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  Out of
the blue

Photo model in the woods in blue dress: Lisa Griffin. Editorial: Photography: Suzanne Rensink, Styling: Lidewij Smeur, Hair and Make-Up: Maaike Beijer M.A.C. cosmetics @Angelique Hoorn.

Photo model in the woods in blue dress: Lisa Griffin. Editorial: Photography: Suzanne Rensink, Styling: Lidewij Smeur, Hair and Make-Up: Maaike Beijer M.A.C. cosmetics @Angelique Hoorn.

  Out of
the blue

The blue iris is a bearer of good news. And that’s exactly what we are all longing for these days It is time for a new positive movement, with the blue iris as the messenger of good news to come________.

The fearless, expressive blue iris flower represents an era of boldness, colour and hope – an enticing promise of exciting things to come, from out of the blue. A colourful bridge connecting decades of rain to an era of bliss and sunshine. Its name is derived from the mythological Greek goddess Iris, a personification of the rainbow and the messenger of the gods. Swift as the wind, she travels in between worlds, acting as an important link between the gods and humanity; a symbol of communication, messages and new endeavors. The word “iridescence” – luminous, sparkling with colors that seem to change when seen from different angles – is derived from the goddesses’ name.

A symbol of power

During the Middle Ages, the iris flower was a symbol of power and position as seen on the royal banners of the famous Bourbon Kings of France, including those of Louis XIV. The “Fleur de Lys” – a graceful, three-sectioned symbol – was later on used on the coat of arms of British royalty. A famous painting of Queen Elizabeth I showed her in a flamboyant gown fully embroidered with irises.

Photography: Suzanne Rensink, Styling: Lidewij Smeur, Hair and Make-Up: Maaike Beijer M.A.C. cosmetics @ Angelique Hoorn.

Lidewij Smeur

Lidewij Smeur is a skilled freelance stylist and works as junior editor for The Green Gallery. She studied allround styling at the Artemis Academy in Amsterdam. During her study she discovered and developed her passion for photo styling. Nowadays alongside The Green Gallery she has also worked for LINK-, Flair- and F.A.L.L. magazine. Her style esthetics? Always an edge of romance and a hint of green! Her inspirers? Grace Goddington, Jetteke van Lexmond and Kinfolk magazine Her dream came true when she did a photoshoot at the Brooklyn Bridge and Times Square in New York earlier this year.

A symbol of power

During the Middle Ages, the iris flower was a symbol of power and position as seen on the royal banners of the famous Bourbon Kings of France, including those of Louis XIV. The “Fleur de Lys” – a graceful, three-sectioned symbol – was later on used on the coat of arms of British royalty. A famous painting of Queen Elizabeth I showed her in a flamboyant gown fully embroidered with irises.

IRIS: NAME OF A FLOWER
MEANING ‘MESSENGER OF LOVE’


OVER THE STILL POND
A LEANING BRANCH OF IRIS
MESSENGER OF LOVE

SUDDEN GENTLE BREEZE FLOWER KISSES THE WATER
WHISPERING LOVE TALK

RIPPLES IN WATER
SENDING ANOTHER MESSAGE
SIGNATURE OF LIFE
POEM BY LOVE~KASH

Lightning conductor of hope

The elegant flower has also appeared in numerous works of art throughout history. One famous example is Vincent Van Gogh’s exuberant painting, Irises (1889). Featuring tall, twisting stems, curling lines and electrifying colors, Van Gogh started painting Irises within a week of entering the asylum in Saint-Remy, France. He called the painting “the lightning conductor for my illness” because he felt that he could keep himself from going insane by continuing to paint. The vivid irises gave Van Gogh hope and a reason to go on during this difficult time of his life.

Creative freedom

The blue iris’ intense, saturated color is reminiscent of the works of another iconic figure in art: Yves Klein, specifically his blue artworks, and the color that the French artist himself invented – International Klein Blue. IKB is a deep ultramarine blue first mixed by Klein in 1957, which was then used in his nearly two hundred blue monochrome paintings. With deep reverence, he believed that this color had a quality close to pure space and associated it with immaterial values beyond what can be seen or touched. Klein’s most famous exhibition, “Proposition Monochrome: Blue Epoch” in Milan, features eleven blue monochrome paintings with rich, velvety textures and great depth – a method of rejecting traditional painting, thus, a way of attaining creative freedom.

Painting: Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan depicted as Iris 1641-1707, attributed to Louis Elle the Younger 1648-1717, known as Ferdinand, Versailles, châteaux de Versailles. Stills: Styling and Photography: Mirjam Balaÿ. Illustration: Harriet Calo.

