Sunday, January 23, 2011

Viva Vivienne Westwood

Has it really been ten days since my last post? Three words: report card writing. I'm trying my best to counter the bureaucratic side of work and sub-zero winter days, with creative projects. In our class, we've started a huge unit on the history of communication: from cave art to tweets. My brain is a thirsty sponge. As Anthony Bourdain says in the intro to No Reservations: I'm hungry and I want more. No kidding.

Inspiration comes from so many places and so it was a great surprise when my husband told me last night, "I'm recording a show at ten o'clock about Vivienne Westwood's London. Are you interested?" Well, I was so interested that I couldn't wait to watch it later. I'd sit through it, commercials and all.

Westwood made this travel documentary with the intention to make people see the importance of culture. She's on a mission and it was great to watch her riding her push bike around London, stopping through neighbourhoods south of the Thames and the East End, which has become more gentrified than when she used to frequent the markets three or more decades earlier. She took us into art galleries and discussed oil paintings that have inspired her. She is massively interested in classical art and watching the show, you can see how she borrows from previous centuries to create her original designs. I think she's amazing and she looks really cool these days. She kind of looks like how I imagine Queen Elizabeth I in her sixties with her hair down.

I couldn't find the exact documentary to upload, but I did find a clip that was taken from the same filming in an art gallery for Vivienne Westwood's London. Watch and then go to an art gallery.

Winter doldrumily yours,
P.S. I will aim to thrift and blog this week. Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. I will have to see if some of the tv/movie download sites have this, as I would love to see it. What an original this woman is!

    Stay warm!



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