Who Are You Pairing?

2015 Critics’ Choice Awards

The Milkmaid's Lot by Lauren Frances Adams; Keira Knightly at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards

Image above, left to right: The Milkmaid’s Lot by Lauren Frances Adams; Keira Knightley at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards

I’ve heard some of you are curious how I whip up these red carpet fashion & art parings. Well, I’m afraid there’s no trick to it. The main ingredient is patience. I start by selecting the red carpet looks that I find most “artful” (usually a mix of novel colors, patterns, and textures), then I search a few key sites and my saved pins for pair-able works of art. The magic happens when I compare a look and artwork side-by-side and the visual elements of each seem to sing the other’s praises. Like music to my. . . eyes.

With today’s set of awards season pairings culled from the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, I feel like I’m getting into the swing of things. This post came together pretty quickly, for a change, thanks to not only a few of last night’s blue carpet celebrities who chose daring, beautiful, or just plain fun looks last night, but also my favorite websites that offer a steady supply of daring, beautiful, and just plain fun art for sale. In addition to my tried-and-true resources — Etsy, Mammoth & Co., Society6, Flickr, and ArtMgt, to name a few — I’ve added a few others to my arsenal, including 20X200, Tappan Collective, Buy Some Damn Art, Poster Cabaret, Sebastian Foster, Little Paper Planes, and Buy Olympia. So, if you’re in the market for some stellar creations to hang on your walls or gift to loved ones, peruse the variety of these well-curated collections or consider one of the pieces featured in this very Who Are You Pairing? series, which includes original artworks and more affordable prints. Then let me know which piece(s) you bought! I wanna see what you get!

But first, check out these pairs, which I’m kinda proud of. I tried to show a bit of diversity in the pairings (something sorely lacking in the Academy Award nominations announced yesterday), from strange and whimsical to bold and even humorous (I can’t help but laugh at Jared Leto sometimes). What do you think? Let me know which is your favorite in the comments. Better yet, if there was another look from the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards that you liked best, put together your own pairing and show me with a link below! 

 

Dispenser by Eyal Pinkas; Jared Leto at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards

Image above, left to right: Dispenser by Eyal Pinkas; Jared Leto at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards

Around the fur by Andreas Niederwieser; Lorraine Toussaint at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards

Image above, left to right: Around the Fur by Andreas Niederwieser; Lorraine Toussaint at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards

Strange Fish by Emma Kidd; Jamie Chung at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards

Image above, left to right: Strange Fish by Emma Kidd; Jamie Chung at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards

Ink 'd Pink by Becky Kemp; Mackenzie Foy at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards

Image above, left to right: Ink ‘d Pink by Becky Kemp; Mackenzie Foy at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards

Snakeskin by Tealia Ellis Ritter; Rosamund Pike at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards

Image above, left to right: Snakeskin by Tealia Ellis Ritter; Rosamund Pike at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards

Oxio No. 3 by Hamish Robertson; Carmen Ejobo at the 2015 Critics' Choice Awards

Image above, left to right: Oxio No. 3 by Hamish Robertson; Carmen Ejobo at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Awards

Who Are You Pairing?

72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Untitled by Santiago Salvador; Julia Goldani Telles at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Image above, left to right: Untitled by Santiago Salvador; Julia Goldani Telles at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

As Common said in his acceptance speech last night, Selma “awakened his humanity.” Many of the works honored at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards gave voices to those not often heard and showed us characters not often seen on screen. When searching for artworks to highlight next to the beautiful women on last night’s red carpet, I immediately thought of Chilean artist Santiago Salvador (above), who’s been a favorite of mine for a few years.

His vibrant paintings of people in kaleidescope-like formations, with cascading limbs and uniformly round noggins, offer a perfect compliment to those films and their creators that reflect our humanity. I’ve fallen in love with Salvador’s world of people, sometimes depicted in intimate positions, sometimes replicated in large patterns of innumerable tiny figures that remind me of those Magic Eye books I devoured as a kid. Such odd, colorful people.

