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Oceanside Museum Of Art Unveils CND Nail Art In "Tiny Canvases"

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Creative Nail Design celebrates 40 years of Nail Art innovation with an exhibit at the Oceanside Museum of Art called "Tiny Canvases".

Speaker 1: 00:00 Oceanside's museum of art is celebrating the art of nails and local innovation. Creative nail design products are in many nail salons and it was actually created right in Oceanside 40 years ago. Jen Arnold's father, who was a dentist and chemist back in 1979 created a nail polymer inside their garage that would go on to be used to create extravagant nail art and the product line known today as C and D to celebrate 40 years of nail art innovation C and D in Oceanside, museum of art teamed up to open tiny canvases. I walked through the four rooms of the exhibit to view more than 10,000 adorned nails with Jan Arnold, cofounder of C and D.

Speaker 2: 00:43 this exhibit, you go through a number of rooms, all of them tell a story and it all starts right here. It really starts here and I think the name says it all. It's tiny canvases, the art of nails. And we thought in this image that we would feature this amazing corset all made out of nail tips. So there are about a thousand nail tips. This was made by the blondes during our Ruby anniversary at CMD. And you know, we wanted to take a look at the art form of nails and tell the extraordinary story of what goes into the art, who the artists are, what the history of Nella tournament is. Such a rich, rich history. And so onto this next room here, I feel like we've stepped into a timeline as well as the lab like nail of it. I love this room because this room starts on the right side with the ancient history of nails where we learned that back in three 3,200 BC, the Babylonians who will put charcoal on their nails to intimidate their opponents.

Speaker 2: 01:53 Um, the Chinese end purses would glow, grow their nails out very, very long and were gilded cages to protect their nails, which is amazing. Cleopatra known for her beauty and her makeup and nail. She would Hennis stain her nails or gild them in the case of our Cleopatra. Um, but the ancient history is very rich and then modern history and you know, I feel like, you know, people are under the perception that nail art. It. Look, this is something new and it's been around since 3,200 BC. Yes, I hear people all the time seeing on nail art just became popular in the last five years when in fact, yes, it has a very rich history, but I think making nail art tangible to every woman really depends on innovation, which takes us to the C and D history where in our laboratory, right in originally in Oceanside, California, we are the brand of firsts with revolutionary breakthroughs from solar nail to retention plus liquid and powder Breesa gel.

Speaker 2: 03:05 Even Schlack the manicure miracle about 10 years ago changed women's lives. But tell me, you father actually, uh, created this in the garage, in the garage. I actually have the picture of the garage right here. So right in ocean side up on hunts sakers street. My dad was a dentist of by profession, but he was also a chemist. So in his garage he had the whole lab set up as kids. He would design toothpaste and mouth rinse. One day, a manicurist back then was called manicures sitting in his chair and she said, I need something to sculpt nails long, thin color, stable, beautifully natural looking. And he discovered solar nail the first ever cross linked polymer resin and that set the course for a 40 year legacy of innovation. Oh my gosh. And that 40 years takes us into here. Yes, you can see, Whoa.

Speaker 2: 04:07 So that the fruits of our labors, so this is our exhibit of the actual, there are about 10,000 tiny canvases in all of our displays and each board tells a different story from often garde to vintage pop art. Um, every story you can imagine. But when you look at the intricacy of the art, you see this little bird skull, it's actually made out of liquid and powder, acrylic by hand, by Winnie Wong. In this case, these flower bouquets are all made out of shellac gel, Polish layers of nail Polish, gel Polish turned and twisted into little bouquets and placed on nails. Can you really train for this type of artistry or is this something that you just have to have a talent for? I think the artists in this case, the really avant garde visionaries, it's why we really wanted to do this exhibit is to honor their skill and talent.

Speaker 2: 05:08 Um, but I think, you know, I would take my nails as an example that we can be inspired by these flower bouquets and then get a floral bouquet manicure. That honestly, I can wear these nails with absolutely everything and minimal jewelry because my nails tell the assessory story. So from runway to real way, and let's look at this because you really helped to inspire the runways. But I can remember a time when you would not see nail art on the runway. Um, back in the early nineties, nails were bare. And I remember as a brand we said, why? Like nails are these assessors that everyone can wear. And it adds such an accent to the outfit. So one by one we approach designers. These are two of our favorite partners, Libertine w where he has just exploded by upcycling beautiful, you know, all of these amazing embellishments.

Speaker 2: 06:14 Um, so the, these two looks are Libertine and then the Pearl look and the snake look are the blondes, the very famous corset makers. They make couture courses for Beyonce, lady Gaga, Katy Perry, um, Jennifer Lopez. And we have done their shows since they started their business. Oh my goodness. You told me a story about really being nervous about beets, cringe nails here. So we were talking to Johnson Hardig, the designer of Libertine, and he said, why don't we do fringe nails? Well, long story short, we decided to do three foot long fringe nails. And right before this show started, I mean all this fringe was hand dyed, beautifully placed, all the models had it on their nails. I went to take my seat in the front row and I was so scared that the models like it didn't even Dawn on me. They might trip on it.

Speaker 2: 07:11 In fact, the fringe wafted down the runway like magic. And right after the show, Vogue rushed back and did a huge story. And talk to me a bit about the accessibility in terms of the fashion industry. Many people may not be able to afford the high end fashion designers, but now art is a bit more accessible. Oh, I D I call nails the ultimate cheap thrill. And I say that with all due respect, you could buy the, you know, the Libertine jacket for 10,000 or you can go to your local salon and get the Libertine look for $50 a hundred dollars if you really go extravagant. So it's really nails are for everyone, not only females, but men as well. So that closes out the tiny canvases art exhibit here at Oceanside museum of art. Jan Arnold, thank you so much for joining us. Jan has been the Visionaire of this exhibit and is cofounder of C and D. thanks again for you. Thank you. And tiny canvases will run until February 9th at the ocean side museum of art.

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