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Bouquets to Art, part two

#461: Bloom

Bouquets to Art, part one

Bouquets to Art is an annual exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, which pairs local floral designers with modern art pieces from the permanent collection.

I attended this year for the first time, with my mother.

It is the perfect kind of afternoon to have with your mother, in fact.

Art, flowers, and ladies in hats.

Though all of the floral designs were exquisite, some were stronger than others.

And sometimes, the attendees outshone the flowers altogether.

This whimsical piece was one of my favorites.

Floral designers from all over the bay area were charged with interpreting a piece of art from the permanent collection. Some were literal, and others rather abstract.

The most successful, in my opinion, were something in between.

Like this piece. I just loved the energy, color and explosive nature of it.

I tried my best to capture each floral piece in front of it’s modern art inspiration.

But, it was so, so crowded.

Unfortunately, the exhibit lasts only five days. Since the flowers are alive and eventually begin to wilt.

Since I cannot send you to see it yourself, you’ll have to come back here and see more pictures in the next couple of days.

Bouquets to Art, part two, coming soon.

#460: It’s a bird! It’s a plane!

Stephen Jones Retrospective

In Antwerp, at the MoMu, we saw an excellent exhibit of the English milliner, Stephen Jones.

Hats have always been a fascination for me. And I own several.

Though not as many as my husband.

We both enjoyed the whimsy and theatricality of the exhibit. Not just the hats, but the way they were presented–on oversized pale lavender hat boxes perfectly replicated to match the boxes used by Stephen Jones Millinery today.

Some cleverly stacked to project videos of various fashion collections off their white tops.

The show is separated into four major themes: Adventure, Science, Rococo, and Glamour. With many sub-themes in equally interesting names like flying,  spotlight, blossom, volume, shangri-la, contrast, home, north, and artifice. As retrospectives go, there was an incredible amount of work spanning decades.

Stephen Jones is an extraordinary talent.

It’s no wonder so many fashion designers employ him for their collections.

My favorite hat, which is perhaps an odd choice, is the silver turban (above), with a POW!-shaped eye patch to go with it. I feel like it would be such fun to wear to a party. Though I can’t say I’d have the courage to don it for anything other than a costumed affair.

Another favorite of mine is the French Onion Soup (above, left)

Some of the hats are quite literal.

But all are clearly well-crafted, and undeniably fun to view.

I hear it is a traveling exhibit, so if comes to your area, I highly recommend taking a look.

around the haus…floor one

Here are some scenes around our apartment, at one sixty two hauptstraße in heidelberg…

I decided to make this a two or three part series, because it is hard to cover our space in one post. Especially, as I like to shoot many tight, detail shots along with those that wide angle ones that show a real sense of the space.

This apartment has changed….evolved, really…so much since we first moved in, almost three years ago. And that was about the last time I properly photographed it.

A few people who are close friends of ours (Jordan and Blake, I am talking to you) haven’t had the chance to see it in person.

They were curious.  So you, too, get a peek.

Enjoy.

We have three floors in our apartment. The shots here show the family room, dining room and kitchen. In the next two around the haus posts, I’ll move upstairs to the second level, a loft that overlooks the downstairs. It’s where my workspace (affectionately known as the create room) and Andy’s music room are situated.

If you know me, and you know San Francisco, you might be able to tell that one of my design influences is the shop, Paxton Gate, in San Francisco.  That and, really, any creative idea that pops into my head at any given moment. Like those red branches coming out of the frame above.

It wasn’t until I looked at all of these photos as a collection until I noticed a kind of theme.  Can you spot it?

(Here’s a hint: it has to do with color and material)

#242.2: Fahrrad