Luckily, the untitled painting above paired beautifully with Julia Goldani Telles’ look, complete with the deep “V”s, dark hair, peachy skin tones, and the shifting shades of blue seen in the armless torsos of Salvador’s little people and the light-catching folds of Julia’s exquisitely crafted dress.

Photography by Katie Kukulka; Claire Danes at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Image above, left to right: Favorite Details of Scully Osterman Skylight Studio by Katie Kukulka; Claire Danes at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

There were so many stunning gowns and suits on the red carpet last night. If I didn’t have so much laundry to do, I would have sat at my computer making pairs all day! But the fun has to stop sometime. Here are a few of my favorite looks from the red carpet and the photographs, illustrations, and paintings that mirrored each exquisite work of wearable art. My kudos, also, to Allison Tolman, Amelia Warner, Amanda Peet, Ellie Kemper, Emma Stone, and David Oyelowo for rocking some of my other favorite duds.

Fly Away by Brigitte Niedermair; Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Image above, left to right: Fly Away by Brigitte Niedermair; Sophie Hunter and Benedict Cumberbatch at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

What is Visible (Smoke) by Becca Kallem; Kerry Washington at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Image above, left to right: What is Visible (Smoke) by Becca Kallem; Kerry Washington at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Thank you for BRINGING IT, Kerry. I know I can always count on you to don something unique and eye-catching, a true work of fashion art. And you’re always smokin‘!

Untitled by Antoine Caecke; Zosia Mamet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Image above, left to right: Untitled by Antoine Caecke; Zosia Mamet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Untitled by Natasha Newton; Jemima Kirke at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Image above, left to right: Untitled by Natasha Newton; Jemima Kirke at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Obviously, Jemima is a goddess from another world. She has come to Earth to share with us her beauty and to help us find peace, both within our fierce, creative, loving selves and with the universe. Do as she does.

Shadow in the Still Air by Valeria Kondor; Ruth Wilson at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Image above, left to right: Shadow in the Still Air by Valeria Kondor; Ruth Wilson at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards

Who Are You Pairing?

41st Annual People’s Choice Awards

Untitled by Eva Vermeiren; Karina Smirnoff at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Untitled by Eva Vermeiren; Karina Smirnoff at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

Aaaah. Do you smell that? It’s a new year, my friend. Breathe it in. It’s the time for fresh starts and optimism. Good intentions and renewed beauty. And with the awakening of a new year comes a very exciting time at Westervin: awards season! I hope you’re as excited as I am to jump headfirst into more red carpet fashion and visual arts pairings! Because the fun. . . begins. . . NOW!

Universe Within by Shannon Rankin; Melissa McCarthy at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Universe Within by Shannon Rankin; Melissa McCarthy at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

Last night brought us the first major awards show of the season with the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards. I have to be honest with you, though. I really struggled this time. Not only was I a little rusty, but I felt, at least at first, that last night’s red carpet looks were a little blah. Come on, celebrities! Where were you?!

Abstract Composition VIII by Jesus Perea; Kristen Bell at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Abstract Composition VIII by Jesús Perea; Kristen Bell at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

But after a cocktail from my trusty husband/live-in bartender and an embarrassing amount of time spent searching (the internet, my soul, the liquor cabinet), I found a few gems I could work with. From sweet and feminine to fierce and modern, the styles I picked for this set of pairings won me over in the end. For their fine art counterparts, I looked to some of my favorite artists (you may recognize Shannon Rankin, Jesús Perea, and Elise Mahan from previous pairings) for colors that complimented, compositions that mimicked, and, hopefully, a balance that made the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Exotic Matter 2 - Cube Extracted by Zachary Dean Norman; Anthony Anderson at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Exotic Matter 2 – Cube Extracted by Zachary Dean Norman; Anthony Anderson at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

By the time I finished this set, I had realized a few things:

  1. I am the slowest blogger in the world. This post took me a full work day to create. I need to get faster at these pairings. . .
  2. My new motto: Pair drunk, edit sober. (See what I did there?)
  3. Fashion is fun and art is meaningful. I think the reverse is also true.
  4. I sure hope our readers like seeing these “Who Are You Pairing?” posts as much as I like making them.

