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Romancing the Stone – “Life is Art” for American Luxury Jewelry Designer, David Yurman

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In Greek mythology, nine muses presided over the arts and sciences. For Renaissance man, sculptor, horseman and jewelry designer, David Yurman, ‘Sybil’ is the only muse he needs. Her name, which means oracle and prophetess, is his wife of 37 years; muse, painter and business partner for 47. When I mention that coincidence to the elegant Yurman, dressed all in …

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Cross – Cultural Collaborations Are The Jewels In The Crown Of The 2017 Chutzpah! Festival

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For 13 years, the indefatigable Mary-Louise Albert has been bringing reinvention and creative energy to the annual Chutzpah! Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Actually, Managing Artistic Directors should have their own category at the Olympics for juggling, strength and endurance! Sitting in the lobby of the Norman & Annette Rothstein Theatre, Albert is understandably excited about the 17th Annual 2017 Chutzpah! Festival that …

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Industrial Designer Tom Dixon Is The Quintessential Rebel With A Cause

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From Bass Guitarist In British Band, Funkapolitan Touring With Simple Minds, Bob Marley And The Clash, To Welder And Self-taught Industrial Designer Imagine a rocking chair inspired by an illustration of a cat’s skeleton (Bolide Chaise, 1988); a sofa, its snaking curve reconfigured from a child’s electric racing car track (Serpentine Sofa 2003,) or light fixture based upon the reflection …

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Dale Chihuly: The Maestro of Glass

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A surreal, fecund garden of vibrant orange, red, blue and green flora appears to propagate overhead; a spectacular, almost sentient canopy that seems all the more improbable because it’s entirely composed of sculpted blown glass. Persian Ceiling and Persian Trellis are designed by glass alchemist, Dale Chihuly, windows into his imagination and installed in a new Exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) …

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Anne Fontaine Seeds Sown in Nature, Flourish in Design

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When Anne Fontaine was ten years old, and a bit of a wild child living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, her mother bought a dress for her to wear to a wedding. She hated it. So Anne took it to her bedroom and re-cut and sewed it, much to her mother’s dismay then astonishment. She skipped her school classes at …

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Architect And Designer Patricia Urquiola: Thinking With Her Hands in Living Color

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When multi award-winning architect and designer, Patricia Urquiola was a little girl in Oviedo, Spain she played with dolls but with one exasperating quirk: she liked to pull their heads and limbs off and look inside. “My sister wouldn’t let me touch her dolls for that reason and my mother has told me, “‘you approach your work with so much …

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Kate Middleton’s Stellar Style On The Royal Tour (With A Little Help From Her Friends)

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As we’re waiting for the Harbour Air Seaplane coasting in from Victoria with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Prince William and Kate Middleton onboard, it’s damp and drizzling in Vancouver and I’m cursing to myself that I’m not wearing socks. Though well-dressed in a blue polar fleece maxi coat and matching fedora, (a nod to the Duchess, whom I …

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Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn Never Let the “Big City Boys” Intimidate Him. Now He’s One of Them

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“Surrender your cellphones and all communication devices! Standby for pat downs. Open your knife kits for inspection – no food or spices allowed.” An excerpt from an episode from prison dramedy, Orange Is the New Black? ” Not quite. Executive Chef Ryan O’Flynn is reminiscing about the culinary referee’s missive to chefs prior to the Black Box competition – part of …

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Early Childhood Art Re-Kindled: Joyce Ozier Creates Contemporary Abstract Paintings With Little Picasso Project

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“Every child is an artist… it took me four years to paint like Raphael and a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso A yellow giraffe gracefully strides through a wildly abstract savannah and a little girl appears to float above an imaginary garden. These are two kindergarten drawings conceptualized into large commissioned paintings created by artist, Joyce Ozier …