Chive Blossoms

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Spring Garden, Wild Chives are the first to appear in the Spring garden, with beautiful purple flowering blossoms, they are one of my favourite herbs, and couldn’t be easier to grow. Plant some in the garden and they will reappear every Spring without any tending, spreading and becoming more hardy and abundant each year.

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Chive Blossoms, The Green Chive stems can be used in a number of dishes and make a great garnish, but their pretty purple blossoms are edible as well, adding a delicate onion flavor and unique flair to many culinary endeavors. As with all edible flowers, Chives are best eaten raw. Simply pick and rinse with water. Flowers will taste and look their best right after they have opened, rather than after they have been open for a few days.

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Freshly Picked Chive Blossoms, Nothing says “gourmet” like a sprinkling of fresh flower blossoms or petals in a salad, a tiny bouquet of Johnny Jump-Ups in lemon-aid or on a birthday cake, or a sautéed Daylily bud in a stir fry. Edible flowers are a fun and easy way to add color and flavor, especially when you can pick them right from your own garden. Other flowers that taste as good as they look include: Nasturtiums, Marigolds, Calendula, Honeysuckle, Borage, Bee Balm, Chamomile, Anise Hyssop, Mint, Squash Blossoms, and Scarlet Runner Beans. With flavors ranging from bold and peppery to subtle and delicate.

Chive_Vinegar

Chive Blossom Vinegar, Cut Chive Blossoms just as they are beginning to open, wash and pat dry, then stuff them into a jar. Fill with white vinegar to cover the Blossoms. Allow to seep in a cool dark place for 1-2 weeks. Strain and then refrigerate. It makes the prettiest pink Chive Blossom Vinegar that’s great for salads and marinades.

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Chive Blossom Tempura, Try some culinary creativity and gather a handful of Chive Blossoms, separate the individual petals at the base of the flower, and stir them into some melted coconut oil, then add to mashed potatoes or freshly popped popcorn, to add beauty and taste. For a special occasion, this Chive Blossom Tempura appetizer served over freshly picked salad greens, drizzled with some Chive Blossom Vinegar is a real treat. Simply yum!

Ingredients

  • 1 bundle of chive blossoms
  • 1/2 cup of fine rice flour
  • 1/2 cup of ice-cold seltzer water
  • lite oil of choice for frying
  • sea salt to taste

For Dipping Sauce

  • soy sauce (naturally fermented)
  • rice vinegar
  • chillies (optional)
  • some chive blossoms & chopped chives

Directions

  1. Make sure chive blossoms are dry. Prepare the dipping sauce beforehand so the chive flavor can infuse. Make the tempura batter by gently mixing together ingredients.
  2. Heat oil for frying. Dip a chive blossom into the batter and shallow fry a few seconds till crisp and golden on all sides. Repeat with all chive blossoms, a few at a time. Drain on paper towels.
  3. Arrange tempura blossoms over salad leaves. Drizzle with chive blossom vinegar. Garnish with chopped chive stems. Serve with tempura dipping sauce. Enjoy!

Garden Notes 

  • Check a reference guide in your area as to what is and is not edible.
  • Consider any allergies or medical issues you have. Eat sparingly at first.
  • Make sure what you are eating has not been treated with pesticides.
  • Only eat the petals. Remove the pistol and stamen from the flower.

Flower Power Beauty

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Flowers are luxurious and feminine, they make you smile, help you feel grounded and beautiful, they smell good and are great for your skin. Spring through Summer Flower Power Beauty. Bloom!

Maiyet

Maiyet Hand Embroidered Midi Halter Dress, 100% Silk, Uniquely handcrafted piece -numbered edition: 1/20, With a flowing silhouette in caviar Scarlett, this Midi Halter Dress features intricately hand embroidered floral relief on the front, and a Scarlett crepe petticoat that trails beneath the dress for embellishment. Developed in India during the Mughal era, “Aari” is an intricate and labor-intensive embroidery technique, in which fabric is stretched taut over an adda or frame. Artisans use a tiny, awl-like hook to pull loops of thread through the fabric’s surface. Aari craftspeople have an immense repertoire of stitches, which Maiyet incorporates into designs to add depth and richness to distinctly clean, modern aesthetic garments. New York-based Maiyet is an inspired design driven fashion brand that celebrates rare artisanal skills, and revives ancient techniques to elevate the next generation of master craftsmen from places such as India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, and Peru. Authentic Artisan Style!

