Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Model circa 2000's

90 Model circa 2000's AD, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithograph, $60
So a funny story comes with this hair print! When I had all 100 + prints laid out on the floor working on pulling together sets of four I brought my family in on the process and my husband (Andy) pulled together a set (this set) and said these all look like road kill! So there you have it... this high fashion model of the early 21st century has a hairstyle that to some looks like the silhouette of a dead and flattened animal! What do you think? Do you agree with Andy or does this look like something out of a high fashion magazine?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Girl circa 1890's

89 Girl circa 1890's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithograph, $60
Sadly I have nothing intelligent to say about this lovely girl... perhaps it is because I'm tired and overwhelmed with boxes due to the up coming move but the only thing that keeps going through my head is 'this is not a tumor' in Arnold Schwarzenegger voice! For some reason I just can't get passed that lump on the left side of her head. What are your thoughts?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Vamp circa 1950's

88 Vamp circa 1950's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithograph, $60
Ok so you have seen this vamp a few times, slightly different hairstyle. This one makes me think of the movie Cat on a Hot Tin Roof... so a dead give away as to who this is! But what I find so interesting is the little swirl curl on the right side... so similiar to the little girl curl we saw last night but yet not... this swirl has a level of sexuality to it that the other did not... yes both are feminine but this one, perhaps in combination with the rest of the hair as a vibe to it that is anything but innocent... Does that make sense?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Girl circa 1830's

87 Girl circa 1830's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithograph, $60
So with the little curlie Q on the right side, and the silhouette of ringlets under it, I can totally see the girl in this hairstyle as well as the tilt of her head (although it is not present in this image).  Perhaps this girl is on the verge of womenhood, not quite a child anymore but not yet a woman... as I continue to look at the image I can start to image how this girl is dressed and perhaps even some of her mannerisms. Funny how just a few clues can lead one to invision the whole person.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pilot circa 1930's

86 Pilot circa 1930's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithograph, $60
Ok, seriously... how many women or woman pilots do we know? Yes... same one, a little later in the 30's as her hair is a little longer but same gal and yes, she too married a Putnam! And this power house of a woman is????

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Woman circa 1800's

85 Woman circa 1800's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithograph, $60
For some reason when I look at this hairstyle and the date it reminds me of the romantic comedy "Kate and Leopold" with Meg Ryan and Hugh Jackman... its the scene at the very end when Hugh is having to dance with all these dorky girls, which at the time were probably not so dorky but rather very stylish and very feminine but he just spend a long weekend in the 20th century with Meg Ryan and well... after that these poor beauties just pale in comparison...anyway... in the end Meg time travels back and Hugh gets the girl from the 20th century and the ladies from his time... well remain ladies from his time. Perhaps on Meg this hairstyle, albeit it feminine in design, might not look so fussy and or high maintaince if she were wearing it, thoughts?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Designer circa 1930's

84 Designer circa 1930's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithograph, $60
This lady I admire for her versatility! She was a textile designer, painter as well as a stage set designer! And she was married to another French artist who together they founded the Orphism art movement... bold colors, strong shapes both of which could be found in her textiles. Venture a guess?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Actress circa 1930's

83 Actress circa 1930's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithograph, $60
Let's see how well you know your vintage actress... this beauty was married to a major hunk who didn't give a damn! Alas her life ended tragically in a plane crash.... and she is?

Monday, January 19, 2015

This is the start of a new series

So this is one of two test prints for a new series concept I am working on... my subject is sea glass, specifically the sea glass I collected on the beaches in Provincetown while I was in residency during my graduate studies. The glass for me symbolizes not only my time there but I also find it conceptually connected to my life as a middle ages woman. The life of the sea glass acts as a metaphor for my life as a woman and how my/its physical appearance changes over time. Each piece is different as is each woman. What is universal is how we change over time.

This piece does not have a title yet as I am still working on it. I'm also very interested in the Japanese Art and Poetry called Haiku and am thinking that the titles will be in the form of haiku. My over all concept is to first create an artist's book, the number of pages will be equal to the number of pieces of sea glass I have, once each piece has been rendered, printed and colored the pages will end. The pages will then be placed in order of the Haiku verse so that it will be both a book of art and a poem. I then need to figure out how I'm going to package them. Depending on the success of the image, I might experiment with printing them larger so they can also be a stand alone work of art.

