28 July 2011

From War & Peace Show : A Pair of MITIN Gloves

I saw the same gloves last year, but they had a moth hole. These are dead stock, mint condition and a pretty tag is on too.

MITIN advertisement 1953

26 July 2011

War & Peace Show 2011

I went to War & Peace Show, a big military event in Kent. I go there every year for rare vintage pieces from the market stalls, some of which were absolute chaos! I needed to look through piles of rags patiently, hoping I might find a bargain. It was very energy zapping, I forgot how big the market was... I munched a weird veggie sausage sandwich from one of the food stalls for lunch, whilst watching people dressed as soldiers. One stall had a nice parachute ring but the size was way too big for me. Shame.

22 July 2011

Moore's Garden

These are pictures I took at Henry Moore's Hoglands Garden where Moore's large works can be seen. I also insert some pictures of flowers and plum tree too. There was lots of lavender because Irina's favourite colour was purple. Natural lavender smelled gorgeous!

Locking Piece 1963-64

Three Piece Sculpture : Vertebrae 1968

Reclining Figure 1982

The Arch 1969

Large Reclining Figure 1984

Baa~ baa~

Large Upright Internal/External Form 1981-82

Family Group 1948-49

Goslar Warrior 1973-74

Double Oval 1966

20 July 2011

Henry Moore Hoglands

I went to see Henry Moore's house 'Hoglands' located in Perry Green, Hertfordshire. Moore and his wife, Irina moved to Perry Green in 1940 and stayed till her death in 1989. After the house had been closed for 15 years, The Henry Moore Foundation purchased and restored Hoglands to open to the public.

The inside of the house is full of found objects mixed with Moore's own work, and also other respectable artists such as Degas and Picasso. Irina's cactus collection is in the greenhouse at the back of the house, where the garden is open and several of Moore's large works can be seen. I took a lot of pics in the garden and it's impossible to attach all, so I will post Moore's garden later. Watch out!

From the book, Hoglands

After the house, I went through the beautiful garden to the Moore's working space, Maquette Studio. They displayed Moore's inspiration of found objects such as stones, pebbles, animal skulls, small wooden statues, next to Moore's working progress. There are similarities between one of Moore's recognisable works 'Reclining Figure' and a funny shaped pebble. Moore possibly took the form of it and developed to a woman's body. A large elephant skull also caught my eye, animal skulls were one of Moore's favourite natural objects.

Maquette Studio in 1986

Moore working in the maquette studio in 1970

Moore's large scale of plaster statues were worked on in the Plastic Studio which was built with transparent material and has plenty of natural light. The studio has been reconstructed smaller than its original size. Displayed is the working model of Draped Reclining Mother and Baby

Yellow Brick Studio was Purpose-built in 1958, also used for his larger works. It later became a display area for his working practices. I also saw Moore's tapestries at the Aisled Barn, and the exhibition, 'Henry Moore:Plasters' at the Sheep Field Barn Gallery. Most of the works have never been seen previously.

Left: Sketch for seated figures and heads 1930, Right: Tube Shelter 1940 
From Tate Collection

Besides Hoglands, Moore's work can be seen all over the world, and because his works are strongly connected to nature and adapt well to landscape, I was often tempted to touch Moore's work. Because they often have a round form and gentle feeling to it, for instance 'Reclining Figure' I love to hug.

6 July 2011

Hermès Trompe-l'œil Dress 1952

Robert Dumas-Hermès, who most famously introduced the silk scarf, was the chief executive of French fashion house Hermès at the time these dresses were made by Herbert Sondheim, a high quality dress manufacturer in New York. They're pretty and romantic like a little girl's dream come true. 

All photos by Gordon Parks
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