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.
Ruby Taylor, a London-based illustrator with a vision to create some of the coolest drawings I’ve seen, prints that have you falling in love with them all over again and an impressive client list. Follow her Tumblr for inspiration and If you’re in London looking for an illustrator, look no further!
His words are as beautiful in their simplicity as his photos in their complexity. Hunter Lawrence captures images that not only take you away with them but speak volumes about the natural beauty that surrounds us, each and everyday. A beauty that man has not influenced and one would hope never disappears, a beauty that we should be eternally grateful to have in our backyards. To travel, to eat, to run, to walk and smell, sharing it with those we love and sometimes alone, in our own humbling peace. I’m starting to yearn for warmer days where me and my two loves can drive off into the early morning hours with our coffee, music and freedom. Spending the long lit days getting lost in our own natural world.
French artist, Johanna Tagada currently based in Berlin with her fiancé has a beautiful home and studio. I instantly fell in love with her colorful work and space. The Indian portraits are so beautiful and their eclectic home perfectly reflects their work in a most inspiring way. What a beautiful couple and a lovely home that leaves you feeling slightly envious and inspired by their artful life.