Photo blast: Playing with the Shadows.

Perhaps it’s hidden in the shroud of nightfall. Tucked behind us where we sleep. Easy to play with, but we’d never want to temper with our shadows, or do anything to risk loosing it completely. Perhaps just a circumstance of light, there is a darkness always behind us. We may resist, but we can never escape a round of shadow play.

“I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.”
Sylvia Plath

A human being is only breath and shadow.
Sophocles

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Never alone, we walk through the day with a constant companion by our side. We enjoy manipulation of the light in the night. But what would we do if we couldn’t find our shadow? Would you miss it, where would it go? Would you even notice that it had left at all? A shadow is a reflection of the life we live, running parallel with our souls. Without life, would a shadow need to exist?

The Eye.
xo

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Demons, Devils and Diamonds: Eyeball this Jewelry!

Perhaps the most expressive way a person can add personal flavour to a look is to rock some unique jewelry.   Diamonds may be a girls best friend, but for the everyday Jo or Joanne, we have to work with what we have!   And we’re sure anything goes when it comes to great accessories.  Here’s a look at some jewelry The Eye of Faith wouldn’t want to live without.

“Accessories are important and becoming more and more important every day. They can completely change the look of an outfit, and women like the idea of having a wardrobe that’s versatile. For instance, a strong piece of jewelry can make a simple outfit look elegant.”
Giorgio Armani

“Accessories in general add warmth to a room, but you can switch out your accessories to showcase only ones that reinforce the cozy atmosphere you are creating.  “

Deborah Carpenter



“I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.”

Mae West

Never hesitate, just try it on!

Sincerely,
The Eye.

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Music Minute: Florence the Voodoo Witch!!

Enjoy this wickedly witchy song from the one and only Florence and the Machine, from the album Ceremonies. Bedroom Hymns is one of the more unique songs with a dark voodoo mama beat and goth quality that only Florence Welsh could make oh so very relevant.

Hope you’re as inspired as we are! ..but please don’t go shrinkin’ any heads.

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Fancy and Folly: Giving Me The Silent Treatment

When I first saw the trailers for “The Artist“, shortly after it’s premier at the Cannes Film Festival that would lead to Jean Dujardin’s Best Actor win at the prestigious art festival, I was not impressed. Silly folly, I thought. Reductive (Thanks, Madonna). Wasted Inspiration. How could this “NEW” silent film set in th 20s really make a splash? There was no way, in my mind, that the audiences of 2011 would really appreciate the novelty…but surprisingly, they did!

Don’t know what it is about this one (as I’m still stubbornly NOT seeing it) that really taps a chord with everyone these days, but one thing is certain we have a hit on our hands! Picking up seven wins at the British Academy Awards last night, the film is continuing it’s unbeatable winning streak all the way to the Oscars.

Granted, the recreation of the 1920s looks great (especially costumes by first-time Academy Award nominee Mark Bridges, who painstakingly recreated designs from the 20s), not to mention Du Jardin’s charisma and winning smile, but there seems to be something so defeatist about watching a silent film made in 2012.

Why do I need to see this? I have seen many silent films, some of which are the most impressive pieces of film making, or dare I say ART, I’ve ever seen: “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920), “Birth of a Nation”(1915) , “Intolerance”(1916), “The Gold Rush”(1925), “Metropolis”(1927), “Voyage to the Moon” (1902), and “Pandora’s Box” (1929) are all some of the most important films ever made, as well as full of some of the most visually arresting images of all time.

 

All these films were made before sound became an unstoppable force in making movies. Before this time, the power of image and word, and the novelty of the moving image was enough to begin a revolution that would become Hollywood. And don’t think that because these films were made without sound that they are PG fair, because most silent classics are full of adultery, scandal, ghosts, vampires, drugs, sex, violence, and witches- all the things we love at The Eye of Faith, minus the rock n’ roll!

Watching the films of that time are magical in itself, as it’s probablly the closest any of us could ever get to time travel in our lifetime. It’s fascinating getting lost in Louise Miller’s beautiful bow lips, or catching Valentino’s devilish gaze- these celluloid dreams are the closest thing we have to these faded idols of yesteryear and their long lonst lost time. Having been made on film, we are getting a literal imprint of a moment in time playing out before our eyes. Absolute magic!

Back in those days, they didn’t have any of the technology we have today to make movies- all you had was a team full of people and a whole lot of passion to try to tell your story. Even “The Artist” couldn’t escape from having the shoot the film first in Colour, to then digitally manipulate the film to the lauded black and white photogrpahy being praised today.

Back in the 1920s, there is no way they would have shot a film only to have to redo it completely somewhere else; if time meant money now, time really meant money in those days- but today in 2012, I’m afraid that time for these jewels only means edging closer and closer to obscurity.

Ultimately, it’s about love for movies in general. I cannot fault director Michel Hazanavicius’ vision, bringing his ode to Silent Era to the masses, and hopefully with it’s growing popularity the film can also bring some love to the real classics of the 1910s and 1920s. However, I can’t help but think “The Artist” may even further dampened our view of the true days of Hollywood Babylon. Reductive.

