On Fall Splendour


Splendour In The Grass

“What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks through death,
In years that bring the philosophic mind.”~William Wordsworth

Company Of Women


In The Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney, Published by Artisan, October, 2016. Across the globe, women are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and starting creative businesses. In The Company Of Women profiles over 100 of these influential and creative women of all ages, races, backgrounds, and industries. Chock-full of practical, inspirational advice for those looking to forge their own paths, these interviews detail the keys to success (for example, going with your gut; maintaining meaningful and lasting relationships), highlight the importance of everyday rituals (meditating; creating a daily to-do list), and dispense advice for the next generation of women entrepreneurs and makers (stay true to what you believe in; have patience). The book is rounded out with hundreds of lush, original photographs of the women in their work spaces. #designheroines


Grace Bonney is the founder of Design*Sponge, a daily website dedicated to the creative community. Design*Sponge was founded in 2004 and currently reaches nearly 2 million readers per day. A native of Virginia Beach, Bonney has worked as a contributing editor at publications such as House & Garden, Domino, and Craft magazine. She is passionate about supporting all members of the creative community; she runs an annual scholarship for up-and-coming designers, writes a free business column for creatives, and is the host of a weekly radio show, After the Jump, which reaches over 500,000 listeners per episode. Her first book, Design*Sponge at Home, is a national bestseller and has over 100,000 copies in print. 

Farm Sanctuary Gala


On The Farm “Meet Your Friends at Farm Sanctuary” Print

One of the artful prints featuring Farm Sanctuary residents, custom designed for Tracey Stewart’s book Do Unto Animals by illustrator Lisel Ashlock, and available exclusively from Farm Sanctuary’s online shop, which carries everything from Plant Powered Active Wear to Youth Apparel to Home Goods to Edibles and Advocacy Materials. Farm Sanctuary, a place of healing, love, and happiness for both residents and guests, where precious animals like these reveal how their strengths and personalities triumph over their pasts, and become wonderful ambassadors for transforming hearts and minds about farm animals just like them. #fortheloveofanimals


Gene Baur & Friends At Farm Sanctuary

The Artful Blog’s favorite animal welfare organization, Farm Sanctuary, with co-chairs Tracey Stewart and Emily Deschanel, will host their Annual Gala at the renowned Beverly Wilshire Hotel on 12 November 2016 to celebrate 30 years of rescue, education and advocacy for farm animals, the largest population of abused animals on the planet. Farm Sanctuary, with a 26-acre Los Angeles-area shelter and sanctuaries in Orland California and Watkins Glen New York, works to educate people nationwide about farm animal abuse and the adverse effects of factory farming on our health and environment. Jon and Tracey Stewart will also be opening a location at their New Jersey farm in Spring 2017. #celebrateprogress


Gene Baur & Original VW Westphalia Serving Vegan Hot Dogs

Honorees Kat Von D and Crossroads Kitchen will be celebrated for the contributions they have made to improving the lives of farm animals -and helping others to live a more compassionate lifestyle. With Kevin Nealon serving as host, the evening will feature a 100% plant-based dinner, live entertainment, and a farmer’s market-style gift station. Farm Sanctuary President and Co-Founder Gene Baur, who was recently selected by Oprah Winfrey to be a part of her SuperSoul 100 and who TIME magazine calls “the conscience of the food movement,” is a native Angeleno, hailing from the Hollywood Hills. As a nod to his days traveling across the country selling veggie dogs at Grateful Dead concerts, Baur’s original VW Westphalia van will be serving vegan hot dogs at the 30th Gala. #oldschoolstyle


Sign At The Entrance Of Farm Sanctuary Watkins Glen New York

Tickets now available. Can’t attend? Consider sponsoring the event or contributing to this wonderful organization by creating a Legacy Gift. Join Farm Sanctuary to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living. #bethechangeyouwanttosee

 The Artful Blog recommends picking up Baur & Stewart’s wonderful new books for yourself & gifting too!


