Monday Moods – Vacation Mode

Anyone following me on instagram knows that I am currently tucked away at our cottage in PEI, spending some much needed time with my family. As such, I am slipping dangerously deep into vacation-mode and therefore thought a pastel palette with a dash of vintage romance was the perfect way to describe the way I’m feeling. Hopefully whatever it is you are doing, you find little ways to escape and take mini vacations while this beautiful weather lasts.

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Happy Monday, lovelies xx

Art Fair Fridays – John MacConnell

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 talent of John MacConnell, whose works are soft and romantic but also sensual and provoking…a little melancholy, but also filled with joyful optimism. With a portfolio comprised of drawings, sketches and watercolour, MacConnell showcases his subjects in a way that feels rooted in reality, but also subject to a dash of fantasy.

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

I’ve been lucky to have been creating art professionally for eight years. It hasn’t always put a roof over my head, but the commitment to making new work through the slow times, combined with some great advice from friends, has gotten me to where I am today. Never putting down my pencil, through the slow times, has allowed my work to evolve and meet lots of great folks that make a supportive community now.

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

Find a way to put yourself into every piece.

How would you describe your creative process?

(Step 1) Spend months observing, until one night I…
(Step 2) Blast pop jams + open a bottle of wine. Then,
(Step 3) I spend three hours hating what I’m doing, thinking I’ve lost “it.” Finally,
(Step 4) I spend one hour pulling all together to beautifulness. Depending on the scale of the project, I
(Step 5) repeat steps 2-4 over two to four weeks.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Graphite powder & pencil on Rives BFK, the paper of the gods.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

The opening night of my first New York City gallery show made me feel like a rockstar.

How would you describe your signature style?

Classic, minimal, intimate.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

Instagram! It’s vast galaxy of fashion; artists; pop culture; dancers, athletes, models, “models,” & go-go boys; kittens; memes; and trash. Human interaction is the core of my work. Instagram provides so much to observe and absorb!

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

I put a lot of thought into each body of work. It takes me months to conceptualize a project. I want to make work that makes the audience have a mental and physical reaction. I like thinking the art I’m creating right now leaves the viewer both excited but a little melancholy, like the rush of finishing your first marathon, then thinking, “what now?”

Art Fair Fridays - John MacConnell

Product Details

No. 1  Autoban – Woody Armchair – Price Upon Request
http://autoban212.com/#/products/armchair-sofa

No. 2 Ralph Lauren Home – Trevor Votive – $50.00
http://www.ralphlaurenhome.com/products/Tabletop_Accents/item.aspx?haid=350&collId=&shaid=&sort=&itemId=33298&phaid=

No. 3  Calico Wallpaper – Inverted Spaces Corona – Price Upon Request
http://calicowallpaper.com/product/corona/

No. 4  ABE Books – Andy Warhol Men: 30 Postcards –  $158.62
http://www.abebooks.com/9780811843775/Andy-Warhol-Men-30-Postcards-0811843777/plp

No. 5  Nate Berkus – Black Faux Fur Throw – $13.98
http://intl.target.com/p/nate-berkus-black-faux-fur-throw/-/A-17304468#prodSlot=_1_59

No. 6  Kelly Wearstler – Burnished Bronze Foot Paperweight – $350.00
http://www.kellywearstler.com/all-home/foot-paperweight/HDS0012-BRON-OS.html

No. 7  Burberry – Animal Jacquard Cashmere Cushion Cover – $900.00
https://ca.burberry.com/animal-jacquard-cashmere-cushion-cover-p39816131

No. 8  John MacConnell –  Boys Boys Boys Tank – $72.00
http://www.johnmacconnell.com/the-shop/boys-boys-boys-tank-white

No. 9 Egon, Von Furstenberg – The Power Look at Home: Decorating for Men Hardcover – $276.80
http://www.amazon.ca/Power-Look-Home-Decorating-Men/dp/068803599X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452650296&sr=8-1&keywords=THE+POWER+LOOK+AT+HOME

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I love nudes…plain and simple. And though I tend to gravitate more towards female renderings, every once and while an artist comes along who makes me want naked boys everywhere.  Cue John MacConnell, whose beautiful works capture the essence of each muse in way that feels intimate and raw.

art fair fridays john macconnel watercolour of kim christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays john macconnell christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays john macconnell watercolour of kim christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays watercolour of llyod john macconnell christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays john macconnell christine dovey heirloom and knot portrait

