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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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 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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 A previous post featured tables from Phillips Collection that are both organic and free form.  In keeping with this idea, let’s look at the works of the incredibly gifted artist, Linda Plaisted.  I have been admiring her photo stream for over a year—I can’t pinpoint exactly where I found her; I am quite confident it was from one the women that have fed my passion for design, and continue to introduce me to cool decor, fresh talent, design deals fab furniture and phenom portfolios …. their inspiration is contagious.

One of my daily reads featured Linda’s work in early late 2007. I remember finding her personal blog, and crying well into the night after reading a her personal struggle of joy and grief; the truth, beauty and wisdom of surviving life’s trials is evident in her work. Linda’s work routinely makes me smile; her pieces have textural layers; they elicit feelings—they tell stories. A selection of her works are being featured on Viewville.com. Per ViewvilIe’s well written artist description:  

“Linda Plaisted is an artist who demonstrates in striking fashion how photography can be used as a basis for artistic expression rather than just as an end in itself. She layers photographs with textures from her paintings, drawings and collected ephemera to create painterly works with a lucid narrative quality.”

As a classically trained artist, she springboards that experience with her unique photography talent and background as a mixed media artist.  Here are a few of her works from the series:  Lay of the Land, among others.

Seed    Photographer’s Notes:

An elegant branch, in haiku form. From my “Lay of the Land” series that combines my original photography with textures from my paintings for a sense of depth not unlike paint applied to canvas.

Homeward  Photographer’s Notes:

Evening at the beach. After a fine seafood dinner, M and I walked down to the little private dock to go fishing on the Albermarle Sound. Didn’t catch anything except a bunch of picture postcard images like this one.

October  Photographer’s Notes:

The life of a tree is a hundred and a thousand years ; its decays ornamental ; its repairs self-made : they grow when we sleep, they grew when we were unborn. But we must look forward also, and make our-selves a thousand years old ; and when these acorns, that are falling at our feet, are oaks over-shadowing our children in a remote century, this mute green bank will be full of history: the good, the wise and great will have left their names and virtues on the trees ; heroes, poets, beauties, sanctities, benefactors, will have made the air timeable and articulate.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Threshold  Photographer’s Notes:

The images are composed of many layers, both literal and figurative, not unlike the contrasting layers of emotion I have experienced upon my arrival at this place, this threshold. This images tells how I arrived here with a new identity, shaped by joy at the birth of my daughter and grief at the death of my other child.

I have used my original photography, vintage photographs of my ancestors and past family documents, as well as textures and ephemera from my past and present lives, layered with photographs meant to conjure internal and external landscapes and, ultimately a sense of hope and new beginnings.

Her work normally ranges in price from $65-150, depending on size.  See more information by visiting Viewville’s website here or Linda’s website, Many Musings.  I was drawn to her originally from seeing this, and this, I know, she’s phenomenal, right? Oh and I also loved The Women series.  A newer series, titled the Language of Flowers, features Patience.

On a lighter note, when I was preparing this post, I wanted to use a photo of Linda to put a face with her name.  I guess I had her website/flickr name in my head (many musings) when I was sending her an email and I opened it with “Hi Mary.”  She kindly correctly me and we shared a laugh.  Sometimes foibles create a space for connection. Linda mentioned the something about the passion she feels for the art that she makes and with her permission, I’d like to pass it along to you.  “I love my life. Art is truly a “calling” for me, corny as that may sound. I live and breath to create things that really speak to people in whatever language they know best.”  

In other news, Linda was recently awarded Daily Candy’s DC, Best of 2008 award—COGRATS Linda.  To celebrate her DAILYCANDY win and her recent birthday, she’s giving 20% OFF ALL ORDERS from her website of $50 or more through March 2.  Click here for more information.  I am honored to feature the talent of Linda Plaisted.

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