Tuesday, October 30, 2007

ShopSCAD in Miami

(Under Construction: Please excuse plastic wrap!)

Here's a sneak peak of the newest shopSCAD location: Miami! ShopSCAD is exhibiting a mini-gallery/shop for CasaDecor '07 which is a huge showcase/showhouse for new art and design talent. The show opens November 9th and runs through December 16th. See here for the address and more info. Just where will shopSCAD go next?

Monday, October 29, 2007

Jolynn Krystosek

Verdure Series- Untitled 6, 2007 wax 13"x 19"

Untitled, 2006 wax 21"x 18"

Verdure Series, Untitled 8, wax 13"x 19"

I came across these amazing wax relief paintings by New York artist, Jolynn Krystosek via Dear Ada. Having only a novice's understanding of working with wax, I am completely in awe of the delicate skill involved in these pieces. I especially like the works that rest on some kind of shelf without the wooden(?) support grips. These pieces are from a show this past summer at Lucas Schoormans's gallery-see here for more. I loved her artist's statement and thought you might too:

“Wonder is defined as a constriction and suspension of the heart caused by amazement at the sensible appearance of something so portentous, great and unusual, that the heart suffers a systole. Hence wonder is something like fear in its
effect on the heart.”
--Albertus Magnus, Commentary on the Metaphysics of Aristotle

"The wax relief carvings and paper cut-outs have an unsettling fragility. The physical vulnerability of the media of wax and paper heightens the relationship between the work and the viewer’s own corporeality, as does their floral theme of seduction. The historical conception of flora as having heavily laden sexual implications is played out with the help of the viewer’s enchantment by the seemingly physical impossibility of the work. In addition, in my work I often reference Dutch baroque still life painters, particularly the flower bouquets of Rachel Ruysch. These paintings capture the essence of decay with great opulence and also glorify the moment at which decomposition begins; the object’s most lush moment is actually the beginning of its end. "

--Jolynn Krystosek- Excerpt from Artist’s Statement- NY Arts Mag July 2007.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Tamar Mogendorff

Tamar Mogendorff Mushrooms via Rose and Radish

Tamar Mogendorff Owls via Rose and Radish
Tamar Mogendorff Swans and Geese

Tamar Mogendorff Kitchen Hens, Mushrooms, Avocado

Tamar Mogendorff Bird Cages

Many artists are creating "softies" or stuffed animal-esque art these days. Only a few artists stand out for me including Ann Wood, Wee Wonderfuls, and especially the sweetly homespun work of Tamar Mogendorff. I love her neutral color palette accentuated with nostalgic colors, and the wabi-sabi of her designs including visibly raw edges, stitching, and wonky shapes. Visit her website here for more examples of her work. You can purchase her mushrooms and owls through the Rose and Radish online shop.

Friday, October 26, 2007

A Pearl of A Girl

Congratulations to Alicia- the newest designer at the incredible floral boutique, Dr. Delphinium in Dallas! Alicia was responsible for the unique flower and gift shop Meadowsweet in Savannah-pictured above in Country Home magazine- 2004.
Best Wishes on your new adventure, Alicia!
If you don't know about Dr. Delphinium- check it out here and here.

Thursday, October 25, 2007


Thank you Poppytalk for picking Farewell Song
as your Etsy pick of the day!
To visit Poppytalk click here.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Coastal Debris

Tide Chandelier by Stuart Haygarth

detail, Tide Chandelier

An ornate handle made from the end of a toy horse.
Artist Gerd Rohling-Images from World of Interiors. Date unknown.

Gerd Rohling

Goblets by Gerd Rohling

my little basket of beach loot

I was a little disappointed when I found out it was illegal to take shells from the beaches in Hawaii. I understand, however I didn't see any rules about the driftwood or my new favorite-beach plastic! Its pretty strange and quite sad to find that sea glass and shells have been replaced by tumbled sea plastic. I found some pretty colorful stuff-my favorites were the unidentifiable tumbled globs. I never saw plastic on the beaches near Savannah, but I never found many shells there either. I've been dumb to the fact that this has been happening all over for some time now. I found this sea debris chandelier via SFGirlbyBay. Artist Stuart Haygarth has been collecting reams of debris near his home on the English coastline which he now recycles into amazing light fixtures. See the respective article on CasaSugar.
A favorite artist that works with sea plastic is Gerd Rohling (Berlin). He creates new vessels from plastic that appear to be artifacts misplaced from the antiquities room. Look closely at his "archaeological finds" and you will begin to recognize some familiar shapes such as the tail end of a pink yard flamingo or a coke bottle. The images I found are from an article that appeared in The World of Interiors (I think!) a few years ago. The works are backlit to show off their opalescence and the aged-by-the-sea patina that make these "trashy" works seem so precious.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

A few wedding photos...

Doesn't my father look handsome? Thank you Addom for
taking this photo! Who knew the church had so many doggone rules??

With my sisters Meredith and Jennifer and sister-in-law Cass.

This is the only photo I have that really shows my dress
Oops! We forgot to take any portrait shots! We bought
the jacket two days earlier-didn't know what I had been thinking
buying a strapless gown!

All the beautiful flowers were done by Leslie Wacker
See more of her work on her website: Southern Stems.
Leslie included all kinds of vintage birds and baubles
in the arrangements for me. Her work exceeded all my
expectations and she was a joy to work with! Thank you Leslie!

My sister Meredith and her youngest son Sam pose outside the reception hall.
We tried to photograph everyone who attended and plan to include
their photo in their thank you letter.

Forgot about table numbers!
Fell asleep the night before drawing them out with a pen.

My mother created a small cookbook of family recipes that we used as favors.
Thank you mom (and various helpers)!

Another pretty arrangement. Can you believe I pulled this vase
out of a brush pile in Savannah? Thank you Leslie for cleaning this
vase and many others!

My green cake was actually very tasty!
It was a version of Galen's peach amaretto cake
usually served at Nonnah's in Columbia.

Friends and family- Email me and I'll send you
the private flickr link. katierunnels@yahoo.com

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

We're Married!

Here we are!
I'll be posting photos for friends and family to my
flickr site soon. Many thanks to my cousin,
Mr. Don Burks for his wonderful photography!
Thanks and love to all who made our day so very special! xo
**For access to the Flickr photos send me your email address**

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Wedding countdown...

This is my grandmother and grandfather Szoke (Zoh-key) on their wedding day. I promise she was happy but for some reason didn't dare crack a smile for this portrait. Hopefully, I'll slow down soon so I'll be able to relax and be full of smiles come Saturday. Thanks to everyone who has been so helpful in preparing for our big day! xo

Monday, October 1, 2007

Poppytalk Handmade

Another big online event today is the launch of Poppytalk Handmade! Congratulations, Jan! The shop and the wares look amazing! Visit the all new "virtual street-market" for handmade treasures here.


Design*Sponge has a pretty new home! Grace Bonney has outdone herself with a new website, see here. The new look is homey and fresh (and I dare to think a bit shopscadonline-ish!).