Laura Apsit Livens is one of those artists who have found in some great painters a considerable source of inspiration to reinvent fashion and design. For this elegant collection of hats, the London-based designer was inspired by the vibrant colorful and contrasting graphics of genius artist Henri Matisse.
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Post-Impressionism, 1853-1890): View of Paris from Vincent's Room in the Rue Lepic, 1887. Oil on canvas. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. "And mind my dear fellow, that Paris is Paris, there is but one Paris and however hard living may be here and if it becomes worse and harder even — the French air clears up the brain and does one good — a world of good." (Vincent van Gogh, letter to artist Horace Mann Livens, Fall 1886 —shortly after arrival in Paris).
A little cement - hypertufa, to be exact - livens up the garden. Read about how to make or buy garden creatures at http://hamptonroads.com/life/home-and-garden. For more on this project, click on the photo.