QUEENS OF THE BONE AGE… This Saturday!

Our next GLOBAL CURIOSITIES event at The Book Club will look further back in time for inspiration than we ever have before as we go back to Prehistoric times!

Art Macabre presents…

GLOBAL CURIOSITIES PREHISTORIC SPECIAL!

QUEENS OF THE BONE AGE

Saturday 4 October 2014, 2-4pm

@The Book Club, Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2

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A life drawing event with a deathly, theatrical and curious difference! Sketch models dressed as neanderthals through to homo sapiens as they portray prehistoric inspired poses for you to draw.

Featuring nude and costumed models, explore the earliest recorded expressions of art, ritual and burial by humans from around the world. We look at fertility rituals, representations of the female form in Palaeolithic sculpture, cave art and what prehistoric cultures believed about death and the afterlife.

Drawing materials provided (pens, paper, pencils, charcoal). Over 18s only.

TICKETS HERE £10 adv, earlybird £8. On the door £15 cash.

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It’s London Fashion Week! Meet Cecilia Lundqvist – our final Morte Couture designer…

London Fashion Week has begun and it’s only a few days til our MORTE COUTURE catwalk fashion illustration special at Cass Art! Have you got your tickets yet? 

Our final designer is a maker of wonderfully magical and surreal animal masks.

CECILIA LUNDQVIST

Full interview can be found on the Cass Art blog soon, but in the mean time here is a sneak preview!

We’re delight to be revealing Cecilia Lundqvist’s magical masks on the catwalk, transforming our models into animal creatures (including Cecilia who herself will model at the event). Hear about her dreams, love for lobsters, what mask she’d make for a dead Swedish king and the joys of ‘procratination’.

Cecilia grew up in Sweden with her head full of wolf worries and wild wood ideas, in the
margin of city and countryside. To support her film studies in London she worked as an artist model and both activities fed a growing fascination for masks and nakedness, veils and transparency and the capacity for storytelling embedded in our bodies.

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Cecilia started to created animal masks “to wear in Urbia, a reality informed by dream”. Inspired and encouraged by Coco de Mer she further developed her designs made by recycled vintage fur over a spider light paper base. Her animal characters are now cult collectibles and Cecilia continues to create new designs for the beast within…

Cecilia Lundqvist wearing one of her animal masks (c)

Cecilia Lundqvist wearing one of her animal masks (c)

Image: Cecilia Lundqvist wearing one of her animal mask creations

So tell us a bit about yourself and your masks?  How long have you been creating them and what inspired you to start creating them?

I have always been drawing lots and making stuff. Parallel to this I have been an artist model since I was 16. My masks are actually linked to my life modelling.  I started to infuse my poses with theatre, costumes and props and turned it into a physical story telling performance. My first masks were very crude and DIY, not at all to be sold, and I used them to create these characters I lived out whilst doing my model theatre.

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If you could be any animal, what would you be?

Hmm, maybe a lobster. I don’t know why but I’m very triggered by crustaceans, sea molluscs, oysters and especially lobsters. I think they are one of the most amazing graphic designs in nature. It is one of the new characters I’m hoping to finish design this year.

We can’t wait to see what animals our models are transformed into!

Find out more about Cecilia’s designs here. Come and draw them on Tuesday or Thursday with us at CASS ART! 

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Meet Feather & Flask…

Seeing as it’s Friday, we thought what better time to introduce our next Morte Couture designer, as FEATHER & FLASK has a particular taste for GIN! Pour yourself a generous helping and toast to the weekend and start of London Fashion Week so soon with us, as we tell you a bit more about these fascinating fascinators!

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Feather and Flask creates vibrant bespoke detachable flask fascinators hosts events that incorporate history and crafting. In her historically inspired events Feather and Flask  take inspiration from varied sources such as Alice in Wonderland and Victorian mourning custom

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Last year, we featured Feather and Flask’s wonderfully Alice in Wonderland mini-gin flask featuring fascinators in our show. Raven Rouge was lucky enough to have her own special design bestowed upon her (hiccup!) This year, a new corvine collection of Gothic dark feathers shall be revealed. Very up Raven’s street too!

Feather and Flask makes custom detachable flask fascinators and creates events that incorporate history and crafting. Created by Jillian Drujon, Jillian combines the skills and passions she’s acquired over the years in Feather and Flask. After many years of experience working with textiles in the film industry and a known passion for gin, its no wonder Jillian finally put two and two together.

