The sun may be out, but so was the wind, making focusing impossible.
My two Flowering Quince shrubs (Chaenomeles speciosa ‘Toyo-Nishiki’) are the first to show obvious signs of spring. For almost ten years, these two had been in a dark back corner of my front garden where the expanding tree canopies had completely blocked out the sun. Since their transplantation during my front garden’s makeover two years ago, they have recovered and are currently thriving in their new spot next to the sidewalk. Now anyone passing can easily see and enjoy these two showoffs.
Glamorous hints of what’s to come.
“Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.” As one of the most, if not the only, influential design films ever created, Auntie Mame is long overdue for a spot on this blog. In a Wall Street Journal story a few years ago, Jonathan Adler was quoted as saying “Watching Auntie Mame is a right of passage for every aspiring interior decorator.” It’s a bona fide cult classic among us design aficionados.
Art director Malcolm Bert and set decorator George James Hopkins created six types of décor—Chinese, Twenties Modern, Postmodern Neoclassical, English, Danish Modern, and East Indian—to parallel the plot’s story lines. And every one of them is a feast for the eyes. Out of a total of 291 captured stills, I chose 115 to showcase here. To see them all, click on the link below. Once there, you have the option to click on any image and start a manual slideshow of the large scale versions of all 115 stills.
Jessica Iannuzzi Garcia, Kookaburras sit in the old gum tree, 2014
never to be yourself and yet always — that is the problem
a project by (wo)manorial
February 8 — March 1
The Reading Room will host an exhibition presented by the collective (wo)manorial from February 8 through March 1, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 8 from 6 to 9 pm. The title never to be yourself and yet always — that is the problem is taken from Virginia Woolf’s The Modern Essay. The group exhibition addresses those endless doubts and beliefs, searches and frustrations, manipulations and attempts to be honest with art and with ourselves, questioning the freedom that gives pleasure but also uncertainty.
(wo)manorial, founded by Jessica Iannuzzi Garcia and Haley Kattner Allen, is an online platform that addresses issues of contemporary femininity. Since its inception, the collective has produced six exhibitions and featured the work of over 75 artists. Garcia and Allen are joined by guest curators Lilia Kudelia of The Dallas Contemporary and independent curator Daria Prydybailo as well as LauraLee Brott, Courtney Brown, Rebecca Carter, Gabriela Ochoa, Alison Starr, Tori Whitehead.
from their facebook page: “As a collective of artists, creatives, and thinkers who contemplate the ever-changing concept of the feminine, we identify with being human before any political group. As (wo)manorialists, of course we are feminist, but identify with that after our femininity. (wo)manorial provides a global space with which to create, communicate, and document an ever-shifting notion of femininity. Our work shares our experience.”
This glamorous group includes identical twins Eleanor and Karla Gutchrlein who were a dance act known as the Sisters G. Their dance number in the nightclub sequence was cut from the film. In fact all of the musical and dance numbers were cut from the American film version.
Another film where the bachelor pad plays a leading role. Directed by the legendary Michael Curtiz of Casablanca fame and starring Vaudville and stage star Frank Fay, this film is a Pre-Code bedroom farce set in Paris. Among the glamorous flappers in the film are the vivacious kewpie doll Joan Blondell, the femme fatale Louise Brooks, and the less-than-glamorous Laura LaPlante who plays the lead’s true love which is a real head scratcher for me. To see all 43 captured stills showcasing sets and costumes, click the link below.
The homepage for julieharrisonstudo.com.
I haven’t been posting much lately, because I’m busy building a new aspect of my graphic design business, which is website design and production. While working with clients and handling other day-to-day administrative and domestic things during the daytime hours, I’m having to use my night hours and weekends for learning new tricks, photographing my portfolio, and building my personal portfolio website. This does not leave me anytime to feed this blog, and consequently, the poor thing looks starved for fresh input. Two posts for January so far. Not very impressive.
Last week, I finished and launched a new site design for a local dance consultant. I’ve written about Julie Harrison’s studio before. She has added a new service to her business as a consultant for admissions to college dance programs. She now offers guidance and support through the rigorous college dance application and audition process and works with students to create a personalized coaching plan based on individual needs and goals. Check out her site, and if you know of a high school student interested in dance and college, send them to Julie Harrison.
A little note: It may appear that shades of green are my favorite colors. That’s not the reason they were chosen for this new site. Several years ago, it was decided to use green on all Julie’s print collateral, because of the glorious green treetops that could be viewed from her studio. I also chose green for my smallrooms site because landscape plays a very large role in my home’s environment.