Category Archives: Arts & Fashion

Bookworm Wednesday: every picture tells a story

Wore Out, Bookworm Wednesday, Ansel Adams, Ansel Adams Birthday, Famous American Photographers, Black and White Photography, Ansel Adams BooksToday would have been Ansel Adams’ 111th birthday and I know it might seem strange to celebrate a famed photographer’s birthday in a feature dedicated to literature but given that a picture is worth a thousand words I’d consider Ansel Adams to be one of the greatest authors of all time.

For those of you unfamiliar with Ansel Adams’ genius I would suggest starting with Ansel Adams: Our National Parks  or Ansel Adams: An Autobiography Wore Out, Bookworm Wednesday, Ansel Adams, Ansel Adams Birthday, Famous American Photographers, Black and White Photography, Ansel Adams Books, Ansel Adams: Our National ParksMy dad bought me a copy of Our National Parks when I was just starting to get interested in photography and I remember being awestruck not only by the photos but by Adams’ storytelling abilities from behind the lens. Adams’ photos were able to capture the majesty and grandeur of The National Parks without loosing their natural beauty or connection to a greater story. The idyllic scenes Adam’s captured helped preserve some of our nations most beautiful landscapes and to this day are used to promote conservationism.

Who would you consider a great storyteller? 


Bookworm Wednesday: Hardcover Lover

My love for books and all things literary started at a young age and comes from my father. Growing up I looked forward to our Saturday morning trips to the library. The librarians knew us by name, made the best book suggestions, and always let me check out more books than was allowed.

Granted I wasn’t checking out books like these…

Wore Out, Vermont Fashion, Books for Fashion Lovers, books for art lovers, hardcover art and fashion books, coffee table books, Diana Vreeland, Rose Cumming, Lady in Gold, Cafe Society, Encyclopedia of the Exquisiteclockwise from upper left: Rose Cumming by Jeffrey Simpson, Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Encyclopedia of the Exquisite by Jessica Kerwin Jenkins, and Cafe Society by Thierry Coudert

These are just a few of the books I’ve had my eye on lately and it got me thinking that it might be time I start sharing my bibliophile side here on Wore Out, hence the idea of Bookworm Wednesday features. To start I’ll be posting Bookworm features the first and third Wednesday of every month, but as always we’ll see how it goes. 

what books are you reading? what types of book related post would you like to see?

It’s Abstract… my first DIY

No, this isn’t my first ever DIY (give me a little credit) but it is my first time blogging one of my DIY project (cut me a little slack).

I set out to stencil leaves on this extra large glass tumbler to create a centerpiece for a holiday table post I did for Goodwill of Northern New England.

I felt confident about my spray painting skills after a few test runs and decided I was ready to start painting for real.

side note: I didn’t take into consideration that my test surfaces were flat and my centerpiece wasn’t…

The curved, smooth surface caused the spray paint to drip and pool. After staring at the mess I’d made for a bit I stared to like the patterns the paint drips had left (maybe it was just the paint fumes).  I decided to modify my approach and found three or four leaves in a variety of shapes and sizes to use not as stencils but stamps.

I lightly coated each leaf with spray paint and then quickly “stamped” them around the glass. There was no rhyme or reason to how I applied each stamp and no two “stamps” turned out the same.

I really like how the piece turned out and I think it made the perfect centerpiece for my holiday table.

What DIY projects do you have planned for the holiday season?

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:

From the sidewalk to the catwalk

at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts  During our trip to Montreal D and I visited the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and saw the Jean Paul Gaultier’s World of Fashion exhibit. It was breathtaking, provocative, insightful and simply beautiful. The exhibit which features 140 of Gaultier’s ensembles is the first of its type dedicated to the revolutionary French  designer. The exhibit showcases six of Gaultier’s specific and definitive collections/artistic periods: The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier, The boudoir, Skin Deep, Punk Cancan, Urban Jungle, and Metropolis; each brimming with social, sexual and political commentary.

Running through September the Gaultier exhibit is at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts until October 2, 2011. For more information about the exhibit, ticket prices and much more visit the museum’s website. One of D’s favorite looks (above)  The amount of time  it must have taken to sew all those beads and create such vivid color patterns with them is outrageous. The craftsmanship on these garments are just exquisite.

My favorite look (above) was from Gaultier’s Urban Jungle collection. The amount of detail that went into creating this gown and headdress is unsurpassed. I love how primal and traditional this piece can be at once. It was magnificent to get the opportunity to see haute couture pieces like this one up close in person.

The most technologically innovative part of the exhibit were the mannequins. Overhead projectors laid video clips of real models over the blank faces of the mannequins creating a very lifelike appearence. Speakers also projected clips of their voices in both French and English giving the visitor the impression that these figures and the garments they were wearing were alive and could jump off the stage at any time. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this amazing collection of couture masterpieces up close. Even D who isn’t fashion er… obsessed like I am enjoyed the exhibit and accompanying atmosphere.

Do you like to site see on vacation or are you about relaxing with a good book and umbrella drink?