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Put a Bird on It

At the expense of becoming a punchline, and already made fun of by the fine writers of Portlandia, I still believe birds can be used in functional, non-ironic decor. Just as shells have been coopted as the pattern-du-jour for beach houses, birds can usher in a tropical, modern feeling.

These toothless, egg-laying vertebrates come in myriad forms. Biologist estimate that ten thousand different species, an extraordinary variety, exist today. Think of the difference between an ostrich and a stork. A hen and a condor. A penguin and a hummingbird. Each of those different forms and colors can lend itself to a different style of home decor and clothing.

“It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.” – Aesop

Put a Bird on It, clothing featuring birds via Tory Burch, Minted, Rochas, Nordstrom Rack and more.

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Falling for Autumn

The crisp in the air, the spotted gourds, the harvest pumpkins, the flint corn and the bales of hay: things I love about the final quarter of the year. In the northeast, especially in New York, we feel the four seasons quite distinctly. Although I might be pretty isolated from expansive farmland, we Brooklynites still feel the harvest season in special ways.

Pernille Folcarelli Unika Hand Prints of leaves, feathers and herbs

Pernille Folcarelli’s Unika Hand Leaf Prints

The sunday farmer’s market carries arugula, apples, chard, chestnuts and Crispin apples (my husband’s favorite – juicy and tart). Sweater weather also brings the best layering fashions. I am a sucker for heavy-knits. Finally, the leaves! In Carroll Gardens, I happen to be pretty close to some of the trees planted in the Million Trees Project, a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs over the next decade. The foliage on my street is astounding! I also happen to have a 70 year old dogwood tree in my backyard.

Pernille Folcarelli Unika Hand Prints of leaves, feathers and herbs

Pernille Folcarelli’s Unika Hand Leaf Prints

The various shades of the deciduous trees and shrubs on my walk to work range from fire-engine reds, to a crimson brick, to cornmeal yellow, sunset oranges, tyrian purple, and worn-leather brown. The tones are inspiring.

Harvest Season, Autumn Decor and Fashion via The Walkup blog

  1. Leaf Print Shirt by Christophe Lemaire 
  2. Falling Leaves Necklace by J.Crew 
  3. Special Fit Harvest Sunglasses in Crazy Tort by Karen Walker 
  4. Frappa Pillow by Crate and Barrel 
  5. Votive Set in Dark Rum, Vetiver and Tobacco by Malin + Goetz
  6. Leaf Suede Chukka Boot 69 CA in Ruby Wine by Vans 
  7. Fall for Autumn hat by Wooden Ships
  8. Pearl Branch Earrings by Shaun Leane 

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” ― Albert Camus

Botanists and scientist know a lot about this yearly phenomenon. As the trees are ridding themselves of chlorophyll and reabsorbing it along with other nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous to store them for the winter, they also suddenly begin to expend energy creating anthocyanin. Chlorophyll normally masks the yellow pigments known as xanthophylls and the orange pigments called carotenoids — both visible when the green chlorophyll is gone.  We understand the chemical changes of the colors, but plenty of questions still remain to as to ‘why’.

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Grove and Ceremony Giveaway

Grove and Ceremony is a seller of limited-edition fine art prints for emerging collectors. Their goal is to offer reasonably priced, beautiful, and conceptually rigorous artwork.  Each edition includes a letter of authenticity signed by the artist and is printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 archival paper with ultrachrome ink. That’s some highly technical speak, but basically translates to a vibrant, quality piece. The paper above is actually the top choice by photographers and has smooth, (some would say sensual) surface texture.

Andrew Zarou Giveaway with Grove and Ceremony X The WalkupImages of past collages by the Andrew Zarou, and photographs of his studio

The online gallery is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Andrew Douglas Underwood and Tama Underwood. Andrew has helped professional artists production of prints for more than 15 years. He has co-curated exhibitions and produced artwork for museums and galleries around the country. Tama is a professional magazine editor with more than eight years of journalism, editing, and digital publishing experience.

Andrew Zarou StudioPhotography by Heidi Zarou, March, 2012 of Andrew Zarou's Studio

Last week, Grove and Ceremony introduced a new print by Brooklyn, New York-based artist Andrew Zarou who has a degree in studio arts from Hampshire College. His work has been exhibited in New York, and Reykjavik, Iceland. Zarou’s work is most often in the form of collage, sculpture, or photography—though he calls himself a painter who doesn’t paint.  In fact, much of his work looks as though it’s been preserved through a Ziploc bag.

Alternate view of Zarou's studio, windowsillAlternate view of Zarou's studio, windowsill

In Zarou’s “sibelius tree,” geometry plays against soft, organic shapes in a confusing mosaic. Like an unfinished puzzle, the purchase of this edition includes a downloadable companion print by Zarou, titled shapes, with a bag you can use to “complete” the work.  This concept, of art from rubish is exactly what Zarou endorses. He states, “Very rarely do I find the materials I need in an art-supply store, my materials come from people’s recycling piles, used bookstores, or just random things on the street.”

Andrew Zarou and th Sibelus Tree(Image Left) Andrew Zarou, "sibelius tree", 
(Image Right) The artist in his studio by Tanja Alexia Hollander.

Grove and Ceremony in collaboration with The Walkup is offering you the chance to win a free, signed 10″ x 8″ Andrew Zarou print (retail $50) and digital download for the companion piece! Love the print above on the left? Definitely enter the contest so this can hang in your bedroom, kitchen, office or sauna.

The incredible artwork can be organized, rearranged, and played with several times by toying with the companion piece. In this way, you have an ever evolving art collection from just one print! Check it out:

 


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