Today we are happy to release a new visit and a new guest artist series by the lovely Laure Joliet!
What I admire about Laure's work is her impeccable eye for detail, color and composition without sacrificing gentleness and emotion. She shoots for clients like The New York Times, T Mag, Design*Sponge, LA Times, amongst others. Her commercial work is gorgeous, but her personal images, when she loosens up, when she's allowed to focus on the little things, the flaws, the accidents -- I feel that is when Laure's personality really shines.
While in LA last July, I took the opportunity to pay Laure and her famous cat, Hazel, a visit at her Echo Park house on top of a hill. It was exactly as I would imagine Laure's home to be -- a succulent garden out front (I hate you), neat midcentury pieces mixed with old, rougher sentimental pieces and other quirky objects. Nothing looks too polished nor too cluttered. Just sort of quiet, peaceful, open and easy. But what I loved the most were the little journals Laure's French grandmother made her when she was small. Little notebooks, filled with messages, clippings, drawings and misc items.
You can read more about Laure and about the visit on Sight Unseen. Below are a few select pictures from my visit but you can view all the images on Visit Visit.
+ + Don't forget to click over to the shop to view and purchase our new huge & gorgeous guest artist posters by Laure:
The Jianguo weekend market, right next to that runs all along the underside of a highway overpass and includes a jade, flower and artist market. The jade market is by far the most interesting of all the markets taking place. Just aisles and aisles of not only jade, but other gemstones, preserved wood, pearls and tons of jewelry making supplies and displays. There were fruits and animals carved out of single pieces of stone!
The flower market made me feel angry I didn't live in a place with more of a consistently temperate climate. The artist market was tiny and cheesy for the most part, but still fun to wander.
Hot bargaining tip! Tell vendors that you are buying to sell the gems yourself and they will give it to you for a cheaper price.