Kiriosities

Found object art, one-of-a-kind creations & treasures

Glendale, California · 1 Sale

Kiriosities

Found object art, one-of-a-kind creations & treasures

Glendale, California 1 Sale On Etsy since 2016

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angelofeventide

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Kiriosities - bringing imagination, beauty and whimsy to life.

I grew up surrounded by wallpaper and paint samples, fabric swatches, and various treasures that my late mother acquired on buying trips to England, as well as from the local design centers in nearby Los Angeles. My mother, Linda Malmquist was a well-known interior designer, who designed individual rooms, offices and homes for a wide variety of clients - from celebrities, to best-selling authors, to everyday people. She loved to joke that when I was growing up, that I had little to no interest, let alone talent in the arts. Apparently macaroni art was not my forte. It was therefore a pleasant turn of events when my interests started becoming more artistic in nature.

Before my mother passed away, I had started designing one-of-a-kind diorama furniture pieces for her business. Intricate designs were built onto each piece of furniture. Vintage chairs, washstands, stools, and benches were used as the backdrops for elaborate and theatrical scenes.

A short time later, I had gone with her to a high-end florist, to look for Christmas décor for her and my father's home. I spotted a Christmas wreath made by one the florists and became inspired. I quickly branched off into Christmas décor and never looked back. The designs were so unique and whimsical, much like my previous furniture pieces, that I started getting requests from people for custom wreaths, as well as to decorate their homes for the holidays. Each wreath or centerpiece became more elaborate than the next, as I am always trying to top my previous project. One of my favorite pieces to this day was my most technically difficult one to construct; a Santa’s Workshop wreath, which had animation on it. What started out as strictly Christmas items grew to encompass year-round wreaths and centerpieces, including spring, fall and Thanksgiving decor.

After my mother's passing, my dad was very bereft. I wanted to give him something to put a smile on his face - something that would allow him to remember my mom with love and happiness, instead of grief. It was then that I created my first found object mirror; a memorial mirror. It was a gift to my father to honor his and my mother's undying love and commitment to each other. It hangs in his bedroom to this day. It started off as a whim and quickly became one of my favorite genres to work in. I love the concept of a memeorial mirror. Imagine being able to have a one-of-a-kind piece of art that honors your beloved loved one, while still serving a purpose in your home. It's such an exciting idea for me, as the possibilities are endless. I am hoping to do more in the future, using items and pictures sent to me by the client, which represent their loved one. Found object art is a relatively young area in the art world, with very few artists doing what I do.

A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to remodel my parents' 92 year old Spanish beach home and jumped at the offer. The home had been filled with black mold and therefore 90% of the contents had to be thrown away. I worked one-on-one with sub-contractors to bring the house back to its previous, historical glory. What resulted is an old-world Spanish charmer, filled with of color and surprise ar every turn, along with my trademark whimsical touches. The home also features my second found object, ocean themed mirror, as well as a found object chandelier that I created for the dining room. Upon finishing the home, I realized that I wanted to make my work official and therefore launched my own business.

In the last year or so, I have taken up photography. My artistic background has helped me to produce some amazing pictures. The photographs will eventually be featured on my website. I am also a writer, having written my first novel 14 years ago, and I am currently working on my second book.

My work was recently featured in an editorial on Houzz.com's website. Be sure to check it out at the link below.
http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/69978401/list/ola-rio-how-to-make-your-home-the-life-of-the-olympic-party

My piece is the purple mirror (Carnevale di Venezia), which is for sale here on Etsy.

I live outside of Los Angeles with my husband and dogs. My business - Kiriosities was born out of the love for creativity, and the endless possibilities that can be brought to life from it, as well as from the love of a mother who always believed in her daughter. Wherever you are, thank you mom. I love you.

Be sure to stop by my website at:
www.kiriosities.com
and pop on over to my Facebook page for tutorials, lots of decorating ideas and updated projects at:
www.facebook.com/Kiriosities.
Be sure to drop me a line to say hello, or if you are interested in having a custom item made. I get busy with requests for Christmas pieces, starting a few months before the holidays, so if you would like something made (Christmas or year round), be sure to let me know soon. Thanks!

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