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Once upon a time, there was a man and a woman.
These two met and became inseparable.
Sick of New York’s snow —they planned a getaway.
She pulled looks.
He made a deal.
Off to Miami they flew.
They got sweaty in the sauna.
Fornicated in the bathroom.
Went skinny dipping after-hours.
Took over the massage room.
And left a memorable mark with their sexiness and red sequins... To be continued...
Tapestry Today: by Christen Mooney
Traditional tapestries tell elaborate biblical and mythological stories. Today, those narratives don't fit the complex identities and experiences that define individuals in the contemporary context. One of office's close friends, Christen Mooney has created a multi-media project, heavily inspired by the black homosexual experience in today’s political climate, the Unicorn Tapestries, and Bob Mizer, pulling inspiration from a plethora of different periods in time and meanings.
Mooney let us in on the inspiration that lead to his latest project, alongside an exclusive preview, below:
Cooning For Cash is a series of three tapestries I conceptualized and produced through constant mediation. Cooning For Cash’s imagery represents the beautiful struggle one has in the quest towards find self love.
In this clout chasing world we live in, I wanted to share my own narrative, to make art I wanted to see in the world, not art that would work in the world. My series is a chance for one to take a deep mediation into psyche of the black male experience. It’s my first physical offering as a conceptual artist and I’m extremely proud of it.
July 27, 2017
The Many Lives of Julia Fox
The artist and model uses her body, and photographing it, as a form of strength.
Collina Strada Strips Down its Models to Lift Up Others
How did you start Collina Strada?
I started it the last year of fashion school in 2009. I made a handbag for myself and everyone was asking me to make them. Then I moved to NY to transition into ready to wear. I have been fortunate to have lots of people supporting me and have since moved into doing runway shows. Conceptualizing shows has been extremely fulfilling for me as a process. It really allows me to be me and channels my creative visions.
Tell me a bit about your current look book / shop photo collection.
This season is all about chakra cleansing and supporting each other through growth and change. I wanted it to really translate into love. Kind of a future cult where we dress cool and be cool to others.
Why shoot nude?
Why not? I find product shots stale and can even be confusing what product you are actually buying. This way is a new approach, funny, and eye catching. It is also looks so clean some people it takes a minute for them to realize she is nude. I like to have a bit of humor in everything I do, it’s fashion - we are not changing the world.
Will you continue to shoot nudes for your future collections?
I would like to, I think its fun and as long as my “vagina model” Julia Lucia is down I’m all for it. Also looking for male models, give me a shout!
What concepts can we expect from your upcoming collection?
Without giving too much away, I am really moving into visuals with sound. Wear something comfortable to the next show :)
Check out the lookbook below.
April 01, 2017
Take a ride with Maria Forqué
The Office sweatsuit and keychain like you've never seen them before.
July 19, 2017
Brooklyn Dirty Book Fair
A fair suited to all of your fantasies— and yes, that includes cake sitting.
The photographer, who's expatriated from the US South to the perhaps less conservative Paris, describes "DÉSIRS ABSTRAITS" as "an exploration into one woman’s sexual psyche through the isolated and abstract depths of her mind." The result of this exploration is a collection of racy Polaroids that focus in on particular body parts using props and a very strict palette.
Read on to see what Madame Ette has to say about the brand new book, and the depths of her unapologetic sexuality.
When did you decide to start taking erotic self portraits?
I got into photography when I was in London at my friend's aunt's place. It was a beautiful property with nothing to do. She had a DSLR and we decided to dress up and shoot each other. It was a love affair ever since. As I developed my style and found the kind of art that I had an affinity towards, the more it naturally went in an erotic direction. Being an introverted control freak it was just easier to shoot myself, but more recently I've been shooting other people and prefer it in a lot of ways. This way I have more control over the camera, more flexibility with angles. I get to see the full scene and a different subject brings a new dimension to my work. It's also a guessing game when you are trying to focus on a subject that isn't in front of the camera, so a lot of self portraits come out out of focus.
Was there ever any hesitation in putting those images out in public venues like Instagram?
Not a single hesitation.
Have you always been so comfortable with your sexuality?
I have always been a pretty assertive and self-assured person in general, so as my sexuality developed slowly and organically, my comfortability with it did as well. My work isn't just about sexuality, but more my intrigue and fascination with it. It's always been the films I like to watch by directors like Just Jaeckin and Tinto Brass, the books I like to read by writers like Anais Nin, Xaviera Hollander and Anne Desclos and the photographers that inspire me — Claus Wickrath, Irina Ionesco, Claude Cahun, Guy Bourdin and Helmet Newton.
What do you think western civilization could improve upon in terms of how they view sex?
I could go on a tangent here, but in short, they could improve on their acceptance of the naked body in general and not have such a fear and disdain for something we all have. Also, they could improve on being less concerned about what consenting adults choose to do if they aren't hurting anyone.
Do you feel freer or more constrained in Paris?
I really don't think I have enough knowledge on this topic to really give a solid answer but if need be here it is. I think Parisians are definitely more comfortable with nudity and the human body in general. I would say their films and art have always explored sexuality more than the US, but on a day-to-day experience, I actually find them more conservative than I assumed. Also, I think I've always liked to feel a little displaced. So, while being in Paris/Europe is still quite new, it feels very freeing.
Tell me about this book. How did it come about?
Well, Mike Krim — of Paper Work NYC, who published the book — and I were talking about making some stuff together because he liked my work. He wanted something new and fresh. I was happy to challenge myself and make something quite different from my usual direction, which has been more soft and dreamy on 35mm. I also wanted to take advantage of this discontinued film (fp100c) still being somewhat affordable. Something about Polaroids seems more intimate, amateur and spontaneous.
What's the book about?
I really don't like telling people how they should absorb my work, but vaguely it is about one woman's unusual closeted fantasies and day dreams that she is slowly embracing and feeling more powerful by allowing herself to do so. I wanted this to feel like you are really seeing someone's weird fantasies that they didn't necessarily want to be seen by others. I also had been collecting some strange vintage erotic books at the time that I pulled inspiration from.