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

9.21.2009

Butterflies Through a New Lense


Sticky-sweet butterfly motifs are so prevalent in little girls' rooms that sometimes it's easy to forget just how exotic and rich-looking the creatures are. Unless by chance you've been recently looking at the work of E. A. Séguy. But I think with Bright Star, director Jane Campion and her director of photography, Greig Fraser, remind us of the jewel-tone butterfly's incredible allure.

If you haven't already seen it, click here for one small scene from the film: "Fanny in the room with butterflies." I predict many boutique window stylists will be inspired by this clip. To go shopping with the film's set decorator, Charlotte Watts, click here.

Assouline's beautiful volume, Botanicals: Butterflies & Insects is available through Amazon, and Pachanga, designer Belen Mena's lavish tome, is available at Anthropologie.

Shown second from the top, director Campion on the set of Bright Star.

4 comments:

Ms. Wis./Each Little World said...

There are amazing butterfly scenes in the film "Angles and Insects," based on the A.S. Byatt story. A feast for lovers of costume, color and insects. And a film where the butterflies come across as threatening. A must if you haven't seen it.

Style Court said...

Linda -- I really appreciate the tip. Maybe this weekend I'll finally rent it.

jamey said...

Hey Miss Courtney,

This reminds me of a crafts project that I abandoned. Perch here in nola has these fantastic huge butterfly shadowboxes that are entirely out of my price range:

http://www.perch-home.com/index.php?page=prive-papillion-collection

i bought this calendar to try to reproduce them inexpensively:

http://www.hollanders.com/stationery/ViewProduct.aspx?ProductID=2bb96a14-b016-4bfd-b90b-b54305e70463&CategoryID=35f8a50f-f624-4022-a588-320661a94242

NOW i look and Perch has butterfly shadow boxes for $15!! They're not the huge dramatic ones, but still beautiful. These will probably be cheaper than I can make them!

http://www.perch-home.com/index.php?page=box-of-colored-butterflies

Style Court said...

Hello Miss Jamey!

These are great links! Thanks for being so helpful. I know this will inspire some weekend projects out there.

Happy crafting!
C