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Olive Goil: Rachel Craven

My oh my! The last days have been hectic haven’t they? September went by in a blur and October has suddenly arrived all burnt orange sun and clear skies. It is time to settle down and howl at the harvest moon, take stock on the past year, and settle in on the slow march toward the holidays.

I don’t know about you my dears, but I am ready for some relaxing. Ready for some long hikes and empty afternoons and long, leisurely dinners with good friends and fine wines.

This is where Rachel Craven come in. A New York born, L.A. residing artist and former fashion stylist, Miss Craven has created her own line of absolutely darling textiles, each beautifully designed in a spare, sweet, and stunning manner.

Neon arrows, geometric flourishes, unexpected embellishments, all strewn across fine linen table clothes, bedspreads, scarves and napkins. Each of Miss Craven’s unique and lovely pieces somehow calms and comforts the mind – the sparkling, soothing lines of pale fabrics – each enlivened with the subtlest of shades.

These incredible piece are perfect for those Sunday brunches, for Thanksgiving, for any day when you feel like you want a touch of fresh and easy grace added to a meal, or merely to throw across your shoulders.

Thank you Miss Craven, for being yet another creative powerhouse lady, and for making work that is making our lives – that much more beautiful.

Olive Loves: Prism of Threads

Collage art, fashion, film, psychedelic visions and more, the blog and Etsy store of Prism of Threads simply blows my mind. That’s right. Mind blown!

You all know that I am a vintage fashion fanatic, and POT has a massive hand-curated collection of the most sublime pieces from the last 50 years of fabulous fashion style.That and the blog, oh the blog! Beautiful collections of exquisite art from other eras and our own. There is photography here and beautiful fashion spreads and illustration and gorgeous animations, and oh I could go on and on. But dears readers, go take a look for yourselves…

Their Etsy store has a selection of handmade pieces, recycled wonders which modernize the past and bring it full throttle into the future. Led by one of the finest scavengers of great vintage and thrift finds, a mysterious young lady artist in Los Angeles, Prism of Threads is a showcase of fine art, great clothes and an aesthetic marks by vivid color, explosive patterns and exploratory individuality.

Hooray!

Isn’t it wonderful, my dears, that the world wide web has allowed for such wonderful lost treasures to be found?

Live Olive: MOON CANYON

Do not forget, my dears, in this new age of world wide webbing and email missives and smart phones and touch screens and the like… to stop, stand still, sit quiet…and smell the roses…

Daffodils, tulips, irises and lilacs, daisies and peonies – flowers have my heart! I am in love with sea and sky, but it is the land and its multicolored vibrant blossoms that grab hold – and don’t let go.

Moon Canyon are masters (mistresses, actually!) of the petal, floral arrangers inspired by everything from literature to country music. I am wowed, floored and awed by their talents and that said – I am so very pleased to introduce Miss Kristen Cassie, Moon Canyon co-founder.

Tell it like it is Miss Cassie!

Q: What drew you to floral art?

A: The flowers. For sure.  When I was in college studying literature I took a part time gig at a flower shop. Flowers demand you to be here now. Working with something so beautiful became meditative and poetic at the same time. Unlike school, which was face-in-a-book/ head-in-the-clouds, my part time job became a bit more visceral for me. I really enjoyed the way I could evoke feeling and emotion through floral arrangements, from both others and myself. I was hooked!

Q: What inspires your work (outside of the flowers themselves)?

A: Oh my gosh, everything! BUT…I will say music has really helped me to find my “voice” if you will as a floral designer. I will hear a song and immediately images of flowers will come to mind. I will want to make something that looks like what that song sounds like. This is one of my favorites to listen to get inspired…

Q: Favorite flower?

A: Daffodil and paper whites. I love bulb flowers. Eternal spring!

Olive Goil: Sarah Sze

I simply adore a summer’s day stroll through a fine museum or boutique gallery, don’t you? It is my sincerest belief, dearest readers, that the world is a better place in large part because there are so many pretty pictures in it…and paintings and sculptures and illustrations etc. etc. Oh, I could go on!

But step up and take a look my lovelies – at the fine creations of the talented Miss Sarah Sze.

Miss Sze is a young lady, but already world renown, having won a slew of prizes and grants and such.  Her work is displayed all over the world, in high falutin’ collections everywhere – from The Whitney to Museum of Modern Art to the prestigious Walker Art Center.

Miss Sze’s absolutely amazing artwork seems to come from another dimension – a land of wild and witty, creativity. It is a place where space and color are slightly skewed and tweaked and most definitely, dreamlike.

Her pieces straddle the lines of architecture and painting and sculpture and transform everyday objects into something sublime and lovely. Cotton balls and tea bags, water bottles and step ladders, light bulbs and electric fans, all these are put to good use, evolving from practical things into elegant and utterly engaging art.

She is delightfully prolific and utterly unbridled by silly things like weight or genre. In Sze’s whimsical world, objects poke from the ceiling or spiral out and up into the air or bend or fly or defy that pesky law of gravity – all in a wonderfully unexpected manner.

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