Living The farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day by Gene Baur (Author), Gene Stone (Author), Published 2015. Winner of a Books for a Better Life award! Gene Baur, the cofounder and president of Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, knows that the key to happiness lies in aligning your beliefs with your actions. In this definitive vegan and animal-friendly lifestyle guide, he and Gene Stone, author of Forks Over Knives, explore the deeply transformative experience of visiting the sanctuary and its profound effects on people’s lives. The book covers the basic tenets of Farm Sanctuary life -such as eating in harmony with your values, connecting with nature wherever you are, and reducing stress, and offers readers simple ways to incorporate these principles into their lives.

Living the Farm Sanctuary Life also teaches readers how to cook and eat the Farm Sanctuary way, with 100 extraordinarily delicious recipes selected by some of the organization’s greatest fans -chefs and celebrities such as Chef AJ, Chloe Coscarelli, Emily Deschanel, and Moby. Coupled with heartwarming stories of the animals that Farm Sanctuary has saved over the years, as well as advice and ideas from some of the organization’s biggest supporters, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life is an inspiring, practical book for readers looking to improve their whole lives and the lives of those around them, both two-and four-legged.


Do Unto Animals: A Friendly Guide to How Animals Live, and How We Can Make Their Lives Better by Tracey Stewart (Author), Lisel Ashlock (Illustrator), 2015. The more we know about the animals in our world and the better we care for them, the better our lives will be. Former veterinary technician and animal advocate Tracey Stewart understands this better than most -and she’s on a mission to change how we interact with animals. Through hundreds of charming illustrations, a few homemade projects, and her humorous, knowledgeable voice, Stewart provides insight into the secret lives of animals and the kindest ways to live with and alongside them. At home, she shows readers how to speak “dog-ese” and “cat-ese” and how to “virtually adopt” an animal. In the backyard, we learn about building bee houses, dealing nicely with pesky moles, and creative ways to bird-watch. And on the farm, Stewart teaches us what we can do to help all farm animals lead a better life. Part practical guide, part memoir of her life with animals, and part testament to the power of giving back, Do Unto Animals is a gift for animal lovers of all stripes.

Delightful Derian


John Derian Company Storefront New York

John Derian Company Inc. was established in 1989 to house Derian’s designs which are handmade in his studio in New York, that employs a small staff of artists to assist with production. The retail shop carries an artful assortment of antiques, imports, quilts, table linens and a line of stationery, alongside his now-iconic decoupage wares -sourced from old and rare books, a process that credited him with elevating the decoupage technique into fine art, and collections from artisans The Artful Blog admires most like Coral & Tusk & Astier de Villatte. An ever-growing business, the John Derian Company empire reaches far and wide -in addition to the four stores he owns in New York and Massachusetts, his products are sold by more than 600 retailers worldwide, including Neiman Marcus, ABC, and Gump’s in the United States; Conran and Liberty in the UK; and the fabulous Astier de Villatte in Paris.


Pergola Home New Preston Connecticut

The artist, designer, and avid collector of things, is releasing his first book, the John Derian Picture Book and will launch it with a signing event October 1st 2016, at one of The Artful Blog’s favorite New England boutiques, Pergola in New Preston. With its picturesque location, Pergola focuses its lens on the wilds of nature in a cultivated environment of home. The artfully displayed combination of uncommon plant material, aged terra-cotta planters, weathered antiques, botanical books & prints, Derain wares of course, and a variety of natural curiosities, offers a highly sensual shopping experience for home & garden, while product collections shift with the seasons. Relationships with the region’s premier specialty growers and greenhouses and a network of local artisans, and antique sources from around the world, adds texture and interest to the harmonious product and plant mix therein. The signing will be from 2-5 pm followed by an invitation-only cocktail reception in the garden behind Pergola, the front room of which will be filled with Derian’s products, including some signature works.


John Derian Company New York

Derian is America’s leading practitioner of decoupage, the art of cutting and pasting paper images, combining painting & collage, beauty & utility. The designer uses color reprints of 18th and 19th-century images and pieces them together under glass, often in combination with reproductions of antique calligraphy. The result is a growing product line over the last 25 years that includes plates, vases, trays, paperweights, cachepots, wall hangings, desk accessories and more. Derian’s enigmatic works and artistry have been featured in national and international publications, such as The New York Times, The World of Interiors, Elle Décor, House & Garden, Country Living, House Beautiful, Gourmet, Bon Appétit, Victoria, Garden Design, Martha Stewart Living, O (Oprah), O at Home, The New York Observer, Time Out and New York.


John Derian Picture Book by John Derian, Published by Artisan Books, 2016.  Now, for the first time, comes the book John Derian fans have been waiting for. Culled from the thousands of images that have appeared in his biannual collections, here is an astoundingly beautiful assortment of more than 400 full-bleed images in their original form. From intensely colored flowers and birds to curious portraits, hand-drawn letters, and breathtaking landscapes, the best of John Derian is here. The result is an oversized object of desire, a work of art in and of itself, that brilliantly walks the line between commerce and art, and that is destined to become the gift book of the season.

Perennially Precious


Piet Oudolf Lurie Garden Millennium Park Chicago

Piet Oudolf the most influential garden designer in a generation, has radically redefined what gardens can be, moving them well into the realm of art. In the new immersive documentary, Fall Winter Spring Summer Fall: Five Seasons With Piet Oudolf, viewers gain a rare and poetic look at the creative process of this revolutionary figure, including intimate discussions across all fours seasons in his own private garden, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania. Threaded throughout the film, Oudolf designs, installs and then opens a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a work Piet himself calls his best yet.

Fall Winter Spring Summer Fall: Five Seasons With Piet Oudolf Documentary Trailer 2016, A film by Thomas Piper. One of the films that will premiere in the 8th edition of the New York Architecture & Design Film Festival which runs 28th September through 2nd October, 2016 at Cinépolis Chelsea. The nation’s largest film festival devoted to celebrating the unique creative spirit that drives architecture and design. For an A-Z list of selected films see here. With a curated selection of films, events and panel discussions, ADFF creates an opportunity to entertain, engage and educate all types of people who are excited about architecture and design.


Piet Oudolf’s artful garden landscapes throughout the world, all of which are designed with a low-maintenance philosophy, are simply magical, in every season.


Oudolf believes that his work has intellectual depth, which it does in that it is beautifully thought through all of these levels, but it is also about a feeling. And this is why his landscape designs touch so many people. He also believes it is important to use plants that have an “afterlife” and are good once they are over, which in turn makes the plantings better for ecology and insect life.


Mother Nature may make meadows, but Oudolf perfects them with seasonal sweeps of vegetation, including Sicilian Honey Garlic, Rudbeckia, Coneflowers, Joe-Pye Weed, and ‘Shenandoah’ Red Switchgrass. “Structure is the basis of all planting combinations, but traditional gardening has a lot of dogmas. I prefer to let things go their own way,” Oudolf says.


Best known for establishing enchanting, inspiring and resilient landscapes utilizing bold movements of perennial plants and grasses, Oudolf’s style is one of texture, fragrance, and color, with a particular interest in seasonal variation, plant life cycle, and transformation over time.


Piet Oudolf has done for perennial gardening what artist Leonard Koren did for the concept of wabi-sabi: popularized and modernized an under-the-radar movement. Oudolf’s approach to planting extends beyond the technical to concepts of composition, time and temporality, repetition, and contrast. His goal is to create “dreamscapes.”


Piet Oudolf, the influential Dutch garden designer, nurseryman and author, is the leading figure of the “New Perennial” movement, known for using bold drifts of herbaceous perennials and grasses which are chosen at least as much for their structure as for their flower color. Working primarily with perennial plant varieties, Oudolf practices a naturalistic approach to gardening. Taking a cue from architectural design, Oudolf prioritizes the seasonal life cycle of a plant over decorative considerations like flower or colour, focusing primarily on structural characteristics, such as leaf or seed pod shape, present before and after a plant has flowered. He explains: “A garden is exciting for me when it looks good through the year, not just at one particular time. I want to go outside and for it to be interesting in all weather, in early Spring and late Autumn.”

The stability of perennials after planting are key to Oudolf’s designs. Unlike self-seeding or bulb-based plants that spread and require division each season, perennials remain in established formations. The result is gardens that persist in their planned state years after being planted with little deviation from Oudolf’s hand drawn maps. An overall approach to planting with a painter’s perspective informed by ecology.

