tiny bits and bites like left-over crackers.

Picture yourself on a train in a station,
With plasticine porters with looking glass ties.
Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile,
The girl with kaleidoscope eyes.

Sunday, 28 November 2010


An artist is somebody who produces things that people don't need to have.

Dying is the most embarrassing thing that can ever happen to you, because someone's got to take care of all your details.

I am a deeply superficial person.

I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs.

I like boring things.

I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They're beautiful. Everybody's plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.

I never think that people die. They just go to department stores.

I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
Andy Warhol 

Saturday, 16 October 2010

New Goal.

What Good Are Art Dealers?

Nobody likes art dealers. Artists don't like dealers because they keep half the price of every piece of art they sell. People who buy art don't like dealers because they charge top dollar. Even dealers don't like dealers, but that's another article. So do art dealers do anything other than inject themselves into art business transactions, jack prices, and extract money? Let's explore.
The artist's point of view:
"I'm an artist," you say. "I spend my life making art, slaving away, compelled to express myself for all the world to see and experience. The results of my creative endeavors zap practically every last ounce of my strength; so here I am, a spent amoebic blob surrounded by product, and ready to make money. But no. Something stands in my way, and its name is art dealer. I can sell my own art, thank you. I don't need you and your gallery to take half of every dollar that my life's calling entitles me to."
Of course you don't. You've got the perfect space to show your art, right? It's a great location, convenient, with plenty of parking, and it's near other retail establishments where people who to buy art tend to congregate, dine out, entertain themselves, or shop for goods and services. Your space is sparse, expansive, well appointed, professionally designed and lit, and when you show your art there, it looks about as good as it's ever going to look, outside of maybe The Louvre.
You're comfortable around people who buy art; you're well connected, you socialize with collectors, and participate in activities and belong to groups and organizations that they belong to. You understand how art buyers think, how much they know about art, and how to talk to them about art in language they can identify with. You are an interpreter capable of taking art that involves complex cognitive concepts, raw emotion, or sensitive subject matters, and not only making them palatable to those who might otherwise shy away, but also appealing in terms of the tangible as well as intangible benefits of ownership.
You're at ease talking about art and money; you know how to price your art within the context of its market, and can explain your prices to anyone who asks without unnerving them. You sense when someone is on the verge of purchase, ready to buy, and you know exactly what to say and when to say it in order to turn the deal, reveal the checkbook, and accept the remuneration that your art so justly deserves. As for the plethora of parasites, blabbermouths, energy drains, poseurs, time wasters, know it alls, and deadbeats who hover about the art scene-- you see them coming and blow them off with ease.
Just like art dealers, you are capable of evaluating all kinds of art by all kinds of artists all the time. You continually talk about art, interact with artists, study and learn about art, read about art, assess what qualities make particular works of art good or better or best, figure out what pieces to show, and how to most effectively arrange and display them. You carefully examine, analyze and assess every detail of every piece of art before it leaves your studio just like gallery owners do with every piece of art they exhibit at their galleries. You make continual art-to-art and artist-to-artist comparisons, and use your extensive knowledge and overview of the local, regional, national, international or whatever art realm you travel in to assure that your art not only satisfies your high personal standards, but can also withstand public scrutiny. Not only can you defend your art to critics and detractors, but you can present its merits ways that win them over to your side.
You believe in your art to such an extent that you spend thousands or tens of thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars per month in rent, overhead and expenses to be public about your convictions, and by maintaining a quality exhibition space conducive to persuading others that your vision is a valid one. That vision attracts a wide range of contacts from throughout the art community, and energizes them to such an extent that they reward you financially-- with profit-- allowing you to continue to put forth what you believe to be among the most worthwhile works of art being produced today. Art critics, curators, influential collectors, and others in positions of power in the art world talk, write, gossip, trash talk, hate, sabotage, and otherwise opine on your art nonstop and in every way imaginable. These people don't bother you because at some level, you know they respect what you stand for and that you fully intend to prevail against anyone who tries to take you down.
Art dealers have nothing on you, do they now?
"So OK," you concede. "Maybe they perform a necessary service and deserve commissions when they sell art... like say fifteen percent."

