'Pop Culture'

Women’s History Month 2017 ~ Dorothy Draper

March 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Dorothy Draper

 

Designer Dorothy Draper is our focus today we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month by looking at the lives and careers of women who’ve made history in the world of design. Dorothy Draper is known for her use of color especially in her work renovating and redecorating hotels across America. One of Dorothy Draper’s greatest achievements is the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. You can still purchase materials created in the Draper aesthetic from Carleton Varney, you can learn more about Dorothy Draper here in an in-depth post I did on her life in 2014. Enjoy!!!

Tabulous TV ~ Feud

March 22, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I love TV, I have always loved TV, I was that kid that his mom had to make him go outside sometimes because there was always something on the boob tube that I want to watch. Something that I also love as much or more as good television is backstory, I want to know why things happened and how they happened, so Ryan Murphy’s new show Feud takes care of both these things for me. Feud tells the story of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and everything that happened with them and around them as they were making the awesome psychological horror film, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane in 1962. Baby Jane tells the story of Jane Hudson and her sister Blanche, two aging actresses living in their Hollywood mansion and yearning for the days gone by, Blanche is confined to a wheelchair and Jane is her caregiver and we see how they treat each other and the bitter fighting that goes on between these two grown siblings. Feud not only gives us a look at the making of Baby Jane but also at the feud between these two Hollywood legends who disliked each other for apparently many reasons including jilted lovers, Academy Awards and lost movie roles. (above image via)

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We’re Going To Disneyland!!!

March 16, 2017

By Tab Byrum

So you’re on vacation in California, you’ve done everything you have planned, it’s Friday morning and you’re sitting in a nice little café having breakfast trying to decide what you want to do, your partner looks at you and says “Let’s go to Disneyland” and of course I said OK!!!! I had never been to Disneyland, it’s always been on the list of things to do and Michael hadn’t been since 1975 so it might have changed a little (not much). I’ve been to Disney World and everything that Florida has to offer in the Orlando area so I was excited. Let me say that I’m so glad we went and in the same breath I don’t have to go back for a while, first off Disneyland is SO much smaller than I ever thought it would be, not that being a smaller amusement park is a bad thing but there were a whole lot of people jammed into a small space.

We had an awesome time, we arrived around 2:30 in the afternoon and decided to stay until the park closed at midnight (we made it to 10:30) and that was a great plan. Being there in early March was a good thing, I was told the crowds were much smaller than starting in later March with Spring Break through the rest of Spring and Summer. We rode all the big rides: Haunted Mansion, Indiana Jones Adventure, Runaway Mine Train, The Jungle Cruise and loved them all. One of the great things going on right now at Disneyland and Disney World is they are bringing Star Wars into the amusement parks, Space Mountain has already been changed over to a Star Wars themed ride and much of what is Tomorrow Land has been changed over to Star Wars. We ate supper, enjoyed the Main Street Electric Light Parade and saw about half of the fireworks show before they shut it down because of wind. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening in the Magic Kingdom and I know we’ll be back.

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Tabulous Tomes ~ Janelle McCulloch’s Paris

February 27, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I recently purchased a few books from one of the popular sale websites and the first one I’ve had a chance to flip through is Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, and it’s glorious. The book is written and put together by journalist and photographer Janelle McCulloch. McCulloch specializes in design, architecture, and style and has written for numerous design magazines, including Vogue Living and Elle.  McCulloch’s Paris takes you on a tour of the City of Light and is divided up into the different arrondissements or neighborhoods that make up the city. She goes in-depth in each arrondissement telling you what to see, where to stop and rest, where to stop for a bite to eat or a cup of hot chocolate. The first half of the book is all about the 18 arrondissements, the second half is about where to specifically find things, there’s a whole section of the best books stores in Paris and gets specific such as where to buy books for gardeners and cooks. There are sections on where to buy tableware and linens, homewares, decorating stores and on and on. The book is filled with gorgeous photographs taken by Janelle McCulloch and is a wonderful addition to any personal collection for a Francophile or as a gift. Check out Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City’s Creative Heart, you won’t be sorry. Until you do here are some images from the book, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Artist Michiel Folkers

February 10, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Michiel Folkers is a Dutch artist who got his start in the 90’s experimenting with graffiti art in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. Today, art from the streets still plays a major role in what he creates as he uses hand torn pieces of street posters to create works of art on canvas. Folkers uses icons of pop art, both past, and present to create the amazing collage art he’s quickly becoming known for. One thing I find interesting about Folkers technique is that he uses materials that would often be discarded by other artists, such as old brushes and blunt knives Folkers says it makes his work more surprising and exciting. Join me for a look at a few of the works by Michiel Folkers and visit his website here to see all his works and what’s available for purchase, Enjoy!!! (above ~And There Is Nothing I Can Do)

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Artist ~ Fred Birchal

February 3, 2017

By Tab Byrum

I recently saw prints for sale online of the artwork of Fred Birchal and I was captivated, I had to find out more about this person and his work. I immediately found Birchal’s website where you are able to see all his works that are available. His work is wonderful, from the use of the bright colors and his drawing technique to of course the Pop Culture subject matters he’s chosen, he focuses mainly on film and music for inspiration. Birchal is Brazilian and finished his Graphic Arts degree in 2011, so in 6 years he’s become well known in the art world and amassed a wonderful collection of works. Among inspirational artists for Birchal are Warhol, Keith Haring, and Norman Rockwell. Join me today for a look at a recent series Fred Birchal did on cars and visit his website here for a look at his other collections, I know I will. Enjoy!!!

