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Monthly Archives: March 2011

  • Art In Bloom - Celebrating the Art of Gardening



    Today is installation day for The Gallery of Greater Victoria's "Art In Bloom - Celebrating the art of gardening". One part of this dynamic community event is the "floral interpretations" where artists, designers, and florists create botanical interpretations of various works in the gallery's diverse art collection.


    Check out our floral interpretation in the mansion section of the gallery March 28th - April 2nd. We were given Canadian artist, Sophie Pemberton's "Spring" of 1902 to interpret - a very large traditional landscape portrait. We decided to honour this beautiful piece by creating a traditional loose arrangement in a golden urn to emulate to the gold  frame around the painting. Curly willow branches reference the trees in the landscape and a collection of blue, pink and yellow flowers including dancing lady orchids pay tribute to the florals depicted.


    There are many other great things going on during this event including a lecture series, workshops, silent auction, a red carpet gala and much more. With proceeds going towards exhibitions and programming at the gallery, this is a great opportunity support your local art community while celebrating the welcomed arrival of spring! Get all of the details on AGGV's website, here.


  • Star Trek's Spock is a Modernist

    Have you seen the latest Telus Optik TV commercial? It turns out that our half-Vulcan half-human friend Spock of Star Trek is a fellow Modernist. The commercial depicts Leonard Nimoy in a swanky mid century modern home receiving Telus Optik TV installation. Watching the commercial, I was supposed to have been swayed into purchasing a new cable service ... but I was more interested in the Eames Storage Unit, Nelson Ball Clock and Triple Fixture Cigar Bubble lamp in the background.






    Find these and all kinds of other mid century modern products that I'm sure Spock would enjoy on our website, here.

  • Tired of your furniture? Compost it.

    Earth friendly design lovers will be happy to hear this. You no longer have to suffer the guilt of adding another piece of unwanted furniture to the landfill thanks to french designer Elise Gabriel. Her "Zelfo Embrace" collection of furniture and lighting is adorable, functional, and biodegradable.

    Liga Collection by Elise Gabriel - photo:

    The main ingredient, Zelfo, is made of cellulose fibres deriving from plant materials that are soaked, pressed and dried to mold the shapes they are pressed onto. Gabriel seems to have spent a great deal of energy researching and experimenting with this material and process in order to produce an aesthetically pleasing line of tables, chairs and lighting.





    I love the way that the final products pay tribute to their source: vegetation and plants. The surface of the furniture is very textured and fragile looking and the way the different parts join together are reminiscent of stem and branch joints. The lamp shades are thin enough that light diffuses through them as the sun might shine through flower petals.






    Elise Gabriel is an award winning designer and her work is currently being displayed at Galerie Gosserez in Paris until April 4th, 2011.

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