Bohemian Prep

You are most welcome to the Wonderful World of The Boh-Preps. A coddled Bohemia for bohemians with manners and literary leanings. Who have the bohemian spirit but lack the unruliness and obstreperous dispositions of bohemians of the past.

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This term is first seen in “The Preppy Handbook” by Lisa Birnbach. This term ironically merges the ‘traditional’ Bohemian as defined by Stover be it “errant spirits” with Birnbach’s concept of Bohemian Prep someone with a “freer spirit.”

Boh-Preps are likely to be named Catherine, Sophia (pronounced like sapphire) or Evelyn. Boys names ranging from Oliver, Sebastian and Jack. Sometimes after a flower like Violet or certain cities like Florence (because that is where Mummy was swept up by Daddy’s guitar-playing in a rustic barn-house restaurant in Tuscany where she was conceived.) Most decisions like spelling choices are dictated by literary heroes for instance it’s not boh-prep to name your son Alan it must be Allen after Ginsberg. Occasionally some odd-ball names like Franny and Zooey because of Salinger. (I really shouldn’t have to explain this to you.)

Likely to listen to Gainsbourg on Sunday afternoons. Not afraid to admit our shallow leanings and not everything we like has to be sophisticated we are dilettantes much like our cousins Nouveau Bohemians alas we do not necessarily have their funds. We may be as educated as Preppies though channel it into the arts and culture. Boh-Preps are unlikely to be doctors or engineers. Life’s too short to be conventional.

As cultured as we may be we are not materialistic because we adore Kerouac so much and are always a sucker for a Beat Bohemian. It’s not our fault those wayward bartenders-guitarist-starving artist types are so cute! Minimalism is likely to be a phase you have wandered into. Naturally, it didn’t last long as you have a fondness for antiques, flea markets and err… Rodeo Drive. We are a contradiction in terms.

We are likely to wear what can only be described as a Blue Shirt Lullaby. Pale blue shirt, skinny jeans navy or black with white tennis shoes and a Nehru Blazer (again navy or black.) Blazers are usually collarless because we like to be rebellious and it annoys our Preppy cousins! Both sexes will own and often wear a navy and white (breton) striped shirt.

We only wear cotton like our cousin The Preppies and like them share the ethos that style must be effortless and tailored.

If you’re a bit rebellious you’re likely to pop on your brown fedora. 

Handbags are always tan leather.

Breton stripes are a wardrobe staple paired with a navy cardigan if its chilly. Sometimes sporting a beanie. Oooo especially if it has a fur pom pom! Long sleeved crew neck tops in winter in either navy, grey, white or black. With a long skirt, don’t be surprised if it’s down to the ankles we like to be covered up. Modesty is a style virtue. Men will pair up a long sleeved top or shirt with cinos in navy or beige. In the summer months we might wear a polo shirt, ladies wear with a long skirt, never with trousers.

We like to vacation by the sea, the only festivals we attend are literature one as music ones are too vulgar these days i.e. celebrity-filled thus attracting philistines. Hobbies include writing poetry and essays on obscure topics, painting, flirting with artists (or Professors), searching for first editions, gallivanting around European museums and making baklava from scratch.

Often found in the countryside on weekends picking wildflowers and petting squirrels, may stay in the city and hog a coffee table for half the day on their own or with loquacious pals. Typically has a longstanding artsy or community-based project to complete like a novel, learning braille or setting up a workshop series to help troubled teens heal through art.

Like our conformist cousins The Preppies we feel a great amount of duty and responsibility so are likely to volunteer in some capacity. Finally, like our 2nd cousins the Hippie’s we feel a desire to change the world in some small way.

Leave a comment if you are a Boh-Prep – we need to unite and connect our tribe!

The Bohemian Illustrator: Izak Zenou

Our Paris born illustrator Izak Zenou makes art that connects “through whims, charms, elegance, humor, surprise and coolness,” as he says.

I love Izak’s work especially his illustrations for the book Bohemian Manifesto. His work was my first introduction to the art form of illustration. It is undeniably the epitome of whimsical chic.

His clients include Henri Bendel, Bloomingdale’s alongside Chanel, Céline and Sephora. Chic with chic Darling!

Zenou was previously a Fashion designer then switched to Illustration because Darlings we Bohemians cannot commit to one form of art… So much talent why constrain ourselves?

He also illustrated Billy Joel’s Ode to NYC children’s book: “New York State of Mind and did the cover art for  Francesca Castagnoli’s novel: “Princess: You know who you are.”

