Chairs influenced by less is more philosophy
Their influences couldn't be more different, but the chairs painted by Koos de Jongh and Christine Taylor for the AIRdirondack project stand starkly similar. Both chairs are predominantly white with splashes of vibrant colour.
Taylor's chair, too, shows her influences - and tells her story.
The chair is predominantly white but features a brightly coloured silhouette of a bird perched on the branch of a tree.
The bird pops off the white background and the armrests of the chair are decorated with a quote from poet Maya Angelou: "A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
Birds are my thing, said Taylor, the owner of Hoodoo Designs Inc. My business logo is the same bird, which I call Ivy. I knew my chair had to have some kind of bird on it.
Taylor is a jewelry designer and graphic artist, not a painter, so she admits to being apprehensive about tackling the AIRdirondack project when asked last year.
Because, I am not a painter, I felt pressure she said. So I went to my design background and did an image of a bird in a tree on my computer to use a template and then free-handed the image onto the chair.
It took Taylor nearly 10 months to decide on what design she was going to put on her chair.
I sat with it for a long time, she said. I wanted the chair to be my identity and brand but I wasn't sure how to convey that.
An artist friend, Michelle Pickering, made all the difference.
Michelle was over at my house one day and she mentioned that I had little birds all around, Taylor said. In fact, there's a little bird of some sort in every room of my house.
The AIRdirondack project features 12 chairs painted by local artists that will be auctioned at a Sept. 22 gala.