Thursday, April 19, 2018

Flora Exotica at Flora Noble

When several of your creative friends are linked to an exhibition called Flora Exotica you have to go check it out, right?

Flora Exotica took place last Sunday at Casa Rana (aka Flora Noble). Owners Elsa and Tyler Lang invited Portlanders into their open-air outdoor plant studio space to admire (and purchase) hand painted pots.

The pots were created by Claire Bandfield of apotspot. We toured Claire's home studio back in May of 2016 (here)

I only got to chat with Claire briefly (her fans all needed a bit of her time), I wish I would have asked about what appears to be a slightly different finish on the pots she brought for display.

Here are the painted-up and planted pots...

Hey look, a Kate Blairstone original!

And another, I think this one might be my favorite of the whole show, excellent plant pairing too! (Fish Bowl, $225)

Cut-Outs, by Taryn Cowart ($85)

I neglected to get the name of the artist behind this one, isn't it fabulous though? And that Aloe! (One gripe, the pots, especially this one, could use a little gravel or glass mulch hide the potting soil)

Forest Floor, by Meg Hunt ($275)

This Monstera is V Deliciosa, by Sarah Martin ($125)

The prints were done by Elsa and Tyler Lang.

I contemplated the purchase of this one.

And this one. But didn't follow-through (what was I thinking?)

Their utility sink set-up had me mourning the loss of our basement sink. We had one just like this, but it was cracked and rather abused. It got demolished with the start of our basement bathroom project. I would have loved to use it in the garage for planting and potting.

There's Elsa, she was so busy this was the only photo of her I managed to snap. Don't you just love the monster Tillandsia (Bromeliad?) in the hanger?

There was another.

Outside the studio, their garden is taking shape.

A monster Lilac with Opuntia taking shelter underneath. Only in Portland.

I do love me some Lilacs...

I think I recognize a trio of apotspot pots!

They've got a fine cactus collection going.

And an Agave too!

Oh look! It's the (famous) artist Kate Blairstone with Nathan Limprecht.

Alas it was time to take my leave.

But not before I photographed these florific stained glass windows hanging at the side of the house.

Thanks Flora Noble!

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  1. Cool pots and prints! I do like the one with the Monstera leaves on it.

  2. What a great marketing idea and the perfect location. All that green is making me jealous. And great new word: florific!

    1. It's greener than normal around here it seems. So much rain!

  3. Those pots are cool, and just love the monstera and monstera pot combination!

    1. I wish I lived somewhere (like the Bay Area) where I could grow that plant in the garden.

  4. What a fun event. Cool plants, groovy pots, great company (even some stained glass.) You're right about some sort of mulch for the tops of the planters, it would have made these stunning combinations even more polished.

    1. I am a bit of a mulching maniac, but it's distracting to see all that pumice!

  5. You just kicked my passion back into high gear... you spoke to my soul. I missed the first post when you visited Claire's studio. Damn, she's good. The pots, the plants, the people, the place... wow, my brain is in overdrive. Thanks. I needed this.

  6. Wonderful pots. That's another budget-busing rabbit hole I'm currently trying to avoid falling into.

  7. Looks like so much fun! And that lilac scent must have been incredible.

  8. Love the pots, very florific too.

  9. Ok, the Cut-Outs , I love and know I would have bought it. Who knew you are a Lilac fan ? I admit I'm a little shocked.

  10. I especially love the prints. What were the prices like and are they available anywhere else?

    1. Contact Elsa ( I bet she'd sell you one!


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