I've been a long time fan of the work of Diana Fayt! She draws and paints wonderful botanicals and birds onto hand-thrown stoneware clay! Most of my other dishes are antique, but there is something wonderfully whimsical and fun about her work that I just love ~ and of course, her craft skills shine through! I bought my first couple of plates from Art Stream in New Hampshire. Ironically Diana is based here in the Bay Area! One of these days I plan on going to her studio sale, but for now I find her work on Esty. Today, they hang in a cozy little area in my kitchen, but sooner or later, I'll have to move this little growing collection to a new wall!
Do you remember the incredible Doll that David and Paul gave me last year? I knew I had to find a very special way to display her. Last October I took her to Addison Endpapers and asked Julie to design a box that would highlight and protect her. On Friday I finally picked up the box and boy did Julie do a fantastic job, using a beautiful pale blue rose print on the outside, and a vintage cream moire on the inside. The shape truly lets this little 'Old Pretender' look her best! She now hangs next to my little silk dress (which ironically also came from Addison Endpapers) and Donna's Magnificent French Crown! ~ Perfect company I think!!!
Here is my new class sample for the "Time For Tea" Figural Theatre Clock, to be taught at the CASTLE on SATURDAY JUNE 14th! Ms. Tea has a pre-sculpted head on a 12" wood mannequin, an inner 'apron' that supports a working clock, and paper clothing created of crepe paper, wrapping paper, and gold dresden. I added a 'Cake' fan for her to cool off with... Imagine her in colors matching your favorite china or perhaps your kitchen! This should be a great class!!!
Class fee is $135.00 ~ includes all materials. Limited to 8 students. Please call (510) 204-9801 to reserve your spot!
I slipped into Anthropologie last week, and saw these amazing PAPER INSECTS in their front window, and quickly sneaked a few photos! I thought they were so clever, lots of same shaped bugs, with a few of them colored in and then stapled together to form a screen! Inspired by Marraine's delightful thematic posts, here are a few other 'Paper Insect' links...
First, let me set the record straight: I am no minimalist! I also happen to be a lover of 'things' and was born with a 'collecting' gene! Add that to living in a 1,300 square foot house, with two other 'semi-collectors' and you get the picture... Our home is "creatively filled" and has no 'empty walls, nooks or crannies'! Recently I moved my collection of Chinese Baby~Hats into the house from my studio. They were getting too much exposure to dust and light, and I felt that putting them behind glass was the best solution to keep them intact. Of course this ment I had to empty my glass vitrine and find new homes for what previously filled it, but thats another story... Sundays purchase of a delightful little pair of Chinese slipper boots, had me rearranging again, making room for yet another addition. As you can see the inside is full to overflowing, but I just had to have the boots! On top of my case, sit my growing collection of Asian baby-dolls, and a few more hats. I made the hat stands from glass candlesticks with lucite poles hot glued into them. The art work is a favorite by Sara whose work I adore, and the colors fit the corner perfectly! Once a collector always a collector!!!