Kappa Tablescapes 2017

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to head to Dallas Country Club for three days with one of the city’s most-loved fundraisers, Kappa Tablescapes. I’ve worked with Kappa Tablescapes many times and I was excited to get to spend a couple of days with designer friends from all over the city. 

The whole club was transformed into huge, airy spaces full of colours and texture, rails of fabrics and flowers. We were lucky enough to call the Dallas Country club boardroom home for two days and it might just be the coolest room in the place with a huge fireplace and wood paneled walls. We shared the room with two other artists and it was great to get to know other working artists from the Dallas area. 

I had a real vision of what kind of feelings I wanted to convey when people considered at our table. Given that my new series was inspired by Morris Louis and the event was hosted by blue-and-white strip expert, Mark D. Sikes, I wanted it be nostalgic and classic without being flashy. I was imagining warm terracotta complimented with blue and white stripes, slightly faded, fraying canvas, old pop bottles, and gilded mirrors chargers. I created monoprint placemats using very bright acrylic paints, painted blue and white stripes on raw canvas for the table runner and made kidney pillows in blue and white patterns with terracotta tassels for the chairs.

As for the event, we had so much fun seeing old friends, meeting Dallas designers, and dancing to the amazing 10-piece band during the candlelight reception. Mark D. Sikes gave a wonderful lecture on his aesthetic and his new book, Beautiful.  We will definitely be back next year! Check out some photos below!



Details from our table// hand-painted linen napkins


Michelle in front of Wisteria, which provided some details for our table

Details from our table// Painting centerpiece

Michelle in the Boardroom at the Dallas Country Club

Central Market table

Details from our table// Monoprint placemats

CURRENT Artist Workshop table in the boardroom

Michelle and Molly at candlelight on Monday night

10-piece band performing during candlelight on Monday night

Michelle getting ready to hear Mark D. Nikes discuss his design aesthetic