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Do You Speak Retna?

In Uncategorized on 27/08/2012 at 7:02 pm

RETNA!

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http://www.ironeye.com : Los Angeles based Graffiti-Artist, Retna at work (above)

We’ve all tsk’d graffiti on buildings and bridges and many of us have shaken our heads to the bubble words/scribble on a small business owners storefronts. In Germany, nothing is off limits. Historical buildings are covered with them. So when an LA friend mentioned for me to check out Retna, a Los Angeles-based graffiti Artist, my first reaction was that graffiti = vandalism and I wasn’t interested. At first glance of Retna’s Artwork, however, I was intrigued and drawn in and it took me VERY little time to become a ginormous Retna fanatic, through and through. Described as “an imaginary alphabet with roots in Old English, gang graffiti, Arabic and Hebrew”, Retna’s work is recognizable, unique and beautiful.

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Isn’t it incredible?!

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Genius At Work!

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http://www.streetblabber.com

 

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

 

Next Post: Paradise in Greek

 

Ciao Bella’s!

xox

 

Amen To Fabulous Design!

In Uncategorized on 20/04/2012 at 9:56 pm

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Photo from Zinnia Folk Arts

 

I recently have come across several Religious Icon pieces, on a few buying trips, that have been very hard for me to bring to the KAZA shop because I want to keep them all!

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One piece in particular is on my mantle and is mine forever. I couldn’t/can’t/won’t sell it….yet (never say never). Every time I walk into the living room, it makes me happy. The colours are rich and gorgeous, the details are magnificent and the old gold Gesso frame is fabulous. FAB-U-LOUS!

I found another super old print of St. Mary that makes my heart skip a beat, water marks and all. The glass is wavy and I just love it, insanely. That one made it to the KAZA window, as a prop…and maybe a little bit of , “Look what I found!!”, followed by several brag-raspberries.    ;op

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And judging from peoples reactions, as they walk past the new “Santa Maria!” window at KAZA, they like it too!  Not just hipster-types, either….I’m talkin’ Joe Schmoe and Edgar Allen Poe. People are stopping!

But what is it that draws us in, when we see these Religious Icons to incorporate in design (once considered blasphemy)?

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In design, we started to see the emergence of Religious Icons a few years ago, with the use of Spanish inspired Santos hands, crowns and Madonna’s which were being incorporated into photo shoots & rustic boutique displays. But…could it be something else? Could it be motivated by the signs of the times, where people just feel a sense of security when its around them? Or perhaps even, simply a sense of nostalgia that make us remember creamy tomato soup in our Grandmamans/Nana’s/Nonna’s kitchens? I don’t know.

For me personally, being raised in a Catholic French-Canadian home, we had rosaries/crucifixes on the walls, a picture of Jesus in the bedroom, Palm branches behind mirrors and a statue of Mary in every bedroom. There is a sense of comfort to having these things around me, even though prior to finding the above mentioned print, I had no statues, pictures or crucifixes in my own home.

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I’ve often times referred to some Religious Icons as “kitschy”–because sometimes the colours were so bright, they really could not be considered in serious design. But kitschy style has evolved and folded in Bohemian style and Eclectic and became quite the serious design!

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And other times, the pieces are aged, chipped and weathered…and come with a gorgeous story.

For example, recently I found an old “Last Rights” chalkware statue. The back has a sliding door and includes 2 candles, Holy Oil, a crucifix and a cloth. Knowing there was a time this was used and was looked at by a person nearing their final breath with a sense of peace, makes me treasure it even more.

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Displaying it with other pieces, I find interesting, is important to me. It’s a story. A story deeper than a Flow Blue plate or a Prussian vase ever could give. And a story MUCH deeper than a Big Box Store piece could ever even imagine.

And with that, Bella’s & Bello’s…I say Amen.

Ciao!

xox

 

 

 

 

Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Colour Palette?

In Uncategorized on 04/04/2012 at 7:43 pm

There are only a few minutes for, “On the bright side” when it comes to Design.

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Photo from the Vegas Wedding Planner

 

Do you ever walk into those homes and feel, “ugh! I wish I were so daring!”? Silly question, We all do it.

And we’ve all heard (and given!) the pep talk of, “Paint is just paint”“It’s your house”, right? But, between you and me, there is something vulnerable about sticking that toe out of the box, isn’t there? Almost frightening!

Going to the paint shop & seeing the vast array of colours makes our pulses race with excitement of all the possibilities, yet we leave all sweaty & safe with “Eggshell”. Painting our walls, we try to convince ourselves with, “yes…yes!, it was the right decision. Phewwwww! I’m so glad I went with eggshell…“, but we all know deep down, we really would have loved to do a Carrie Adler (Sex And The City) turquoise blue wall with crisp white trim, right? And you know how we love going to that Mexican restaurant and admiring the multi-coloured Talavera tiles, which visually transport us to beautiful Mexico… but eggshell, it is. I get it. So, lets just go with something safe. In fact, let’s go for something safer than eggshell even…like white!   

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photo from Elle Decor

(*GASP!!*, *WHAAA…?!*, Who is this woman?!*, * #%$* ($)+@(! Is she mocking me?!*—let it out, let it out…shhh, it’s ok…)

Noooo…I’m not mocking you. I’m serious! Many designers are using the once heavily frowned upon, crisp white for interiors these days. Do you know why (besides the fact that it’s better than eggshell)? It’s a blank canvas. The you-can-do-whatever-you-starnkin’-want, in smaller doses of wall colours!

 

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photo take from Finders Keepers Markets Inc

With white walls, wacky colours “pop” and muted Gustavian colours, become creamier.

Just have fun with the accessories (especially vintage & antiques!). Stay away from reproductions, because there ain’t much tackier than a Made In China sticker on the bottom of a vase, kids.

So, for now, Bella’s…you’re safe. There is no need for purple walls if it makes y’all all sweaty at the thought. It’s ok…for now..

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Photo from 5 Star Painting

…until design changes it mind again. Check back with me tomorrow. ;o)

PS: Maybe just one tiny wall with a fabulous wallpaper?

Uh-oh…

Ciao Bella’s!

xox