Art Fair Fridays – Ashley Longshore

Because it’s Friday once again, and in honour of the new Star Wars film, this week Heirloom and Knot and I are thrilled to present  Ashley Longshore as part our latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series.

Though this wonderfully talented artist needs no introduction, it’s such a pleasure to learn more about Longshore’s process and how her stunningly whimsical works are created. Her eye for over the top theatrical beauty and her wonderfully satirical voice makes each of piece as much a conversation piece, as it is a stunningly pretty work of art. Her works are menageries of beauty and whimsy, that showcase the artists’ love for fantasy and quick.  They’re exuberant and filled with a joyful commentary on life and Longshore’s place within it.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist and what has lead you to this point in your career?
I have been working as an artist for 23 years. It was very early in my career when I decided to put together a portfolio and go to galleries and really make this how I make my living.  It has been an exciting journey and a long journey. I cannot say it was an easy journey, but finally now – after 23 years I am reaping the benefits of all this hard work.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art ?
The best advice I ever received was from my dad… “ he who toots his own horn controls the volume”.
And I think that is why I have been so successful at using social media, at using the internet and utilizing the press to really make a lot of noise and let people know I am here and have something awesome that is available.

How would you describe your creative process?
All of my work is multimedia and happens in several layers. First I like to paint the image and then will bedazzle and add glitter to the image, and then will apply resin over the image. As far as getting to the point where I’m actually getting ready to paint that really happens a lot for me by isolating myself and reflecting on my life and American greed and all those things. Several times a year I will take inspiration  trips, like Maui for a month to paint, or this year I’m going to Rome for a month to paint … And that’s really a sacred time where I really make my mind up about what it is I want to paint.

What is your favourite medium to work in?
I love acrylic paint because it dries fast, I love glitter, I love gloss, shine and sparkle. I love anything that is big and over-the-top

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?
When I started getting press in Vogue, Forbes, and interviews in Fast Company and my recent collaboration I did with Net-a-Poter and one of their sister companies The OutNet. I did their first big gorilla ad campaign all over New York City and actually last week saw my art on billboards all over the place. That was very, very exciting!

How would you describe your signature style?
My style is not pretentious, very colourful, and conversation pieces. If my artwork were a fashion accessory it would be a big fucking diamond ring.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?
From my role as a woman in American society and my place in that. My place in this status obsessed, very class oriented society we live in…. I’m really trying to find my role amongst all that greed and am really enjoying that process.

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

I have my own voice and this is my own individual expression of the world. That is what truly makes an artist who they really are, when they find out how to take their thoughts and put it on canvas or into sculpture, photography or film. The minute you figure out what it is you want to say as an artist, you find your own style and you roll with that, and I think I’m there.

Art Fair Fridays - Ashley Longshore

Ashley Longshore
http://www.ashleylongshore.com/

No. 1  Forever 21 – Star Wars Graphic Crop Top – $17.90
http://www.forever21.com/shop/ca/en/women-shop-by-best-sellers/p/star-wars-graphic-crop-top-2000182931–1001

No. 2  Avenue Road – David Weeks No. 433 Kopra Burst – Price Upon Request
http://www.avenue-road.com/#/catalogue/products/894

No. 3  J. Crew – Kids’ The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookie Pies, Clone Scones and Other Galactic Goodies – $28.00
https://www.jcrew.com/ca/boys_category/booksandtoys/PRD~B7093/B7093.jsp?Nbrd=J&Nloc=en_CA&Nrpp=48&Npge=1&Ntrm=star+wars&isSaleItem=false&color_name=STARWARS&isFromSearch=true&isNewSearch=true&hash=row0

No. 4  Covergirl – Star Wars Limited Edition Super-Size Mascara – $6.85
http://www.covergirl.com/cosmetics/starwars-collection

No. 5  Stellar Works – Signorina Chan CHAIR (ITALY, 1986) – Price Upon Request
http://www.stellarworks.com/signorina-chan

No. 6  CB2 – Pots Teapot – $15.95
http://www.cb2.com/pots-teapot/s471956

No. 7  Drop It Modern – Dot to Dot : Cremé Wallpaper – $96.00 Per Roll
http://www.dropitmodern.com/collections/wallpaper/products/wallpaper-dot-to-dot-creme-white

No. 8  Matter – SALUTE SIDE TABLE – $2,075.00
http://www.mattermatters.com/product.asp?id=2501

…….