Handsome as all get out.

xx

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

Haute Spots – Holiday Gift Guides

It’s Haute Spots day and being the 1st of December, we thought it the perfect time to throw down a little gift guide action…

christine dovey haute spots holiday gift guides

christine dovey haute spots holiday gift guides

christine dovey haute spots holiday gift guides

For the Girl’s Girl: 
4. Kessler Toque from Kit and Ace http://shop.kitandace.com/kessler-toque-mc-w15
6. Elle Canada subscription from Elle Canada https://secure.ellecanada.com/magazine-subscription.php?keyw=ccmenu

christine dovey haute spots holiday gift guides

For the Boy’s Boy: 
9. Copper Skull bar spoon from BYOB Cocktail Emporium http://cocktailemporium.ca/products/copper-skull-bar-spoon
11. Bespoke Post box subscription from Bespoke Post https://www.bespokepost.com/box?sr=nav_top

christine dovey haute spots holiday gift guides

For the Host/Hostess: 
15. Voluspa Vermeil Slender Petite Glass Candle – Branche Vermeil from Amazon https://www.amara.com/products/vermeil-slender-petite-glass-candle-branche-vermeil
16. Limited Edition Holidat 2015 Sweet Orange + Bay Essential Oil Incense from Province Apothecaryhttp://provinceapothecary.com/collections/all-products/products/sweet-orange-bay-essential-oil-incense
17. Copper Pineapple shot glasses from BYOB Cocktail Emporium http://cocktailemporium.ca/collections/frontpage/products/copper-pineapple-shot-glasses

christine dovey haute spots holiday gift guides

21. Patty Sunglasses in Cherry Blossom from Bailey Nelson http://baileynelson.ca/collections/womens-sun/products/patty-cherry-blossom
22. “25” on vinyl by Adele from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/25-Vinyl-Adele/dp/B016X9KM5E
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind one of each thank you please:)
x

Art Fair Fridays – Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry

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 incredibly delighted to showcase the incredible talent of artists Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry. Together, the sculptural works they create capture the ethereal beauty of the feminine form. Each piece is a layered menagerie of beauty and whimsy, that showcases the artists’ love for fashion and fantasy.  Their works tell a story that effortlessly weaves together elements of realism and fiction…the everyday and the imaginary.  All strikingly beautiful.

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

Nikki:

When I was a kid, I was always a paper crafter, albeit on a more basic level!  Then, in art school, I learned paper cutting techniques and since 2003 I have been a practicing artist. I had been doing that for several years by the time we decided to form Paper-Cut-Project.

Amy:

I am a seasoned fashion editor and writer and I have always made things by hand, mainly in fabric. Nikki and I realized we shared a love of fashion and the fantasy in storytelling as it played out in campaigns, runway productions and fashion spreads. We both liked the idea of introducing the element of the hand-cut and handmade to high-end fashion productions. Because Nikki had a firm grasp on the paper medium and because it was reasonably affordable, we decided that we would work in a signature material and we chose to move in a more three-dimensional and sculptural direction. Together we visualize how our designs will play out for each client.

How would you describe your creative process?

Amy:

We work both together and separately. First we provide a very minimalist sketch of our ideas for the client. Once approved, Nikki may be building a foundation or underlying structure to support the weight of the piece while I am working on, textures or detail accents. There is always constant communication when we are working. Because there are so many stages to each piece we are generally working on the same piece at the same time, whether we are together in our studio or working individually.  

We respect each other’s space and time. It was important that Paper-Cut-Project work for both of our lifestyles too. Nikki has a toddler and is an author of a Sci-Fi series. I am an author and have a consultancy. We work well like this, sharing the load and the experience—from the construction of the pieces to the business of Paper-Cut-Project. Nikki is our lead designer. But doing this together was really the only way. Paper-Cut-Project wouldn’t exist without the both of us doing what we do best…and figuring the rest out along the way.

How would you describe your signature style?

Poetic. Without reference. Sculptural. Fantastical.

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

Amy:

I think my experience as an editor helps us get our work out there so that people know we exist. I still have to go through the same motions as everyone else and pitch, but I believe it’s difficult for artists to represent their work. But we use this to put the work in front of the right people. Nikki and I like to identify potential clients and once you can conjure collaboration in your imagination, to some degree there is the possibility for it to happen.

