As I write this, I am sitting in the car parked a stones’ throw from the Los Angeles outpost of my beloved Heath Ceramics. I sit here because one of my sons is fast asleep in the backseat and the other is off scootering around the park with my husband. It’s quite often I find myself semi-stalking Heath from across Beverly Blvd, at a playground that is a favorite spot, and although I’m always longing to go in and look around, today it’s even more painful to watch from afar as I have yet to check out the Marfa Amigos exhibit which showcases several artists by way of, well, Marfa, Texas. So today I sit and admire the signage and dream of what life in Marfa would be like…
I first read about the Texan, high-desert design-mecca some years back in Dwell Magazine, so my interest was peaked when I learned of this new showing at Heath. Marfa is rumored to be named for the housekeeper in Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov (another favorite of mine) and offers what I imagine to be lots of wide open space, never-ending blue skies, dust, succulents, quiet and inspiration. A place where you can throw on a pair of good fitting jeans and grab your tools and get to work. My image of Marfa is a reality for many artists who have flocked there over the past 30 somewhat years in search of community, inspiration, and a break from concrete and urban saturation. How lucky we are to have a place to view the fruits of their labor…Thanks Heath!
Here’s what you’ll see at Heath this month…I’m especially excited about the drool-worthy textiles from Constance Holt and must start saving my pennies to take one of those amazing pillows home with me. The show runs through May 6 featuring Jamey Garza furniture, Constance Holt textiles, Pat Keesey wood, El Cosmico posters and Marfa Brands glass and soap. See you at Heath Amigos!
All photos courtesy of Heath Ceramics