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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ETSY FINDINGS: VINTAGE FLORAL PAINTINGS

Floral Paintings / Etsy Findings from Dancers Road blog

Floral Paintings / Etsy Findings from Dancers Road blog

Floral Paintings / Etsy Findings from Dancers Road blog

Floral Paintings / Etsy Findings from Dancers Road blog

Floral Paintings / Etsy Findings from Dancers Road blog

Floral Paintings / Etsy Findings from Dancers Road blog

Found some georgeous floral paintings on Etsy! The fifth one is my favourite, because of the lovely pastel colours, which one is yours?

PRODUCTS: Handpainted german folk art from: CirceCollectables, Hilda Clegg oil painting from: LeeFamilyAntiquesLLC, Vintage Herb painting from: VikisFlowers, Victorian Flower Painting (bookpage) from: OBMboutique, Vintage Cottage Chic Art Floral Oil Painting from: SadieBessVintage, Small Floral Bouquet Painting from: SunandMoonCuratedVTG.

 

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.

HEROINES #2 SONIA DELAUNAY

 Sonia Delaunay

‘Colour is the skin of the world’

‘One who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.’

Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay

Sonia Delaunay

 

As an art school student, taking painting classes I came across the paintings of Sonia Delaunay years ago and I must say they never were so appealing to me. I never liked the overdue of bright colours and the geometrical shapes. But that lack of interest from my side goesfor  the paintings. At the moment there’s a big retrospective exhibition of her work going on in the Tate Modern and while drinking tea in the cafeteria of the museum I came to read her biography. Reading about her impressive life (she was given away by her own parents at the age of seven to a rich family member and moved from here home in Odessa to St. Petersburg in Russia, survived two world wars coming from a Jewish family, married twice; one time out of friendship with a gay friend and one time out of love to Robert Delaunay, started here own successful business, was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde, lived in many different  countries and died an old and famous woman). I knew her paintings but I didn’t know about her decorative work in fashion and interior design. I highly admire people who can be multidisciplinary in a natural way and add something valuable to more than one discipline without becoming to commercial. I also admire her beauty and even though I’m not a great fan of her paintings I do love here drawings, patterns and textile designs which inspired many later designers and artists. Delaunay died in 1979 aged 94, and was painting the day she died. ‘I always changed everything around me,’ she said. ‘I made my first white walls so our paintings would look better. I designed my furniture; I have done everything. I have lived my art.’

The exhibition about her work at the Tate Modern in London is on until August 9th.

sonia delaunay on dancers road

 

Sonia Delaunay

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