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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

In the studio with LOULOU...

Hello everybody! :)

I'm here again after just a couple of days to update you all about the continuation of Raw Art Chic's debut...

I'm sure you all remember about Louse Rawlins and her amazing collection I've been recently telling you about.
I think we could say that the first post I've published about her was just a "preview", just a taste before showing you the real deal: the official shooting of her Spring/Summer collection which took place last weekend.

The crew was the same of the first shooting with the mannequin: Karen and Sami who were so nice to call me again in occasion of the second shooting. 

PLUS some new valuable members such as Kairen Quigley, film maker whose task was to create a sort of documentary of the very first fashion shooting of Louise collection.

This comes as a good chance for him to get involved in the fashion industry, which he aims to do, after starting his career as a free lance cameraman who as been working mostly in advertisements with brands such as Marks&Spencer.

The other fundamental addition was Sinead Noonan, professional model since the age of 21, absolutely gorgeous, who has been chosen by Louise among her colleagues of Andrea.Roche agency because of her soft and elegant look, and who made Lou's collection come to life.

And of course, not to forget, the lovely Anna, who was just doing everything at the same time AND also making us laugh and smile... ;)

The shooting started at 7.30 in the morning, and lasted until half noon, but just because the studio that we used was busy afterwords: if not we would probably have been there for the entire day.

I thought the same when I went back to my apartment and I looked at my watch: how did we manage to spend such a long time there?
Well, I guess that first of all it's so true that "times fly when you're having fun" and then, I think we are all pretty much perfectionists...

Something that really surprised me again was Lou's participation. She was very excited, like all of us, and her contribution in the shooting was fundamental: fixing the clothes, helping the model in the backstage with Anna, running to town to get and extra Scan Disk when the one we had was filled with pictures...

...she gave it all, but still smiling and having fun because it actually was SO MUCH FUN to spend one morning taking pictures of beautiful clothes for an exciting project... 
... anyway, that's another demonstration of her passion and how much she cares about what she does.

As they say: what goes around comes around!

I strongly believe in that, and that's why I think that if you put passion i what you do, no matter how many struggles you'll have to overcome, you'll be successful in the end...

But let's do it step by step, so for now I leave you with some of Sinead's poses, some of Loulou's pieces and these pictures which are a super-preview of the actual shooting... 


(White skinny fit trousers with swarovski zip closure, silk top)

(Silk shirt with RAW ART CHIC original print)

(Leather skirt and combined jacket, silk shirt with RAW ART CHIC original print)

(white skirt with swarovski zip closure, leather bicolor jacket with swarovski buttons)

(My super favorite: the silk one-piece with funny print!) 


Tuesday, 23 October 2012

RAW (lins') ART (is super) CHIC!

Ciao belli! :)

I cannot tell you how busy are these weeks for me.

Being away from Dublin this summer I totally forgot how this place is full of things to see, people to meet, projects to carry on... everything is inspiring to the point that ideas come to your mind and of course you cannot avoid them.

But not only some interesting ideas have been coming up to me recently... fact, I had the chance to meet some interesting people as well, and to get in touch with what they do and their inspiration, which as always becomes my own one when I decide to give them a spot in my not-so-baby-anymore blog.

For example, 

this Saturday was supposed to be a very though day of study for me, as I have a MASSIVE amount of reading to do and every time I sit at the table everything I do is draw, write on my blog or edit pictures 
(oops I did it again...)...

...BUT when my good friend Sami (who is going to get his own spot in here very very soon...) called me asking to join him and one of his class mates during a shoot in the studio, I couldn't say no.

As always! 
St that there I was again, for the ten thousandth time in the last month, but this one was super special and that's why I've been so happy and glad he had called me.

In fact, it was not a usual type of shoot, with a model or more than one posing under the lights or acting someway...

...they were shooting a mannequin.

Oh yes, a white, plastic, apparently boring mannequin, which you would be able to see in almost every shop window around town.

But what surprised me a lot was what was being put ON that mannequin:

of course, clothes.

Still boring?

What if I told you that they were not usual clothes to be found in every H&M, but the very first line of a new promising fashion designer who has been working on these unique pieces since last November and has now came up with a very stylish and incredibly well made collection?

Got you! :)

I know, I know... sounds amazing.

And if you met the actual designer, who was there putting her creations on the mannequin and adjusting them as they were being shot for her catalogue in order to show them to the shop in Dublin and start selling them, you would be even more amazed.

As I always say, there are two types of talented people.