Jillian says:
The idea behind the detachable flask fascinator came to me as a fun idea to make for an outfit when going to a cabaret. I got so many compliments and genuine laughter at the silly yet stylish fascinator that I thought “perhaps I should sell these?!” Two years later here I am with the concept expanded to include historically inspired hats with flasks as well, as it combines yet another passion of mine: History.

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I hope you love the idea of wearing spirits to the party as much as I do so please raise your flasks in drunken revelry as we cheers to the celebratory news that LACE, FEATHERS and GIN are combined!”

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 For this London Fashion Week  Morte Couture, Feather and Flask will show two fascinators from her upcoming Corvid Collection. If you would like to see further fascinators or information on events Feather and Flask see her website here  and be sure to get your ticket to come draw the feathers (caw caw! Nevermore!) at our Morte Couture event next week!

TICKETS FOR MORTE COUTURE HERE

 

 

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You can leave your hat on…Meet Miss Ava’s Millinery!

Today we introduce another of our Morte Couture fashion designers to be featured in next week’s shows. London Fashion Week is nearly upon us, ladies and gents, and we can’t wait to see these macabre millinery designs on the catwalk!

MISS AVA’S MILLINERY

 

Now this lady shall be rather familiar to many of you. If you’ve been to many Art Macabre salons, you’ll no doubt have had the opportunity to draw Ava Iscariot. Perhaps as a love struck vampire complete with sequin bat nipples? Or perhaps as a vintage femme fatale? Or lurking in a graveyard, winged and body painted stone grey head to toe, as a Weeping Angel? Yes, that’s Ava!

A regular Art Macabre model, and sometimes to be seen sketching too, did you know that she also designs and makes her own millinery too? Multi-talented, indeed! Find out more about how she’s following in her family footsteps and creating designs fit for the catwalk…

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Miss Ava’s Millinery (c) Ava modelling one of her own original designs

Miss Ava’s Millinery is an up and coming London based label specialising in hats and headwear which is meticulously hand-crafted using traditional millinery techniques.

Upon an early retirement from a career in archaeology, (we told you she’s a woman of many talents!), Miss Ava headed to the London College of Fashion to study the ancestral trade of millinery and hat making.

Ava now combines these skills with inspiration drawn from vintage style, the cabaret world she haunts, and her vivid imagination to create unique, striking and beautiful pieces of headwear.

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The female of her species is more deadly…Miss Ava’s Millinery spider web design (c)

Miss Ava has long believed in the power of glamour and dressing up, refusing to believe that someone can be overdressed. A wonderful piece of headwear can complete and outfit, be it a statement piece to wow, a stunning piece for a special event or a classic piece to be enjoyed everyday, and this is exactly what Miss Ava’s Millinery aims to provide.

Every single piece from Miss Ava’s Millinery, be it a bespoke creation or something from the shop collection, is blocked and sewn by hand to ensure the highest quality construction and finish.

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Miss Ava’s Millinery (c)

Take a peek at her website ahead of next week or on Etsy  to see what’s ready to wear, or commission a bespoke piece for something special, perhaps? You can see the pieces she’s created for our show up close and sketch them being modelled next Tuesday and Thursday at our Morte Couture events at Cass Art. They’ll be suitably Gothic and with a few bits of leather and some studs, we bet! Trust us, this woman can’t resist… TICKETS HERE!

You can leave you hat on… Ava in her alter-ego on stage persona as Ava Iscariot!

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Meet Immortal Florals…

Yesterday we met Death + Glory to talk about turning preserved animals and birds into wearable fashion. Today it’s preserved flora. The next Morte Couture designer that we’d like to introduce you to a little more is….

IMMORTAL FLORALS

We caught up with Ruth Boyd aka the director and designer behind freshly launched everlasting flower company Immortal Florals.  Find out a little bit more how she turns dried flowers into gorgeous Morte Couture…

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Ruth Boyd wearing one of her Immortal Florals crowns

Immortal Florals take inspiration from Edwardian bridal crowns and the Victorian passion for preservation, to create delicate everlasting floral accessories. 

Ruth creates beautiful and timeless fine dried flower creations that will last a life time. From traditional buttonholes with a twist and vintage hair combs, to bohemian floral bridal crowns.  Capturing the beauty of flowers and the moments that they symbolise forever, her preserved floral garlands and hair decorations are ethereal, delicate and nostalgic with a distinctly contemporary twist. Each design is unique, created carefully by hand by Ruth from her North London home -with a bit of help from her cats Indy and Lola!