Sunday, 25 July 2010

The romantique dream of Chagall.

Oil on canvas.
The bride, the Groom and the Chicken.
Took me a lovely month.
A favourite piece from my favourite artist.
And I always envy of the dreams that he has had.

Friday, 23 July 2010

L0003 : Double Side Card Holder

L0003 : Double Side Card Holder

Navy Sheep Pelt X Cinnamon Cow Hide
Leather Strap for hanging on Handbag Handles
All Hand-stitched as always:)

Made for: Jude's mom and she likes it!

STOCK UP TIME ♥ FAB-rics from Etsy!

Animal fabric always make me smile.

Easy cheesy dotties!

Doughnuts falling from the sky (mouth opened).

Stylish print for photographers.

I wish I can inherit these from someone....

Vintage Suitcases ♥

If I got one,
I will go out on the street and sell my old novels and crafts in it,
and let Jude play guitar besides me.

2. theartfulcodger 3. CometWreckage
(from Etsy)

Thursday, 22 July 2010

L0002 : Mini Messenger Bag

L0002, the mini messenger bag I made for a beloved friend's birthday:)

Cow Hide.
Navy Blue & White Stripes.
All Hand-Stitched, as always:)

bakie ♥

i love cupcakes even they are always too sweet to eat:)

Monday, 19 July 2010

The Old Tuesday!

Adorable designer and very adorable model.
(size zero just won't do these clothes right.)

Hanging just in front of the chest with a round-collar vintage shirt
under will just be dreamy and fun.

This is actually perfect for any girls who bring their cosmetics out or crafters to hold their tools.

Perfect for bad hair days.

1. mylovedone, Etsy 2&3. From ethanollie, Etsy 4. VintageFunland, Etsy

Sunday, 18 July 2010

Where I saw the shadow of Chagall (Smile)

By Iris Schwarz

Lately, I....

am quite into portrait painting.

Stealing Monday: "Retrofuturs"

Stéphane Massa-Bidal

(vintage photos collector, graphic designer)

"Retrofuturs": mix the past, the present, the future and shake it! "Retrofuturs": mélanger le passé, le présent, l'avenir et secouer !

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Leather Work I: Hand Stitched Leather Tote

The very first bag I made out of Leather together with Jude:)

A small tote stitched with waxed white thread that goes along the borders, in a j'adorable proportion.
Took two days to assemble the parts all together, but indeed already a reasonable time for the first project:)

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Refined touches in Leather Products

Having recently been drawn into hand-stitched leather goods, I realized that a single different steps or treatment and the proportion of the design can results in very lovely or trashy products. And here are some details of the former:)

I like how the leather is sew normally on one side and flipped to sew onto another piece on the other side, very subtle but good design.

This extra line sewed on with no purpose of function has just styled up the tote with its just-right proportion.

Again, very nice decorative lines for the two sides.

Usually, studs are not my cup of tea, but these tiny ones at the corners are indeed pretty nice.

The above detailed leather products are all from WhiteSycamore, a American shop selling luxury and high quality hand-craft leather products. I especially love their totes because of the really good Silhouette and the adorable 60s flair.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Shopping Tuesday: Lovely handmade leather products from Etsy

La Bicyclette
by queenbee55

The hand-drawn bicycle by ink is not perfect but delicate.

Simple Tote

As simple as it is, the leather stripes are just popped and the cutting is very suitable for a shopping day at the market.

Brown leather handbag with gold plated metal handles

The gold metal handles are just chic.

Leather grocery bag/tote
by landarcht

Very simple silhouette and fine thick leather with appropriate proportions is just  Perfect!

Vintage inspired briefcase/book bag
by landarcht

It will be very nice for a college/ Schoolgirl's look.

Architect's leather plan carrier
by landarcht

Very stylish and considerate design that will attract every artist in the quartier.

Vintage Loewe Kid Leather Bag in Bone, Jackie O Style
Well, its a vintage Loewe, what can I say more?