Cartier

Caresse d’orchidées par Cartier Pink Gold & Diamond Ring, The Cartier Orchid, in 18K Rose Gold set with 1 Diamond, demonstrates an elegant feminine fragility. This queen of flowers is meticulously sculpted of the finest precious metals by Cartier’s skillful craftsmanship, first used by the jeweler in 1925, the Orchid is now a classic motif in Cartier jewelry. Always inspired by its rich archives, this latest offering from the Cartier ateliers is rich in history yet contemporary -a delicate balance that Cartier prides itself on maintaining. Everyday Always and Forever Classic Flower Power Appeal!

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Floral Headpiece Dolce & Gabbana, Stunning floral headpieces blossomed on many fashion runways this year, representing a fresh and prospering Spring 2015 season. A floral crown or a large bloom is the perfect way to top off a bohemian look, or to add a touch of feminine sophistication. Dolce & Gabbana took inspiration from the modern-day Spanish woman for their Spring show. The carnations pinned in the model’s hair soften the sleek bun, and add natural romantic appeal. Tip: To wear a large bloom, like the carnation above, cut stem to one inch, pierce it with a U-shape hairpin, and insert the pin into the thickest part of the hairstyle. Other great flowers to wear include: Spray Rose, Freesia, Daisy, Cymbidium Orchid, Asiatic Lily, Stephanotis & Peony. For a special occasion, Floret design studio and specialty cut flower farm of Erin Benzakein, specializes in growing unique, uncommon and old-fashioned flower varieties gathered from around the world. Flower Heaven!

Byredo

Byredo Flowerhead Eau De Parfum, This intoxicating Rose, Wild Jasmine, Sambac, and Tuberose parfum by Byredo -is the Stockholm, Sweden-based brand’s first classically floral fragrance to date. Created in collaboration with perfumers Olivia Giacobetti and Jérôme Epinette, the idea for the lush, atmospheric fragrance was born out of the memory of a cousin’s wedding in Jaipur, India. There, recalls Gorham, fresh blooms were strung together in jaimala garlands, the mandap wedding canopy, and even the bride’s hair, transforming her into a living embodiment of the word flowerhead. Petals are showered on the couple for spiritual protection in an explosion of color wildly celebratory and sublimely scented. Flowerhead is a perfect perfume for new beginnings. Everything is in Bloom!

Thesis

Thesis Tender as Petals Floral Facial Cleanser, Truly pure and functional skin care for the discerning beauty purist. Featuring 100% organic ingredients including Oats, premium Clays, and Rose, Chamomile, Calendula & Lavender flowers, to soothe, purify, and deeply hydrate sensitive skin, leaving it soft, healthy and smelling of luscious florals. Simply add 1 teaspoon of powder and a few drops of pure water to a small bowl to customize the consistency, for a fresh cleanser every time. Tip: This cleanser doubles as a soothing floral mask if you leave it on the skin for 15-20 minutes. Made in Massachusetts by Thesis -a family run business dedicated to the development of truly pure, vegan, affordable and eco-friendly products that really work. Responsible in Every Way!

Chantecaille

Chantecaille Beauté Rose de Mai Face Oil, This supercharged formula contains 1000 petals of Chantecaille’s iconic Rose de Mai, known for its unique array of healing benefits. Rose de Mai is boosted by a rich bouquet of Roses: Rose Hip, Evening Primrose, Rose Damascena and Rose Geranium in this 100% natural elixir of ultra nourishing plant oils harvested from four corners of the world. A high concentration of pure and active plant ingredients to immediately create supple, dewy skin. Combining the latest in scientific advancement with centuries-old traditional skincare, French beauty brand Chantecaille is a leader in creating high-performing products that help women look amazing. This philanthropic company is also known for creating limited edition products where a portion of the proceeds benefit environmental causes. Modern Classic!

Kypris

KYPRIS Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet, Beneficial flower power for essential oil lovers with combination or fussy skin. Beauty Elixir II: Healing Bouquet is a 100% active formula replete with free radical-quenching CoQ10 -holistic practitioners recognize Kaneka CoQ10 as the gold standard of antioxidant care. With a proprietary blend of essential oils that work both aromatherapeutically and physically to calm, soothe, and inspire radiance. The essential oils of Indian Jasmine, Rose Geranium, Aged Patchouli, and Sweet Lavender sooth even the most frazzled skin and spirit. KYPRIS from Scottsdale Arizona is a luxurious line of holistic, high performance skin care boasting organic, wild-crafted, and sustainably grown ingredients for gorgeous results and Beauty-Full experiences. Divinely Feminine!

Osmia

Osmia Organics Flower Body Oil, Incredibly precious floral essential oils such as organic Rose Geranium, organic Linden Blossom, and Zdravets – 11 nourishing healing plant oils in all, grace this Flower Oil. Zdravets is a member of the Geranium family, grown at altitude in the Bulgarian mountains, and the word “zdrave” means healthy. Providing ultimate moisture while leaving your skin blanketed in a subtle floral, earthy scent that instantly soothes the senses, creating a feeling of timeless femininity. Osmia Organics emerged from the ambition of Sarah Villafranco -former Colorado-based doctor with a strong belief in the power of plants, who dreamed of creating an artisanal line of skincare products made solely from organic and natural ingredients. Osmia, as used here, means “sense of smell.” Every Osmia product is made with utmost attention to the scent and its aromatherapeutic benefits. In a broader sense, it is also a reminder to sense your life. Inspired Beauty!

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FIG + YARROW Floral Milk Bath, An aromatic blend of beautifying florals in skin-softening buttermilk and therapeutic minerals. Pure essential oils of Jasmine, Ylang Ylang, Geranium and Rosewood provide skin-enhancing and mood calming benefits in this fabulous Floral Milk BathFIG + YARROW -is a certified organic artisanal apothecary line of homeopathic products handcrafted in small batches in Colorado using local ingredients. Former herbalism student, founder Brandy Monique, cherry picks the best of the best organic roots, leaves, flowers, minerals, and oils, then transforms these components into nourishing, non-gender specific creations that contain natural healing elements and absolutely no preservatives, parabens, or toxins. Beauty + Substance!

Seed_Library

Flower Seed Library, Lemon Queen Sunflower Seeds, French Marigold Mix, & Zinnia Mix. Each packet includes 100 seeds. The Hudson Valley Seed Library is a small, farm-based seed company that offers organic, heirloom and open-pollinated garden seeds, and celebrates the relationship between art and gardens. Each year, the Library commissions 20 artists to create original illustrations for their seed packets, like these beautiful floral designs by Philadelphia-based illustrator and print designer Kendra Dandy. Make Your Floral Garden Dreams a Beautiful Reality!

Slow_Flowers

In Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow, Farm, Acclaimed garden writer Debra Prinzing challenged herself to create a beautiful, locally-grown bouquet for each of 52 weeks of one year to demonstrate that all four seasons have their own botanical character to be celebrated. She provides extensive design tips, bouquet “recipes” and region-by-region floral ingredient lists that can be found in all climate zones through the year. Slow Flowers is written from a DIY floral designer’s point of view, to inspire anyone to go green and make a beautiful bouquet with what’s at hand, no matter the season. Bella Bouquets!

Art Of The Garden

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Frida Kahlo, Painting Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, 1940, Banco de México © 2014.

The New York Botanical Garden will present its major 2015 exhibition, “Frida Kahlo’s Garden” which will focus on the iconic artist’s engagement with nature in her native country of Mexico, opening 16 May, 2015, remaining on view through 1 November, 2015. The exhibition will be the first solo presentation of Kahlo’s work in New York City in more than 25 years, and the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Kahlo’s intense interest in the botanical world.

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Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Painting, 1940, From the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden.

