Halloween Sabbath

October Craft Sabbath is coming up on Sunday. Once again we will be at the Main Library right downtown from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

You will be pleased or perhaps alarmed to find the vendors in goofy, scary and maybe even sexy costumes. Rumor has it that Marilyn Monroe is joining the army of undead that frequents the event. And we may have an uprising of 1980s aerobics instructors who wear very modest clothing.

Fun, quick costumes will be for sale, especially for those who want to be festive at the office, but don’t want to look like a jackass if the big boss shows up for an on-the-spot performance review. Super hero outfits, kitty cat barrettes and even outfits for your squidleigh will be available. Our friend, Amber, who makes nothing but soap will be offering natural fall-scented carpet deodorizer this month and next.

Todd and I have been secretively working on some screen prints for the ghoulish festival, featuring dated images from the mental health system. If you sport one of these shirts or dresses, the ghost of Freud might perch on your boob, while neurons and dendrites creep up your shoulder. And of course, where would our Halloween spirit be if we didn’t include a picture of electroconvulsive shock therapy? We will donate a portion of the proceeds from the day to NAMI Utah, in hope of making the mental health system a little less spooky for everyone.

Halloween Craft Sabbath
Sunday, October 3, 2010
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Main Library
210 E 400 S
Salt Lake City

Nudie the Rodeo Tailor

Nudie Cohn & Gram Parsons

Blue Nudie Suit

Blue Nudie Suit

Sure, Coco Channel and Christian Dior have an important place in fashion history. But, neither of them makes the grade as my personal fashion hero. That place belongs to the one and only Nudie, the Rodeo Tailor.

Nudie Cohn is known as the first man to put a rhinestone on a western shirt. Without him, where would Elton John, Johnny Cash, Lonnie Anderson and John Wayne be, image-wise? In the toilet, that’s where! He outfitted them with a combo of F-you attitude, glam and flamboyance that no other designer dared to touch.

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Nudie was born in Kiev, Russia in 1902. That’s right, the best western tailor who ever lived was not western, or even American. At age 11, he followed his older brother to the U.S., hoping to leave a difficult life of too little money and food to go around. He settled in Brooklyn and the tailoring skills he had learned in his father’s boot shop were put to good use. However the streets of American were not paved with gold, as he had been told as child. Nudie dreamed of becoming a cowboy like his hero, Tom Mix. A teacher presented him with his only pair of shoes, a mismatched pair of cowboy boots, and Nudie vowed to wear mismatched boots the rest of his life in memory of this gift and his difficult past.

Nudie and Dale Evans

Nudie and Dale Evans

In the 1930s, newly wed to his lifelong partner, Bobbie, Nudie opened “Nudies for the Ladies” on Broadway in Manhattan. His clients were burlesque queens and strippers, and Nudie unleashed rhinestone on the girl’s costumes and g-string. Eventually Bobbie and Nudie moved to California where he became the tailor for Hollywood’s prettiest girls.

Hank Williams

Hank Williams

Nudie and Bobbie had a lot of ups and downs in business. They discovered western wear and Nudie’s flair with yokes and two-toned jackets began to turn a profit. However, life was not easy. Nudie got his break from his continued involvement in the country music scene. He and Bobbie outfitted Tex Williams and his band, and never looked back.

Lonnie Anderson

Lonnie Anderson

Nudie went on to outfit cowgirl Dale Evans, Gail Davis (Annie Oakley), John Voight (in Rhinestone Cowboy), Cher, John Lennon, David Cassidy and Ann Margaret. Lefty Frizell became the first country-western star Nudie talked into wearing rhinestones. George Jones and Tammy Wynette also had their share of custom-made Nudie outfits. Even David Lee Roth posed for photos in a gorgeous Nudie jacket. Nudie’s sense of style was not limited to clothing. He outfitted all of his and Bobbie’s cars in western gear, decorating them with mounted pistols and steer horns.

