Posts tagged ‘inspiration’
About 5 years ago I had the joy of visiting Paris. On that very brief visit, I was told that I MUST stop in to see Deyrolle while I was there. For those of you that have never visited, it’s a natural science “Cabinet of Curiosities” shop started in 1831 that is filled to the brim with taxidermy, etymological specimens, shells and coral, beautiful instructional charts, classrooms, etc…and all displayed with a nod to whimsy. (This is evident from the first moment you look in the window and see an antelope dressed in gardening clothes.) Unfortunately, I had other appointments to attend to while I was there, but I literally could have stayed in Deyrolle for the entire day. It left me feeling sad to leave because I wanted to explore every nook and cranny of this incredible place, and felt as if I’d only scratched the surface.
Fast forward a few years, and I heard that Deyrolle had experienced a terrible fire and most of it had burned. Thankfully the owners and volunteers were able to save a great number of specimens…and today the shop has been rebuilt.
In 2009 Assouline Publishing released a book of photographs by Laurent Bochet called 1000 degrees Celsius that captured the remains of what happened after the fire. It’s a captivating book that I would recommend to anyone who loves animals and the spirit of survival. The portraits section at the end is my favorite part for it’s vitality against the blackened walls of the shop. It features volunteers posing with specimens that survived the fire from Deyrolle. My favorite quote from that section is, “Amid all this carbon, they [the specimens] had never looked as much like survivors. We gathered them together so that they could rub each other, nuzzle each other – a kiss.”
I can’t even HANDLE the BEAUTY!! I mean…making all your invitations out of vintage hankies?! OMG…If I had more energy (and money) to start digging for vintage hankies, then I probably would. As it stands now, I’m probably going to have to let this idea go by the wayside, but it literally KILLS me to do it!!
via bird & banner (oh, B&B how I love thee.)
Besides, if I used this as a Save the Date idea, how in the world would I top it for an invitation? Everything else after that would surely seem like a letdown. I just wish there was a way (that I knew of) to get the feeling of using a vintage hankie without having to collect 100 hankies. Hmm… if any of you have any thoughts on that, let me know! (Or if you have any great invitation ideas for DIY.)
I’ve been meaning to post about stylist / creative director Faye Toogood for awhile now because I love her work so much. It seems like often when I’ve seen one of those magical photo editorials (in the World of Interiors for instance) it was Faye who helped create it. At any rate, these gorgeous images speak for themselves.
photographer: Bill Batten
photographer: Gregoire Alexandre
photographer: Tom Mannion
photographer: Tom Mannion
photographer: Tobias Harvey
Head over to her website for more deliciousness! This was only just a taste after all!