Sea Glass Connections by Louise van Terheijden; Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Sea Glass Connections by Louise van Terheijden; Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

For future installments, I’m looking forward to drinking more fancy cocktails (maybe a little slower, next time), getting faster, discovering new artists, and practicing this very specific and satisfying creative skill — the art of the pairing. Look out for my next posts, including the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, BAFTA Film Awards, and Academy Awards!

Throw 5031 by Tealia Ellis Ritter; Sarah Hyland at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Throw 5031 by Tealia Ellis Ritter; Sarah Hyland at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

Secret Universe 03 by Elise Mahan; Jillian Rose Reed at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Secret Universe 03 by Elise Mahan; Jillian Rose Reed at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

Title Unknown by Anja Zaharanski; Kelly McCreary at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Title Unknown by Anja Zaharanski; Kelly McCreary at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

Here’s a reader poll, just for funsies! Let me know which pair you like best.

A Pretty Pair

Pine(apple) Tree

Holiday Card by Julie Van Wezemael; Pineapple II Emulsion Lift Print by Liz Garnett

Holiday Card by Julie Van Wezemael }  { Pineapple II Emulsion Lift Print by Liz Garnett }

Whether your holidays are spent around a sparkling pine tree or near a fire, filled with presents from loved ones or surrounded by the presence of loved ones, in a white winterland or on a warm and sunny day, we hope you have a wonderful day. Happy holidays, from our family to yours!

Who Are You Pairing?

2014 Hollywood Film Awards

Janelle Monae at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards and Olga

 { Janelle Monae at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards }  { Olga of 10 ante meridiem }

Reese Witherspoon at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards and Leon Polk Smith

{ Reese Witherspoon at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards }  { Leon Polk Smith }

Keira Knightly at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards and Noemie

{ Keira Knightly at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards }  { Noemie of Digital Art Prints }

Keltie Knight at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards and Leah Duncan

{ Keltie Knight at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards }  { Leah Duncan }

Queen Latifah at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards and Anouk Desloges

{ Queen Latifah at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards }  { Anouk Desloges }

Who Are You Pairing?

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards

Who Are You Pairing? Michelle Dockery and Karen Anne Glick

Michelle Dockery }  { Karen Anne Glick }

Who Are You Pairing? Teyonah Parris and Jesus Perea

{ Teyonah Parris }  { Jesús Perea }

Who Are You Pairing? Kelly Osbourne and Jessica Harrison

{ Kelly Osbourne }  { Jessica Harrison }

Who Are You Pairing? Louise Roe and Rosanna Webster

{ Louise Roe }  { Rosanna Webster }

Who Are You Pairing? Kiernan Shipka and Michele Quan

{ Kiernan Shipka }  { Michele Quan }

Who Are You Pairing?

2014 MTV Video Music Awards

Who Are You Pairing? Brandi Cyrus and Georgiana Paraschiv

{ Brandi Cyrus } { Georgiana Paraschiv }

Who Are You Pairing? Jillian Rose Reed and Linn Warme

{ Jillian Rose Reed }  { Linn Warme }

Who Are You Pairing? Jessie J and Shauna Finn

{ Jessie J }  { Shauna Finn }

Who Are You Pairing? Kim Kardashian and Michelle Furlong

{ Kim Kardashian }  { Michelle Furlong }

Who Are You Pairing? Sarah Hyland and Leila Jeffreys

{ Sarah Hyland }  { Leila Jeffreys }

Who Are You Pairing? Chloë Grace Moretz and Max Colby

{ Chloë Grace Moretz }  { Max Colby }

Who Are You Pairing? Mary Lambert and Tali Yalonetzki

{ Mary Lambert }  { Tali Yalonetzki

Who Are You Pairing?