Of the eight books the designer has co-authored these three are The Artful Blog’s favorites to date:


Designing with Plants by Piet Oudolf (Author), Noel Kingsbury (Author), Timber Press, 1999. Trained as an architect, Oudolf values plants as much for their form and texture as for their color. He is the founder of New Wave Planting, a spectacular naturalistic style of landscape design. Oudolf stresses the importance of choosing plants that “live well and die well,” so that from birth in the spring through the crescendo of Summer to the stark beauty of Autumn and Winter the garden presents continuing drama and interest.


Planting: A New Perspective by Piet Oudolf (Author), Noel Kingsbury (Author), Timber Press, 2013. Essential resource for designers and gardeners looking to create plant-rich, beautiful gardens that support biodiversity and nourish the human spirit. An intimate knowledge of plants is essential to the success of modern landscape design, and Planting makes Oudolf’s considerable understanding of plant ecology and performance accessible, explaining how plants behave in different situations, what goes on underground, and which species make good neighbors. Extensive plant charts and planting plans will help you choose plants for their structure, color, and texture as well as the way they perform in the landscape. A detailed directory with details like each plant’s life expectancy, the persistence of its seedheads, its tendency to spread, and propensity to self-seed, this book is a beautiful and invaluable resource.


Hummelo: A Journey Through a Plantsman’s Life by Piet Oudolf (Author), Noel Kingsbury (Author), The Monacelli Press, 2015. An intimate look at the personal garden of the Dutch landscape designer. Hummelo -near the village of the same name in Gelderland in the Eastern Netherlands, is visited by thousands of gardeners seeking inspiration each year. It is Piet Oudolf’s home, his personal garden laboratory, a former nursery run by his wife Anja, and the place where he first tested new designs and created the new varieties of perennials that are now widely available.

Hummelo tells the story of how the garden has evolved over the past three decades since Oudolf and his family moved onto the property, with its loamy sand and derelict, wood stove-heated farmhouse, in 1982. Text by noted garden author and longtime personal friend Noel Kingsbury places Hummelo in context within gardening history, from The Netherlands’ counterculture and nascent green movement of the 1960s, to prairie restoration in the American Midwest, and shows how its development has mirrored that of Oudolf’s own outstanding career and unique naturalistic aesthetic.

Autumn Ambience


Fall Equinox, in mid-to late September, is known as “mid-harvest,” which marks a shift in the Earth’s energy. It’s a time when there is an equal amount of light and dark present in a day -it’s all about balance, so it’s a powerful time to rebalance, restore, and refocus your energy. And to reap what you’ve been putting your life force toward these past nine months. Also, because the harvest is not over yet, it’s a time to pause and look forward, to see where to best flow your life force during the last three months of the year. There are many things you could do during these months, and many you want to do, but what really matters most? What will yield the highest returns, and the most nourishing harvest? #attuningbobymindspirit

Sacred Scripts


Sacred Scripts: A Meditative Journey Through Tibetan Calligraphy by  Tashi Mannox (Calligrapher) & Robin Kyte-Coles (Photographer), Mandala Publications, Available Fall 2016.

After nearly two years of dedicated work, this long-awaited book from master artisan Tashi Mannox is now ready for release. Insightful quotes written in Tibetan calligraphy are paired with photos of Buddhas from around the world, and an introduction by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to create this collection of timeless iconography. Calligraphy has held an honored place in the spiritual traditions of Tibet. Monks dedicate their lives to mastering the many subtleties of the art, often spending years transcribing sacred Buddhist manuscripts. The carefully composed lines and deliberate spatial awareness in each work of calligraphy within Sacred Scripts encourages reflection, mindfulness, and meditation.


Tashi Mannox At Work In The Studio~Pages From Sacred Scripts 

“With its exquisite calligraphy and magnificent photographs of Buddhist imagery, Sacred Scripts presents the refined and varied artistry of Tibetan calligraphers and artists of the past. The work portrayed in this fine volume reflects the great heights of aesthetic achievement attained by master artisans who considered their accomplishments to be offerings to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.” ~His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Within these pages, sacred mantras, seed syllables, and Buddhist quotes are presented in authentic Tibetan scripts. Photos of Buddha statues from around the world complement the calligraphy and create an ethereal mood of serenity. Addressing the stresses of our modern world and the demise of spiritual languages, Sacred Scripts provides insight and inspiration for attaining inner peace and well-being.


Tashi Mannox, an Englishman, and for many years an ordained Buddhist monk, has trained for decades in the arts of Tibetan calligraphy. Today he preserves this tradition as a vehicle to communicate and transmit dharma, all the while adapting and updating his approach within and for contemporary contexts. He identifies three streams in his work: Contemporary and Traditional, Contemporary Black on Black, and Illuminated Iconography.

In all cases Tashi’s art is an expression of his long and devoted meditative practice and spiritual realization, such that his art energetically transmits the Tibetan Buddhist View. Grounded thoroughly in the pre-modern Tibetan tradition, incorporating modernist visual schemes, and being multicultural and postmodern in drawing on other calligraphic lineages such as the spatial awareness proper to Zen calligraphic practice -while preserving the Tibetan core of style, Tashi Mannox’s art is an authentic and exemplary instance of an integral calligraphy for our age. Recognized as one of the world’s foremost contemporary Tibetan calligraphy artists, he exhibits in New York, Moscow, London & Los Angeles.

To learn more about the work of Tashi Mannox & to view a short film see previous post Planetary Collective.

Ultimate Crayon Box


Karl Lagerfeld amongst his massive three-story floor-to-ceiling library of design books arranged horizontally in his minimalist Paris Studio. #aweinspiringarrangement

German fashion designer, artist, and photographer based in Paris, Karl Otto Lagerfeld is also the head designer and creative director of the fashion house Chanel as well as the Italian house Fendi and his own fashion label. Furthering his love for art and design, the iconic Lagerfeld has now added another notch to his visionary belt, in collaboration with Faber-Castell he’s launched an exquisite range of drawing and painting tools.


Karl Lagerfeld & Faber Castell Collaboration, Stacked up in pyramid-style, this designer set has been named the ‘Karlbox.’ Limited to only 2,500 pieces each boasts its own unique serial number as well as a certificate of authenticity. The Karlbox treasure chest is functionally elegant, and collectible as a sleek Black Beech Wood cabinet with sections that open to resemble a vintage Chinese wedding chest. Lagerfeld says that Faber-Castell‘s drawing tools are a reminder of his childhood, that he has relied on their products throughout his career. “Since I was a little child in Germany, Faber-Castell has been the most famous brand known for its especially good quality. That reputation remains just as true today, particularly for artist pencils. “To me, drawing is like breathing and writing. These are things that almost relax me” says Lagerfeld. #farfromcrayolafare


Displaying 350 hand-picked by the couturier watercolours, crayons, color pencils, including all 120 shades of his favorite Albrecht Dürer water-soluble color pencils, India ink pens and accessories. With colors ranging from pastels to bold and primary to secondary tonal shades, coordinated by color, while each color family is thoughtfully etched along the side spelled out in three different languages: English, French, and German. The limited-edition set went on sale Sept. 1st at Faber-Castell stores and Karl Lagerfeld boutiques, rolling out to select department and specialty stores like Gumps in San Francisco & Harrods in London on Sept 19th. Priced at nearly $3,000 current exchange rates. #rainbowofcolors

Karlbox Trailer, Think In Motion Production, The Karlbox unites the traditional values of the family-owned company Faber-Castell with the modern, unique and innovative spirit and style of Karl Lagerfeld. A symbol for the long-term relationship of both brands and represents the symbiosis of the fashion, art and design worlds. More details here.


Founded in 1761 by a cabinet-maker and headquartered in Stein, Germany, Faber-Castell is one of the world’s largest and oldest global manufacturers of pens, pencils, and art supplies, as well as high-end writing instruments. A multi-generational family owned firm that generates annual revenues of about $652 million. Other famous users of its colored pencils from the past include Vincent van Gogh and Paul Klee.

To see The Artful Blog’s favorite Faber-Castell Fountain Pen works of art visit previous posts Art From The Oak & The Great Pen.

Literary Wilderness


Had I not seen the Sun
I could have borne the shade
But Light a newer Wilderness
My Wilderness has made ~Emily Dickinson

LITERARY: (adj.) of, relating to, or having the characteristics of humane learning or literature; bookish; of or relating to books. WILDERNESS: (n.) an area essentially undisturbed by human activity together with its naturally developed life community; an empty or pathless area or region obsolete; wild or uncultivated state; a confusing multitude or mass: an indefinitely great number or quantity; a bewildering situation.