Thursday, August 26, 2010

Always a Love of Mine: Butterflies

The sky has been aflutter with beautiful monarch butterflies lately and I couldn't be more delighted. Butterflies have always been one of my most favourite things - happy little messengers reminding us of the delicate beauty in small things and beauty of transformation through life's changes.

As I've mentioned in the past, one of my own crafty talents is cutting out little paper butterflies. I've often had them fluttering up the walls and inside lampshades at home.  For this reason, I was particularly enchanted by the work of local artist Kristi Malakoff, whose beautiful butterfly installation is a permanent fixture in one of my favourite boutiques, Love of Mine. Hundred and hundreds of colourful butterflies copied onto transparency material.

The installation below, entitled 'Swarm' had over 6,000 butterflies!





And here's a sneak peak into Love of Mine, in addition to the beautiful butterfly display, they also carry the most exquisite collection of carefully curated jewellery and small accessories. Always a favourite stop to pick up the perfect present (or better yet, a treat for myself).



Check out Kristi's other incredible installations on her site here, and if you're in Toronto, be sure to head down to Queen West and spend some time exploring the beautiful treasure at Love of Mine.

Hope you have a beautiful day!
xo



{Photos: 1,2 - Kristi Malakoff, 3- Caitlin Durlak for Toronto Life}


13 comments:

amy anne said...

that is a dream wall! love the butterfly, always.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful installation, thanks for sharing!

Diana Mieczan said...

That is incredible...I adore butterflies too:)

Kisses,sweetie

SeaGal said...

What an amazing wall..!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

How beautiful!

Dancing Branflake said...

Beautiful! Butterflies are one of those things that are so magical that sometimes forget they are real and not best buds with unicorns and dragons.

Victoria @ Hibiscus Bloem said...

What a beautiful butterfly installation. Love it.
If you like butterflies, you may like this dress by Ted Baker.

http://www.asos.com/Ted-Baker/Ted-Baker-Butterfly-Print-Maxi-Dress/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=940687

Leah said...

Oh these are gorgeous!

Luvs!

Sarah Klassen said...

How beautiful and fanciful! What a lovely find... butterflies are such gorgeous creatures. Like little angels, really...

xoxo

Style Attic said...

I love your fluttery love too! That installation is SO labor intensive, So worth it :)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Thanks for the post - gorgeous and I'd definitely check it out if I was in Toronto. She needs to have an installation in Asia!

escapade said...

Style attic - I heard it took two full days to hand pin each of the butterflies in the installation at Love of Mine - that's alot of little butterflies, but definitely worth the effort!

CC - on her site she has exhibitions all over the world and recently in Russia, so perhaps an Asian exhibit next?
You should suggest it!

City Girl said...

gorgeous! i wish i was nearer! :) City Girl x

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