viena iš perkamiausių prekių), rankinės (taip pat iš Japonijos į Europą atėjusi mada), sijonai ir kitokie aksesuarai, į kuriuos pažvelgus dar gerai pagalvojama, kam jie iš tikrųjų yra skirti ir, kurie, žinoma, ne – moterų išradimai. Jei į moterį dar žvelgiama kaip į nepilnavertį ar tiesiog pasismaginimams tinkantį objektą,  tai vis daugiau vyrų akivaizdžiai parodo, kad jiems yra malonūs ir reikalingi niuansai (dėl kurių vyrai laiko moteris mėsomis) ir kad tam tikri stereotipai yra seniai atgyvenę.

Dar vienas dalykas, kurį pastebėjau ir kuris pasirodė įdomus:

Iš tikrųjų negalima sakyti, kad laisvė pasirinkti neegzistuoja. Europinis pavyzdys tą puikiai pailiustruoja. Ir  kad ir kokiais puikiais loginiais argumentais būtų besiremiama priimant įvairius sprendimus ar diskutuojant (higiena, saugumas, religinė tolerancija), aiškiai galima įžvelgti politinių, socialinių, religinių konfliktų priežastį: žaidimo savininkui nepatinka, kai dalyviai ima keisti savaip taisykles.