Monday Moods #2 – Good Things

#Mondaymoods

Still feeling all warm and fuzzy after seeing this amazing portrait of Scarlett I had commissioned from the insanely talented Kate Domina and really drawing this week’s inspiration from the soft whimsical palette and playful elements of this piece. A mixture of that, the rain and this short break from the heat, this week’s edition is all about savouring the good things in life like my children, a warm bed and a delectable piece of cake.

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1) Prop styling by Linda Lomelino http://www.lindalomelino.se/work/

2) By artist, Kate Domina http://katedomina.com/

3) http://www.luvocracy.com/anna_h/recommendations/diamond-baguette-engagement-ring-06-carat-diamond-by-bellaflor

4) http://breakfastatyurmans.tumblr.com/post/103525906884

5) https://www.flickr.com/photos/96395847@N00/4376644982

6) http://www.ruemag.com/editors-picks/bralettes-bow-ties

Happy Monday lovelies! xx

Monday Moods – 1st Edition

Now that #pineavehouse is finally shaping up, I am looking forward to getting back to the blogs and as such, I wanted to introduce my new series, #MondayMoods.  In this series I give a little taste taster of what has been inspiring me lately from shoes I’ve been lusting after, songs I have had on repeat, or swoon-worthy photographs that I can’t get enough of. Since we are about to get another major heat wave, I felt a beachy palette of powder pink and glass greens would set the perfect tone for the rest of the week.

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4. Sakura-Sheer Pink Tulle Cami with Petal Trim from Miss Crofton: http://www.misscrofton.com/product/sakura-sheer-pink-tulle-cami-with-petal-trim
5. Grace Kelly by Howell Conant 1955
Happy Monday lovelies! x

Dining Chairs and Chairish

There’s nothing I love more than creating something custom and one of a kind, whether it’s taking a vintage find and doing a little reupholster magic or by using different colours, patterns and textures to make something truly special. While looking at inspiration for my new dining room I came across so many posts about designers and stylists mixing and matching in all the right ways and wanted to share some ideas on how you can take this mismatched trend to the next level with a few simple steps…

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And if you’re in the market to purchase chair goodness, you can find all of the goodness above plus thousands of other options at Chairish.

xx

Art Fair Fridays – Spencer Tunick

Friday has once again come around and after a little hiatus, both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are excited to share with you our latest collaborative instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series, where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.

This week we interviewed the amazingly talented  Spencer Tunick, whose photographic work illustrates the transformation his subject matter, into the medium itself .  Each of Tunick’s piece feels deeply layered, with moody undertones that unravel with each viewing.  His work takse the human form and molds it like plasticine into stunning compositions that speak to a dialogue on culture, history and the human condition.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?

Its hard to place a date on the moment in time when I would call myself a professional artist since the process was a gradual evolution and discovery which started in the early 90’s. For a few years, I was shooting individuals naked on the streets of the city. The works were fun and whimsical and sometimes striking but at some point I decided to shoot 25 people all together in front of the United Nations. It was that moment the work transformed into something else and that is when I really saw something that fascinated me. The bodies became more of a medium, like clay or paint, something more than the individual. I wanted to explore what would happen if I covered large pieces of the city with this new flesh medium.  but if by professional artist you mean able to live from the making of art, that began when I started getting commissions from museums which started in 2004.  The combination of commissions and the sales of actual framed photographs enabled me to survive solely of my art.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?

Mostly not to give up in the face of arrest.  My friends, family and lawyer expressed this to me during my 5 arrests involving the making of my art from 1995 – 1999.

Werner Herzog said:  “There is nothing wrong with spending a night in jail if it means getting the shot you need.”  I lived and continue to l I’ve this philosophy.

How would you describe your creative process?

I am often inspired by the meaning or history of a place or the culture of the people. I visit a place and try to imagine how 300-3000 bodies would appear within the landscape of the city . I enjoy imaging this as the streets turn the color of flesh in my mind, like a Color Field painting.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

I work with the naked human body. My medium is alive and has leg! I can move the medium with the help of the participants who are the medium.  The body is the primary source of energy and the life force of my work. It never ceases to provide me with inspiration. Lately I am combining pigments with naked bodies, adding colors to the colors of human flesh and that is interesting to me and I’m excited to see where that takes the work.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I would have to say  that one of the biggest was 18,000+ mexican people coming out to pose in the Zocalo in Mexico City.  That was an amazing morning and I’m really happy with the works that resulted from that day.  I’ve also done some works where I was commissioned by Greenpeace. I have had the opportunity to bring awareness to environmental and social issues that I care deeply about especially climate change. To be able to live as an artist and also use my voice as an artist and my vision to make some kind of change in the world, or at least bring attention to issues, that has been a real highlight for sure.

