Lasting Motifs

May 6, 2015

“China: Through the Looking Glass” is a spectacular exhibition opening this month at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show compiles dresses by esteemed Western designers including John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, whose designs were influenced by Chinese motifs including the traditional lotus blossom, the dragon lady and more. Among the dresses are clothing and artifacts dating back 5000 years to the Ming Empire- just to help you put things into context. Silk, flower embellishments and pagoda-inspired, multi-tiered dresses help to create the mysterious, sexy and influential aesthetic of Chinese art and design. From color to motif and silhouette, home decor follows suit.

Alexander McQueen, Autumn 2006

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Samarkand Area Rug: The centerfield showcases a Chinese floral pattern in appealing rust and celadon hues

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Dasia Carpet: Inspired by a 19th century Chinese carpet.

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Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 1997

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Mandarin Lamp: The carving on the Mandarin lamp depicts the ancient Chinese dragon’s pearl fable.

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Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2009

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“Dragon Lamp”: Traditional Chinese Blue and white pattern appied to a modern oval shaped body.

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70’s Revival- Sorry We’re Not Sorry.

May 4, 2015

 From egg chairs to waterbeds, ’70s design has long been derided as tacky. Those who lived through hoped and prayed that they could leave those recollections of bellbottoms and feathered hair in the past.  But as always, trends come full circle, and the 70’s are now a source of great inspiration, in fashion and design. At the time, shag floor-to-wall-to-ceiling carpeting came as a counterpoint to all the stiff, angular Modernism which has dominated interiors for so long. Nowadays, the take on ’70’s trends is a little more subdued- but the colors (think burnt orange and oak) and panel live strong.

Danforth Chair

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Andromeda Cocktail Table

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Modernist Floor Lamp

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Trenton Console

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Randall Room Screen

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Faux Chocolate Shagreen Console Table

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Camille Floor Lamp

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Modern Three Drawer Chest

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Art Deco Stool in Mushroom

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A Balanced Life: Interview with Susan Colwell

April 23, 2015

Bursting with verdant plants, with neutral landscape paintings hung throughout, and the meditative sound of a trickling waterfall in the background, Susan Colwell’s home exudes feelings of natural stillness and quietude- like her paintings. Upon greeting me at her door, I was not received by the pensive person I thought I was about to meet. Susan is energetic and full of life, stories and questions. She began painting early in her life and left her conservative family for college in the pre-hippy days where she and her fellow classmates posed nude for each other in attempts to master the skill of foreshortening. From there, Susan traveled, married, had children, and grandchildren. Leading an exciting and fast-paced life, the balance Susan aims to achieve with her more serene art began to make sense. With a cheese platter between us, Susan and I talked about her home, life-path and artistic inspiration.

Q: You have been an artist since you were a young girl. In what ways has your work evolved since your early days of painting?
A:  Ever since I was a munchkin, I have loved color.  Whether painting an abstract or a realistic rendering, for me it’s all about the color and mood and that has always been the case.  You asked how my work has evolved….I have gone up and down, sideways, all over and hopefully, I will continue to do just that until they roll me off to the Home!
Q: You have lived in the midwest, south and in Europe. How have the different places you’ve lived and traveled to influenced your work?
A: Every place that I have lived influenced me but I suppose that living in Europe when I was an impressionable teenager had the most profound influence.  The family lived in a little town outside of Zurich and every weekend we travelled….I was enthralled and completely in awe.  It cemented my love of art.
Q: Your paintings evoke feelings of serenity and peace. Would you say these are some of your personality characteristics as well?
A: This question made me chuckle because no one, absolutely no one, would say that my personality traits included “serenity and peace”, although those are qualities I hope to achieve in my work.  I’m all about the atmosphere, the subtle nuances of color…I am an intuitive painter.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not painting?
A:  Read, anything on the water, travel, spending time with the most precious grandchildren!
Q: You are friendly with many local artists. How do your contemporaries influence your work? How do you influence them?
A: Every artist that I know is supportive, encouraging.  I think artists are walking contradictions…on one hand there is a fragile sensitivity, perhaps even insecurity and then on the other hand there has to be a bit of narcisstic ego to feel we are “good enough” to put our work out for all to see.  Artists “love” art, all periods of art,  and I admire my contemporaries and I’d like to think they’d give me a nod in that same direction!

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To see more of Susan’s work, visit us in the gallery or shop her works on our website.

Lost and Now Found

April 20, 2015

From modern to traditional, contemporary to Arts and Crafts, we appreciate all eras and design aesthetics here at Mitchell Hill. Constantly on the hunt for the beautiful and exciting, we are thrilled when we come across craftsmen (and craftswomen) who have a talent for finding the old and creating new, refined pieces of art. Not only is the reclaimed process environmentally sustainable, the results are some of the most innovative and fascinating. Without having to search through a flea market or go through the burden of restoring a vintage item, we’ve curated a selection of “found goods” that still give off that one-of-a-kind, artisan feel.

Chinese Cast Iron Bells, $98-123

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Shooting for Galaxies by Hirona Matsuda; mixed media, 12 x 10; $500

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Recycled Racing Tire Drink Table

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“Baby Goat” by Jonathan Bowling, $250

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Cast Iron Stick Leg Table

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“Mitchell” Fish by Steve Palmer, $1,995

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Antique Camel Pots, $198-240

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“Key Cook” by Jonathan Bowling, $75

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Vintage Indian Locks; $198-248

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Brutal Opposition of all Systems by Philip Durst; law books, packaging, wallpaper paste 38. 5 x 32.5 framed; $2500

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“Jack Rabbit” by Jonathan Bowling, $200
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Pastel Play

April 10, 2015

Its officially Spring and now is the time to embrace color! After an especially long and dreary winter, we at Mitchell Hill think this season is a perfect time to consider livening up your living space. Weather its a new painting or home accessory, pastels are a perfect way to freshen up your home and create a calm, yet inspiring environment. These shades aren’t just for your Easter eggs – pale accents can feel modern and sophisticated. Just take a hint from Charleston’s very own Rainbow Row!

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Uplifting Departure by Alicia Leeke; acrylic on paper 11 x 11, framed

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Brass Bracket Sconce

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Abstract Core #0242013 by Jim Victoroil on canvas 48 x 40; $2800

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White Piggy Bank
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Afternoon Rain- Emily Brown; acrylic on canvas 24 x 24; $800

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Crystal Knot in Opaque Pale Green

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“Twilight Passage” by Tom Potocki

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Decanter, Pale Blue

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Sherbet Landscape by Alicia Leeke acrylic on canvas 48 x 36 inches, framed $2200

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Rose Quartz & Silver Coaster Set 

Kivita coasters designed by Anna Rabinowicz of RabLabs.

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To see more amazing art from Michael Mitchell artists go to http://www.michaelmitchellcharleston.com/artists/

To shop items seen in this post visit shopmitchellhill.com or give us a call at 843-564-0034

 

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