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Inspired by your idea of the human metamorphosis, I explored the physical appearance of women, specifically black women! Going natural is a process that¬†not only takes a great deal of patience, but it also challenges one’s self confidence, will power, dedication. I feel that black women who decide to take the journey of transitioning¬†possess high self esteem,¬†accomplish more, and seem to be more in tune with who they really are! As a man I admire I truly admire all those traits in a women.

–Thaddeus Arvie, Creatively Insane Art

A Louisiana native Houston based artist, Thaddeus creates custom pieces of art for showcase and sale. For more inquiries on his work, you can connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, or IG:_creativelyinsane_.

Monday Inspiration: Artist Thaddaeus Arvie

image[6]¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† There is a movement coming soon near you, Creatively Insane,¬†birth out of the creative conscious of¬†the talented Louisiana nativeThaddaeus Arvie.¬† Street art, everyday life art, insane art, creative art…call it what you want but one thing is certain: this is where¬†chaos and creativity collide,¬†live and breathe.¬† Arvie, a¬†new Houstonian,¬†is a graduate of Grambling State University¬†desires to “inspire all dreamers, doers, and go getters that on any given¬†ordinary day¬†one can be great.” Moved by life itself, TAT,¬†draws inspiration from his surroundings and the interesting people that he has the privilege of connecting with.¬† His use of color,¬†larger-than-life imagery and¬†flair for individuality¬†encompassed by his exuberant passion make TAT’s work innovative and inspiring.¬† He is one to keep an eye on!

 

Here are some original pieces by TAT and you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, or IG:_creativelyinsane_ for custom art work.

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For pricing or commission of work, email TAT: taddos10@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Designer Spotlight: Norman Ambrose

We live in a time where everything is instantaneous. Quick. The internet serves as grand wizard¬†with social media reporting the latest greatest at the impossible speed as soon as¬†it materializes. We’ve gotten so used to fast that more and more living, doing, creating is taking on this approach, becoming the norm.¬†¬†Artists, at times, can find themselves in the middle of this exact predicament.¬†Creating quickly in order to produce¬†forsaking the very reason¬†for the¬†creation.¬†It is absolutely beautiful when an artist takes the time and opportunity to allow his creations to develop, from seed (thought, inspiration) to full bloom (collection).¬† I knew this was¬†a way of¬†life¬†the first time I laid eyes on Norman Ambrose at Fashion Houston in 2011. Exquisite craftsmanship, luxurious fabrics, handmade embellishments all color a haute couture piece by Ambrose. His designs are dreams of¬†old world aristocrat, assembled, cut and impeccably tailored to gracefully mold the body inside of its masterpiece. Glamour is his specialty, and whether designing for a Baroness, a New York socialite or the modern woman of style and grace, Norman Ambrose is a true atelier and artist. His background education has¬†served him well in¬†the creative arena, he is a¬†graduate of the Academy of Art University of San Francisco,¬†and was¬†bestowed the opportunity to¬†study at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Italy. Ambrose‚Äôs resume is impressive, he was afforded the¬†dream chance to train under a pattern cutter from the prestigious House of Balenciaga and a tailor under the iconic Bill Blass.

 

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I love collections that construct an intriguing narrative, that have the capability to hold a person captive while one stares lustfully at a runway while each piece weaves the completed fairytale.  I love collections that mesmerizes; leaves you desiring more.  It is beautiful to witness a designer takes such pride in his craftsmanship, allowing an inside peek into the vivid inner workings of his mind, blessing you with the opportunity to explore his thoughts or providing a source of inspiration.  I was blessed with the opportunity to meet and interview Mr. Ambrose not once but twice (with Fashionably Houston)!  What a grand break that was in my fashion life at the time.  Soft spoken, gracious and humble, I was impressed even the more by Mr. Ambrose after interviewing him. I simply adore and admire him.

You can follow Norman Ambrose on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for current details from the designer!

 

 

Here is an excerpt of my recap after witnessing his runway show in 2011:

 

The sun.  Brilliant, radiant, magnificent, the perpetual light that ignites the world and prevents eternal darkness from swallowing us whole.  Life would be impossible without it…now imagine sitting in a spacious room with a runway at the center and experiencing the sun…in its entire splendor…from the slow rise out of the east, to the intense luminosity of day, ending with its glorious subdued descent.  On Wednesday night at Fashion Houston 2011, Norman Ambrose delivered the sun.  He  fashioned his S/S 2012 collection to represent the cycles of the sun; carefully choose a color palette to interpret his vision and set ablaze the souls of fashion lovers everywhere.   Vibrant noir…shimmering metallic gold… iridescent silver… pale apricot…lustrous tangelo… to an exuberant then soften coral.  It was sensory overload but in the most marvelous way!  And that was just the color palette.

 

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The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

The evil doer often comes to harm through his own deceit.–Aesop fable

 

Woody Allen.¬† Robert Kelly.¬† Terrance “Terry” Richardson.¬† These three¬†men are regarded as the cr√®me de la cr√®me in their respected industries and have all been accused, some tried in a court of law, and found guilty by the public¬†of inappropriate sexual behavior.¬† All have gone to the greatest of lengths to cover and annihilate the “rumors” of¬†accusations, even penning public proclamations of innocence.¬† The latest scandal of the three¬†features famed fashion and portrait photographer, Terry Richardson.¬† Known for his explicit, often nude, images of models and celebrities, Richardson has¬†photographed some of the best in the business and worked for top publications.¬† His resume is quite impressive; his work well received and is name is infamous.¬† But the allegations that appeared via Twitter three days ago published by Emma Appleton are not the first of its kind.¬† In 2010 and 2013, Richardson, who’s explicit often nude images tend to push the boundary of sexual and appropriate behaviors, stood accused of similar conduct by professionals in the industry.¬† Dirt was slung from both sides as Richardson and his supporters fought to discredit the voices that cried foul and defend his brand and name.¬† As with most sensationalized internet stories, the debacle settled into dust particles as the fire¬†slowly burned into nothingness without a clear indication of the true details of the he said she said battle.¬† Richardson continued to work and play as, I’m certain, he felt he dodged the flaming arrows of injustice and the attempt to vilify his persona.¬† But on Sunday, US Vogue¬†issued a clear and concise public statement, proclaiming,”The last assignment Terry Richardson had for US Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future.” Quickly distancing¬†itself from the scandal and possible storm of criticism that will transpire in the future (Vogue has recently had its share, and more of public judgment handed to them by the Kim and Kanye cover mess).¬†What’s different about the scandal of today versus yesterday is public support.¬† No one,¬†not one person, has come to stand behind Richardson.¬† The photographer himself hasn’t spoken a word except one lousy standard declaration through his publicist.¬† The silence¬†seeping through¬†Richardson’s dark room isn’t good; it would appear¬†there is some difficulty in finding influential voices that are willing to¬†buck against the power of Anna Wintour and Vogue.

Where does this leave Richardson?¬†Innocent,¬†guilty or perhaps the conversation in question between himself and Appleton was blown out of proportion,¬†it will take quite a miraculous turn of events for this situation to be favorable for him.¬† Richardson can kiss the power his name once yielded goodbye.¬†¬†Yes, he will continue to work and play perhaps not as boldly, but¬†his seat is no longer perched atop of the industry.¬† Remember John Galliano? I do, as many others; however¬†we don’t often hear¬†his name¬†anymore, read about any recent work or accomplishments.¬† The same fate, I believe, awaits Terry Richardson.