Just popping in briefly to share a thought for the day.  I hope to feature some new work this week.  My design business has me running around a bit, so here’s to finding some quiet time to devote to you.  

image by:  jana

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A quick pop in to share a very cool art gallery with you.  Hardware, an art gallery in France.   The space reflects warmth and style… a balance of calm with thoughtful use of open, negative (empty) space.  A perfect blend of materials in their use, color, and finish.

The artists represented include Baecile Gabrielle, Berrada Barbara, Thierry attic, Guiome David, The Guy Dish, Saux Daniel, Marsh Christelle, Othon Patrick, and Serc Patrick.  The diversity of artist representation is also quite appealing, with a refreshing take on placing the works.

I found the gallery while visiting this blog.  You can translate her writing into English, but I thought I’d give you an option to explore without the weight of words.  I find myself enjoying that at times. I must tell you, having you here, well, it makes me smile.

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A couple of weeks ago I visited the little Etsy shop fric de mentol.  The shop owner, Ana, a native of Portugal  currently lives there and supports herself through making artwork.   She sells original illustrations, and other gocco screen print pieces. All of the pieces are handmade, one of a kind and from what I can tell are constructed with a great deal of care. Her fascination with portraits, people, and nature is very evident in her work.

I purchased this card above from her shop.  I have found that I need to see the work that I spot on-line in real life, to touch it, to confirm that what speaks to me on the Internet actually speaks to me in person. This is a responsibility I take seriously because people rely on me to have aesthetic certainty.

 Yesterday, I received her package, which included the card I had ordered, and a trove of other darling treasures. She actually created a handmade thank you card, with hand embroidery and personalized lettering.  But wait, there’s more.  She also included a sweet little illustrated bookmark and business card.

Her work is stunning, sweet, and textured with character.  I would venture to guess her heart is quite similar. I feel honored to share her work and recommend it to you.  

Ana is having a spring promotion in her shop through April 10th, buy three gocco prints on paper and receive the 4th free (her choice). 

Here are a few of her current pieces sitting pretty in her shop (not for long, I’d expect).

Oh and please do visit her lovely blog here.   I will be visiting her shop again soon, I am certain.

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A sweet friend referred me to this video and I had to share it with you.  The people in my life that carry me, that teach me how to love and remind me of what is important, this song is for you.  God, please teach me mindful loving.

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Aurélie Mathigot is a french woman, whose artistry uses such elements as cotton and wool fiber, photographs, nature and canvas. She’s been featured on many design blogs over the last several years and participated in numerous exhibits in and around Paris.

My initial introduction to her work came through one of my daily design blog visits. Unfortunately, I did not have a discipline of documenting my sources when I bookmarked her website. I have since altered my process so that I document the source of all new-found websites, blogs artisans and other design resources.  

I emailed Aurélie a couple of weeks ago as I was curious about her more recent works. She was kind enough to respond and include two visuals of new pieces for me to share with you. The depth and breadth of her work is simply amazing. Artists of this caliber leave a lasting impression in my mind for days and weeks after I spend time in their visual company.

Here are a couple of her varying works that I originally fell head over heals in love with.

Here is a taste of her photography, printed on canvas and embroidered to add texture and meaning. I’d love one of these pieces for the studio to coat my eyes with inspiration on a daily basis.

Part of my draw to her work, aside from it’s sheer genius is her concept, which I lifted directly from her website, as I felt that paraphrasing would be delusive.  

“Aurelie Mathigot’s work is largely inspired on the notion of recovery and the necessity of talking about everyday life in another – new – way.”  

Several preoccupations recur throughout her work which she speaks about on her website:  like the will to hide, the need for isolation and for being overwhelmed by the material she is working with.  I love what I do and am grateful for the opportunities I have been given thus far.  But with that opportunity comes responsibility, time pressure, budget constraints and the stresses of the ever present Murphy’s law of the construction business. Another aspect that is different, from say, a fine artists ‘own work,’ is the timing of making expensive decisions.  These decision have to be made so often quickly, and primarily based on concept.  This is part of the exposure that designers are subject to. It is all a balancing act because waiting until all of the known elements are present to facilitate more informed decision making isn’t realistic and would result in project delays that most clients cannot absorb.  This really is the ‘value’ of engaging a professional designer…their ability to make hard decisions on space plans, overall designs, scale, materials, color, finish and layouts with limited real life visual information.  

The longer I work in this industry, the more I recognize the importance of a thorough, well defined, and comprehensive concept phase for my projects.  I am hoping to expand my working platform to make room for more undefined, playful, self interpretive works.  Aurélie’s work expresses some of these freedoms to me.  I cannot be certain of whether she feels these freedoms in the process of her creating.  What I am certain about is that I respect, appreciate and love her work.   