Who Are You Pairing: 2014 Grammy Awards

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Foxes and Jaime Derringer

{ Foxes }  { Jaime Derringer }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Zendaya Coleman and Kiki Smith

{ Zendaya Coleman }  { Kiki Smith }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Ashanti and Katy Horan

{ Ashanti }  { Katy Horan }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Sara Bareilles and Elise Wehle

{ Sara Bareilles }  { Elise Wehle }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Grammy Awards: Natasha Bedingfield and Valerie Hammond

{ Natasha Bedingfield }  { Valerie Hammond }

 

Who Are You Pairing?

Who Are You Pairing: 2014 Golden Globes

It’s that time again, folks. Awards season! And with it comes one my favorite series here on the Westervin blog: “Who Are You Pairing?

Looking back, I realized this will be my third year creating red carpet & art pairings! I really enjoy putting these together, and not just because it gives me an excuse to spend an entire Sunday evening drooling over gorgeous gowns AND scouring the interwebs for inspiring works of art. It also gives me an opportunity to join two subjects that I enjoy but that aren’t often associated with one another (at least, I haven’t seen many other pairings like these). It’s simply fun to combine the dreamy, glamorous world of the red carpet with bright, intriguing, and beautifully crafted drawings, paintings, and sculpture that might not have the same main stream appeal as Hollywood. Let’s enjoy the beauty of both!

Also, a big amen to the ladies who rocked bold colors or intricate patterns last night! Those are always more fun to work with…

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Julie Bowen and Kustaa Saksi

{ Julie Bowen }  { Kustaa Saksi }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Sandra Bullock and Erin Flannery

{ Sandra Bullock }  { Erin Flannery }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Aubrey Plaza and Yrjo Edelmann

{ Aubrey Plaza }  {  Yrjö Edelmann }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Caitlin FitzGerald and Aaron Skolnick

{ Caitlin FitzGerald }  { Aaron Skolnick }

Who Are You Pairing at the 2014 Golden Globes: Lupita Nyong'o and Jeremy Miranda

{ Lupita Nyong’o }  { Jeremy Miranda }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Kaley Cuoco and Jenny Brown

{ Kaley Cuoco }  { Jenny Brown }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Joanna Newsom with Andy Samberg and Sarah Ball

 { Joanna Newsom & Andy Samberg }  { Sarah Ball }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Rocsi and Alan Reid

{ Rocsi }  { Alan Reid }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Zooey Deschanel and Thomas D. Meyer

{ Zooey Deschanel }  { Thomas D. Meyer }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Michelle Dockery and Brooks Salzwedel

{ Michelle Dockery }  { Brooks Salzwedel }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Emilia Clarke and Lilli Carré

{ Emilia Clarke }  { Lilli Carré }

Who Are You Pairing? 2014 Golden Globes: Laura Carmichael and Steve Juras

{ Laura Carmichael }  { Steve Juras }

Craft Contexts, Maker's Remarks

Pauli Ochi of Ochi Gallery & Shop

Pauli Ochi Jewelry, Arrowhead Ring

{ Pauli Ochi Jewelry; photo credit: Tessa Sheehan }

It’s that time, folks! We haven’t had a Maker’s Remarks post here on Westervin in over a year (sad face), but today is the day for a new installment (jubilent face)! As I mentioned last week, Pauli Ochi (see: Ochi Gallery, Ochi Shop, and her line of handcrafted jewelry) kindly answered a few (and them some) questions about her jewelry, her creative process, and her daily life running a gallery & shop in awe-inspiring Sun Valley, Idaho. She’s really a fascinating woman! Let’s read up:

Pauli Ochi making jewelry

What materials do you use for creating your necklaces, and why do you prefer to work with them?