That may be what differentiates the experience of attaining clients, but I couldn’t tell you what sets our work apart from other artists who are moved to create, just like we are. That’s for the viewer to determine or feel, in my opinion.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

Nikki:

It can be from anywhere, anyone, or anything at all. But nature always, always is the greatest source. 

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

Nikki:

Our unique touch. Shapes and textures that clearly speak Paper-Cut-Project and not another. Also, all pieces are always 100% created by hand, piece-by-piece and by us alone, never outsourced. 

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Nikki:

It would probably have to be the collection we did for the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for their “Hollywood Costume” exhibit. Being asked to create pieces to compliment those amazing costumes was a true honor. All of our projects are always special though, each in their own way. 

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

Nikki:

Maybe not its not so much advice as it is wisdom, but to keep an open mind. Projects that sound strange or impossible at first often end up being the most rewarding if given the chance. Don’t ever say no without really considering it first, because there is nothing wrong with taking a chance or challenging yourself!

Art Fair Fridays - Amy And Nikki

Nikki Nye and Amy Flurry
http://www.paper-cut-project.com

No. 1  Stellar Works – Laval Vanity Desk – Price Upon Request
http://www.stellarworks.com/content/laval-vanity-desk

No. 2  LoversLand – Izola Comb Not a Hair Out of Place – $38.00
http://www.shoploversland.com/collections/for-him/products/not-a-hair-out-of-place-comb

No. 3  One Kings Lane – Peacock Chair – $715.00
https://www.onekingslane.com/product/63771/3483333?cat=376

No. 4  Indigo – Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style – $90.89
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/product/9780300175660-item.html?ref=item_page:richrel:rr-carousel-small:json1

No. 5  Jon Vaccari Design – Enormous Milk-Glass Murano 16-Light Chandelier – $33,000

https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/lighting/chandeliers-pendant-lights/enormous-milk-glass-murano-16-light-chandelier/id-f_810368/

No. 6  Oscar de la Renta – Trina Mesh-Trimmed Patent-Leather Flats – $804
http://www.net-a-porter.com/cn/en/product/577786/oscar_de_la_renta/trina-mesh-trimmed-patent-leather-flats

No. 7  Etsy – Big Hair Don’t Care Shirt – $9.97
https://www.etsy.com/listing/233649420/big-hair-dont-care-shirt-hipster-shirt?ref=market

No. 8 Hermes – Cereal Plate – $225.00
http://canada-en.hermes.com/house/table/porcelain/mosaique-au-24-platinum/grouped-mosaique-au-24-platine-61085.html

No. 9  Bergorf Goodman – Sydney Evan 14K Fleur-de-Lis Single Stud Earring with Diamonds – $550.00
http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com/Sydney-Evan-14K-Fleur-de-Lis-Single-Stud-Earring-with-Diamonds-Silver/prod96030008_cat468002__/p.prod?icid=&searchType=EndecaDrivenCat&rte=%252Fcategory.jsp%253FitemId%253Dcat468002%2526pageSize%253D120%2526No%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod96030008&cmCat=product

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I just can’t even come up with words that actually sum up how I feel about this work.  It’s just so crazily sublime. I love the context…the drama…the femininity…the boldness…the prettiness…the edge. I adore it all.

Here are my 5…

art fair fridays the paper cut project christine dovey heirloom and knot private collection

art fair fridays the paper cut project christine dovey heirloom and knot red valentino

art fair fridays the paper cut project christine dovey heirloom and knot the bay

art fair fridays the paper cut project christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays the paper cut project side view christine dovey heirloom and knot

The one with the black bows…and the ones from the back…le sigh. So incredibly beautiful.

x

Art Fair Fridays – Sarah Clifford-Rashotte

I love Fridays because they mean Heirloom & Knot and I get 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 delighted to introduce Sarah Clifford-Rashotte, whose drawing, collage and text based work showcases the artist’s talent for moulding different elements together to form beauty in the mix. Her works are cerebral and though provoking.  They have a clear air of femininity and allow what was once disregarded as un-important, to take center stage.

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

I had my first solo show in 2008 so I’ve been working as a professional artist since then, prior to that I studied at OCAD and received my MFA from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design.

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

Focusing on creating work that will hold someone for as long as possible, as opposed to making images that can be quickly consumed and moved on from.  Especially with my text-based work, I’m interested in the ability to strike a chord in the viewer and have them carry around that statement/moment with them for as long as it will stay in their memory.

How would you describe your creative process?

