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👕 Concrete Matter Original Tee
The Mitsukoshi Department Store, Nihonbashi, Tokyo - then and now (please scroll through to see all the images, including those I've taken today!) For this trip I've made a real effort to see what now exists of some of the leisure spaces that the Japanese people of the 1920s and 1930s enjoyed, as these spaces are so integral to my research. They were spaces for display and performance (for both the customer themselves and, for example, cinema-inspired shop display windows) and didactic spaces, showing the customer how to be stylish and correct in their use of commodities. The Mitsukoshi department store spearheaded this concept, opening the first Japanese department store in 1904 and particularly specialising in imported Western products (the second image is a 1911 advertisement). In the 1923 Kanto earthquake this original building was destroyed by fire - this event created a solid link between Western-style clothing and Japanese women in the popular imagination. The story goes that women wearing kimono were terrified of jumping from the windows to escape the fire as they didn't want anyone to see that they weren't wearing undergarments, and subsequently perished - apparently this prompted a huge spike in the sale of Western knickers! This story is very much disputed (and I must say I haven't come across it in my research myself) but it's certainly interesting (and also very sad...) In 1926 the "old building" which still stands was rebuilt (the advertisement in the first image advertises its Western clothing section) and in 1927 it held the first Japanese fashion show. Both the old and new buildings retain little nods to its deco days, and it still acts as an exhibition and didactic space - there is a free exhibition of kimono and lacquerware, and there are all kinds of workshops held too. A particularly evocative experience is taking the elevators, where a lady in a uniform will assist you safely into the lift, ask you which floor you require and announce what services that floor offers on your arrival. Anyone seeing a "Modern Girl" in a 30s Japanese film will feel like they've travelled back in time - this was one of the first jobs open to independent women.
Today we had the sunroom walls plaster boarded! The walls had white decorative plastic, which hid tiles so we had to strip it back to the brick and start again. The wall will be plastered, and edging fitted... Then we can start with painting!!
'British Ceramics' is now open until 26th May. The show features 11 influential 20th century and contemporary British studio ceramists. This beautiful tea set is an early Lucie Rie piece. At this time Rie was living in Vienna, and until 1936 she had a studio but no kiln - meaning that Lucie Rie Gompertz (as she was known at this time) would of had to take these fragile pots across the city by tram to fire them, a far from ideal situation as transporting unfired fragile pots risked damaging them. #lucierie #teaset #1930s #studioceramics #earthenware #ceramics #britishceramics #ルーシーリー #britishpottery #keramik #ceramica #set #ceramicart
1930s deco print beach pajamas 💔
To about 2001-02, when I was just a wee art school lass who had big dreams of...well, honestly, who knows? •In all seriousness, these sketches were homework assignments, to fill in our sketchbooks and practice. (SWIPE LEFT)
My go-to thing to draw has always been woman of fashion, or women who had interesting bodies to draw, or intricate clothing.
I’ve also always been fond of trying to capture expression. •Here, though you can actually see all my hard pencil lines and erasures, and though there are many anatomical mistakes, I do think the mood of the portrait comes through. — It’s fun, and important to look back and see how far you’ve come!
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June 5th, 1937 ad for Goodrich Tires inside 'The Literary Digest Magazine.' 'An Unseen Demon Threw Their Car Out Of Control.' A big thank you to Goodrich for making a tire well enough to out maneuver a demon. 👌