I happen to believe two things about style: 1. It's so much more than what you wear and 2. You can't teach it, you can only layout the framework so people can discover their style. I have been running workshops at the shop now for about eight months and one of the major components of them is how to develop style. I find women spend so much time making sure everyone else is taken care of and out the door with matching shoes that by the time they get around to themselves, they're too tired, or wouldn't know where to start. We give them the space to be with other women, have permission to focus on the self and discover what they like. Knowledge is power, so when you know what you like, you are empowered. So see, i don't really teach anything, but rather provide a space and some guidelines for women to discover it all on their own.
What's this style in a tray business all about? It's something i'm sharing with you today so that you too may hone in on what you like and why. A couple of months ago i discovered a book (again at my favourite bookstore Millpond Records & Books) called Style Statement and it intrigued me most because of it's tagline "live by your own design", which is precisely what we encourage through our workshops. Rather than simply being another 'how-to' book, it explored different lives of both men and women, what was important to them, and what they liked. The part i loved most about the book was each person's collections. Being a natural collector, this intrigued me. So, i thought i would share with you my rendition by sharing a style tray with you today. This is something i hope to incorporate into future workshops, so i figured i better do a few myself.
This particular tray has helped me streamline both the latest design for the blog and also the future look of my new shop. Since i am a treasure-hunter, i always thought my style was cluttered, but once i sat down and started to take a real hard look at my interests, they turned out to be a lot more streamlined than i thought. Without further ado:
1. Photo of my mom when she was younger - this photo is probably one of my most cherished; it lives in my studio and i look at it almost daily. My mom gave this to me on a particularly difficult birthday. 2. Jewellery dishes from both Africa and Turkey - i collect a small bowl from each new country i visit, 3. A white beach rock and a piece of citrine a neighbour gave me - i love having rocks, stones and gems around me, 4. A picture of Alex when he was younger that i keep in our dressing room - it lives inside the glass door of a beautiful jewellery box/cabinet Ry gave me, 5. My favourite piece jewellery my mom has ever given me and an electroformed gold leaf.
What did this tell me about my style? I love nostalgia, especially when it is personal and tells of my past or my families past. I am a collector of memories and enjoy having small tokens of experiences around me for daily use, family is important, i feel energized by symbols of nature and feel most rooted when surrounded by natural elements and, i love black and gold! whew - that's a lot from a tray.
Now it's your turn. It's a nice and easy exercise; simply gather tokens that mean something to you or that you are drawn in by and place them on a tray. Maybe even leave it for a couple of days and add things. At some point you can sit and look at each item and challenge yourself to why you put that item on the tray and what it might reveal about yourself. Please link back if you try this, I would love to see what you come up with!
For as long as I can remember I have been very attracted to Asian textiles, prints and designs. As I'm also very interested in the designs and textile prints of the 50's, 60's and 70's, it can be challenging to make a mish-mash of patterns work together. But I'm up for the challenge :) I happen to like mismatching patterns and colours, as long as they are tastefully displayed, so our house is a mixture of Asian and European prints and designs, mixed in with rich colours, fabrics and items from the 50's through 70's. There's a bit of modern design in there too! I thought I'd share a few of my beloved Asian-Style finds...
Since I am so inspired by the designs, I tend to keep most keepsakes in my studio, which has taken on a strong Asian-style theme with lanterns, prints, fabrics and papers. To say 'Asian Design' capsulizes a rather large region, so I am reading and researching to learn more about regional differences in design and narrowing down my interests. I think we have to learn about cultural designs and the importance of culture inherent in art. There is a tendency to do an injustice to a culture in the name of art. When Ry and I were in Turkey we went to an exhibit that focused on Orientalism (read more Here), which changed the way I appreciated cultural and ethnic art forever.
For now I immerse myself in an art form that I am very drawn to and that inspires me. I have early memories of my father using things like rice glue, asian brushes and ink; it's no great wonder why I am so drawn to it all. I recently received a package of beautiful Japanese paper and I CANNOT wait to go through it all and create some things.
I hope you have a great start to the week.
Here's a peak into my tray collection... tres excellente :)
I hope you are having a splendid Monday... I'm listening to my 'T's Workin' Mix', which ranges from Neil Diamond to Johnny Cash to Rolling Stones; quite a range :)
I wish for you... splendid moments of truly 'being'
Our wedding is two years away. Actually, that's what I keep thinking the time frame is, kind of like how some people always stay the same age in your mind. We actually only have about a year and a half. We wanted to give ourselves enough time to have fun with planning and not get too stressed. I also wanted time to take careful consideration of the decor. It is my goal to have our wedding 100% vintage and handmade. So far, so good :)
Since I have come across some neat wedding toppers recently, I thought I would share a few. I think it's all about the fun little details (that, and an open bar:)
These are so cute!!!! Found on Etsy at this shop
This is so cute too... I love the fine detail and peacock-like feather. Found on Etsy at this shop
And then there's the gnomes... be still my heart! Found on Etsy at this shop
So at this point I'm thinking I may just have to have more than one cake...lol!
Which one is your favourite?
I love purses, clutches, coin purses... even pencil cases. I have devised all sorts of reasons to have small purses inside my larger purses and bags. Actually, I am known for having multiple bags. Above are a few from my collection.
I've got my family looking for them, friends looking for them, and, of course,I look for them at thrift stores, yard sales and wherever else owl figurines can be found! I even have Ry asking "So... when do we have enough owls?"
I'm not sure if it's due to their wisdom, being a night bird (which I am as well), or the fact that they can turn their heads the way they do, but I just love them. I mostly think it's because there is just so much owl paraphernalia out there that attracts me.
Regardless, collections are fun because they give you a goal, a secret mission when thrifting. Afterall, it's a pretty modest collection, wouldn't you say? Okay, so i'm not exactly including ALL of my owls, but still...