Making a Memorial of Memorial Day
Greetings from the Big Apple: It. Is. Spring!
Sherry Hayslip Talks Coffee Tables with Park Cities People
2013 ASID Design Ovation Awards: It was Our Night!
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Importance of Culinary Aesthetics
Friday Flowers - Tulipmania
The Spring Fling Continues
Spring Has Sprung...
Greetings from the Big Apple: Or in this Case, Los Angeles
Color Essay: I've Got the Blues
For Your Valentines Pleasure: A Fantasy Dinner for Two…
Dallas… Modern… Luxury…
New York State of Mind
Greetings from the Big Apple: Ghosts of Christmas Past
Peace at Christmas and Throughout the Year
If Life were a Color...
While the Cat’s Away, the Mice will Play
Design Dialog: Dressing Room Reveal
Design Dialog: Watch for the Big Reveal
Hayslip Design Associates and The Crystal Charity Ball
Design Dialog: Peyton’s Closet is Almost Done
Design Dialog: A Sneak Peek in Park Cities People
Design Dialog: Room Envy
Greetings from the Big Apple: Frankenstorm
Greetings from the Big Apple: How I spend My Days in Class
Design Dialog: Color
Greetings from the Big Apple: Coffee Talk and Baby-Doll Heads
Design Dialog: Confessions of a Lapsed Decorating Mother
Greetings from the Big Apple: How a College Kid Eats in the New Millennium
Design Dialog: What About Fabrics
Design Dialog: Words, Words, Words...
The Painted Desert: The Enduring Appeal of Santa Fe
Bienvenue ŕ Dallas: This Style Scout May Have Found Her Calling
Design Dialog: The Duchess is a Diva
Design Dialog: The Chair has Arrived!
Greetings from the Big Apple: NYU Redux
Design Dialog: First, Step Lightly…
Hayslip Design Associates Visits Les Mettaliers Champenois: Why Cross the Pond When You Can Just Cross a Bridge
Design Dialog: Anxiety Over a Chair
Hayslip Design Associates visits Nanz Hardware: Classic and Well Made Always Fit
Design Dialog: It's All in the Planning
Design Dialog: Converting a Room to a Closet
Hayslip Design Associates visits Remains Lighting: or What Beautiful Things Come from Dumpster Diving in Brooklyn, NY
Design Dialog: My mother has a new client... And it’s me!
Hayslip Design Associates visits P.E. Guerin: A Treasure Chest in Greenwich Village
Design Dialog: Taking on a New Client
Coming Soon: A New Blog Series
Let the Games Begin
Summer in the City - Hayslip Design Associates hits New York
Happy Fourth of July
Martha Says "It's a Good Thing"
Ode to Summertime
Million Dollar Furniture
Memories of Morocco: A Day Trip to Fes
Memories of Morocco: Le Jardin Majorelle
Memories of Morocco: The Hidden and Not-So-Hidden Treasures of Marrakech
Obscenely Beautiful Things – A Small Update
Home Again... Dallas in Bloom
The Family who Wanders Together...
Trend Setting: All Aboard the Marrakech Express
Obscenely Beautiful Things
21st Century Homes
The Enduring Appeal of Chinoiserie
The Art of the Room
The Color of Love...
Love is the Answer...
Living Large in Small Spaces
Greetings from the Big Apple (and farewell Big D): Beginning a Collection
La Mode de Gaultier
Casa View Elementary School
Out with the old (soon enough)...
My Christmas Wish to You
Greetings from the Big Apple: Window Shopping in a Winter Wonderland
Greetings from the Big Apple: I confess... I’m a Pack Rat
My bags are packed, I'm ready to go...
Greetings from the Big Apple: The Blank Canvas of a Dorm Room
Bienvenue ŕ Paris: Shakespeare & Company
Spooktacular Skulls: The Trend of Skulls in Fashion and Design
Bienvenue a Paris: Lost in Paris
What a Girl Wants: Or Are Great Closets Better than Sex?
Bienvenue a Dallas: The Latest from Kitty Stuart
Bienvenue a Paris and Life without A/C
Introducing Our Style Scouts
Black is the New Black
Thighs and Other Thoughts
How to Turn Your Home into a Piggy Bank... or at Least a Star!
A little love from our friends at D Home...
Born to the Purple
A Glimpse of Things to Come
My Talented Staff II
Happiness on Any Scale
Sherry's Blog featured on DG's Online Editorial
2011 TX ASID Design Ovation Awards
The Meaning of Love...
