Photo Purge: fight winter

    “From now on I will make burning my aim, for I am like the candle: burning only makes me brighter.”

    – Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī

merry christmas


Andy Warhol

(And me!)

Czech Marionettes

While many of you may be concentrating on potential Christmas presents to purchase, I seem to find myself curious about… Czech Marionettes. Okay, so fine: I’m Jewish. Santa doesn’t visit me and I eat chocolate coins. Alas, I blog about my random fixation of the moment. {For the record, can I just state that I am so over practically every blog I read posting about what everybody should BUY?} OK-CAPITALISM.

Anywho, here’s a history lesson that’s both visually enchanting as well as substantial.

Or you could go look at photos of gifts to buy from Urban Outfitters. Either/Or.

Czech puppeteering has achieved this significant status for a number of reasons. First and foremost there is still a widespread, although by no means completely historically accurate, conception of the role played by Czech puppeteers in the period of the national revival, that exceptional process, at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries, whereby the modern Czech nation was formed, and the leading forces of the nation combined to fight against the gradual decline of the Czech language and to give rise to a new national self-confidence within Czech society.

The amateur puppet movement, widespread in the first half of the 20th century, also evokes feelings of considerable respect and, after the period of the folk puppeteers in the 19th century, forms the second critical phase in the history of the development of Czech puppetry. At that time there wasn’t a city, town or even village in the Czech lands where amateur puppet players didn’t play puppet theatre for fun, and the entertainment and aesthetic education of their children. With their enthusiasm and self-sacrifice they only constituted a unique phenomenon in the puppet world of the time, the range of their activities having no match in Europe, but they also created a fertile enviroment for the creative development of such eminent artistic personalities as Josef Skupa and Jiří Trnka.

To these historical associations in the general consciousness we can also add the fact that, after a complicated development in the 20th century, contemporary Czech puppet theatre has now reached a momentous stage in its development. The dream and the goal which generations of Czech puppeteers fought for has at last become a reality: On the basis of its artistic achievements, puppet theatre has fought its way up to take an equal standing alongside the other theatrical arts. Not only is its relevance to society completely accepted, but so are the unique possibilities of achieving artistic affects which arise from the expressive qualities of the marionettes themselves.

We can say without fear of exaggeration that contemporary Czech puppet theatre plays a significant role in Czech theatre culture as well as in the context of world puppeteering, and that the work of its leading protagonists is playing a leading role in determining how puppet theatre will progress and develop. At the same time it is contributing to the development of modern theatre culture as a whole.

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claire pettibone couture wedding dresses

So, it’s only natural that since my lovely roommate Alison is planning her wedding, I myself would start venturing into the world of weddings: There are so many details to sort out to assure a smooth and memorable experience.

For the bride, one of the most important tasks to tackle is that of… THE DRESS! With the thousands upon thousands of designs and designers available, I’m surprisingly turned off by most: I just can’t stand the whole poufy-satiny-strapless-David’s Bridal seeming gowns; I can’t deal with tacky wedding flair.

That being said, I decided that there is only one designer I would ever select from (if and when it comes time for me to chose a wedding dress, ha). Her dresses are just… me. The name of the designer is Claire Pettibone, and yes, the dresses cost a pretty penny. I never thought I would be particularly interested in a fancy gown, but her designs are truly remarkable pieces of art; every detail is exquisite; they remind me of the 1930’s and earlier. I suppose it’s inevitable that I’d be floored by dresses that are vintage-inspired. I can’t imagine myself in anything else.

Okay okay, I’ll hush: Here are my favorites!

*but I would totally remove the hideous flower

Oh! Oh! Maybe I could change into that little get-up for the reception!

{Or maybe I should go on a date first.}