Drumroll……. The World Premiere of the Wednesday Vignette!

Last week, when I was indulging my insatiable plant lust and erratic gardening style – yet again – by acquiring more plants (for no other reason that that they looked irresistible together) I decided I needed a new outlet for my unrealistic obsession for playing with materials, colors and textures. Anyone who has seen it knows that there simply is no more room in the little patch of land I call my garden. And frankly – I’m getting tired of constantly planting, building, dismantling, digging, rearranging, disrupting, and moving things around – just to see. Even more so, I’m getting tired of half-finished projects. At some point, you just want to call it good, and start enjoying it…. right? So, since I seem predestined to always imagine things in vignettes, and tend to seek color and form in riveting contexts and combinations, as well as constantly take note of inspiring schemes around me, I thought I’d start a new meme; the Wednesday Vignette. At least the process would give me a repository for my random collection of worthy eye-catchery – and let me off the hook in terms of having to physically try it out.

WHAT IT IS:

This meme celebrates combinations – of anything. The inspiration of the week can be foliage and flowers, but it can also consist of surrounding materials, colors and textures, or a combination of it all – anything that creates an arresting display in the world around us. It can be from gardens as well as buildings, urban grit or grand vistas. Scale is arbitrary – your vignette can be as small or as large, as stark or as flamboyant, as simple or as complex as you like it. It can be something carefully constructed, and it can be something completely random. I remember my father-in-law’s puzzlement over my fascination over the color fluctuations of a half-rotten, homegrown pepper, which had gotten a little over-ripe on the sunny window sill. I thought it was absolutely gorgeous, but I will never forget the look on his face. He thought I was stark raving mad!  Seriously, the Wednesday Vignette can be ANYTHING! As so often happens with inspiration – it can come from anywhere – from where you least expect it. See it, capture it, and share it!

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

It’s easy! Post a photo of a combination that inspires you on your blog every Wednesday, and copy the link to it in the comment section on this blog. Have fun! I hope you can all join in! 🙂

Here is my first Vignette. The photo was taken in the Portland Japanese Garden. I love how they combine and use materials. Note the roof tiles that here serve as edging. Ingenious, in my opinion!

Here is my first Vignette. The photo was taken in the Portland Japanese Garden. I love how the Japanese combine and use materials. Note the roof tiles that here serve as edging, holding the river rock in place besides the stone path. A wood post, a fence of bamboo held together with black twine, and that sparkling green mat of moss which lifts the combination to a whole different level. Ingenious, in my opinion!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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13 Responses to Drumroll……. The World Premiere of the Wednesday Vignette!

  1. linda says:

    I like this meme! I’ll try to do justice to my Japanese side …one Wednesday …soon .

  2. Alison says:

    Anna, this sounds like fun! I’d love to join in. I’m also often fascinated with the minutiae of things that others wouldn’t notice, or will think me mad for obsessing over.

  3. Peter/Outlaw says:

    This will be fun! Thanks for getting it started!

  4. Indeed this sounds like a lot of fun. I will have to join in every now and then!

  5. Kris P says:

    Another way of looking at things – always useful! I’ll join in here and there as well.

  6. juju says:

    I am going to join in as well, it will be good to keep me going with my new blog. Plus how fun!
    juju

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