Nudie in one of his famous cars

Nudie in one of his famous cars

Nudie died in 1984 at age 81. His wife and granddaughter Jamie continued the business for many years, however Bobbie’s retirement at a ripe old age lead to its closure. If you’d like to learn more about Nudie, the Rodeo Tailor, visit nudiesrodeotailor.com

We will offer a prize to the first person who can find out if Ronald Reagan ever wore a Nudie suit.

Hellboy and Mike Mignola

Baba Yaga

Even if you are the most casual comic book reader, you’re probably aware of the Hellboy. You might have heard of Hellboy if you don’t like comic books at all. With two movies out now and all, he has become part of popular culture.

I recently read the newest Hellboy graphic novel “The Crooked Man and Others“, and a somewhat related title called “Witchfinder“. Both are really good and reminded me how much I like these stories. Even though I am reading comics again, I pretty much gave up buying them throughout most of the ’90s. Hellboy was one comic I’d still pick up whenever I saw it, even if creator and artist Mike Mignola was very slow to put out new issues back then.

Hellboy's Original Concept Sketch - First appeared @ Great Salt Lake Comic Con 1991

The story begins with the infant Demon of the Apocalypse being brought to earth by Nazi occultists. Allied forces were able to capture Hellboy and raised him as a normal kid. He grew to become a large demon, with hooves, a tail, a huge right hand made of stone (the Right Hand of Doom!), and horns that he grinds down to look more human.  Hellboy was granted the title of “Honorary Human” and, athough he regularly struggles with his demonic nature, his humanity always wins out. He is also the world’s greatest paranormal investigator and regularly fights crazy Russian monks, Nazi scientists, secret government agencies, and other dimensional beings. The blend of horror and science is perfect.

Mike Mignola weaves folk lore, pulp, and mythology into each story. Great stuff! I can’t say enough about how much I like the way Mignola draws. He is famous for saying that all he wanted to do as a kid was draw monsters, and he does is perfectly. Mignola’s art is very unique and beautiful.


Hellboy is published by Dark Horse comics, and you can find more of Mike Mignola’s work on darkhorse.com and artofmikemignola.com. Another series that I recommend very highly is B.P.R.D., and I also liked Mignola’s work on DC Comic’s Cosmic Odyssey.


Amber

Irises

Irises

“Yellow is the color of my true love’s hair in the morning, when we rise.” Hey, name that tune! One of my favorite old folk songs. Today we continue our tribute to fall with a focus on the color amber.

Starting off with old fine art. Sometimes in the fall I could almost believe I see the world through an amber-colored Van Gogh lense:

Van Gogh Mulberry Tree

Van Gogh Mulberry Tree

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

Van Gogh Chair

Van Gogh Chair

Van Gogh Sunflowers

Van Gogh Sunflowers

Amber jewelry is another favorite of mine. You may disagree, but I believe it goes with everything.

Earrings by LuzDesigns

Earrings by LuzDesigns

Vintage Golden Glass Rhinestone Pin By larenblythedesigns

Vintage Golden Glass Rhinestone Pin By larenblythedesigns

Glass Pendant by Tandi11

Glass Pendant by Tandi11

I have such a soft spot for amber glassware, both vintage and newly artist-made.

Amber Glass Bird by BusyCrowStudio

Amber Glass Bird by BusyCrowStudio

Carved and Fused Glass Tile by MichelleProsek

Carved and Fused Glass Tile by MichelleProsek

Vintage Depression Glass by vnes

Vintage Depression Glass by vnes

And every lady’s wardrobe needs a gorgeous vintage scarf filled with fall colors.

Geometric Fall Scarf by MossmottleManor

Geometric Fall Scarf by MossmottleManor

Enjoy every moment of the beautiful fall Utah weather. If you are not local, drop us a line and tell us about fall in your neck of the woods.

Orange


Modigliani

Modigliani

“The thing about orange is that it’s not just a color, but a food and a fragrance.  It’s the only color you can taste and smell,” Stephanie Greenwood, Bubble and Bee.

