Thursday, December 1st 2016
Falling in love with hand made pieces has big implications. It becomes an addiction. The profound beauty of imperfection and the story that each irregularity imbues becomes more alluring than the object itself. Tangible evidence of heart poured into someone’s work, little reminders to look beyond what’s in front of you and appreciate the art of creating, an infatuation inextricably linked with knowing the journey is far more important than the destination. And once you experience that beauty it’s almost impossible to get the same pleasure you might have once, out of a mass produced piece. The money you might save is incomparable to the value of an object handcrafted with soul, and the pleasure it brings every single time you experience it.
Such was the case when filling a New York City apartment recently. In a bit of a hurry to furnish a new apartment in between the madness of Bridal Week, an absolutely insane workload, visitors arriving to stay and a trip back to Australia booked, I think I filled and unfilled a shopping cart at West Elm three times knowing I just needed to get it done, but unable to bring myself to. An aesthetically obsessed crazy person yes, but to me standing there and witnessing the madness of consumerism, the disposability, the sheer volume and variety of just dinner plates alone, and the market right there engulfing it (along with the 30 varieties of everything else we didn't know we needed before we got there), was crazier. My addiction to handmade pieces meant mass produced goods have lost all appeal, to the point that I would rather zero plates, cups, knives and forks, until I found pieces I had my heart set on. Take out for the week it was (well lets be real it was going to be take out all week anyway, with fancy plates), until I could venture over to the Brooklyn studio of a ceramicist I had long been obsessed with after using her pieces in our Botanical Styling Workshop.
Stepping into Wynne’s studio was worth every moment of the wait. A beautifully lived in loft space, a creative chaos of beauty in every corner. Aged patina walls that held stories, paint stained brushes and clay covered tools that spoke volumes about the heart and soul poured into each piece over the years. I watched as Wynne magically spun ceramics before my eyes and proudly inscribed each piece. I was in awe of the art she created, but more so the passion behind a business that’s in no way scalable, and requires her hand on every single piece. A business that she at times struggled to keep afloat as the industry has shifted and changed with technology, but one she held together with a belief in her art form. It’s hard to place a value on that.
Pulling together a collection of organically shaped plateware in dreamy shades of charcoal that I knew would live in my home for years to come, I spoke to Wynne about her work, the historic studio she was just about to move from (which i had to shoot before she left!), and excitingly, the renewed love for and shift toward handmade pieces that she’s witnessing, which is keeping this craft alive…
My love of ceramics stems from… when I first saw a potters wheel demonstration at the age of 8. As far as I was concerned, the potter was a magician and I was completely captivated
I draw inspiration from… The Natural World; Plants, Geology and Atmospheric, Weather & Environmental Events.
I’ve created work for… Early on I sold to department stores (Barneys, Bendels, Bloomingdales etc.) I continue to sell to Individuals and Restaurants in the USA (Momofuku Ko, Casa Apicii, Gramercy Tavern, Contra etc.) , Canada (Eat Datsun, El Camino), and Japan (Path/Bistro Rjiura).
In a world of mass produced goods, my biggest challenge is… Balancing two sensibilities: the public’s desire for matching uniformity along side the desire for products that show evidence of being handmade.
Something that surprises me about my industry is… The Community which is consistently generous and full of talented individuals
Some of the changes i’ve witnessed in the décor /design industries and what consumers are drawn to are…Along side the rise of Digital Production and Mass Mechanization, is the need for the human touch. This and the Food Movement have opened the door for made by hand plateware - making it a hey day for potters.
If walls could talk in my studio, the stories it would tell are of… Food . Friends, and Family. Music, Politics, Perception and Artichokes. Maybe Baba Ganoush .
The thing that lights me up inside, and pushes me to create better work is… The idea of that special piece that works in color, form, and function. The one that is just right and sings.
My ultimate dream is… To share the idea that objects in space (from bowls to abstract works) are sculptures. To keep on making objects that are a pleasure to look at & to hold.
Tuesday, November 8th 2016
Part two of our Anna Sheffield Celestine events kicked off in Melbourne! From the dreamy industrial event spaces this incredible city offers, the choice of decor hire, exquisite catering by one of the most professional teams we have ever worked with, floristry better described as sculptural art, a chic playlist curated for our event... Melbourne seriously know how to do events.
When you’re passionate the creative vision you're bringing to life, the biggest impact on execution is working alongside a team who are all on the same page. Creatives you mesh with effortlessly, who hold the same vision for what has always been a very dated industry, and who you can completely trust to put their own spin on a brief (which we do so hesitantely and rarely!) and pull together work that is even better than what you envisioned (Wild Daughter's decadent, scuptural blooms and last minute installation addition is case on point!). our Melbourne event came together flawlessly, and we truly experienced a level professionalism with every brand involved that is exceptionally rare to come across. Artists we can honestly not recommend highly enough (credits and links below).
