After the rain, the sun appears and the garden is alive. Birds and insects are busy and the scent of freshness is everywhere. Walking in the garden is my favorite escape - a place where I find my greatest inspiration. I’ve always thought of myself as a botanist of sorts, and botanical drawings and patterns have always been a large part of everything I do. While out on walks I love collecting samples of the most amazing little leaves, flowers or twigs. For this collection I created patterns and groupings of floral shapes, and simplified forms, altered, arranged and rearranged. Arounna immigrated with her family to Canada from Laos at the age of four. While her Canadian upbringing was typical, one thing that became a part of her life even as a child was the importance of making in everyday life. Perhaps instilled by her mother who made everything she needed and educated herself at a local college for work as a seamstress, or perhaps it was her own need to make, her life has been endlessly involved in making. After several art schools, a master’s degree in fine arts and craft residencies in a variety of media, Arounna spent her time between her studio practice and work in education through mentoring and the building of a craft community with events and social media projects. In 2002 Arounna created Bookhou with her husband John Booth as a multidisciplinary studio creating a wide range of fabric-based work, printing and furniture. They have a brick and mortar shop in downtown Toronto where they reside with their two children Lliam and Piper.
Ships in December 2019
by Bookhou for Anna Maria’s Conservatory
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