Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Snow White and the...

Mirror Mirror Dir. Tarsem Singh, 2012
Snow White and the Huntsmen Dir.Rupert Snaders, 2012

Snow White is one of those fairy tales you're going to see time and again adapted for the big screen, but twice in a few months? Luckily Mirror Mirror and  Snow White and the Huntsmen  are two completely different films.
I enjoyed them both at the time, but shortly after leaving the cinema realised they were sadly lacking (Huntsman more so than Mirror). I felt like  Huntsman was trying to be too many things to too many people, and while striving to tick off all of those things that make a blockbuster, lost something in the narrative and character development.
Mirror on the other hand had a well rounded and thought out story, clearly aware of what it wanted to be. However there were elements that were not as successfully executed. One of the most intriguing innovations and perhaps the focus of the film given it's title, the mirror, was never fully explained or explored. Interlinked with this is the motivation of the Queen and the nature of magic which also needed a little work.

Now putting my feelings and reviews of the films aside let's get to them pretty pictures.

By Arthur Rackham, 1909

Disney's Snow White, 1937
 Snow White was Disney's first feature length animated film. This where it all started.

By Maxfield Parrish, 1912

By Courtney Brims

Rachel Weiss as Snow White in a Disney ad campaign

By Heinrich Leutemann or Carl Offterdinger at the end of the 19th Century

By Heinrich Leutemann or Carl Offterdinger at the end of the 19th Century

Poison Apple by Elisa Mazzone

By Anne Anderson

By Eugenio Recuenco

By Henry Meynell Rheam

Original Theatrical Poster
 Sorry it's so teeny, I just loved it so much I had to include it.

By Chris Craymer

Monday, June 11, 2012

Alberto Santiago

Alberto Santiago is a fabulous artist I discovered through the Finders Keepers blog (one of the best Australian designers markets, which I hope to get into later in the year).




So intriguing, Santiago has creating a whole other world, which I'm desperate to step into.
He has prints and iPad wallpapers of these stunning paintings available in his shop too.

Monday, June 4, 2012


I've decided to begin discussing my Etsy store, Hearsay on this blog. I think it's still relevant because my jewellery and accessories are, in there own way, visions of whimsy.

For those of you who are avid readers of this blog and don't just skim through the pretty pictures (no judging, I do it too) you may remember roughly a year ago I had this big back and forth about whether to include my Hearsay stuff on this blog or whether to create a new one. Well this is the last back (or forth depending on how you look at it) and I'm sticking to it... hopefully.

So, yes, this does mean a few changes, good changes, marvelous changes!

By Howard Pyle, 1911.
The most obvious change will be posts about the development of my label.

I've currently got a new accessories collection in the works. Originially I was thinking nymphs and oceanids would be the inspiration for the range but it soon switched to mermaids and pirates much like those in the Howard Pyle painting above. I love Howard Pyle's pirate and mermaid paintings, especially his use of colour. I have his The Mermaid over in this post.

The Mermaids Mirror Necklace
One of the necklaces under construction was inspired by the notion that Mermaids are frequently seen preening and looking at themselves in mirrors. Norman Lindsay's mermaid etching found in one of my mermaid posts played a big part in the conceptualization of this necklace.

Pinterest and necklace sketch in background
 I've been keeping a pinterest board of all the images that fit the theme and vibe of this collection and have started to recognise a recurring colour palette of deep green blues and dusty faded reds.

Sketch of earring

Now available in red!

*This collection is now complete and you cam find many of the items in store on Etsy.


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