jerusalem. oscar. color galore.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
this is what i blog about during the weeks when my life constantly consists of learning the architecture and works of art in the middle east in my art history class and practicing watercolor clipart of the fashion muses of oscar de la renta for watermedia and dreaming of both jerusalem and wearing oscar's gowns. so while i dream, i blog and share with you because it ain't the weekend yet then i haven't done my usual dinner and a movie with the zeke-attack.
today in my art history class we had really great lectures on the architecture of a well known islamic building, "dome of the rock" located in jerusalem. i have always drooled over this building. always. i can't get over the color palette, the texture and colors in the rock and the intricate detail of pattern and design. really, overall this building just baffles me. i want to wear it, it's just that beautiful. it's funny too because in my watermedia class we are working on a project that is considered "portfolio worthy" and the subject matter is whatever our precious hearts desire, so of course i go to the fashion route. im taking my favorite fashion designer, oscar de la renta whom i previously posted about and taking individual photos of his runway collections from seasons past and present and turning them into watercolor sketches or what some call clipart. im really excited about these and the dresses i have been choosing have been some of my favorite gowns that i wish hung in my closet. instead they lay two dimensionally on my watercolor paper. either way, the color scheme of the gowns have coincidentally somewhat tied in with the color scheme of the "dome of the rock" and the "prayer hall door" at tsamchen gompa-kathmandu, nepal.
i came across this realization when i had posted these favorite images of mine on my pinterest and they were all layed out beautifully, one next to another and i thought to myself, "my oh my isn't that such a rich looking site." i kind of couldn't stop starring at it. that's kind of the artist in me. im sure whoever you are, reading this is thinking "i don't get what the big deal is." but what im saying is, i really just get a kick out of the most simplest things and to me, they are beautiful and exciting.
this is the main reason why i obsess over "anthropologie." This is what i figure :
The correct spelling of "anthropologie" is "anthropology." this, im sure you know. and the definition of "anthropology" is : the study of humankind, in particular. the comparative study of human societies and cultures and their development.
with that said, im sure you've swept through the store anthropologie yourself, and while drooling maybe have thought, "this looks a little african" or "oh this skirt looks peruvian." there has been so many encounters where i have seen a skirt that was made from fabric that is very well known in ghana, africa. on my trip to ghana the people raved over this certain fabric. it was rich and holy to them.
well let me tell you something: to me, i figure the clothes that anthropologie decides to sell in their store for whatever season, is inspired by a specific culture from around the world. they study the people, they study their architecture and where they are from and from there, they take that inspiration and show it off to the world in the form of textiles. therefore, the correct spelling of "anthropology" is defined by what you wear. literally. there you have it. i cracked the code. and this is why i love to combine fashion, travel and art all in one because all three elements look to each other for inspiration and a language of beauty.
so with that said, i look at the above and think, my gosh i would kill to design a line of clothing inspired by jerusalem and the buildings that stand so proudly on their sand. wish i were a designer. i can be, and i will be in spare time, but man do i wish i could make things come to life. i did back in the day when i had my mom who is an out of this world seamstress, but now i live far far away across the nation with no seamstress at all, but dreams of "what ifs." hope you see the beauty that i see in fashion and travel. it really makes me happy when i burry myself in this kind of stuff. it's what makes me one happy girl. now im going to burry myself in the pages of my new harpers bazaar magazine. lady beyonce' is on the cover and i am beyond thrilled.
p.s. the girl in the last picture in front of the "dome of the rock" is my gal pal lani. and she was so blessed to see the sites in person this past spring. and when this photo fell smack on my computer screen, i about died. so envious of her exploring. and isn't she quite the babe?