katie runnels

The Constant Gatherer


A Very Sweet and Southern Engagement!

"furry friends", "photography", "savannah", "wedding"Katie Runnels8 Comments
Congratulations are in order for my sweet and lovely friend, Alicia Magee! Alicia and Clay, her Texan beau of five years, are tying the knot this summer! These shots of the couple were taken by one of Alicia's best friends and fellow SCAD alumna, Nichole Barrali of nbpimages.com. The location is Fort Pulaski on Tybee Island just outside of Savannah. The couple chose this spot as it was on one of their regular weekend outings to the island with their dogs that Clay chose to surprise Alicia with a ring! Alicia is a creative pearl of a girl and its marvelous to see these photos that so capture her enchanting spirit...

Thank you for allowing me to share these Alicia! 
I am so thrilled for you both! xoxo

one hundred photos project

"artists", "blogs", "photography", "travel"Katie Runnels2 Comments
I was fortunate to meet another extremely kind and talented friend via the interwebs a few days ago...Toni from Simple Sparrow and her new project: one hundred photos.  Toni and her family are  sleepy sunny California beach-town dwellers temporarily living abroad in Germany. I can only imagine the shock her senses are experiencing this winter! I've really enjoyed  observing her adventures through Toni's lovely photographs and text on her blog, Waking Up in Bavaria.  I'm fasting today for a yearly physical I have this afternoon and I'm trying to defeat my wimpy will-power with lots of interesting distractions!  xo
Photo from her post: Fading Tulips

Photo from her post: Off topic just a bit

from her post: horses

Photo from her post: the frost i had been looking for (hoar frost)

Photo from her post: Our Swiss Holiday: Zurich

Riding bikes with her daughter to the bakery via their favorite path...
wish i was stowed away in her sweet green basket!

Jane Kortright

"Kansas City", "photography"Katie Runnels2 Comments
My sister, Jennifer who lives in Kansas City, Missouri runs an estate sale service with two friends. She likened their last big project for me as a scene from Grey Gardens...a gorgeous old forgotten mansion. You can visit their site here to see what's still available from the sale. I was excited to find out photographer, Jane Kortright found the house intriguing too and held a photo shoot at the house before the sale went up. See more photos from the house here. xo

{photos copyright Jane Kortright}

Joanna Maclennan Photography

"antiques", "artists", "inspiration", "interview", "magazine", "photography"Katie Runnels4 Comments
While researching Aurelie Alvarez for a previous post, I came to know the equally talented photographer behind the enchanting photos of her work: Joanna Maclennan. Her photographs have appeared in House & Garden, The London Times, Maison Française, and Maison de Campagne to name just a few! So, in a series of emails between us, Joanna kindly took the time to share her story with me and I'm extremely honored to share it with you here. She is most definitely a constant gatherer of life through her photographer's lens!
Adam Calkin Interior- Bath, England

Joanna was born in Sussex, England and did a lot of traveling around Asia and Australia in her twenties before settling in London at age 22. She held a bevy of odd jobs there, from nanny to restaurant and hotel jobs, which gave also provided her with plenty hard-won experiences. She then took a leap of faith and took a photography course in India with David Bathgate and it was there that she decided that her heart had finally found its calling.
Vox Populi in Avignon- a lifestyle atelier by Pascale Palun
view and read more about this amazing place here!

Vox Populi Atelier and Brocante in Avignon

Vox Populi Atelier and Brocante, Avignon

At 28 she left London to work in a friend's pub in Bath where she could also spend time finding a position as a photographer's assistant. Patrons of the pub led her to the acclaimed Peter Woloszynski (an international photographer who works with a number of book and magazine publishers including Chronicle, Random House, Elle Decor, and World of Interiors) whom she later found out wasn't in need of an assistant, but so taken by her enthusiasm and in turn taught her the art of Interior Photography. She worked with Woloszynski for several years before striking out on her own merely two years ago.

Joanna relocated to the South of France (where her mother was now based) where she braved her first meetings with executives in Paris barely speaking a word of French. By her second meeting she had sold her first article! She and boyfriend, Mike Sajnoski (also an artist) now call Saint Rémy de Provence thier home base where they chronicle their on-going travels and work experiences in their blog, Attention, Cheri!

Hidden Treasures- France

An artist's house in a village near Avignon

Vignette from an artist's house in a village near Avignon

While Joanna is primarily interested in Interior Photography, she also has an extensive collection of personal and portraiture work- such as M. Miane Coiffeur (see above). She finds a soulful beauty and importance in capturing the people, places and things that are forgotten or soon-to-be forgotten, their environment, and memories. She still relies on her trusty Hasselblad-medium format- camera and natural light for carefully documenting these pieces.