The exhibition will examine Kahlo’s keen appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by her home and garden as well as the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork. Featuring a rare display of more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper, this limited six-month engagement will also reimagine the iconic artist’s famed garden and studio at the Casa Azul, in Mexico City.

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Gisèle Freund, Frida in the Garden, Casa Azul, 1951, From the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden.

The landmark Conservatory at The New York Botanical Garden will come alive with the colors and textures of Kahlo’s home country of Mexico during the exhibition. Visitors entering the exhibition will view a re-imagined version of Kahlo’s garden at Casa Azul -the artist’s childhood home outside of Mexico City where she resided in her later years and where she died in 1954, transforming it with traditional Mexican folk-art objects, colonial-era art, religious ex-voto paintings, and native Mexican plants.

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Frida Kahlo’s Garden & Studio, View from courtyard of Casa Azul in Coyoacán, Mexico City.

 A scale version of the cobalt-blue pyramid at Casa Azul -originally created to display pre-Columbian art collected by Kahlo’s husband, famed muralist Diego Rivera-will showcase Mexican terra-cotta pots filled with plants found in her garden. The show will also include a version of a Coyoacán street market, with traditional food and drink for sale during the run of the show.

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Frida Kahlo, The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth, Diego, Me, Painting, 1949, From the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden.

Of Kahlo’s approximately 200 paintings, 55 are self-portraits, and many of these portraits incorporate plants and other organic materials. Kahlo’s inclusion of plants and nature in her work spans her entire career but her most intensive dedication to the genre dates to the 1940’s and 1950’s, particularly as her health declined and she was increasingly confined to her home and garden.

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Frida Kahlo, Portrait of Luther Burbank, 1931, From the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at The New York Botanical Garden.

One of the most important paintings in the show is Kahlo’s portrait of botanist inventor Luther Burbank, who is credited with developing more than 800 varieties of plants. Kahlo paints him sprouting from the ground, a plant in his hand and his bottom half depicted as a tree. Here Kahlo creates an extraordinary human/plant hybrid reflecting her thinking and beliefs in 1931, a time when the mixing of species was taboo in places like Germany.

Accompanying the exhibition will be events to learn about the inspired life lived by this beloved artist and enduring cultural influence through poetry, lectures, Frida al Fresco evenings -Mexican-inspired shopping and dining experiences, music events related to the show, Day of the Dead and Mexican Independence Day celebrations, and hands-on art activities for kids. An immersive art garden life exhibition intended to celebrate not only Kahlo’s work but also the “energy and sophistication of Mexican culture.” Bravo!

Earth Day Offering

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It’s an old Native American tradition that when you take something from the Earth, you must put something back. An empowering and sustaining symbiotic relationship worldview. Earth Day April 22nd 2015 is a global “give back to Earth” event, an “offering” for all the planet gives us. The goal is to plant one billion seeds/trees. To participate, plant something that is organic, perennial and suitable to the growing conditions in your area. If the temperature or your living environment is not conducive to planting on April 22nd, start growing a plant indoors or commit to planting your tree once the outdoor temperature is warm enough. Nurture your plantings, like children, until they can sustain themselves on their own. It is important to keep a certain portion of the planet covered with forests as it is essential for regulating the distribution of rain and snow over the surface, thus, controlling the climate. Every tree planted will assist in stabilizing the climate and provide habitat for various species.

Resources

Earth Day, a day reserved every year to commemorate efforts to protect the environment. Events organized by Earth Day Network abound. Worthy efforts to support. These are some other organizations with information on tree planting in your area and across the globe, to purchase trees, or perhaps to make a donation.

Spring Break

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Spring Break. Whether you garden, paint, draw, sculpt, bake, build houses, craft furniture, or enjoy other manual occupations, its deeply satisfying to create something with your own two hands. Unplug, dig in the garden, build a treehouse, create in the sand, walk barefoot, do cartwheels on the lawn. Do something you love. #getyourhandsdirty.

