Thursday, March 22, 2012

Rome In Blossom

This is Rome in spring when trees are fragrant and abundantly blossom in vivid pink. 
This print is called Pink Blossoms AMORE MIO. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Featured Photographer & Writer: Ingrid Henningsson from Of Spring and Summer Blog

If you, like us, love flowers and go around flea markets in search of vintage treasuries, if you like extraordinary and fascinating combinations of colors and objects, then you have surely noticed Of Spring and Summer Blog. Today we have the pleasure of interviewing Ingrid Henningsson, the author of the blog who creates and photographs sophisticated and spectacular sceneries of flowers,  mixed with vintage. The Swedish London-based creative combines with skill and attention to detail, her innate Scandinavian taste with the typically English richness of colours and patterns. We learned that in addition to creating great photos, styling and blog editing, Ingrid is a multifaceted creative, trained garden designer and connoisseur of vintage items.Enjoy the interview with her and learn more about her taste and favorite flowers. Also enjoy the beautiful colours of her romantic photographs.

Copyright Ingrid Henningsson 
Tell us about yourself.
I have been writing the blog Of Spring and Summer for three years and it is a place where I can share and inspire with my flower arrangements, my passion for colour, photography and my love of vintage. 

My creative path started with ceramics followed by textiles and then art school where I did painting and collage. I went on to do three years of training in garden design and horticulture at The English Gardening School in London, where I then lectured for many years in botanical nomenclature and horticulture and supervised the student's Plant Portfolios. I have worked as a horticultural researcher for the BBC at the Chelsea Flower Show and as a horticultural consultant on a TV quiz show.

I have also worked as a researcher for Gardeners World presenter Rachel de Thame on her book Top 100 Star Plants and have contributed writing and book reviews to gardening journals. 

Over the years I have studied flower and plant photography with Heather Angel and Clive Nichols, done photography courses at Central St. Martins Art School in London and completed an Open University course in Digital Photography. 

For many years I ran a small successful business buying and selling vintage articles. As a result I have an extensive collection of props made up of antiques, vintage, retro, reclamation items and garden antiques. 
I have taken numerous flower arranging classes with top London florists Paula Pryke and the late Jane Packer as well as workshops at Petershams Nurseries and some great flower arranging classes with the gardener and writer Sarah Raven. 

What inspires you? 

Inspiration is all around - we just have to focus and look for it. Using a camera is very useful as it forces you to literarily ‘focus’. 
When visiting flower markets I find it impossible not to be inspired. Using flowers that are available seasonally is an important starting point. The colour of the flowers often dictates the colour theme, but I often play with contrasting and unusual colour combinations. 
Other inspiration also comes from the huge collection of props that I use in my styling, as a big part of what I do is combining flowers with vintage. 

Sometimes my Scandinavian minimalistic design sensibility takes over and sometimes it’s more of a cluttered granny chic look. 
I am a great lover of books and magazines and I have a large collection covering all of my interest in gardening design & plants, interior design, photography and flower arranging. 

Visiting flea markets and vintage fairs has become part of what I do; recycling old and used things are great for the wallet and good for the environment. 

The internet is also a source for even more inspiration - not only blogs but also Flickr. I read a long list of blogs every day and I am always amazed how many talented people there are out there. Lately I have become a big fan of food blogs and many food bloggers are also fantastic photographers. 

Copyright Ingrid Henningsson 

Where does your love and passion for flowers come from? 
My passion for flowers and plants goes back to my childhood. As a little girl in Sweden I used to spend the summers gardening with my father. He grew lots of different things and was a very knowledgeable gardener. We dug the beds, sowed seeds, planted, weeded and of course picked lots of strawberries and I still have some of the old tools that we used.

All around the house were large wild areas and big fields with wild flowers where I loved getting lost and picking bouquets that I later arranged in rows of jam jars. My favourites back then were forget-me-nots and bluebells.

What is your favourite flower and what is your favourite flower arrangement?
My favourite flowers, constantly change as each season has its own delights from winter snowdrops to autumn dahlias.

Branches with cherry blossoms or crab apples, cornflowers, wild poppies, forget-me-nots and lily-of the–valley are plants you can find in your garden or growing wild in a field are all very close to my heart.
My favourite arrangement is often something simple and slightly wild so that it looks like it is picked straight from the garden. Some of my favourites are hydrangeas, ranunculus, tulips, dahlias and peonies.

What are you working on at the moment?
I have just had an invitation from Getty Images who want to license a number of my photographs and I feel very honoured to be asked.

I am working on a series of photographs for the greeting card market and they will hopefully be published in the near future.

I am doing an online workshop called Branding Your Small Business with the very creative Fiona Humberstone and her team at Flourish.

