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Nudity vs Concealment
The Medina in Asilah comes alive with arts, world music and diverse cultural events that Morocco brings and yokes together in the height of the summer season.
Asilah Arts Festival is an international creative narrative, it is the effort of Morocco’s Cultural Inclusion Dialogue Strategy hosted annually and typically in colourful and memorable fetes, throughout the country. Of which, Asilah is itself a piece of art, a picturesque historic pretty little coastal town, nestled in the Southern Eastern Atlantic shores, province of Tangier.
Paintings, murals, poetry, music (Andaluse, Ghanewa, performance art, folklore) and other activities including Henna Art, Crafts, Oratory are all a part of the many creative exchanges and points of connectivity. Linking the member countries via this exciting, on-going artistic discourse that is relayed in the spirit of art and festivity. Blending diversity in the exchange of cultural vibrancy, hosting artists from abroad, while sending theirs to across.
Occurring in the height of the summer season, amidst the tourism months and heaving crowds, in a time that native Moroccans return home for their summer break, adding more hues to this special and festive time.
Aesthetic vs Science;
The mural above, Nudity vs Concealment (2008) adorned one of the Medina walls, its duality, anatomy/nudity, I found exceptional in the way it dealt with the human form in a scientific narrative forming its backdrop. Its about anatomy (or/and nudity?); what I loved about it the most was its simplicity and how it communicated with the viewers Science via Aesthetics or vice versa – offending no one considering the nudity pinned on a backdrop of potential Moroccan conservatism.
The artist placed the subject matter in a medical discourse, which left no room for any perverse objections from a few who might have had wished to warp it in wanton morality – Depicting just how Art can obliterates and borders and moral boundaries. soothing extremity and potentially corrosive ideology.
Serving a powerful and collective medium, art is a far-reaching force with an aspect that is ever-changing and transforming spaces. In Morocco, it is an exchange brimmed with cultural variance and wealth, conflating on the Atlantic shores of an otherwise seemingly sleepy town, Asilah; with its golden beaches, a historic Medina and Murals adorning it, delighting residents and the visitors from around the globe visiting in the summer months.
Nudity vs Concealment
My photo, Nudity vs concealment is a composition including a man with his young son, sitting down on the left wearing a full length long gown, Andora, contrasted against three figures of Nudity in the background. I named it Nudity vs Concealment. Photo by Lily Von Valley Asilah Art Festival 2008.
A video of the Medeina Art 2017 posted by Moustacho.com https://www.facebook.com/moroccanserectingbridgesnotwalls/
Kaftan Tracks Erte:
An elegant number; reminiscent of Erte
In this piece, only an accent of the Kaftan is spotted in the decorative ribbon running along the boarders and hem which joins the front panels underneath the chest,and draping to the ground.
The dress has six panels under the breast and back pieces joining to the three main body panels. Together, shaping the dress. While the traditional kaftan achieves the famine shape through a sturdy, and elaborately embroidered belt that gathers its plentiful fabric snugly fitting around the chest and waist. It is in contrast with the intricacies that are found in classical European tailoring.
(Kaftan Sensuality v Gothic Sublimity provides an overview of the difference and similarities in the two traditions) .
Either way, through classical tailoring or the belt, interpretation of feminine curves, draws attention to the female form and the gown. For example, the panels in this dress form the way the drapery falls to the ground flirting with the body while contributing to the elegance of the piece.
Colours are important, they reflect vibrancy: turquoise, emerald green, aqua, coral, shades of blue, which I love are perfect for the dress. Though, in the post, they don’t appear as vibrant as they could . The colours should be as intense as possible, to add extra depth and sheen. Pastels and other colours work just as well.
Consider fabrics with a lustre and that drape well, or sturdy enough to hold their shape such as velvet then mixed the two.
I haven’t included accessories because the sketch is unfinished….
Asilah: arts Festival 2008 hapeslaborately nd xc
On the Kaftan and Gothic Continued, but preoccupied with Erte.
This is an elegant, long, evening gown.It doesn’t incorporate the Gothic or Kaftan features at first glance. But, one could argue that the Gothic is implicit in the bodice part, and, the Kaftan in the lower part. Clearly, the synthesis is Erte, and the result is a beautiful merger.
The dress reminds me of birds in paradise – its colour, iridescent green forming a feathery light hue. Such is its beauty, that is why I called it Birds of Paradise.
The below Long blue gown, on the right, The Evolution of the Kaftan, has the essence of Erte. The way in which, it accentuates the female curves, and the way the fabric dramatically drapes to the ground adds an air of indulgence and excessive decadence.. But it remains distinct from the Kaftan or the Gothic.
You could see both garments have the spirit of the Gothic and the Kaftan residing within- The open front is a classic trait of the Kaftan, with its decorative ribbon that would normally adorns its entire front. Then again, the criss-crossing lace from the upper, tailored, part all the way down shape shifts into the Gothic at it dramatically falls and blooms into Erte.
Offers an overview of the European Gothic and the Arabian Kaftan tradition, which is covered in the red dress post, below Kaftan Sensuality v Gothic Sublimity.
The conflation of the two, Gothic and Arabian, is really prominent in the red dress, on the left. Both the Arabian and European styles somehow jointly, and severely mark the Gothic from the Arabian into a single piece but coming together a treat.
The Blood of Christ
My design conflates the Arabian Kaftan with the European Gothic. Their similarity, primarily rests in their extravagance, utter grandeur, drama and elegance.
The traditional Kaftan is born out of simplicity – just three stitched panels- yet the effect is sheer exuberance. The volume of fabric, the way it falls, and the ease of its construction with emphasis on its ornate trimmings and elaborate accessories provide its classical beauty and the Wow factor!
Chiffons, Satins and Silks are perfect for the Kaftans during the spring and summer months. Alternatively, rich and vibrant coloured velvets add warmth to the winter seasons. The panels, are usually embroidered with golden or silver ribbons (dfira in Arabic), or a choice of other colours and a style of weave from the ribbon designs. When worn, the Kaftan is drawn in at the waist with an 18c-22c gold belt; matching bracelets, gold encased gem-set earnings and finished with a head dress if desired.
My design conveys the Gothic element in how the waist and chest are manipulated defining the overall shape and its flare. The panels are couture, and skim the curves without the need of a belt. The chest is formed from stylistic detailing in the panels drawn from the Corsetry traditions with several darts and boning. They produce form and structure the upper body that narrows into and shapes the waist. Gothic scalloping cascades from the collar to the chest. Drawing attention to itself and to Gothic’s dexterity and the appliance of its intricate tailoring.
A Cut narrating Kaftan Elegance, and Gothic Chic.
(the accessories haven’t been included. Illustration not finished)
Imagism, Poetic Style
I love poetry though it has never been a skill I felt I’d mastered in the least; yet knowing that I haven’t tried as hard as I should have done, but in all my attempts the confirmation that I couldn’t apply the skill was apparent. Continue reading “Corset”
I love this flower. It grows on a tree, not a bush or stem. The trumpet like flower, with its slender body and gigantic head dangles like a chandelier; of which, are plenty. As some are dying, others, emerging.
There are two variations of tree, only slightly noticeable, in their leaves, but are quite apparent in the two sorts of flower they produce. One, as seen above. The other, is slightly shorter with a voluminous inner layer that forms as, a flower within a flower.
The bounty of Heaven as represented through Nature, delicate and sensual. The spheres, animals, plants and humans are inter-connected and woven together. Symbolic of beauty, love, and harmony the state of heaven.
via Lily Von Valley