I’ll use anything that catches my eye: semi-precious stones, vintage pieces that I re-work, occasionally different fabrics. Right now I’m having a throwback interest to seed beads, which I used when I was a kid. I took a long break from them because they can be so tedious, but I’m in a mood to embrace the challenge.

Where do you find inspiration for your necklace designs?

Mainly through material. I’ll spend hours in the fashion district when I go to NY, or in bead stores anywhere I travel, or perusing the internet for colors and textures that look interesting.

Pauli Ochi Jewelry: multicolor crystal rings

Do you have an intended wearer in mind when you make your necklaces?

Definitely. I design for the girl/woman who can pull off statement pieces but still look casual. She loves both jewelry and art and has an appreciation for things that are handmade and all their imperfections. It’s important for me to keep my ideal wearer in mind because it keeps me focused on the final product. Sometimes I move on to a new piece before I finish the last one!

Why do you choose to make things by hand?

I think it has a lot to do with growing up in a gallery surrounded by people who consider the art-making process and who appreciate things made by hand.

Pauli Ochi Jewelry: handmade statement necklaces

{ photo credit: Tessa Sheehan }

As a person who makes jewelry by hand and runs an art gallery, do you have an opinion on the common but complex distinction made between art and craft?

I’ll respect good art, and I’ll respect good craft. I don’t think I worry too much about the distinction. In fact I think Ochi Shop is a place that embraces both art and craft without seeking to define them.

I’m afraid I’ve never been to Idaho. Should I visit?

Yes Idaho is amazing. The town I live in, Sun Valley, is literally awe inspiring, not to sound too cheesy.

Sun Valley Idaho by Baron Von Fancy

{ Sun Vally, Idaho, Bar Von Fancy }

Tell me about the art you select for Ochi Gallery and the items you select for Ochi Shop.

My parents started Ochi Gallery almost 40 years ago. I’ve inherited working with some really accomplished artists who have had long careers, which in the art world means real perseverance. I try to hold any new artists I bring into our program, or into the shop, to the same standard; that is, they have to be both talented and truly committed to their vision.

Is there a type of work you’re most excited to promote through your gallery or shop?

I love work with a conceptual edge or a sense of humor. And of course I love work that is inspiringly beautiful, where the artist considered everything from material to process to final product. I’m always most excited to promote the work of artists who have the personality as well as the talent.

Baron Von Fancy at Ochi Gallery

{ Baron Von Fancy’s “This Must Be the Place” at Ochi Gallery }

Can you pick a favorite of the exhibitions you’ve curated?

Probably not! Some are more fun and come together more smoothly than others, but working with different artists sometimes means having completely different jobs. I’ve found myself doing the most random things in the name of art. I’ve had to figure out how to move several tons of sand into the gallery, I’ve helped select models for a performance piece, I’ve even dug in the snow for an outdoor installation. My favorite is always the one I’m working on. For instance, right now I’m obsessed with Baron Von Fancy’s “This Must Be the Place,” and Erin Rachel Hudak’s “My Nature / Your Nature.”

Erin Rachel Hudak at Ochi Gallery

{ meet me here, mountains, Erin Rachel Huduk }

What do you most look forward to when you start each day?

That’s such a good question because I always think about that quote “how you start the day is how you live your life.” I look forward to my morning runs outside and to whatever creative project I’m working on (because there’s always something!) This morning, for instance, I was looking forward to peeking at the Dropbox folder my lookbook photographer, Tessa Sheehan, sent me!

Seen any good movies lately?

I thought Starlet, starring Dree Hemmingway, was surprisingly good. We just watched Searching for Sugarman, which is a crazy story. That was a good documentary. Lately though, I’m kind of into Netflix’s original series.

Pauli Ochi Jewelry: handmade statement necklaces

{ photo credits: Tessa Sheehan }