Many people, like myself, see all the promos for “The Artist” and can’t see past the gimmick of it all. (I mean, REALLY?!!) Hopefully this doesn’t taint the idea of watching a real classic- seeing as you can watch a “NEW” one. Or maybe I’m being much too cynical and everything is jolly! It’s great to see so much love for the past, in general though. Perhaps simply, the time of nostalgia has really struck.

Throughout the years, silent films have provided an endless source of inspiration. Luckily, many silent films are being restored and archived so future generations can enjoy the magic of the past. Watching a silent film, you can almost feel lucky, as if somehow you have found a hidden doorway to the past, and luckily you can stay there (at least for an hour or two).

Lest we forget from whence we came, and enjoy a piece of the puzzle today!

We’ve included a scene from 1928’s “The Laughing Man” (a precursor to Batman’s iconic villain The Joker) for your viewing pleasure.

[And if you have a lot of time on your hand OpenFlix on Youtube has a ton of Full Length classic films for Free including the 1922 Swedish Documentary HAXAN on the History of Witchcraft!!! Silent and Spooky. Click Here.]

Now you have a good trajectory. So, have fun!!!

[PORTLANDIA:SEASON 2]

 

Sincerely,
{theEye}

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Photoblast: Playing with the Devils!

It lies within the devils we conjure daily, or the devils we wish to control. Deep in the heart of man, it’s waiting. There is an eternal balance of good and bad. There is a light inside of ourselves, yearning to play with the demons that hide in the shadows.


Wether it be in breath or death, we want a reason to lose ourselves in the hands of the dark. Today we let Satan roll the dice. He’s out to play, and may not go away, but at least we know we’re alive.

“Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.”

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Don’t you know there ain’t no devil, it’s just god when he’s drunk.
Tom Waits

I don’t even own a TV because I think it’s the devil.
Cameron Diaz

I praticed making faces in the mirror and it would drive my mother crazy. She used to scare me by saying that I was going to see the devil if I kept looking in the mirror. That fascinated me even more, of course.
Jim Carrey

I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff.
Aleister Crowley

Would you let the Devil in if he pounded on your door with a promise?

The Eye.

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Fashion Witch: Florence + Welch = Witch

Here at The Eye of Faith, we have a special affinity for those in life drawn to the mystical, magical, and wonderful.

Count us in the know, cause we can definitely feel the magic in the air. It seems like a new strand of fashionista has been making it’s way around the world these days, and it is about time we began addressing it!

With it’s ethereal notions, hard edges, brute romanticism, and a touch of the past; something wicked this way comes with our days’ most noted fashion superstars, and they’re not just on television. They roam the streets, the parks, the malls, the cafes, even the beach- and not just at night. No, no. All day they come to play, touching all those they pass with their psychic premonitions of fashion future-present: the Fashion Witch.

It’s all so witchy! But let’s be honest, now that YOU think of it, they’re everywhere too. Thank God it’s 2012, or we’d have quite the persecutions on our hands. With all the skulls, diamonds, and lace, it’s a blessing a Fashion Witch can ride the city bus without a jealous neighbour crying “Witch!”

But that’s all in the past, and the Fashion Witch truly seems to be reigning supreme! A Fashion Witch knows, and a Fashion Witch is always able to stay just a step ahead of the everyday crowd, and really tap into the universe for it’s greatest style secrets. Look at it anyway you like, The Fashion Witch is here to stay!

One of our favourite Fashion Witches of the moment, an individual who always seems to make it shine, is Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine. The 25 year old High Priestess of Pop has been probing literally everybody’s radar with her defiantly chic and sophisticated otherworldly styles (not to mention a killer voice to boot).

Welch’s preoccupation with witchery began long before the songstress began belting her beautiful battle cries. Indeed it seems a witch’s life was always in the cards for our beautiful friend.

“I wanted to be a witch when I was a kid. I was obsessed with witchcraft. At school, me and my two friends had these spell books; I always wanted a more magical reality. I had a little shrine at home and I did a spell to try and make the boy in the other class fall in love with me.”

Citing “Clueless”, “Mary Poppins” and “The Craft” as favourite style go-to’s growing up, it is no wonder the songstress always seems to dazzle with eccentric decadence and stylistic innovation. Watching her style continuously evolve with the days is a true treat.

For her latest album “Ceremonies” Florence has raised her own aesthetic playground from the Pre-Raphealite dreams of her past album, to a darker and stranger decadence. Citing Tamara de Lempicka and Gustav Klimt as two prime examples of the new influence in her aesthetics; the look is at once streamlined, soft, demure, but powerful, spiritual, and above all ornamental.

Looking through other works by artists of the same periods it is easy to see where her inspiration lies. In the heyday of the early part of the 20th Century, esoteric and occult knowledge was becoming of great interest, with many pop idols in the field including Aleister Crowley and Harry Houdini. As well as the worlds of the psyche were being opened by Freud and Jung, and suddenly the worlds of the unknown were at everyone’s doorstep and fingertip. These influences had a profound influence of popular culture of the time, and continue today.

