Today I have a new addition to the Burlesque series for you. This is lovely Baltimore area Burlesque performer and producer, Tapitha Kix. Widely known for her wonderful mix of tap dancing with classy burlesque. Glad to have her join the series!
It wont come as a surprise to those of you who know me or follow this blog that I am a bit of a cocktail enthusiast. A little over a year ago some friends and I began re-exploring the possibility of creating an extensive guide to classic cocktails. This territory is not unfamiliar to us as we had a small booklet a few years ago. Our initial venture was heavily inspired by vintage recipe books, particularly the old photographs. They have a very particular style owing to the lighting available at the time and the method of printing. Our book, still in its early stages has taken a much different route but as part of that first exploration I took some photographs of some of my favorite cocktails in the style of one of those old recipe books. You have: The Negroni, Martini, Old Fashioned, Gin Fizz and The Manhattan
After finishing a 3 piece collaboration with Michael Owen, Baltimore Artist and Baker Award recipient Ed Gross hired me to take some portraits of him and Michael at his studio at the old Crown and Cork building. Ed’s work focuses on found object assemblages. He travels from place to place collecting old machine parts, scraps of metal, wood and any material he finds interesting. From this found material that he creates his work. Check out his web site or drop by his gallery, all work is for sale!
One of the most exciting thing about being an artist in Baltimore is the willingness of fellow artists to come together and collaborate. Collaboration can be challenging, no artist is without their own style, ego and objectives. This makes working together a dance of sorts with both partners trying to create something beautiful without sacrificing individual points of view. It doesn’t always work but doing it, successful or not, is the point.
I recently teamed up with my friend Michael Owen (mural artist and painter in Baltimore known for The Baltimore Love Project among other works). We’ve collaborated before but this was our first in quite a while. We had this idea of essentially breaking his recent paintings into various layers (think photoshop layers) in 3D space. We would accomplish this by him painting on plexi panels and directing the movement of fabric and other elements to mimic brush strokes. I would then direct a figure to move between the spaces and interact in various ways with the painted elements. All of this would essentially be recompressed into a 2D photograph. Some of this work appeared in his recent show in DC, Adult Love. What I want to share today is only one of the pieces from that show, the other 2 were outtakes that we loved but felt didn’t fit with that particular show. Enjoy!
Here are some selects from our Autumn/Winter look book session with J Shoes. We really had a blast working with them, can’t wait for the next time.
Producer // Carleen Martin
Photographer Assistants // Rachel Hart & Val Karuskevich
Hair // Andrea Mitchell
Make-up // Leah Sarah Bassett
Styling // Sybil Street