Zenou’s top tip (as posted in JeffyBruce.blogspot.co.uk) on entering the creative arena:

“The advice I would give is believe in yourself, work hard and be patient.  You also have to engage in life and always stay in motion; keep moving forward.  Do what you are inspired to do and eventually, it will all work out.”

 

 

My first exposure to his work all began in the charming book Bohemian Manifesto: A Field Guide to Living on the Edge. Written by the Queen of Bohemia Laren Stover. Look out for the forthcoming updated edition of this book with more of his work in. I have been telepathically informed that new chapters are being typed by faeries’ feet as Laren dictates the words. Though Zenou continues with conventional methods to draw new illustrations.

 

“If I succeed somehow to put emotion in the eyes- I seduce myself. I’m touched, I’m moved and I’m happy with that.” – Izak

For the Fan Girls Zenou’s designs can be yours on Laptop sleeves, iPad and selected phone covers at DecalGirl.com/Izak.

NEW d’izak collection of fashion accessories, including silk scarves, totes and small leather goods: 
C O M I N G   S O O N ! 

 

💌  J o i n   t h e  M a i l i n g  L i s t  💌
     www.ShopIzak.com
(to hear when this collection is released and more)

 

A Gallery of His Art…. (From NYC-Traffic.com)

 

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Where he works

His apartment/loft studio as featured in Michael Mundy’s An Afternoon With
(circa 2010)

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Source

 

C o n n e c t    w i t h    I z a k 

Instagram: @IzakZenou_Illustrationist     Facebook: /IzakIllustration     Twitter: @IzakZenou     Pinterest: @IzakZenou      www.IzakZenou.com
💌  J o i n   t h e  M a i l i n g  L i s t  💌
    www.ShopIzak.com
On his inspiration, on American Womenon Traffic-NYC.com, his portfolio his Brand Book

 


BONUS!

 

A Surprise for You… The original illustrations from the official companion site BohemianManifesto.com
(This website is no longer in existence.)
Images found on this site.

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There is a  N E W  U P D A T E D  edition of this book in the works with Dandy Goths and Steampunk making an appearance. Stover has also “dreamed up lush descriptions of Fairy Folk and a call to action for Zen Bohemians.”

 

Teasers of this pending edition and a Gallery of Bohemians found on instagram: @Bohemian_Manifesto_Book

For Bohemian Purist’s like myself (total oxymoron) I implore you to Gift Yourself and chums the original edition pronto. Shop here!

Bohemia must reign my Darlings…

T w e e t    t h e   W r i t e r  s
o f     t h i s    b o o k :

Laren Stover: @Reine_Des_Feine

Paul Himmelein: @Paul_Himmelein

 

The Unstoppable Bohemian: Audrey the Artist

Bohemians will do anything to pursue their art and Audrey the Artist glorifies this. Having a disability does not stop her expressing her vision through twisted wired lines and spots of vibrant inks. You just gotta keep on keeping on when you have talent in life. Though I do wander if at times she is in physical pain when she makes her art….

Her hands remind me of a ballerina; long and elegant though harboring pain we cannot begin to imagine.  Like our own hands but extraordinary yet fragile and ultimately beautiful.

Audrey’s aesthetic is feminine, edgy and chic. The faceless beauties she draws tell a story with their hair, some designs are also available as tote bags!  

I adore illustrators because they make the world prettier! Think about it, they really do. From adverts, instruction manuals, prints on products… Illustration is EVERYWHERE to inform, educate, entertain and inspire and make the world look better as well as share a special style to see the world with plus a reinterpretation of how things can look.

An interview by Golden Boy Press with the Artist found here.

Here’s a snippet of the interview.

What’s a typical day for you?
Eating, drawing, going out, sleeping. Repeat. I love going out to see concerts, and you may take me as a psycho, but sometimes I just feel like tattooing every lyric on my body, haha. It happened when I saw Haim last year, I just got like “each song is full of life” and I wanted that feeling tattooed on my body.

How does your environment empower you to pursue what you love?
I wouldn’t say my environment empowers me. In my family, I don’t have any artists, so very early I realized I had to draw my own path, which is something you have to accept ; I mean sometimes, it would be so nice to have someone close to relate to. Most of all, I try to travel as much as possible, and meet people from different countries, with different cultures. Differences are empowering.