Spooooooooky.

Nothing to be afraid of. Florence’s endeavours into the world of ceremony give great insight into her supernatural worlds. Watching “Shake it Out” it’s impossible not to see the allusions to everything from Freemasonry to the Illuminati. Heavy stuff. The song is a celebratory call asking each of us to look into the darkest depths of ourselves, and to set the light free. All it takes is a forboding dark mansion, some secret friends, and bit of dancing. Fashion Witches know!

“And I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
So here’s to drinks in the dark at the end of my road
And I’m ready to suffer and I’m ready to hope
It’s a shot in the dark aimed right at my throat
Cause looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Well what the hell I’m gonna let it happen to me”

-Florence + The Machine, “Shake it Out”.

Talk about secret societies! Baron Alexis von Rosenberg, great friend to the Rothschilds, knows you need a great mask to make a great party.

There certainly is a formality to the idea of “ceremony”, but often times during the rituals or rites being performed, strong emotions can be conjoured that overpower this formality. Check out “No Light, No Light”– our favourite Florence vid that completely lends itself to the power of these forces. Portraying a battle between Good and Evil- it’s an epically beautiful poem.

“I always wanted a more magical reality.” she said, and she definitely got it creating some of the most beautiful music videos of our time. No unworldly visions here, just plain truth. We feel a great kinship to Florence Welch who, without even us asking, has transformed into such a wonderful…well, Witch!

If you ever have the chance to see the wonderful Florence Welch live, definitely make the effort, as she really has a knack for commanding the stage, and seducing your heart. Like a modern Maenad, she makes her way from one end of the stage to the other in a blink, casting a spell with her song, and never letting go of her momentous energy from beginning to end. Not to mention, gracing the stage like a true Fashion Witch in something absolutely out of this world. Check out her site for a performance near you!

Taking the reigns of Popular Music, and steering it on a course towards the dark, the stars, and the great unknown will hopefully be Florence Welch’s greatest achievment. But rest assured, this daring 25 year old is already a style star in everyone’s eye, and EOF’s favourite Fashion Witch of the moment.

A new favourite of Karl Lagerfeld, Florence Welch had the priviledge of singing her heart out for Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2012 show featuring an Oceanic theme, and although Ms. Welch has made a star in the heavens for herself with her witchy ways, it got us thinking maybe mermaids for our magic muse…I guess only time will tell!


“O well done! I commend your pains;
And every one shall share i’ the gains;
And now about the cauldron sing,
Live elves and fairies in a ring
Enchanting all that you put in. “

-William Shakespeare, Macbeth (Act 4: Scene 1)

Having a fascination with the great divide between the material and ethereal can bring oneself much pleasure and curiosity. Like staring into a flame- it wavers and shakes, it is real before your eyes, but never seems to fully materialize.

All you’re left thinking is, “Isn’t nature strange?” – well Yes, and for thousands of years the blind have kept on seeing in their veil of misunderstanding, while the Wake diligently sift through the information they have recieved and carried from each passing generation.

So, we get it! A Fashion Witch always does.

A big Thanks to Vigilant Citizen!

Until next time,

{theEye}

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Right On, Cool Vintage Plate Reuse (Whaatt?! Whatever…)

Right On, Cool Vintage Plate Reuse on display through Etsy from Austin Modern.

Taking grandma’s plates takes a certain ‘no guts no glory’ type of edge…so wrong it, we’d rather leave it up to the pros. Check out the handsome quality – all done on unique antique plates. I think the pictures speak for themselves…good to see creative juxtaposition of the past and present.

Reinventing the past is a bold statement, and artists like Shary Boyle and Chris Antemann truly embrace some of the boldness and inventiveness artists have been taking in reinventing the crafts of yesteryear.  These wonderful works use historical techniques to create remarkable reinventions that are setting bold new directions for the craft.

The past holds many treasures, and often times they just keep on giving! Check out Austin Modern for a hand crafted piece of time that never siezes to stop!

Thoughts?

-The Eye x

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Eve of the Snake

Deadly, slithery, and scaly. A timeless fascination strikes our fancy this evening. We sure are charmed by these slithering critters, though we can’t say we’d be all to comfortable if one were slithering around our neck.


Are you as charmed as we are?
-The Eye

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Music Minute: Nico’s Strip-tease

Fabled music heroine Nico has always been an obsession of ours, today is no exception. Enjoy this humble hit from the Factory’s underground art star Nico. (Source)


Is this a wave of music you could ride?
-The Eye

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Mermaid Muses

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring/Summer 2008.

Study of a Naiad(1904-1905) by John William Waterhouse.

Vogue March 1999, Jean Paul Gaultier Mermaid Dress.

Whether its the mystery or the whimsy, the mermaid seems to constantly have a hold. It’s great to see many incarnations in so many ways.

Paul Delvaux, Village of the Mermaid (1942).

Whether sideshow oddity or fantasy dream, there’s one thing for sure: it’s a lot of fun being one. One last daydream to end the day!


Like mermaids? Know a great link? Leave a comment below!
The Eye.

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