Entries in Photography (12)


Art Director, Art Collector

[images: Jodi Pudge]

One of the things that we love best about Colleen’s place in the current issue of Covet Garden is that she loves her art collection. The images that hang on her walls may seem like a diverse grouping, but they all hold a personal connection for her. It just makes us so happy to observe the amount of joy she derives from these pieces — individually and as a grouping — that we wanted to take a deeper look at her collection.

When we asked Colleen which artwork was her favourite, she said, “I’d have an easier time choosing which orphaned puppy to save from a house fire (which is to say, please don’t ask me, I’d rescue all of them.)”

“On the job I'm ruthlessly decisive,” Colleen adds. “But at home, I enjoy not having to pick one creative over another in order to advance the narrative because the parts tell the story.”

Colleen’s entryway is a salon unto itself. Two of our favourites are a black and white photograph of John Lennon by British photographer Barrie Wentzell and a colourful WAV File painting by Toronto’s own Kurt Swinghammer (who was featured in our April 2011 Issue).

Prints by Colleen's good friend, illustrator Alanna Cavanagh, are well represented throughout the condo. Cavanagh's "An Empty Belly" is the focal point of the sitting area, but the cute coffee maker pictured above perks up the kitchen.

“I collect a broad mix of work by local and international artists,” says Colleen, “but strangely, it's the Norval Morrisseau print ["The Great Mother"] over the desk that causes the most division among guests.”

One of the things that Colleen loves about art is how it has the power to create dialogue. “I often find myself passionately defending it,” she says. “As a result, it's pretty dear to me. Its glass has broken twice during moves, too, so it demands a gentle touch.”


Drive By Photo Shooting

[photos by Jessica Reid—mostly taken from my car (when stopped!)]

LA. The weather can't be beat, and it's gorgeous by the beach, but I have had a hard time appreciating the rest of the city until now. As an east-coaster who loves to walk, the driving culture in LA has always made it a bit difficult for me to love the place, but this time was different. Instead of seeing the dingy strip-malls and lack of people on the streets, I came to appreciate the vast blue skies, the vintage signs and the bits of Old Hollywood that remain. 

I even found some great neighbourhoods to explore on foot. Here's what I recommend checking out if you go.

1. Silverlake: Great boutiques like The Dream Collective, Clare VivierMollusk and Reform School. Amazing Thai food at Night Market Song and Taiwanese food at Pine and Crane are just the beginning!

2. Larchmount Village: This sweet little neighbourhood features a great kids' boutiques, the not-to-be-missed Salt and Straw ice cream from Portland and local institution Chevalier's Books, which has been on the strip since 1940.

3. Atwater Village: I love me some fabric, so I had to check out Sew L.A. I was not disapointed by their selection of textiles and patterns. And Proof Bakery across the street had tasty sandwiches and pastries.

4. Rosebowl Flea: If you happen to be in Los Angeles on the second Sunday of the month, and you like looking for treasures, you can't miss this massive market! 

5. Little Tokyo: You must check out Kinokuniya for an amazing selection of art, craft and design books in Japanese and English and more beautiful stationery items than one can possibly handle. There are also tons of great places to grab a bite, as well as a Japanese grocery store and Anzen Hardware — an old school emporium where top restaurants come to buy kitchen supplies. A nearby shop that's also worth a visit is the design-driven housewares shop Poketo.

6. Santa Monica: Closer to the beachyou'll find this amazing, twice-weekly farmers' market. Or head down to Venice Beach, stroll along the shore and then take a walk down Abbot Kinney Boulevard to explore the shops and restaurants and check out the nearby canals. 


Good Fourtou

[Designer Brian McCarthy's bathroom from House Beautiful's April 2013 issue]

We came across this image of a whimsical, art-filled home in last month's issue of House Beautiful. We were instantly inspired by the unconventional use of art in the space — especially the mix of classical furniture and antiques mixe with the modern photo-based art. Further digging on the internet turned up more amazing work from Belgian artist Jean Francois Fourtou, the artist who created two of the pieces shown above.

[Fourtou's giraffe sculpture in desiner Ora Ito's home via here]

Of course, the life-sized animal pieces he constructs out of paper reminded us of the presence of animals in Morgan and Christopher's apartment from this month's Covet Garden. Taxidermy may not be your thing, but how amazing are these giraffes in the spaces here? Fourtou's pieces are all about memories of childhood and trying to recover lost pieces of your past in your environment. We certainly remember thinking that a magical creature might be around every corner when we were young and love the idea of recapturing that feeling in our homes now!

[Fourtou's home and atelier in Marrakech]


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Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes of a Covet Garden Shoot

[Maya Visnyei's studio before the shot is set up]

One of the best things about putting together an issue of Covet Garden is the photo shoots. Especially our project page pictures. We always have a great time working with so many lovely and talented photographers and food stylists. Because we spend so much of energy documenting the sublime style of our featured householders, these photo days give us a chance to flex our own creative muscles!

We thought we'd share a behind-the-scenes peek of shoot we did for our upcoming second anniversary issue in September. Today we worked with the extraordinary photographer Maya Visnyei and food stylist Julie Zambonelli doing their magic and making sure a delicious tea sandwich is ready for its closeup.

Our own Lynda Felton brought fantastic floral prints and colourful vintage pieces along to brighten up the images and the day. That's her hiding behind a scrumptious cake (many treats were eaten, nothing went to waste)! We can't wait until September to share the finished recipes but we will have to learn to be patient.

[all images, Jessica Reid]