Today's Inspiration- Ming Dynasty Porcelain (and Dresses Made out of It)

by - Monday, January 13, 2014

Tomorrow, I am teaching the artists about monochromatic design using the blue and white porcelain in the Cantor collection. The ones in the collection are from a variety of Asian cultures and dynasties, but the Chinese Ming Dynasty has some of the coolest stuff. Case and point:

from http://www.historyforkids.org/learn/china/art/ming.htm
from pinterest.com
from http://elogedelart.canalblog.com/archives/2009/05/23/index.html
from  royalcollection.org.uk
from asia.si.edu
from metmuseum.org

from britishmuseum.org
 The last two are my favorite. They are so beautiful, and I can't wait to see what my students do with these as inspiration.
from the National Palace Museum in Taiwan found on Pinterest
Even more interesting, in 2007, the artist Li Xiaofeng took broken pieces of Ming Dynasty porcelain and made it into a dress. I actually saw this work in Shanghai, but I didn't realize she ever wore it as performance art. I wish I had a better sense of classic Chinese fashion, because I wonder what sartorial cue are at play here.
from pinterest.com

from creativityjourney.blogspot.com
I love how soft it looks from a distance like this. The curve of the plates makes the dress seem cushiony, like a quilt. What is inspiring you today?



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