Ah, it's now officially 2015 in the world.
A good break over the festive period has got me all inspired.
One of my favourite loves: where art and life meet. This was perfect then for a visit to Kettle's Yard in Cambridge. LOVED visiting Jim Ede's house. Ede was Tate curator in the 20's & 30's I believe. He then travelled and lectured and in the 50's found and restored 3 tumble-down cottages in Cambridge to create a living place with art. He had 'open house' daily for students to visit and tour his living space filled with art. How EXCITING!
Regular readers (and those who've done my e-course) may well know about my passion for where art and life meet. It intrigues me, and this was such an intriguing spectacle. One knocks on the front door to be let in to what is still the original set up and living space of Jim Ede and his partner Helen. There is his work desk and bed and a beautifully open and extended house filled with objects from nature, art and design works, furniture and carefully curated windows of light.
It is beautiful and fascinating. Each chair is an invitation to sit, and once sitting you will see something in your line of sight. There are pictures hung high and low; works hung on top of each other; craft objects with splashes of colour (a single lemon making a pewter plate sing and echoing splashes of yellow in art pieces and other objects). The careful curation of colour, image, tone, texture within this living space is something I wanted to come running home to do in my own house.
I realise this is happening already, but there may need to be a different level of consciousness to it.
I often dream of opening my downstairs as an art gallery space. It is white, light and spacious enough. There are pieces of art that already adorn the walls from friends, family, others and myself.
There are circles of stones on some of the tables at Kettle's Yard and glass works hanging in the window. Handmade things with love. And I loved it.
Ideas for you and I to experiment with:
- what textures in the home?
- what colours? And where/in what?
- where does the light bounce or reflect in your space and how could you use it or 'play' with it? what could hang in the window or shafts of light?
- could you have multiples of things? If so, what?
- could nature be arranged to have a dialogue with art pieces?
- where and how could you curate your own family's works within your living/studio space?
- what do you see when you sit down somewhere? could you see that space differently now and do something conscious with it so others see what you've put there?
- what about reflections and materials to use? How could they relate or 'speak' to other materials?
One day I dream of a living space built with nothing but upcycled, recycled and reclaimed materials and home to art works I love. And I'd love to be able to share that space with others too in a similar fashion to Kettle's Yard. I wrote a blog post about it once here.
This year is ripe and fresh and ready to be filled with ideas and creativity - what will you fill this year with? What concepts? What dreams? What hopes and desires?
I'm a great believer in dreams coming true and this month's Workbooks has touched on goals and ambitions for a new year :) I will be running this subscription again soon. I've loved writing them so much.
I can feel new ideas brewing. Lots of things for the home. Interior fashions seem to have taken a turn for the 'natural' and 'eco' vibe. I'm down with this indeedy :)
I hope 2015 is great for you. Full of creativity and inspiration. I aim to be back here soon with more.
The image at the top is from Kettles' Yard. The living space with art works (collages) by Italo Valentini.