Joanna's most recent collaborative efforts are with the Association, FACE (lead by Artist, Monte Laster) who are working alongside residents to document their lives in La Courneuve- a community in peril on the outskirts of Paris. The project will next focus on folks in similar situations in New York and D.C. and while the object is to capture these folks in their homes and real lives, the situation can often pose danger to the crew. (Be safe, Joanna!!)
To view more of Joanna's work, visit her website: JoannaMaclennan.com. She is currently represented in Italy by Living Inside (I highly recommend viewing this site!) or can be contacted personally through her website.
Thank you, Joanna! oxo

Aurelie Alvarez

"artists", "painting", "photography"Katie Runnels2 Comments
I am delighted to share the art and environment of Aurelie Alvarez. Aurelie is a French painter living in L’Isle sur la Sorgue with her partner and two daughters. She and her family live in an ancient multi-storied home-some of which they have preserved in its layered state of beautiful decay. Aurelie receives much of her inspiration from her surroundings... her studio is located in the attic above their living space. She's also influenced by Japanese blockprints and the theatrical wall decorations of the Baroque period. The following photos of her work were staged in her atelier and photographed by Aurelie's good friend and photographer Joanna Maclennan (who was most helpful in assisting me with this profile-thank you! Her profile is next!).

"My atelier is an essential vehicle in the creation of my work. Its an austere and authentic place which inspires me greatly and where I like to work and spend my time. It is a loft that is not insulated and is very cold in the winter. I have no intention of changing this environment. It is part of what I paint and I feel more and more at home within these walls. These are the walls that have been here for many centuries, they have their own history, depth, vibrations with layers of paint, which is peeling and changes colour depending upon the sunlight that hits them. They have their own mark, abandoned through time, witness to life, of which I now feel apart of. These walls guide me; giving my paintings their rawness. I also like working with the notion of 'dust', which stays like a spotless imprint, perhaps the dust of time that runs, a universal dust or perhaps the dust of my cultural heritage, which I attempt to reproduce in my paintings and my décor.
The notion of time or timelessness, also take centre place in the heart of my work. I don't attach or retell a story, only try to reproduce 'an imprint' that puts me in a place where I can dream and feel free. I am really transported by this place and I think that I owe a lot to this environment of which for me time does not exist. It is simply an invitation to travel (to be lost in another world)………" -Aurelie Alvarez
Portrait of the Artist- Aurelie Alvarez

Above photos of Aurelie and her work are copyright Joanna Maclennan.
Aurelie's work found via Poppytalk and Man Shops Globe.

Paper Moon Photos

"photography", "vintage"Katie Runnels2 Comments
Hello! I'm having some technical difficulties- so here's a backup post I've dusted off! If you want to see more paper moon photos- visit the Flickr album, Only a Paper Moon! I've got some fantastic artist features I've been working on-so hopefully I'll be back with them tomorrow! Xo

This was sold by Gargantua on Ebay.
This seller always has a fantastic collection!

Braided Moon Sitter

Posted by SteveChasMar on Flickr

Glorious Treasury of Hair History

"antiques", "art film", "inspiration", "photography", "vintage"Katie Runnels6 Comments
I was searching for images of Vintage Shanghai Hairstyles the other day after falling in love with Evangelione's dolls and it lead me to this site: Rapunzel's Delight.com-a website dedicated to all things concerning long hair and hair health. The photo treasury on this site is incredible! Now, I'm eager to find a site about the hair history of Black America...which then led to me to this new documentary by Chris Rock-Good Hair-which I hope comes to theaters somewhere around here! Has anyone seen it yet??





above images via RapunzelsDelight.com

Vintage Fairy Tales

"artists", "dolls", "exhibition", "photography", "vintage"Katie Runnels6 Comments
Swedish photographer, Rebecka Ryberg Skött's exhibit, Vintage Fairy Tales opens today at The Church of Sweden in New York! Congratulations, Rebecka! This series grew out of her passion for collecting vintage dolls and toys and allowing their loved and tattered conditions to share their stories. I love her saturated colors and compositions. My favorite aspect is the tension of the doll's poses- they retain that "I will not sit or bend to your will, no matter what you do!" attitude that always perplexed me as a kid. I would also very much like to raid her supply closet! Xo

