Thursday, February 17, 2011

Greening a SCAD Tablescape

I was flattered to be asked by the SCAD events department to come up with a creative tablescape idea for a luncheon this week. It is always a pleasure to work collaboratively with other departments at the college, and this occasion was no different!

Our intention was not to make a "green" table, but it came close to being the result.The starting points for this tablescape design were to use the new sustainable cork bookend planters by Nicole Runde from SCAD's Working Class Studio, and recycled beer bottle glasses by SCAD alumna Marissa Drake. 

These were combined with repurposed vintage books from the shopSCAD prop room and borrowed vintage trophy cups. The cork planters were filled with Irish moss, and airy ferns were added to the trophy cups to soften things up a bit.

The recycled beer-bottle glasses were used for the guest’s water glass, and some others contained Billy Button flowers in groupings throughout the table. 

The final additions were natural flax napkins, vintage sterling flatware, silver chargers, an eclectic mix of vintage silver and glass coasters, and a lovely printed menu with each guest’s name at the top. 

A very last-minute decision was made to add a vintage kimono to the center of table.

Thanks to Erin Ham, SCAD's executive director of events; Sam Bloodworth McCormick, assistant director of events; and fab flower artiste Gaye Drummond for this opportunity to work with you and to showcase some shopSCAD artists’ work! 

Nicole Collection Planter Set by Working Class Studio, $50
Marissa Drake Recycled Beer Bottle Etched Glasses, $12.50 each

Monday, February 14, 2011

There She Is: Rachel Evans

Detail, "Reflection Diptych", mixed media, 2011
With only a few days left before the end of the show, I was glad to finally make it to SCAD's Hall Street Gallery today to see Rachel Evans’ new work! Rachel is an M.F.A. painting candidate at SCAD and her thesis exhibition, “There She Is,” should not be missed. A former beauty pageant queen herself (Rachel was crowned Miss Atlanta 2009 ), her new work is focusing on the power and ephemeral nature of physical beauty, both individual and cultural.  Exhibiting paintings, sculpture, and installation, Evans' new works explore beauty pageants through exposure of the psychology of the individual contestant and its influence on her personal identity.  

Look closely at the work and the artist. You will see it is much more than just pretty. Did you notice the teeth that surround the mirrors? I love that she has cleverly incorporated these, so naturally growing out of the layers of roses.

Rachel Evans, Miss Atlanta 2009 photo

"Reflection Diptych", mixed media, 2011
"There She Is" thesis exhibition, Rachel Evans
Rachel Evans, (center) Miss Atlanta 2009
View of installation at SCAD's Hall Street Gallery
"Stage Curtains", Screen printed fabric, 2010
"Aged Out: 17-24", ceramic and wax, 2010
"American Ideal", mixed media, 2011

"American Ideal", mixed media, 2011
"American Ideal", mixed media, 2011
"American Ideal", mixed media, 2011
"American Ideal", mixed media, 2011
Detail, "Your Ideal", mixed media, 2011
"Your Ideal", mixed media, 2011
"The Original Miss America: 1921", screen print on oil, 2011
"The Original Miss America: 1921", screen print on oil, 2011
"The Original Miss America: 1921", screen print on oil, 2011
"Your Ideal", mixed media, 2011
"Unposed Self-Portrait", oil on canvas, mixed media frame, 2010
"All American Face and Form", cake, 2011