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Umber Goddess Fitted Ts launched!!

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Super excited to officially launch my Umber Goddess fitted tshirt today!

Available in Medium + Large w/ 8×12” “Il m’aime à la folie” artwork Vinyl Heat Transfer 

[with sleeve + sleeveless options available | if you are interested in a Mens Box cut T – please email me]

Available for $35 CDN on my website / bygabrielle.com/shop Only 6 in each size!!

Big shoutout to @ybgwac for the wicked photography – thank you for allowing for my last minute madness

One last thing before you go shop.. #MakeYourDreamsHappen yall – all it takes is ACTION.

Happy Thursday!

Opening Preview: “Océanides”

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You are invited to attend an Opening Preview of “Océanides”, a solo Modern Batik exhibition by artist Gabrielle Lasporte on Tuesday February 17, 2015 from 7-11pm

Please note this is a RSVP ONLY event. To confirm your attendance, please rsvp to http://eepurl.com/bb04Nf / with your name and number of guests attending

Event details to follow

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Océanides
A solo Modern Batik exhibition by artist Gabrielle Lasporte

In her 3rd Modern Batik series, Gabrielle continues her visual exploration of the human experience by delving into water. Water, essential for human survival, widely signifies healing and regeneration. Through this collection of work, Gabrielle explores the beauty of this natural force as a mirror for our lives.

As we live each day, emotions influence our growth through highs and lows. Just like the movement of water and the cycles of waves caused by external forces, we are destined to live this cycle over and over again. The many layers of dyes within each piece provide another metaphor for the layers of emotions, realizing how embracing them is ultimately our empowerment.

Gabrielle’s work has been shown at notable events including the Manifesto Festival Art Exhibit, Queen West Art Crawl, and Toronto Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.  In 2012-13, Gabrielle was commissioned to complete three sea-themed pieces for private collectors.  Her work on these pieces further inspired her to explore water as a theme in her development as a Modern Batik artist.  She was the first batik artist to participate in The Artist Project, a contemporary art fair in Toronto, where she will be returning in February 2015 to present her latest collection.

Her previous series ” Life Flow” was an abstract visual representation of the life cycle through colour and shapes. Through good or bad, life will always flow to its ultimately destiny.

Opening Preview – February 17, 2015

The Artist Project – February 19 – 23 (Booth 536)

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X ou le Mystère d’une femme

In May 2013, I was part of a group show entitled “Laissez les femmes peindre” – the theme of the show was 26 female artists, all  representing one letter of the alphabet, which in turn had to represent something about women.

I chose X – View the piece below and my explanation of the piece further down >

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Artwork Statement:

“X is the answer you are trying to find. It is an unknown quantity that only reveals itself after following a process. A certain undefinable quality, an x.factor .. strip away everything and she will expose herself to you.”

My reasoning (if you can call it that): 

When I am working on pieces I usually sketch out as well as do extensive research on the subject that I am creating. I have attached my sketch below. Granted, artwork doesn’t always totally match the final – for the most part, the essence is there.

I have always been fascinated by Goddesses from different cultures (Celtic, Egyptian, African etc) because they represent Women as being strong, independent beings that have a hand in shaping society (This is most likely because I am myself all of that – and it pulls your past into your future) Over the years, I have read about, researched and immersed myself in learning about Ancient Egypt. Partly because of a family connection (my grandfather was born in Cairo and lived there for 20yrs) but also because of the rich artistic culture that has had much influence in the world. I wanted my representation of women for this show to be about strength, independence, motherhood, shaper of minds and cultures. In this, I brought forth many artistic Egyptian symbols. I also wanted to relate my letter to the use of X in math and science. Females have 2 X chromosones and X in math is the unknown. What is most unknown (especially to men) than a woman? peel away the layers, figure out the equation to get to her core.

What was inside my head:
Here goes, follow along if you can >

X = xfactor, unknown quantity, x chromosone – female, female > woman. woman>goddess. goddess>egyptian goddess/deity goddess> Isis. Isis> Goddess Mother (check this link to learn more about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis)

Isis was a protector / represented power / patroness of nature and magic –
Always represented with her arms crossed over her chest, wearing red clothing, holding an Ankh (represents the concept of eternal life – read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ankh

Colour representation in Ancient Egyptian art>
Green – powerful/ positive / fertility / growth and regeneration

Blue – Turquoise > Divine Colours  Dark Blue>rebirth and creation

Red – Very powerful colour symbolizing 2 extremes – Life – Victory <=> Anger – Fire

Yellow – Eternal / Indestructible. Gods were represented with golden skin

White – Purity / Omnipotence, Sacred, simple

Black – Colour of Egypt – the dark silt from the Nile, Resurrection

* Interestingly enough – I am always drawn to these colours in my art so reading this when doing my research really clicked with me and brought even more meaning into my artwork.

There are symbols from Ancient Egypt that I incorporated into the background.
The throne of Egypt which represents the Goddess Isis and Queen Cleopatra
Eye of Horus – Protection + Good Health
Eggs – Symbol of Fertility
Ankh – Eternal Life
Egg with half circle over it – Represents Goddess/Queen which symbolizes fertility and ability to give Life + Food
Lotus Flower – Rebirth / Regeneration
Scarab – Sun / Transformation / Protection

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Hope you enjoyed this post – it is sometimes hard to explain what happens in this artistic mind I have – sometimes I don’t even understand it until later. Looking forward to your comments. g.

 

Sneak Peak. New Piece > Mon Esprit

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I have really been inspired by Masai necklaces as way of representing life flow and the different energies that we put out in the world – Here is one of my most recent pieces with this in mind

“Mon Esprit”
Modern Batik Original
Gabrielle Lasporte ®2012