This is a photo from the new Marimekko fashion line. We’re used to seeing Marimekko’s signature hot colors and bold design in home furnishings. Will we wear Marimekko head to toe? When I get called to star in the next Austin Powers movie I’ll go to the interview in the shagadelic outfit above. Yeah, baby! Go to archiproducts.com for more on this story.
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I just stumbled across this excellent article on how what you wear influences your moods and can support your business success or detract from it. I heartily agree and recommend you read the article in Entrepreuneurial Woman Magazine before your next power presentation:
Even if you’re not a high powered business woman, you can use feng shui to elevate your mood and bring yourself successful energy.
For some reason this summer I am really into skirts and more feminine clothing. I’m finding it easier and more comfortable to wear a flirty skirt than shorts while I’m working in the yard or studio. Do you have a favorite piece of clothing you like to wear in summer that makes you feel good when you wear it?
In the new blockbuster film “The Hunger Games” the character named Peeta grew up in a bakery and decorated cakes. That’s the explanation given for his skill with the body paint. But Feng Shui By Fishgirl suspects that author Suzanne Collins and the art director on the movie were actually inspired by photographs of Verushka.
Some of you will be too young to know the name Verushka. Her real name is Countess Vera Gräfin von Lehndorff-Steinort and she was one of the world’s first super-models in the 1960’s & 70’s. Unlike her peer Twiggy, Verushka was voluptuous and still is.
Even though I was very familiar with her work in fashion I didn’t know about these artistic camouflage photos that Verushka created. However, lucky for me–and my readers!– my bf was aware of them and suggested I look it up on Google after seeing “The Hunger Games“.
Absolutely breathtaking, no? These performance pieces are Verushka’s vision and concept caught on film by photographer Andreas Hubertus Ilse . The last portraits in the series were completed in 1992-1996 when the model/artist would have been 52-57 years of age. All the more inspiring to women artists of a certain age. Ahem.
See more photos of Verushka in the book Transfigurations that came out in 1986 and can still be purchased through Amazon.com where it has a 5 star rating. What rating do you give it and do you think the film got some inspiration from it?
I live in High Point, NC–the furniture capitol of the world where designers and buyers visit our showrooms twice annually from around the globe. I attend the High Point Furniture Market Weeks to see industry friends and trends. Imagine my surprise to recognize the seatbelt chair from The Phillips Collection in the popular hit movie “The Hunger Games“. Adorning the dining room of Panem’s Capitol where Katniss and Peeta got their first taste of luxury before the games began, the bright green modern chairs are a knockout. Made from seatbelt strapping, these chairs come in several styles and colors, too.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I’m focusing on the feng shui of Love, Love, Love for the month of February. Art improves feng shui and supporting artists lifts your spirit, too. Check out Isabelle Bryer Paintings for some adorable love themed work like the 3 Love Messengers shown above. Think you can’t afford art? Many artists like Isabelle offer their images as printed reproductions to give more people access. That’s good feng shui!
Lots of moms out there would love to get some jewelry for Valentine’s Day. For fine handcrafted jewelry, Mozelle Art Studio has a wonderful selection of earrings and necklaces. Artist Maureen Farr will also custom make an exclusive piece for your Valentine. How cool is that?
And while you’re at it, why not love yourself with a subscription to Feng Shui By Kindle on your Kindle Fire? It’s only 99 cents a month (99 means infinity in feng shui) and that’s a whole lot of love for a little bit o’ money. It’s the gift that keeps on giving and this blog operates entirely on your support (think of FSBFG as the NPR of feng shui!).
Feng Shui By Fishgirl just found out about Squam Art Workshops on Squam Lake in New Hampshire. Why didn’t they have camps like this when I was growing up in NH? Oh well, they do now and that’s all that counts! “Creativity as a way of life” is Squam’s motto. According to their website, “Each day has a variety of classes to choose from such as: painting, mixed media, drawing, writing, photography, cooking, food styling, yoga, knitting, embroidery, sewing, sculpture, jewelry making, journaling, and screenprinting. There are always optional evening events and each retreat has its own unique extras. For instance, both the Spring and Fall sessions have a marvelous Art Fair on the last night, squam by the sea has bonfires on the beach and SquamItalia! will have excursions to olive groves, open-air markets and wild dinner parties under the stars.”
Almost sounds like Etsy on steroids (which to some of us is a good thing)! And all of the classes take place on one of NH’s most pristine lakes, only about 40 minutes drive from where I was born. Some of the classes are already filling up and there is an “early bird special” for those that register before January 31st. You’ll not only be taking art classes and enjoying nature, you’ll also be supporting 1% for the planet. Where do I sign up? Click here for Spring 2012 registration.
Have any of you been watching the TV series “Downton Abbey” on Masterpiece Theatre? I discovered it this week on my Kindle Fire and quickly became hooked on the clever writing, marvelous costumes, brilliant acting by Maggie Smith and others, but mostly on the biggest star of the series: the mansion. This gigantic home was designed by the same architect that built the British Parliament building. Known as “Highclere Castle“, this classy steals the show (a difficult feat when the intriguing upstairs/downstairs plotline has so much going for it…See “5 Reasons to Watch Downton Abbey” at Jane Austen World Blog ).
The fact that an inanimate object–namely your shelter–can have such a presence and become an actual character in your life’s story is illustrated on a grand scale in Downtown Abbey. Let’s face it, not many of us have the kind of estate or wealth that the family in this PBS drama have. But the idea of home as an extension of the individual applies to all of our own homes, too. That’s basically the essence of feng shui. What we surround ourselves with–favorite art, comfortable furnishings, color or not, piles of clutter or clean minimalism–says a lot about us and influences our daily outcome. How you say? Well, if you can’t get out from under the clutter it will no doubt put you in a less than upbeat mood—not a great foundation for making decisions, grabbing any opportunities that might be presented to you on that day, or even giving you the motivation to get out of bed. If on the other hand you live in an environment that supports you among objects you LOVE and surroundings that inspire and make you happy, that is good feng shui.
January 2012 my Feng Shui By Fishgirl theme is Creativity & Future Projects which is an area of the feng shui bagua.We find creative inspiration sometimes in obvious places and other times in the least likely spots. What does this fully tatooed Japanese beauty have in common with a made-in-the-USA designer table? Go see additional pics and find out the full story from red egg designer Carol Gregg at this link: