DUBLIN GRAFTON AND HENRY STREET CHRISTMAS WINDOWS 2017
Zara, Christmas windows, Dublin 2017
Zara, Christmas windows, Dublin 2017
I was meant to write about The Graduate Exhibition Show of Visual Merchandising course in DIT, Dublin … probably two months ago, shortly after it happened … nevertheless, it is here now. My apology for such a delay.
I must say there are probably only two maximum three displays I found interesting or well finished. There is no story behind most of them, there is no link between the hand made accessories and the merchandising products.
I hate to say it but there is not much intelligence behind them, those are just displays, basic marketing, not much creativity behind them. It seems the students had to rush to put the show together.
My favourite one is the one with the bathroom and the sea weeds splashed all around. There is a bit of a story in it but I am not sure where does it lead to …
I wish the student were allowed to think more like Brian Lambert the Visual Communication student further down in my post.
Well observed everyday life by Brian Lambert turned into a humorous documentary with a story to follow.
This concept could easily make an interesting window display as there are few intriging characters in it. The viewers could easly build up the rest of the story in their heads … if they wanted to. It is engaging and that is why it works so well.
I have the feeling Brian Lambert may have been one of those students that interpreted the brief his own way. By keeping detached from it he allowed himself to keep an open mind, therefore, the inspiration found him in the Starbucks Coffee and not the other way around.
I wish that students of Visual Merchandising had a chance to come up with a similar concept.
This is a mix of different gardens, unfortunately, I did not have a chance to catch their names and the designers. Just to let you know; plants will not look that good if they are planted so close to each other. By nature, they will fight for the territory and access to light, so the stronger, taller plant will take over the little one.
The way there are designed (except the Wall Garden) is just for the show and for the visual aspect of the garden. It is a bit like the IKEA rooms with a perfect colour synchronisation, styling and arrangement of the objects. All clean and tidy but no one lives there, it is just a set to let you be inspired!
Paper flower are designed and created by Queens of Neon.
Enjoy the colours and the ideas!
So, I have taken so many photos the day I went to see the Bloom Festival that I will have to spread them in more than two or maybe even three posts.
Taking photographs among such a crowd of people was not ideal, but hey maybe that’s the skill to be quick but good at it. In this post, I would like to feature few gardens with a story and a message behind them that somehow stood out among others.
Celebrating the ‘oasis moment’ that we search in our lives the garden has an exotic look with a primitive feel and clean lines of contemporary design. I could picture the garden somewhere behind the main house, an area that was used for something else but with time and human activity became a place of retreat. Sort of a playground for grown-ups who love a bit of adventure.
In the last number of years there are now 63 walls and fences being built mostly in Europe between communities and between countries, says Jim Clarken CEO, Oxfam Ireland.
The World Beyond Walls designed by Niall Maxwell is a communal park with a big wall at the back that has been taken apart. The empty space in the concrete wall has been replaced with a mirror. I did not realise it at first when I was looking at the garden, I thought I was looking at a crowd of people on the other side of the wall.
When we are looking at that wall we see our reflection, so anyone on the other side of the wall is exactly the same as us. Human emotions are the same, no matter where we come from. Who would have thought Donald Trump would inspire such a cool, urban garden! 😀
The garden is designed to demonstrate the ongoing struggle that many indigenous people are faced with when defending their land. Being an environmental defender in Central America is very dangerous with two people killed every week defending their land, forests and waterways from big international corporations. In 2015, there were 185 murders of people defending their lands, forests and rivers in 16 countries across the world; the deadliest year on record. (click on source)
Trócaire volunteer at the show gave me the background story of the garden; it starts with a very poor soil on which only very resistant plants can grow – this part represents people who have been forced from their land for political and commercial reasons while suffering persecution and human rights abuses.
The inner area contrasts this with a lush oasis, symbolising the sustainable rejuvenation and empowerment made possible through Trócaire support.
The plastic purple panels represent people coming together, the colour is changing depending on the light.
Bloom Festival is a garden&food festival taking place every year in Phoenix Park (the biggest park in Europe) in Dublin, Ireland. The show is dedicated to the Irish garden designers and the local food producers, it is supported by Bord Bia – Irish Food Board. It’s a very popular festival bringing people from all around Ireland to enjoy the garden design and food from the local food producers.
If you intend to visit it you have to be well prepared, what I mean by that is to have your clothes prepared for all kinds of weather as it changes frequently at this time, comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking to do. Basically, preper yourself the same way as if you were going hiking 😉
Many years ago I had the privilege to work for this year winners (and the winners of previous years) Oliver & Liath Schurmann. I spent a couple of years working with them in their Mount Venus Nursery and ever since became very enthusiastic about plants and gardening, but that’s the effect they had on me 🙂 Before that, I’ve never paid much attention to plants and flowers … gardening was something my mother did.
Is inspired by the couple’s fisherman cottage in Connemara (the district in western Ireland, facing the Atlantic). Transition garden captures the atmosphere of the district that has influenced so many Irish painters over the years. Oliver says: (…) you have the feeling that when the person isn’t living there, well the storm is just gonna blow it away and the landscape is going to live on.
We created an atmosphere, an atmosphere where the eye travels slowly, wanders through the garden, doesn’t really know where to stop looking. Once we achieve that we feel at home in the garden
And it is true, you just wanted to stay around the garden and meditate without realising it. The relaxing sound of the running stream and the sound of soft wind blowing … it was hypnotising and so peaceful 🙂 I would like to remember how the garden made me feel when I was looking at it, so I can go back to that moment when I need to.
Click for a full interview with Oliver Schurmann and his gardening tips on lighting, perspective and water in the garden in The Independent.