Tulips in Amsterdam by Jean Tori

Inspiration comes in many shapes, experiences and mediums and stories. Jean’s tulip-inspired painting, Tulips in Amsterdam, is an interesting combination of these elements. Jean got ideas from tales of Amsterdam travels and photographs of heron-filled canals. Although tulips are everywhere in Amsterdam, they also grow in abundance in our garden in Umbria in the spring. So, bunches…

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Purple Teapot and Red Sun by artist Jean Tori

“How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.” wrote the insightful author, Annie Dillard. We think that goes well with how we use colour in our every day lives. How we choose colour represents how we surround ourselves with artwork and objects and designs. Colour Theory helps us combine the right colours,…

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Blue Bamboo pattern design by Jean Tori

The colour of green bamboo is beautiful. The shape of the stems and leaves also provide a harmonious design. We love that this pattern was invented by nature. At dusk the bamboo turns a deep hue so that green is not the first colour that you see. It transforms into a deeper shade of aqua…

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Rabbit on the Moon pendant designed by Jean Tori

There is a folktale in South Korea that a rabbit lives on the moon. Legend has it that the rabbit pounds the ingredients for rice cakes with a mortar and pestle. It’s a special story and Jean loves rabbits! But this pendant story goes back even further. While we were living in Seoul in the…

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