Politician circa 1980's

82 Politician circa 1980's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
So we have seen this Iron Lady before but as with our actresses and women of the ages, her hairstyle has changed a bit with the years. I find it interesting that the less curl and or waves the less feminine it feels, could this be intentional as she is a female power house in the center of a male dominated field and so she consciously or subconsciousy tries to make herself appear less feminine and more masculine? What are your thoughts?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Vamp circa 1950's

81 Vamp circa 1950's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
It seems I'm having a hard time lately blogging on Saturdays... yesterday was a big packing day and before I knew it I had lost my light and it was too late to photograph (another reason why I need to get a scanner) and I couldn't post my images... but here we are today with another Vamp... different starlet and even more well known and perhaps notorious than the last one! This one appears serveral times in my genealogy because she has had several different hairstyles through the course of her career! Venture a guess? She liked diamonds and collected husbands!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Woman circa 1840's

80 Woman circa 1840's, 6  6 inches, Paper Plate Lithograph. $60
So in looking at this hairstyle and reflecting back on the other hairstyles from this set, I don't know if I mentioned it by my hairstyle lithograph are arranged in sets of 4. We had a Queen from 550, a woman from the 1490's and now we have a woman from the 1840's... I can see the influence of the wavy hair from the queen, which was also present in the Renaissance woman but then there was the addition of the bun in the back, which we see here as  well only the hair on the sides is not as dramtic. Then we say the hairstyle of the 1860's where the bun was gone but the wavy hair remained. So hairstyles can transend time, we see influences that come and go at various degrees... I find that very interesting.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Woman circa 1490's

79 Woman circa 1490's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithograph, $60
This hairstyle is just so Renaissance I can't tell you, although it does also remind me a little bit of the Grecian hairstyles but that is more geared toward the waves on the side, I think the back bun in combination with the wave (no doubt curls) on the side is what bring it into the Renaissance period.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Queen circa 550's AD

78 Queen circa 550's AD, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
This will be a short entry today because Bella and I have French class this evening.  So I know I've said this before, the challenge with doing a genealogy of hairstyles is finding images that go way... way back in time. This one dates to 550's AD and was taken from a tile mosaic. The woman was identified as Lady Ktisis and through further research I learned she was a queen. In comparison to the hairstyles of the Medici queens from the Renaissance this hairstyle is rather subdued don't you think?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Actress circa 1860's

77 Actress circa 1860's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
This beauty was popular with the impressionists and was well know on the stage in Paris. It's fun I'd heard her name when studying Art History and I've seen paintings and prints of her by many of the Impressionists but I hadn't actually ever seen a picture of her until I started my hair research... she was lovely and very sensual (at least in her photographs). Venture a guess?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Actress circa 1950's

76 Actress circa 1950's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithograph, $60
Now this beauty was a power house of an actress who also liked to collect husbands! Now there's a first normally it's the husband collecting the wives... Just look at England's infamous Henry the VIII! In any case, other descriptors I had bor this incredibly talented actress included social activist and sex symbol. Any guesses as to who this might be?

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Politician circa 1980's

75 Politician circa 1980's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
Shoot... I spaced another daily blog! I think this condo and cold and gloomy weather is finally getting to me! Speaking of gloomy weather any guesses as to who our lovely lady is today? Kind of a big contrast from the last two posts but this gal has as much 'iron' in her will as the last lady has sex in her symbol! I have to tell you it is great fun juxiposing the variety of individuals with the hair styles. While personalities and professions might be a million miles apart, the hairstyles share some commonalities! Soooo... who are we looking at today?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Exhibitionist circa 1930's

74 Exhbitionist circa 1930's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
For some reason when I look at this hairstyle it reminds me of the cartoon character known as Betty Boop. This becomes even more interesting after I did a little research (just now) on Betty Boop and discovered that she was also apart of the 1930's era... first appearing in 1930 in a cartoon titled Dizzy Dishes, a name that can bring to mind other images that can be related back to the idea of sex symbol. The concept of sex symbol was not lost on our friend Betty as it is one of the descriptors that were listed under her Wikipedia listing. What I discovered when reading up on Betty Boop was that she was actually a caricature of a real woman- Helen Kanem an American Pop Singer of her time that sang among other songs, I wanta be Loved by You. Now, this hairstyle above does not belong to Helen Kane but another entertainer, an actress to be more specific... in fact she is the same actress as you saw yesterday, only today she is 20 odd years younger.  Can you think of a sex symbol from the 1930, that was still around and viewed as sexy in the 1950's?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Exhbitionist circa 1950's