I’m honestly not even sure how I’m possibly able to sum up my reverence for Ms Longshore.  Simply put, I J’adore her and every single iota of artwork she creates. To me, her pieces are Alice in Wonderland all grown up, with a healthy dose of ‘cake in the face’ edge. Total and absolute conversation pieces.

Though impossible to narrow it 5, here are a few of my lusted after pieces…

art far fridays ashley longshore christine dovey heirloom and knot painting Let-Them-Eat-Chanel-800-pix-IMG_9466

longshore christine dovey heirloom and knot painting blessed-mother-of-fashion-web-img_8323

longshore christine dovey heirloom and knot painting Audrey-At-The-Horse-Race-800-pix-IMG_9732

longshore christine dovey heirloom and knot painting May-All-Your-Pain-Be-Champagne-Madam-800-pix-IMG_9104

art far fridays ashley longshore hallelujah christine dovey heirloom and knot painting

Love so greatly.

x

Art Fair Fridays – Gabryel Harrison

It’s Friday once again, which means both Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you the latest 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.

Today, we’re so excited to share with you the incredible oil works of Gabryel Harrison. His romantic florals are both joyful and melancholy and speak to the artist’s love for both once what was and what will be. Harrison’s paintings are feminine, ethereal and laced with a touch of sadness. They’re pretty but not at all saccharine…strong in their hauntingly perfect moodiness.

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

I have been a professional artist for 15 years.I have been led by an unremitting flame, sometimes small and wavering, often assailed by inner winds of doubt, at other times burning bright and steady with a clarity that guides and illumines my choice. Commitment to the practice of painting is like any singular devotion, I am brought closer and closer to a felt inner knowing of my place in the world, all the while polishing off the extraneous edges. Crafting a career has been much like the unfolding of a painting. Each mark I lay down causes a resonance to occur throughout the field of the work. The mark may be a failure, yet each succeeding mark is a responsive act that leads eventually to the resolution of greatest harmony, where all the elements sing.

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

Many years ago when my deepest engagement with art-making was in the effort to write poems, I met a well known writer who simply said “keep writing”. One can study philosophy, read others, look at the great painters of our time or of history, but in the end to paint well, one must paint. The necessity is long hours of solitary work in the

studio, brush in hand. Before art making, if there was such a time for me, I still hear the words of my parents. Do what you believe in. Do the best you can.

How would you describe your creative process?

My creative process is fumbling in the dark, listening to dreams, meandering yet simultaneously disciplined. I enter the studio every day with an intention to risk, to open to the unknown. I study the testimony of others who have gone before me, their writings, their paintings, the evidence of their investigations. I walk in the world with eyes wide open. I study my own heart. I meditate. Ideas live here, unfettered by our defence mechanisms. Morandi looked at the same bottles all his life, I try and look as he did, to be startled by the flowers before me into something fresh, something beyond the arrangement of petals, in the process of looking and painting to touch a fragment of the new.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

My favourite medium to work in is oil paint. I love the smell, the viscosity, the buttery richness of textures and color, the endless ability to glaze and form transparencies, to drip and fling, caress and scrape oil paint.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I can think of more than one career highlight that illustrate very different feelings of encouragement along the way. Firstly, I am in the gratitude that the sale of my paintings have been able to contribute funds to various worthy charity auctions. In one such event my painting was highly contested in a bidding war that caused great excitement in the room, going well above all expectations and raising much money for the cause. This led to an interview with a well known Vancouver television personality. I have also had the pleasure of attending another such auction where i was able to benefit the renowned Canadian men’s choir Chor Leoni and to hear their special guest soprano Laura Widgett singing arias from Verdi and Puccini barely an arms length away.
On another note entirely, I was once commissioned to create a painting that contained a portion of the ashes of my client’s mother. In a very ceremonial way i mixed, at his request, these traces of her body into the paint that became the embodiment of her favourite roses. This task entrusted to me felt like a sacred act, an honouring of life that was a great gift, a definite pinnacle in my journey.

How would you describe your signature style?

Emotional, lush and darkly evocative, romantic with traces of melancholy.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

Nature. Nature and all the myriad ways others have made art from nature. I am inspired by the beautifully realized visions of other painters, writers, poets, the renderers of architecture, forms of fashion, the melancholy of autumn, the way plants always find the light and the inevitable dying of the day.

