I’m writing you from the amazing city of Montreal right now and am presently lounging in one of the most beautiful rooms of all time at the Gault Hotel, after a night out with some incredibly talented/beautiful/inspirational woman so feeling breezy like Sunday morning all around.
And on the same happiness vein, I’m thrilled to introduce you to a brand spanking new series here on B&B that’s going to be brought to you every Friday by one of my new most favouritist people, Matthew from Heirloom and Knot. If you’re an art and beautiful things lover, this is going to be something you are most definitely not going to want to miss each week so without further ado, here is instalment number one…
Dear readers and design enthusiasts,
I am excited to be able to announce today our latest collaborative series Art Fair Fridays with the talented team at Heirloom & Knot. We will using the Bijou & Boheme blog as a platform to bring you weekly design inspiration in the form of exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis. Filtered through the lens of a seasoned designer’s eye, we will be showcasing trend edits that exemplifies the feeling behind the work we feature. Using the artist’s signature style to inspire all aspects of a beautifully curated life – Combining our shared love of art, fashion, literature and design into a shared and inviting visual experience that we hope readers will enjoy.
In our first instalment we had the pleasure of interviewing the insanely talented Stephanie Vovas. Whose 70’s infused photography not only inspires, it transports you to a bygone era of free love and hyper-femininity. Where the California sun’s hazy hues kiss the often bare breast of her subjects and sexuality is elevated to the level of fine art.
How long have you been a professional photographer? I have been a professional photographer for about 5-6 years but I have been making pictures for most of my life.
What is your biggest career highlight to date? Shooting the cover of Playboy magazine, and also doing a commissioned fine art shoot for The Land of Nod, both done last fall. Both were two very big companies taking a chance on me, and believing in my work, which is a feeling of incredible bliss, and extreme nervousness. Also, I never thought I’d go from shooting children in a camp in Wisconsin to shooting a Guess model in a Beverly Hills mansion for Playboy. Definitely the highlight so far.
How do you differentiate been commercial photography and fine art? The feelings it gives you. But I think I get work specifically for my style, so I don’t feel that I have to compromise much, if at all, for commercial work.
What is it about 1970’s culture that captivates you? People seemed to be experimenting with everything in life: social standards for men and women, sexuality, style, ideas, drugs, all while wearing wacky clothing and listening to Led Zeppelin and going to the disco. The interior design of that time is so delicious, as well as the incredible films and music. I find that very captivating, as well as visually in-spiring.
What would surprise someone to know about shooting for Playboy? That it seems normal. It does to me anyway. I like that there is so much incredible history and misconceptions around it. It pushes buttons I guess even after all this time. But it’s just a really wonderful job with wonderful people, who let me make groovy photos.
What advice would you give your younger self? Believe in yourself. Recognize what is happening around you. It saves time. Wear bikinis more. Please get smarter about money and business, or make friends with people who are.
Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration? Daydreaming. Relationship stories. Hotels. Wine. Movies and shows like Mad Men, where you go deep into a person’s character while in the most beautiful settings. Music. Memories of my childhood. Talks with Tom. Talks with my wonderful team, Stephen (makeup artist) & Courtenay (wardrobe stylist).
How would you define your signature style? I asked my boyfriend this question and he said: Exploring honey golden collar bones dripping with sweat. He was tipsy but I love that description, haha. My signature style I would say is: 70s tinted film still dreams.
If you could photograph anyone living or dead, who would it be and why? Matthew McConaughey, because of his work in True Detective. He’s mesmerizing! Also, may I please add: Sophia Loren, Roman Polanski & Sharon Tate together, and Jackie O. Thank you!
No. 1 House of Hackney – Tarovine Large Linen Cushion White Ochre – £148.00
No. 2 Milly – Dylan Top Zip Crossbody – $162.99
No. 3 Net-a-Porter – Gianvito Rossi Color-block suede and cork mules – $619.07
No. 4 Black Rooster Décor – Rattan Dome Chair – $1,271.00
No. 5 Dior – Diorskin Nude Air Tan Powder – $58.00
No. 6 Kelly Wearstler – Bust Pendant Necklace – $195.00
No. 7 Net-a-Porter – L’Agent by Agent Provocateur – $69.99
No. 8 Playboy Store – 60th Anniversary Shot Glass – $10.00
No. 9 Hermes – Sellier Porcelain Change Tray – $660.00
No. 10 Vanity Mirror Co. – Lorie Gold Baroque Mirror – $ 645.00
No. 11 Amazon – Lovelace Blu-ray – $23.99
Beyond honoured to have had insights from one of my all time favourite photographers and so hoping you check back next week for yet another ridiculously inspiring artist/interview/pretty stuff extravaganza.
EDIT…since starting this series, I’ve added my top 5 pics from each artist’s portfolio so wanted to make sure I came back and posted my most beloved pieces from Ms. Vovas…
Sexy, evocative and just plain old pretty.