Archive for 70s

Pina Bausch – performance art…

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2014 by Mj Rains

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Performance art by Pina Bausch, 1977

Fashionable Celia Birtwell

Posted in Design, Fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2011 by Mj Rains

One of my favorite painting of all time is Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy by David Hockney. I have to admit, as much as I’ve admired and studied this painting, I never took the time to find out about the subjects themselves. I became mesmerized with the life of Celia Birtwell, the girl in the painting who was married to the fashion designer of the 60s and 70s Ossie Clark. He was killed in 1996. Celia Birtwell is a wonderful textile and fashion designer, as well as fashion illustrator. Her new self-titled book, Celia Birtwell (St. Martin’s Press) chronicles her career spanning over 50 years and is laced with images of her life with her dear talented late husband.

Celia is now a fashion designer with her own line of vintage and contemporary clothing as well as fabric, wallpaper, accessories and elegant living designs for home interiors and exteriors. Check out a nice article about her from 2008 here.

What she says about her illustration: “I used to draw the model’s face first. If she looked grumpy I wouldn’t carry on.”

Ossie Clark and Celia Birtwell in the 1970s.

Celia now. Still gorgeous and inspiring.

Ossie Clark fashion

Vintage Ossie Clark Blouses

“Fashion is a big business now. In my generation, there was an innocence to it…”
~Celia Birtwell

Celia Birtwell moodboard

Love this! Vintage Ossie Clark for Radley Maxi Smock Dress


Home and Dry

Posted in Current events, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2011 by Mj Rains

Mr. C and were running errands yesterday and I heard one of my favorite songs, Home and Dry by Gerry Rafferty.  It seems this song, from my school days, from an album my friend and I played over and over again, was on the local classic rock station’s cycle of song play for the past month or so because I’ve heard this song at least twice a week for a few weeks now.  I never get tired of it.

So hearing it yesterday set yet another warm spell in my heart, singing along, picturing the clouds, and a pure ride back to a loved one.  There’s  a great story in that song, from this great song-writer.

I wondered what had happened to him occasionally. Then yesterday on World News I am told that Gerry Rafferty died at age 63 in Dorset, England.  His obit says he had complications with his liver and kidneys.  I was saddened tremendously, especially after hearing the song that very day….and singing it out so brilliantly.

That Baker’s Street album, and such songs as Right Down the Line along with Home and Dry will live on despite this loss of talent.  The loss of Gerry will hang with me for some time, especially if I keep hearing this song.

This silver bird takes me ‘cross the sky.
Just one more hour and I’ll be home and dry.
‘Cross the ocean
Way above the clouds
I come stealin’.

I gotta see you
I gotta be with you
We’ll make it better now
In every way.

It’s gotta be you
It’s gotta be you…
Yes, from now on I’ll tell you everyday….

Ooh, yes home and dry

Hope you are home and dry now Gerry.
Peace to you….wherever you are….

A Visit to Lizland…part one

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2010 by Mj Rains

Love the 60s and 70s painting series by San Francisco artist Liz Mamorsky.  Her studio, known as Lizland, is an incredible place to visit. For the paintings that follow, Liz is quoted: “I put water and salad oil in a sushi tray to see the shapes the oil made. When I got something I liked, I drew it”

1. Mahogany
2. Osculum
3. Dynamo
4. Neon

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