June 18, 2014
Gogo Ferguson & Hannah Sayre-Thomas
“You can’t improve on nature’s perfection.”
This belief is celebrated in every one of Gogo’s spectacular pieces of jewelry and art. Without exception, Gogo originals are created with a passion and respect for the amazing designs found in shells, bones, plants and other natural objects.
Gogo Ferguson and her daughter Hannah Sayre-Thomas have an instinctive talent hat has been passed down through generations, living on Georgia’s Cumberland Island. They are able to see the intricate details and appreciate unexpected elements that others might overlook. Their inspirations might be found on the beaches or in the wild forests near their home, or picked up throughout their world travels. The result is an extraordinary act of “recycling” that recognizes and transforms nature’s unmatched gifts. It’s a reflection of the Gogo lifestyle: embracing the elegance of simplicity and simply co-existing in the incredibly beautiful, living world that surrounds us.
Pieces from Gogo’s collection can be found in galleries, Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and the homes of high-profile clients, celebrities, U.S. presidents and global dignitaries.
Consenses Interview with Sally Taylor:
What was your first reaction to the fragrance? (thoughts, emotions, memories, tastes, smells etc?)
The flavor that popped out to me was passion fruit and that to me is wild passionfruit growing in the dunes and then there was lemon and camomile and vanilla and it was like drifting to sleep in a dream. Summer.
It reminds me of summer and sunrise casting pink onto the water and liquid silver. Touching the sand and seeing the morning glories open. “Peace”
It made me feel that sense of waking up in the morning where you’re floating in that sort dream world.. The tea evokes that feeling.
If you had to choose one word to sum up the scent what would it be?
What emotion did the scent elicit?
“Happiness. My morning walk is where I find clarity and inner peace and reconnect with the world around me.
Take me through each step of your process from getting the perfume to the creation of your poem.
When I opened up the tea bag, the color of the tea reminded me of summer mornings on Cumberland. Go and I decided not to talk about it but to go to sleep and walk in the am 7:30 and drove to the.
Marsh Pinks –flowers the stems are these sweet greens and then these tiny pink petals.
We looked at the morning glories and thought that it was a perfect representation of the tea. Pale pink down in Cumberland. It’s about the sunrise. The dunes and this soft pink. Holding up the leaf to the sun has an amazing network of veins and it is just interconnected and repeated.
What part of your poem came to you first?
Wanted to do a candle holder and being that that sense of light comes from. Morning Glory closes at the end of afternoon and starts again. Candle holder rep. sun.
How do you normally create? How was this experience different?
Much in the same way. Walking and picking things up and then we lay them out on the table and how best they could be used home wear, jewelry or both. We’re about keeping the purity of the piece itself. Nature is so beautiful.
What techniques/tools did you use to help you express you’re interpretation?
At first we were thinking we should do something large scale but then what we stand for is accessible art. The metal is made of alpaca copper silver and nickel.
Are there certain choices you made which mean something specific to you that the observer might not know?
We wanted to really show what the morning glory looks like coming down the sand dune. It’s like a dancer stretching out it’s arms and legs.