We want to thank our friends and clients for an amazing year.
We still have blogs to write from events this year, but we thought it would be fun to share a peek at what can inspire us personally.
Every year, after we complete all our clients holiday decor and parties, we create a unique decor for ourselves for our home’s fireplace mantle.
Ricky has had many years experience as a Visual Director and he starts the creative process with a yearly theme. many times with a fun play on words. This year is, ‘Koi To the World’.
As some of you may know, we have a beautiful Koi pond in front of our studio.
It is a joy and wonder to watch the beautiful patterns and color combinations of the fish.
Being in Los Angeles, the water lilies bloom 10 months of the year and their exotic beauty and fragrance is a focal point of the garden.
Watching the Koi is a very relaxing, meditative and stress reducing activity.
So, it is not just a play on words, but also a sentiment of a wishing everyone some stress relief and to enjoy the beauty around us.
You may ask how does that become a Christmas trim? I thought it might be fun to show you the process.
While I was taking photography lessons, one project was to photograph a single subject every week for a year. i chose the pond.
As the weeks went by, I would experiment on trying to make the pond appear completely different without Photoshop manipulation..
This one using a long exposure to appear impressionistic.
Then the following week using reflection to appear surreal.
The pond has continued to be inspiring to us and this year is was for Christmas.
While working on a client’s Christmas tree, with a ‘Olde time circus theme’, we festooned garlands of animal cracker cookies and hand-decorated ornaments.
We printed photos of old posters and ornaments on metallic finished paper. Then we added details with glitter glue.
As we were making them, I thought this could be good for our Koi theme.
Next we decided, rather than hand draw or copy images from the internet, we would take photos of our own fish.
Some of the Koi’s patterns were perfect for this project.
We then cut and pasted them out of the photos on to a blank background.
Then we used our regular computer printer to printed hundreds of them on gold paper.
After cutting each one out, we chose which details to accentuate using glitter glue.
While doing this, we had to come up with something to attach them to.
I thought we could always do a garland, but it might be fun to make a frame around the mirror above the fireplace to create a Koi Pond.
While flipping through the stacks of magazines arriving daily i saw these mosaic candle holders. I really liked the iridescent glass that reminded me of fish scales.
From this, we decided to make a frame with a fish scale finish and frost the mirror with Ice crystals for a frozen pond effect.
So instead of buying a frame, we made one out of an inexpensive cardboard tube form home depot. We cut the tubes in half lengthwise. These are more commonly used as a form for pouring concrete.
To the left, you can see the frame after we cut it and painted it white.
After everyone went home from the studio that evening, we cut out hundreds of pieces from an old plastic tarp in the shape of scales and painted each one.
After the scales were painted we glued them to the frame and glazed them with a luminescent violet-blue gold glaze.
The following afternoon, we went to work creating a exciting installation to our already eclectically decorated living room.
I hope you enjoy the time-lapse version.
So much faster like this.
We added a garland of fresh Norfolk Island pine garland with little warm white lights and white snowflake lights around the frame. We then painted the side windows in a pattern found on a Japanese screen.
In the center we added a wreath of fresh Norfolk Island pine which allowed the koi to jump out of the frozen water.
We wish you a wonderful 2015 with much health, happiness, and creative energy.
All the Best! Brad and Ricky