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Oct 27

2016

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Art Forum – Gregor Palmer

 

 

 

 

Every month, we will be introducing an artist whose work I happen to personally favor. This opening month it is the work of UK abstract artist, Gregor Palmer. http://gregorpalmer.co.uk

We feel it best to allow her work to speak for itself and have you read this un edited clip from some of her wonderful expressive writings. I felt this relevant an artist as the opener for Art Forum – as there is a most incredible exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in Mayfair, London on Abstract art – which is worth a trip to London if you can. It runs until January 2nd, 2017.

Eddy Frankel with Time Out Magazine does a good review of this highly impressive art event. 

http://www.timeout.com/london/art/abstract-expressionism

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“Ground Control to Major Tom”

From the artist:

Creative people are always worth listening to. In an article on sculptor Anthony Gormley he said ‘This is what I was born to do, or what I’ve found I can do.”

He went on to talk about his figures installed on Crosby beach on Merseyside – some are even in the sea! ‘That’s the test, I think. If you can’t think of a place without the object or the object without the place, it means it’s made a marriage.’

Painting has that aspect too. All the lines and forms and colours have to look as though they’ve always been right there and could be nowhere else. If you look at a favourite picture and block out any little detail with your thumb the whole thing is less, less perfect, paler. Nothing should be present that isn’t absolutely necessary.
How does any creative person find that special state that brings all their powers together, focussed and alert? Do you have a routine you go through before you start a project, not a putting-off-the-moment one like cleaning under the sink, but a collecting-together in the building tension?

Mike Leigh, the film director, says he starts work on a new film with no working script. He looks for spontaneity from the actors and likes the on-the-edge-ness he gets when there’s no safety fall-back. Philip Glass the composer tries not to make decisions before entering a rehearsal room, for the same reasons. You have to find the conditions that help the work. For me any plan or envisioning kills creativity dead, while every brush stroke risks wrecking the whole thing. Risk is the stimulant that makes the creative department alert, and risk is what keeps the project alive and vital right until it’s finally wrapped up and you can push your chair back, or put away your pen or your brush or chisel.

Artist Contact: gregor.palmer1@gmail.com

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“Shine on Me”

 http://gregorpalmer.co.uk

Jan 20

2015

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Mary Corse

Continuing with our month long focus on white, this week I would like to share the inspiring work of one of my favorite artists, Mary Corse. Mary Corse is a Los Angeles based artist, most notable for her monochromatic “White Light Paintings” in the Light and Space art movement of the 1960s.

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Corse’s peers in the Light and Space movement included DeWain Valentine, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, and Helen Pashgian. This group of Southern Californian artists invented beautiful, minimal, sleek and luminescent works of art by experimenting with unconventional materials like resin and vacuum formed plastic. Their works concentrate on the relationship of human perception and sensation.

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“At a time when New York was focused on very dark, black hues, and artists were working with a lot of steel, the L.A. artists were exploring these very different materials, and obviously embracing light and space,” says Bill Griffin, a partner in Kayne Griffin Corcoran in Los Angeles.

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Corse’s work is centered around her peculiar  use of glass microspheres. The glass microspheres Corse utilizes in her work are tiny reflective beads that are most commonly used to brighten highway signs. Corse mixes the beads with white acrylic paint to create her remarkable “White Light Paintings”. Corse paints her canvases, averaging 9′ x 9′ in size, in stripes with her microsphere paint and then sands the surfaces  perfectly smooth. The result the is a glowing painting that transforms like a hologram as you walk around, revealing its complex relationship to light.

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Jan 12

2015

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White interiors

With the beginning of a new year, we often find ourselves taking advantage of the opportunity to wipe our slates clean and start afresh. Whether it is through self proposed resolutions like eating healthier, flossing your teeth daily or cutting back on the caffeine for a healthy dose of a cold press green drink  – to rearranging your environment – an external expression of ‘the new you ‘.

