By now it’s probably obvious that I adore my sister, Caitlin Watson. She is the epitome of effortless creativity in dress, art, design and just plain living. She just graduated with a BFA in painting and sent me created her online portfolio. If you could only see the things her portfolio doesn’t show of her childhood work. Oh man, there are some goodies (remember this?). Well, you can imagine my delight when I finally saw this project that she’s only described to me in words where she imitated our mom’s modeling pictures from when she was a wee lass for a school assignment. I nearly died. Partly because Mom is kind of cheeseball (sorry, mom, it’s true non?) which meant that Caitlin is equally cheeseball. The best part about it is that she shot them all herself at her house with a timer.
And you know what? She’s now on the hunt for a job or internship and I’m shamelessly putting it out to the blogging universe hoping that some kind soul knows of a good fit for her. She’s not partial to a specific place just the right fit for her and her talents (I think NYC would be a good fit personally!). She’d like to focus on installations or textile work or crafts or painting and let me tell you she’s good at it all. So, if you’re looking or know someone looking for someone oozing with creative goodness, contact her at email@example.com and check out her portfolio here.
This is part 1 of 2 as the next post I’ll show some of her pattern work next.
I don’t know what’s going on lately, but my breath has been taken away four times in the past week. One, two, three (on the way), and now this. My heart started racing as I started clicking through Lyndie Dourthe’s site. She has created the most wondrous little beauties I’ve ever seen and these little guys are made of paper. PAPER! And you know I’m a sucker for paper AND flowers. I die. I’ve been planning on doing more experiments with dying and painting onto flowers and now I realize that I should have. Can I still?
Check out all of her magical beauties here, but get out your Google translate or rack your brain from Mme Macy’s high school class ‘cuz it’s all in French.
Let’s talk about my friend Chaunté shall we? Chaunté Vaughn has an impeccable eye as seen through her photographic and styling work, but as you are well aware by now, the moment you add a flower into anything I’m suddenly all ears. She’s created this series of portraits of a sweet little one named Kayla who is a) way ahead of her time and b) a really good sport with the floral crowns.
I had to add in this last one even though there are no flowers because well, it’s too much.
There are moments when I get sad that I’m not in America and it’s oftentimes moments like these when I wish I could collaborate with really amazing people like Chaunté. Chaunté, hats off!
When I first moved to Denmark someone left me a comment saying that I needed to get to know the work of Tage Andersen. I’m very obedient so I did. I was in love. I wrote a blog post. Check. However, I only viewed his website and somehow didn’t fully understand that he had a shop/gallery/museum here in Copenhagen. Not only that, but that this place will take you to another world.
I stumbled on it a few weeks ago and somehow knew from a distance that this was his shop. I walked in, gasped, and nearly started to cry. Ok, I might be slightly overemotional, but truly, he’s created another world. There are oversized bird cages and exotic birds walking around, sculptures he’s created, and flowers, flowers, flowers everywhere. You might imagine that my heart nearly stopped. WELL, yesterday I accidentally ended up on Ny Adelgade again and guess who I saw just outside? TAGE ANDERSEN! Now, the man is distinct. He looks and dresses as if he’s from another era. “Excuse me, excuse me, are you Tage Andersen?” He turns and I know I’ve got my guy. “Yes”. Then I become a blubbering fool. A BLUBBERING FOOL! My heart sped up, “I’m a huge fan…” and you kind of know how it goes from there. Needless to say, I returned after my meeting to go through the museum and was entranced and Mr. Andersen was so kind to let me go through and look through his creations including a garden in the courtyard. Please check out a few details here.
The best part is that he has a home (a palace really) in Sweden, Gunillaberg, where he has more of his creations. It’s only open in the summer, so you must go.
Are you for real? Do you live on planet earth or do you create your dream world as you go? Who does your styling? How many hours go into each shoot? How do you recreate your thoughts into reality? Did you assemble a dream team? Are YOU the dream team? How many inspirations journals do you have? Are you friends with Tim Burton? Do the animals talk with you? Can I work for you? Or can I just watch what you do for a week?
Brittany Watson Jepsen ______________________
(All of my favorite photos are from Mr. Walker. I didn’t even realize they were all his until I did a google search and one by one his name showed up. Past posts include balloons, yellow and many more).
Also, check out this interview of him and his design process and how he started. I can totally relate to not being interested in the technical part. “Photography is just a box you put between you and what you want to capture” and “my photos are so close to being kitsch.” Love it.