Raven’s Rouge Christmas Gift List…

RAVEN ROUGE RECOMMENDS…ART MACABRE’S FESTIVE GIFT LIST!

If you’ve not taken part in the rather scary commercial zombie-like grabbing hoards of shoppers that has been Black Friday and are still looking for some Christmas gift ideas, Raven Rouge is here to help.

On her list to Krampus this season (Santa is so passe) are these macabre gifts and treats…

RED VELVET SKULL

Red velvet skull moneybox £15 Urban Outfitters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ll let you into a little secret…Shhhh! We get lots of our prop skulls from Urban Outfitters. Plus they double up as money boxes when not being held by our models to pose with. This new blood red velvet covered version would fit in with our gold, black and white ones in the studio collection we have, we think…

ADOPT A SPECIMEN…AT THE GRANT MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY

I whole-heartedly agree that most pets are NOT for Christmas, but these little preserved critters and creatures would make fantastic and truly unique gift to give someone, adopting a specimen from the Grant Museum collection in their name and allowing them to become a Friend of the Museum.

Grant Museum of Zoology

There’s a glorious long list of specimens up for adoption here. What would you choose? Perhaps a brown long-eared bat taxidermy for your brother, a preserved cockroach as an original Secret Santa gift or a collection of rabbit legs for a lucky lover? It’s a great way to support this small but spectacular London museum.

MORTE COUTURE LOVERS

I’m wishing for this bone necklace from Indigo Black…although I’d be happy to find any of these gothic, magical pieces of costume jewellery in my stocking.  Bargains galore! Ouija board Iphone case, anyone? Or a horned floral crown? Take a peek at the treasures there.

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Bone necklace, £10 Indigo Black

ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING FROM KILLSTAR

This year we’ve had the pleasure of being introduced to new model Maya (you may have seen her posing as Lilith, an Aztec goddess, Day of the Dead Catrina or more) and with that I’ve been introduced to the amazing Kill Star (oc)cult clothing range. You may have only seen her sans clothes, but when off stage Maya is a walking ambassador of the brand, turning up in another amazing hooded dress or Egyptian iconography blazoned leggings. I’m now coveting all of these clothes. Join the coven…They love a deadly pun as much as we do!

My particular favourite (plus everything with Cats on it!)

Killstar Occult Swimsuit £22.99

 

EDIBLE PRINTS

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Ribcage and Pelvis Edible Prints by AVM Curiosities

 

Art and edibles are always winning present choices. My friend Tasha Marks, the ever talented and inventive artist and food historian, has created these 100% edible art prints. We love the idea of this transient, tasty art and the anatomical prints she’s chosen to print too.

The above prints can be found on the online museum gift store of one of my favourite museums- New York’s Morbid Anatomy museum. BEWARE: If you go on this site, you may want to purchase everything! Personally, I love getting books for Christmas that I can enjoy reading over the holidays. This year, this one is on my list:

THE MORBID ANATOMY ANTHOLOGY

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The Morbid Anatomy Anthology

If you like Art Macabre, Barts Pathology Museum and the like then you’re sure to find so much to enjoy, fascinate, repulse and learn in this big hard back book edited by museum founder and general queen of all things macabre and wondrous Joanna Ebenstein. I visited the museum last year and I can’t wait to see the new extended site too. It was fantastic to meet Joanna and collaborate on an event at the Old Operating Theatre. She’s an inspiration!

Stuck for any ideas for lovers of the darker arts and you’ll be fine heading to either this online shop, or the closest UK counterpart I know of at the Wellcome Collection shop…

 

 

ART MACABRE GIFTS!

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And then last but not least, how about letting someone you like enjoy a free death drawing experience?! Give the gift of Art Macabre! Gift vouchers (from £10 to £100) to attend future salons available. Annual Gold Skull membership cards can be purchased to allow someone to sketch at discounted prices and get free events for their loyalty for £7. Order now to get in time for Xmas! Handmade membership card and Art Macabre pin badge can be posted out.

Email deathdrawing@gmail.com now to order and then arrange payment via Paypal.

Happy shopping & I hope that Krampus is good to you!

 

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DECEMBER DATES

WE’RE GETTING INTO THE DARK DECEMBER SPIRIT…

Forward planning your festive fun for friends, family and work colleagues? How about some Death Drawing this December to get you into the alternative Christmas spirit? Fancy being chilled to the bone with some skull sketching fun? Or meeting the Krampus in his grotto?

SATURDAY 29 NOVEMBERRENAISSANCE CHRISTMAS – RA LATE Art Macabre will feature as one of many interactive elements at this special late opening of the Moroni exhibition at Royal Academy, including our friend Odette Toilette!

SATURDAY 6 DECEMBERKrampus Alpine special @ The Book Club, 2-4pm TICKETS ON SALE NOW here

SATURDAY 6 DECEMBER – Frightfully Festive Krampus Grotto @ A Curious Invitation Winter Ball, Conway Hall, 10pm-1am

OFFICE CHRISTMAS DEATH DRAWING – We’ve already been booked for several Christmas team parties, to add some creative fun and Christmas themed sketching to cultural industry team’s Christmas lunch celebrations. Would your work place like some Art Macabre to bring some deathly mirth to their team celebrations? Get in touch for a quote and to book us in!

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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! 

Cecilia Lundqvist | Cecilia joins To Devise

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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!

FEATHER & FLASK

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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