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

I think what sets my work apart from other artists is the sense of the past, a felt echo of vanitas painters brought forward in a contemporary way. I like to show the flowers in all stages of their life cycle, not just in their prime but in the beauty and integrity of each passage of life. I think somewhere perhaps we might all feel a bit between worlds, caught between ancestral memory and the present moving so rapidly we are almost foreigners in our own time.

Art Fair Fridays - Gabryel Harrison

Gabryel Harrison
http://www.gabryel.com/

Product Information:

No. 1  Top Shop – Colourblock Faux Fur Stole –  £32.00
http://www.topshop.com

No. 2   Dolce & Gabbana – Metallic Textured Leather-Trimmed Wood Clutch – $8,071.00
http://www.net-a-porter.com/cn/en/product/590585/Dolce_and_Gabbana/dolce-metallic-textured-leather-trimmed-wood-clutch

No. 3  One Kings Lane – Harper Linen Bergère, Cerise – $1,649.00
https://www.onekingslane.com/product/63556/4255633

No. 4  Kate Spade – Stripes Ornament – $30.00
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/house-and-home/gifts/kate-spade-new-york-stripes/882864538901-item.html?ref=by-shop%3aseasonal%3a2015holidayready-christmastreeornaments-merrybright%3aholiday-ready-ornaments-merry-and%3a1%3a

No. 5  Saks Fifth Avenue –  Diamond-Pattern Glitter Glass Ornament – $42.57
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No. 6  Bergdorf Goodman – Sapin Scented Candle – $70.00
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No. 7  Pier One – Velvet Amaryllis Wreath – $69.95
http://www.pier1.com/Velvet-Amaryllis-Wreath—22%22/2970719,default,pd.html?cgid=christmas-wreaths#icid=cat_christmas-subcat_christmas_floral-subcat_tile_christmas_wreaths&nav=tile&start=1

No. 8  H&M Home – Velvet cushion cover – $12.99
http://www.hm.com/ca/product/63283?article=63283-D

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Romance with a dash of haunting sadness is maybe my favourite art tone of all and Harrison captures it every so perfectly. I’m obsessed.

Here are my 5…

art fair fridays gabryel floral 2 christine dovey heirloom and knot

bryel harrison christine dovey heirloom and knot 14_of_human_sorrow

bryel harrison christine dovey heirloom and knot french kiss

art fair fridays gabryel harrison christine dovey heirloom and knot all_their_flame

bryel harrison christine dovey heirloom and knot light_must_make_its_way

The deep burgundy mixed with flashes of neon pink…be still my heart.

x

Haute Spots – Holiday Gift Guides Part Two

For today’s Haute Spots, part two of our holiday gift guides…

haute spots holiday gift guides christine dovey

The Art Lover:
1) Skull Plate @Black Rooster Decor
2. “Like Velvet” by Ashley Woodson Bailey @ Citizen Atelier
3. “The Lady in Gold” @Indigo
4. Pantone postcards

haute spots holiday gift guides christine dovey

The Fashion Friend 
5. Zahara Bracelet Rosegold by Rebekah Price @loversland
6. Gold trinket glam lashes tray @Black Rooster
7. Ted Baker Harley Bag  @Blush Shop
8. Moët & Chandon Brut Rosé Champagne

haute spots holiday gift guides christine dovey

Under  $50: 

9. Bombshell Kisses Pantone 812 Neon Pink Lip Print Poster @Etsy
10. “In the Spirit of Monte Carlo” @Amazon
11. Fresh Nude Lip Lovers Mini Kissing Trio @Sephora
12. Like a Boss @Indigo
Happy shopping!
xx

One Room Challenge – Week Seven

And so it continues…

My…

banner chrisitine dovey one room challenge art maude arsenault

..that has turned into my One Room roller coaster of stress / elation / stress / optimism / stress / hope / stress…you get the idea;)

I wish that I had really much of anything to show you that was different from the last actual construction update, but sadly, I don’t.

The wait for the elusive roof membrane continues with assurances that all will be happening tomorrow, though honestly, I’d be more surprised if it does than if it doesn’t.  There’s rain in the forecast and from my relatively new experience with such things, if it rains, work halts…then it gets pushed a week…then it halts again.

Can you tell I’m over it?

If you can’t….I am.

I’m a person who likes to know when and how things are going to happen and having absolutely zero control over this whole thing has really been sort of like a giant, painful root canal…I actually have never had one of those but I imagine it sucks and well, watching that room sit and not change in a month, has sucked as well.

