“(My art) starts with Ludwig the Second of Bavaria meeting Woolworths and Barnum and Bailey over dinner – with Louis the 14th in drag; then it just spirals out from there. I’m constructing a new mythology from the shards of the universe.”
Assorted works by multi media artist and protege of Salvador Dali, Steven Arnold. A rare and incredible talent. View more here.
Baroness Helene de Rothschild and Baron Alexis de Rede
Baron Alexis de Rede in a Dali designed hat
In Baron de Rede’s own words “On 12 December 1972, Marie-Hélène gave her Surrealist Ball at Ferriéres. This time the guests were asked to come in black tie and long dresses with Surrealist heads. The invitation was printed with reversed writing on a blue and cloudy sky, inspired by a painting by Magritte. To decipher the card, it had to be held to a mirror.
For the evening the chateau was floodlit with moving orange lights to give the impression that it was on fire. The staircase inside was lined by footmen dressed as cats that appeared to have fallen asleep in a variety of staged poses. Guests had to pass through a kind of labyrinth of Hell, made of black ribbons to look like cobwebs. The occasional cat appeared to rescue the guests and lead them to the tapestry salon. Here they were greeted by Guy with a hat to resemble a still-life on a platter, and by Marie-Hélène wearing the head of a giant weeping tears made of diamonds.
Marie Hélène proved that she had the flare and imagination to create something unique and worthwhile. None of this was created by charm alone. It needed a degree of ruthless determination. She attended to every minute detail of style in her life and also in her entertaining. She was a great hostess with all the qualities. She loved parties and people. She was forever in quest of new talent and new figures to entertain from the world of the arts, literature, dance and haute couture. She mixed them with the more established set of Paris society. everyone was intrigued. Marie-Hélène’s parties took on such importance that one social figure threatened to commit suicide unless she was invited.
It is not possible to repeat such things now for many reasons. But it is fascinating to look back and to remember these occasions, which dominated our thoughts and plans to such an extent for so many months. I am happy that I took part in so many, and happy that I gave some myself.”
The amazing mood music above is from my favorite local band, the Darktown Strutters. You can buy their 12″ ep here.
Lykke Li has taken my soft spot of Scandinavian pop music to another level. The Swedish singer recently collaborated with Moses Berkson to create ‘Solarium’, an experimental short film which conveys the mood of her upcoming album. Too cool.
I absolutely love short films, and am a big fan of the surreal/avant garde camp as well. In the age of iPhones, youtube, and Lady Gaga, it’s only inevitable that these things are in Vogue once again. Here’s a list of other, older films along those lines which I’m fond of. Feel free to chime in with your favorites!
Ramblin' woman with a heart of black gold. Treasure hunter/restless spirit residing in Texas. I sell vintage clothing to local boutiques, run EBay and Etsy shops, create vintage inspired goods, and take road trips weekly. I love to cook, am a firm believer in crystal healing and other holistic practices, and am on an endless quest for knowledge. Music, film, and art are very important to me.
This blog documents my various adventures and inspirations... when time permits.