30 Dec 2010
avatar Author: Colette Van Den Thillart
Creative Director

Silver cartoucheIt’s amazing to me that even my steamy-drenched colour-laden island can deliver up a plethora of icy silver…lunar gauzy shadows…mysterious and remote.

Eileen Agar‘s surrealist views out torn screening… this is the type of thing I am seeing around me when I allow myself to look past the riot of colour.

John Brauer's Grand Illusion TableJohn Brauer‘s ‘Grand Illusion’ table is like a sort of perspex jellyfish I could see using in some surrealist Fellini-type interior I am conjuring in my mind (notice the absence of legs or any structural support – love.)

Harvill Chips Channon's Legendary Dining Room, 5 Belgrave SquareNo, let’s face it, what I’m really considering is a silver and white rococo room …after all rococo is  a combination of the French rocaille, meaning stone, and coquilles, meaning shell (not to state the obvious but I never know who’s reading this!)

Silver driftwood from a beach in Barbados. Photo by Colette van den ThillartI took this photograph on my beach, and think if you squint your eyes you can pretty much find Chips Channon‘s dining room within the ornate and florid lines of the wood. It’s so obvious when you see these side by side.  And the colours in this sunbleached stump are rapturous and prescisely why I used old exterior barnboard to clad the sitting room of my cottage in Canada. Would that I could have got even more bleached wood like this, but Canadian Pine goes a rather more muted shade of pewter really, rather than silver, still terrific but the pales gesso tones of this driftwood are really alluring.

3-white-palmsSpeaking of gesso…wouldn’t it be incredible if there were such a thing as white palms??

Marchesa dress. Photo by Colette van den ThillartThis Marchesa dress I photographed in London is like ocean froth – maybe one could make a skirted table in something like this for a witty touch in our driftwood Channon dining room? Now we’re talking…

Colette van den Thillart's children play games on their Bajan terraceBack to reality, my children play games on our more classically Bajan terrace…remember how Deborah Turbeville used to make every interior fade to grey? It was so haunting, I miss that thing, that neo-romance of the 80′s sometimes.

Suzy MacMurray gown, fashioned with dressmaking pinsAs for me, I’ll be leaving the children at  home and wearing this Susie MacMurray gown, fashioned of dressmaking pins, for my inaugural ball in my silver driftwood palace.

3 Responses to “Silver”

  1. avatar bruce barone says:

    I miss seeing Deborah Turbeville’s fine art fashion photography, too!

  2. I don’t know many that could still pull it off, but that mirrored top dining table by Jansen in the third photo is very chic.__ The Devoted Classicist

  3. avatar Karena says:

    Colette that Grand Illusion table is stunning!! Fabulous images!

    Happy New Years!

    Art by Karena

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