Green is where the Heart Is for June 1st, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 01 June 2016 04:00

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” ~ Edward de Bono

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Thinking back on my childhood, this time of year was the best.  School was letting out and summer fun was at hand.  I could go to the book-mobile and choose books for my summer enjoyment, not something a teacher told me I had to read.  I cleaned out my school desk and stashed my ruler and other school supplies to be ready for next fall.  The time had come to be free, to cloud graze, to be unconfined and creative.  It was a time for “Playful Impressions.”
Thursday, June 2 at Artful Living Group join us in welcoming Jillian Boivin at her opening reception between 6:30-8:30pm.  Her show, aptly named, “Playful Impressions,” is a continued study of quirky patterns and vibrant color, while featuring the whimsical subject matter that has come to exemplify her artwork. Art fans can expect new and unique compositions, while recognizing much of her classic imagery as well. The pieces reflect abstract interpretations of patterns and themes found in nature.
Boivin told me, “I've been focusing on layering bold patterned fabric to increase contrast. The goal is to add additional depth, movement and texture, beyond simply contrasting colors. I am incorporating new varieties of found objects beyond buttons, including pieces of jewelry and charms, sea shells, and coins. I am continuing to expand my imagery and composition themes beyond coastal and beach themes.  The challenge is to reference the coastal environment around me without being so literal. But I still love seahorses and mermaids!’
She continues to use exclusively reclaimed/repurposed/recycled fabric and embellishments. Each piece carries a history and story that can never be replicated.
Many of you have collected Boivin’s work over the years.  From artwork for your walls to switch plates, greeting cards and fan pulls, her designs resemble aboriginal flavor with a quilt-like feel. I have even commissioned her to create designs on drawer pulls and knobs to give an aquarium feel to a whimsical bathroom.  The jewelry I wear made by Jillian, always draws attention.  Her work is both childlike and sophisticated. Her colors are exciting and the dimensionality of her originals cannot be reproduced.  
Enjoy this young creative.  It will be a party.  Fireworks to follow on the boardwalk.  Welcome to summer and welcome to play.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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