So be it your living room, bathroom or work space, January is generally a good time to take inventory and reflect on the past year and implement changes for the year ahead through these design executions.
This year, Philippa Radon Design will be concentrating on a different spotlight colour each month. This January of 2015 will be directed towards Whites and Neutral colours in general.
I personally do not believe in jumping on the trend train each season, especially Pantone’s 2015 colour of the year, Marsala which follows on the heels on their 2014 Radiant Orchid.
I believe it is important to follow your heart and personal intuition, during this time of new beginnings in particular. White – and the myriad shades thereof can be used as your canvas and initial starting point to express yourself from, from there, one can easily travel through a multitude of colours and slowly start to collate a palette that is an expression of your own personality and style.
Here are a few cleansing images to inspire creativity for the new year:
Try eliminating clutter from your bedroom and workspace to facilitate a cleaner and more tranquil environment, its truly quite cathartic!
Please feel free to send us your images. Happy 2015.

Oct 27

2014

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Happy Halloween

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Oct 21

2014

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Tweed Fabric

I am so elated that this Winters trend fabric is Tweed, and the Harris Tweed especially!   Though there are many types and variations the Harris tweed is superior in my estimation. One can hardly refer to Tweed as a Trend- its origins stem way back. Its more of a revival.

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As the nature lover in me is always identifying the commercial market back to its natural origin, being able to correlate the rough moorlands of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides and its range of colours is relatively easy. For those of you never fortunate enough to venture to this part of the world, think …. Mel Gibson in Braveheart, or The writings of Thomas Hardy with those wonderful scenic descriptions.
Conjour the peat marshes and ragged dark mountains, heavy grey mists over bleached grassy plains or bright heathered slopes against freezing blue bottomless seas. The sure footed mountain sheep with their neutral tawny mix coats against ochre slate for an alternate palette.  There is such artistry woven into these artistic patterns. The warp and weft blending colours and textures symbolic of its history.
Tweeds really do reflect the natural colours of their origin, and they are captured even more so as many of these wools were spun and dyed using natural plant dyes.
Harris Tweeds are the only mix blend yarns that are dyed before being spun.
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Colours reflect our mood and seasons, they also calm and excite the senses. Texture adds depth and definition.  So as you browse through the racks this winter selecting your hounds tooth or herringbone, basket weave or glen check, remind yourself that history repeats itself and that your money would be well spent investing in tweed because it will always in be fashion.

Oct 06

2014

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Work space

As we transition out of summer and into fall, for many, this time of year marks the end of laid back vacation days and the start of school or getting back to the grind of work.  This last quarter also seems to be a busier season, with many a festive holiday looming. So perhaps some early planning with some glam organizational office
gadgets will help you feel better prepared this year and make your desk top feel more colourful, functional and stylish. Office accoutrements seem to have attracted many designers to bring these daily used items into the fashion world. Nate Burkus at Target makes it easy to afford or splurge with one of the more lavish quality Italian lines.

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The workplace has evolved quite a bit since the days of secretaries like Miss Moneypenny in the Bond series and endless rows of sterile cubicles. In fact, many people don’t even go into an office much these days and instead telecommute. Whether you’re working from a neighborhood coffee shop, remotely from home or a corporate environment, I believe one’s work space or desk space is critical in fostering productivity and output.  I colour code my files, Pink personal, Blue business, Orange accounts etc and have many of the basic magazine folders covered in favourite wallpaper off cuts and gone are my home file cabinets which always felt like an eye sore as I battle going paperless. Though I confess I am a huge notebook addict and collect them from everywhere I travel, a kaleidoscope of covers of many various mediums and even a few I’ve made myself. I store them mostly unused afraid to blemish the pages for years.

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We are now able to entertain our pets at work too.  Paul Frank’s offices are a big advocate of this, as am I.  Or David Parnes from Million Dollar Listing with his two pampered Bassett hounds, Bella and Maxi.
Though my black German shepherd Jet, constantly knocks my hand away from the keyboard when I work from home, its worth her company.

So, this week I want to highlight a few of my favorite picks for making a fun and creative workspace.
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Please feel free to send us your creative work spaces to view too.

Sep 11

2014

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COLOUR CHOICES

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I am faced with that task of making colour and design decisions all day and every day, its my profession — actually it’s far more than that because I see and feel everything in terms of colour and balance. Have you ever thought about the process of how you make your colour decisions? What do you base them on, is it something predisposed because you are a creature of habit and favor certain colours? Or is it because you are just accepting of what is around you through familiarity? Or is it at random?  Perhaps you don’t even really consciously think about your daily simplest of simple colour choices at all. I know, I do … in fact, to the point of absurdity sometimes.

