October 30, 2008

floral textiles: leanne culy for home base collections

I just found out about this stellar line of fabrics by artist Leanne Culy, for Home Base Collections. They use cotton and hemp yarns grown using no herbicides or pesticides that are fully biodegradable to create their line of fabrics. Great styling in the photographs as well. Photography by Brian Culy.

"Home Base Collections has created a range of fabrics inspired by the things we love about New Zealand. Icons we remember, things we had forgotten. Something pretty but not too pretty, feminine but not too girly, sometimes more masculine, thought provoking but kind to the eye, soft, beautiful & honest."

I'm loving the above two patterns, Rata and Magnolia Gisbourne, named for flowers. The Rata is a native New Zealand species, blooming red around Christmas time.

All images and quote from Home Base Collections website.

October 17, 2008

drivin' to nola

Today I am driving to New Orleans to provide flowers and emotional support to my best friend, who will be getting married at the lovely Princess Monaco Courtyard at Cafe Amelie in the French Quarter. So fun! I'll be sure to post images of the floral design and the event as a whole (after I recover, of course).

And next week I'll be flying back to Auckland from Dallas/Fort Worth after a final visit with my parents. My time in Austin has been exactly what I hoped it would be, a time to refresh my spirit and gain some perspective. I'm excited to hit the ground running in New Zealand, and see what surprises the future holds. I'll be back to blogging the following week.

October 16, 2008

east austin: native plant garden

Here's yet another great garden, located in East Austin, filled with native and low-water plants. I love the stacked stone wall, the landscaping around the sidewalk that engages the street, and how every corner of the property is filled with beautiful moments. I should have gotten pictures of the 3 story workshop/guest house...

October 15, 2008

austin: david-peese garden

To continue yesterday's post, here are more images from The Garden Conservancy's 2008 Open Days. The David-Peese garden has been one of my favorites for years, and is always one of the best on the garden tour. The owners of the house, James deGrey David and Gary Peese, are landscape designers and former owners of Gardens, who now run David/Peese Design out of the concrete studio shown in the pictures below. I just wish I'd gotten pictures of their fluffy-pantsed chickens. You can see more stunning images at the portfolio section on their website.

October 14, 2008

2008 austin open garden days

The Garden Conservancy's 2008 Open Days occurred the same day as the AIA tour, so we didn't get to all the gardens, but the ones we did visit were filled with delightful details. This one below, by Robert Leeper, included a stairway integrated into the driveway, a potager behind an open-air carport/outdoor living area, bamboo softening a small courtyard, and a nice steel retaining wall.

October 13, 2008

2008 aia homes tour

The 2008 AIA Homes Tour was such an inspiration! We saw a nice collection of modern homes and this one by Nana Kim of 9 Square Studio is perfect in every way. Oh, to be able to build in central Austin... Interior pictures from 9 Square Studio website, and AIA website.

October 8, 2008

nyc: banchet flowers

Photographer Kathryn Yu was kind enough to send over these behind-the-scenes shots of NYC florist Banchet Flowers, which was recently part of Open House New York, a once a year event which allows the public to see private spaces around the city. You can see more of Kathryn's beautiful work on her flickr page.

October 7, 2008

leaf polaroids by jeff tolentino

I'm finally hopping on the Polaroid bandwagon. How nice are these simple shots of leaves by Jeff Tolentino? Check out the whole set on his flickr page.

October 6, 2008

los angeles floral design: lily lodge

I've been contemplating organic flowers lately. Is it possible to run a flower shop that uses mostly organic flora? While perusing Brown Turtleneck Sweater I came across just such an enterprise... Lily Lodge. I love the philosophy and the story behind the owner, too. All images from their website.

October 2, 2008

austin photographer: rick tolar

I'll be headed back to Auckland before the always-awesome East Austin Studio Tour, but while I was flipping through an old guide, I ran across Rick Tolar's beautiful photographs of flowers.
He was kind enough to answer a few question for Crosspollination below.

How did you come to specialize in photographing flowers?

Actually, photographing flowers started accidentally when I happened to shoot a Dixie Blue Iris that was blooming in my yard. Even though I had many years experience in studio photography, I had never taken photos of flowers. I showed my image to some family members who coerced me to try some more. 103 images later I had finally established myself as a fine art floral photographer. My technique is fairly unique in the fact that I only use natural reflected light in a completely dark studio. This gives me the dark background that is so common in my images.

What are some of the forms and colors that you are particularly interested in right now?

My interest has been evolving over the past few years and I seem to be heading toward images that are very close to the subject. I like to flood the image area with color and close enough to add a little mystery as to what type of flower it is. I am also leaning towards multi-panels that compose one master image, primarily printed on canvas. It is interesting that I seem to have two distinct types of customers. I have those that absolutely love that particular flower and the bold, bright colors of the close up and then I have customers that love the color and do not seem to care what flower it is.

Where can we see more of your work?

I will again be in the East Austin Studio Tour this year with a collection being shown at Resonance Studio at 1406-D Smith Road. I will participate in the Cherrywood Art Festival and the LBJ Wildflower Center’s Christmas Shows, too. In April, I will have a collection of my wildflower images in Texas Highways. My website is being renovated at this time, but look for an opening by November at www.ricktolar.com.

Flowers shown from top are African Aloe, Blue Passion Flower, Bluebonnets, Hedgehog Cactus, and Hibiscus.

Thanks so much, Rick!

October 1, 2008

floral papers and jewelry by prismera design

Poppytalk Handmade's latest Mix Tape market has some great items... I'm loving the jewelry and paper goods by Prismera Design.