Sasha Tugolukova plate design...

So, after some hectic days preparing for an exciting project next week, deadlines and a great photoshoot on Wednesday, I had finally managed to edit the images I took last weekend and put the words to it - not that this really needs many words. I had written the whole post, was mildly pleased with the fact that I had managed to put my thoughts into words, pressed "save and publish" and…nothing… A little, digital wheel turning endlessly but nothing happening. I pressed the "esc" button and my post was still there (phew!). Opened it up again, hit "save and publish" and again, nothing. Then I did the stupid thing. I hit "refresh". Big mistake! None of the words I had written had been saved and when I looked at the post again there were only images. I felt like crying (ok, maybe I'm a little stressed at the moment)! I don't have a strict blogging schedule, but I had my mind and heart set on publishing this yesterday as I really wanted to show this plate plus the fact that part of my work had simply disappeared and words don't always come easy...

Styling a plate by Sasha Tugolukova

So, here I am trying to remember what I wrote and trying to figure out whether I could re-write it all. Of course I can't and I certainly can't recreate the whole post word for word as it would feel wrong. What I can do though is tell you a little about this beautiful plate. Coming across a piece of design that is simultaneously beautiful and dark, and combines the seemingly humble plate with stunning art isn't something that happens very often (not to me, anyway), but here is one such example. Crafted and hand decorated in Stoke on Trent, this is one of the pieces from the collection of London based illustrator Sasha Tugolukova. The very intricate illustration of the flowers is what I noticed first, but I very quickly became even more intrigued about the context. 

Styling a plate by Sasha Tugolukova

Now, I'm not usually someone who will try and read a meaning into every piece of art, but I couldn't quite help it in this case. Flowers are usually something we associate with lightness, pretty colours and (mostly) celebrations. Here, however, they seem to take on a whole different meaning. There's something dark (and I don't mean the colour) about the way they have been used to form a mask to hide behind. What is usually seen as a simple pleasure suddenly invites us to look further than the obvious beauty on the surface. The more I look at it, the more I wonder about the motivation behind the design...

Styling a plate by Sasha Tugolukova

Of course I wanted to try and do it justice with the surroundings. I deliberately stuck to neutrals, rough textures, dried flowers and some blacks. Something a little dark and not too pretty. A sea of colourful petals would have felt out of place here and I hope I've managed to 'strike the right note' with it all. I guess that essentially I've looked to create a live moodboard around Sasha's design. An environment inspired by one piece of art. 

Styling a plate by Sasha Tugolukova

I will be off today to find one of those "wall hanging thingies for plates" as I really want to keep it in view. All I can say now is a big thank you to Sasha for this gorgeous and generous gift. If you would like to find out more about Sasha and her work, please visit her website here

Styling a plate by Sasha Tugolukova
Styling a plate by Sasha Tugolukova

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Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post, however, opinions, views and styling are my own.