After what had been a rainy, transient, and very typically Melbourne week of weather, we were blessed with a sun drenched Spring afternoon, with dreamy light spilling through this all white blank canvas space. We sipped Prosecco, indulged in way too many decadent desserts, sat for tarot and crystal readings, and layered our fingers in exquisite jewels from Anna Sheffield’s Celestine collection. An unforgettable night, and a beautiful way to end to our whirlwind week of back to back events. Before heading back to LA an New York City, we stole Anna away for a brief moment to chat to her about all things celestial, what she’s inspired by in bridal jewelry today, and the inspiration behind her stunning new collection…
The Anna Sheffield bride is…
above all, an individual, with a sense of her personal style that is easily expressed in the way she puts things together, from her ceremony -flowers, dress, locale and even her vows- to the sensibilities expressed in her choice of jewelry.
Celestine is a collection that represents…
a star-spangled sky and the way so many tiny stars make for a glorious canopy of infinite beauty. In designing the pieces, I also played with the idea of how mixing rings and earrings or making unique ceremonial suites can feel like a personal constellation of sorts.
I was compelled to create this collection because…
I wanted to release a full collection under one new muse (the stars to our Luna) to accompany and compliment our signature styles, like the Hazeline which we call 'Classic with a Twist' and Bea, our 'Deco Darling'. The Celestine is a design all its own, with an effeminate, elaborate set of silhouettes- decorative in the Belle Epoque sense with so many clusters of diamonds and a nod to stars and the celestial.
A song that evokes the mood I wanted to capture in this collection / or a sample playlist that I listened to while designing this collection… I listened to 'Hallelujah' in Leonard Cohen's original as well as in the Rufus Wainwright & Jeff Buckley recordings a lot. Its one of my favorite love songs, and I adore how it feels transcendent in a different way depending on who is singing it. And true to form, I also listened to my usual mix of modern, classic, punk and pretty... I listen to music ALWAYS. So you could easily find some Talking Heads, alt-J, Blood Orange, Cesaria Evora, David Bowie, Karen O (I love the live recording of her Crush Songs), 90's Hip Hop, New Order and maybe even a dash of Drake in there.
3 favorite pieces from the collection…
never one for picking a favorite, but since you ask, I do love the new Celestine Tiara and Orbit rings nested. And the Celestine ring in yellow gold with grey, rose-cut diamond center... and the earrings in rose gold with champagne diamonds and copper rutilated quartz- those are almost too beautiful, I am so happy with how they turned out.
Something I took away from my trip to Australia…
is that I have to go back! It was such a lovely place to discover beauty- with all the parks and beautiful architecture. In Sydney, I enjoyed the city mixed with the sea, while in Melbourne, it was the urban setting with so many hidden gems. And of course the people and the ammmmmmaaaaaazzzzing food.
A memorable moment from the Sydney or Melbourne Celestine events… was seeing everything set up so beautifully from the glass vitrines for the jewelry to flower-petalled champagne and decadent catering with chocolates and cheeses. But really, the most wonderful part was seeing so many lovely and friendly and welcoming people delving into the jewelry boxes and trying on rings, admiring the earrings and talking about what they each loved about the collections.
What’s inspiring me about bridal jewelry today is… the uniqueness that our clients express in the pieces they chose to symbolize their love. I'm just a witness to that wonder- but always so honored to be able to have a small part in something so great.
Shop the Celestine collection on the Anna Sheffield website.
Styling by: The LANE
Photography: Bek Smith
Videography: Nathan Kaso
Venue: XO Studios, Brunswick East, Melbourne
Entertainment: Rutherford Entertainment
Vignette Crystals: Alliz Trading
Glass & Brass Bevelled Edged Boxes / Retail Table Crystals / Coasters: Haute Co
Catering / Glassware: Food & Desire
Prosecco: 6Ft6 Wine
Wine: Hither & Yon
Flowers: Wild Daughter
Candles: A Little Light
Invitations: Bliss & Bone
Tuesday, November 8th 2016
A watch for the oceanic gypsies with an affinity for the sea, drawn to its shapeshifting fluidity, mermaid textures and mother of pearl accents... for the chic minimalists allured by modern minimalism and romanced by tradition... for the otherworldly souls mesmerised by its mercurial accents and intriguing mystique. We're in love with the new Baume and Mercier Petite Promesse timepiece, and are excited to announce that we'll be giving away one of these stunning watches in our latest Instagram promotion.
