A Beautiful Life Begins at Home
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris, Textile Designer
Like everyone, I have spent most of these last few months in the comfort of my home. I have always brought Italy back with me, the useful and the beautiful. And never has it felt more vital to my daily sustenance.
I am hoping to resume the Aria excursions in 2021, but during this uncertain time, I have been busy creating a line of Italian products including fine art and textiles, with the motivation and desire to bring the beauty of Tuscany into our private lives, here at home.
You may or may not know that I have a private art collection of Italian Renaissance and Art Nouveau images aka Books of Wonder, that were created circa 1900. Pages turning to dust that cannot be preserved as they are, but I have digitally conserved them.
I have engaged designers to help me manifest the vision I have for the collection on silk fabric. The first Limited Edition Collection “Florence”, is underway and I am ready to offer the first styles, first to you, who enjoy the beauty of Italy in all its forms.
These are not just beautiful items to decorate your body and home with. I am a storyteller and every piece of this collection tells one. The Story of how I inherited the Books of Wonder. The Story of the original art masterpieces. The Story of how unknown artists captured fragments of these master works.
The result is an intentional confluence of these tales infused with pure silk. After all, Florence was a silk textile city!
There are many uses for this generous length of silk: wear it as a pashmina, kimono, sarong, voluminous neck scarf. Fling it over a white table cloth for a boost of elegance. It can also become a sheer drapery over a window.
It took me more than a year to not only refine the design, but locate a high quality fabric maker and printer. They are located in England. Using a time-consuming dye process, the color comes through the other side beautifully. I am ordering these in the next week or so in two sizes in limited quantities before moving on to a different design. Are you in?
Eccola.....another way to reflect on the beauty of Tuscany....
I have commissioned an artist to create a series of works in acrylic of scenes of Tuscany from places that are personal to me, yet will resonate with any lover of Italy - whether or not one has actually traveled there.
Lloyd Brooks is a fine arts painter, graphic artist, art director and also happens to be my significant other!
These are Limited Edition prints. These are being offered to you at a special price before they are exhibited this Fall.
See the first four works below.
The originals are either hanging in my house or for sale. Pricing upon request.
The Florence Textile Collection
Each model comes with a colorful, exquisite little book of the stories, a work of art in itself.
Packaged beautifully in an organza bag, this also makes a lovely gift.
The Luca della Robbia: Spiritual Illumination
100% Silk Chiffon, Dye Printed. Made in the UK.
The Wrap: 43 x 85 inches
The Scarf:16 x 72 inches
Fine Art Limited Edition Prints
Signed by the Artist and Numbered
The Tuscany Collection
The Ponte Vecchio (20 x 16)
Casa Gialla: Tuscan Landscape (20 x 16)
Casa Gialla: Sunlight in Olive Grove (18 x 18)
Castello della Panaretta Winery (18 x 18)
See images below
Want your view of Tuscany matted and framed? We have selected a beautiful frame for these. If interested, please request a quote.
- A flat shipping fee of $15.00 per order within the United States. (Or arrange pick up with Carol if local.)
- Applicable Sales Tax will be added.
- The silk items come from the UK.
- Orders are shipped and delivered to you within (approximately) thirty days.
- The art will be shipped and delivered to you within two weeks.
- Payment Options: Check, credit card or Paypal.
Florence: The Ponte Vecchio
This bridge brings the two sides of this city together. Are those two empty chairs waiting for you to come and gaze on the beauty of Florence? Original: SOLD
Impruneta: Casa Gialla, Tuscan Landscape
Casa Gialla (Yellow House) is the first thing guests of my Aria Tour see when they arrive and it's the last picture they take when they leave. It's the quintessential view of Tuscany. Original: SOLD
Casa Gialla: Late Afternoon in the Olive Grove
The olive oil I offer my followers comes from these beautiful old trees. Of course, in November, there will be another harvest and another opportunity for you to obtain some from me! In the meantime, soak up the beauty of this view. Original: Price Upon Request
Castello della Panaretta Winery
In the Chianti region, near San Gimignano, Castello della Paneretta has been the site of wine making since the 1500s.....a place we often visit on the Aria Tour. But it is iconic of all Tuscan gardens with cypress trees and classical sculpture. Original: Price Upon Request
UPDATES on 2021 ARIA TOURS:
Three of the four that were scheduled during 2020 have been postponed to April 17 - 24, October 2 - 9, and October 16 - 23. The April and late October trips are all single ladies and there are some spots left. Even though there are unknowns around when it will be possible to travel again and there are no assurances, once there is a green light and people feel comfortable, there is going to be a pent up demand. You can send me an email if you'd like to discuss how you might reserve a place, "just in case."
Stay safe and healthy, everyone and thank you for reading and sharing my blogs.