Thursday, June 4, 2009

Mosaic Reception, Bertoia Window Change, New Inventory--Busy June!

Can you believe it is already June?!? I really don't know where the time went. I am still trying to plant my garden and figure out where the sun hits it the best. Well (always a story)....every year, I always blame the corn stalks for blocking the sun, when it is in fact my black thumb. Thankfully, I have Sharon Cloud helping me with the flowers in the front of the shop, this year. The poor dead little trees in the front.....were sad, so so sad. Sharon did such a fabulous job replacing them and they look and smell amazing; Bronze Fennel, Anise Hyssop, Ivy and Oxalis. Don't let my technical words fool you--Sharon gave me a list. Thanks Sharon! :o)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the name Sharon Cloud, pls look around the French/Gustavian section of the shop and you will find her gorgeous linen pillows, lavender sachet packets, picture cards, dish towels (and much more to come--I am addicted to her products!). Sharon envelopes, deeply, the pure French culture. There is a difference between North American French Country and European French Country. Both can be beautiful, however I personally much prefer the European Style of French Country because it truly reflects a realistic life in France. No fuss. Just a nice afternoon in the garden with a toast au tomate listening to Lucienne Boyers' hauntingly beautiful, "Parlez Moi D'amour".

Lizz Van Saun Art Reception:

Well, the new flowers/plants were just in time for Lizz Van Saun's Art Reception. It (Lizz's Reception) was a great turnout, which I am so glad for her. With so many people coming to see her work, I realized how difficult it must have been to give people equal time, answering questions and hosting--especially if there are people you have not seen in a long time. But, Lizz was so gracious and warm. I had difficulty taking pictures during the reception as I was trying to wrap outgoing artwork at the same time. But I did get a few!

(below) Lizz Van Saun with Heather from Kaleidescope Children's Museum (they are moving to Manchester near the See Science Museum!)

Congratulations, Lizz, on a wonderful reception!

Now, lets talk about the windows......

The first window is silly, crazy and colourful.... beyond what a colourful window would look like.
Firstly, the chair(yes!...a vintage Bertoia) is very tongue in cheek and fabulous. For those who are unfamiliar with these chairs, the chair designers name is Harry Bertoia. However, this chair was designed a step further and is called the "Hairy" Bertoia! Our friend Jeremiah (*more info below regarding Jeremiah) was the one to put every strand of colourful foam cord (1500, I believe!)in each square of this Bertoia. This fabulous!

Also in the window we wanted to send Designer Jonathan Adler some love and painted the ornate mirror a high gloss orange. The funky turquoise shelf came from a Chinese Restaurant and is fabulously "Kitschy". On the shelf sits the most beautiful addition to the button head family....."Button Head Bailey Blue"!

What a fun window to design!

Price List:

"Hairy" Bertoia Chair: 600$
Adler Orange Mirror: 45$ (SOLD)
"Kitschy" Turquoise Shelf: 35$ (SOLD)
"Button Head Bailey Blue": 32.50$
Pink Tall Table: 25$

Window II is called "Aurora Borealis". The amazing Mosaic vase is from our featured Mosaic Artist, Lizz Van Saun and is absolutely stunning. When Lizz presented this piece as the focal point for the window display, I was so excited. It was important to not make it a winter scene, which was a bit trickier than I thought. We had tried colourful uplighting, different sheer panels, fans to gently move the sheers (seriously!!), but it looked too contrived and I realized we were trying too hard. We decided on an irridescent beaded sheer panel in a soft turquoise, two creme matelasse parson chairs and seat pillows made from a gorgeous vintage textile with a slight shimmer of gold. The vase truly speaks for itself and needs no fancy lighting to emphasis its fabulouslessness (is that a word?)--it is, truly, a breathtaking piece.

**The Aurora Borealis Vase has been accepted in the Somerville (Massachusettes) Art Museum Exibition sponsored by Mosaics New England**

Congratulations, Lizz!!

Price List:

"Aurora Borealis" Vase, by Lizz Van Saun: 650$
Creme Parson Chairs: (Sold the morning after finishing display--sorry)
Vintage Pillows: 20$ each

Father's Day is coming!
For Father's Day, we decided to add a collection of old camera's (spanning from 1905-Early 1980's!!) to the shop, as a great Father's Day gift idea! Prices range from 17.50$-95$. Also, Sharon Clouds "Vintage Seaside" greeting cards---so fabulous! (4.25$ each). Father's Day is 21 June!

Some fun new additions to the shop:

We loved the Vintage Maine Vacation Dish Towels and decided to make them into fun and campy pillows! (Priced at 20$ each) *Limited Quantity as they have been selling every day!