Orange, yellow, gold, brown. Indirect lighting. Shorter days. Fall solstice. In a tribute to fall, we wanted to share with you some beautiful things that are orange.

Fine, old art – in orange.

Rothko

Rothko

Toulouse Lautrec

Toulouse Lautrec

 

And where would the fashion world be without the color orange? We checked in with our official fashion correspondent, designer Krista Nielson on her opinions of the color, and here is what she said: “Orange is sweet and juicy, but make no mistake – orange has a bite that gets it noticed.  It is one of the strongest colors you can wear, it is a big “pop” color, the visual equivalent of an exclamation point! It is one of the most visible colors, there is a reason they make life jackets, hunting vests and prison jumpsuits out of bright orange, it gets you noticed.  It’s the “look at me color.”

Wood Carving Skirt by madewithlovebyhannah

Wood Carving Skirt by madewithlovebyhannah

The Bell Dress by makemeadress

The Bell Dress by makemeadress

Orange and black leg warmer spats by LeshasWorkshop

Orange and black leg warmer spats by LeshasWorkshop

Swim With the Fishes by divisionoflabor

Swim With the Fishes by divisionoflabor

Vintage Button Necklace by Button Soup Jewlery

Vintage Button Necklace by Button Soup Jewlery

The 70s and 80s brought us wonderful orange housewares. I’ll never get used to the fact that that ribbed lidded tupperwares of my childhood are already vintage!

1980s Orange Tukpperware by ReCultivation

1980s Orange Tukpperware by ReCultivation

Retro Glassware by FunVintageLiving

Retro Glassware by FunVintageLiving

Apricot Jalepeno Jelly by Mirasolfarm

Apricot Jalepeno Jelly by Mirasolfarm

And this brings us to miscellaneous orange. Things you smell, laugh at and make yourself. Happy fall solstice. Fall is my favorite season and I hope you enjoy every minute of it!

The Great Pumpkin Dog Hat by BeanTownHandmade

The Great Pumpkin Dog Hat by BeanTownHandmade

Pumpkin Crochet Pattern by NancysLinens

Pumpkin Crochet Pattern by NancysLinens

Bubble and Bee Orange Shower Gel

Bubble and Bee Orange Shower Gel

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space

Unique Forms of Continuity in Space - 1913

Visioni Simultanee - 1911/12

“Unique Forms of Continuity in Space” by Italian artist Umberto Boccioni has got to be one of the best sculptures ever conceived and cast. The way that it seems to move and glide through space… Perfect!

I love Cubism. Point, line, plane, and form. A very basic description of Cubism would be: a subject is broken up into it’s most basic parts and then reassembled in order to appear as though it is being looked at from multiple angles. The subject is being portrayed from all sides at once in space.

Dynamism of a Soccer Player - 1913

Futurism (which Umberto Boccioni helped found) took that concept, but added motion and movement into the equation. It attempts to portray both time and space. I love it! And “Unique forms of Continuity in Space” is, to me at least, the perfect example of Futurism. When I made it to the MoMA, where it is part of the permanent collection, I didn’t even know that was one of the pieces I would see. Just turned a corner, and there it was. Beautiful.

Umberto Boccioni is also a very well known painter, and I’ve included some additional images for your enjoyment. One of my favorites has always been “The City Rises”. Powerful!

The City Rises -1910

24 Hour Show – Done!

Didn’t know if it could be done, but I finished my piece for the Hive Gallery 24 hour show! Actually only took me about 21 hours (and that includes a little nap from 6 – 7:30 am). Don’t normally use the medium or materials, but done with acrylic and collage on wood.

All I have now is the low-rez photo above that didn’t turn out all that well, but you can see the original at the Hive today.

I’m excited to see all of the work the other artists have been doing too!

24-Hour Show
Saturday, September 18
Hive Gallery
Trolley Square
Second Floor
3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.