Peggy Bond: vintage newspaper add for Peggy appearing at the Gayety Theater in Toledo, Ohio. Also on the bill and Barbara Curtis and comic Al Anger, who were married and frequently toured together.
Peggy had a long career in burlesque. In the early 1940s she started working as a stripper on the circuits and by the late mid to late 1940s she was a co-feature and then a feature dancer. She was still dancing through the mid 1950s. Peggy also appeared in the 1946 film Hollywood Revels which featured a burlesque show performed at the Follies Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Kalantan (billed as Aleene Dupree) , Lotus Wing and Hillary Dawn are a few of the other dancers that appeared in this film.
Embroidered textile butterflies (and wasp)
We are in love with these wild and colorful winged creatures. North Carolina-based artist Yumi Okita creates gorgeous fiber art that’s both scary and strangely satisfying. The wings are made from cotton fabric and the bodies are made from fake fur. They are all hand painted and hand embroidered with quite realistic details. Unfortunately, they are all sold out but here’s hoping she’ll make some more.
David LaChapelle: earth laughs in flowers
‘springtime’ by david lachapelle, 2011
courtesy of the artist and fred torres collaborations, new york
american photographer david lachapelle has created ‘earth laughs in flowers’, a series consisting of the ten large-scale still life photographs. fred torres collaborations will exhibit the entire series for the first time in the united states. lachapelle’s installation explores the fragility of society and ideas of vice and vanity through composing his images in a manner typical to that of baroque still life painting. deviating from the inclusion of solely fruit, flowers and sculls, the artist evokes a contemporary sensibility through his use of items such as pre-packaged foods, mobile phones, medicine, balloons, and barbie dolls. rather than being constructed in an especially balanced composition, lachapelle’s massive painterly-like photographs are intentionally chaotic, engaging the viewer as he/she attempt to reconcile the overwhelming canvas.