This is a sketch for a tote bag I will be putting together in the next week. I have wanted a bag in this style for a while, so I designed one. I rarely purchase handbags anymore, they are a lot of fun to make. I am lining the bag with suede, so it’s a bit heavy, but the material has a rather luxurious feel. I’ll post work in progress shots in a day or two.
A new trend seems to have taken over the fashion world – gaped teeth. It seems that the public outcries against very skinny models and overuse of Photoshop has lead to a demand of models with tattoos, scars and other distinguishing characteristics, but the gap is the most vogue of them all. I always knew that people would eventually get tired of the “Hollywood” smile, since everyone can purchase one and has done so – it gets boring, but I never thought it would be so soon. I don’t remember a trend ever sparking such a stir of controversy. Having perfectly straight teeth seems to be tied deeply to the public’s sense of right and wrong, at least in the United States. The gaped teeth trend originated in Europe; European models have had crooked teeth in the past, they just weren’t necessarily celebrated for them the way they are now. American fashion industry is definitely jumping on the band wagon.
Ashley Smith. 1am cover. July/August 2010
Georgia May Jagger for Rimmel London
Lara Stone for Prada
Some of my recent designs. A small collection of shoes for a party girl.
I’ve been working on a lot of things at the same time. This means that there are a lot of exciting things to look forward to in upcoming posts, such as my hat collection and the new handbags I made.
This is a bracelet I weaved with seed beads on a loom from my design. It’s inspired by a dirty oil paint palette.
I’m sorry I haven’t updated in a while, I try to be diligent about my posts, but sometimes life gets in the way. Now I am back.
My friends and I are starting to notice that books are becoming less available and more expensive. You can easily see this trend by walking into the Barnes and Noble on Union Square where toys and children’s educational materials have taken over a large portion of the second floor and many book shelves have been removed to make room for seating that people use while they browse through magazines. I blame the electronic readers for this. Although I see the convenience of such devices, there is a spirit that books and printed materials embody that a machine could never convey. Books have their own smell and texture, each is its own unique experience with a different type selection, paper weight, size and binding. I think each book is an art piece and cherish my collection, which grows every month.
I will be doing monthly book reviews to tell you about some of my favorite titles and to inspire you to collect books of your own. These will often be art and children’s books and other publications you just can’t put on a nook or kindle.
Wonder Bear by Tao Nyeu
I would like to start with Wonder Bear by Tao Nyeu because this book doesn’t have a single word in it, so you can only acquire it in hard copy. It is a magical story about two children who are taken on a colorful adventure by a bear who appeared from a flower, which sprouted from a hat they had planted. The orange, blue and green color scheme of the book is very appealing and so is the style in which the characters are drawn. Each spread is a unique story filled with a lot of detail. The illustrations are so captivating that the reader forgets about the notion of type in a book and becomes a direct participant in this imaginary world. A person of any age would appreciate this wonderful book that provides an escape into childhood.
Illustration from Wonder Bear by Tao Nyeu
Illustration for Wonder Bear by Tao Nyeu