Megan Hess is an Australian graphic designer and illustrator whose clients include Chanel, Dior. Laduree, Vogue, and Cartier. She is best known for designing the book cover for Sex and the City by Candace Bushnell. On her website, meganhess.com, you can purchase signed and numbered limited edition prints, like the one above that I bought, called “Lace Chanel.” You can also shop for books, illustrated trays and pillows, and even a selection of scarves and kaftans. I can’t wait to have my print framed and hung on my wall!
Swedish glass blowers Kosta Boda introduced a new line by Asa Jungnelius called “Make Up”. These charming decorative pieces are hand painted and can also be used as paperweights. The lipsticks and nail polishes come in two sizes for $65-$150. The lips are one size only for $100. Pucker Up! Available at Neiman Marcus.
Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits is on exhibit at the Museum at FIT for just two more days, but you can check out the online exhibit at http://www.fitnyc.edu/22937.asp. I assumed that unauthorized copies and counterfeits were a more recent phenomenon, in the age of logos and mass production. But knock-offs have plagued design houses and copywrite law since the early twentieth century. I am very much against fakes and knock-offs but I have no problem with designers using silhouettes that are in the public domain. As the exhibit points out, its often more difficult to determine whether something is infringment or parody.
The exhibit also discusses the history of licensed copies, which were huge moneymakers for couture designers. Licensing continues to be big business today, most notably in eyewear and fragrance.
When I was in Miami last week, I met up with my dear friend and gifted painter, Ronco Ortiz. Hailing from an artistic family in Puerto Rico, Ronco Ortiz was a bit of a nomad before settling in Miami and finally releasing his creativity onto canvas. His works, always powerful and thought-provoking, are often politically charged and emotional. On the surface, Ronco is extremely charming, handsome, and laid back—in fact, I don’t think I’ve met a happier person. Yet in studying some of his paintings, I get the sense he is complicated and perhaps a bit frustrated by the world around him. He seems relieved that he has found a means to express his darker, more thoughtful side, and looking at his skillful work you would never guess he’s only been painting for two years.
I had a bit of trouble characterizing his style and influences because his work transcends a single category and he has experimented with both pop and surrealism; Ronco’s work takes cues from the modern masters Basquiat, Warhol, and Picasso and from contemporary graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash. He writes about his own work:
“…I wish to awaken the conscience, imagination, and the soul of the ones that look at my paintings. My work is simply a reflection of my imagination, my mind, my wishes, frustrations, and my daily living. I’m raw, I don’t ask for forgiveness when it comes to expressing myself.”
If you are in the Miami area, you can meet Ronco Ortiz on May 7, 2015, at 7pm at Raw, where he is the featured artist in their Sensory show. Please visit rawartists.org for more information.
You can contact Ronco Ortiz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Greetings from Miami Beach!! I’m enjoying a delicious lunch at Sante Fe in Bal Harbour Shops. I don’t have to worry about my bag getting dirty on the ground or steal an extra chair for my purchases because Sante Fe has purse racks next to every table! True genius!