The ones who ACT as they are perfectly acknowledged of their abilities and because of that develop as sort of I-know-what-I'm-talking-about-you-know attitude that often takes away A LOT of the magic which comes from being in front of something promising and interesting.
The second type of talented people are the ones who DON'T ACT. They just be, and they let their  work and their talent speak for them.

Well, LOUISE RAWLINS  , creator of RAW ART CHIC surely belongs to the second category.
She is incredibly nice, as she has demonstrated by treating me in a very very nice way, even if I basically was an intruder in her shoot and I could not help but staring at the clothes on the anger bar as they were absolutely fantastic.

If I was annoying her with my questions, she didn't show it at all.

She told me about the fact that it's her first line of clothes, but that she has been growing up surrounded by fabrics and patterns as her family owns an interior design business, which she also works for at the moment.

That's probably why she has such a great taste with patterns and prints, such as the one of a mythological lady that she designed, put in series and turn into a pattern which is now the inside part of most of her jackets and also appears on the logo of her brand.

She also told me that she has been researching a lot for the other prints, which made the creative process a long journey that ended up with a successful result.

Something else that really surprised me was her colour choice.

Usually, I'm not crazy about a lot of colours all together, and I think that every fashion line should have a colour choice which is coherent between the different pieces and also tells about where the inspiration for the line itself came from.
My motto is: keep it simple.

But Louise... she completely brake down my theory!

In fact, she uses a lot of various colours (maybe also because it's a Spring/Summer collection) and prints and materials, but they all work so well together.
The leather jackets where she mixes blue and yellow or black and mint green or also a delicious skin colour with a milky chocolate brown, all made precious by the Swarowski crystal she uses for the bottoms and which she made herself as well...

...the skirts with their undulating shape on one side, which reminded me a lot about the waves of the sea and that makes it very appropriate for a summer collection...

...that AMAZING one piece which I'd like to but straight away and which I couldn't stop looking at, 

because of the exquisite attention for details that went in the making of it, which made it unbelievable for me that it was totally hand made, as all the other pieces, 

the nice choice of fabrics and colours and the beauty of the print used for it, where the shells and the shapes reminded me about a summer sunset on the beach, drinking something cool and breathing the warm fresh air which slightly blows around...

Well, at least, this is the ideas situation in which I imagined myself wearing it... ;)

Anyway, while I was there looking at Sami and Karen during their shoot, amazed of how professional they were even if they are attending the second year of photography and they are supposed to have still a lot to learn, 

I had the feeling that I was assisting to the beginning of something which is bound to become... something MORE.

I don't want to say anything already, because I am a superstitious Italian and we never talk about destiny before it actually happens, especially if we are feeling that something VERY GOOD is about to happen...

...but I'm just going to leave you with what is going to be my goal in the next weeks: 

I'll try to persuade Louise to sell me something from her collection, because I know that if I don't get one of her pieces straight away...

...I'm very soon not going to be able to afford them...

(Louise and I both taking a picture of each other :) )

...but you keep the secret!

Baci baci 

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

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Emily 's Wo(r)ld

Ahi ahi ahi my dearest,

If during the summer I've been giving you reasons to be proud of me, now that the Fall routine is back on track I know this post has been making you wait a lot...

...but the hope is the last one to die, as we always say in Italy, and as usual I AM BACK writing on my almost-not-anymore-a-baby blog.

I've been in Dublin for a month now and as it happened last year, everything seems to catch my attention, so that I get many (many, many...) ideas for my blog, but the time to make them into practise seems to run away faster than ever...

Coming back to the fierce city for my second year of college I was very curious about the people I was going to meet... fact, one of the things I love the most about Dublin is the fact that it's an absolute melting pot for some of the most inspiring people I've met, and last year most of my posts and my ideas for this baby blog came directly from the people who surrounded me, and from their own inspiration and talent which contributed to develop my own one.

Last year, as I said, I met a lot of talented people, in many various fields and this year maybe the people are different, coming from different parts of the world, but the amount of talent they carry it's not inferior.

I know, I know, you want the DETAILS: who are these people?

Well, I am going to introduce them to you by telling you about their projects and works but also about the project we are carrying on together, in order to give you a chance to appreciate them and what they do.
Maybe, they will inspire you as they are doing with me...

I'd like to start with Emily Wold, not only because I've been looking at her and at what she does for almost a month now, and all I could think about was that I wanted to publish her here and let all my followers see how incredibly talented she is.

There is another reason! It's a little bit of a romantic cliche, I have to admit it...

