One of my top five favourite things in life, is still-life.
My whole life is a still-life. A visual feast of considered chaos. It might be moving and changing constantly but I see it all in still-life.
That love extends to paintings. And now I have my Canon 5d with a brand news lens and my bribery flowers from Sheree, I have been so embracing taking my own pictures recently!! The love of still-life paintings though, is old. I stumbled upon a Caravaggio exhibition in Florence and fell for his food still-lives. Full of game, fruit de mare, and fruit & vegetables (I’m not so much into his flowers- I like my own better). His La natura morta are rich & moody paintings unlike the muted palette that painter Morandi chooses. Morandi’s eye is like that of a photographer, but his technique in capturing different angles are much more time-consuming! Most photographers and stylists stumble across and fall in love with Morandi at some point.
My brother/photographer Chris and I went to a big exhibition at the MET years ago. It was his first introduction.
Many people ask me about how to display objects and pictures on their walls.
I love to mix up things on my walls and ceilings from framed pictures, mirrors, ephemera or even branches- truly with anything my heart desires. These are the tools I use to create the curious, warmth or interest within a space.
These vignettes that I create are not just decorative art, but are a device to break up an expanse of wall or personalise a space. A wall and ceiling have different aspects depending on where you enter and where you sit or stand, and all of these should be considered.
I adore 3D objects- things that come out of the walls or fly from the ceiling will create your own personal adventure through your space, interacting with your belongings. Embrace the asymmetrical and slightly random- it is the random that makes sense.
Bring your problems! (not those problems). Find at least two things that you love, don’t restrict yourself to just pictures, to bring for play and discussion, and a photograph of the space you might be having problems with.
This workshop may be on location but within five minutes of the shop. As usual BYO- grog. Can’t wait to see you there!
Buy tickets on the online store for Bowerbird Displays on May 18th.
I believe that every person has their own colour palette.
It can be found by looking carefully at the things you surround yourself with: your clothes, the invitations & ephemera you keep, patterns you buy, jewellery you wear, even your teacups & plates! If you put your favourite things together you notice the same colours are repeated again & again. From this you can discover the colours that make you happy, how they can sit together & be applied into your interiors.
I will demonstrate & chat about how I come up with my paint palettes & show examples of them in interiors I have created. Guests are welcome to bring some of their favourite things for discussion. BYO-grog.
Workshop will be held on the 6th April at 6.30pm. Get tickets from our online store: Toolkit & Tacklebox. See you there!
When I lived in New York, I had a huge attraction to green: green on green, green pattern, green wallpaper with flower patterns. I’ve never thought of myself as a particularly green kind of person. However, upon my return to Australia where we are lucky enough to be surrounded by foliage and flora, I realised the attraction to green whilst living in New York was to compensate for the lack of it there. Of recent days, perhaps because we’re getting into chillier times, I once again am attracted to green. Check out my paint colours: Aral Sea, Oasis, Geranium, Faded & Frayed, Cicada, or swing by the shop and check out my ‘Tendril’ door. This week I have added to my green facade at The Society inc. with potted vegetables and herbs.