Showing posts with label art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art. Show all posts

Apr 26, 2018

A DECADE OF BIJOU LIVING


silk moth in a jelly moon Hornby 2018

A decade—ten years—sounds like a long time. I don't really have any concept of time—it's either "now" or "not now." I live in the moment—the adhd posse will relate.


Bijou Living started ten years ago, on May 5, 2008. I started writing to share cool things, give tips/techniques, and journal my thoughts and feelings. Where have I been since my last post? 


Life happens...




2016


divorce

California

start pottery

soul searching

old love, new heartbreak

good friends

laughter

peace


2017


happiness

inspiration

closure

confidence

laughter

sensuality

love

gratification

peace


Jan - Apr. 2018


achievement

stamina

good friends

soul searching

peace

...



Leslie, at The Bloomerie (Arbutus and 12th), saw my pottery on Instagram and contacted me to purchase some pieces. Donald Yim saw my pottery at the Bloomerie and called me for an interview. Here's the fun video we did! The soundtrack most definitely steals the show...


January 2018 saw the first major retrospective of Thomas Kakinuma's ceramic art, and I'm proud to have been involved in it. 



Remember my Kakinuma post ten years ago? The Kakinuma family reached out to me in 2015 as they'd read the post. We met shortly after, and a beautiful friendship has evolved.



May 26, 2018 - I'll be selling my studio pottery (my work) as part of a small conglomerate of West Van potters (there are only 16 of us). We'll be at the West Van Community Centre from 10 to 3. You can view what I'll be selling on my Instagram. Please come say hi—I'll tell you the story behind each piece.


I've been locked out of Facebook. I post regularly on Instagram, head on over that way - Instagram - Stories is where I share the behind-the-scenes stuff. Chat later, Stacy ✌🏻




Dec 18, 2013

Mid Century Modern BC Binning Home West Vancouver

Binning Home image Stacy Reynaud


Crowdfunding is my latest proposal to save the Binning Home for the public - as Mrs. Binning had bequeathed. Remember I suggested the District of West Vancouver purchase the Binning Home as a marketing and communications expense to compliment the forthcoming West Vancouver Centre for Art and Architecture? Well, only two individuals have stepped up - heritage advocates Kathleen Staples (of the Staples Residence) and Bruno Wall, the nephew of real estate developer Peter Wall - who has been labelled 'partially responsible for Vancouver's City of Glass reputation.' Staples offered up a cheque of $1 million on Friday, December 13th - $600,000 short of Wall's offer of $1.6 million.


On December 13th, the judge (Madam Justice Shelley Fitzpatrick), presiding over the BC Supreme Court fight for the house, stated:


The rubber hits the road regarding who's prepared to write the cheques to maintain this property. Where are they? Where are all these people? Who's prepared to come and make a concrete proposal? At the end of the day, unless you have the government standing behind these types of projects, someone has to pay for them.


So, who's with me on this? For purchase, necessary repairs, continuous maintenance, marketing and administration of the home, I suggest a goal of $5 million. Come by the Bijou Living Facebook page to share your ideas.


Read more of my Binning posts from the past three years by searching Binning at the top of the page.

Read the Supreme Court affidavit filed by The Land Conservancy November 13, 2013.

"The rubber hits the road in terms of who's prepared to write the cheques to maintain this property," she said.
Fitzpatrick added that despite wide media coverage, no one besides Wall and Staples has stepped up with formal proposal to take over the house.
"Where are they? Where are all these people? Who's prepared to come and make a concrete proposal? At the end of the day, unless you have government standing behind these types of projects, someone has to pay for it."
- See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/living/11th-hour-offer-for-binning-house-1.759819#sthash.CSz5ES5i.dpuf
"The rubber hits the road in terms of who's prepared to write the cheques to maintain this property," she said.
Fitzpatrick added that despite wide media coverage, no one besides Wall and Staples has stepped up with formal proposal to take over the house.
"Where are they? Where are all these people? Who's prepared to come and make a concrete proposal? At the end of the day, unless you have government standing behind these types of projects, someone has to pay for it."
- See more at: http://www.nsnews.com/living/11th-hour-offer-for-binning-house-1.759819#sthash.CSz5ES5i.dpuf
Mr. and Mrs. Binning
 Mr. Binning's studio with original works as well as unfinished ones. Image Stacy Reynaud

Binning's studio Image Stacy Reynaud

Note the high windows to let in the south sunlight on the upper left. Image Stacy Reynaud

The Binning's original Danish furnishings. Image Stacy Reynaud

 South facing back yard. Image Stacy Reynaud

 Mrs. Binning's room to the left, washroom centre and Mr. Binning's room and studio to the right.
The mural was hand painted by Mr. Binning
image Stacy Reynaud

Mr. Binning's studio. Image Stacy Reynaud

Original mid-century yellow ceramic tiles in the main washroom. Image Stacy Reynaud
 Mrs. Binning's Bedroom - with all her belongings - would they be sent to the Salvation Army if the home was sold? Image Stacy Reynaud

Dining Room of the Binning Home with BC Studio Ceramics. Image Stacy Reynaud
 Original address plate. Image Stacy Reynaud

 Mrs. Binning's last entry in her day planner dated Friday May 27th 2007.
She died later that year at 101.
Image Stacy Reynaud

 Front entrance with one of Binning's murals. Image Stacy Reynaud

 Front entrance from the street.
Note the high windows. Mr. Binning's studio is to the right.
Image Stacy Reynaud

