So, I may or may not have mentioned that I design events? Perhaps that’s a conversation we haven’t yet had. But I do. It’s one of my favorite things to do. I get to walk into someone else’s fantasy, take their ideas and then translate them into reality. Not bad for a day’s work. Sometimes, when I’m very lucky and working with people I adore, they even let me design the whole thing from start to finish. Blank slate to dreamland. Hello, best thing ever.
This summer, I’ve designed three events for my dear friend Ali Goodwin, a powerhouse photographer in her own right and owner of Drift Gallery in Portsmouth, NH. Ali has curated some of the most spectacular art shows I’ve ever been fortunate enough to see in person, and I (little old me!) was the lucky girl who got to dream up the design for the opening receptions. All kidding aside, this kind of creative freedom is bonkers.
For the July opening of Portraits in Contemporary Photography at Drift, I had a clear vision of the feel I wanted — crisp, clean, contemporary — and knew I wanted to start with a blank white canvas and bold pops of red. I’m a huge fan of the design work of Bash, Please (event designers extraordinaire) and happened to catch an Instagram pic they posted back in June from a wedding they designed. This is the photo from the wedding, as seen on “Style Me Pretty.” See those red flower garlands? I wanted them. Bad. But my budget didn’t allow for that many fresh blossoms.
So I put my DIY skills to work and came up with a reasonably good way to fake a flower garland using tissue paper. You already know how much I love tissue paper, so this should come as no big surprise. (Note: Bash, Please are legends in my book. I sincerely hope they don’t mind that I used their gorgeous picture as my inspiration.)