Art Of Intention

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Hand Painted Botanical Prayer Flags

As a nature-loving artist, educator and spiritual seeker that appreciates traditions of cultures across the globe, I’ve enjoyed painting prayer flags in the art studio and instructing others in this sacred activity. Spring is a great time to consider a thought, a prayer, or a wish that you would like to manifest, then create handmade prayer flags with a symbol, or representation of that thought or image. Themes to explore within this project could include: Balance, Wonder, Imagination, Courage, Clarity, Compassion, Strength, Awareness and Grace etc. Prayer flags can be hung above doorways, pathways, in gardens, or anywhere wind and prayer meet. I like to believe that as they wave in the wind, prayer flags carry our intentions around the world.

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Traditional Tibetan Prayer Flags

For over a thousand years, generations of Tibetans have created prayer flags as a ritual, honoring their spiritual traditions, ancestors, and connections to the elements. The Tibetan word for prayer flag is Dar Cho, ‘Dar’ means to increase life, fortune, health, and wealth, and ‘Cho’ means all sentient beings. Prayer flags are simple devices that coupled with the natural energy of the wind, quietly harmonize the environment, increasing happiness, and good fortune among all living beings. Tibetan prayer flags are hung outside as offerings, prayers, and blessings for the wind to transmit healing energy throughout the world. Traditionally, a typical prayer flag has a picture or symbol image in the center and around the image are written mantras. Prayer flags are designed to fade and disintegrate over time.

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Collage Prayer Flag Project

People of all faiths can use the concept of the prayer flag by using writings, wishes, blessings, or affirmations around images that are meaningful to them, or to the world. If you would like to create a series of prayer flags to hang outside your home, in your garden, or over your front door, here are a few simple steps. You could make this a solo project, where you make five flags -or more or less, or you could decide to invite others to join you. This is a great project for families, friends, or coworkers. An engaging project that is highly adaptable to age, skill level, and artistic ability. There is no right or wrong way to make a prayer flag. The most important element is that your flag is meaningful to you!

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Sharpie Water-Based Paint Pens 

Materials

  • 6″x 6″ squares of cotton fabric. Determine the number of squares based on how many flags you’d like to paint. This is an ideal size, but you can make yours smaller or larger. A simple idea is to buy a few yards of cotton muslin at the local fabric store, cut the pieces, and then tape each edge of the flag to a piece of cardstock as a backing. The taped edges allow the fabric to stay in place when wet paint is applied, and it provides a nice border edge when the tape is removed. Or feel free to paint straight on the muslin without backing, and fray the edges for a natural, rustic sort of look.
  • Acrylic paints, permanent markers of assorted colors. I like Sharpie Paint Pens -acrylic paint in marker form that are great for so many things, especially art journaling, as they can be applied over most surfaces and bases.
  • Water cup, paint palette, craft glue and scissors. Additional collage materials of choice.
  • Paintbrushes -some detail brushes, some thicker brushes, small ink rollers and stencils -for simple relief prints.
  • Thick jute or twine on which to assemble the flags -enough to allow plenty of string on both ends so that you can hang your flags easily.

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Mixed Media Prayer Flags

Instructions

  1. Gather all of your materials. Have them out and ready in front of you, but before you begin creating, take a few moments to prepare yourself.
  2. Find a comfortable seated position, and take a few slow, deep breaths to settle into your space.
  3. Consider an intention, a prayer, or a wish that you’d like to manifest. Examples could include something you’d like to see more of in the world, a trait you’d like to strengthen in yourself, or an aspect of nature that you admire.
  4. Leave a couple of inches at the top of each flag where the fabric can be folded back and glued/hot glued for jute/twine to be easily threaded through each flag for stringing.
  5. Begin painting! I think it is important to honor your intention and allow yourself the freedom to paint whatever comes to mind. Although it may be challenging, try not to judge yourself. This project is a form of prayer -and I believe there’s no wrong way to pray! If you are painting with others, make an agreement before starting that you will honor the silence and engage in the meditative process of creativity.
  6. Experiment with mixed media, painting, printmaking and fabric collage techniques to create a one-of-a-kind art. You can add hand stitching, stencil and relief print with organic materials, or just write with permanent markers. Add words, journaling, or symbols as desired.
  7. Assemble your flags and hang them with intention! Allow your flags to dry completely before removing the tape. Position them along the jute or twine, and be sure to allow plenty of cord on either side of the end flags, to easily stretch the flags out and tie them to something so that they can wave in the wind.

