Dec 202011

Working with artist Melissa Dunn on a piece we premiered last Friday called Ladies Home Journal was one of the more comfortable experiences I’ve had collaborating – and I kept wondering why.  Melissa and I have known each other for years, but many artists who’ve known each other much longer try to collaborate and the whole thing explodes in acrimony.

We talked about doing the thing several months ago.  We assigned ourselves and each other tasks to complete based on what we knew needed to get done.  We found the models together and communicated with them as one.  We’d worked with some of these people alone but never as a team, but there were no strange divisions. We shot the piece as a unit, working with DP Ryan Parker, one night about a month ago, and I couldn’t believe, as we directed alongside each other, that no control issues were rearing their heads.  There was nothing to resolve , which was a weird feeling.  Even the collaborators I love most involve difficult, laborious conversations.  I don’t regret those conversations, but it was an interesting change to operate without them.

While I edited the piece, Melissa took care of the installation details, sourcing the items we needed to serve as a context for the video portion of the work.  The day before the one night only exhibit, Memphis Connections, I was at home finalizing the cut, while Melissa painted and stenciled the gallery wall.  We were in separate parts of town but it felt like we were working in the same room.

I feel like the piece we showed is a beginning.  I stood there looking at it the night of the show and knew there were other places we’d want to take it – not just online (eventually, here on Evelyn Avenue) but in some real time space or series of spaces.  I look forward to working more on it together and seeing how it develops under our watchful cyclopean eye.

Picture above: Melissa Dunn with models Jessica Ann Buttermore and Savannah Bearden (top); Melissa Dunn applies finishing touches before the show (bottom).

 Posted by on December 20, 2011
Dec 092011

Congratulations to the following:

The winner of the full bottle of choice (choosing from Tauer Perfumes or Tableau’s Miriam fragrance) is Ivona.

The winners of a purse sized atomizer of Tableau de Parfums’ Miriam fragrance are Melissa K (commenter 158), Matt S (302), and Helena K (309).

Thanks for watching and commenting, everyone.  We’ll send you an email when the next episode of White Shoulders comes out, at which time we’ll hold another drawing.

Note: winners were selected through  Expect an email from us shortly.

 Posted by on December 9, 2011
Dec 072011

Every year, Andy Tauer, the perfumer behind Evelyn Avenue’s Tableau de Parfums line and Tauer Perfumes, does an advent calendar, offering regular giveaways throughout the month of December.

This year, Evelyn Avenue is participating by conducting a draw.

What you get: The lucky winner will get a full bottle of perfume, his or her choice, from either the Tauer or Tableau line.  Visit Andy’s site to see your choices.

What you have to do to get it: Comment on this post.

When you will get what you get for doing what you have to do to get it:  Winners will be announced Friday, December 9th.

What you could also get: For every hundred comments, we’ll select another winner, who will receive a purse spray sized bottle of Miriam, Tableau’s first fragrance.

A New Series for the New Year:

2011 was a busy year at Evelyn Avenue.  The site launched, along with the Tableau de Parfums line and the Woman’s Picture series.  We produced a feature film and several shorts for the series this year, as well as the first cinema portrait in the Woman’s Picture Portrait Gallery, Miriam.  We launched the first Tableau scent, inspired by and named after the Miriam portrait, at Luckyscent in LA and here in our store.

We…got some sleep in between all this, but not a lot.

What’s Coming: In 2012, we’ll continue with the Woman’s Picture series, presenting more portraits and related shorts.  Loretta, the second fragrance in the Tableau line, will be released.

But Today: leaping headlong into the new year, we introduce a new silent film series, White ShouldersWhite Shoulders is inspired by, among other things, noir, old silents, sixties music, Daphne Du Maurier, Hitchcock, Edward Gorey, Hank Williams, Turn of the Screw, Aubrey Beardsley, ghost stories, and, of course, perfume.  Hope you enjoy it.  Episode two coming soon.

 Posted by on December 7, 2011