Sunday, November 28, 2010

What a funny dude....

Too many have fallen off the perch the last week or so...

And we'll miss you too Mr Nielsen...
(apologies to Mr Ferrel, you're ok).


Every day we see this fella running across the electricity wires that hang in front of our window...always on a mission. This is from our kitchen window - I think I caught a moment of recognition and deep connection between animal and human...I shall have to name him soon!!

My current "must read" list...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Zodiac Art Show wrap up.

Saturday night's unveiling of Congregation Gallery's Zodiac show went off with a "big-bang"! Cosmic jokes aside, it was a strong show, with pieces in a variety of media, including photography, found-object, and kinetic sculpture as well as paintings, many beautifully framed. All pieces represented a visual interpretation of at least one of the zodiac signs, and as you would expect from a group show, these interpretations were drawn from such a broad range of artistic styles. One of the most popular pieces of the show was Larkin's "Year of the Rabbit", one of the first pieces to be snapped up on the night - who doesn't love a good bunny, especially one with a prosthetic eye and fur painted so finely?

Special mention goes too to James M Disspain - Utopian Moth couldn't go past his photographic piece "Scorpions Dig Shallow Graves", a moody study of a human skull marked with the sign of Scorpio. Disspain's photographs are textured and engaging, and his portraiture is especially getting noticed here. The guy just shot Children of Bodom - can't wait to see them!  Please check out some of his work that he has posted on Facebook:

Me and the lovely Glass!

My new acquisition, thanks Mr Disspain!

Limited edition booklet available at Congregation Gallery.
We also spotted the lovely Ashley from across the room wearing the most stunning neckpiece. Utopian Moth had to know where it came from - it's from the Lanvin for H&M range that launched that day in H&M's US stores to a fashion feeding frenzy! Ashley did well to line up VERY EARLY and get her mittens on this beauty - well done, lady!! And doesn't she wear it well?

Friday, November 19, 2010

Nikki is finished...stay tuned

Zodiac Art Show @ Congregation Gallery, 20th November 2010

Tomorrow night I'll be heading to Congregation of Forgotten Saints to witness the opening of the new Zodiac Art Show, an astrologically themed collection of new artworks in honour of each of the star signs. There will be a reception starting at 9pm, in honour of the 26 artists involved - I'm sure it will be night of wickedness! To check out the list of artists and learn more about the gallery, go to:

Gorgeous clothes from McQueen

Last night I had the pleasure of accompanying a good friend to a preview of the Alexander McQueen Spring/Summer 2011 Womenswear collection at the Melrose Ave boutique. I didn't have the greatest camera with me (just my trusty old iphone!) but I wanted to grab a few snaps. It's definitely been a time of transition for this label, but the new collection from Sarah Burton has provided a strong look into the future while maintaining elements that McQueen had always brought to the range. Pretty amazing actually. It was also a great opportunity to see a few runway garments up close and study the detailing and technique - beading and embroidery, tailoring, printing....just incredible.

Some sights of (recent) times....

Los Feliz piece.

Los Feliz, detail.
Los Feliz, detail.
Yep, Halloween in West Hollywood.

 Divine cakes at Bottega Louie.

 Aaaaw, cute, Swingers!

 Every skull and pumpkin Dianne could pull together.

 Altar for a doggy, Día de los Muertos, East LA.
 Fairy floss at the hockey?

 Alice In Chains 10/12 (thanks for the shot, Serena!)

 John Corbett at Steel Panther, but Bo was nowhere to be seen...

 Marc Jacobs LOVES Halloween.

 Día de los Muertos, East LA.

Most Valuable Jack-o-lantern of the carving night.

 WeHo Shiba.

 Best Halloween costume. Ever. West Hollywood Dog Costume contest.

 The palms....

 Griffith a vintage sci-fi set.

 Inside Griffith Observatory...looking up.

In the beginning....

...there was the first post...

I'm finally doing it, getting web-savvy. Yes, how some of you will chuckle, those of you who have heard me rail against having a "web presence" and all that, calling me "old-school"...well this blog is going to be all about "sharing the love". Any little bit of beauty, great design, inspiration, fun and frivolity that I come across on my journey I want to pass onto everyone who wants to listen - especially honouring those who are leaving an awesome and gorgeous legacy!! I'll also be posting some of what I'm up to - new artwork and adventures. It's all about evolution, baby - the Utopian Moth!