Last August I started a Flickr group called Flowers & Vintage. It has become a great success and a great source of inspiration; there are over 3,000 images by many talented photographers that all love flowers.
In the meantime I continue to be creative with flowers, styling, taking photographs and of course writing my blog.

Iris, Copyright Ingrid Henningsson

 You might want to read Ingrid's blog, follow her on twitter and on flickr. Have a wonderful day!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday Moodboard: A Selection of Beautiful Red Items

Buongiorno! It is raining outside and we need a little bit of color, therefore we have chosen these gorgeous red items today:

1. Original watercolor painting. maps. cherry. n9 from Francesca Lancisi 
2. Retro tin red pitcher from The Retro Bottega
3. Reading a book - original linocut from puikeprent
4. Serving Wood Tray from Birribe

If you wish to see more Monday Moodboards, please visit the Star of the East blog. If you have missed for some reason our previous beautiful 100% floral moodboard, click here.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring in Rome: Floral Art Print Blossom & Daisy

Twin Margueritas, Copyright A.F.Duealberi

Spring has arrived in Rome! 

This Floral Art Print is for home decor, interior design, romantic wedding, anniversary gifts. It is an original hand signed numbered fine art photographic print.

Size: A4 paper 8”x12” approx., white border included. Image size 7”x11”. Title: Twin Margueritas
This fine art photograph is professionally giclée printed with pigmented inks on finest quality Hahnemuhle 300 grs. textured matt museum quality archival photo rag that will last you a hundred years.
Have a lovely week!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Featured Artist: Nicole Renée Pantano, In Search Of Imperfections and Hidden Secrets

We have the pleasure today to interview the American painter and photographer Nicole Renée Pantano. She lives in Liverpool, England and creates the most beautiful and colorful textures we have ever seen. Her paintings resemble old British walls, broken, rusted and cracked, various layers deteriorated and covered with patina. We are impressed by her talent and really enjoyed the interview that we now share with you.

Blue Opium © Nicole Pantano 
Tell us about your art.

My current works are based on three general frameworks or approaches: wall, skins, and paper. My wall paintings are inspired by anything that crumbles, cracks, and peels, any aspect of the natural process of deterioration. Old English walls, especially, serve as a main source of inspiration for these works. The textures and colors, and the subtle surprises revealed during the process of deterioration, are the characteristics I attempt to recreate in my paintings. Through a unique process, which has taken me years to master, I try and recreate a wall’s history of layers, imperfections, and hidden secrets. I scrape, peel, and scratch away at the canvas, introduce layer upon layer of materials only to repeat the process of slowly discovering something that’s been hiding in the cracks and layers. My skins, on the other hand, are sculptures made of acrylic paint formed and molded into a particular form or “movement” that is then attached to a canvas. Finally, for my paper series, I use stained, ripped, dyed, and glued paper, combine it with general aspects of my wall paintings, and bring everything together with a special adhesive. I then fight the canvas with my tools until the entire composition speaks, complains, and refuses to be silent. 

SLAPSTICK (H) © Nicole Pantano 

What inspires you?

I am inspired by textures and colors, no matter where I find them, on a wall, on a piece of crumpled paper, on someone’s face, anywhere, really. At times, I come across colors left over on a scraper or spatula, or a piece of paper towel, that might inspire a color combination for one of my next pieces. And looking at works by other artists always provides additional inspiration and motivation. 

Fallen © Nicole Pantano 

How would you describe your style? Do you have a favorite subject to paint or draw? 

Well, I think my art is certainly abstract, though I think sometimes it’s actually quite the opposite, and that’s why I don’t necessarily care for “labels.” Whatever I create comes from a deep-rooted need to express myself, a need for freedom and discovery. Who knows, the next piece might be a hyper-realistic portrait of a dog! 

I don’t really have a favorite subject or subject matter. As mentioned above, I’m really into walls, broken stuff, and textures at the moment. If anything, I’ve always been attracted to entropy, disorder, deterioration, imperfection, and impermanence.

Je t'aime © Nicole Pantano 

What are you working on right now?

I’ve started working on a haiku series, miniature copies, if not fragments, of some of my larger pieces. The focus here is on simplicity and juxtaposition. I’m also experimenting with crystals, but they’re not speaking yet.

Visit Nicole's website for more colorful pieces of art. You can find her on etsy, follow her on  twitter and facebook

Monday, March 12, 2012

Monday Moodboard: Floral Forever

This is our moodboard today:
Linen Cream Pillow Covers Flowers Bouquet Print from My Dream Home
Flower Art Print from JKPhotography
Bias Tape Binding Roses Of Spring from Patchwork Mill
Fabric flower home decor frame from mapano

If you wish to see more Monday Moodboards, please visit the Star of the East blog. If you have missed for some reason our previous moodboard, here it is.
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