Do you remember which one was my very first post in my at-the-time-totally-new-born blog?
I've been telling you about another Emilie (written in a different way as well...) who was and still is a very talented photographer.
So, in order to celebrate my very first Dublin post of this academic year, which is also the second year for blogging for me, I'd like to remember the very beginning with the same name: Emily, which brought me good luck last year.

I hope it's going to be another successful season for both you, my readers, and me, which is going to bring us new ideas and interesting subjects to write and read about...

But let's go down to the topic (I'm getting a little too emotional now...).

Emily Wold.

She is a funny pretty American girl, who was born in Wisconsin but has made her way to Chicago in order to study at the Columbia College, which is one of the biggest Art schools in USA.
Art, as we have understood, trying to define it, can mean a lot of things.
We have been talking about photography, painting, street painting, fashion, music and more...
But thanks to Emily, today we are going to take a look at what is still an undiscovered area for us: VIDEO.

Emily has a passion for Video making, which is absolutely genuine, as it started out as a hobby.
In fact, she has been making videos since, middle school, both for school projects of just trying to find a way not to be bored hanging out with her friends.

It's when she started College in Chicago that she actually realised that her passion could have became a profession.
She is also very passionate about music, and most of her videos are proper music videos, which she makes for fun, especially during the summer.
To inspire her, a lot of her friends back in Wisconsin are musically inclined, and she likes to make videos of them while listening to their gigs.

I f you look at the earliest videos, it's clear how TALENT plays a topical role in her video making, but looking at the more recent ones, we can also see how much she has been developing her skills since she started the Art School.
In fact, it has given her the chance to experiment with something else which she ended up loving: ANIMATION.
And in particular with finding artsy ways to make it.
What caught her attention the most was STOP MOTION ANIMATION.
It's a technique which consists in draw things first and then take pictures of them.
The pictures are them put together in order to create an animated figure.
Of course, her work is totally self made: she is both the artist, the photographer and the director of her videos, which sometimes take her a long time to be done...

...but of course if you look at them you cannot help but think: IT'S SO WORTH!
They are amazing...

Another thing she likes to do it combining various mediums: for example draws and video footage all together, which creates a sort of surreal feeling, but it comes out so incredibly effective and communicating, also because as I said at the beginning, her inspiration is absolutely genuine and comes from things she is really in contact with.
But also, sometimes she is just able to make everything around her look artistic and inspiring, also a normal afternoon hanging out in Wisconsin:

For us, which in this blog are trying to consider as art everything which is able to give us an emotion and make us feel inspired, Emily and what she does are just the fulfilling of our theory.

But apart from her own pleasure creating these pieces of art by making art itself, 
this talent could not pass by without being noticed.

Because of that, someone came to give a all new range of possibilities: Tim, the singer and guitarist of The Hot Sprockets, an Irish band which Emily absolutely loves and for whom she has been doing art works and music videos.
In particular one night some time ago, she couldn't sleep and she decided to make a video for them at 2.30 am.
Then, she posted it on YouTube as any other one of her videos, but it was Tim who found it on her  channel (which is called emilyeffect), loved it and contacted Emily.

The whole band liked her work so much that they sent her stickers, pins, two albums and a letter.
Meant to be?
Probably, because after that great satisfaction which came from being appreciated for something she loves to do, she felt more inspired than ever, and she answered with some draws of Tim, the band and herself.
She has also made a video while drawing Tim's portrait, and after The Hot Sprockets posted it on their FaceBook page, many other bands started to contact Emily in order to ask her for similar types of art works and videos for them.

This is something which makes the difference for her, because as she said: "In the States we focus so much on getting a job that is not always likely that you're going to school for what will actually be what you end up working as when you get out of college...".

And what is better than turning our passions and interest in something which would eventually pay our bills?
Probably nothing, also because it means practise these skills which sometimes come out of us as a natural inclination, but which could always get better and bring us to a further level.

"The only trouble" says Emily "in the business side of things. I need to learn more about charging them for my work because I don't know anything about it yet".

As I said...EVENTUALLY pay our bills....

So, now that you know about Emily and her work; now that you've learned about her incredible experience, about this Irish band who contacted her from the other side of the world, thanks to the power of Internet and the media which make everyone connected for real; now that you know how she found this great opportunity which is coming as a consequence of her great talent... I'm asking you again: was it meant to be?

Well, check her out yourself: she in in Dublin right now, 

and I'm sure we will hear about her a lot... ;)

(Chiara, Emily and I listening to gigs at Sweeny's on Arthur's day)