Painting: Françoise Athénaïs de Rochechouart, Marquise de Montespan depicted as Iris 1641-1707, attributed to Louis Elle the Younger 1648-1717, known as Ferdinand, Versailles, châteaux de Versailles. Stills: Styling and Photography: Mirjam Balaÿ. Illustration: Harriet Calo.

IRIS: NAME OF A FLOWER
MEANING ‘MESSENGER OF LOVE’


OVER THE STILL POND
A LEANING BRANCH OF IRIS
MESSENGER OF LOVE

SUDDEN GENTLE BREEZE FLOWER KISSES THE WATER
WHISPERING LOVE TALK

RIPPLES IN WATER
SENDING ANOTHER MESSAGE
SIGNATURE OF LIFE
POEM BY LOVE~KASH

Text
Angel Trinidad

Stills
Styling & Photography: Myriam Balay

Editorial
Photography: Suzanne Rensink, Styling: Lidewij Smeur, Hair and Make-Up: Maaike Beijer M.A.C. cosmetics @ Angelique Hoorn.

Creative freedom

The blue iris’ intense, saturated color is reminiscent of the works of another iconic figure in art: Yves Klein, specifically his blue artworks, and the color that the French artist himself invented – International Klein Blue. IKB is a deep ultramarine blue first mixed by Klein in 1957, which was then used in his nearly two hundred blue monochrome paintings. With deep reverence, he believed that this color had a quality close to pure space and associated it with immaterial values beyond what can be seen or touched. Klein’s most famous exhibition, “Proposition Monochrome: Blue Epoch” in Milan, features eleven blue monochrome paintings with rich, velvety textures and great depth – a method of rejecting traditional painting, thus, a way of attaining creative freedom.

Timeless and robust

A new color has recently been discovered that is close to IKB and the blue iris’ intense hue. A bright, durable pigment called YInMn blue – a name which comes from its elemental makeup of Yttrium, Indium and Manganese – has recently been licensed for commercial use. Discovered through a serendipitous accident in 2009 by chemist Mas Subramanian (Oregon State University), the new, vivid shade of blue was an unexpected byproduct of an experiment. Even more interesting, further tests showed that its unique crystal structure keeps the color from fading, even when exposed to oil or water.

Cultural icon

We cannot ignore that the blue iris’ rich color – and its tactility – plays a persistent influence in daily life, and in the fields of art, design, fashion and interiors. Not only in fashion, but the rise of vivid blue can also be seen in interior design. The use of rich blue hues is becoming popular, and can be seen in several design collections of wallpaper, furnitures and home accessories. Often combined with a youthful, soft pink or dustier shades of blue, the lively color brings in a welcome sense of freshness, youth and boldness to day-to-day life. Consider the return of Memphis’ bold colors and shapes, and the application of bold, graphic lines and pop art in interiors. Or, of Italian design firm Studio Pepe’s monochromatic exhibition “Out of the Blue” at Salone De Mobile 2016 and their cyanotype-produced sculpture collection. This trend also extends to office and stationery collections; Normann Copenhagen’s foray into stationery and home accessories – the “Daily Fiction” collection – is firmly anchored in an attractive shade of blue.

Color of the year

Moreover, a color called Denim Drift has recently been chosen as ColourFutures™ (AkzoNobel) Color of the Year for 2017. “The Color of the Year and its complementary color palette tell the story of our life in a New Light trend, with darker and lighter hues that change the mood of a room,” says Heleen Van Gent, Head of AkzoNobel’s Global Aesthetics Center. “With blue set to dominate interiors in 2017, Denim Drift is a unique shade that represents the times we live in.” . Fashiondesigner Rochas just presented a beautiful iris-like yellow top combined with a ruffled blue skirt for SS/17. The irisblue color clearly makes space for interesting contrasts, especially when combined with bolder, striking colors and muted, lighter shades – akin to the ombre colors of the blue iris’ petals: from its edges’ deepest blue, gradually morphing into a pale muted violet in the center.

These moments in art, design and history echo the joyful hope that the blue iris brings. From Van Gogh’s buoyant irises to the continuous reinvention of denim, the bold blue iris is a symbol of great, new things to come and of humanity’s unquenchable thirst for creativity_______.

Text
Angel Trinidad

Stills
Styling & Photography: Myriam Balay

Editorial
Photography: Suzanne Rensink, Styling: Lidewij Smeur, Hair and Make-Up: Maaike Beijer M.A.C. cosmetics @ Angelique Hoorn.