Monday Moods: Spring Refresh

Although I feel like the second half of winter is always the coldest, I am optimistic and excited for Spring now that February is among us. As such, I have been looking at all of the fun things that are coming out and making a wish list for a seasonal refresh. If you too are feeling a little pent up and are over winter vibes, check out my picks for this week and let me know how you prepare for the upcoming season.

mm 1. Truffles A-line dress from For Love and Lemons

2. Feline Wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler

3. Santal from Le Labo at Gee Beauty

4. Martini recipe by Full Moon

5. Velvet Sequin Shoes

6. Untitled #4 by Eduardo Mata Icaza at Citizen Atelier

7. Black Magic home inspiration 

8. Spot Surface Light by Tom Dixon

9. Turtledove Rug at Black Rooster Decor 

Happy February and Happy Monday my lovelies!

xx

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/

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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 House – Femme Fatale

If anyone has seen Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury Road, this week’s post will come as no surprise. Though I believe that being a femme fatale is more about your attitude than the things you wear, these pieces will help expose your inner vixen and make you feel like the fox you are!
So turn up Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood, put on some red lipstick and take a look at this week’s Haute House: Femme Fatale edition…
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1) To show a hint of your bad girl side, try this Alexander McQueen Gold Twin Skull Bracelet for $320 at https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/women/product/alexander-mcqueen/gold-twin-skull-bracelet/1226753
2) Take your femme fatale self to new heights in these Jimmy Choo Black Scale Mendez Ankle Boots for $630 at https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/women/product/jimmy-choo/black-scale-mendez-ankle-boots/312403
3) Like I said, being a femme fatale is all about the attitude! To cultivate yours, spray on a little I Dare You Liaison de Parfum by Nana de Bary http://www.liaisondeparfum.com/fragrance
4) A little black dress with lace overlay adds a little sugar and a lot of spice! For $97.53 try this True Decadence one here http://www.asos.com/True-Decadence-Tall/True-Decadence-Tall-Eyelash-Lace-Bodycon-Cami-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5174687&CTARef=Recently%20Viewed
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5) Arguably the most iconic (and my personal favourite) femme fatale is Cat Woman. Here is the original, Julie Newmar, getting into character-Meow!
6) The secret to harnessing this bad girl air of confidence is fine lingerie that makes you feel sexy and feminine. Mix and match with this bra http://www.net-a-porter.com/ca/en/product/538499 and lace briefs http://www.net-a-porter.com/ca/en/product/513606
7) Being a femme fatale can be tiring! Take a rest on this Mod Leather Daybed at Black Rooster Decor for $2,334 http://blackroosterdecor.com/collections/seating/products/mod-leather-daybed-black
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8) For seductive lighting that is pretty with an edge, go to Shop 219 for this Ananas Table Lamp for $698 http://shop219.com/collections/table/products/ananas-table-lamp-free-shipping
9) Potentially the most powerful and easy way to indulge your femme fatale attitude is to slip into a leather jacket, up the ante with one that is custom made for you at CBLstone Leather, like this Classic Fringe (647W) for $888 http://www.cblstoneleather.com/collections/frontpage/products/w647
10) Part of what it means to be a femme fatale is to strike a careful balance of feminine charm with a side of kick ass confidence, this Kelly Wearstler Amorata Stool does just that for $3,200 http://www.kellywearstler.com/seating/amorata-stool/FST15002.html?dwvar_FST15002_color=NEG&cgid=seating#start=1
Girl boss all the way this week and I love it.
xx