A couple of months ago I had the pleasure to get to know a talented and a lovely Interior Designer from San Francisco CA. The introduction happened quite by accident when I was pinning and happened to see beautiful images of interior design projects that, when I clicked, led me to Anna Fane Pinterest page. Following her on Pinterest made her contact me stating she loves my art work and our rugs. Through interesting back and fourth email chats we’ve got to know each other a little better and now we can say we are pen pals.
Anna Fane runs her own design blog The Design Tray (don’t you love the name), and I love the way she designed it; clean and clear. Recently, I was interviewed by Anna who posted on her design blog. Not only that I like the post (really), but her blog is interesting to read and beautiful to look at.
Thank you Anna for the interview and hope to meet you some day.
What comes to your mind when you think of the word Art? do you think Van Gogh? Picasso? a large colorful painting hanging a wall? when i looked up the word “art” this is what i found: “Art: skill acquired by experience, study, observation” or “the quality or state of being artful”. Also, “implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power” (what does that mean?). But to me over the years, the word art became much bigger than it sounds, more meaningful in so many ways. It’s not only the results of a creative power that comes out of a vivid sleepless imagination, or this perfect color combo that makes the room or a rug seem so fit, so perfect. To me art is a way of life. culture. love. It could be anything one wishes it to be. At the end of the day when i finally lay down to relax and unwind, my eyes are on the TV screen but not really watching tv, my mind is away, thinking, dreaming, imagining scenes, patterns, colors. The glass of rich red wine with cheese platter my husband prepares for us daily and place it on the coffee table, even that makes me mesmerize. I look at the platter, study the colors, the textures of the cheese down to the littlest crumb, checking out the wine color against the spot light and again, my mind drifts away. I used to trying to stop “thinking work” when i was outside my office, to let go when i don’t work but with not much success. Thinking artistically is in my blood. I just can’t help it. Art in so many ways can change one’s life forever. It did mine. My work and personal life have become one, making my life artistically imperfect – just the way I like it and the inspirations keep pouring in. For the past years each morning when i wake up I’m eager to know what i will discover on this new day. What story will trigger me to design next? what my painting subject will be this time?
This year I’ve decided to reevaluate what art means to me. Art is home. RUG ART is home. And home is where we live and work with people and objects we love and cherish. It’s where we experiment our little secrets before we reveal them to the world, or not. It’s where ideas are conceived. My office speaks RUG ART, my home speaks RUG ART, even my closet and it’s not only about the art of designing rugs. It’s about how we do effects our lives. And here at home, at RUG ART, designing rugs is not only about drawing, sketching and creating beautiful rugs, although it’s a beautiful process in itself, but it’s the people, the clients, employees and all those around us who support us for what we do. It’s also the people on the other side of the globe who understand and know the meaning of a true passion, those who help us create what we love the most, in which our products wouldn’t be as meaningful and beautiful without them. Now to me that is art.
RUG ART is a company I’m happy to be part of since day one. Vidal and I have watched it grow and take shape. We’ve watched it become our favorite activity (even on weekends). Yes, that’s what happens when work becomes a play. So this 2013 we will continue watching it grow all with a good cause. And as for me, this year I will let life discover more for me, I will learn more, let my hand draw more, let my mind drift farther and make my lips laugh often. Last but not least, I will let art simply be what it has always meant to me – home.
I want to thank Vidal, my husband, for his constant strong support and everyone else who knows and our clients, partners and friends – thank you all. I know this year will be even more amazing and i simply can’t wait.
Just wanted to share my hidden excitement about Luxe Magazine interest to feature me in their summer issue. A lovely lady named Mindy interviewed me (I also realized we have a lot in common) and it turned out to be an interesting conversation. The issue is not out yet but will be coming up soon and I’ll post the link here.
In the meantime, while the photo shoot was going my husband manage to sneak in and snap some shots of his own:
Yes, it’s that time again and in only a couple of days from now. I’m posting today because I will not be attending the show this year but my husband Vidal will be there, as always, and I counting on him to do an amazing job. He always does. This ICFF 2012 is a much anticipated show for us because of the many great things that are happening at RUG ART as I write this, which include a new collaboration with a Chicago designer/business owner that led up to open a new showroom in Chicago in the coming months (details soon). Yay. A line of textiles which is at works, an expanded line of rugs that will include flat weaves with my custom designs, just talking about it and I am already drooling. A new Profile feature about me in Luxe magazine this coming summer. Oh, I can’t even count. Knock on wood people.
I hope for those of you who will be attending the ICFF please stop by our booth #1138. There you will find my latest hand knotted rug collection that’s enticing and full of personality. I was thrilled to design this collection because it’s a reflection of my point of view and a many inspirational moments from my travels. It’s a celebration. And what better way to celebrate it than to show and share it all at the ICFF.
And when you visit please share your thoughts by commenting here or email me or connect with us here facebook. I would love to hear.
My last botanical art class ended last week and sadly I had to say goodbye, again, to some very creative and inspiring students/friends…until I see them again next time. One of the main reasons I take botanical art classes in Fairchild is because first, Fairchild Botanical Garden in Coral Gables is one of the most beautiful places on earth…to be, to see and to learn. It’s wild. When I take classes there I honestly don’t expect much as far as learning is concerned but I love to watch others’ painting, it motivates me to continue drawing.
One of the last projects i chose to work on is a little plant from the genus Clusia. I don’t like to work on small plants but this time I gave this little guy a try. I used watercolor and hot press white watercolor paper from France, fairly large because it makes me expand my creativity to fill up the background as well. I started from the end - first i painted the Clusia in the center of the paper true to the specimen size. The leaves were a challenge because I had to show their true character: the look of stains in some areas. The buds were too small and i needed to be extra patience before i’d change my mind about the whole thing. When i finished the painting looked good but lacked interest. I decided to enlarge some parts by about eight times and created a graphite drawing in the background focusing on the closed bud.
Careful observation and oversize drawing filled with gray tonal values made my little guy in the foreground standout while showing the uniqueness of this plant. It resulted not only in a mix media botanical illustration but a very interesting one too I think, don’t you?
Would love to hear your thoughts