Dali Theatre Museum

Beginning of the month took me on a wonderful Catalonia mini break in Spain which I will talk about over next few travel posts.

One thing I most definitely wanted to do is visit the Dali museum. Turns out there are at least three of them in Catalonia! Salvador Dali was originally from that area, being born inland in a small town of Figueres, having his first studio in Cadaques and Gala´s Castle in Pubol.

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So from this Dali Triangle we picked to visit Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres.
Did not have time to look around properly in this little town, but down the street just outside the Catalonia Toy Museum, some quirky architecture could be spotted. What a surrealistic town!

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I am a huge fan of Dali´s works. A few fun facts about Salvador:

Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech (that was his real name) work spans across several decades between 1922 till his death in 1989 and covers several art disciplines. Generally known as syrrealist painter, his atistic development can be seen in his huge Theatre Museum.

I think it is quite important curious fact of his life that Salvador Dali had a 3 years older brother, also named Salvador, who died 9 months before Salvadore Dali the younger was born. He was named after his brother and raised as an reincarnation of the deceased sibling. When Salvador was 5 years old, his parents took him to his brother´s grave and told him the story. Must have been kind of creepy living with this knowledge, but to me this explains a lot about the bizarreness of his character and the reason he might have wandered into surrealism (in addition to the sociopolitical influences of the time and other art movements). The images of his dead brother have appeared repeatedly in his works.

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Dali Theatre Museum in Figueres used to be a municipal theatre (hence the name), where in the vestibule Dali had his first exhibition back in a day. Now it is turned into the museum spanning several floors and a wonderful courtyard.

Fact that I did not know during my visit, Dali is buried in the museum´s crypt, so his presence is still there!

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Being so captivating we easily spent 4 hours in the museum.
Highly recommended!

Missoni abstract art in textiles

Until early September, London museum of Fashion and Textile is running an exhibition dedicated to Missoni family business of fashion, art and textiles.

The zig-zag family is famous for its skill of translating modern abstract art into fabulous textiles and eventually into fashionable clothing items. I had a chance to take a closer look at how it all started for them and where the inspiration comes from.

Surprisingly it all started off in London, where Ottavio Missoni met his to-be-wife Rosita during the London Olympics in 1948. He was competing in the 400m-hurdle race, she was the granddaughter of a family of shawl and ladieswear manufacturers from Varese, Italy. They got married in 1953 and started making items of knitwear in a small workshop at the basement of their first home. Their first collection of clothes got presented in 1958 in Milan and the rest followed. Being grately influenced by the works of modern abstract artists´, Missonis took the direct inspiration and “painted” it in the lines of the weave. In the fabric patterns it is possible to spot the references to work of Sonia Delaunay, Lucio Fontana and Gino Severini, to name but a few. Bright colours and geometrical shapes take the rule.

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The exhibition displays the inspirational works of art of the mentioned modern artists, next to the fabric developments, sketches and eventually an “army” of mannequins wearing the finished rainbow-coloured collection pieces. Fashion has been really embraced by art (or vice versa), forming a rather interesting set up of the exhibition.

IMG_3216Ottavio Missoni has also created tapestry wall pieces works of art of his fabric cut offs. A really creative way of production waste management, I must say!

Ottavio has said, he is the artist of the family, but Rosita had created him in the first place.

The same patterns and tendencies can be spotted in their latest collections as well. Rosita has said: “There may be 7 colours in the rainbow, but there are also endless array of shades! And black is also a colour, the one that acts great as a background, bringing out the vibrancy of others.”

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The decades-long business has managed to keep it all in the family, involving their children and grandchildren, proudly made in Italy.

The exhibition runs till the 4th of September 2016.

This story was also published in Estonian web magazine Femme.

The future is now

This week 21-23 of May there was 3D Printshow in East London, taking place at The Old Turman Brewery. This relatively new(or at least very modern) phenomenon of creating your personalised objects out of quite wide variety of materials just had to be explored closer.

By this day 3D printing has seeped through to every aspect of our modern life. Even though it still has time to go to reach masses and become an utterly accepted everyday tool, it has been developing for past 30 years and as with home computers and laptops, just 30 years ago not many people could really imagine home computing growing to its current scope.

3D printer

For those who don´t know much about 3D printing: a three dimensional object, designed using computer software, gets printed irl via special 3D printer. A selection of filaments of different nature can be used. The “ink” that comes in a roll, gets heated and applied within the printer layer by layer to create the desired form, taking several hours, depending on the shape and size. Quite a slow process, but very fascinating! Filaments range from plastic, resin, vinyl, to metal, wood and even edibles and live cells, etc. Unfortunately it has not yet expanded to printing in wearable fabrics(for example synthetics) or leather(for obvious reasons), but I am sure, as far as synthetic fabrics go, this is not a far future filament to be created.

As for now, the use of 3D printing ranges from the most extreme – such as medical body part printing, live cells and synthetic bacterium  printing, creating printed food or cars and houses, to extraordinary fashion, art objects and more common everyday items of home decor, lamps, furniture items, games, toys, jewelry, etc.

Julian Hakes Mojito shoeIn fashion Alexander McQueen used 3D printed shoes already in his last fully created collection of SS2010, while Julian Hakes´ Mojito shoes have hit the high street shops.

3D printed jewelry or millinery should not be of any surprise by this day. For clothing items however, due to the restrictive limits of the non flexibility, so far they had to stay rather chain mail-like dresses or movement-limiting haute couture gowns. Iris Van Herpen is most known by her printed plastic collections.

Iiris Van Herpen
Somehow i see the future for not so much fully 3D printed objects, than a mix between 3D printed components and traditional organic materials(such as fabric or leather).The experts predict that in a decade or so 3D printer will be a common home electric machine, for producing necessary everyday items and printing replacement for broken parts. Current scale of over-producing and over-consuming will have to slow down(as we are running out of physical space on Earth) and making more personalised durable projects with return to mending will be prevalent.

3D printing has been used in art and sculpture. In the gallery there were works by several artists. Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa uses various media from video, installation, recording, live performances and 3D printing to produce audio-visual sound pieces for fully immersive experience.
Nick Ervinck explores the boundaries between various media mixing tools and techniques from new media to explore the aesthetic potential of sculpture, 3D print installations, architecture and design.
Michael Winstone´s simple fractal forms examine the human body within the context of the family structure, its relationship with nature and the anatomy of trees and their architecture. I particularly liked how the shadows of his pieces formed shadow creatures of their own on the walls.

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Other most fascinating ways to use 3D technology include 3D scanner , enabling to copy and print body parts or fully realistic looking mini-me-s. It is already available for public at my3Dtwin. Imagine a family portrait of small sculptural figurines or observing the growing of a child in yearly printed life-resembling dolls. Think about hanging printed 3-dimensional heads of the loves ones on the walls of your home, just like some people hang heads of dead animals. 3D pens are already mainstream and accessible everyday objects, working on the same principle as glue-guns, with a different filament. Just makes me wonder with excitement what is next to come…

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