HEROINES | MADGE GILL

HEROINES | MADGE GILL | DANCERS ROAD BLOG

The best thing about travelling is discovering new things. While in Paris a few weeks ago I came across a magazine I hadn’t seen before called Raw Vision. I instantly bought it to read in the train back in Rotterdam because the pictures were so appealing and I’m glad I did. It’s a magazine about outsider (I highly admire self taught artists) and folk art and it had Madge Gill on the cover.

Madge Gill (1882-1961) is a well know outsider artist who made cushions, quilts, dresses and magically fascinating ink-drawings. She was born in East End of London as the daughter of an unmarried mother and an absent father. At the age of nine she was brought to an orphanage because her family couldn’t live with the embarrassment of a bastard child. She spent part of her teenage years in Canada working as a servant and babysitter. She returned to England at the age of 18, she had 3 sons and one stillborn daughter. Madge herself came close to death, and a subsequent lengthy illness resulted in the loss of her left eye, which was replaced with a glass one. From the 1930s on, Madge Gill enjoyed a reputation as a medium in her Upton Park neighbourhood. She is said to have organized séances at her home, drawing up horoscopes and offering spontaneous prophecies. Madge Gill’s works are now preserved in several public collections, including the Collection de l’Art brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Aracine Collection in Lille, France.

source: www.madgegill.com & www.rawvsion.com

HEROINES | MADGE GILL | DANCERS ROAD BLOG

HEROINES | MADGE GILL | DANCERS ROAD BLOG

 

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ETSY FINDS | ABSTRACT SCULPTURES

ETSY FINDS | ABSTRACT SCULPTURES | selection made by Dancers Road

These gorgeous sculptures vary in material from marble to wood and in price from only 42 euros to 335 euro and I could absolutely picture all of these on my desk or on the desk of someone I love. They are great gifts and with Christmas coming closer, really worth taking a look at. I all found them on Etsy!

Etsy is an online global platform on which you can find vintage and handmade items from small creative business owners that put great love and devotion in their work and sell products made of fair materials for fair prices. You can currently find my shops there under the name Dancers Road (vintage) and Saravi (handmade items). With the ‘Etsy Finds’ blogposts I aim to help more people discover the wonderfulness on Etsy and to promote small businesses and creative entrepreneurs (such as myself) from all over the world. Why not buy your holiday gifts at small businesses that will give you personal service instead of at the big multinationals?!

From left to right, you can find these sculptures here: white sculpture on wood, wooden sculpture, black marble sculpture, stone and gold sculpture, stone sculpture, beige stone sculpture, black and copper sculpture, white marble sculpture.

 

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HEROINES | LOTTI VAN DER GAAG

works by Dutch Cobra artist Lotti van der Gaag - from Dancers Road Blog

A couple of weeks ago I visited a retrospective of Dutch art after 1945 at the Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam. Many works of the members of the Cobra movement were shown and I was pleased to see, among many other paintins, my favourite cobra painting Constant.

It was at this exhibition that the work of Lotti van der Gaag caught my renewed attention. It’s strange  how these things go with art (and fashion and food and literature); what appeals to me seems to shift from time to time. Works from artists that I adored before lose their attractive force on me for a while, while other works suddenly appeal more to me than ever before. The work of Lotti van der Gaag never seemed that special to me until now. Now it’s really getting me, or I’m finally getting it…

Lotti van der Gaag (1923-1999) was a Dutch sculptor that created fantasy creatures in clay. Later on in her life she also painted. The information about her that can be found on the web quite differences in content, even the more reliable sources don’t seem to agree on her life and the way she lived it. Some sources say that she never exhibited with the members of the Cobra, other say that she initiated exhibitions of her own work with important members of the Cobra movement such as Karel Appel and Corneille. She lived in Paris that’s for sure, where she shared a studio building with some of the Cobra members. Most sources report that she was never married but she had relationships with Bram Bogart, Kees van Bohemen and Jan Cremer. According to her quotes she never married one of them because they could never accept that she worked as artist the way she did. The more I read about her online the more she strikes me as a rebel. I must remember to read a book about her as soon as I can!

