Monday, 30 November 2009

Nicki Dennett

Yesterday I went to the Surface Gallery  in Nottingham to sell some of my jewellery . Unfortunately, it wasn't very busy and I only sold one piece ... but I met Nicki Dennett  (illustrator and printmaker)  and exchanged some jewellery against some of her work.

I really like the print I got from her. It is called "Burger" :

It reminds me very much of my own series of fashion magazines photographs and I am very much looking forward to working more at it again ...

Nicki told me that the print I now have was part of a series she made about a Healthy Eating campaign.
here are some images, taken from her website : they tell the story of a woman who ....

Life Changes

Comfort Zone

Online Shopping

Ditch the Burger


The Way Forward

Grow your own

I like this work very much.
Eating and the problems relating to it are much deeper than what we usually say and those drawings speak for themselves.

Saturday, 31 October 2009

German advert for underwear using veiled woman

(Facebook exchange)

Shwan Dler Qaradaki posted the link :

Click here to view the clip :
German advert for underwear using veiled woman

CSD : What do they say and what is it exactlly ?
Shwan Dler Qaradaki : This is the reclama for sexy underwear from the German manufacturer liaison They believe this is provocative? I wish everyone who goes in burka could dressed like that ;)
CSD: Oh, OK, thanks Dler :) Is that the journalist who is talking that is saying it is provocative ? Do they mean that it is offending for Muslims ?
Shwan Dler Qaradaki : Yes exactly. but I think Muslims should be hapy for this advertisement. This is posetiv
CSD : That's very interesting, Dler, thX for that ... I'm going to post this video on (one of) my blog(s) ! :)

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Showing my work

This will be the first time I will be presenting a work coming from the present blog-research, "Rebecca's Fashion Magazines" !

Photographs shown :

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Deborah Nicklin

Just discovered Deb's (who I know) work (which I didn't know).
She studied a BA Hons Fashion Degree at Central St Martins, London.
I really like her work, especially : Bag Lady, American Nightmare, So flippin' Happy, Zelda the perfect mother. I love their nasty-witchy side and the fact that ! I really like this sense of humour. Combined with a fashion style, to me they say a lot about the fashion world and its disturbing aspects ....

So flippin' Happy


Zelda - The Perfect Mother
Bag Lady

American Nightmare

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Jana Sterback "Vanitas" 1987 - seen at elles@centrepompidou

Dress made out of fresh meat, worn by the artist in 1987.

Dress as exhibited.

New findings in Vogue magazine

Valérie Belin

Sanja Iveković

Seen this summer in Paris, elles@centrepompidou.
"Diary, 1976"

Another, very 70's feminist work :

Double life, 1975

"Dvostruki zivot (Double life, 1975) is a series of 66 pairs of photographs where snapshots from her personal album are placed side by side with images of women from women's magazines, paired according to the similarity in their appearances, figures, accessories and situations. The emphasis on the parallelism between the mass media and the private photographs blurs the distinction between original and copy, between model and representation, and invites us to think about the nature and origin of the stereotypes of femininity. Is it the mass media that appropriate expressions, poses and attitudes which are typical of female behaviour or is it women who, under the influence of those media constructs, have ended up adopting them? Ivekovic suggests the influence of the mass media in the shaping of feminine stereotypes and turns them into elements of identity. "

More recent work (Gen XX, 1997-2001) :

"Sanja Iveković's project Gen XX has been realised as advertisements published in various magazines. The women in the photographs are professional models whose faces are familiar to the contemporary audience, while the text accompanying the photos presents National Heroines known to the generations that lived in socialist ex-Yugoslavia, but have been completely erased from the contemporary collective consciousness. The manoeuvre that Sanja Iveković performs within the Gen XX media action consists of appropriating the media talk and subverting it by its own means. Using the media is always a manipulation, a technical treatment of the given material with a particular goal in mind. When the technical intervention is of immediate social relevance, manipulation is a political act (which it is by default within the media industry). Gen XX turns this commonly accepted fact into its advantage, appealing to people's sophistication, addressing a 'target group' that takes pleasure in being taken seriously and should not be left to advertising.(2) Gen XX gives lessons in both history and media dwelling in the imaginary space that shapes the formation of the public. Its subversive tactics do not reside in the practice of provocation but in its accommodation to the social codes and conventions of everyday life informed by mass culture.It is a certain translation from a specialised language into the media code, re-translated by media recipients into their own language of the every-day. The effectiveness of its communication strategy consists of this translation based on the analysis of the moment of performance and transmission of knowledge in relation to the moment of the conception and of the research itself."

Tuesday, 23 June 2009


Friday, 19 June 2009

Barbara Probst

Mehraneh Atashi - "Bodiless, I"

Mehraneh Atashi's amazing "self-portraits"... I just love them ... ever so inspiring ...

Mehraneh Atashi's Statement :

"The breath of women is religiously prohobited in the Zourkhaneh.Zourkhaneh, a traditional centre of male sport where religion ,tradition,virility and symbol of the persian hero are all mixed.The first day I entered the zourkhaneh with mirrors reflecting the sence all over,I suddenly found myself standing in front of some big and strong men .It was so hard to gain the trust of these extremly religious moslems and their agreement to pose half naked in front of me and the mirror, but magic of photography helped me ,I made sure to be peresent in each photos as a subject among the heroes. "

Monday, 25 May 2009

Tracey Emin's erotic/non erotic drawings

Tracy Emin talking about a series of drawings she made:
"I enjoyed making this series because I somehow felt removed from it. And even though it is an erotic subject, I even felt distant from the sexuality of the pictures. It was almost like I was trying to get to the bottom of something, understand something - what it means to be a woman, a single entity and feminine. There is no shock or offence intended. They were made for me, trying to deal with something that is going on in my mind. And that's the beautiful thing about drawing: it's intimate, like handwriting, and the dialogue is between the paper and me."

The ambiguity here is all in the fact that she actually "exhibits" those drawings. The subject being erotic, even though her intentions were not, by being seen by others, they become "officially" erotic.
I am very much interested in this moment when the author/artist still has the control over showing or not showing, letting the work be seen or not and in that way offering something erotic or not.
Whatever TE says her intentions were, she is showing her drawings.
Drawings :

Thursday, 30 April 2009

David Hoyle - performer - "Magazine" front covers

"Comedian David Hoyle is no drag - With scary make-up, savage wit and no showtunes,the comedian David Hoyle takes his audiences right to the edge."