Thursday, March 19, 2015

Junior Fashion : Farewell the Tweenager

There once was a time in fashion where the Tweenager existed.

This followed the time of the 1950's and early 60's when babies were dressed in pretty much unisex infantile attire till age four - they were still babes.

During the late 50's the term Teenager was created, by now I am sure we know what a teenager from the 50's and early 60's looked like. Ah but what has become of the elusive Tweenager - or Junior Fashion as it was often called.

 This pattern is marked Junior yet clearly shows the 'tween' stage 13 - 17 years

 There were great roles for young 'tween' agers. The talented and exceptional Haley Mills

My all time favourite idol Angela Cartwright

Not a woman not a child a tweenager.

Mad Men's Sally Draper personifies the look here

It is now skipped over - that phase when perhaps one might have read a lot, considered taking on the world, competing and going toe to toe with your peers before the full onslaught of sexual pressure and maturity emerged a time of freedom and of simply being. A time when the world could truly be your oyster…a character defining pause between all expectation, a time to consider and think. Emerging from childhood and growing into a young woman we once allowed that time. These days it happens in the bat of an eye - sadly it has gone.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Cars Art and Media Coverage

Launching into 2015 I thought I would recap 2014 events and media coverage I have enjoyed.

Meguiars MotorEx 2014 was held in Melbourne for the first time and after a few years on the car show circuit this was an entirely new experience to behold. Part carnival part high end fetishist hard core car obsessed fest. The event was incredible.

The Pink 1960 Dodge a Zocchi custom was a huge hit and took out a 2014 3M Street Elite award and was featured in Cruzin Magazine. The first Zocchi in Australia and had only arrived a few months earlier. There is a great little interview at time mark 12.30 on this one hour special featured on SPEED channelDetails of the car can be viewed here with a great article written by Paul Vanzella - the very proud owner.

More recently Paul and I were interviewed for a mini series called Garage Dreams covering car culture in Australia and the  United States - this is a rough cut of the interview. At this stage it is a pilot and we are hoping it will be picked up and released later this year.

My 1960 Pontiac Catalina continues to be a pleasure to own and delights me every time I am in it or simply view it. 2014 I took it to The Kustom Nationals in Phillip Island and loved not only the event but the pleasure of taking it on the racetrack.

I had an exhibition which was a complete departure from my previous exhibition work which has been largely illustrative and leaped off the virtual cliff into the absurdest sexuality of I am Your Sex Thing.  

The exhibition was also accompanied by a book launch - those who were there might know of its acerbic angle.

A picture book is underway…meanwhile there is a I am Your Sex Thing Facebook Page to LIKE here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Melbourne Vintage Curated.

I have been shopping Vintage stores in Melbourne for over 25 years and some are a standout!

Looking for 80's and 90's retro?
A great mix of old school and cool to be found at American Vintage.
I am talking Kylie Minogue early neighbours and Molly from a Country Practice, Molly Ringwold and Shannen Doherty of 90210 fame.

Cute Kylie in cut offs riding nice and high.

Kylie - rockin' it in the oversize jacket and batwing sleeve leather jacket!

Molly - there are no words that can describe her look but I will say fuchsia was a definitive shade of pink at the time. 
                   Molly Ringwald 'Pretty in Pink' the 80's film is a fashion experience - a great blog has her entire wardrobe from the film here

Bad girl Shannen in here signature highwaist pants, lace bodysuit and choker. 

Cool Western boots and looks with attitude? 60's and 80's specifically.
Iconic footwear and looks at Vintage Soul.

This vintage steadfast specialises in Tex Mex think Uma Thurman in Even Cowgirls get the Blues.
A huge collection of Western style boots, from amazing snakeskin originals to some 80's hightop retro sneakers.

The very lovely Uma Thurman looking perfect here.

Wonderful lifestyle vintage?
60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.
A whole lot of goodness at Hunter Gatherer.

These ladies shop there for sure!

 I may have found some perfect 99 styles from my fave store Hunter Gatherer.

Everything from tea cups to canisters, a cross pollinated selection of brilliant vintage a something for everyone shop. This is possibly the best handpicked vintage stock you will find in Melbourne. I never leave here empty handed - ever!

Dapper Dan's, Ladies and Gentile Men?
1940's and refinement.
Suits and selected elegance at Circa Vintage.

