Thursday, May 24, 2012

Spring/summer 12 inspiration: Colette Valois (Pan Am)

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Photography: Beata Rydén 
Model: Elin Vestin 
Styling: Lisa Marie Andersson

Since I haven’t talked that much about the inspirations behind Up The Wooden Hills' collections before I decided to do a post today about the story behind the Colette dress. The spring/summer 12 collection was overall very influenced by summer and cities with a more mild and warmer climate - especially Sacramento and Los Angeles. The other part of the inspiration came from different strong women who were fictional characters in a few different tv series I watched very intensly during the time I worked with the collection. When the collection was ready the newly added dress models for this season carried names after five different agents and one stewardess. And the inspiration behind the Colette dress was the French stewardess Colette Valois portrayed by Karine Vanasse from the tv series Pan Am that was launched in 2011.

 Overall the Pan Am tv series included many beautiful geographic surroundings combined with a wonderful 1960's set design and costume design. When I read about the show I noticed that some people critizised it for romanticizing the 1960's era but since the series doesn't claim to be documentary I think one have to see it and judge it for what it really is - pure fiction. Another thing I really liked about the show was that the stewardesses in the series were always put in the forefront of the story and portrayed as intelligent and independent women with great posture and lots of physical strength.

Colette was the character that instantly became my favourite in the series. She seemed like a wise, graceful, sympathetic, passionate and warm-hearted person who respected herself and her own values. Her sense of style in clothing was chic, sophsticated and elegant and her makeup with the very noticeble eyeliner and her hairstyles combined with her fringe was just so stunning.

When I made the first sketches for SS12 I wanted to create a dress that captured the Colette character somehow. It was no coincidence that the pattern with the strongest colour palette and the biggest Liberty print in the collection was chosen for the dress with her name. I wanted the Colette dress to feel chic, passionate, elegant and comfortable. And I hope that the person who wears it will feel colourful, confident and beautiful in it. :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Peony love

PeoniesUntitled Sarah Bernhardt peonies are the most wonderful flowers in the world I think. They are so lush and gracious. I remember writing about when I bought my first bouquet of them last year. And just about the same time this year the peony season started here in Sweden again.

My grandmother had peonies in white, light pink and cerise in her garden. The scent of the Sarah Bernhardt ones reminds me of spending time in her house and garden during so many days of my summer break as a child. I hope I will be able to have a little garden like hers too someday where I can grow all of my favorite flowers.

The pictures above have also been published on Instagram lately. The desk pics are a sneak peak of a little styling editorial that I'm working on with Beata. I'm excited to show you more of the results as soon as we have edited the pictures.

The prints on the wall are made by Fine Little Day, Studio Violet and Plingsulli.

Have a lovely Sunday!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Spring blossoms

Springs breath Photography: Beata Rydén 
Blouse: Up The Wooden Hills

Remember the cherry blossoms I took photos of a few weeks ago? When I passed the yard they where in yesterday I noticed that they were all gone... But I've noticed that the trees are still in bloom in a few other places in the city. Early spring is moving towards early summer, even though the weather is still rainy, windy and chilly here in Gothenburg.

The same day I took the pics of the blossoms my friend Beata came along with me and she took a few pics of me in the middle of the blossoming cherry trees. As you might have noticed I haven't shown my face that many times on the blog since I am a bit camera shy, but I'm hoping to get a bit more used to being in front of the camera in the future :) On the picture I'm wearing the Teresa blouse from the SS12 collection. I remember that it was rather windy that day and I think Beata captured the mood and the colours of the surroundings and the blossoms so beautifully. I hope you like it!

View more of Beatas pictures here.

Have a lovely Thursday!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Elle Girl Korea

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A few weeks ago my home was featured in the April issue of Korean Elle Girl. Since I have a great interest in decoration I was so happy when the editor Joohee Yoo contacted me and asked me if I wanted to do an interview and send some pictures for an article she was going to publish there. The concept was to feature homes of different creative artists in different citys. My home represented Gothenburg together with Hilda Grahnat (Malmö), Paula Mills (Melbourne), Melinda Josie (Toronto), Lotta Nieminen (Helsinki) and Anne Hubert (Paris).

I felt so honoured to be a part of the article together with other great artists whose work I really admire. Many thanks to Joohee for featuring me in the magazine!

Since I have the pics that where featured in the interview in their real format I've also put together a little collage of some of them above so you could have a closer look :) All of them where taken by me during 2011 and 2012 and a few where also featured on the blog during last year.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Up The Wooden Hills on Etsy

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Etsy collage
Photography: Beata Rydén
Model: Elin Vestin
Styling: Lisa Marie Andersson

Happy Saturday! I just updated the Etsy shop and Up The Wooden Hills SS12 collection is now available there.

Etsy is a place that holds so many beautiful treasures! Here are some of my favorite Etsy shops:

Frances Baker 
Anna Allen
Julia Pott
Leah Goren
June Craft

I also especially like the fox plate and the bear mug from Kokokoshop!

I would however like to have some more tips about great shops and items there. Do you have any Etsy favorite items or shops that you would like to share?

Thank you for all the wonderful comments about the cherry blossoms in the last post, I'm so glad you enjoyed the photos! :)