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Frida Baranek

Frida Baranek (born 1961 Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian sculptor.
She graduated from Universidade Santa Úrsula, with a Bachelor's degree in Architecture, and from Parsons School of Design with a master’s degree in 1985. Her works are held by the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, University of São Paulo, the Kemper Art Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She creates organic forms and subjects using inorganic materials e.g., “Untitled”, (1985) stone, wood boxes, bulbs and electric wire, and "Como vai você, Geração 80? [How are you, Generation 80?]”, (1984), Steel. “Como vai você, Geração 80?” is incorporated into and organic material (water) and it flows throughout the water seamlessly. Sculptures such as “Dormindo em Veneza [Sleeping in Venice]”, (1990), “Bolo [Cake]”, (1990), and Não classificado [Unclassified], (1992) incorporate puffs of steel wool and sheets of steel that shimmer like constellations.
Others take the form of fences and screens to evoke mass and space e.g. Untitled, (1988) iron flexible, plates and stones and Untitled, (1991) steel rods and wire. Latent references to women’s work are also incorporated in her sculptures. The artist also knits and weaves thin thread into womb and bag-like forms like in her sculpture “Swirls Bege", (2008). Baranek’s overwhelming tangles and whiskered sacs refer to the sexual symbol of women’s hair; this is not only a symbol of inclination, but of danger as well. Other materials used in her sculptures are stones, springs, bars, glass, air chambers, tires, rubber balls, water, sand, etc.
In 1984, in a selected group exhibition called "Como vai você, Geração 80?” at the Escola de Artes Visuais in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, Baranek created a stained plastic buoy floating in Rodrigo de Freitas Lake. The buoy is similar to the shape of the Dois Irmãos Mountain, that is close to the exhibition and is 0.9 meters wide and 30. meters long. The buoy is surrounded by water. The sculpture’s satin surface that is silver reflects light bouncing off the water. Baranek’s sculptures reflect a skewed reality, strangeness, and unexpected poetical relationships.

Her works are held by the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, University of São Paulo, the Kemper Art Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Debra Weier

Debra Weier is an artist working in artists’ books, painting, and installation. For her Studio Residency, Debra came to WSW from Princeton, NJ to work in our letterpress studio on A Merz Sonata, an homage to Kurt Scwitters based on text by Jerome Rothenberg. Debra holds an MA and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught at Princeton University, Brown University and Rutgers University. She has exhibited internationally, and her work is held in over 40 collections across the US.

Soo Ja Kim

Born 1957, Daegu, Korea
Lives and works in New York, Paris and Seoul
Education and Residencies

Artist in residence at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Artist in residence at Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
1998 - 1999
Artist in residence for the World Views Program at the World Trade Center, New York, USA
1992 - 1993
Artist in Residence, MoMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA
Lithography studio at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
(French Government Scholarship)
MFA, Painting Dept., Hong-IK University, Seoul, South Korea
BFA, Painting Dept., Hong-IK University, Seoul, South Korea


Ziva Kronzon

Ziva born in Kiryat Haim, Israel in 1939. Between the years 1955-59 she studies at new Bezalel, Jerusalem, and in 1958 wins an acquisition prize. In 1972 Ziva moves to New York and In 1975, wins a scholarship for excellence from the Art Students League of New York.

London Fashion Week


Vintage decoration: Strawser & Smith


Someone like you, Adele

The beuatiful art of Nakshi Kantha

In the rural areas of Bangladesh, as it has been for centuries, the communities are much poorer with fewer opportunities than those living in the cities. And it is through the struggles and hardships that the woman of these communities have learnt and passed down through the generations the art of Nakshi Kantha. It is a form of quilting that has taken various shapes, and has not only helped to recycle old cloth and saris but has become a popular traditional commodity found in every home across Bangladesh.

The most common Nakshi Kantha products are quilts. Its thickness depends on whether a summer or winter wrap is required, and old discarded saris and cloth are layered accordingly. The women then use various forms of a running stitch to embroider the borders and to decorate the quilt with different designs. Oftentimes the women reuse the cotton pulled from the saris and are able to create colorful and vibrant quilts.

Each Nakshi Kantha item is unique in design and color. By manipulating the stitches, the women are able to create various ripple effects, creating different textures and looks. Most Nakshi Kantha makers follow a basic pattern for embroidery, using a lotus as a centre piece with vines, representing the tree of life, running from each corner towards the lotus motif. In between the spaces of the vines, decorative motifs are embroidered and can range in various forms. Some of the most popular motifs are elephants, peacocks, horses, kitchen items, boats and tigers. Sometimes the quilts tell the stories of myths and legends through their pictures, with dancing, hunting and other everyday tasks being depicted.

It is also said that the Nakshi Kantha items are blessed with protective powers, able to keep harmful spirits at bay. They can also ensure happiness, happy marriages, fertility and fulfillment, as the creator is believed to be able to stitch her wishes into the fabric. Over the years, as the need for various items has evolved, the Nakshi Kantha art has expanded, offering a variety of specialized items such as ceremonial and ritual items, cloths for wrapping toiletry items, mats, pillowcases, bedspreads, placemats, wall hangings, spreads for seating, prayer rugs, mirror covers and handkerchiefs.

The art of Nakshi Kantha has survived from ancient times into the modern day, still inspiring needle workers to create new designs and remaining a sought after item in every home. Visitors often purchase these items as souvenirs and gifts for loved ones back home. It is a part of the tradition and culture in Bangladesh that has helped many communities to survive, and brings joy and color to those who own them.