South facing back yard - view of Burrard Inlet beyond the mature trees - would they be destroyed to improve the view? Image Stacy Reynaud

 The entire contents of the home belonged to the Binnings - where would it go if the home was sold to a private citizen? Image Stacy Reynaud

 Back yard with trellis and original windows. Image Stacy Reynaud

 Every kitchen needs a window. Private west facing kitchen window. Binning Kitchen. 
Image Stacy Reynaud

 Original kitchen cupboards in the Binning kitchen. Image Stacy Reynaud

Entrance hall - the Binnings were collectors of Japanese ceramics and BC studio pottery. 
Image Stacy Reynaud

BC Binning's desk drawer - as he left it before he died.
Image Stacy Reynaud

all images © Stacy Reynaud






Nov 16, 2013

BC Binning Residence SOLD


BC Binning Residence, West Vancouver, BC image Stacy Reynaud


A Canadian National Historic site is headed to the Supreme Court on November 18.


I first wrote about the BC Binning home, located in demolition permit happy West Vancouver, in 2010 - the post is below. 


Ironically, I spent Friday at the Association of Fundraising Professionals' National Philanthropy Day luncheon. Awards were presented to x for raising x amount, y for raising y amount, etc. 


The Land Conservancy, the nonprofit that owns the Binning home, is $7.6 million in debt (as I noted back in 2010, they were headed for trouble). 


Listening to the keynote speaker, Dan Pallata (the guy whose TED Talk has over 2.5 million views), break down salaries for top earners in the US blew my mind. 


The developer offered the TLC $1.6 million for the home - rumour is that he bought the house next to the Binning residence. 


Checked out Crack Shack or Mansion lately - there's a Part Deux

You'll see what $1.6 million buys you in Vancouver.


BC Binning is almost always a favourite. He's a local hero. Kate Barron Gallery Manager Art Emporium.

It's too bad the TLC didn't hand the Binning Home over to the District of West Vancouver as they did with the Arthur Erickson designed Baldwin Home in Burnaby in May 2013


West Van is a corporation and could hold it as an asset - not to mention it'd be a perfect public relations and marketing tactic for them. 


Suppose West Van is opening a Centre for Art, Architecture and Design. In that case, you'd think a home listed on the Canadian Historic Sites registry would be a top priority for acquisition. 


Come on West Van - offer the TLC $7.6 million for the Binning Home and write it off as an advertising and marketing expense.



For a story in the Vancouver Sun from 2007 see here.

Aug 26, 2013

Everything we See or Seem

stacy reynaud
I was looking up Scorpion pose and came across a book recommendation, of all things. My local library rocks so of course they had it - now I will recommend the beautiful piece of literature to you.

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke. Translated by M.D. Herter  Norton, (1934). The translation/translator makes all the difference.

The close of the eighth letter:

"Do not believe that he who seeks to comfort you lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. His life has much difficulty and sadness ... Were it otherwise he would never have been able to find those words." 


Oh, and here's Scorpion pose

Jul 11, 2013

On this Day in 2008

When I originally posted this piece, five years,  ago MCA - Adam Yauch (my favourite Beastie) was still with us. Such a loss.



Matteo Pericoli's Grammy nominated album design
Beastie Boys - To the 5 Boroughs


I loved pop up books as a child.


When I recently discovered that the artist of one of my favourite album covers was also a published author, designer and architect I had to dig deeper.

Matteo Pericoli captures New York City in pen and ink. His first published book, Manhattan Unfurled, Random House (2001) contains fifteen hundred buildings and nineteen bridges that unfold into two 37 foot scrolls of the East and West Sides of the Manhattan skyline. A young person's version is also available under the title, See the City: the journey of Manhattan Unfurled, Knopf for Young Readers (2004). In this version, Pericoli adds simple text and hand-drawn labels, telling young readers how he created his drawing. He also encourages kids to 'draw everything'.
Manhattan Unfurled Random House (2001)

In 2007, Pericoli completed Skyline of the World, a 397 foot panoramic mural for American Airlines' new International Terminal at JFK.


Skyline of the World
photo USA Today

Born in Milan, Matteo Pericoli currently teaches illustration and architecture at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, NY.




May 5, 2013

Uncivilized Cards from the 70s


I sometimes find these tacky things at thrift stores. 
What was with the 70s anyway? So sloppy and uncouth. Now pass the Grey Poupon if you will.

Mean-Spirited Greeting Cards from the 1970s by LosPeep




Apr 11, 2013

Scandinavian Pain

When I first saw this image I thought it was a funky Scandinavian bread shop. That's what happens when you live in a bilingual country. Thanks to Moderna Museet for informing me that Scandinavian Pain is actually an exhibition running this summer at their museum in Malmö Sweden. Ragnar Kjartansson's eleven meter neon sign, Scandinavian Pain, will be installed on a barn housing works by Edvard Munch - cheeky Swedes.
image © Ragnar Kjartansson



Jan 7, 2013

Gussied Up Abandoned Buildings














Patrick Baillet's, Spaces Palimpseste, takes me back to my first year art history class and our examination of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood's battle against the, 'frivolous art of the day.' Baillet paints Pre-Raphaelite images, such as Rosetti's Monna Vanna, amongst graffitied walls of abandoned, decaying buildings in France. Not sure if this is where he was going with the whole thing but it sounds good. For more of his work visit is website here. Images © Patrick Baillet



Dec 12, 2012

Art Wall Inspirations






Dark Shadows




vintage ELLE Decor



NY Times



The Wind