Friday, March 31, 2006
The panels are of red gold, white gold, and, um, gold gold fused onto a gold ring in a process called, fittingly, "marriage of metals." We think they're peachy.
Mondrian's "de Stijl" paintings (like this tie, but with primary colors instead of grays) are some of the most recognizable of the 20th century. They're easy to copy, too, as I see Mondrian graphics everywhere: the Artcyclopedia icon, a garage door on Lakeside Drive in Greenbelt, stained glass windows in the Owen Brown Interfaith Center in Columbia, and so on. There are those who denigrate modern art in general and minimalism in particular ("my six-year-old could do that"), but I believe it took real genius to come up with such an enduring style of composition.
The tie is of rather heinous polyester from Index. Polyester doesn't have to be awful; two of my favorite tie lines are polyester (Christian Dior Monsieur ties with the "CD" logo on the front, and Oscar de la Renta Studio ties with the signature on the front). But one can't have everything.
Next week I will be coming to you from Orlando, Florida (assuming my mobile technology holds up), as I attend a conference on Sungard's administrative software for higher education. Woo-hoo!
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Monday, March 27, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
(I wore other clothes as well, but it's really only the tie that matters.) The best thing about the internet is the people you meet online. Catherine Gutsche of Ontario stopped by the blog a while back and left a comment which led me to her website of necktie art. Catherine puts a necktie on a canvas, then extrapolates the pattern in paint to cover the whole field. I was very impressed, and at that moment a plan began to form in my mind. Last month, I commissioned Catherine to create a painting from my wedding tie, and after much anticipation it arrived this week:
Wow!!! Isn't that wonderful?! Click on the picture to see a larger version, it's worth it. Make sure to find the tie in the painting (both the large end and the tail end are incorporated) and marvel at the masterful way Catherine has not merely replicated the existing patterns, but has really entered into the spirit of the tie and put the original motifs into new configurations, such as the wavy stalk at the bottom left. I'm especially pleased that she chose to cap off some of the decorative rods (bamboo?); having their cross-section in the painting gives them a solidity that is a nice counterpoint to the delicacy of the flowers and scrollwork. All I can say is, Bravo, Catherine! It easily follows that I wholeheartedly recommend the Catherine Gutsche treatment for any special tie you would like to have immortalized; her contact information is on her website at http://www.catherinegutsche.com/ (click the "Contact" link to initiate an email message).
Friday, March 24, 2006
There's another Glen Baxter egg cartoon here, and a whole gallery of his other delightful absurdities here. It would not be unreasonable to hypothesize that I bought this tie just so I could hang it in the bedroom and be reminded of Glen Baxter every morning and night. Now that I've worn it it goes into the closet, and I'll need to find another Baxter-related tie, maybe with a nice polenta design.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
Saturday, March 18, 2006
One of the fringe benefits of working for a state university is I get a bit of a spring break; not a whole week like the students get, but two days, which is better than none. I'll post some old favorites from the archives during the break, and then resume real-time ties on Wednesday. Happy Spring!
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
In other news, Michael Segers of Knot a Blog has popped in to note that another tie blog has come online: check out Will's Vintage Ties at http://vintageties.blogspot.com/ for a nice selection of vintage beauties from the '40s. In fact, Michael and Will have sparked my own interest in ties of that era, and I now have a few cool ones to display right here in the upcoming weeks. Hooray for neckties!
Friday, March 10, 2006
The tie is by Givenchy, founded in 1952 by Hubert de Givenchy in Paris. Givenchy rose to fame by catering to Hollywood types, most notably Audrey Hepburn. Of course the real measure of a designer's achievement is his neckties, and Givenchy designed some pretty sweet ones. In the 1980s, Givenchy joined the ranks of many luxury fashion houses that have been gobbled up by the LVMH juggernaut; Givenchy himself retired from fashion design in 1995.
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
Sunday, March 05, 2006
The tie is a pattern that can only be described as "bold zigzags." Or maybe "ocean frequencies." Or "mountains of the sea." Feel free to add your own suggestions.