Large make up bags


To live in 1920


Tomorrow Always Comes (1941)

Delightful purses

Geraldine Chaplin

Versatile English-American actress Geraldine Chaplin (1944) is the daughter of Charlie Chaplin. Her breakthrough was her role as Omar Shariff’s wife in David Lean’s classic Doctor Zhivago (1965). She became an internationally respected actress with her appearances in several films by Robert Altman and her starring roles in nine films by her former partner, Spanish director Carlos Saura.

Geraldine Leigh Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, California, in 1944. She was the fourth child of legendary actor/director Sir Charles Chaplin, and the first of eight children with his fourth and last wife, Oona O'Neill (daughter of famous playwright Eugene O'Neill and author Agnes Boulton). Among her brothers and sisters are Christopher Chaplin, Eugene Chaplin, Michael Chaplin, Josephine Chaplin, and Victoria Chaplin. She is also the half sister of Sydney Chaplin, Charles Chaplin, Jr. and Norman Chaplin. She spent her first eight years in Hollywood, but then moved with her family to Switzerland when her father was persecuted by the U.S. government for his political beliefs. There she was educated at a boarding school and became fluent in French and Spanish. The latter she later demonstrated in many Spanish films. When Chaplin was eight years old, she appeared uncredited in the opening scene of her father's film Limelight (1952, Charles Chaplin). Later she attended the Royal Ballet Academy in London. When her dream of becoming a ballet dancer ended, she followed her father into the acting profession. She would play a small role in her father's last film, A Countess From Hong Kong (1967, Charles Chaplin) starring Marlon Brando and Sophia Loren. British director David Lean had discovered her earlier while she was dancing in Paris and he chose her to play Tonya Gromeko, the main character's wife in his film Doctor Zhivago (1965, David Lean). Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago covers the years prior to, during, and after the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of poet/physician Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif). At AllMovie, Sandra Brennan describes her as many people remember her from this film: a “diminutive, willowy, and offbeat beauty with haunting blue eyes”. The film received five Oscars, and Chaplin was nominated for a Golden Globe as Most Promising Female Newcomer.

Much of Doctor Zhivago was shot in Spain and it was there that Geraldine Chaplin began a long romance with Spanish director Carlos Saura. A year later she worked for the first time with him at Peppermint Frappé (1967, Carlos Saura), in which she played a double role. Chaplin starred in eight more films by Saura, including Ana y los Lobos/Anna And The Wolves (1972, Carlos Saura), the powerful psychological drama Cría cuervos/Raise Ravens (1976, Carlos Saura) as the mother of Ana Torrent, Elisa, vida mía/Elisa, My Life (1977, Carlos Saura) as the daughter of Fernando Rey, and Mama Cumple Cien Años/Mama Turns a Hundred (1979, Carlos Saura). She has subsequently worked with some of Europe's finest directors. She played the Queen in Richard Lester's adaptation of Alexandre Dumas classic The Three Musketeers (1974, Richard Lester) and the sequel The Four Musketeers (1975, Richard Lester) featuring Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain and Frank Finlay. She played a pirate in Jacques Rivette’s Noroit/Northwind (1976) Jacques Rivette) opposite Bernadette Lafont. In France she also appeared in Mais Ou Est Donc Ornicar (1979, Bertrand van Effenterre) and in Le Voyage en Douce/Travels on the Sky (1980, Michel Deville) as the sister of Dominique Sanda.

During the 1970’s, Geraldine Chaplin also appeared in several of Robert Altman's films. For her role as the chatty, shallow BBC reporter Opal in his Nashville (1975, Robert Altman) she was again nominated for a Golden Globe, this time as Best Supporting Actress. She liked to play character parts and appeared in such successful productions as the Agatha Christie mystery The Mirror Crack'd (1980, Guy Hamilton) with Angela Lansbury as Miss Marple, the French epic Les Uns et les autres/Bolero (1981, Claude Lelouch) with Robert Hossein, La Vie Est Un Roman/Life Is a Bed of Roses (1983, Alain Resnais) with Vittorio Gassman, and Heartburn (1986, Nora Ephron) starring Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. In 1992, she played the role of her grandmother Hannah Chaplin in the biographical film about her father, Chaplin (1992, Richard Attenborough). It resulted in her third Golden Globe Nomination, as Best Supporting Actress. In addition to her busy film career, Chaplin also appeared on-stage and in television miniseries such as Gulliver's Travels (1996, Charles Sturridge) and Mary, Mother of Jesus (1999, Kevin Connor) with Pernilla August and Christian Bale. Geraldine Chaplin and Carlos Saura had a twelve-year relationship. Later, Chilean cinematographer Patricio Castilla became her long time companion. They married in 2006. She has two children, Shane (1974), by Saura, and Oona (1986), by Castilla. She is still very active in the cinema. Among her recent films are the Spanish-Mexican horror film El Orfanato/The Orphanage (2007, Juan Antonio Bayona), produced by Guillermo del Toro, the Italian bittersweet romantic drama Parlami d'amore/Let's Talk About Love (2008, Silvio Muccino) and the horrorfilm The Wolfman (2010, Joe Johnston) starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. Geraldine Chaplin lives much of her time in Miami, Florida at her home next to the beach.Via: http://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.com.es