ObjectsofPleasure

Works of art, music, and writing by Ms. Parasol

San Francisco, California | 38 Sales

ObjectsofPleasure

Works of art, music, and writing by Ms. Parasol

San Francisco, California 38 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Last updated on Feb 3, 2019

We currently list and ship items from Paris, France from the following shop: http://rykardaparasol.com/shop.html

We do direct inquiries: info [!at] RykardaParasol.com

(Our San Francisco, USA Etsy shop is closed until August.)

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Is the needle mightier than the pen?

ABOUT THE CREATOR:
Rykarda Parasol is known to some as a musician and songwriter, but she is also a longtime artist, poet, and writer. Parasol has produced four highly acclaimed solo albums (some featured on this shop!) and is noted for her powerful cinematic lyrics and storytelling as well as her evocative album art. She has garnered strong reviews in Rolling Stone (DE), BUST Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The LA Weekly, and featured on television programs in Austria, Italy, Hungary, and Poland. An Object of Pleasure is an extension of her love of words and imagery. Like her music, her language is melodic and draws from a slightly dark domestic place.

Parasol studied literature and fine arts and is a former illustrator and designer. Originally from San Francisco, California she now splits her time between there and Paris, France. She and her live band have toured often in Europe. Parasol herself performs solo-acoustic sets wherever she is in the world. She has been a frequent guest poet and musician at Red Light Lit.

ABOUT "AN OBJECT OF PLEASURE" BOOK & ILLUSTRATIONS:
An Object of Pleasure is a beautiful deluxe soft-cover foil-stamped limited edition book by Rykarda Parasol. A narrative poem told in ten parts, it recounts a young woman’s misguided self-worth who finds tenderness in the female forms she stitches. Dark, sexy, and whimsical – the story is as much about female objectification as it is about an artist apt to objectify.

Twenty-five scantily clad submissive and sweet female embroidered illustrations, named “Les Brodelaires”, are an intricate part of the narrator’s life. As you turn each page, you unearth what lies beneath an unassuming pleasant female image: A chaotic mess of strings holding her in place.

Though a musician for over 13 years, Ms. Parasol’s innate talent has always been drawing and writing. She has long admired the marriage of words and images in works by Oscar Wilde and Aubrey Beardsley as well as Edward Gorey – and the Pre-Raphaelites who depicted almost theater-like scenes of Shakespeare and Tennyson.

Frequently traveling, Ms. Parasol began to embroider in planes, cafes, and tour vans... She made a tiny joke to herself that if she created half-naked women they’d be more interesting to others. True. Yet, she felt they were meaningless little drawings with no purpose. Just pretty women for your pleasure and not much else. She questioned the task of using their bodies to please others... Artists have an odd way of seeing things, don’t they?

Then, one day soon after, the lines came: “You had me on the floor / An object of pleasure / And not much more” and a story was born, which laced the components of the “How?” and “Why?” one permits themselves to be objectified and then, as an artist, to objectify in turn.

The narrator takes you on a small journey with various aspects of needles and fiber arts (The surgeons hand, the drug needle, the spider’s web, manipulative webs we weave). The rhythm of the poetry resembles the rhythm of stitching (among "other things"). The book An Object of Pleasure is intended to be something tender to hold and touch as well as read.

WHAT ARE "LES BRODELAIRES" ?:
Les Brodelaires are one part broderie and one part Baudelaire! These knotted and naughty creations are an intricate part of the narrative poem and the rhythm mimics the feeling of stitching among “other things”. Behind every pleasant face are strings and knots holding a woman in her place.

Every image has been drawn and sewn by Ms Parasol. Twenty-five Brodelaires are featured in An Object of Pleasure and we create new ones all the time!

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
* An Object of Pleasure: www.RykardaParasol.com/TheBook
* Rykarda Parasol, music: www.RykardaParasol.com
* Facebook: Facebook.com/RykardaMusic

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    As you may have gathered, I am a musician and artist – yet, am more apt to call myself a story-teller. A bientot!

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