[ These images appear courtesy of the Artist and Edwina Corlette Gallery]
I finished up my semester in Toronto and am home for the holiday break. It’s nice to be back in Winnipeg. Even though it is one of the coldest cities on earth, it is still my home, and I love it. Despite the cold, Winnipeg winters have a festive snowy wonderland charm. I’ve been trying to spend my time at home eating/drinking at my favourite spots and with my favourite people, and I thought I’d share some of my images from my holiday so far.
I’m extremely fond of Wayne Thiebaud. I was first introduced to his work in 2008, in my first year drawing class at university. I was 17 years old and absolutely delighted by the slides my professor showed our class. Thiebaud’s paintings are consistently exquisite. They’re rich in colour and texture, the painterly quality itself is delectable, never mind the subject matter. I am especially amused by how he goes about creating shadow in all of his work. These are a few examples of my favourite pieces of his; from 1960’s on.
My class went on a field trip to Yorkville in Toronto this afternoon to check out the window and in-store displays of the luxury & high end retailers this season. We started at Anthropologie, made our way to Free People, Teatro Verde, Harry Rosen, Kate Spade, Pottery Barn, Burberry, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Williams Sonoma. It was a lovely day. Here are some images I took of our adventure.
[above] two cavalier spaniel ceramic jars @ Anthropologie in Yorkville, Toronto
Vino @ 7 West Cafe in Toronto
Love this rabbit cookie jar @ anthro
more beautiful ceramics @ anthropologie
glittery festive skirts
My beauitful friend, Kelsie, street stylin’ like mad
Delicious looking Christmas Ornaments @ Teatro Verde
above three images I took at Free People
Above: Lighting, Layers & Reflections – Autumn de Wilde
Above: Lucid Stead by Philip K. Smith – 2013
These are examples of work by Wanda Koop. Like myself, Wanda is from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and a fellow University of Manitoba, School of Art Graduate. I am quite fond of her work, and she’s certainly a role-model as a female contemporary Canadian artist. I had the pleasure of briefly meeting Wanda a few years ago when I worked at a local art supplier. What I am most captured by in terms of her painting, is her colour palette. She pairs subtle, neutral tones with fluorescents so effortlessly. These are some examples of my favourite pieces of hers. To see more, I’ve listed her website at the end of this post.
Acrylic on Linen – 2012
My first post I’m dedicating to Louis Vuitton’s immaculate window displays. As a fine arts grad, and a current visual merchandising student, these windows epitomize what I love about window display and how far it can be taken. Sofia Coppola teamed up with LV this season and co-designed some of these windows which were up in La Bon Marche, Paris.
The carnival-esque red and white striped hot air balloon windows I saw this summer when I was in NYC. Painters, sculptors, ceramists and designers are responsible for creating these works of retail art. LV always has beautiful & thoughtful window displays. They set a good example for other retailers, (although LV’s budget for window design must be astronomically high since they’re a luxury name brand). Even still, I feel like this could be the direction window display is heading.