“One night I dreamed that I painted a large American flag,” Johns has said of this work, “and the next morning I got up and I went out and bought the materials to begin it.” Those materials included three canvases that he mounted on plywood, strips of newspaper, and encaustic paint—a mixture of pigment and molten wax that has formed a surface of lumps and smears. The newspaper scraps visible beneath the stripes and forty-eight stars lend this icon historical specificity. The American flag is something “the mind already knows,” Johns has said, but its execution complicates the representation and invites close inspection. A critic of the time encapsulated this painting’s ambivalence, asking, “Is this a flag or a painting?”

Jasper Johns was born May 15,1930 in Augusta, Georgia. He is known as one of America’s great contemporary artists and works primarily in painting and printmaking. He studied briefly at the Parsons School of Design in New York City, but left for Japan in 1952 for the Korean War. Johns is best known for his painting, Flag, which he painted after he had a dream about the American flag.

The color, for example, is applied not to canvas but to strips of newspaper—a material almost too ordinary to notice. Upon closer inspection, though, those scraps of newsprint are as hard to ignore as they are to read. Also, instead of working with oil paint, Johns chose encaustic, a mixture of pigment and molten wax that has left a surface of lumps and smears; so that even though one recognizes the image in a second, close up it becomes textured and elaborate. It is at once impersonal, or public, and personal; abstract and representational; easily grasped and demanding of close attention.

Voguettes: Antonine Peduzzi and Luisa Orsini ((TL-180))

Antonine and Luisa with their bags in hand from their line–TL-180

I discovered the creative duo in an issue of Elle France over one year ago. Antonine and Luisa have been mentioned in several fashion magazines because of their line, TL-180. Their collection is a representation of their boho-chic style. Each item is made by hand and available only in London, Tokyo, Paris, and Turin.

Luisa and Antonine–both are half French and half Italian with degrees in architecture (Antonine) and fashion (Luisa). Their collaboration began shortly after they met in Rome 7 years ago during a party at Villa Medici. They had both just finished their studies, so the timing was perfect.

“We had the luck to meet the German artist Anselm Kiefer. We were both struck by him and we began to paint.” The painting and creativity inspired Antonine and Luisa to begin their project. “From the canvas we decided to create a clutch.” TL-180 was launched–T for “Tine” (Antonine’s nickname), L for Luisa, and 180 for their height. A series of fortunate encounters transformed their brand into a business.

“Kiefer taught us the importance of working with the material. Researching the fabrics and the multiple ways they can be alternated.” Their handbags have high quality leathers that undergo treatments which make them appear rougher. Evening bags and clutches are produced in Rome and the larger bags are created in Milan. Expect more from these two designers because handbags are not their only passion. “Our motto is our union which is our strength. We like the idea of widening our horizons towards art, photography, design, etc. We’ve always thought that there weren’t divisions between these genres, and we do know that we live very instinctively, by feelings and this is why we don’t rule anything out.”



Other interests
“We love movies, drawing, taking pictures, traveling.”



“We love  going to markets to look for all kinds of objects and then mix them with our personal things, our family pieces, or to make necklaces. We love it!
And we also love rings.”


“We love hats, we have a huge collection! Soon we’ll be designing them.”

Favorite store

Fratelli Viganò.

Favorite clothes

“We always change our favorites. At the moment…
Tine: Chloè shirt with pierrot collar.
Luisa: A long ’30s dress (vintage).

Favorite music

Tine: “I love all kinds of music, like rock or bands like the Talking Heads. But I also adore French music, Italian music (Jacques Brel, Brassens, Mina, De andre, Battisti…) and ’80s music (for singing and dancing!)”
Luisa: “Pink Floyd, Radiohead… and lately Grizzly Bear and LCD, Soundsystem. I’m also a victom of the music from the ’60s and ’70s.”

Favorite drink

Luisa: Martini with ice and lemon.
Tine: Smoothies.

Favorite designers

Margiela, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Givenchy.

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Quotes and Info taken from vogue.it

peace & love

Vincent Cassel

Vincent and his wife, Monica Bellucci

The New York Times Magazine has recently done a sequence called “14 Actors Acting”. They chose performers who have defined cinema in 2010 and these clips portray the essence of previous generations. By watching you will see why they are such classics.

You might remember Vincent from Oceans 12 or his more recent film, The Black Swan where he plays the ballet director. He is the leading man in France and has been making his way in the American film industry. My favorite clip from “14 Actors Acting” is performed by Vincent Cassel.

^He is reenacting Fred Astaire who has been in many classics such as Funny Face with Audrey Hepurn.


^The Laser dance performed by Vincent in Oceans 12

The song is always on my playlists! Thé à la Menthe by La Caution

picture by: Ellen von Unwerth


Lorena Azizeh–artist, designer (jewelry & fashion) and an inspiration for many. What inspires her? L.A.: “I’m inspired by individuality and embracing your own personality and style.” I would say she’s her own muse. Below are the pictures I took of Azizeh for her line. All of the jewelry she is wearing– is made by her. If you’re interested in her other designs (clothing & jewelry) check for updates! I will be working with her on a new spread for her line in the coming days.

photography inquiries: theamusedeye@yahoo.com

check out her blog at: http://rocksmystyle.com

Jewelry designed and made by: Lorena Azizeh (also the model)

Photographed by: Atessa

New York, New Yaaaawk!

I am constantly fascinated by the power we have to capture others. Whether it be through words, film, art or photography.

I discovered that when I take a picture or edit a video–I usually think about all of the things that have captured me or have moved me in some way and I try to emulate that feeling in my work.

Some of the photos I took of my two friends/muses– Daria & Joy on a recent trip to New York City

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