73 Exhibitionist circa 1950's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
Finding a title for this image as well as the one that will follow was challenging because what I wanted to title it was Sex Symbol but that was a two word descriptor so I had to brainstorm for a word that was the same or similiar to the concept of sex symbol, hence the title Exhibitionist. Of course this could imply a few visualizations but conceptually I came to the conclusion that to be a sex symbol you had to show of or display your beauty in some manner and that could be viewed as a form of exhibition and so the title seemed to fit the individual... of course in the 1950's there were a number of women or more specifically actresses or famous entertainers in general that could claim the title of sex symbol, so my question to you is... who is this?

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Girl circa 1890's

72 Girl circa 1890's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
So this lovely girl you have seen before in the first images of the Artists Proofs. For me and perhaps historically she symbolizes the icon of femininity... or perhaps the 1890's version of femininity, at least in theory and perhaps visually.... there is a part of me that questions this idea as the Gibson girl also makes me think of the vision of the woman in the kitchen, whose role is to service, wait upon etc... the old fashioned role of woman, in contrast to todays woman, me being one of them, if that description where to be placed on me, I'd get seriously pissed off and I consider myself a very feminine woman and although I love to cook, try and place me in that kind of sterio type box and I'd probably scratch your eyes out. So for me, this hairstyle perhaps represents the old view of femininity whereas the hairstyle of the Flapper that we saw earlier in the week represents the changing role or perhaps characteristic of femininity? In all I find this a fasinating subject to contemplate and explore.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Humanitarian circa 1950's

71 Humanitarian circa 1950's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
You've seen this woman before which may explain why you might recognize the title. This just goes to show how hairstyles on individuals can change over time, and sometimes within the same decade! I know looking back at the hairstyles I've had they have changed over time, this gets me to wondering, do we change our styles based on the current trend, in which case, there can be many trends within a certain time period or are our hairstyles a reflection of who we are or is it a combination of both?

Monday, January 5, 2015

Flapper circa 1920's

70 Flapper circa 1920's, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
There is just something about this genre that I find appealing, pehaps it is because I associate it with a time period where women are starting to break from the confines of the corset in fashion and with that freedom came more liberties to express themselves, to go out, to drink, to smoke to speak their thoughts... but yet still maintain a sense of femininity which is what I see in this hairstyle.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Woman circa 1820's AD

69 Woman circa 1820's AD, 6x6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
Given the date of this hairstyle I think it shows how fashion from the past can influence fashion and styles of the future, in this case the hairstyles of the 1920's. I find this style both feminine because of the soft curving lines and modern because it is cropped short. I also find the slight part visually interesting as it creates a break in the solid black shape.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Queen circa 1590's AD

68 Queen circa 1590's AD, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
My apologies for the photograph, the color is off, and it looks a bit burry (again!) One of the first things I'm going to get once I'm settled into my new studio space is a proper scanner. That way I don't have to rely on my photographic skills on the fly and the poor lighting quality of the room I am shooting the image in! That aside, this is one of my favorite Queen hairstyles... she is from the 1590's and is from a well known and powerful Italian family, venture a guess as to who she is? 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Woman circa 1810's AD

67 Woman circa 1810's AD, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
Yet another feminine and romantic hairstyle and I was able to narrow the date down to a decade withing the 1800's which is always nice.  This hairstyle reminds me of... dare I say bedhead? There is a sexual appeal to this one both with the undulating curves and the bit of hair that has fallen out of the bun which itself is loose and perhaps a bit tousled from sleeping? or perhaps from a sexual encounter? Or maybe just a long day of house work.... the narrative has endless possibilities...

Woman circa 1800's AD

66 Woman circa 1800's AD, 6 x 6 inches, Paper Plate Lithography, $60
Well I'm sad to day I missed a day in my daily print blog, we had a little trip to the ER for my father and blogging went right out of my head! So today is catch up before I'm off to the hospital. We are in the 1800's and what is appealing to me with this hairstyle is the scallops that undulates around the face. To me, it makes for a very feminine perhaps even romantic hairstyle, what do you think?