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SUMMER HOLIDAY PROJECT : NEEDLEPOINT

Summer Holiday project inspiration: Needlepoint! Via Dancers Road Blog

My Summer holiday has started this week (YAY!) and that gives me time to do creative things I normally don’t have time for. I’m always interested in crafting and needlework, in the past few years I’ve tried out sewing, crocheting, knitting and latch hooking but I must admit I usually quit those projects before they are finished. I’m an impatient person with a short short attention span and crafts projects like those usually take a lot of time. A couple of weeks ago I found an old crafts book from the seventies about needlepoint embroidery and I knew right away that I found this years summer project. I love needlepoint products, I have lot’s of vintage needlepoint pillows and even a table runner (boy the maker of that one must have been a persistent one ;-}). So I really wanted to try this technique out for myself. With my past needlework debacles in mind I knew that I had to start with something small (even though I was tempted to start making a big pillow). And with the help of the book and my mother, who seems to know all craft techniques of the world) I set up this design for embroidering a pencil case. And I must say; maybe I finally found my needlework technique! Because this is a lot easier and faster than I thought, there are many many different stitches and the possibilities of things you can make with this technique are endless as you can see in these pictures. I would really love to make a lamp holder like the one in the photos (love the bohemian colours and patterns) but hey, let’s finish this tiny one first ;-}.

What about you? Do you have any creative summer projects planned out for yourself? And does anyone of you have trouble finishing them?

The first few pictures are by me and the rest is from the book: Tapisserie – de kunst van het borduren op stramien by Mary Rhodes (it’s in Dutch).

Summer Holiday project Inspiration: Needlepointing! via Dancers Road Blog

Summer Holiday project Inspiration: Needlepointing! via Dancers Road Blog

 

Needlepoint via Dancers Road

Summer Holiday project Inspiration: Needlepointing! via Dancers Road Blog

Summer Holiday project Inspiration: Needlepointing! via Dancers Road Blog

Summer Holiday project inspiration: Needlepoint! Via Dancers Road Blog

 

 

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LOVE IS STRANGE (the film)

Items for the eclectic home collected by Dancers Road www.dancersroad.wordpress.com

As much as I like the over the top, fully bohemian, fully retro or fully ethnic interior I usually get even more inspired by an interior that has a mix of styles. I love it when rooms are not perfect, not tidy and filled with items that don’t match perfectly. And I love it when rooms look as if they are lived in (even thought these rooms are decors ;-]), with influences from different styles. That’s probably why I instantly fell in love with the eclectic interiors from the movie: Love is Strange.

It is a beautiful movie about Ben and George who get married at the beginning of the film, George is soon fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing. It’s a beautiful, sad and yet funny movie and it also has great decors as you can see in these pictures! I love all the plans, books and personal objects in these interiors but above all; I love the artworks and paintings hanging around. They are so lovely and not impossible to find on flee markets and in thrift shops. I recently came across one very pretty flower painting like the one in the first picture below and it is so much fun to search for items like this! For those of you who rather shop online or don’t have the patience or the time to go thriftshopping I found some items in the style of Love is Strange on Etsy as you can see above.

The set decoration of Love is Strange was done by Kendall Anderson. Which movie interiors do you find inspiring?

Products: Vintage Oil painting with Flower from: Labelfrance. African Mask from Africadirect. Noguchi style glass table from: Beakerloo. Rattan cube table from: Mkmack. Portrait of woman from: AntiqueARTGarden. Landscape Painting from: ModernistBerlin. Two golden table lamps from: Overstock. Two blue chairs from TheGalwayGirrl.

interior from the film Love is strange from www.dancersroad.wordpress.com

Items for the eclectic home collected by Dancers Road

Items for the eclectic home collected by Dancers Road

Items for the eclectic home collected by Dancers Road

Items for the eclectic home collected by Dancers Road

Items for the eclectic home collected by Dancers Road

Items for the eclectic home collected by Dancers Road

Items for the eclectic home collected by Dancers Road

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Items for the eclectic home collected by Dancers Road

These pictures are screen shots so the quality is not great but the movie is really worth watching and not only for the interiors ;-]

WHAT FRIDA WORE

Frida Kahlo

This week the Guardian came with the very exciting news that it’s now possible to see what Frida Kahlo wore during her life. After Frida Kahlo died in 1954, her husband Diego Rivera shut her belongings in a bathroom at their Mexico City home, the Blue House – then demanded it be locked until 15 years after his death. In fact, the room wasn’t opened until 2004, when Ishiuchi Miyako photographed its intimate contents. Here are the artists’ beloved belongings, from sunglasses to handpainted corsets. The photographs made by Miyako are now being exhibited from the 15th of may till the 12th of july at Michael Hoppen Gallery in London. Here are a few examples, more photographs can be found here .

Frida Kahlo sunglasses

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Kahlo’s right leg was thinner than her left after childhood polio – and it was later fractured in 11 places when she had a horrific bus accident in her 20s. As a result, she wore long, traditional Tehuana dresses that concealed her lower body (source: the Guardian).

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Original vintage Tehuana dresses like Frida wore are difficult to find. I did however found the funky blue dress at Recollectvint. Second dress from: LoneWolfeVintage. Vintage print with chilipeppers from: WildWildernessPhotos and Cactus print from: CastafioreOldPrints.