Recipe For Renewal

Springness

According to Ayurveda, one of the keys to maintaining health is to practice ‘ritucharya’ -seasonal routines. Adjusting daily self-care rituals to seasonal changes helps us to maintain balance and reminds us that we are a part of the natural world. Spring is ruled by the kapha dosha, whose qualities are heavy, cool, soft, dense, stable, solid, and cloudy. To adjust for the season, consider the following practices:

  • Wake with the sunrise. One of the best practices to minimize the heavy quality of kapha in the mind and body is to wake with the sun. Dawn is ruled by vata and is light, clear, and subtle.
  • Get your move on. When kapha is dominant in the day, the muscles are strongest between 6:00 – 10:00 am. Getting outside for a brisk walk or doing some vigorous yoga will melt away excess kapha. Kapalabhati pranayama is a great way to stoke the fires of digestion.
  • Eat lighter foods. In the Winter months, we naturally gravitate toward sweet, sour, and salty foods to mitigate the dry, light qualities of the cold season. This can cause kapha accumulation in the physical body. To lighten up, try foods that are pungent, bitter and astringent, including kale, collards, dandelion, spinach, and mustard greens, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, green peas, barley and quinoa.
  • Got allergies? Break out the neti pot to irrigate the sinus cavities and clear out the nasal passages. Use ¼ tsp of salt with purified water -warm up the water until it is just warmer than room temperature, and use half a pot for each nostril. Alkalol -a soothing natural nasal wash that can be used at various strengths depending on preference, works well too. Always end a neti pot routine by massaging a little Sesame oil or Nasya oil into each nostril. Breathe easy!

Art Of Couture

Galerie Edwynn Houk is presenting an exhibition of photographs by the extraordinary, fashion-meets-fine-art Paris-based photographer Cathleen Naundorf on view now through 16 May, 2015.

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Cathleen Naundorf, La fille en plâtre’ in Dior Couture 2007 © Cathleen Naundorf /Hamiltons Gallery London.

Following her photographic training in Munich, working for renowned publishing houses around the world, Cathleen Naundorf traveled to Siberia, Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, and the Amazon headwaters in Brazil to shoot native cultures; however, today she is better known for her fashion photography. Through her mentor Horst P. Horst’s tutelage and guidance, she began taking backstage photographs at Paris Fashion Week for Condé Nast in the late 90’s, and since 2005 has been working on her ‘Haute Couture’ series called “Un rêve de mode,” for which she has been granted access to the archives of Dior, Chanel, Gaultier, Lacroix, Elie Saab, and Valentino.

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Cathleen Naundorf, La Manée d’Orée, Haute Couture, Lacroix, Collection Winter 2007 © Cathleen Naundorf /Hamiltons Gallery London.

Because of her extensive knowledge and understanding of the garments, she has been able to personally select gowns from the couturiers’ archives, and with her team of models, assistants, make-up artists, and hairdressers, she constructs elaborate and almost cinematic settings for her photographs, capturing the grace, grandeur, and remarkable beauty of the clothes.

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Cathleen Naundorf, My little darling, Dior Haute Couture Winter 2006 -n°30, 2009 © Cathleen Naundorf/ Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York & Zurich.

For nearly 15 years, Naundorf has been using large format cameras with Polaroid film. After shooting the image, she then transfers the film onto a special paper -often watercolor paper. Using various techniques and manipulations directly on the transfer, she creates unique surface particularities, visible on the final chromogenic prints -the bleeding and blurring of the images and the pooling of color. An alternative printing technique that works perfectly with her imagery. For the black and white photos, also shot on Polaroid film, each is reworked and retouched by hand.

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Cathleen Naundorf, A Midnight Summer Dream I, Valentino Haute Couture 1993, 2012 © Cathleen Naundorf/ Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York & Zurich.