1. Follow @Baumeetmercier on Instagram
2. Upload to Instagram a ‘moment in time’ that inspired you (image must be a new upload between Nov 8th – 15th e.g. A personal memory or photograph, a personal inspiration, a quote)
3. Describe this moment in your caption, tag both @the_lane and @baumeetmercier and #bmcelebratemoments
Competion begins Tuesday November 8th at 8:00pm and ends Tuesday November 15th 11:59pm AEST. Judging will take place on Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 10.00 AEST at the LANE office.
Prize is one (1) Baume & Mercier, Petite Promesse watch (M0A10289) valued at $3990 AUD
The competition is open to residents of all countries, aged 18 years or over except employees of the LANE and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the LANE or judging of the competition.
3. Watch Baume & Mercier / Perfume Maison Francis Kurkdjian / Earrings Maripossa
Full Terms & Conditions
The promoter is The Lane Creative enterprises, trading as The LANE, ABN 48127479412 (the “Promoter”).The competition is open to residents of all countries, aged 18 years or over except employees of the LANE and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the LANE or judging of the competition There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition. The Competition commences on Tuesday November 8th 2016 at 8.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) and closes on Tuesday November 15th 2016 at 11:59pm AEST
To be eligible to enter, the LANE readers must, during the Competition Period:
Follow @baumeetmercier Upload to Instagram a personal interpretation of ‘moments in time’ for example, a beautiful quote, photo with a friend or personal image that represents your dreams and special moments shared with others.
Caption your Instagram image with a description explaining the ‘moment in time’ Tag @the_lane and @baumeetmercierHashtag #BMcelebratemoments Ensure that your Instagram profile is public to be eligible for the chance to win! Only entries submitted via the Instagram application and which are appropriately hashtagged will be accepted.
By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entry, if we cannot access your post of the Image, for example, because your Instagram profile is not ‘public’ or your Instagram account is no longer ‘active’; your entry contains inappropriate or offensive content as deemed so by the Promoter in its absolute discretion; oryour entry otherwise does not comply with these Terms and Conditions.Entrants warrant that their entry is original and does not infringe the rights, including the intellectual property rights, of any third party. Entrants agree to indemnify the Promoter against all costs and claims by third parties arising from a breach of this warranty. Further, entrants agree that the Promoter has an unrestricted, irrevocable, transferable, divisible right and license to use and modify their entry (including, without limitation, by re-sharing the entrant’s post) for the purposes of the Promoter’s business including for promotional purposes without the payment of any further fee or compensation.
If requested by the Promoter, the entrant agrees to sign any further documentation required by the Promoter to give effect to this arrangement. To the extent permitted by law, entrants unconditionally and irrevocably consent to any act or omission that would otherwise infringe any moral rights in their entry. Entrants warrant that they have consent from the friend they tag in their entry to tag them in that wayEntries must be completed during the Competition Period. Entries completed after the end of the Competition Period will not be accepted.There is no limit on how many times a reader can submit an entry per individual Instagram account.
Prize is one (1) $3990 AUD - Baume & Mercier, Petite Promesse watch M0A10289 (“Prize”).
An ellipse 22 mm, diamond-set mother-of-pearl watch for ladies, the Petite Promesse 10289 comes with a Swiss Made quartz movement and is delivered on a wrap-around steel bracelet.Total prize pool is valued at $3990 AUD.The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prize is not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
Judging will take place on Wednesday 16th November 2016 at 10.00 AEST at the LANE office. The judging will be carried out by a panel of 3 judges appointed by the LANE. The best entry as judged will win the Prize.The Promoter may select additional reserve entries that they determine to be the next best in the event of an unclaimed prize or an invalid entry or ineligible entrant being selected as the winner.
The winners will be notified on Wednesday 16th November 2016 via a comment from @the_lane on the winning Instagram post entered. The winner must respond by contacting the the_lane by Instagram private inbox (direct message) within seventy two (72) hours after they have been notified by the Instagram comment on their post. In the event that the winner does not contact @the_Lane within seventy two (72) hours of being notified by the Promoter that they are the winner, their entry will be deemed invalid and the Promoter may award the Prize to a reserve entry.
The Promoter is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or any website or Facebook or Instagram, or any combination thereof (collectively, “Technical Problems”) including, but not limited to any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in this Competition. Promoter assumes no responsibility for any failure to receive an entry as a result of Technical Problems.The winner agrees to the use by the LANE of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry.
The Promoter reserves the right to request verification of age, identity, residential address of winners and any other information from entrants relevant to entry into or participation in this Competition. Verification is at the discretion of the Promoter, whose decision is final. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any individual who provides false information, fails to provide information, conspires with others to gain an unfair advantage or who is otherwise is involved in any way in manipulating, interfering or tampering with the conduct of this Competition. Entrants and participants in the Competition acknowledge that the Competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook or Instagram and entrants and participants in the Competition release Facebook and Instagram and its associated companies from all liability arising from the Competition. Entrants provide their information to the Promoter and not to Facebook or Instagram.