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freestyle

April 12, 2022

Artist, Sarah Boyts Yoder has developed a visual vocabulary of shapes and motifs that are the basis of her wildly colourful and expressive paintings. To watch her at work in her Charlottesville studio, mixing paints with well-worn brushes and fingertips and sweeping across her canvases as though she’s a five-year-old at play is such an energizing sight. She describes her work as “thoughtlessly careful, casually precious and carelessly precise,” all of which can only be achieved when one’s grip on the brush isn’t too tight. “I love the idea of letting go of control and in doing so, making room for the unexpected—for surprise.”

quilt

April 6, 2022

Quilting –– much like pottery, papier-mâché and printmaking –– is both a humble craft and a fine art. While Kathleen Probst‘s bold colours and minimal patterns grace gallery walls, Brigitte Singh‘s intricate paisleys live in baby cots. Both are skillfully made, and designed with huge imagination, and neither is more than a humble quilt, nor less than a work of art. There are no quilts more beautiful, and more original than the ones created by the residents of Gee’s Bend in Alabama’s Black Belt. Last year, Gee’s Bend artist, Sally Mae Pettway Mixon‘s multi-hued quilt landed on the wall of London’s Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition. “No needlework, flowers, cut paper, shell-work or any such baubles shall be admitted,” read the original requirements of the show back in the 1770s. How far we’ve come, and how long it took.

common thread

April 5, 2022

Natalie Novak‘s tapestries take inspiration from ancient weaving techniques, and reflect the artist’s interest in mythology, symbolism and the super natural world. Her early work reminds me of the Navajo blankets and rugs my brought home from a trip to Santa Fe in the 90’s. This one here with its many bold reds and avocado green is such a beauty. This series looks like bleeding rainbows, and I love all the rich details in her tarot inspired tapestries. It’s cool to see a contemporary spin –– neon and metallic yarns –– on this ancient art form.

around and around

April 4, 2022

This beautiful and down-to-earth desert home.

These weirdo bud vases by Sandra Apperloo.

Pappardelle and pesto, ricotta and burrata.

Peter Bainbridge’s minimal silkscreen prints.

Cecilia Levy’s exquisite paper sculptures.

fine print

April 4, 2022

It’s Lydia Hardwick‘s bold and graphic patterns that pulled me in. Her designs remind me of ones we might see on African mud cloth. Hardwick works with stoneware and terracotta and uses stained slips and stained clay to create her surface decoration. Her pieces pay homage to traditional ceramics, while feeling utterly contemporary. This “grogged pot” is my favourite –– the ultimate vessel for flaming orange tulips.

around and around

March 25, 2022

Custom rosettes in velvet and grosgrain by Leila Sanderson.

Harriet Powers’ quilting legacy.

Hinke Weikamp’s nature inspired monoprints.

An eclectic home in Mexico City.

A kitchen of soft edges and pastels.

Garth Buckles‘ ancient oaks.

light as air

March 22, 2022

The heavier the world feels, the lighter this blog gets. Springs salads, Hyacinths in handmade vases, flamingo pink guest loos. My best writing comes when I have room to think, when I have to room to reflect. And in order to do that, I need to release air from the balloon, so to speak. The key for me is that I keep writing, even if what I have to say is as frothy as a cappuccino. Because when the urge does come for me to express something weightier, I’m more likely to have the words.

flat pack

March 15, 2022

I’m always inspired by artists who stretch the boundaries of traditional ceramics. Willem van Hooff‘s playful vessels are flat versions of traditional three dimensional shapes. They’re about 10 cm thick and made from joining two thick slabs of clay together. “Willem prioritizes experimentation, freedom and fun in his approach: often shaping works by hand and deliberately distorting their proportions, adding a personal touch that he finds lacking in the era of mass-production and consumerism.” His Core series is inspired by prehistoric African building techniques. Each vessel is functional –– as was always the case with traditional African pottery –– with a secret chamber in which to carry water. I find the work fabulously original, and that it’s functional, adds to its appeal.

interior

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.

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