Shirley Paperdoll Printable

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

I am so happy to finally share with you one of my projects I have been working on the past few weeks! Meet Shirley, the pink haired paperdoll who comes with 5 complete outfits and a white fluffy cat.

This printable paperdoll is available to purchase in my brand spanking new store here for $1.50! You will receive an email sent to the address linked to your Pay Pal account within 24 hours of your purchase with a zip file of your 8.5 x 11 printable sheet in both a JPG and PNG format.

Personally, I absolutely L O V E paperdolls (I have some of cartoon characters and Old Hollywood stars alike), so I had a lot of fun putting my own together! If you have any feedback or questions, please send me an email!

♥, Kailey

Musical Chairs: Björk

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

"I like fashion when it’s a creative thing, and it’s about expression. when it’s about waking up in the morning and feeling a certain way, and putting clothes on that will support you as an individual."

I just noticed that I don't really have a feature specifically for musicians, so welcome to "Musical Chairs" in which I will be fangirling over various musical artists! Who better to kick of the series then Björk?

Have you ever realized you like an artist, but haven't actually listened to a full album of theirs? For me, it was disturbing to make this realization over Björk after going through my sister's iPod last week, and so I decided to fix this injustice by listening to her 2001 album, Vespertine - and haven't really listened to much else since? Watching her video for Pagan Poety, I was absolutely speechless - her performance was filled with such intense, raw emotion that by the end of the video, I was crying. AND THEN WATCHED IT AGAIN AND AGAIN AND CRIED SOME MORE ;_;

I really respond well to musicians who intertwine their music with a highly visual context, and I feel like Björk is the perfect example of the visual and musical going hand in hand in absolute harmony.


"The reason I do photographs is to help people understand my music, so it's very important that I am the same, emotionally, in the photographs as in the music.

Most people's eyes are much better developed than their ears. If they see a certain emotion in the photograph, then they'll understand the music. So instead of having to listen to my album ten times, they'll get it the first time."

She also comes across as being wholly original and fearless - who else recycles a Comme des Garçons dress from a photoshoot and wears it whilst strolling through the neighborhood, goes to balls with Jeremy Scott, wears a dress with Michael Jackson's face in sequins to the Golden Globes, and totes around owl bags?

I notice in popular culture, people are always poking fun at Björk, and it bothers me because I feel that if she was a man, she would be hailed for her genius much more freely. My first exposure to her was not her actual music, but mockery from the press for wearing something different to the Oscars. Björk definitely isn't for everybody, but there is a certain amount of skill and obvious effort that she puts into her work that I feel deserves respect.

REQUIRED LISTENING
Pagan Poetry (please note this video deals with explicit content and you must be over 18 to view this on Youtube)
Venus as a Boy
Isobel
It's Oh So Quiet

PICTURE SOURCES
Björkish, All Is Björk, & Björk.fr

♥, Kailey

The World of Gloria Vanderbilt

Saturday, March 17, 2012

When I got Wendy Goodman's The World of Gloria Vanderbilt from the library, I was overwhelmed by the beauty. Goodman shows an excellent use of color and a talent for page layouts in this photobook/biography about Gloria Vanderbilt, who was born into the rich Vanderbilt family who gained their fortune "from railroad and shipping empires".


Photographed by Horst P. Horst; Gloria was only 17


Gloria with her future husband Pat De Cicco and Rita Hayworth at El Morocco


Gloria with Salvador Dali in 1941


A painting by Gloria


Photographed by John Rawlings

Gloria's privileged lifestyle allowed her to play many different roles; such as an actress, model, writer, designer, muse, and mother - to Anderson Cooper no less! She was photographed by the likes of Richard Avedon and Horst P. Horst, and dated Old Hollywood big-wigs such as Frank Sinatra, Marlon Brando, and Howard Hughes - but the role I love her in the most is that of a painter.


Photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1953






A self-portrait

There is something incredibly endearing about Gloria's paintings - her use of cartoonish lines and bright colors put a smile on my face, and the fabrics she designed are just beautiful!

LINKS
The World of Gloria Vanderbilt on Amazon
Gloria's Official Website

♥, Kailey

Zine Sneak Peek + New Layout!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Hello hello readers! I have to open by saying I'm so sorry my last post was over two weeks (!) ago, time has slipped away from me! I have been working on several other projects that I am really excited about - including my first zine! My first exposure to them was really Marlena - whose posts on zines (here & here) made me realize that making one wouldn't be impossible (which I thought it would be!) and now I am forever indebted to her :3

Above is a close-up of the cover for my in-process, as-yet-unnamed zine (which will be available as a pdf), and I couldn't be happier with it ;_; I am actually looking for contributors, so please shoot me an email at hellomermaidens@gmail.com for more information if you are interested (I definitely do not bite, so please send me your ideas)!

And finally, Mermaidens has a new layout! I had my previous one for over 6 months, and it was definitely time for a change - what do you think? Regular posts will resume soon!
♥, Kailey

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