Art and Feng Shui by Dana Claudat

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We invited Dana Claudat from “the Tao of Dana” to talk to ChicTip about art and feng shui.

Tell us about yourself
I’m a lifestyle lover, a feng shui expert, an art fiend, a dog mom, a Buddhist and a writer. In no particular order!

How art and Feng Shui go together?
Art is expression, no matter what medium it takes. Art is a portal to the divine at times, something that at its best can articulate emotions we lack words to express.
In my approach to feng shui, space mirrors life in powerful and personally stylish ways. In a sense, if you change your space, you open the door to more easily change your life since with each space adjustment you change that mirror to look like more of the life- and the you- that you want.
I find that art is often the only perfect-for-a-space way to add energy that nothing else can.

What kind of art you’ll recommend for a client to display in his home for good energy?
Art is so personal. I can look at a painting and see a whole universe and you may look at it and see a few blocks of color. I always direct people to search out art that they feel, first and foremost. If you can’t feel art, it isn’t doing to do much for the energy of your home no matter how beautiful it is!

Does it have to be expensive art or can it be prints or DIY?
DIY is often the best for certain people who need to explore the depths of their own personal expressiveness. Its a huge risk to display your own work, even in your own home. That said, its also immensely rewarding.
I don’t quantify the merit of art by its cost- though I do love curating big collections.

What kind of art do you like and do you have it in your house?
I like things that are hard to find and signature of an era. 70’s artifacts. And gifts that were made for me. I collect signed art books. I also have a few paintings I made on my walls, but I’m ready to make new ones soon- I’ve outgrown them!

1000 POSES BY COCO ROCHA at the Milk Gallery NYC

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Don’t miss this fabulous exhibit at the Milk Gallery in NYC, running now through December 21.

From the gallery site:

“Study of Pose is an innovative exploration of photography, time, light and the human form. Shot exclusively on a photographic apparatus known as “The Rig,” a silver, geodesic dome structure conceived and created by photographer/artist Steven Sebring that contains 100 synchronized cameras that shoot in predetermined sequences, allowing Sebring to capture form and movement from numerous perspectives simultaneously. The equipment is designed to capture the entire silhouette and dynamism of the subject from every imaginable angle—offering the capacity capture a moment in time, which results in being able to present numerous forms of media, including photography, film, interactive apps and sculpture. This inventive work emerged into an immersive inspirational and educational reference tool. All images contained in Study of Pose were instantly captured from 100 angles, ultimately making the digital archive of this study over 100,000 images in total. Offered in a 2,032-page compendium, the hardcover version is honored with a foreword by iconic designer John Paul Gaultier, while the digital version offers an unprecedented three-dimensional interactive experience that allows the viewers to investigate and manipulate the images using the Study of Poseapp. Study of Pose celebrates human expression as exemplified by the incomparable model and muse, Coco Rocha. The 1,000 diverse poses are inspired by everything from Botticelli’s Venus to Michael Jackson. Pulling references from art history, film, dance, fashion and beyond, Sebring’s images luminously capture Coco Rocha’s myriad of subtle poses, by turns theatrical, elegant, athletic and otherworldly. The result is a gorgeous, in-depth exploration of the movement and flexibility of the human body and how it has inspired the world’s greatest art for thousands of years”.

Humour Photography by Sandro Giordano

Captures the downfall of people in a crazy and colorful pictures by Italian photographer Sandro Giordano.
His ongoing photographic project ‘in extremis (bodies with no regret)’, Italian photographer Sandro Giordano captures the downfall of people — literally. Face plants, falling, belly flops and drops are the subject of the series, with men and women head-first into the ground, their belongings strewn around them in the inevitable mess, “my photographs are short stories about a falling-down world” Giordano describes “each shot tells about worn out characters who, as if a sudden black-out of mind and body took over, let themselves crash with no attempt to save themselves, unable, because of the fatigue of the everyday representation of living, oppressed by appearance instead of simply existing”. (via)

Summer Time by Spanish Painter Josep Moncada

I love these pool paintings by  Spanish painter Josep Moncada, they are so colorful and fun that you can look at them for hours.

About the Painter:
“I was born in Mahon in 1967 and I live in Ciutadella de Menorca. Until I was 27 years old I worked as an accountant at the same time as I studied at the prestigiopus art school La Massana in Barcelona. During my studies I lived between Menorca and Barcelona. Once finished I decided to work exclusively as an artist. At present I concentrate on painting and sales of my work mainly with the prestigious Francis Kyle Gallery in London and the running of my studio, which I have named Passiflora, in Ciutadella de Menorca”.

Twister Set, Wall Decoration by Rebob Design

Rebob Design have created the Twister Set, a unique wall decoration made from ceramic.This playful item can lead to countless compositions. Depending on space and taste you can decide how many sets you want to buy and make a beautiful composition on your wall. The inside of the biggest (open) ball has the same color as the small colored ball. Twister will give you delight and happiness and a beautiful sight on your wall. You will receive an instruction how to hang the set and also hooks will be included.

The Twister Set is handmade in our workshop. The set contains 6 porcelain balls with various diameters which are made from slip cast, dried, sanded and partially sprayed with a colored terra sigillata (slip cast with pigments) and then fired on 1230 degrees Celsius in a support mold.