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Girl Crush – Julie Thevenot

Founder and titular Designer, Julie Thevenot launched her line in 2008, starting with hand-printing and dye-testing in her custom-built silkscreen studio. This self-taught fashion designer received her MFA from the National Superior School of Decorative arts of Paris and integrates this artistic training into her working process.  Thevenot left Paris for the energy of New York City. Not limiting herself to the medium of fashion, create print editions, wall displays, music, jewelry and more.

At Home With Julie Thevenot, Photogrsphy by Agnes Thor for New York Nests
The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_Tag At Home With Julie Thevenot, Photogrsphy by Agnes Thor for New York NestsPhotography at the home of Julie Thevenot by Agnes Thor for New York Nests.
Julie Thevenot Big Wall HangingHer work explores everything from color theory to crystals. It is minimal and yet filled with depth of color. The modern lines remind me of Josef Albers, yet the macramé ombre is very seventies! The sulfuric neon yellow evokes the painted geothermal pots of Yellowstone National Park. 
Julie Thevenot Wall NeckTextures mingle: wood meets metal meets acrylic. Soft objects become sharpened.  The spirit wall hanging, hand made in the USA, is comprised of leather details on long brass tubes. Need it? Buy it here.
 At Home With Julie Thevenot, Photogrsphy by Agnes Thor for New York Nests
Photography at the home of Julie Thevenot by Agnes Thor for New York Nests. Grace Jones, coral and Black & White Photography continue to inspire the designer. 

The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_TagAbove all, Thevenot hopes to always remain jubilant, playful and imaginative. Her work has a childlike sense of wonder, and you can tell that she is in love with the universe and its vast cosmos!

Julie Thevenot ClothThe Samsara Scarf is 100% silk twill 48’x48’ , made in France. In Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Jainism and more, the Samsara or Sangsāra is the repeating cycle of birth, life and death (reincarnation). 

Her work spans a northwestern aesthetic, oriental meditation, geometric minimalism, and the bright hues of a print-maker’s color magic. As Albers explains in his grounbreaking Interaction of Color (Happy 50th Anniversary!), “In visual perception a color is almost never seen as it really is — as it physically is. This fact makes color the most relative medium in art.”

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Eat Your Vegetables

It’s spring, and I spent the weekend buying flower seeds, and planting a miniature vegetable garden with my nephews. There is something so exciting about this season of rebirth and planting. The colors are verdant, the mood is hopeful, and winter has finally thawed!

Botanical Citrus Tablecloth from Williams-SonomaBrightened with a ripe lemon and delicate citrus blossoms, the tablecloth sets a warm tone for year-round dining.
Nettikaupasta, Nordic Design Collective
Nordic Living, by the Nordic Design Collective, rather than Do It Yourself, Grow it Yourself.  Styling by Linda Åhman, photography by Maria Richardsson. 
Swedish Elle Decor, botanical print rooms
Photography by Petra Bindel for Swedish Elle Interiör via Blueprint.

It’s time to celebrate the bounty of the earth by showcasing a colorful array of fruits, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and greenery. Vintage botanical illustrations are always a classic choice evoking an English Cottage. One part shabby, two parts chic.

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Affordable Art Fair, New York

With a private viewing that began on April 2, the four-day event known as the Affordable Art Fair, hosts 78 galleries and a huge array of contemporary art at The Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. On Thursday April 3, I called a gaggle of friends and joined a Thursday night party for young collectors. We browsed contemporary art while sipping cocktails by Slow & Low Rock and Rye.

Affordable Art Fair 2014 Spring, NYC(top left) Max and Suzy take in the sites, (top right) Lancaster Ballroom, The Savoy by Siobhan Doran, 2010, Giclee Print. Courtesy of Bicha Gallery. (bottom left) Freeze by James Burke, 2014, featuring mini Lego pieces. Courtesy of Bicha Gallery.
Affordable Art Fair 2014 Spring, NYC

The concept is simple, thousands of original paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs all under one roof, ranging from $100-$10,000, with more than half priced under $5,000. The work of young, emerging artists hangs alongside household names, while a wall for recent graduates of local art schools, and the Art Students League of New York, provides a chance to snap up work by a future master.

Affordable Art Fair 2014 Spring, NYC(Bottom Left) Davy & Kristin McGuire’s Fairies Series, mixed media video in jars from 360 by SHOPART, a print of the quintessential Greek, diner cup from the Rebecca Hossack Gallery.

This was my fifth visit to the Affordable Art Fair and yet, I still found myself inspired by the myriad of color frames, new concepts, and young buyers. The fair aims to make collecting universal, they even offer online guides for beginning a collection, framing or hanging art, or introducing art to children! Confused about gouache versus acrylic? Why not use the fair’s glossary for media and techniques.

Affordable Art Fair 2014 Spring, NYC(Left) Plaster sculpture, Arching Specimen, 2013 by Umberto Kamperveen, (top middle) four Buddhas by Garam Lee.

Since 1999, the globally traveling event has  welcomed over 1.4 million people and have garnered over $316 million sales in art, with fairs in cities including London, Bristol, Amsterdam, Brussels, New York, Singapore, Hamburg, Mexico City, Rome, Milan, Seattle, Stockholm and Hong Kong.

Affordable Art Fair 2014 Spring, NYC(top left) Nathan Vincent’s knit yarn and foam weapons and explosives, (top right) PURE EVIL serves as guest artist for Coates & Scarry gallery. Various, pop-art and spray-painted canvases faux drip to the floor in ‘Mel Ferrer’s Nightmare’ and Andy Warhol’s Nightmare, (bottom right) LuLuPa Hutong, Wood Cut, by Chinese, young artist Huang Kai.
AffordableArtFair_2014_4(top) Stitched Up by Katharine Morling (bottom left) Erica peruses the offerings from Uprise Art, an NYC-based collectors club (bottom right) Doublefaced No. 23 by Sebastian Bieniek. With eye-pencil and lipstick, Sebastian draws on the side of the model’s face creating portraits that are both humorous and somehow unsettling.

Way back in 1996, Will Ramsay opened Will’s Art Warehouse in southwest London to bridge the public’s increasing interest in contemporary art and London’s highbrow gallery scene. This eventually turned into the Affordable Art Fair. The founder explains, “I do not want art for a few any more than I want education for a few, or freedom for a few.” Here’s to art for everyone.