Russell Janis Projects is a kind of magical home/studio/gallery run by Russell Steinert and Janis Stemmermann and on Thursday, July 25th the Society for Domestic Museology was lucky to visit their latest installation: Big Daisy Textile Space a collaboration with artist and designer, Annie Coggan.
It was fascinating to hear Annie and Janis talk about how their collaboration came about: Annie having seen one of Janis's large-scale textile installations, was compelled to think about how it might read as an interior and created a doll-house sized version that I first saw in March when we visited Annie’s studio. The two of them then worked together to create an immersive installation. The joyous nature of the room belies the meticulous thought to each detail: the exact size of the daisies, the precise attention to color, the scale of the loveseat in the room, the smocking on the ceiling. I'm so grateful to Janis for inviting us into her home and workspace and for both Annie and Janis for sharing their process with us. Really, nothing is better than sitting in a room full of daisies with interesting people, sipping rosé and talking about art, right?