[Photo (detail) Janus van Helfteren ©Classic-Porsches: Generations of Genius by Brian-Laban, Artabras Publishers, 1993.]
[Interior design by Sara Tuttle. Photography by Lissa Gotwals.]
In his online bio, photographer Squire Fox says he was initially inspired by the famous picture of Peter Beard writing in a journal while lodged in the mouth of an alligator. Reading that, I became curious about the images that most impacted other creative people.
[Alexander Calder, Elephant, 1936, Sheet metal and paint ©Calder Foundation.]
With an architect dad and an artist mother, designer Megan Arquette learned to look at shape and color before she could speak. She told me, "I had a Calder mobile over my crib, so maybe that's where it began!" At the market, in the garden, and pretty much everywhere, Megan remembers her mother always commenting on an object's aesthetic qualities. "She'd pick up a tomato or eggplant and start waxing about its [form]. She taught me that nature actually creates the perfect color combinations."
Amanda Talley was stimulated by the festive color pairings at her grandparents' get-away known as The Pink Elephant.
[© Amanda Talley.]
She recalls, "It was magical. It had a pink bar with pink bar stools, pink wicker, pink elephants everywhere, and green shag carpeting. My mother grew up going there, so I could dig through drawers and closets and find things from her childhood. I loved everything about it: card games, fishing, and building driftwood houses on the beach." Amanda is pictured above atop one of the card tables (the men and women each had their own).
[ Notice-Forest, 2005, cuts on paper (Tiffany & Co.), 5 x 6 x 8 inches. Image courtesy of Yuken Teruya and Josee Bienvenu Gallery.]
As a child, Shannon Morris, museum curator at Georgia College and Amanda's former roommate, was mesmerized by her grandmother's shopping bags.
"I grew up in the small town of Fairhope, Alabama." explains Shannon, "It is now known for its posh boutiques, quaint eateries and art galleries. When I was a child, however, it was much less glamorous and a lot less exciting."
[Tory Burch (Pink), 2010, cuts on paper, glue, 6 x 16 x 12 inches (detail). Image courtesy of Yuken Teruya and Josee Bienvenu Gallery.]
She continues, "I was lucky enough to have my grandparents nearby. Many of my childhood memories involve my grandmother who loved to travel and shop, and I [remember being] very drawn to the shopping bags that she brought home from her journeys. I loved everything about them -- their shiny surfaces, bright colors, stylized fonts and matching silk cord handles. One day, when she was placing her shoes on the shelf, I spotted a 'collection' of shopping bags in the closet and asked her if I could have them. I was elated when she gave them to me!
Afterward, she would procure extras just for me from boutiques and fine department stores. For me, the bags also represented the places where the stores were located. The prize of my collection was a Saks Fifth Avenue bag from New York City! I can remember sitting in front of it and running my fingers across its glossy surface. It was a classic black Saks bag with a red script font and a red silk cord. I imagined the elaborate displays that the store must have contained and the excitement of New York."
[Dior, cuts on paper. Image courtesy of the artist, Yuken Teruya.]
And she adds, "As a graduate student at SCAD, my thesis topic explored artists whose works dealt with the ecological consequences of consumerism. It may seem an odd choice for a girl who once coveted shopping bags, that is, until you see the works of Yuken Teruya, and then it makes perfect sense. Teruya's Notice-Forest series was a major part of my paper. Teruya uses the Japanese technique of kirigami- cutting and folding, to create these exquisite portraits of trees from shopping bags."
©Patrick Cline, Lonny issue three.]
Next up: youthful memories from Max Humphrey of Burnham Design.
Anthropologie's March catalog -- a leaf lover's paradise with a hint of Mrs. Delany and Her Circle -- and to a new small work from Richard Kooyman.
[Richard Kooyman, Look Up, Oil on mylar, 10 x 12 inches, courtesy Emily Amy Gallery.]
Related past post: Icing on the Cake.