From the moment I wake, my life is guided by my colour choices.  My choice of toothpaste and brush, down to what cup I will use for my morning coffee (and what I’ll proffer my husband his in).  My collection of tea cups and mugs is quite extensive — but my decision is formed after taking many things into consideration, like my mood, what I am drinking (coffee or tea), day of the week, or an event, just to name a few. You can imagine how my choice of drinking vessel changes daily. From there it quickly progresses and expands to the clothes I wear, the sock/shoe complement, the nail polish I choose, the food I eat (also colour grouped these days to ensure a balanced diet), the ink colour I write with, the sheets on my bed, the list goes on and on.

I am so truly aware that it is ingrained in everything that I do. I systematically make decisions based on colour.

 

Do let me know if you have any colour quirks in your day and how colour helps balance your day. How does colour effect your life?

 

Love the colours you live with.

 

 

 

 

Aug 19

2014

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Matte Paint

It’s not uncommon to immediately associate matte paint with those dreaded school chalk boards from our childhood. Despite being quite utilitarian, the trend has now thankfully evolved past that one dimensional function and entered lifestyles, design and most importantly colour!
Matte is a finish that has very little to no sheen. In the same family of finishes as flat and eggshell, matte can be used for you interior painting needs. However, be mindful that once it is scuffed, it is hard to return back to its original state.
But don’t let that deter you from being creative. Here are some interiors with flat and semi gloss stripes that are subtle yet noticeable.
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Matte paints have reached new audiences and products including car paint and nail polish in any colour imaginable.
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Nail polish brands like Essie and OPI have issued matte top coat finishes that allow you to easily transform your favorite glossy nail colour to matte.

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Aug 11

2014

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Banana Leaf wall coverings

This week, I am spotlighting banana leaf wall coverings. As it is the middle of summer and blisteringly hot, I liked the idea of bringing the outdoors in and creating an escape without leaving your home! I am particularly attracted the various green hues and vivid patterns of banana leaf papers, I feel that they immediately transport to you to Palm Beach in the 40s.

Perhaps the most recognizable banana lead paper is the Martinique “A” Wallpaper BH90210 as seen in the Beverly Hills Hotel. Originally designed for the hotel’s hallways and coffee shops, the iconic print has withstood the test of time and is still being used in modern design today. Most often pictured and used in green, the paper actually comes in Burgandy and Mustard Yellow as well.
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Here is the famous Martinique paper featured in Nikki Hilton’s dining room
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A similar but different print also made popular in the 40s was by eccentric designer Dorothy Draper. Titled “Brazillance”, this particular paper gained fame when Draper designed the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia. She saturated the hotel with the print throughout the lobby and even on the hallway carpets.
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If you’re feeling bold and looking to bring some colour into your life, Martinique and Brazillance is the way to go!

 

Jul 21

2014

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Yves Klein

Yves Klein was a French artist in the 1950s who pioneered the development of Performance Art. Although he passed at the young age of 34, his artistic legacy lives through IKB, International Klein Blue.

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IKB is a deep blue hue, comparable to ultramarine, patented by Klein and co-created with chemists to have the same brightness and intensity as dry pigments. This colour is achieved through suspending the dry pigment in a synthetic resin. The intensity of the blue is so vivid that it almost seems to vibrate off surfaces. This creation was phenomenal in the 50’s and quite incredible by today’s technological standards as well; the colour is almost impossible to match.
However, Kremer Pigments sell an ultramarine pigment that is the closest match I have seen to IKB. For pure paint, I recommend Swiss Paint Manufacturer, KT Color. For $350 per gallon, you too can colour your walls Yves Klein Blue.
Klein utilized blue throughout most of his career but IKB is most notable in his performance pieces where nude models are painted and dragged or strategically positioned on a canvas creating the images and acting as “living brushes”.
In conjunction with the estate of Yves Klein, Artware Editions offers a vitrine coffee table made of plexiglass, glass, and steel filled with International Kelin Blue pigment. Slightly more attainable than his $20 million dollar paintings, these functional artist designed furniture pieces come numbered and signed with a certificate of authenticity.
Here a few more images of how IKB has permeated not only contemporary art but also interior design.