A few months back, I stumbled across this local creative who designs pillows from vintage fabrics. I have an absolute weakness for vintage pieces, particularly those that scream farmhouse. Another weakness of mine are the colors red, white, and blue. So when I saw this Instagram post of a 19th Century French couch reupholstered in Army pup tent canvas with a glorious vintage American Flag draped in the background and topped off with a crisp clean and rather comfy looking white pillows actually made from a vintage American bedspread from the 1960's that reminds me of bedspread I had as a young girl that my mother still won't give up, I was hooked.
As it turns out, this pillow maker is so much more. Hudson Louie is a home goods and furniture revival company. Owner, Jessica Louie, has quite a story and worked with some of my absolute favorite designers. I love everything she creates and most importantly her commitment to honoring American design.
And that's where my vision took shape. I wanted to meet Jessica and form a collaboration in honor of American Flowers Week which launches tomorrow, June 28th and runs through July 4th.
American Flowers Week, which is presented by Debra Prinzing of Slowflowers.com is about bringing awareness to the American Floral Industry. It's about understanding the importance of not only where consumers buy flowers from, but how and where the flowers are grown. Remember, 80% off all flowers sold in the US are imported. Remember, 58% of all flower farms have gone out of business since 1992 due to the widespread availability of low-cost imported flowers. Like many other mainstream industries in our country, the floral industry has been hit extremely hard and vastly misunderstood.
Speaking personally, the majority of the people whom I speak with, have never even thought about where flowers come from or how they a grown. It's not their fault either. It's just like our bee population or air pollution. Unless someone starts telling their story or stepping forward to share the realities behind perfectly-primped photos, a shift in the industry will not happen. I am so excited and proud to be joining so many local flower lovers across this nation to celebrate the revitalization of American grown flowers.
We started early on a Sunday morning. We had two hours. We had three scenes to shoot- Americana, Blue & White, and Tropic Thunder. The location was at the darling Oddfellows Café + Bar in Seattle's Capitol Hill Neighborhood. Such a fantastic little back patio that opened to blue skies. Incredibly... it wasn't raining!!!
Of course, I also brought in my two collaborative pals, Missy Palacol to do the photography and Callie Holcomb for the table design. With such a limited timeframe, we had to move quickly. Personally, it was fun keeping such a tight schedule.
Often times, I find shoots to be about the next best thing or hottest trend to hit the stores. Along with Jessica's vintage fabric pillow collection, Callie brought many personal pieces from her home collection. The mixture blue and white china was Callie's grandmothers' assorted collection. The blue table runner is part of her mother's linen keepsakes. Even the brass footed urns set as the floral centerpieces were my mother's vintage find.
It was a blend of old, new, repurposed, classic, timeless, and limited mementos we hold near and dear to us. Mementos that come in the form of a plate, a pillow, a fabric, a flower that's fragrance takes you back to your grandmother's backyard. Notions that define us. Even a carefree moment in a quaint urban coffee shop defines that moment in time. This was a collection of pretties reminding us where we came from, where we are now, and where we are headed.
This is what we should surround our self with. The things that are us.