Last year, Ruth was one of our Morte Couture models on the catwalk. This year, she is the other side of the catwalk as we showcase her new collection. We asked her more…

What has led you to working with dried flowers, instead of fresh ones, and starting Immortal Florals? 

I’ve worked with fresh flowers for many years, and whilst they are wonderful they have huge draw-backs. In recent years floral accessories (hairpieces, garlands etc) have had a revival, but the choices are limited. Dried flowers are a natural, ethical, beautiful solution. And after the wedding they make a gorgeous keepsake of the day – imagine your floral head piece displayed in a vintage bell-jar. What could be a more real, physical memory of the day?

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Immortal Florals designer Ruth Boyd says:

“I have a huge fascination with history – particularly the macabre! It never fails to enthrall me learning about different ImmortalFloralscultures’ & eras’ attitudes to death and the afterlife.

Preservation goes hand in hand with this – taxidermy and other ways to preserve life have always been a great source of inspiration for me.

I’m an old romantic, and love weddings. I take inspiration from beautiful delicate Edwardian bridal head-pieces, made with wires and tiny china beads.”

Ruth started working with flowers for her sister’s wedding, which led her to train as  a florist, start up her own flower shop for many years creating floral arrangements for weddings, funerals and celebrations, before she has now decided to launch Immortal Florals – combining her love of fashion, daring dressing up costumes, history, preservation and vintage style into one. We think she’s on to a very good thing…

Immortal Floral designs shall also be featured at our V & A Wedding Dresses special event, at the V & A, linked to their exhibition about the history of the wedding dress.

You can read our whole interview with Ruth in an upcoming blog featured on the Cass Art website. See more & draw the Immortal Florals collection on the catwalk on Tuesday 16 & Thursday 18 September at Cass Art stores for our Morte Couture fashion illustration events. Tickets here.

See the full Immortal Florals collection and online shop here.

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Ruth modelling Immortal Florals Everlasting Floral Crown Headpiece with Delphiniums, Sea-Lavender and Lace.

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Sea lavender floral crown, Immortal Florals (c)

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Vintage style floral combs with everlasting florals by Immortal Florals (c)

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet the Morte Couture designers….

Ahead of London Fashion Week starting, as part of our Morte Couture catwalk countdown, get to know our featured designers a little bit more…

DEATH + GLORY – Meet Joanna Shears (and Billy the Squirrel)

First up, we’d like to introduce you to the very lovely Joanna Shears. She’s attended several Art Macabre events in the past, always wearing the most striking of head attire! Now it’s her turn for her wearable taxidermy creations to take centre stage and have her designs modelled on the Morte Couture catwalk on Tuesday and Thursday evenings next week.

When we decided to do a macabre millinery and masks special for this year’s London Fashion Week inspired salons, Death + Glory were top of our hitlist! Take a peek at the photos and their website and we think you’ll soon see why…look out for Billy the squirrel too.

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Joanna Shears wearing one of her Death + Glory fox ear creations (c)

Death + Glory is a London based company creating bespoke wearable and decorative taxidermy. Creative Director, Joanna Shears uses a mix of original taxidermy (handmade by her) and repurposed vintage pieces to create unique and stylish designs.

With a background in Fine Art, costume making and Art Direction she brings originality and innovation to her work. Joanna’s passion for taxidermy started as a very young child and she is now secretary to the UK Guild of Taxidermists, helping to promote, encourage and maintain the highest standards within the industry.

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Photo: Antlers by Death + Glory. Photography: Abi Bansal, Stylist: Lisa Fifer. For Dark Beauty magazine (c) All rights reserved

Death + Glory has been featured in several high fashion publications including Dark Beauty Magazine and New York based Ellements.

Take a peek at Death + Glory’s website for more photos and pieces, past editorials and some simply inspiringly dark yet beautiful fashion photography and styling…
We adore the ‘History of Melancholia’ editorial especially from Make Believe magazine.

Which design would you dare to wear? Death + Glory can create items to order, so get in touch if you’d like something extra special that you see.

Come and sketch our nude models wearing these very wearable taxidermy creations at our Morte Couture events, in Kingston and Islington, during London Fashion Week? Tickets here.

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Photo: Death + Glory in Make Believe Magazine. All rights reserved (c) Angel Mouse haircomb, Crow hat, Fox Ears Hat, Vintage Bird Snowdome: Death+Glory, Photopgraphy: Anna Radchenko, Stylist: Lisa Fifer

Here’s Joanna with a skull…just because!

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Photo: Joanna Shears portrait by Noel Deasington http://www.noeldeasington.com/

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Global Curiosities – our Saturday afternoon sketching salons!

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