 I work on several pieces at once, across drawing, text and collage, being able to fluidly move from one onto another is key to my process. I keep notebooks with me at all times, and my day usually starts with writing in some form or another.  At this point I have an extensive collection of images (books, magazine, internet sources) that I pull from when producing drawing/collage work. I also have a wall in my studio that is strictly images, notes that I feel are immediately pressing, things I can’t forget, I can’t lose.   

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Drawing is the root of my practice and maybe in that sense my favourite because it has led me to everything else I do.  At this point though, I constantly cycle between collage, text-work and drawing, so my time is probably evenly spread out and I appreciate how they all contribute to my overall practice.

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

I’m usually most excited and proud of whatever is currently happening. This year I did my first international artist residencies in Finland and Paris (where I am right now), and I’m also looking forward to 3 months in Japan for an artist residency project in 2016. 

How would you describe your signature style?

Because I have a varied practice, there is no singular style, but some of the erasure/solvent techniques used in my drawings and collages are similar. I often remove ink from a collage and use that to produce a drawing, I’m interested in how the discarded elements of one piece become the starting point for a new piece.  

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

Constantly collecting and re-visiting images and re-reading through my notebooks, this process feeds itself and reminds me of ideas that are actually workable, that I may have previously put aside. Currently, I’ve been in Paris for 2 months and visiting so many art fairs and galleries has been a daily inspiration. 

Art Fair Fridays - Sarah Clifford-Rashotte

Sarah Clifford-Rashotte
www.sarahc-r.com

No. 1  Zinc Door – Jaipur National Geographic Home Collection Antique White and Silver Decorative Pillow – $100.00

http://www.zincdoor.com/p/Jaipur-National-Geographic-Home-Collection-Antique-White-and-Silver-Decorative-Pillow__JAIPLW102472.aspx

No. 2  Valentino – Ankle Strap Rockstud Native Couture – $1195.00
http://www.valentino.com/ca/pump_cod45280755ku.html

No. 3  Net-a-Porter – Cropped Faux Shearling Jacket – $1068.00
http://www.net-a-porter.com/cn/en/product/605979/REDValentino/cropped-faux-shearling-jacket

No. 4  L’Objet – Venise Cocktail Forks (Set of 4) – $150.00
http://l-objet.com/gifts/for-her/venise-cocktail-forks-set-of-4-gold

No. 5  Matthew Williamson – Flamingo Club Wallpaper – Price Upon Request
http://www.osborneandlittle.com/products-and-collections/wallcoverings/autumn%202015/cubana-wallpapers/flamingo-club?id=4bf27509c660469e9ab74adc16596f0d

No. 6  Urban Outfitters – Anastasia Brow Scissors – $23.00
http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=32682346&category=SEARCH+RESULTS

No. 7  Indigo – Lanvin: The Complete Work: 1909-2007 – $82.49
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/product/9780847829538-item.html?ref=item_page:richrel:rr-carousel:json2

No. 8  Holt Renfrew – Volupté Sheer Candy Lipstick – $39.00
http://www.holtrenfrew.com/store/holt/ProductDetail/Volupté-Sheer-Candy-Lipstick/_/A-sku-sku22822.prod41715.en__US.HOLT?pdp=true#selSkuID%3DNo3%20-%20Juicy%20Grapefruit%26size%3D

No. 9  West Elm – Fishs Eddy Gilded Side Plates – $14.40
http://www.westelm.com/products/fishs-eddy-gilded-side-plates-e1112/?pkey=cdessert-plates-bowls%7C%7C

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I mean really…this work is just so beautiful. The wallpaper on the board is actually the one I  have earmarked for Scarlett’s new room and seeing Sarah’s artwork beside it has sort of sealed the deal on that whole thing…love, love.  Her work is just so pretty but not sweet if that makes sense. It’s feminine with edge, which we all know, is my very most favourite.

Here are my 5…

art fair fridays Sarah Clifford-Rashotte christine dovey heirloom and knot

art fair fridays christine dovey heirloom and knot SarahCliffordRashotte_NameFade_Install

art fair fridays christine dovey heirloom and knot SarahCliffordRashotte_FamilyPortrait3_Collage

art fair fridays christine dovey heirloom and knot SarahCliffordRashotte_neverendingdetail_Collage

art fair fridays christine dovey heirloom and knot SarahCliffordRashotte_Drowned15_Collage

So insanely perfect.

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