So…here we sit.

I know I’ve said it before but I’m very much hoping that by next week’s update, I actually might have something different to show you in terms of the room itself.

But for now, I’ll I’ve got again is some updates on the stuff that will one day go in there.

Firstly, my Minted artwork has done a great job at ‘boying’ up my house for sale. I had a look around the other day and sort of realized that my place was reading a bit too frilly for the masses so I spent the weekend taking down any artwork that showcased boobs, flowers, girl faces, and/or copious amounts of pink…there was a lot of it lol.

In the kitchen, I removed the chinoiserie panels that were there before and put up two of my Minted ORC pieces…

christine dovey kitchen minted artwork

christine dovey kitchen minted artwork

And then in our master, I replaced some blooms with my ORC car…

one room challenge minted artwork christine dovey

one room challenge minted artwork christine dovey

What else?

The white cottony goodness 400 thread count sheets set I ordered from sponsor Mark & Graham arrived…

mark and graham

And I’m looking forward to one day sleeping on those:)

I got the bedside tables on order…my builder has a new company called Druthers & Hammond that specializes in custom furniture for designers…they’ll be whipping something like these up for me in a soft lacquered grey…

lawson fenning stacked nightstand

And on the topic of custom furniture…I’m thinking about having them make me up a sofa for the foot of the bed. I’d love something along the lines of the gorgeous Turn Sofa by Ferm Living

ferm living turn sofa modern shop

It’s sort of perfect for my room. I’m imagining it in this steel waxed linen from Tonic Living

I have a sample of this fabric and it is all sorts of heaven with everything else that is going on.

If a custom piece isn’t in the cards though (hello budget that is dwindling faster than a melting ice cream cone on a hot summer’s day,) I might go for this CB2 dude…

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I’ve liked the shape of it forever and the colour/price-tag are also on point. If I go down that road, the Tonic Living steel linen will be brought in with a single pretty pillow:)

OR…I could re-upholster the pink settee that currently resides in Scarlett’s room…

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The shape and colour of the wood are perfect and honestly, I have nowhere to put a bright pink in the new house…so logically, this option works super well and it would look amaze in the blue waxed linen…BUT…it seems sort of nuts to take off fabric that’s so damn pretty and in perfect condition. I think doing it would make me feel yucky. But then again, it makes a whole lot of sense to use what I already have and truthfully, again, I have no idea where this piece could go in it’s current state in the new place aka #projectflip.

Opinions?

Aside for the sofa debate, I did make a decision on another piece of furniture for the room. Instead of putting my dresser (that matches the bed- insert, what the hell was I thinking there,) against the one long open wall, I’m thinking of using the vintage console that’s currently in my foyer…

christine dovey foyer vern and vera console table

Again, the new house won’t allow for it in the hallway and it’s one of my favourite pieces in general so makes sense to find a place for it where it can shine. I think it will be perfect in the bedroom.

As for the dresser, I’ll stick that in the walk-in-closet perhaps.

And well, I think that sums it all up for this week.

Please check back again next Wednesday, when I very much hope, I’ll have some real progress to show you…praying to all the gods.

In the meantime, if you haven’t had a chance to check out all these amazing reveals…

…do so!

And check here for the linking participants…so many projects absolutely blew my mind!

x

One Room Challenge – Week Four

Hi and welcome to week 4 of my kick at the…

one room challenge christine dovey maude arsenault photograph

…can.

PS…so far said can has not been hit.  I’ve been swinging a lot but no direct contact has been made lol.

If you’ve been following my ORC game through weeks one, two and three, you know I probably bit off a little more than I can chew by deciding to make over a room in my #projectflip renovation that didn’t even really exist at the start of the 6 week challenge.

You’ve probably also come to the conclusion that making this decision renders me a tad nuts but to be fair, when I signed up for this challenge round a few months back, I really did believe construction would be farther along.  If things like permit delays and asbestos hadn’t gotten in the way, I’d sooooo be in a better spot.

As it stands though, I’ve been dealt a bit of a shizzly hand and started a few Wednesdays back with nothing more than some framed walls and a sheeted floor.

And after 3 tumultuous roller coaster weeks, here is where I now stand.

My incredible contractor (my favourite person on earth right now) installed a fake roof so that we could move forward on getting the room’s electrical and HVAC done…it also meant that drywall could go up this week…

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

Now because it’s October in Canada, a tarp was laid on top of the temporary roof so that we could keep the bedroom looking like this….

christine dovey one room challenge construction

…rather than like this…

christine dovey one room challenge construction

…on the ensuite side of things. Oy.

