Miss R has been in the backseat all summer. Pretend you are on a roadtrip and listening to a story on the radio…the pictures will come after we reach our destination.
In a twist of weather related events and wonder, my landscape design business and my commitment to being the national President of APLD has taken all of my time, leaving little extra for regular blog posts. Although I feel a nagging sense of ‘it’s been too long’, I’m happy to have my priorities straight and to be able to see my garden and landscape design work come alive. I always feel that the work I do has the power to create profound changes in people’s lives so I put that work before all else.
As a designer I’ve always worked in series, exploring ideas until I feel they’ve come to some kind of satisfactory conclusion for me intellectually. The thing is though, is that I’m not always aware that a series is developing. I experiment with ideas and some prove to be fleeting, while others stick around for further clarification. So on to part two of the backseat story.
I had planned a blog post based on some images I had been collecting on my iPhone when POOF! all were lost in a technological glitch. No, I didn’t back up regularly then, I do now. So in going through what’s left via downloads from Instagram and Facebook, I noticed a thread of thought that’s been percolating into a full fledged idea. It’s one I want to explore more fully when the opportunities present themselves. Not all ideas work for all solutions.
I extol my students with the made up commandment ‘Thou shall curve with purpose and grace, thou shall not wiggle all over the place” when explaining how best to design using arcs and curves. I tend to design with a hard straight edge and soften that with abundant plantings marrying the geometry with the natural. It works on suburban lots of limited size and is simpler to maintain than lots of curved edges which become obscured overtime. I didn’t realize I was having a love affair with curves until I started looking back through my images this year. Here is the progression…
The Orangerie at Versailles in January while I was there just charmed me with its curved geometry and ease of maintenance–other than the topiaries just mow the lawn and cut back the hedge.
Then I was in New York and this long shadow caught my eye.
These are ideas I want to explore further and evolve. I guess with all of my time dedicated to straight lines that I really I don’t have any trouble with the curve. I just a bit of trouble finding time to post!