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sneak peek: maria vettese

by Grace Bonney

this afternoon’s home tour is a very special sneak peek belonging to one of my absolute favorite people and artists, maria vettese. maria is the talented artist behind port2port press, the card society, more studio (with christopher ryan), lines & shapes (along with lena corwin), and 3191 miles apart (with stephanie congdon barnes), but on december 17th maria will be closing her shop to pursue new projects. i’ve been so inspired by maria over the years and though i’m sad to see her shop go, i am always so intrigued and excited to see what’s coming next from her.

so what’s next? maria will be continuing with her card society (hooray!) on a newly relaunched (and more interactive) site in 2009, as well the lines & shapes project with lena. and she’ll also be embarking on a new 3191 miles apart online project with stephanie. they’re developing a new 3191 project where they will join forces again online, branching out from just their usual snapshot diptychs, to feature more written pieces on food, inspiration, simple-living, etc.. so until maria’s new projects kick off we’ll get to take a peek into her life in portland, maine. it’s so nice to see where all of maria’s projects were born and to see so many of the spots i’ve seen in her 3191 photograph series. i hope you’ll enjoy maria’s home as much i did and will join me in wishing her good luck with her new projects.

also, maria is having a closing celebration sale at port2port so if you’d like to pick up any maria goodies you can do so here. if you pick up $50 worth of goods you receive 3 free months of maria’s card society, and if you spend $100 you receive 6 free months of card society. spend $175 and you get a whole free year of card society goodies.

thank you to maria for sharing her home with us and her work with port2port press over the last year years.

[DINING ROOM: When I started port2port press in late 2005 I don’t think I had much art on the walls that I truly loved … with three years online behind me, I now have art waiting for spots on my walls. I feel very lucky. I was not sure how I would feel about this “art wall” but I have truly come to love it. When I have dinner at my dining room table or do some late-night work there the various pieces keep me company. Between the two photographs I am showing, you can see artwork by Wendy Crabb, Paul Paper, Ann Waddell, Bob Smith, Christopher David Ryan, Ron Harrity, Karen Gelardi, Mel Prest, Lisa Congdon, Esther Ramirez, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison and an old clock of my Grandparents. The candles in my holder are always leaning one way or another but I don’t seem to mind.]

[LIVING ROOM: In my living room everything is sort of mixed & matched up together. I use a long bench as a coffee table, patterned fabric and pillows to comfy up my couch, an old white-washed wood chair has become a cat bed (never meant for that to happen but what can i do now?), stacks of books hide behind my couch and my artwork is leaning around or taped to the wall in the corners. It feels like home to me.]

[KITCHEN: I truly had no idea how many people would fall in love with this blue table. It was the 3191 projects with Stephanie Congdon Barnes where the table really became popular and when people who have long loved it see it in “real-life” they can’t believe how small it is. It really is so small! It’s perfect for one person having a meal but if there are two of you you had better be sweethearts because you are lips to lips! … or at the very least playing footsie under the table. Most of the little items in my kitchen are vintage finds (including my favorite piece – the old fruit, veg, sweets chart you see in the photograph with the oranges & chopping block) except the Lena Corwin plate which I keep close by and grab for daily use.]

[BEDROOM: I always find myself with magazine tear-sheets of bedrooms that are all white and empty and then somehow my bedroom has become another hub for little bits of art! I have had the Blik birds up for 5 years now (they even have a photograph of it on their website: http://www.whatisblik.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=B&Product_Code=BL-110FLY) and every time I think I will take them down I just can’t bring myself to do it. I would miss their cheerful flying. I have artwork up by Stephanie Congdon Barnes, Camilla Engman, Lisa Congdon, Yu-I Chan, Lisa Solomon, Natalie Tweedie, Claire Nereim, Lena Corwin, Claire Kramer… and lots of others. And the little clock which seems like a vintage piece is actual from a drug store! I think it was something like $4.99 and I just love its simplicity and it’s old-school orange light.]

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