If you follow me on Facebook you might have noticed that I had posted a picture before the holidays of “THE” Matthew Mead in my kitchen taking a photo. Not an everyday occurrence mind you – more like a mind-blowing occurrence, at least for me it was. Well now I can share the exciting news that I am going to be a featured artist in Matthew Mead’s debut issue of his new magazine! The first issue, which will be on the newsstands March 3, 2015, will be called Upcycled Style and in it you will find your’s truly nestled within the pages. Matthew is a noted author, stylist, photographer, writer and lifestyle expert that I have admired for many years. He has produced some truly gorgeous magazines and books in the past – many of which continue to sit on my bookshelf because of his timeless style and keen eye for making a home lovely.
I met Matthew in November at a workshop that he and Jenny (his lovely wife and partner) were holding in their studio in New Hampshire. We hit it off right at the start and realized that we had many people and interests in common. One thing led to another and before I knew it Matthew and Jenny Mead were on my doorstep with their arms heaped with gorgeous flowers to add to our photoshoot. I can tell you honestly that to have another talented (and much admired) artist step in to your own private studio is nothing short of nerve wracking. He has seen it all and has worked with almost everybody in the business so I don’t think I actually exhaled until he told me how much he loved my work and my space. Breathe. The day flew by and stories were non-stop. My husband Bill and I sat down with Matthew and Jenny for a lovely lunch out in our garden room and we talked until Jenny got us all back on track. There is only so much good lighting in a winter’s day and we couldn’t dawdle.
Matthew fell in love with our pottery collection (created by our son) and slipped a piece into a vignette here and there in true Upcycled Style. I got a chance to show him around my workshop and to share my artwork with him. As a mixed media artist I use all kinds of bits and bobs when creating a piece. One of my favorites is using century-old fragile, papers to add depth and texture to a canvas. During one part of our photoshoot I was working on a canvas using one of my favorite paint palettes (pinks, magenta, yellows and teal) – the result can be seen above and in Matthew’s photo at the top of the post.
After the Meads left to go home, I finished the painting and wired it for hanging. It’s a painting that will always remind me of the day that Matthew Mead showed up to photograph my work and my home and more than that – it was the day that we became friends.
I use an old beat up vintage tool box to cart around my art tools, pencils and brushes and the rest of my home is a collection of vintage, antique and new finds. I mix it all in with no regard to pedigree – it just has to make my heart sing and our home feel welcoming. This is what Matthew is genius at – creating thoughtful, textured and beautiful spaces with well worn pieces upcycled to give a home a dash of magic. I hope you will check out the debut issue of Matthew’s new magazine, Upcycled Style – I promise you will be inspired. It is on the newsstands, March 3rd and look for me inside the pages. For more Matthew Mead inspiration you can find him here, here and here.
see you soon,