Quite Lovely

25th April 2015 | Alice Taylor

Candid and fearless erotic photography by Laurent Benaim in Quite Lovely, the second issue of the The Quite Delightful Project’s luxury erotic magazine.

To see the full essay you can pre-order a copy of the magazine; which, along with its accompanying publications, you can currently order online at a pre-publication discount.


25th March 2015 | Alice Taylor

I’m really drawn to this strappy lingerie line, Ludique, created by Romanian designer Ruxandra Gheorge.

Ludique derives from Latin ‘ludus’ and embodies the duality of the feminine spirit.

Created and developed by Romanian designer Ruxandra Gheorghe, Ludique personifies the amphibious condition of the feminine spirit highlighting both seductive and confident nature and delicacy and grace which define femininity.

Fine and precious, as a second skin, the lingerie is created only with high-quality fabrics and trimmings integrating cutting-edge designs combined with elements from Romanian art and mythology. The lingerie pieces excel in graphic cuts, which reflect the brand identity, and integrate junctions of delicate and precious materials with daring elements creating a pleasing mixture of functional and erotic lingerie.

Ludique products are created and handcrafted in limited edition and convey the Underwear as Outerwear trend through a diverse range of lingerie items reflecting femininity, sensuality, spirituality, sophistication and boldness.’

Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden

19th January 2015 | Alice Taylor

Figurative painter Marlene Dumas is soon to have an exhibition at the Tate Modern between the 5th of February until the 10th of May. In anticipation and to give you a taster of her work to date, here are some of her paintings of nudes.

About the exhibition:

‘She is one of the most prominent painters working today. Her intense, psychologically charged works explore themes of sexuality, love, death and shame, often referencing art history, popular culture and current affairs.

‘Secondhand images’, she has said, ‘can generate first-hand emotions.’ Dumas never paints directly from life, yet life in all its complexity is right there on the canvas. Her subjects are drawn from both public and personal references and include her daughter and herself, as well as recognisable faces such as Amy Winehouse, Naomi Campbell, Princess Diana, even Osama bin Laden. The results are often intimate and at times controversial, where politics become erotic and portraits become political. She plays with the imagination of her viewers, their preconceptions and fears.

Born in 1953 in Cape Town, South Africa, Dumas moved to the Netherlands in 1976, where she came to prominence in the mid-1980s. This large-scale survey is the most significant exhibition of her work ever to be held in Europe, charting her career from early works, through seminal paintings to new works on paper.

The title of the exhibition is taken from The Image as Burden 1993, a small painting depicting one figure carrying another. As with many of Dumas’s works, her choice of title deeply affects our interpretation of the work. It hints at the sense of responsibility faced by the artist in choosing to create an image that can translate ideas about painting and the position of the artist. For Dumas it is important ‘to give more attention to what the painting does to the image, not only to what the image does to the painting.’’

Via: Tate Modern & The English Group