Blanc des Blancs
The Moon and Other Jewels
New things are blooming on Armstrong Pkwy.
Dwell with Dignity
Another Dip in the Gene Pool
A Little Link-Love
Mudejar en vogue
Spain Part 2 - Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, and Avila
The Artistry of Daniel Ost
Happy Valentine's Day
Jamaica Has Never Been Lovelier
Working in a Winter Wonderland
Imagine my Surprise...
Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held onto Hope
In New York for Antiques Week
D Home - Best Designers 2011
My Christmas Wish to You
My talented staff
New Classical in Dallas
Kudos for the Gene Pool
Our winning kitchen is featured on DesignGuide's blog!
John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center
Trip Wrap Up
A Winning Week
How to Vacation in Architectural Bliss
Smith, Ekblad and Associates: Architects and Engineers
Still More Design Riches (Part IV)
The Design Riches Continue (Part III)
Feminine and Fanciful
So the week ended
A Week of Wonders
Sherry is featured in Dallas Modern Luxury
A Little Touch of the Doge's Palace
More Design Riches (Part II)
A Year of Design Riches
Sherry Hayslip quoted in the Dallas Morning News
Asian Jazz and Friendship
Follow us on Facebook!
It's Coming Together
2010 Legacy of Design Awards
The House as Mirror of Self
A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 3
A Weekend in Three Acts: Act 2
a la Michelangelo...
A Weekend, in Three Acts
The Joy of Mindless Reverie
A Passion for Paper Art
Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera
Rubbing Shoulders with History
It all began with Cole
Un Petit Symposium
Ode to Thatch
Recently my architect husband took me to see something unusual. We were in Ketchum and Sun Valley, Idaho. We had a bit of time to wander among the galleries and shops and were in an "ART" frame of mind after visiting some excellent exhibits. He led me to something he had already discovered, having arrived there earlier in the week for a painting class.
He explained that we would be visiting the site of a future art center for the area. I expected to see architectural models or at least some renderings displayed to preview the coming attractive building, undoubtedly very cutting edge by some well known “starchitect”.
As we got closer to the address, I became a little unsettled. Instead of a sleek new concept, occupying the spot of the future art center was some type of bush in the shape of a hut. In fact, there was a little collection of twig and brush structures. These creations were a little larger than a Preston Hollow playhouse, but not much. An adult could walk into the conical shaped rooms and stand upright, peering up to the oculus above. The swirling, twisting limbs and reeds, were entwined without any nails or fasteners, resulting in a textural form that felt strangely comforting.
I was reminded of an absolutely terrific “clubhouse” that we neighborhood children had created out of uprooted trees, their tangled roots forming a thready canopy over us with the thick fallen masts of the trunks piled in just the right configuration to create a hidden sanctuary that was magical. I thought too of the thatched cottages with their crooked branch porch posts, in Blaise Hamlet near Bristol in England. Those little houses were made of stone and rough wood and limbs of trees and had roses paving their walls and braiding over their grassy roofs.
I have never been to the South Seas but I envision some grassy hut on tall stilts over water might have a similar charmingly twiggy effect.
But, what was this strange “building” in this small, fairly rural town? These buildings, constructed totally from indigenous and freely available materials, were built by Patrick Dougherty, a sculptor who “weaves tree saplings into the whirling, animated shapes that resemble tumbleweeds or gusts of winds…” according to Penelope Green of the New York Times. Having never heard of Mr. Dougherty before two weeks ago in Idaho, I picked up the Times a few days after returning to Dallas and discovered a huge article about him. This was a very happy coincidence because I wanted to know everything I could about someone who could create objects so endearing while odd, so technically complex yet seemingly artless, and most of all so totally fresh yet still archaic.
The newspaper article is a good one with lots of examples of Mr. Dougherty’s work and some revealing and true explanations of his work. Ms. Green refers to his “wooly lairs and wild follies, gigantic snares, nests and cocoons, some woven into groves of trees, others lashed around buildings.” Yet, for me, only touching, entering, experiencing the volumes and the sunlight sieving through the warp of the woven branches really explains what one of these works of art feels like. The hole in the ceiling of the biggest conical building reminded me of the work of James Turrell in which an interior space fuses with the sky….or even like a Druid’s version of the Pantheon….with light flooding the center but dark edges all around.
South Carolina Botanical Gardens
Clemson, South Carolina
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
Santa Barbara, California
Art is found in the most unexpected places.
Dingwall, Scottish Highlands
NaHale ‘o waiwi
The Contemporary Art Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii