First We Eat

by Kate on April 24, 2015

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I have recently become a workshop junkie, using most of my free weekends to take classes in everything from archery to sourdough bread-making. It’s a little daunting every time, to throw myself into a new group of people, a new place, and try something I’ve never done before. But all of those new elements add up to an adventure, where time stretches and I leave with new friends, and the glow of good time spent. In my searching for more, I came across First We Eat, a podcast and event series created and run by Eva Kosmas Flores and Carey Nershi, two talented food stylists, photographers, and bloggers on opposite coasts.

The duo has chosen some incredible settings for their workshops, including a turn-of-the-century saltbox home in Cape Cod and a lake house in the Swedish forest on the shores of Lake Koppan. The multi-day workshops include delicious communal meals, hands-on training in food styling and photography, and other fun activities like cheese-making or fly fishing. They are filling up fast, so head over to their site to sign up for what is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

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 { The next open event is a Food Styling, Photography & Portrait Workshop set in Sweden. Click here to register! }

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 { A workshop in Croatia will be coming in summer 2015! }

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 { Eva’s recipe for a beautiful Oregano Honey Cake with Blackberry Buttercream. }

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 { Carey’s Mustard Chicken with Celery Root Puree & Kale Salad }

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Anthology Issue 19 Cover Even if the spring-like weather hasn’t quite arrived where you live yet … The spring issue of Anthology is coming soon! The subscription mailing is getting under way, and we’ll be shipping to stores soon, too.

The theme for Issue No. 19 is Inside/Outside—and I am especially crazy about this cover, which features the Miami home of event designer David Stark. There are plenty more shots of his interior in the pages of the new issue, along with other wonderful stories. This online preview includes just a sampling. As always, we hope you enjoy it!

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Anna Valdez

by Kate on April 22, 2015

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After ogling those incredible textiles Joanna recently posted, I was hungry for more luscious colors and textures—this time, in two dimensions. I know from my own attempts at capturing textile patterns in paint that it is no easy feat, and artist Anna Valdez  does it like no other I’ve seen.

Her paintings are explosions of pattern; I especially love the way she layers the textures on top of one another in such as way that it skews your sense of depth and perspective. It’s refreshing to see so much fun and warmth brought to the classic still life—I can practically feel kinetic energy radiating from these paintings! If your eyes have danced around these and you find yourself wanting more, check out her entire portfolio of work here.

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anthology-mag-blog-artwork-anna-valdez-6{ All paintings and studio images by Anna Valdez }

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Anne Ten Donkelaar

by Joanna on April 21, 2015

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Floral design has always been an interest of mine, but lately, I feel like the trick is to figure out a new and fresh way to explore the medium. These pieces by Dutch artist Anne Ten Donkelaar are a great approach. Anne graduated in 2007 with a degree in 3-D product design and has since applied this knowledge to a multitude of forms, but my absolute favorite are her flower constructions. Each work is a 3-dimensional collage composed of pressed flowers, branches, and cut out photos of flowers. Like a true 3-D designer, Anne has arranged the pieces with pins to create depth within each frame. For this project, she posits, “Weeds become poetry, each unique twig gets attention, nature seems to float.” The result is a totally unique work of art that feels like a breath of fresh air.

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{ images via Anne Ten Donkelaar }

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Jujujust

by Joanna on April 20, 2015

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I have a confession to make: Despite the plethora of weavings and woven wall art lately, I haven’t been able to commit to any one style or piece for my home. Well, that is until I recently discovered these pieces by Jujujust. Bright, bold, and three-dimensional, these weavings have my name written all over them. They are just so amazingly impactful, I can’t help myself.

Each piece is handmade by Judit Just, an artist residing in Asheville, North Carolina, but originally from Barcelona. Growing up, she first explored sewing and crafting in the footsteps of her mother, and even made clothes for her dolls. Then, after studying fashion design, Just craved the ability to make something with her hands and thus explored sculpture. These weavings are clearly an amazing marriage of her two disciplines in the best way possible!

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{ Images via Jujujust }

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