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Dissecting the Reverie Still Life - PART VIII

July 2022

Dissecting the Reverie Still Life - PART VIII


This hand painted pear is just one of the many examples of the work of the talented people that I am able to work with every day.  I know that some people are completely autonomous in the way they create, but I am not.  I feel so strongly about working together to reach a greater truth.  I might have an idea which becomes the impetus of a new collection but my “single” vision always morphs and evolves for the positive with the contribution of the creatives around me. I have been taught that we each have our “truth”, our “vision” that we enter the room with, but if we really do approach each other with an open mind and heart, without ego, then we are capable of reaching a “new truth” that is bigger than just what we are capable of doing or thinking on our own. 

Illustration by Horacio Salinas


Antique butterfly illustration

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I found this hand drawn postcard at the flea market in Vienna Austria

Beth wearing an orange knit hat and green army jacket digging through a box at a flea market in Vienna.

I was looking for ephemera that would inspire love, that would incite Joy.  

On 2 22 2022 (February 22) I flew to Vienna, Austria.  The date was important to me because on 2 22 1928 Carl Jung spoke at a convention in Vienna and gave the following encouragement during his speech: 

“Awaken the hidden artist who slumbers in every man.  Give him a chance to bring to light the pictures he carries unpainted within himself, to free, the unwritten poems he has shut up inside of him...become what you are”.

-Carl Jung 2/22/1928 

For me-the idea of becoming what you are, of bridging the gap of who you are on the inside and who you are on the outside, is the path to joy.  I was also so inspired by the illustrations of Joris Hoefnagel, many of which are part of the collection of the KHM (Kunsthistorisches Museum) 

And Moreover, we had FUN.  We laughed and laughed and laughed.   We searched vintage shops and flea markets for treasures...but honestly, I could never write about the trip better than Lynn Yaeger.  

Read Lynn Yaeger's Vienna Trip Article in Vogue Here