Or, The Little Engine that Could.
So here’s one of my favorite new New Ravenna patterns of 2010.
These days I’m likely to be distracted at friends’ houses. Usually I’m riveted by a random accent item in their home, and I sit there like a parrot, looking at it with first one eye, then the other. I cock my head. “Would you let us borrow that for a photo shoot?” I hear myself say.
With limited shopping time and resources but channeling Lucy and Ethel, Christine and I try to think outside the box when it comes to sourcing photo props. Recently I visited with Beth, a friend here in Cape Charles who has two kittens up for adoption. While my daughter cuddled the furry little creatures, I found myself scoping out nautical props for our upcoming “Octopus’ Garden” shoot, eyes alighting on a blue/green orb underneath the television console.
Before the age of plastic and foam, what did we use to mark our crab pots and fishing nets? Despite growing up on the Chesapeake, I have to admit I’d never contemplated such a thing. Thanks to Beth, I learned something new and she was happy to lend it to New Ravenna for a glamour shot. In fact, here is her text response to my request for this prop: “I never thought I’d hear ‘I need ur blue ball'”…
For the shots below (the Ganesha pattern in Calacatta), we used good old-fashioned…rose petals.
I think they make the floor look very romantic (And haven’t we improved our photography techniques?)! The pattern must have appealed to other designers as well, because Ganesha, AND the glass water-jet mosaic above, Octopus’ Garden, are finalists in the Interior Design Magazine Best of Year (BOY) awards contest. Every year thousands of us vote for the best product designs featured in a contest on the ID website in September.
This year New Ravenna is a finalist in TWO categories (Floorcoverings: Tile and Stone, and Wallcovering: Contract) –an honor, especially since we are basically the Little-Engine-that-Could down here in Virginia, up against the likes of Kohler, Walker Zanger, et al. I didn’t think we had a chance against those talents. So, YAY!
Cross your fingers for us–Awards banquet is December 2.
Exmore, Virginia, United States
New Ravenna Mosaics founder and Creative Director, Owner, Sara Baldwin Design, Bass guitar player, Envisioner, Appreciator of the Sublime and Ridiculous.