Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Self Portrait: Bonbon Oiseau





It is with greatest pleasure to introduce you to the creative genius behind Bonbon Oiseau. She is one incredible woman, full of insight, tremendous detail and beauty. Her jewelry is breathtaking and her blog is just as wondrous! Thank you darling Bonbon :)

So here goes: The old photo of the accordian players was something I bought at the first and one of the only estate sales I ever went to when I lived in San Francisco. It was too goofy not to get, but also kind of elegant... it was either a memeber of the family of the person whose estate sale I was at or that person had a sense of humor too and just liked this photo. The hydrangea is from my backyard. I take them in every year and let them dry until they get dusty. I love hydrangeas and the way they dry out, so papery and delicate. The turkey feather is from a beautiful little farm we stayed on a little weekend in Pennsylvania. The turkeys were so awesome to drop one of their tail feathers for me! The eiffel towers are from my trips to France. It used to be a tradition that on the evening of the day I arrive, my friend Corinne and I drive over to the Eiffel Tower and buy a statue from the guys selling on the trocadero across the way...one year we bought each bought a glass one that has an LCD inside and lights up in all different colors but the top cracked off. Last time I was in Paris I notice the top cracked off hers too. We both thought that was pretty funny. Then there's my favorite lace, bought on my honeymoon in a little village near Ephesus in Turkey famous for their lace (it's lining a little willow branch nest I bought for a bonbon display. (in the back are shells and rocks I collect from everywhere i go where there are shells and rocks. I love shells and rocks)

Anyway, I'm not sure how insightful this is, but I suppose this says I'm a big fan of incongruous juxtapositions (can I use those words together?) I like to surround myself with good memories that tell good stories I guess. I don't buy so much as I find. I like all of my objects to have some meaning I think so if I lose them all, I'll be able to remember how special they were and what happened at the moment when they came into my life and why. (like the rocks I found on a beach in turkey while i was snorkling in shallow water and saw a baby octopus!) I'm not sure what kind of person this makes me but here I am. Rock me like a hurricane.

I used to cut up my shopping bags and make shadow puppets so when the light would come in the winter it would look cool...I wanted to do a big art installation but my mind doesn't get that big so I just made them for me or for my nieces when they were little...these are a couple of hanging ducks from Chinatown, next to my collection of poster John Derian sends out when he announces a show and those were the keys to my house in Banares in India in 1994!

24 comments:

Krissy said...

I love that photo!!! Another great self-portrait today...I enjoy these immensely.

Tyler said...

gorgeous and thoughtful, full of personal romance and lovely minutia. wow, a self portrait seems overwhelming. fascinating indeed, bonbon! love the quirky shadow puppets.

pve design said...

love these self portraits and getting to know a little behind the scenes is fascinating.
I tried, and the links are not working, please check...

Bonbon Oiseau said...

Aww--thanks so much for doing this very cool project Jewels and your sweet sweet words...My New Year's Resolution? Edit myself!

(a little trouble with my server today so please come back to the links if you'd like--maybe tomorrow!)

paula said...

so lovely. i love the shadow puppet idea too.

picciolo said...

what a great self portrait, I love the duck and the keys especially
: )

Mrs.French said...

once again, I knew who it was before I read it! this is such a wonderful feature ms. julia...I love ms. deb so much and I love her portrait too...and you for having her participate! xo t

Rachel said...

I love it. They give me such a sense of the person behind the pictures. And the accordion players are hilarious.

Tina said...

what amazing objects! so lovely

Design Lovely said...

Great accordion photo and I love her jewelry. Thanks for the introduction.

please sir said...

What a great self-portrait - that picture is AMAZING! Love it!

Lizzy said...

Ah, another fabulous self portrait. I always look forward to these.

Miss Aimee said...

another great one! thanks :)

nichole said...

Perfection! Another great one.

cindy : quaint said...

i loved deb's self-portrait! the accordion players, the lace and the keys. could they be any larger ;)? it's so interesting to learn more about someone from the things they treasure.

Caroline @ Absolutely Unique said...

I adore these self portraits and the lovely stories behind!
xoxo

wunderbug said...

great photos - and i love those keys! thanks for sharing. gorgeous.

it's funny, jewels, cause those little houses i drew are the style of houses in mike's neighbourhood... there are three that actually look exactly like that!

ThePeachTree said...

What an incredible self portrait :)

Samosas for One said...

This is gorgeous and wonderful.

dolcechic said...

Love the photo!!! The hydrangeas are beautiful!

Vana said...

This is such a sweet self portrait...it reminds me of mine a little bit which by the way is coming your way hopefully soon. She is such a talented woman and had a heart of gold. Thanks Jewels....

Laura B said...

I love this series, and getting to find new blogs and see behind the scenes :)

a print a day said...

i love bonbon oiseaux and her blog :)

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