Here is Aurélie’s latest work.  If you are interested in learning more, please do visit her website.  I barely scratched the surface on the extent of her loveliness.

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This week, I’ll be featuring a few artists whose work is so breathtaking, really.  I find myself gasping with joy each time I review the visuals.  I hit the ground running this morning with client work and didn’t get a chance to draft any posts. Please come back for a visit in the next couple of days, will you?  There will be exquisite, unique, bar raising pretties.

Here’s a couple of pictures I snapped today in San Rafael, after a client meeting. The air has been so crisp and clear with brisk, sunny skies.  My eyes are drawn to the balance between color and neutral, the sleek and textural, in life and in nature.  I’d love to hear what your eye is drawn to, what you enjoy gazing at or photographing.

images by:  jana

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via design-shimmer.  The textures, backgrounds, colors, use of light, negative space, rhythm, movement; totally dig it.

I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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She came to my studio yesteray. early.  She brought her camera, to shoot photos of the studio.  She offered to do this for me, as a gift…a very special gift.  Her photography, it will be lovely.  Her company, in the studio, was familiar and refreshing.  It has been a while since we connected.  The connection returned with such grace.  Spending time with people I love is important. Finding time or making time is not easy for me.  The best things don’t always come easy, so remind me, will you?  Remind me to make time for you.

Her photos, pretty, thoughtful, a delicate balance vivid color with unexpected hits of rich, deep neutrals. Feeling blessed?  I am clearly blessed.

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This evening, I came across a French sketch artist, Alexandre Day, whose graphite work on wood is shown here.  His work resonated with me immediately.  Having a lil biscuit and a lil boy G might have a bit to do with it. maybe. well, yes, of course.  He has so many yummy works, with additional gallery links on his blog. I encourage you to take a moment to visit.

The last few weeks have been challenging and tiring; learning a new skill and becoming more visible is hard on this girl.  But, I’m feeling inspired by all of the incredible artisans I have recently discovered and the new connections I am making along the way.  I’m thoroughly enjoying being here, and you, yes you, make it all the more fun, comfy and worthwhile. Comments are always appreciated but visiting silently is no less meaningful to me. really.  

Please visit periwinklebloom, it’s the cool place where I discovered this work, among other stylish, family oriented goodies.

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I frequent fashion blogs to keep my visual inspiration library freshly replenished.  Recently, I visited Fashion Moment, a blog chock full of gorgeous fashion visuals.  I was nearly at the end of the post entitled,  Some gorgeous gowns when a designer, Antonio Marras, caught my eye.

The runway visual below, intrigued me for a variety of reasons.  I wanted more.

I was off to visit his website.  I may not be a fashion lingo girl, but I know what pretty is (channeling Mr. Gump).

What about his work drew my attention?

    • fabric combinations
    • vintage interpretation
    • softness
    • applique and ornamentation
    • minimal use of lace, metal, other raw materials
    • blend of constructed and deconstructed shapes
    • tone on tone
    • the lines his pieces create

I selected pieces from several collections to give you an overall feel of his work.

I reviewed many of his current and past collections, dating back to 2001.  These are a few of my favorites.

Antonio is primarily a self taught designer, beginning his career as a fashion designer in the late 1980’s. His first haute and ready to wear collections followed in the mid to latter 1990’s.  The website houses generous illustrations of his showroom, three retail shops, and many photo shoots supporting past collections.  His company maintains a loyalty to his roots, annually supporting artisans from in and around his home country of Alghero, Italy.

So, what about his surroundings, interior expressions impresses me the most?

    • Use of refined and raw elements
    • washed brick, worn wood, discolored concrete, rusty elements
    • light, tone on tone palette, textured fabrics
    • incorporating raw elements, wool, wheels, open frames
    • blending elegance with crystal chandeliers, crushed velvets
    • lover of decay depicted as beauty
    • feminine floral handpainted/embroidered decor
    • inlighting, unexpected lighting
    • decor in unlikely locations/directions
    • classy use of a funk factor
    • smart use of negative space
    • accessing both the inside and outside of a space
    • simple vignettes that communicate his taste
Here’s a compilations of much of what I love about his showroom, retail shops and the photo styling of prior collections.
Just when I thought I couldn’t be more impressed, I happened upon these depictions of prior collection vignettes.  Seriously, the colors, the materials, the balance of lighting and use of negative space.  His mastery of visual communication crosses industries.

I’m off to make good use of this new found inspiration.  Peace to you all.  I’d love to hear what inspires you, visually or otherwise.  Thank you for being here with me, really, it makes me happy.

p.s.  I couldn’t get the bullet points/indention to work right on my two lists above, so bear with me; I will figure this out as I go, and wanted to share his work today.

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