About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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For the love of The Fool

I’ve shown glimpses of a bag “painted by me” and on Joni’s request I’m posting about it now.

I used the Jacquard Lumiere and Neopaque paints that I have been using to paint shoes to liven up this staid bag that I’ve had for ages. It’s a DKNY nylon bag that only got pulled out when I needed to look ‘”professional.” Since there is no longer the need for that, I was going to give it away.

In preparation for my trip to London, I remembered that my fabric bags are not the best things to take since it rains so darn much. So I decided to turn the black bag into something I would actually use.

I wasn’t sure if the paint would take or last so I decided to just paint the front pocket and see. After the paint dried, I heat set it with an iron, then tested it with some water. Yup, it was permanent! Since then it's been exposed to several rainstorms and the paint has stayed put.

As you know I can’t get enough of star, sun and moon motifs. And the design was no doubt influenced by my most favorite designers of the 1960s: The Fool, a Dutch design and music collective. As creators of psychedelic style clothing, graphic, and environments, they worked with The Beatles on the short-lived Apple Boutique venture, provided art direction for the cult classic film Wonderwall and designed clothes for a number of rock stars.

Photo by Karl Ferris

I was thinking of the shirt when I stenciled the one in this post.

Of course, I adore the medieval-inspired elements of The Fool's designs.

Panne velvet! Stars! Leg o' mutton sleeves! Swoon...

All of these images are on The Fool's Facebook page. Be sure to go there to drool over the pics.

In a February, 1971, issue of Seventeen magazine that I purchased recently, I found this article on fashion by Seemon and Markijke of The Fool.

Astrobeams: Be a galaxy girl in rainbow-striped mixers! There's also a great article on The Fool from the December 3, 1967, issue of The Observer posted on Sweet Jane.

The video on that post and below shows the psychedelic bits in the film, Wonderwall. Even with all the trippy clothes, graphics and sets, my favorite design in the film is Jane Birkin’s fairy princess dress (seen at 3:56).

Screen shot from Wonderwall taken from here.

I also love this graphic from the film.

Linking to Lakota's Ta-Dah! Tuesday.

Reader Comments (8)

Wow! I got a whole lot more than I asked for and I love it! All these photos remind me of the Age of Aquarius song I use to sing over and over in my youth out in the backyard.
I love what you did with your purse. I just pulled out a black messenger bag yesterday and am wanting to do something with it. I always go for the celestial designs too. Now you've got me inspired. Thanks Jo!

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

what a fab idea to paint the bag, loving the result and it's so bright and fun!

blog hopping from ta dah tuesday over at lakota's


November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

O,those are some fabulously inspirational images!!!
The bag looks incredible! Take,that Donna Karen and your boring eithic, here's a sock in the eye with some craftiness!

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHelga

Thanks for these fabulous images, they've inspired me already! The Teabreak picture is astounding, very Indian, so obviously I love it!

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

This is an amazing post, your bag is wonderful and the clothes, my word, the clothes are utterly fabulous x

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWendy

Your bag is lovely - definitely not dull now.

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Love the bag!

Thanks so much for the link to The Fool's facebook page. I love that Apple logo jacket so much it hurts.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

I have to admit I've never liked those nylon Prada bags, so this is a big improvement. Very you and a great makeover x

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