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Growing up and even today I was always into dressing up and looking my best, because you can never be too dressed up. I never thought that I would be here designing jewellery. Wearing jewellery that stands out and evokes intrigue from someone that does not know much about contemporary... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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This French poster advertising tea exploits the turn-of-the-century vogue ideas for all things oriental. Tea drinking was never very popular in Europe and was long associated with England. Some areas believing tea to be only used for medicinal purposes. In this poster the mysterious powers of the gypsy woman are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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The posters of this period not only provide fascinating insight into artistic ideas and practises they also take a look at the social history of the time. Along side political poster are those advertisements for the unmentionably products. Such as toilet paper. They show the changes in society. And as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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At the turn of the 20th century attitudes and tastes began changing. This marked by the use of nude figures. Nude figures were seen before in paintings and sculptures. Never had nudes been used before in advertising. However Klimt’s controversial poster in 1898 offended critics and public so much that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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Art Nouveau reflected the new independence of women. A new market force was needing to be considered. Images of women doing things such as riding bikes and smoking showed off their new independence and encouraged them to under take such tasks. Also showing images of beautiful lavishly clad women would... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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Alphonse Mucha of the Czech Republic, his style name Mucha style is most readily associated with Art Nouveau graphics. Common images of his were flower decked, heavy lidded women with flowing hair. Despite also being a sculptor and prolific jewellery designer. Mucha’s big break came when actress Sarah Bernhardt commissioned... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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Artists and Designers were encouraged to collaborate with writers and make money rather than produce only illustrations. One of the first to be commissioned for his work was Otto Eckmann. He designed a font to represent Art Nouveau. This was called Fette Eckmann. The letters have irregular curved lines and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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English poster art at this period was not however terribly striking. The Beggerstaff Brothers tried bringing higher standards of graphic design . they completed numbers of commissioned work for exhibitionists and plays. The English style is notably different, with less colour, flatter tone and bolder lines. The brothers had a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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As new technology was introduced into society and this created new printing methods. Steam power was introduced and this revolutionized printing and printing of photos, newspapers and magazines. The Walter Press in particular. In 1883 Arthur Mackmurdo did the first poster using wood cut and worked out a way of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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America was practically oblivious to poster art until late 1894. Edward Penfield stood out in the field with 75 posters being published in harpers magazine. His posters not only represented the new reading habits of Americans but the readers them selves, from high class to low class citizens. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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Europe was the centre of art nouveau style; graphic design images were being seen in magazines specifically displaying poster art. Poster art grew in Europe as printed technology grew. When the church was no longer in charge of education and it became compulsory more people became literate and the habit... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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Art Nouveau peeked in popularity at the turn of the 20th century. Designers began to include art into all areas, architecture, furniture, applied arts, jewellery, sculpture and advertising. Rather than just keeping to painting and the fine arts. Organic images, feminine figures, nude figures where hair and body formed rhythmic... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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Art Nouveau Jewellery that appeals to me. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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Lois Lane was the primary love interest of Superman in the popular DC Comics. She was first seen in the comics in June 1938 as an aggressive, career minded reporter, that found herself attracted to Clark Kent when he began working at the same newspaper as her, the ‘Daily Star’.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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Americas Typical Teenager’ “Why does every comic book have to be superman?” John Goldwater, publisher of Pep comics, asked the question with influences from his wife. Archie stared in his own self-titled comic with Betty and Veronica forming a love triangle that lasted years. The girls spent all their time... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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The first known superhero is Fantomah, created by writer/artist Fletcher Hank. However she was the star in her own comic, she was minor character from the series of ‘Jungle Comics’. She was an ageless, ancient Egyptian woman, beautiful and attractive but transformed into a skull faced creature to fight off... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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William Moultan Marsten modelled ‘Wonder Woman’ after his wife, in a world where woman were not welcomed into Harvard University, Elizabeth Marsten had fought for her rights and had gained 3 degrees. Marsten wanted to create a character like ‘superman’ that promoted love, peace and sexual equality in a world... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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Patsy was the star of the teen romantic comedy series ‘Miss America’ in the 1940s and was later developed into ‘Hellcat’. She was an outspoken teenage girl. When her and her friends decided to get a holiday job she finds out that the boys are getting paid extra money for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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In 1948 the Association of Comics Magazine Publishers started the Comics Code. They felt that it was their responsibility to urge its members to only publish comics that were good, wholesome entertainment or education, and no material that would lower the standards of the readers. Specifically, “Sexy, wanton comics should... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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Before Katy Keene there was Torchy and Suzie, theses women wore six-inch heels, clingy dresses and showed revealing cleavage, they were always looking for work and were given the ‘dumb-blonde’ image. Katy Keene however was no bimbo; although she had a pin up bombshell look she had a job, as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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Although the term was not used until the 1970s, Bill Ward was a well know artist in the 1940s and 1950s for his art for the comic ‘Torchy’. Good Girl Art refers to the art movement that is seen in drawings and paintings, which highlight attractive women, it was mostly... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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After Ms Marvel had a small non-powered role as Carole Danvers in ‘Marvel Superheroes’ in 1968, she was upgraded to her own self titled comic book, ‘Ms Marvel’. She was an example of Marvel’s struggle with feminism. Debuting at the peak of the women’s liberation movement, her name being ‘Ms’,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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“She’ll break your back and your balls!” Tank Girl is a British comic created by Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin, it features a women that drives a tank which is also her home who gets outlawed for her substance abuse and sexual inclinations. Her stories are often based around her... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2010 at Emma Williams's blog
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