"The Whiplash Curve" Art Nouveau and Iconic Geometric Art Deco

Rottingdean Whiteway Centre

Special Event

"The Whiplash Curve" Art Nouveau and Iconic Geometric Art Deco

Day Saturday
Date26th November 2022
Time 10:30 - 12:45
Presenter Sarah Tobias
Cost £12.00
Room Main Hall
Availability 35/36 Places
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Event Description
The flowing, curvaceous lines of Victorian Art Nouveau, were followed by and compared with the interwar geometrical style of iconic Art Deco. Art Nouveau was organic, using elements found in nature e.g. flowers, insects and trees. Its style was sensual with whiplash lines, tendrils of hair and sprouting vines, creating an asymmetrical and fanciful appearance. In comparison, iconic Art Deco style was geometric. It was associated with the Jazz Age, so was also described as "jazzy". It utilised modern technology and innovations, such as plastic, chrome, aluminium and electricity. The smooth, regular patterns were found in everything from art to fashion, furniture, light fittings, ornaments, glass, ceramics and jewellery. Its elegance furnished homes in a new, exciting fashion and hugely influenced cinema: facades, interiors, film sets and costumes. Both styles were innovative and daring, emerging from earlier influences – Egyptian being a major feature of Art Deco. Illustrated with hundreds of colourful slides,
Presenter

Formerly an Associate Tutor for CCE at the University of Sussex, Sarah Tobias is an experienced and sympathetic adult education tutor who started her teaching career 23 years ago at Rottingdean Whiteway Centre. She has a Diploma in European Humanities; BA Hons in History and European Humanities; Master’s Degree in Histories and Cultures and Certificates in Further Education Teaching. Sarah is a social, cultural and local historian and an established, experienced university lecturer, college tutor, public speaker (over 30 subjects), tour guide and writer. She is also an occasional dramatic narrator, costumed role player, playwright and filmmaker. https://sarah-tobias.blogspot.com/