14 July 2010

Happy Fete de la Bastille!

Today is Bastille Day, and it's bank holiday in France. I remember when I was living in Paris that every fireman station was holding a great party on Bastille Day eve and these parties were somewhat the talk of many many young (single) Parisienne! I never attended one myself, but I did go to a "Bal populaire" on the Place de la Bastille (where the famous jail used to be). There would be accordionists and other musicians dressed like in the 30s playing typical Bal musette songs, and people would dance and dance around all night... Many people would go dressed in retro attires or even wear the little cocardes (little paper/fabric flowers with blue/white and red stripes). And of course, all this would be followed by beautiful fireworks on Bastille Day!

I came across this amazing work on Design Therapy. The artist exploded and contained live fireworks on paper, resulting in burtst of saturated color overlapping into abstract compositions.
Check out Design Therapy for images of artist Rosemarie Fiore in action and a video where she explains her process.
I could really see this as stunning prints on silk!!!

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