What are your top 5 main influences?
Stina Persson, Jordi Labanda as illustrators. I’ve been lucky as hell to meet Jordi, he’s such a brilliant man. One of my current influences is Sia (from her video clips to her album covers). I mean, jeez, so much talent. I am also highly influenced by my favorite book, Les Fleurs du Mal from Baudelaire. There’s this poem, “La Chevelure” and it fits the way I draw hair so well. And this year, my favorite movie was Whiplash, and it quite influenced my behavior. I went very “go for it” instead of “what if”, and it changes everything you know.

“That’s why her hair is so big it’s full of secrets!” – Damien (from Mean Girls)

 

Hey Hay! On my way….

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Tomorrow I shall be seeing Tim Marlow Art Historian extraordinaire interviewing Steve McCurry the award-winning Magnum photographer.

Tim Marlow is a wonderful broadcaster and journalist every once in a while I’ll catch an old episode of his Great Artists series on Sky Arts. I could hear him speak for hours. 🙂

And we all know Steve McCurry’s magnificent, iconic photographs. For more see @steve mccurryofficial

Another event I am attending is “Memory and mental time travel” which sounds incredibly fascinating and is a talk by a scientist and artist! 🙂 Jpeg

Hay Festival 2014 Event: Picture Book Panel (Part 3)

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Picture Books are very magical indeed. I will soon blog about how they magically, yes MAGICALLY came into my life in a later post. Obviously I love picture books so could not resist this event. And Rachel was most inspiring because she literally has her own card and gift EMPIRE plus she like randomly decided to work as an air stewardess (among many other ventures) which is sooooo the type of thing I would do except I’m not good with flying! Oh yes and Rachel was 5 months pregnant at the time and has since had her beautiful daughter! 

So the Super-Awesome-Picture-Book-Gang is Chris Haughton on the left below, Oliver Jeffers centre and the sunny & gorgeous Rachel Bright! 😀 You need to read “Oh no! George” by Haughton because you need more colour in your life and you must purchase “This moose belongs to me” by Jeffers because it is a gorgeous picture book and you must read all the “Love Monster” stories. I also own some of Rachel’s “The Bright Side” range of gifts and cards. A post on that coming shortly!
JpegOk so seconds before I got a pic with the Super-Awesome-Picture-Book-Gang my hair was on point. Like PERFECT. On Fleek as North West would say.

Then somehow my hair turns into this…Like WTF? Just not on point, just seconds ago it was like Rachel’s with a side parting and then this raven cascade sans side-parting just flops down upon my scalp from outta nowhere! Just not a good look but my boobs look EPIC so can’t complain 😛

JpegApologies if you were looking for a more in depth discussion of the points raised at the panel. I have simply forgotten-it was a year ago! Notably the trauma of my hair not on fleek took precedent in the recollection of this event.  

xoxo Catherine 😀

Artist: Fabian Perez

I discovered this Argentine Artist by chance as I walked past Cardiff’s Blue Dot Gallery. His art was displayed in the window and I popped into the gallery to see more of his beautiful and seductive paintings. I instantly loved them and the Cezanne-esque brushstrokes.

That was back in 2012. The following year I had the good fortune to meet the Artist Fabian in Cheltenham’s Whitewall Gallery. I was pretty nervous to meet him which is quite unusual because I’m always attending events like these. So I asked him  who Michiko was-he does many paintings of her (turns out she’s an old friend from Japan.) I asked him how to get started with painting he answered it’s important to learn how to paint, master the basics then cultivate your own style. I was so nervous I ended up cutting the conversation short. My Mum was there with me whilst I chatted to him so I introduced my Mum to him! Initially we arrived prior to his attendance so me Mum & Dad had a good wander around the gallery that showcased his work. It was jam-packed with collector’s and fans! The reason my parents came was because Cheltenham is an awkward place to get to by train. It’s only a 1 1/2 hour drive but via train it’s 2 1/2 hours with x2 stops! We got to walk around the beautiful city of Cheltenham so it was wroth the trip for us all.

His paintings of Michiko are my favourite no doubt because with our Asiatic eyes she’s the lady I most resemble out of the many women Perez paints. Call it a Bias of Vanity.

Fabian did not have the easiest upbringing. Do have a read of his biography you’ll be touched and inspired by his Art even more.

http://www.fabianperez.com/about/biography

I can definitely relate to his early struggles in Life. I guess that explains why I was so immediately drawn to him. But Fabian is no tortured soul. He’s talented, handsome and has a beautiful family see below:

 

Find more pics from this event here: