Last month I had the great pleasure of photographing two incredibly talented designers for C Magazine’s March fashion issue. Each has a singular vision, and both share my home town, Los Angeles. Catherine Quin is a clothing designer who splits her time between Los Angeles, and London. Her line is all in black silk, refined, simple and elegant.
Kathleen Whitaker, is a jewelry designer whose earrings are super chic and minimal, can be seen on women looking for an understated elegance. Kathleen’s sensibility is graphic and sculptural. Both of these designers create timeless pieces that a woman can wear forever, and both support the local fashion industry, by producing their lines in Los Angeles. I love having the opportunity to create an intimate portraits, of people and the spaces they occupy. Especially people with a passion for their work, and a unique vision driving it. Below is a portrait of Kathleen and an interior of her fantastic studio, in Downtown Los Angeles.
1. Fanny – Christmas eve, 2. Cactus blossoms, 3. Kate Spade window, 4. Sunrise over Pasadena, 5. Girls in Paper dresses
So I set out to play in the dark with graphic shapes, beautiful faces, jewels and make something new.
Jewelry on top three images from L Frank Jewelry, Venice, California
Hair: Diana Maria Salas
Makeup: Geoffrey Rodrigez
Styling: Julie Vogel
1. Custom Cruiser – Glassel Park, 2. Van – Echo Park, 3. Fan – Palm Springs Follies, 4. Farmer’s Market Roses
Im excited to share with you the work of one of my favorite people. My aunt, Bonnie Saland, who after practicing for many years as a Jungian Analyst and raising 2 incredible adults, has turned her hands and eyes toward making art.
Bonnie’s created an impressive body of work consisting of painting, drawing, print making, and collage, that on it’s own is rich in color, texture, not to mention thought provoking. From this work, has come a really interesting line of house ware, textiles, and patterns, all derived from the shapes and images culled from her artwork, and then repeated in beautiful ways by friend and collaborator Margi Denton.
I shot Bonnie’s line of products last week at her home.
Her company is called PHILOMELA, please take a peak at a this little sample of Bonnie’s rich and inspiring collection, soon to be in stores and out in the world.
Wishing you a fantastic week!!
Bonnie Saland Fine art and Founder
Bonnie Saland is a practicing psychoanalyst and artist based in Los Angeles and The Sea Ranch, California. The interior and external journey provide subject and frame for her creative practice. Traversing an extensive archive of imagery from the personal and collective unconscious, she meanders through geographic, literary and spiritual references to provide an iconographic language with layers of meaning. A freely associated yet complexly organized body of work incorporates traditional patterning, abstraction, and the poetic use of color in an ongoing non-linear reconfiguration of journal, print, digitalized and textile format. Saland holds an M.F.A. (September 2012) from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design program at the Provincetown Work Center and is represented in Los Angeles by MB Abram Galleries.
A few weeks back, I made a trip with my family to Phoenix to visit my sister and her family. Her son Yosef had just turned 7. He desperately wanted a baby chick.
Since meeting at our daughter’s preschool 4 years ago, we have collaborated on several projects including the documentation of The Wheel, a gorgeous piece of choreography by friend Kitty McNamee.
Shooting this collection, was fantastic and inspiring, as I’ve been able to watch the evolution of Lara as a designer, and so loved documenting the studio and the collection as it’s all come together over the course of the last year.
All of the clothing in Sister of Arp, is hand made by Lara in her studio in Los Angeles, and originally began as Lara made costumes for dancers in The Wheel, and then for her friend Flea to perform in on tour.