Posts from March 2022


March 14, 2022

What I like about this interior are all its many contrasts, like the laissezfaire linens and heavy mahogany frames. I love the traditionally carved, smooth headboard against the roughness of an unfinished brick wall. Even the anemones look lazy and wild on that heavy slab of stone. The mother of pearl chandelier, light and iridescent, hangs over a dark honey floor. I like interior design that captures the essence of what it is to be human; light and dark, playful and serious, tidy and imperfect.

around and around

March 13, 2022

Beautiful gelatin silver prints by Ion Zupcu.

White houses are the loveliest houses.

Henry Holland’s highly patterned plates.

Agostino iacurci’s mural.

A stone sink.

Hilary Pecis’ Ranunculuses.


March 11, 2022

I just bought five bunches of Hyacinths from my local corner shop that within minutes of entering the house muffled the smell of gym socks and meatloaf with their ethereal scent. On this very day last year, I wrote about the simple pleasure that I get from buying Hyacinths in late Winter, how their thick, green stalks and frilly petals are an antipode to the season’s withered stems and spiky seed heads. The Hyacinths, like the birds, buds and later sunsets, are all signs that Spring is taking her first breaths. Let’s try and breath with her.

clay in the life

March 10, 2022

My Mum is as enthusiastic about ceramics as I am, and most of our conversations now circle back to clay. Throughout lock-down, we both pinched pots at our respective kitchen tables –– hers in a small London flat, mine in a Toronto Victorian –– while nattering about vaccines, Brexit, botox and how best to poach an egg. For both of us, clay provided an escape, respite and release. For Christmas 2021 my Mum sent me a small ceramic sculpture she had made at her kitchen table. I hadn’t seen her in such a long time and I was so grateful to hold something in my hands that she had made with hers. These delicate works by French ceramicist, Jeanne-Sarah Bellaiche reminded me of the piece my Mum sent to me. They’re beautiful, aren’t they?


March 8, 2022

That Kristina Riska works on the scale that she does –– her work is massive –– and produces such diaphanous vessels is a testament to extraordinary skill. Critics say her work, “defies gravity” and stretches the boundaries of ceramic sculpture. This footage of the artist at work in her Helsinki studio is quite lovely, and gives us some sense of her process. As beautiful as her curvaceous forms, are her matte, earthy glazes that look like mud, rock, bone and charcoal.

fine line

March 7, 2022

It rained and hailed and snowed today, and the weather reminded me of Helen Booth’s paintings. The British artist works with a monochromatic palette, and paints in small strokes and dots of colour. I see snow squalls and raindrops on glass when I look at her paintings. She captures the magic and stillness of a fresh snowfall so beautifully. I can only imagine how meditative it would be to sit in a room of her paintings.

around and around

March 4, 2022

Janet Nungnik’s colour rich textiles.

Mika Hirasa’s whimsical embroidery.

The transience of snow art.

Sri Lankan floor mates.

Polina Rayko’s expression of joy and grief.

Rachel Dein’s botanical art in plaster.


March 3, 2022

I was thinking about my previous post on Fieroza Doorsen, and her beautiful restraint, when the great Miles Davis quote, “It’s not the notes you play, it’s the notes you don’t play” appeared in my feed. It’s funny how our brains work to connect the dots. There’s beauty and grace in restraint. Restraint gives way to possibility. It leaves the other person wondering, imagining. Picasso’s bull, a Brutalist building, and a single variety flower arrangement all spring to mind. It’s the absence of something that makes them all so beautiful.

fine print

March 2, 2022

I’m drawn to amorphous shapes and pure colour which is why Fieroza Doorsen‘s paintings are so appealing to me. Deceptively simple, her compositions have a profound effect. Doorsen’s work is a reminder of how powerful restraint can be. She has a background in printmaking and moves between pastels, charcoal, ink, oil paint, pencil, henna, acrylic, string, wax and collage.

the birds

March 2, 2022

Fujikasa Satoko‘s stunning stoneware sculptures remind me of Richard Sweeney’s paper ones. Their free flowing forms are similar, and both artists imbue movement and vitality into their chosen mediums. One writer compared Satoko’s sculptures to soaring birds –– Sweeney’s are often compared to birds in flight –– or winds moving through a valley. I see meringue and sea foam. In both cases, it’s the movement that I’m drawn to, as though they’ve sprung from sky and sea.

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