Above photos copyright Rebecka Ryberg Skött

Vintage Musicians

"Flickr", "photography", "vintage"Katie Runnels3 Comments
Hello, September! I apologize for my mini-vacation from the blog...sometimes it happens without warning! I don't realize I need a break until I just take one without thinking! Anyhoo...
I've been trolling Flickr again and finding some gems...these are from two pools- garage band and vintage musicians. Xo
A Musical Trio
antique photo from
AtypicalArt on Flickr

Hilda Tansey 1934
from History in Photos on Flickr

Pauline at the Piano
written on reverse: "My studio after my marriage." Pauline Pradelle after she married the artist Emmanuel Cavacos. Pauline was a professional pianist. She practiced her art in the studio where Emmanuel executed his sculptures.
from Piedmont Fossil

from Superbomba
(btw-Superbomba has the most hilarious groups of photos-you must visit her gangs set)


"artists", "online shops", "photography", "vintage"Katie Runnels6 Comments
Last night I spent over an hour marveling at the found photos, ephemera, and collage art of Angelica Paez in her Flickr collection, Swapatorium. The photos in this album (and the sampling below) are from her personal collection and are not for sale, however she maintains an online shop, Snapatorium with loads more that are! xo

I think this would make a great painting.

I'd like to shop this photo!

These Ladies Bowl for Schlitz
I love how their hands were uniformly staged.

Photos thanks to Angelica Paez and used with permission.

Ed & Ginny's Wedding

"artists", "photography", "vintage", "wedding"Katie Runnels8 Comments
My friend Ginny from SCAD recently married her sweetheart, Ed at Serenbe Farm outside of Atlanta. I knew from her blog updates that this was going to be an incredible event. I can't get over the creativity and vision of these young folks today! I love witnessing so many living and creating more artful lives for themselves, which of course, includes their inspired weddings. I only have to see a few moments of Bridezillas to be reminded of what has become a dog and pony spectacle of so many these days. Once Wed did a fantastic job of covering the details of Ginny & Ed's 1920's inspired nuptials and there is even more to enjoy on the amazing photographer, Josh Goleman's site. Best Wishes to the newlyweds for a long and happy life together! xo

Photography by Josh Goleman

new prints from doe-c-doe

"artists", "blogs", "etsy", "photography", "vintage"Katie Runnels2 Comments
Gina from doe-c-doe has new prints available in her etsy shop! You can also place an order with her for any image in her Flickr album that has a watermark on it. I am smitten with her saturated color combinations. My favorites are the vintage toys staged as still lives in front of found paint by number paintings. xo

Loretta Lux

"artists", "photography"Katie Runnels7 Comments
Here is a sampling of Loretta Lux's masterful photographic portraiture using real children, staged scenery (often her own paintings), and subtle computer wizardry. I am always drawn to simplified paper-doll or sticker-like flat depictions of subjects. In fact, I wish I knew where all those much labored-over sticker books from my childhood were hidden away. xo
© 2004 Loretta Lux

© 2006 Loretta Lux

© 2006 Loretta Lux

The Waiting Girl
© 2006 Loretta Lux

Hidden Rooms 1
© 2001 Loretta Lux

Study of a Boy 1
© 2002 Loretta Lux

beauty-full new blogs...

"artists", "blogs", "ceramics", "jewelry", "photography"Katie Runnels2 Comments
red velvet cupcakes, with beets!
photo and recipe by Kristen Bach

You've probably already heard about the new journal the talent behind R. Wood Studio have created- Beauty Everyday...curated by, Rebecca Wood, Kristen Bach and Rinne Allen. Its a comforting addition to the day to read their thoughts, recipes, and see the photographs that turn your mind back to the sweetness of the South. I am planning to try Rebecca's vegetarian collards recipe this week...mmm! These folks have been so good to me over the years...I had to share the news with you too! xo
rebecca wood (left) kristen bach (right)

A glimpse of the sweet countryside in Georgia
photo by rebecca wood

And...hold on to your hats...the incredible jewelry designer, artist, poet, photographer and all around magical lady, Jennifer Morris has created her own blog, Spilling Beauty. Its hard for me not to blog about her work every. single. day. Her warm poetic sensibilities infect every aspect of her vivid jewelry creations and photography...I am in awe of her talent! Visit her Flickr Album, Etsy Jewelry and Etsy Photography shops to be swept off your feet! xo

Jennifer Morris blog, Spilling Beauty

songs in the desert pendant
by Jennifer Morris

my little luxurious owl
by Jennifer Morris