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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

7.30.2009

Artists' Palettes: Dana Gibson

Virginian Dana Gibson says that if she had the extra space -- preferably high ceilings in an old building -- she would put a sofa in her studio, drape it with a dhurrie (heavy flat-woven cotton or wool cloth) and set up a still life as Matisse did when he painted.

A ceramist and designer known for her decorative tole wastebaskets, pillows, textile-inspired picture frames and other accessories, Dana is currently in a studio space that she describes as rather clinical -- white sheetrock walls, linoleum floor -- but she insists on splashes of color and warmer accents to make it familiar and homey.

She says, "One thing I know is there has to be something attractive to look at when I’m working, whether it’s a painted cabinet or a pretty tin of paint brushes." (Shown above are cups recycled as containers for majolica paints.)

Her natural instinct to make a studio cozy is not surprising; decorating legend Nancy Lancaster was a great aunt of Dana’s. (Below, Derry Moore's photo of Lancaster's iconic yellow room as seen in Elle Decor.)

And illustrator Charles Dana Gibson was Dana's great grandfather.


First two images are via Matisse, His Art and His Textiles. All others are shown with permission from the artist, as is the case for each palette blog post. BTW: Mrs. Blandings writes about Dana Gibson here.



To read all of the artists' palettes posts, click here and scroll down.

11 comments:

CDS said...

As usual love your blog entry.

Mrs. Blandings said...

LOVE all the wonderfulness on the wall behind her. Gosh, but I love color. To have a talent like that would be heavenly.

Style Court said...

Stay tuned. We may be adding another image. CDS, thank you!

stagingworks2009 said...

Wonderful interior design...I love to see this post. Thanks for such inspiring ideas. From Condo Staging Professional

sophie dahy designs said...

Aside from the fact that Dana is an extremely nice, down-to-earth person,she makes beautiful vases which we love using in our arrangements!

Karena said...

Did you notice the detail on the Matisse desk. I love these peeks into artist's studios. Adore Dana's work, and those lamps on Mrs B's site.

Down Pillow said...

All of those patterns should make one feel a little overwhelmed. Instead it inspired and excited me! I loved it!

Brillante Home Decor said...

Love everything of Matisse so I was intrigued by the picture. Good post but I don't know what BTW is...would you consider your audience only American speaking or world wide? After so many years I still have so much trouble with acronysm!

Style Court said...

Sorry! BTW is my shorthand for By the Way. I'll try not to use it anymore.

Alicia said...

Danas paperwhite vase is still my all time favorite piece I purchased at the NYC Gift Show all the way back in 2002. Her ceramics are such a brilliant palette. Everyone needs a piece of hers on their bedside table.

Brillante Home Decor said...

Thanks and BTW I love your blog...!