The drywall/rain/temporary roof situation was pretty aces in terms of letting us move things along but of course, not a permanent solution so when the most beautiful trusses of all time finally showed up this past Friday…

christine dovey one room challenge construction

…there was much rejoicing.

And then, as if the heavens actually opened up as if to reveal a giant warm hug, a real roof magically started to appear…

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

christine dovey one room challenge construction

Which after two days of massive effort from the construction crew, brought us to last night at around 8pm and a completely trussed and sheeted roof.

All good news.

Except a giant monsoon like storm is scheduled for today (Wednesday if you’re reading later in the week) and plywood planks won’t keep that business out of dodge so once again, tarps are going up and nailed down.

So…hopefully as you read this, the tarps are holding strong and water is being kept out of my nicely drywalled room because you know…floors, moulding, wallpaper and the like is all supposed to start happening like yesterday…no biggie.

Deep breaths.

Of course, aside from construction adrenaline party, this week had other perks.

To start, Nuart Framing did a killer job on my Maude Aresenualt piece from the Print Atelier and alongside my Maja Cunningham car photo from Minted , it’s a nice little his and hers moment…

christine dovey one room challenge maude arsenault and minted photographs

Also, Hollie Cooper (my dear friend and the bestest pillow maker around) dropped off my Kelly Weartler Mineral Velvet/Robert Allen black leather pillows…

christine dovey one room challenge decoratorsbest pillows kelly wearstler velvet leather trim hollie cooper interiors

christine dovey one room challenge decoratorsbest pillows kelly wearstler velvet leather trim hollie cooper interiors

…and I’m obsessed with them…a huge thank you to DecoratorsBest on the fabric/trim front.

And while still on the topic of textiles, my Arianna Belle Pierre Frey Kubus lumbar pillow also arrived…and well, it’s delicious…

one room challenge christine dovey pierre frey kubus pillow arianna belle

Next up on the good textile news front…I made a little visit to Tonic Living headquarters to pick up my pink linen drapes.

1. The curtains are all kinds of awesome…

christine dovey one room challenge tonic living drapery

christine dovey one room challenge tonic living drapery

2. So is the store…

christine dovey one room challenge tonic living

And finally, on the gianormous plus side of ORC life, Trumeau Stones installed my hearth…

christine dovey one room challenge trumeau stones hearth

…and sent me these progress pics of my fireplace nirvana…

christine dovey one room challenge trumeau stones fireplace

christine dovey one room challenge trumeau stones fireplace

christine dovey one room challenge trumeau stones

And that alone, easily makes up for the stress of everything else.

So. In. Love.

PSA…if you’re in the market for a custom fireplace surround and live anywhere remotely close to Toronto, Trumeau Stones my friends…Trumeau Stones.

So…to summerize this week:

1. Construction continued to be a roller coaster ride of joy/terror.

2. My contractor continued to shock and amaze by pulling out every possible stop to try and make this happen for me…as of Tuesday at 8pm, he was texting me from a window store trying to find something temporary to put up so that we could seal the room and really push forward on interior stuff.  I call that DEDICATION.

3. More pretty arrived from fabulous ORC sponsors and I feel super duper grateful.

4. I still have a crapload to get done…and it’s more than just a little overwhelming…once again, the ORC has made me exceedingly happy wine exists.

Here’s the schedule of what still has to happen before reveal…if the construction photos weren’t clue enough lol…

Wednesday- inspections and install of a temporary window until the real one is delivered early December

Thursday- more inspections and installation of temperature control measures so that we can lay our wood floor; ceiling drywall

Friday- wood floor goes in…as does the fireplace; more inspections and hopefully the all clear to soldier on

Saturday- Monday- wall moulding install a la #superallen

Tuesday- painting

Wednesday-Thursday- wallpaper install

Friday- lighting and drapery install and the furniture moving from my house 3 doors down to this one

Saturday- more furniture install and styling

Sunday- photo shoot

Are you laughing yet? I am…it’s all I can do so as to not completely loose my mind. 10 days my friends…10 days. Glug, Glug, Glug.

Oh and my husband just left on a 9 day business trip…cue whatever song screams woe is me please.