A wonderful treasure trove of apparel awaits - you can thank me later and remember it doesn't have to look like a costume...How to get it right!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Exhibition now on final week I AM YOUR SEX THING

A multi sensory photographic series of self portraits featuring instantly recognisable characters reveling in various degrees of self objectification and sexuality. Includes a sniffing station, sweets, pubes, perspex a book launch and people.

I AM YOUR SEX THING by Lisa Defazio 
Exhibition August 18th - 31st. 2014
A burlesque stripper who brings down the house. A hard-core party girl with a don’t-mess-with-me-attitude who harbours a heart of gold. A blonde sex kitten who purrs for everyone she meets. They are just a few of the outrageous, wicked and thought-provoking characters who leap to life in I Am Your Sex Thing, artist Lisa Defazio’s startling multimedia exploration of raunch culture.
Hogan Gallery
310 Smith Street 
Collingwood 3066
Phone: 9419 6126
Monday-Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 1pm-5p

Featuring ludicrous yet very real persona's with a palpable desperation to be desired, a chameleon like parody these photographic self portraits and videos will explore what it is to be a SEX THING. Compelling women of inspiration are Cindy Sherman and Nikki Lee. Their work is gripping and explore not too dissimilar themes to my work. The IYST's stand alone unlike Cindy and Nikki's work it is the static image being explored void of distraction, sets or trappings this is a woman presented in varied skins and transmogrified by attitude, her entire presence changes when wrapped in another sexual cliche.
Lost in a sea of loose and affected self expectation women willingly now adopt the overblown ideals once reserved for pornography. This is helping to create a negative momentum, desensitisation and an inversion of power. 

Women and girls alike are adopting overtly sexualised wardrobes and attitudes once reserved for the realms of pornography and professionals. I am taking a long hard look at myself. In a number of guises I walk a mile in the shoes of ten separate identities. 
Think Cindy Sherman meets Jerry Springer.

I am perplexed and fixated on the heightened sexualization of women and girls in this age of liberation and choice. This is something I am wanting to challenge and explore this first hand. My project 'I AM YOUR SEX THING' (IYST) will be looking at this emerging trend I call Phantasm Feminism and ask is it empowering?

Pedestrian celebrity saturating our consciousness heavy with exploitative and highly charged sexual overtones that remain unquestioned and accepted, it is prevalent and has become the new norm'. I see this influence adopted in the street by the 'every woman and every girl' with increasingly intensifying degrees.

phantasm (ˈfæntæzəm )
1. a phantom
2. an illusory perception of an object, person, etc
3. (in the philosophy of Plato) objective reality as distorted by perception
Phantasm Collins English Dictionary
Opening night pictures here

#IYST #pubes #iamyoursexthing

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Couture Lingerie Australia and I am Your Sex Thing talk!

Rather than reiterating the entire article written by the lovely talented Pixie of Couture Lingerie Australia please read it here!

I am also very excited to anounce the up coming exhibition to be held at 
Hogan Gallery 
310 Smith St Fitzroy 

Multi sensory exhibition Hogan Gallery August 18th - 31st 2014.

Opening night will be a blast so get ready people.
The work will be confronting, humorous and artistic to say the least. Please support what promises to be a memorable event - and if you have contributed previously you know I love you.

Monday, June 16, 2014

I am Your Sex Thing - IYST

I am an artist who has predominately spent my career as a Fashion Designer closely observing women's fashion and iconography and now I ask When did porn become the norm? Now that 'We are free to be Porno me' is it liberating? My new work explores this 'Phantasm Feminism' first hand.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

There Are So Many Ladies Creating Art These Days!

Craft and Nanna's knitting has been left way behind - well apparently knitting is still in as long as you put the wool in...

Apparently women are just realising they have vagina's and they are a little confused. I thought it was a given that vaginas exist and I thought I knew why...

On to the Art aspect of the V.

Australians are a pretty resourceful lot - imaginative too especially Casey Jenkins. I am not sure where she got the idea that something might jump out of a 'vulva' and eat you up, that 'vulvas' are scary and threatening but apparently this is her way of dealing with those notions.

All whilst menstruating.

Now that might seem hard to top but no lets whack an egg of two up the Vja ja!

Egg Plop this article explains what I can not!

Then there is Millie Brown - The Vomit Artist who was paid to vomit on Lady Ga Ga. 
Strange I have been calling her Lady Gag Gag for ages.

Then you can always paint using your breasts 

At least this is attractive to look at...

I am creating an exhibition myself it is a work in progess and does not utilise any orrifice, wool, milk or eggs.