“Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” — Victor Hugo
This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere has Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, sultry goddesses of yore, out-of-this-world dioramas, color-rich landscapes, and the things they carried.
Oh, to be a lady of leisure! Balls, theme parties and near-constant primping for your next portrait. Photographer-to-the-socialites Madame Yevonde was most well known for a series of color portraits inspired by a 1930s costume ball, where guests dressed as Roman and Greek gods and goddesses. Staged as Medusa, Artemis and Daphne, these women truly inhabited the roles they played. So moody! [Via How to Be a Retronaut]
Kim Keever’s work makes it seem like every day — every angle — should be lived under an opalescent sky. In fact, the locations he shoots aren’t even real: they’re large-scale photographs created by meticulously constructing miniature topographies in a 200-gallon tank, which is then filled with water. These fictitious environments are “brought to life with colored lights and the dispersal of pigment, producing ephemeral atmospheres that he must quickly capture with his large-format camera.”
As a folk art junkie, I’ve yet to dig into the Pennsylvania Dutch genre of illustration. Soak up calligraphy, birth certificates and lots of birds in this digital archive from the Franklin and Marshall College. [Via An Ambitious Project Collapsing]
If you were to pack a bag today, never knowing if you’d return home again, what would you take? At the Willard Asylum of the Insane, a hospital in operation between 1910 and the 1960s, the suitcases that accompanied patients were carefully stowed — and both the luggage and the patients typically never left the institution. Glancing over the contents — clocks, fancy frocks, medicine, letters — it’s amazing to consider what was going through the patients’ minds while stowing away their most precious belongings: Fear? Hope? Sadness?
Though the hospital has been closed for fifty years, they’ve recently undertaken an effort to archive and document the history of the institution. Photographer Jon Crispin has been given the rare opportunity to photograph the contents of each suitcase, as seen above, and has even launched a Kickstarter project to help fund the endeavor. [Via The Hairpin]
I’m one of those people who always takes dreamy, aerial landscape photos when on a plane. The rivers, deserts and mountains below prove an excellent muse for the color-suffused landscape paintings of Philip Govedare. [Via Wolf Eyebrows]
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Alison is Editor in Chief of the Etsy Blog. When she's not trawling Etsy for pottery, folk art, and vintage oddities, she enjoys exploring New York, historical nonfiction and thrifting. She loves a good cat video.