Here’s hoping this talented lot is fairing slightly better…

One Room Challenge Fall 2015 Participants

…with all kinds of pretty non-construction photos to share with you this week:)
Oh…speaking of pictures..check back later if you feel up to it…because work finished after dark last night, I wasn’t able to take some snaps of the sheeted roof in place…I’ll do that after I drop the kidlets off at school and upload them to this post…I might even get super fancy and do a little Periscope action…we shall see.
x

Art Fair Fridays – Colleen McCarten

Heirloom & Knot and I are very happy to share with you our latest installment 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.

Today, we’re thrilled to have Toronto based textile artist, Colleen McCarten with us.  Her three dimensional fibre pieces are both intricate and minimal…each work speaks to an aesthetic that has a definitively modern edge but also, a love for tradition.  McCarten’s portfolio feels decidedly graphic but also warm and inviting.

How long would you say you have been a professional artist? I suppose you could say since graduating from OCAD U, which happened 2 1/2 years ago. Although I also have a couple freelance gigs in the art and design world that I do alongside my art practice.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art? There is a quote from Ira Glass that I like to reference when making something that doesn’t quite turn out: 
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

How would you describe your creative process? I am inspired by construction/fabrication techniques and I enjoy making work that highlights the process of creation in some way. If I am feeling blocked I will find a material that interests me and then explore the sculptural possibilities. Also repetition as inspiration typically gets me somewhere interesting. I don’t always have a direct plan of how a piece will turn out, I like to let the material I am working with dictate the final look of the piece.

What is your favourite medium to work in? I come from a fibre/textile background, so I definitely enjoy working with fibre – although exploring new materials and techniques is my favourite thing to do.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date? Hmm.. I am working on a couple of commissions that I am excited about but shouldn’t give away too many details until they are completed.. Probably having a piece in the Canadian Art Magazine fundraiser auction that happened last month! 

How would you describe your signature style? My friend once described my fashion sense as minimalist punk, which I sometimes think could be used to describe my artwork as well. 

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration? Exploring new materials, sleepless nights, and the general drive to create

What do you think sets your work apart from other designers? I think that everyone has their own approach to art. We all come from different backgrounds with different life stories that can’t help but influence the work we produce. So my life, my upbringing, my experiences, are what one might say ‘sets my work apart’.  

Art Fair Fridays - Colleen McCarten

Colleen McCarten
www.colleenmccarten.com

No. 1  Kate Spade – June Lane Accent Plate – $45.00
https://www.katespade.com/products/june-lane-accent-plate/L6258313.html?cgid=ks-home-dining-view-all&dwvar_L6258313_color=100#start=90&cgid=ks-home-dining-view-all

No. 2  Indigo – Super Soft Reading Throw – Dark Shadow – $19.50
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/house-and-home/gifts/super-soft-reading-throw-dark/882709134022-item.html?ref=by-shop%3ahouse-and-home%3ahouseandhome-pillowsthrows-throws%3atx2-pillows-throws-throws%3a37%3a

No. 3  Hudsons Bay – Palmerston Ceiling Lamp in Distressed Black – $599.50
http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/brands/living/palmerston-ceiling-lamp-in-distressed-black

No. 4  Aldo – Canto Black Clutch – $40.00
http://www.aldoshoes.com/ca/en/handbags/clutches-%26-evening-bags/c/343/CANTO/p/37991776-96#

No. 5  Boutique Moschino – Tinsel-covered leather Mary Jane pumps – $545.38
http://www.net-a-porter.com/cn/en/product/594875

No. 6  Rugs USA – Berber Shaggy BR01 Rug – $1569.00
http://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/rugs/rugs-usa-shaggy-br01/grey-white/200GLBR01A-508.html

No. 7 Kelly Wearstler – Melange Chair – $5,500.00
http://www.kellywearstler.com/seating/melange-chair/FCD15001.html?dwvar_FCD15001_color=WCNM&cgid=seating#start=1

No. 8  Dior – DIOR Diorshow New Look Mascara – $32.40
http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/new-look-mascara-0002-85324865–24

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McCarten’s works reflect a restrained and graphic eye but also seem traditional in their approach. Her pieces feel like they’ve evolved from notable historical roots…almost like they’ve taken tradition and twisted it into something that’s completely new.  The end result is a portfolio that’s filled with a rich, layered, beautiful modernity.

Here’s a further look at her beautiful portfolio…

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art fair fridays collen mccarten christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays colleen mccarten fabricate christine dovey heirloom and knot

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