The Foxling

The blog of a twenty-something sticher-doodler…

005: Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks in "Pandora's Box", 1929, Screencaptures.

Louise Brooks is my heroine. Not sure why because it could be said that she completely messed up her life good style but I admire her hedonistic, “don’t give a shit” attitude. She was instinctive, intelligent, free and impossibly beautiful and cool. The ultimate flapper…maybe.

Why I went to Berlin last year I was hoping to channel some of her “Lulu in Berlin”-ishness. Unfortunately, flu put paid to that.

I’ve collected Louise Brooks memorabilia for several years now and after dabbling with having a fansite (too much work) and all that, I finally decided to just upload the whole sorry mess onto my flickr.

thefoxling - View my 'louise brooks' photos on Flickriver

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003: Rozanne Hawksley – Textile Art

I am literally blogging while waiting for paint to dry.😀

and lead us not (detail) 1987-1989

Et ne non inducas (And lead us not),1987 – 1989 (Detail)

I came across Rozanne Hawksley’s work in “Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textiles Artists” and fell in love with her beautiful, highly detailed, emotive and singularly morbid (yay!) work.  I felt particularly moved by her pieces concerning difficult topics such as death, religion, birth control and war. As her website states, her work is based on the themes of  life – “love and loss, war and suffering, isolation and the abuse of power, by focusing in on intimate details of what they mean to a specific individual.”  I think she has a wonderful renaissance style – many Tudor and Jacobean elements coming through and I love the way she uses her materials like iconography, wood and bones to communicate. Very inspiring also that she is still working into her seventies.

Here is a photograph I took of some early 17thC gauntlets at the Fashion Museum in Bath to compare with her piece, “Et ne non inducas and lead us not”, which follows on.

Late Tudor & Jacobean Gloves

et ne non inducas and lead us not 1987 1989

Et ne non inducas (And lead us not),1987 – 1989

More of her work below the cut – Read the rest of this entry »

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002: “Now, Voyager”, 1942

The Untold Want
By Life and Land Ne’er Granted
Now, Voyager
Sail Thou Forth to Seek and Find
– Walt Whitman, The Untold Want

"Now, Voyager", 1942 Screencaptures

Now, Voyager…ahhhhh…. It’s one of the ultimate melodramas of the 1940s, a source of inspiration to put-upon women everywhere, and smoking was never sexier. It is also, in my opinion, one of the best dressed films of the early 40s. Le sigh.

Fashion-squeeing and many screencaps below the cut…

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001: Sharon Tate Makeup Tutorial

Stupid me forgot to back up my posts at likeabalalaika.com before I closed it down. Thank GOD for google cache!

Sharon Tate, The Fearless Vampire Killers, 1966

Sharon Tate was so, so beautiful. Seriously. Stunning.  I was surprised that no one has posted a tutorial on her look as I think it’s a much prettier and natural than other 60s icons as Twiggy, Barbra Streisand and Edie Sedgwick. I’m not a makeup artist, just a keen amateur so please be kind with my tutorial. I wouldn’t know how to make a youtube vid, so I’ve just put together some research photos of Sharon and I made a drawing of her eyes (all that money spent on art school has not gone to waste. :D) with some annotations of how to apply the makeup. I’ve also posted a step by step tutorial with a product list from when I tried this look out myself.

The focus of Sharon’s look was always her beautiful, large brown eyes, the rest of her makeup was quite natural. She had clear, tanned skin and was the epitome of the California Golden Girl. Her clever use of eye-makeup made her eyes seem even larger than they were, as I hope you can tell from the photos below:

Left: Sharon with and (Right:) without makeup

Please read below the cut for epic postage…

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Foxling is a keeper of hens and is an art student specialising in Fashion Design. She is currently studying at Falmouth Art College, Cornwall.

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"Paradise Lost" : John Milton


"Creating Sketchbooks for Embroiderers and Textile Artists": Kay Greenless


"Drawing Dynamic Hands" : Burne Hogarth


"The Art of the Renaissance": Peter & Linda Murray


"The Collected Art of Vampire Hunter D" : Yoshitaka Amano


"The Art of Manipulating Fabric": Colette Wolff

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