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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016


For Emma Rae (Sort of)

[1920s full articulated French painter's dummy from l Segno Del Tempo Srl.]

 [Clockwise from the left: Selected Letters of Anna Heyward Taylor: South Carolina Artist and World Traveler; circa 1920s Peal & Co of London equestrian trunk from Essex Antiquarians; New Orleans potter Mark Derby's Victorian tile-inspired tray from the Ogden Museum's Center for Southern Craft and Design.]

[Bedside decanter set from High Street Market.]

[1960s indigo-dyed embroidered African boslter from Nickey Kehoe.]

[FEED Projects natural burlap stocking.]

[Lori Vrba Braids 2010, selenium and sepia toned silver gelatin print - 16x16 print is an edition of 20 and starts at $700 unframed. Posted with permission from Jennifer Schwartz Gallery.]

 [Books at top from the Ogden, Who Shot Rock & Roll is from the Birmingham Museum of Art or Knopf and my Gili review was posted in October.]

It's a little early for year-end reviews but I've pulled some favorite pieces from past posts and combined them with new items for the fictional Emma Rae King (backstory here). The mix could be interpreted as a fanciful gift guide or a list of things to outfit a showhouse inspired by her rustic cabin.

Like I said the other day, her home has a very tied-to-the-land, traditional feel and the only nods to her independent streak are the photography and accessories. Set decorator Roberta Holinko deftly avoided equestrian cliches and theme design. So, I've probably crossed the line with a couple of choices but nonetheless wanted to include them. For example, the 1920s horse -- an artist's mannequin from l Segno Del Tempo Srl. Newer, less precious versions can still be found at art supply stores. I saw a terrific articulated dog the other day at Sam Flax. And Binders usually has these too. ( Deborah Needleman does say that a well chosen inanimate pet in the house is a great jollifier!) 

Lori Vrba's work came back to me because a new exhibition of her photography, Southern Comfort,  opens this Friday, December 2 at Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in Atlanta. Similarly, the Southern pottery shown above relates to a special December 2 Ogden Museum shopping event open to both members and the public: The Art of Giving. New Orleans ceramicist Mark Derby, represented in the Ogden's Center for Southern Craft, caught my attention because he is influenced by Victorian tiles and historic Studio Art potteries.

Nickey Kehoe's vintage African pillow would fit well on Emma Rae's cozy sofa, and FEED's natural burlap stocking is double goodness: it happens to suit the cabin's aesthetic perfectly but more importantly the $20 purchase provides a child with half a year's worth of micronutrients through the FEED Foundation's Nutrients Fund. I'd tuck in tickets to an out of town concert as well as Breaking Down Barriers: 300 Years of Women in Art (again, included artists are abstract expressionist Corrie Parker McCallum, photographer Margaret Bourke-White, MacArthur Fellow and fiber artist Mary Jackson, and adventurous printmaker Anna Heyward Taylor) and Global Patterns.

With the exception of this title, the books and other items kind of speak for themselves. However, if you're not familiar with Eudora Welty's photography, click here to learn more.

I am not affiliated with or sponsored by the galleries/museums, shops, publishers, authors, or artists included in this post.


The Devoted Classicist said...

For those who find themselves in Jackson, Mississippi, Eudora Welty's home is now open to the public.

Style Court said...

Terrific, John! Thanks for sharing that.