Monday Moods: Getting Cozy

Sadly the cold weather has arrived and as such, I am trying my best to think of my favourite things about winter rather than being sad that summer has come to an end.  In the hopes of getting cozy and comfortable with fall, I have pulled shades of sepia and warm metals paired with big sweaters and tall boots for this week’s inspo. Happy Monday (Tuesday) lovelies, I hope wherever you are, you are warm!! xx

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  1. http://www.zara.com/ca/en/woman/knitwear/view-all/sweater-with-opening-at-the-back-c733910p3831011.html
  2. http://christineolmstead.com/product/new-beginnings-24×48/
  3. http://www.everythingfab.com/2011/04/tablescape-inspiration-gwyneth-paltrow.html
  4. http://www.hellofashionblog.com/2016/09/3-ways-to-wear-your-over-the-knee-boots.html
  5. http://www.sfgirlbybay.com/2016/04/25/bedtime/
  6. http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com/pistachio-cardamom-energy-bars/?utm_content=buffer943e4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=gitkbuffer
  7. http://www.wildandgrizzly.com/2015/01/for-home-interior-inspiration.html

Monday Moods – Fall Feels

Though the weather is still quite warm, the cool breeze has started to creep in around our mornings and nights making it feel more and more like fall. I can’t say I am looking forward to the cold, but I do love a good leather jacket and a pair of boots. I’m starting the week off with a little bit of fall inspiration to help you ease into this new season. Happy Monday lovelies, I hope that enjoy the last few days of Summer.

Print 1. http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2016-ready-to-wear/marc-jacobs/slideshow/details#103

2. http://www.bingbangnyc.com/products/bad-bitch-heart-patch-bb-x-me-you

3. https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/kate-la-vie-4532619/salted-caramel-white-russians-4679305242

4. http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/photography-andy-warhols-polaroids

5. http://frame.bloglovin.com/post=2234332117

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 – Ianitzva Vassileva

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 mixed media work of Toronto based artist Ianitzva Vassileva, whose photographs and paintings straddle the line between hyper realism and abstraction. Her works provide a glimpse into the artist’s perceptions of events, moments and time in a way that feels both representative and beautifully interpretive.

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

It’s hard to say at which point I really became a “professional” – art has been something I have been involved in from an early age and something I always approach with a great deal of focus and enthusiasm. That being said, I’ve been exhibiting my work at various galleries since 2011 when I was fortunate to have my first solo exhibition. Since then, I’ve had to work really hard to continue building my practice and creating as much work as I can while balancing a full time job as a designer/consultant. I think there’s also a fair bit of social media marketing & business savviness associated with a career in art. It is something I love learning about and developing alongside my work!

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

Even if you’re not feeling particularly inspired, just pick up the paintbrush and start making something. It really is that simple sometimes, I can’t count the amount of times that has pushed me through a creative block!

How would you describe your creative process?

It’s very intuitive, and process oriented. Sometimes an idea hits me over the head and I just have to do something with it right away, whereas some ideas just linger around in my head until I finally figure out how to express them. I take a lot of photographs as well – for the underwater paintings I spend hours sorting through all the pictures until I find ‘the one’ that just works. Once I have a general plan for a painting, I start sketching it out on the panel and from there it’s just a matter of immersing myself in the painting process and seeing where it takes me. Reflection comes after.

What is your favourite medium to work in?

Although I really enjoyed exploring sculpture, installation, and printmaking in art school, I seem to always go back to painting. Oils are my favourite – I just wish the brushes were easier to clean!

What has been your biggest career highlight to date?

Being able to see a group of my paintings come together in a series makes me incredibly proud!
Also, it’s been amazing to connect with so many people via my website and social media outlets. It’s really encouraging (like getting an email from Vogue!), and I’ve also been offered some wonderful opportunities along the way.

How would you describe your signature style?

It’s abstract in the details, but more photorealistic from afar. I think there’s something to be said about the influence of technology and the way small screen sizes have changed the way we perceive art. I actually use my phone as a lens to view my painting while I’m working on it. It gives me a different perspective – almost like another dimension through which to view my work. I like that dichotomy of abstract versus hyper realistic.

Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration?

I keep my eyes open for inspiration from anywhere, whether that’s in nature, science, Instagram, fashion, materials or even the process of making art itself! I find inspiration in the tricks that light plays on our eyes. Artists that inspire me are Cecily Brown, David Altmejdt, Lorella Paleni, and so many others, including many emerging artists!

Art Fair Fridays - Ianitza Vassileva

Product Details

No. 1  Mathias Bengtsson – Slice / Paper Chair– Price Upon Request
www.mathiasbengtsson.com

No. 2  Tiffany & Co. – Loop Tassel Key Chain – $200.00
www.tiffany.ca/accessories/tiffany-leather-collection/loop-tassel-key-chain-GRP07954?fromGrid=1&search_params=p+1-n+10000-c+667912-s+5-r+-t+-ni+1-x+-lr+-hr+-ri+-mi+-pp+771+4&search=0&origin=browse&searchkeyword=&trackpdp=bg&fromcid=667912

No. 3  House of Harlow 1960 – Turquoise Prana Stud Earrings – $38.00
www.houseofharlow1960.com/prana-stud-earrings/116941-646952

No. 4  Black Rooster Décor – Malachite Ice Bucket – $104.13
www.blackroosterdecor.com/collections/new/products/malachite-ice-bucket

No. 5  Gray Malin – “I Am Busy” Balloons iPhone 6 Plus Cover – $54.00
www.graymalin.com/products/goods/iphone-cases/the-i-am-busy-balloons-iphone-6-plus.html

No. 6  Net-a-Porter – Norma Kamali William Printed Swimsuit – $113
www.net-a-porter.com/cn/en/product/602371/Norma_Kamali/william-printed-swimsuit

No. 7  Kelly Wearstler – Mini Bauble Square Frame Burnished Bronze & Semi-Precious Stone – $3,295
www.kellywearstler.com/home-decor-view-all/mini-bauble-square-frame/HDS0094.html?cgid=home-decor-view-all&dwvar_HDS0094_color=BRON#start=1

No. 8  Kate Spade – Peach Court Margot Handbag- $798.00
www.katespade.com/products/peach-court-margot/PXRU6291.html?cgid=ks-handbags-view-all&dwvar_PXRU6291_color=938#start=135&cgid=ks-handbags-view-all

No. 9  Anthropologie – Ceramic Safari Knob – $10.00
www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/home-hardware-knobs/34698654.jsp#/

No. 10  Indigo – Slim Aarons: Once Upon A Time – $91.67
https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/slim-aarons-once-upon-a/9780810946033-item.html?ikwid=slim+aarons&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=3

No. 11  Hudson’s Bay – M.A.C False Lashes Waterproof – $27.00
http://www.thebay.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/thebay/false-lashes-waterproof?site_refer=CSE_GGLPLA&gclid=CL_hksfR7soCFZWMaQodJJwE5g&gclsrc=aw.ds

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Artists who can vacillate between mediums and have each one look more stunning then the next, sort of blow my mind.

Here are my top 5 from Vassileva’s stunning portfolio…

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art fair fridays christine dovey heirloom and knot  ianitzavasssileva water-installation-2

art fair fridays christine dovey heirloom and knot Ianitza-Vassileva_Global-Circuits_2014-web

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art fair fridays christine dovey heirloom and knot  Electric_IanitzaVassileva2015

I love how you almost can’t tell which underwater one is a photo and which is a painting…all so beautiful!

xx

Haute Spots – Good Neighbour

Good Neighbour…prettiest facade ever…most beautiful tin ceiling/track lighting situation in the history of situations…brass displays as far as the eye can see…and a STUNNING collection of curated clothing/accessory goodies for boys, girls and kiddos. All of this to say, it’s perfect…

haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

haute spots christine dovey the good neighbour toronto

I pretty much want to live there.

And I need to actually own that coat.

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