Okay! Too many pictures to fit into 1 post (for the record I fit 35 into the other post).
The amazing thing is that the exhibition focussed on all aspects of nail art. 3-D acrylic nail art (above – so beautiful!) and nail art painted on like in the other post, jewels stuck onto nails and it gets even more complex!
A jacket accessorised by nails! Look at the shoulders and the seams and the nails hanging off the chain! Quite possibly one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.
This beautiful necklace by Cheap Monday! So multi-tonal and stunning.
One of the best parts about this collection was the willingness of nail artists and important people in the nail world to open their lives, their collections, their archives to Degree Art and exhibit their work. Some of these items haven’t been seen in decades, some has never been seen! One such artist is Sue Marsh, I’m going to close with a series of shots of her nail art. She has done everything from haute couture for Alexander McQueen to Jessie J. Magazine covers, fashion shows or just her personal collection, she picked her favourites and allowed them to be put on display. I couldn’t get over the artistry and talent. It’s just incredible!
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This evening I had the privilege to attend Nailphilia, an art exhibition devoted solely to nail art. As a nail blogger it’s a dream come true. I’m someone who follows a lot of nail art blogs (and I wish I could do proper nail art myself, I’m sort of trying to teach myself but I lack the patience). Tonight I was able to see the work of true artists and I don’t remember the last time I was ever so excited. From the moment you walk in you see a large block of text against a golden background explaining the exhibition and its purpose. How it came about, even the history of nail polish dating back to Egypt! Of course the best part are the two hands sticking out: Already off to a beautiful start! The talent these men and women have is just unbelievable to me. The patterns that are combined and the use of colour! It’s not something that would ever occur to me (one of the reasons I write about nail polish instead of creating it myself! ), but I cannot help but walk around the exhibit in slack-jawed delight. It’s everything I ever wanted, every nail art blog I’ve ever read or avant-garde nail art on a photoshoot compiled into one space. Working my way through the room I started off in the Sophy Robson corner, she is an incredibly talented UK nail artist and of everything in the exhibit I wanted to buy one of her pieces the most (not because it was hers, but because it appealed to my own sense of style the most!):
I honestly can’t say why this appealed to me so much. There were so many beautiful pieces of nail art and I kept coming back to the photos of painted hooves! But I’m completely in love with this series. Maybe because I have a thing for animals and maybe just because it’s amazing. It was definitely the highlight for me (or the part I fell in love with the most [or wanted to take home the most!]). This one was my favourite:
Purple glitter hoof!!! What’s not to love!? I really wanted to enquire about it…but I ended up not.
Definitely crystal-shine-bling-spectacular. I love the peridot-beetle colour to the first nail and the transitioning colours to the pinky. I loved that while the other hands were flesh toned or black or clear Sophy Robson covered hers with crystals. It just went so well with the design and at the same time set the hand apart. I sort of wanted to see what it would look like with a bit of light reflected on it!
This one was a total shocker to me. Anyone who knows me knows that I despise bugs…but I loved this! 4 bugs: Louis Vuitton, Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Fendi. I’m feeling safe in assuming the shells and designs were painted with nail polish. Now. I don’t want this in my house the way I want the awesome purple hoof in my possession…but it’s amazing! It just completely surprised me and amused me and baffled me and everything-ed me all at once.
I’m putting a jump here (so you can click to read more if you are interested or just end the post right here. But there are at least 40 more pictures to show so it needs to be on its own page!)
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