Archive for April, 2014

Our love affair with all things paper started as a wee petite, and given its unwavering fortitude well into adulthood, one might go so far as to say it’s in our blood. Our grandfather worked for one of countless paper mills that hugged the waterways of western Mass., which in its heyday, was coined the ‘paper capital of the world’. Fast forward two generations and our own playroom shelves were stocked with misprinted steno pads, overruns of colored sheets and reams of paper to our heart’s content. The budding creative had found her treasure.

When the time arose for more serious contemplation on the subject of school supplies, the quest for the perfect sheet of loose leaf equated to an educational Mt. Everest. While some will question the mindfulness of such, others will fall in flashback step as we reminisce, (yes, we know you’re out there). College-ruled, naturally, as wide-ruled was for those who had not yet tamed their flailing penmanship. Lines a soft shade of turquoise, printed crisp and light, 1 pt max should we dare to get technical. The left hand guide, a muted red dancing between Nantucket and Salmon on the Pantone spectrum. All in all, the perfect real estate for young prose and the proverbial checklist. Sadly, Mead, an old-school staple stocked in abundance come late-July, failed to deliver with blotchy printing and mis-matched hues. Instead, we headed to the illustrious bookstore of our hometown prep school, where the education was not only top-notch and befitting of future presidents, politicians and the nation’s elite, but the office assortment was crême-de-la-crême in paper perfection.

Enter Allison Freeman, an MFA Yale-graduate and creative catalyst capable of bringing any paper hound straight to her knees with this unique collection. The artists’ “Document” series, exhibited in 2010 at the Angell Gallery in Toronto, takes oil to canvas in her rendition of bureaucratic form through the simplistic lifecycle of receipts, to-do lists and bill of sales. Unfortunately, Ms. Freeman’s personal site appears to be no more, and with a minute crumb trail left to gather the details, we’re craving a taste of more. Disappointment aside, we’re madly in love with these unique pieces, almost in scale to the papers they reference, yet wildy large in personality.

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Images Courtesy of Angell Gallery and The Jealous Curator.

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Despite our daily immersion in a vast oasis of hues, occasionally a creative mind requires a simple color cleanse to clear the senses and visually start anew. Like the perfectly placed intermezzo dancing between courses, April preps the palette for a lighter wardrobe, food picked fresh from the garden, and warm sunset walks along the shore.

It’s been a mighty winter in New England, chock full of biting temps and plentiful precipitation. Having had more than our fill of these Northeast notes, we decided to transition into the first full month of Spring in true TGL fashion, by heading straight to the Golden State. One of our favorite destinations, California was the ideal locale to thaw out our toes, soak in some rays, and spend quality time with our west coast pallies.

This vacation was especially memorable, marked by a very early call with breaking news from the Captain – our ongoing quest for the perfect getaway house had finally drawn to a close, our patience and fortitude having served us well. So as we spend the month of April dotting our contract “i’s” and crossing our real estate “t’s”, we couldn’t be more excited about the proverbial blank slate ahead. Join us in the coming weeks as we roll up our cuffs and pop open the bubbly, we’d love to have you.

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