For the show at NGC. I decided on the theme of Sandcastles, hoping to have the space for a large round Sandcastle made out of glass, a piece that would make the children stare in awe and wonder and dream and would be interesting enough to become a permanent part of NGC. So the project began with a sandcastle building competition on Seaburn beach in what was pretty typical British weather. The children were great sports and fortunately mostly oblivious to the weather, they just happened to be from Fulwell Juniors the school I had attended 58years previously and were able to walk to the beach from their school. Talk about a trip down memory lane. The school is still as beautiful all these years later both inside and out, with great teachers .
Doing childrens portraits and working on collaborative pieces together with children for auction has always been an important part of my life. http://lindamasongallery.com/giving-back/ http://lindamasongallery.com/portfolio/collaborative-portraits/ http://lindamasongallery.com/portraits/
I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the beach , we always remain the children we were and hopefully I’m not just speaking for myself!
Everyone asks me what I am doing these days and I must admit I’m having fun. Doing an assortment of things with a variety of different groups of people.
I shall be doing a few posts to try to explain the most enigmatic of my projects. “A Day At The Beach” a Multi media show done in collaboration with the children of my old Junior School, that will be taking place from July 11th at The National Glass Centre in my home town of Sunderland in Northern England. I hope that these posts will not be too late for those of you in Europe to work this visit into your calendar this summer and that I shall have the good fortune of seeing you there. If you are not able to make the opening on July 11th (or maybe the evening of the 10th, Im not quite sure yet) I will be around till July 17th So let me know and I’ll meet you at The Glass centre. There are beautiful beaches in Sunderland and we are promised a heat wave so bring your bathing suites.
Since 2002 The New York Makeup Academy of Japan has brought students to visit me for their MasterClass. A series of unfortunate events led them not to come since Hurricane Sandy. However I welcomed four of their extremely talented student last month and had a fabulous time. It was great to have my faithful friends and clients come again and serve as models and Kenig Alcone provided us a great space. The students were very focused and talented. The two that I had considered weaker advanced by leaps and bounds and by the photoshoot the last day were almost ahead. Each artist had a very individual style.
For the photoshoot we had Almog doing the hair and the beautiful gowns were by the designer Jane Wilson Marquis. The makeup on Allison of Major models was done by Makeup artist Nao Minamoto.
Michael and James of On Makeup Magazine asked Daisy and I to collaborate on a spread for their magazine. so Daisy wrote a piece inspired by one of my paintings. I always loved my daughters poetry and other pieces she wrote as a child and the ease with which she wrote this piece brought all those memories back . Thankyou Michael and James.
For those of you who are out and about tonight or just looking for an idea for something to do. Go to Art Strut’s event from 7-10,. My daughter Daisy will by there with a selection of my Artwork, some of her favourite pieces, 20% of the proceeds from the sales will go to support ACE Programs for the Homeless.
The event is being held at a 2,500 square foot pop-up gallery featuring other local artists and a silent art auction of some of Henri Buhl’s (The founder of Ace) personal Art Collection at 28 Wooster Street. Tickets are $35, The Ticket includes a limited edition Moleskine Notebook, as well as live music from Cat Cat Cat, KT Mulholland and Lily Lane. Wine is provided by The Handy Liquor. Go support this worthy cause and have fun at the same time.
While living in Paris in the 70’s and early 80’s I worked often in Germany . When I moved here from Paris in the early 80’s. The photographer Helmut Hoffmann flew me back to Dusseldorf to work with him for a few days on a wonderful Niessing jewelry campaign which I returned to do for a about 3years . Helmut had organized a creative team (Art director, hairstylist and myself ) that brought very different strengths and worked extremely well together . I must admit I was helped by the walk along the riverside I made every morning from my hotel to his studio in his beautiful home, which was very relaxing. It is great to see how the results of this work are so timeless. An exhibit of them is touring Germany (Berlin and Hamburg) showing them in large formate. Read more about it at www.vogue.de
Just received a blast from the past this morning in the form of an email from someone who came into my shop many years ago. One very quiet Monday morning when I still had just the small shop. I was standing behind my counter thinking of the bad state of the music I had in the shop and contemplating on the music I needed for a makeup show I was to give in Japan. I wanted something different but had nothing like what I wanted. In a way I suppose what I was doing is now called “meditating on a subject” although in those days it was called day dreaming, something that I realize I have done since forever and is really one of my most favourite pastimes.
On the piano next to the counter were beautiful smelling natural hand made soaps, soaps I used to carry over in my luggage from England.(the piano and soaps are another story). A young man walks in and starts smelling the soaps and reciting poetry, he really had what we call in England “The gift of the Gab”. We start talking about his poetry and he tries to sell me a poem. We make an exchange soap for a poem and then he tells me that actualy he is really a composer and he pulls out a CD of his music. Well what do you think ! Yes , this was the exact music I needed so he did end up earning a little money.
See what COL is up to now he is living in Berlin still working on his music.
So honored to be written up by Danielle Pergament in the very best Beauty Magazine around, April “Allure” , especially under the title of “Beautiful People”. I do love what Danielle has written and the images that have been chosen. The top one is by the photographer Denis Piel and the one below by Sheila Metzner. Two of the photographers I worked with frequently in the 80’s.
Below is a link to their shorter Online piece
Today It was Christmas for me. I received the complete cosmetic accessories line Sonia Kashuk for Target, made with my Illustration . I already know that I shall be using the largest on the left as a handbag, now I can plan out what I am going to use each of the others for . Part of me just wants to keep them perfect, sitting there on my work table, but I will be using each and every one of them! We will be following them on their travels.
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Another fruit of my collaboration with Sonia Kashuk for Target. I definitely want this one and the tray will not be in the Bathroom but in my living room.