Lex Gurst

Inside a designer's mind.

How profound.

Costume designer, former roller derby player; likes long walks on the beach and poking dead things with a stick.
Autumn Sunset Kimono, by Markow and Norris.
Autumn Sunset is the first in a series of four freestanding life-size kimonos representing the four seasons during different times of day. The kimono features the endless color changes evident in both an autumn changing landscape as well as an ever-changing sunset sky. Autumn Sunset is made of 19 separate pieces of woven glass supported by a metal mannequin. At 125 pounds, Autumn Sunset kimono is the largest woven glass sculpture in the world. Autumn Sunset is followed in the series by Winter Twilight, Spring Dawn, and Summer Zenith.

Autumn Sunset Kimono, by Markow and Norris.

Autumn Sunset is the first in a series of four freestanding life-size kimonos representing the four seasons during different times of day. The kimono features the endless color changes evident in both an autumn changing landscape as well as an ever-changing sunset sky. Autumn Sunset is made of 19 separate pieces of woven glass supported by a metal mannequin. At 125 pounds, Autumn Sunset kimono is the largest woven glass sculpture in the world. Autumn Sunset is followed in the series by Winter Twilight, Spring Dawn, and Summer Zenith.

ancientart:

Sleeping Hermaphroditos, a Roman Imperial work (2nd century AD), which was discovered near the Baths of Diocletian in Rome, and probably inspired by a Greek original of the 2nd century BC. The mattress was sculpted by Bernini. 

With the voluptuous curves, one might assume walking by this sculpture, without closer observation, that a female is depicted. Hermaphroditos was actually a male, the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, and is depicted here as a bisexed figure. The sculpture, and those like it, raise profound questions about the nature of arousal and desire.

The following sections are written by Astier Marie-Bénédicte of the Louvre, and are all worth a read:

The story of Hermaphroditos:

There is nothing improper in this work, but it still intrigues the viewer. Hermaphroditos, had rejected the advances of the nymph Salmacis. Unable to resign herself to this rejection, Salmacis persuaded Zeus to merge their two bodies forever, hence the strange union producing one bisexed being with male sexual organs and the voluptuous curves of a woman. Stretched out in erotic abandon on the mattress provided by Bernini, the figure sleeps. Yet Hermaphroditos has only fallen half asleep: the twisting pose of the body and the tension apparent down to the slightly raised left foot are indicative of a dream state.

An embodiment of Hellenistic taste:

[…] The subject reflects the taste for languid nudes, surprise effects, and theatricality, all of which were prized in the late Hellenistic period. The work is designed to be viewed in two stages. First impressions are of a gracious and sensuous body that leads one to think that the figure is a female nude in the Hellenistic tradition; this effect is heightened here by the sinuousness of the pose. The other side of the statue then brings a surprise, revealing the figure’s androgynous nature by means of the crudest realism. This effect of contrast and ambiguity, indeed this taste for the strange that plays with the viewer’s emotions, is the result of the theatricality of some Hellenistic art. This utopian combination of two sexes is sometimes interpreted as a half-playful, half-erotic creation, designed to illustrate Platonic and more general philosophical reflections on love. 

Courtesy of & currently located at the Louvre, France: Ma 231. Photos taken by Anne-Marie Bouché.

I think I’ve posted about Take Back Halloween- A Costume Guide for Women with Imagination before, but it’s that time of year again.
This site provides inspirational collages of both historical and mythical women from a variety of backgrounds, eras and cultures, and their end result is a researched and respectful costume interpretation of the chosen inspiring women.

I think I’ve posted about Take Back Halloween- A Costume Guide for Women with Imagination before, but it’s that time of year again.

This site provides inspirational collages of both historical and mythical women from a variety of backgrounds, eras and cultures, and their end result is a researched and respectful costume interpretation of the chosen inspiring women.

kill-shakespeare:

We’re Back! Issue #4 is hitting stands Wednesday! Join us as we reveal the fates of Viola, Cesario, and the rest of our crew. Who will survive against the evils that sail the High Seas? 

Words by Del Col & McCreery

Art by Belanger

Colors By Chankhamma

thehappysorceress:

the-gardens-of-lorien:

Fall For Clois

♠ Halloween Party: Superman/Clark and Lois in costume

Superman v2 #130

Lois: Hurry along, Clark! We don’t want to be late!

Clark: You must be joking, Lois! I… I can’t possibly wear this! I mean, if he ever finds out about this he’ll kill me!

Lois: Oh, don’t be silly! He can’t kill you! You’re Superman! Now hurry and get dressed! We’re late for the party as it is!

Clark: Oh, he can kill me all right. If anybody can, he can. And the man has absolutely no sense of humor.

Never not funny.

(via wordsofdiana)