Hello lovely readers! I wanted to share that we are having our biggest sale yet. Take 30% off your entire order using code SUMMERSALE at checkout in the Etsy Shop right now until August 30th. You wont want to snooze on this one as we don’t do sales too often! We are clearing out stock to make room for some beautiful new products in the works for Fall/Winter 2014 coming soon.
What a beautiful home + work space this is. To me, there is nothing better than being surrounded by natural materials like all of the beautiful wood and neutral tones you see in both spaces creating such a warm and calming effect of your daily life. It is very important to me to have plants inside, allowing nature to be around you at all times, giving water and life to it each day. I think living minimal like this home and work space is essential to a healthy self, how can you live in a world full of clutter? It makes me feel chaotic both inside and out, and I choose not to live like that as I find it will make you a happier and well-balanced individual; giving you that space and clarity for everyday. It’s fascinating to see into another persons way of living, what and how they surrounded themselves with and what comes of it in terms of creativity. I find our home and workspace to are ever evolving, it gives you new inspiration and creativity, bringing new light and love into a home. I think we should all embrace change a little more often! Have a beautiful day my wonderful readers.
I have been having so much fun enjoying summer this time around – BBQ’s with friends, long summer walks, listening to summer thunder storms and visiting with family. We’ve still got just under two beautiful months left of this weather, thank goodness! Me and Sean have been busy busy with our art, painting a ton and I’ve also fallen hard for textiles in a new way. Dying fabrics by hand has become somewhat of a love-affair, it is a truly magical and time consuming process. I started to dye our eco-friendly tote bags and have moved onto sourcing out beautiful organic cotton fabric, it has been an invigorating experience. Currently working on a new collection of wall hangings with a size of around 43″ x 21″, they are soft, hand-dyed and hand-painted. Some will be available in the online shop this fall, but for now you can find my first small collection at a market here in Calgary Sunday August 10th.
If you are still interested in following me on this life changing journey than please do so through my instagram, as you can find out more of my process and up to date information as I am not spending as much time here on the blog. Instagram has been an amazing tool for connecting with other creatives around the world – as I’m sure most of you already know. We have also transformed a space in our home for my new studio spot, which will be ever evolving, you can find it here.
It’s been quiet around here on the blog lately – I’ve been taking advantage of summer as I can, exploring new pockets of this province and soaking up all of beautiful summer hours we have been given. You may or may not know that summer does not go on forever in this city. We’ve had a lot of family coming to visit over the past two months which has been so nice! Its kept us super busy, and reminds us to explore our own city- which is one of my favourite parts of it all. My birthday also passed this June, it was a nice relaxing weekend of eating and shopping. These are a few photos of what I’ve been up to while away from the blogosphere.
“Flowers are not forever, they last for a certain amount of time and that thought feeds my creativity.” is how Azuma Makoto describes what he loves most – flowers. In Japan there is a famous tradition of flower art called Ikebana and what Asuma creates in his life, everyday job and his passion is so simple and beautiful I instantly fell in love after seeing his work space and the arrangements he creates. His work is like none other that I have seen in the flower and plant industry (but I am not in Japan) which he says you can find some of the most beautiful flowers there is.
Isnt it all so beautiful?
Another one of my favourite parts to this interview -
Are you interested in art in general where works are built for eternity?
No not really, I really feel like flowers are the most beautiful piece of art you can have, especially in our modern society. We don’t really need things to ‘stay’ I think. We have so many things and we want so many things. I am very tired of being surrounded by so many things.
The sun is shining in so beautiful this morning and its supposed to be another warm day, although I’m cherishing every moment because the thunder storms are supposed to be rolling in this long weekend. Unfortunate as it may be, I actually enjoy a thunderstorm as I peer out at it through my window. Thunder storms out here in the prairies are unlike the ones back home on the coast so it’s quite exciting and frightening all at once!
I wanted to share some new pieces to the shop, its gotten a major over-haul and I couldn’t resist sharing. I’m very drawn to natural elements, my designs on the tote bags are inspired by nature and portrayed in a minimal way along with all of the wood I use, either hand-painted or left natural and paired with stones, its a beautiful contrast. I’ve been experimenting with indigo-dye recently. The process is so beautiful, inspired and seeing the outcome, the differences in each piece is thrilling. Ive added a few designs to the etsy shop and I hope you enjoy them. I plan to create even more textile products that are hand-dyed.
This past mothers day, I joined a pop-up market held here in Calgary through Commonwealth Collectors Club. It was a super fun and inspiring event, I’m planning on joining the next one as well, so keep a look out for details and if you’re in Calgary or even Edmonton, it is worth coming to see what’s there and catch-all the good vibes. It feels good to finally be joining Calgary’s art scene, it has after all been almost two years since our move, and its great to be a part of a growing community.
Another fabulous home tour via fvf this week, are the owners of Table of Contents, coming from Portland is most definitely an inspiring couple. I love young couples that not only live so well together but also collaborate on their work lives together. They not only have a beautiful home in Portland, after living together in Berlin, Beijing and New York but also a beautiful store with an awesome story. You can read the full interview here.