creative friends & making pretty things
I am in awe of the talented women I know. This is not limited to the women mentioned here, it's just the freshest example of the awesome network of photographers, stylists, floral designers and visual artists that collaborate on projects in metro Detroit... not to mention the way we show up for each other (like when Drifter Coffee shows up to help Bon Bon Bon to pack; or B3 loaned me the kitchen to bottle my first fragrance).
Last week photographer Emily Berger gathered a few friends, Stephanie Pots (stylist), flowers contributed by Martha from MADE Floral - and me. It was my job to bring some texture and skincare products to shoot, and objects for styling.
All to goods laid out on the table made a treasure trove of pretty ingredients; brass, copper, sparkly glass, gems and plants. Add a little wintry sunshine and the background (painted rosewater) and we had no shortage of ideas. There was a lot of 'what if' and 'can we try'. It was such a pleasure to spend the day arranging and adjusting bits and pieces just for the sake of capturing something pretty to look at.
As a person who works almost daily in a creative way; but also my creativity is often for my business at Alchemy, it's rare to to just create for the sake of creating anymore - - and while I LOVE the work I do, it was a delight to just create alongside other creative people. Just for fun.
And the results are pretty vignettes. Pretty places to rest your eyes. All are compositions that are pleasing in the rich tones and textures even though components are relatively unrelated. Even if you're not putting together something for a photo shoot, I encourage you to create a few little collections on a mantle, a bedside table or window sill: Snippets of ribbon, cuttings, crystals and a meaningful something.
Photos: Emily Berger eebergerphoto.com
Styling: Stephanie Potts stephanienoellepotts.com | Monique Herzig alchemyslowliving.com
Flowers: Made Floral madefloral.com
Copper Salt: Jill Rikkers beautifullyservedbyjill.com
Silks & Fabrics: Silk & Willow (plant dyed natural fibers)
Ceramics: Kana London, (larger platter pieces) | Make.Do.Studio (nesting pieces)