We brought in more Apothecary bottles (some clear, some irridescent and some amber--we LOVE apothecary bottles!!) Prices range from 5.50$-12.50$

CRANES!! We have had the crane display on our KAZA ceiling since opening the shop, almost 2 years ago. Approx. two weeks after opening the shop, the list of people wanting our crane display was started. Almost 2 years later, we are finally ready to part with it and the first person on the list is ready (and so patient-- Thanks Jessie!). However, Julianne is now making the cranes for KAZA and is selling them for 10$ each. Her cranes are fabulous and MUCH larger than the other ones. She uses sparkly high quality paper (different colours!) and they are hanging on the tree as we speak, ready to buy!

Whew! What a long blog and so many posts lately! I guess we got a lot to say-lol

**oy! I almost forgot!--now this is very important for people who love Mid-Century pieces. The Bertoia chair came from our friend Jeremiah Pasternak in Maine. He has a full warehouse (that seriously puts ours to shame) full of Mid-Century pieces. He graciously let us borrow the Bertoia piece for our window display (which is nice if you dont want to travel to Maine to buy this fabulous piece during the month of June). If ever in Maine, you must stop by his warehouse! Check out his blog: here

Music for the month of June (Thanks again, Vicky!):

To buy this CD, please click here
It is a compilation of French musicians; some old, some new and some funky and oh, so KAZA!

KAZA's Favourite song? "Ta Douleur" by: Camille


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mosaic Artist, Lizz Van Saun

KAZA Presents the Mosaic Art of Lizz Van Saun

Lizz Van Saun, of Kast Hill Studio in Hopkinton, NH will be the featured artist for the month of June at KAZA! Having met Lizz has been such a great pleasure for me. She has enormous talent, yet she is so humble and genuine. Her pieces show confidence, elegance and a wicked sense of humour --which is a perfect way to describe her. It is an absolute privilege to have her pieces here.

The show at KAZA will run from the Opening Reception date of Thursday, June 4th, 2009(4-7 pm) until Thursday, July 9, 2009.

Of course cheese, crackers and wine will be served, as well as 25% off shop-wide savings during the reception (not including the artwork of Lizz Van Saun or Ashley Nichols--sorry) :o)

Q&A with Lizz Van Saun:

Q: How long have you been doing mosaics?

A: I started making mosaics about eight years ago. I was inspired by a book by Kaffee Fasset and Candace Bahouth- a lot of very free and exciting creations. I'd been making paper from plant material, doing watercolors and many other art forms. Something about mosaics has continued to inspire me.

Q: Originally coming from the West Coast, do you see a style difference on East Coast compared to the West Coast?

A: From what I've seen online and in shows, etc. mosaic "styles" are all over the place. There are so many ways to work in mosaic from traditional smalti tiles, to stones, to stained glass to found objects and everything in between. It really varies from person to person. Mosaics are not well represented in the East and I'd love to see that change. There is a group called Mosaics New England out of MA. They are working towards that. In Sept. or Oct. they'll have their 2nd Annual Mosaic exhibition at the Somerville Art Museum in Somerville, MA. I hope to participate!

Q: What do you love about Mosaics?

A: I think it's a number of things... there's the shine/reflection factor, and the amazing colors and possibilities with the china patterns. I love the tactile and dimensional quality of the tesserae (these are the pieces that are attached.) I collect a variety of stuff to work with- it's like an ongoing treasure hunt and I love finding free or really great bargains. Recycling is very important to me and I try to use old discarded stuff and scraps from other's projects. Anyone out there have glass scraps?

Q: Alot of your pieces are made with recycled vintage Japanese ceramics--are you inspired by the era or is it the eclectic combination of simplicity and "kitsch" of the Japanese influences?

A: I seem to find a lot of this type of ware at flea markets and such. The colors and patterns are really bright and fun and the ideas just come. What I really love are the colors in the Chinese porcelain backsplash demo piece- (you can see it in the KAZA show and on my website- the celadon green/blue, pinks and pale greens, yellows. I love the figures too. I guess it's all that!

Q: What direction do you see your mosaic art going?

A: I hope to continue to do more furniture, actually will mosaic anything that doesn't move. I'll be making more outdoor/garden sculpture in concrete for mosaic. I'll be participating in a workshop with this as a focus this fall in NJ if all goes well. I'll be doing more installations for homes and workplaces. Mosaic is amazing around a fireplace- think dancing lights and wonderful reflections... tub and shower, sink and hallways- really almost any area is ripe with possibility!

Q: You have an art studio (Kast Hill Studio, Hopkinton NH) where you offer lessons. Are the lessons in mosaics only or do you offer lessons in other art forms, as well?

A: I've actually not offered mosaic there. I've taught mosaic at the Sharon Arts Center in Sharon, NH. Believe it or not, there is not enough room in my studio for mosaic workshops at the moment. I've been teaching private and small group lessons in drawing and watercolor for about nine years. I also offer "art experiences" for children who want to play with a large variety of materials and have lots of FUN. In the fall I'll be having an open studio. Hope you all can come!

Glimpses of Lizz's work (I am not showing the whole picture--you need to come and see what it actually is!!):

KAZA's Pick?

A Mosaic Floridian Postcard---LOVE IT!