Along with the Anthropologie home team of Keith Johnson, Mitzie & Tamara, we were escorted around Eindhoven by the knowledgable & talented Leslie Oschmann.
I met Leslie about 4 years ago, when Anthroplogie held an exhibition of her works at The Rockefeller Centre store (yes, the same place I had 'Into the Lighthouse') where she showcased her wares. The display was memorable with an old giant rolidex with the names of pieces & her working title, Swarm configured from nails hammered into the wall at different lengths.
Leslie reworks & upcycles vintage paintings of fauna & flora, portraits, still-lifes & landscapes found & sourced from Belgium & Holland onto chairs. Each one individual & amazing. You can buy one as a statement piece, or buy 6 to surround a table.
She now also remakes them into bags & clutches: she embraces the idea that the artworks will live on in their new formats, and as they show signs of wear & tear with use, their stories will live on too.
Yesterday I visited her house & studio which is a converted Oma flat, out back through a courtyard garden, in Amsterdam by bicycle. I had the fortuitous opportunity to experience first hand, her work space & inspiration.
Although it is the beginning of winter, and the Virginia Creeper has dropped its leaves- Nasturiums were a-tangle and the former summer glories reminiscent in memories of Japanese Windmill, Wisteria & Magnolia.
A spread of breakfast: berries, yoghurt, muesli, croissants & strong coffee was grazed over as I listened & watched Leslies show & tell of paintings, and local finds & treasures. As her wired haired fox terrier, McDuff looks on (but he has a fear of lighting & storm- & it was threatening- so was keeping to himself).
I am the lucky one, for I am now the very proud owner of a landscape & part floral still-life bag and an amazing clutch that will be rocked this summer in Sydney.
If you would like to see them when visiting the shop, we can pull them out for you to view and pre-order.
I am going to be selling these at The Society inc., but in the meantime you can buy online at swarmhome and get it shipped to you.