How would you describe your signature style?

Creating a new substance by placing the nude body en masse within public spaces around the world.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

I am always inspired by other artists using performance and the body.  I love the mid to late 60’s happenings and performance art of Carolee Schneemann and Yayio Kusama.

What do you think sets your work apart from other artists?

I think my work is unique because it is a true collaboration and exchange between the artist and the participant. I am very careful of advertising and sponsorship because I rely 100% on the trust and participation of the people that pose for me. Because of the large number of people that my work requires to create, I cannot possibly pay everyone that comes out to pose, instead I offer a photograph of the event to every participant. I think this shows a real and pure motivation on the part of the volunteers to be a part of a collaborative art process and community.

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Spencer Tunick
www.spencertunick.com

Product Information

No. 1  Spencer Tunick – Reaction Zone – $75.00
https://www.nakedpavementbooks.com/shop/

No. 2  LCBO – Pol Roger Brut Champagne – $64.25
http://www.lcbo.com/lcbo/product/pol-roger-brut-champagne/217158#.VzJax2z2btQ

No. 3  Heirloom & Knot – Grey Waves Pillow 24 x 24 – $175.00
http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/pillows/products/grey-waves-pillow

No. 4  Nine West Canada – Snooze Flat – $100.00
https://www.ninewest.ca/collections/flats-1/products/snooze-8

No. 5  Spencer Tunick – Participant – $65.00
https://www.nakedpavementbooks.com/shop/

No. 6  Paul Smith – Men’s Black Leather ‘Naked Lady’ Print Interior Billfold Wallet – $250.00
http://www.paulsmith.co.uk/us-en/shop/men-s-black-leather-naked-lady-print-interior-billfold-wallet.html

No. 7  Group Partner – Tanlines – $65.00
https://group-partner.com/products/tanlines

No. 8  Ron Dorff – Beach Towel Dune Nude – 75€
http://www.rondorff.com/en/p-173-beach-towel-dune-nude.aspx

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When you find an artist that does something you’ve never seen before, that’s real magic. The way Tunick uses the human form as his actual medium is insanely special and it was near impossible for me to pick my favourite 5…

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So visually stunning.

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My New Deck is Decked with Goodies from Canadian Tire

Since moving in our new house, there’s been one giant thing I’ve missing…being able to sit outside. Our front porch is a year out from completion, by the time we go for permit etc. and in the back, our patio doors were boarded up and sat waiting for a proper deck to take shape.

About a week ago, my builders set forth to get the outside enjoyment ball rolling by putting together the first phase of our long range deck goals…a simple landing like pad directly outside the great room/dining. In terms of design, I wanted something modern where I could create a really intimate little seating area and then load it up with plants and natural goodness. This part of the deck was designed at only 12’x11′ so not huge, but I definitely wanted it to be pretty. My plan started with a wall to give us some privacy…our neighbour to the west is very close to us thanks to our 100 year old house being set almost diagonally on the lot…part of the reason we could only go out 12′ in this section. I also wanted to keep things really simple by avoiding any kind of railing so in front of the doors, we did a built in planter, that extended down the full width stairs. Eventually, we’ll add a platform deck at the bottom of this one and then a pea gravel eating area past that. For now though, this phase one deck was dreamt up and put in motion to give us access to our backyard and somewhere to enjoy outside this summer.

Fast forward to today and my phase one deck is now in place. We stained the wall and planter black and will eventually do the boards in a pale grey…for now, they’re the brown pressure treated and to be honest, I don’t actually hate them.

In terms of what is actually on this little deck of ours, I decided from start that I wanted a big sofa…we’ve never had outdoor loungy stuff so I was super excited about this whole idea. After that, it was all about tons of plants, a rug to anchor the space, lots of pillows and layers of outdoor loveliness.

Thanks to Canadian Tire’s new WOW Guide, I was able to find and create exactly what I was after. To start, I ordered up the Canadian Tire Spartina Outdoor Ruga bunch of Obsidian toss cushions, a pair of Biltmore lanterns and a couple of the Cement Candle Holders.  I was so impressed with how easy it was to purchase all of these beautiful pieces through the WOW Guide app, and loved that I could pick up product directly at my local Canadian Tire store.  

After the decor pieces, it was really all about filling up the space with plently of plants…and then voila, our little deck was made.

Here she is…

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So excited to enjoy my new space with family and friends!

Because I want all of you to enjoy some outdoor goodness too, I’m super excited to be able to offer up a $200 Canadian Tire gift card to enjoy! To enter, simply leave a comment and I’ll draw for a winner next Friday June 3rd, 2016. And while we wait for the big draw, make sure you check out the WOW Guide here and pick out all the beautiful home and garden things you’ll be able to purchase if you win!

Good luck!!!

xx