In all of her photos, the various marks, distortions, and reworkings give the effect of the passing of time to a long ago grand age of elegance and beauty. Timeless classic scenarios which have a day-dreamlike quality, in which models merge with moody and artistic, carefully curated landscapes and interiors. Naundorf’s style of photography combines a poetic sensibility and painterly approach with theatrical presentation of Haute Couture, taking into account the traditional lines of classic glamour photography. A highly individual pictorial language, unique in the world of fashion photography.

About

Naundorf has exhibited extensively in Europe and in America, and her work is frequently published in various fashion and lifestyle magazines including Harpers Bazaar and Elle. Since 2011 she has been working privately with Mr. Valentino Garavani on several projects such as “An Italian Story” and “The NY City Ballet.” The book Haute Couture: the Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf was published in 2012 in a limited edition by Prestel. Naundorf lives and works in Paris.

Naundorf_BookHaute Couture: The Polaroids of Cathleen Naundorf, by Ira Stehmann (Editor), Hardcover, 180 pgs, Prestel Publishing, 2012.

Featuring stunning couture images, this book presents renowned fashion photographer Cathleen Naundorf’s work with Polaroid photography from the past decade. Whether the incredible pieces of haute couture were designed by Chanel, Dior, Gaultier, Lacroix, Elie Saab, Philip Treacy, or Valentino, their beauty is preserved in the gorgeous images captured with a large-format camera using Polaroid material by Cathleen Naundorf and collected in this book. Her well-honed technique, inspired by her mentor Horst P. Horst, which combines instant film’s distinctive colors and shadow with the artist’s remarkable instinct, results in photographs that resemble paintings -haunting, muted, and raw. A testament to the talents of this artist who has forged a formidable reputation in the fashion world.

Rose Petal Sugar

Spring is widely referred to as a time of re-awakening. As the flowers start to bloom and the temperatures rise, we shed the stagnation and layers of Winter -both literally and figuratively, and begin to feel naturally lighter and more energised. As we peel off the layers of clothing, we do the same with skin. For radiant skin, try this simple homemade treatment to rejuvenate Winter skin and usher in Spring. Pamper yourself with a Coconut Rose Petal Sugar Scrub that is natural, fragrant, exfoliating and ultra-hydrating. Wash away Winter and get your glow back!

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Rose Petal Sugar Scrub, Oh the sweet, smell of Roses! The fragrance and the romance surrounding them is legendary. Now you can capture it in this lovely beauty recipe that truly delivers. Not only will this decadent treatment slough away Winter’s dry skin, but it will also nourish the new skin beneath, leaving you soft, glowing, and smelling divine. A Scentsational Spring Indulgence!

Ingredients

  • organic coarse raw brown sugar
  • organic unrefined virgin coconut oil
  • Petals from one fragrant organic rose
  • jojoba oil
  • canning jar of choice

Directions

  1. Start by scooping some coconut oil into the bottom of the jar -fill approximately 1/3 of jar. For this recipe the oil should be at room temperature, which is indicated by its buttery-like texture.
  2. Next, place your rose petals into the jar on top of the coconut oil.
  3. Then fill the rest of the jar with brown sugar. Drizzle your jojoba oil on top of the sugar and let it seep down to your rose petals -approximately 1 tablespoon. Then top it off with a bit more jojoba oil.
  4. Now secure the lid onto the jar and let it sit so the oils can soak into the petals. This scrub is best made a couple of days before you plan to use it.
  5. When you’re ready to use it, take a spoon and crush the ingredients within the jar mixing the layers. The coarse sugar will break up the rose petals -which will continue to happen as you rub the scrub onto skin. Scoop out a small amount of scrub from jar, combine with water and use a gentle motion to buff away dead skin cells on the body. Take some time to enjoy the scent and sensation, let the oils soak into the skin, breathe deeply, and rinse. Ritual of well-being. Enjoy!

Tips

  • Measurement guide: Amounts can be adjusted depending on the size of your jar, each layer of coconut oil, rose petals & sugar should take up 1/3 of the jar proportionally for best results.
  • Coconut oil is my favorite year-round go-to skin-loving multi-use product. Find a high-quality organic unrefined virgin coconut oil you like, and it will become your most indispensable and beneficial beauty and beyond product. Its flavor, aroma, versatility and health benefits are all outstanding.