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The Art of Gregoire “Leon” Guillemin

January 18, 2017

By Tab Byrum

One genre of art I really enjoy is Pop Art and French artist Gregoire Guillemin’s paintings of superheroes, movie characters, and other Pop Culture characters are awesome examples of Pop Art in the 21st century. In 2013 Guillemin, who signs his works Leon, started releasing works under the title Secret Lives of Superheroes, this collection shows pop culture superheroes like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman going about the daily tasks such as brushing their teeth and answering the call of nature. Today Guillemin lives and works in Paris, in addition to superheroes Guillemin has also portrayed Disney characters and Snoopy. Guillemin has shown his original works in galleries around the world and prints are available online. I for one am looking to order a couple of his prints for our home, I love the colors, the humor, and the juxtaposition of superheroes performing mundane tasks we all take for granted every day. Here’s a look at the works of Gregoire “Leon” Guillemin to make you smile and chuckle. Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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Carrie, Debbie & La La Land

January 9, 2017

By Tab Byrum

Hello and Happy Monday, I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here in Oklahoma, we were dealing with winter weather much of the weekend like the rest of the country with cold winds and snow blowing through overnight Thursday, we spent much of the weekend at home just staying out of the cold and mess, cooking and doing a little housework. Saturday evening we decided that we wanted to go to the movies on Sunday morning ( our favorite time to go, cheap and no crowds) so we bought tickets online for La La Land, something I’ve been wanting to see since it came out and I’m so glad we did, especially since it won 7 Golden Globe Awards on Sunday evening. But, before we made it to the movies we watched the new HBO documentary on the lives of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds called Bright Lights that premiered Saturday night.

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The Italian Dream: Wine, Heritage, Soul From Assouline Publishing

November 17, 2016

By Tab Byrum

There are many visions of Italy: One seen by foreigners, one seen by us Italians, and eventually, behind it all, there is the true Italy. In this book I would like to reveal to readers, through Aline’s inspiring photos, my Italy, and I hope readers will discover an Italy as true for them as it is true for me.
—Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli

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The Italian Dream: Wine, Heritage, Soul is the product of a journey, one that follows Italy’s best wines. The Italian Dream is the product of a combination of talents, French photographer Aline Coquelle and Italian aristocrat Gelasio Gaetani d’Aragona Lovatelli, together these two of created a tome that’s a beautiful homage to Italy and the beautiful lifestyle of the country. Coquelle is a world traveling and world famous photographer and is known for using silver film for her photographs which give the look at old time photography, as she says, “saving tradition is the new revolution.” Count Gelasio Lovatelli is a member of one of Italy’s oldest aristocratic families and an authority on Italian and International wines. Join me today for a peek at The Italian Dream from Assouline Publishing, the perfect gift someone who loves wine and all things Italian. Enjoy!!!

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Artist Fernando Botero

November 2, 2016

By Tab Byrum

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During the month of November, I’ll be sharing some beautiful new books with your from Assouline Publishing that would not only be wonderful additions to your personal library but also great gifts for people during the upcoming holiday season. The first book we’re going to look at is Fernando Botero, a tome focusing on the Colombian artist of the same name. Botero is a figurative artist and sculptor from Medellin, Colombia and is known for his signature style which is called “Boterismo”, which depicts people and figures in an exaggerated form, or as Botero himself says “fat”. Botero does this usually to make a statement on something social or political, depending on the situation. At 84 years old Fernando Botero’s works are considered to be the most recognizable of any living Latin American artist, his works are highly sought after and hang in private collections, galleries and museums from New York to Paris and beyond. Botero was first ever exhibited in 1948 at the age of 16, he also worked as a set designer for the theater. In 1952 Botero moved to Madrid where he studied at the Academia San Fernando and in 1953 he moved to Paris where he spent most of his time at the Louvre studying the works of other famous artists and perfecting his talents. Today Botero still lives in Paris and spends a month or so a year in his native Columbia. Fernando Botero has had more than fifty exhibitions of his work around the world and his works bring millions of dollars. Join me today for a look at the works of Fernando Botero and check back tomorrow as we preview the beautiful new book on this artist’s life from Assouline Publishing, Enjoy!!! (above image via)

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