To honor a special ceremony set in the heart of Tuscany's countryside, artist and designer, Tini Courtney was invited to enchant the paradisal architecture of the outdoor wedding site, Villa Palmieri, a 14th century patrician villa in Fiesole, and it's extensive gardens that overlook Florence.
Tini handcrafted 30 custom dreamcatcher sculptures with quartz crystal, white leather and warm monochromatic leather tones to float throughout the grounds trees and dance under Villa Palmieri's historical archways. The environmental works presence could also be felt in the form of experience design sculpture, inviting guests to handwrite their well wishes on canvas feathers, personally tied by each intention setter with long leather strips to a branch from the surrounding forest.
Photography by Sequoia Ziff
Illustrations by Roy Huerta
GET LOST MIAMI
Celebrating Miami Music Week's electronic music genre, Tini worked with Damian Lazarus to create a visual analog for Get Lost's latest 24hr soiree.
For the music activation's 11th edition, Tini constructed 50 monochromatic sculptures and custom dreamcatchers to transform the venue, Little River Studios into a space that amplified the atavistic tones. The historic location was mapped with pockets of spatially fixed environmental installations and custom photo booths inviting guests to socially interact with Crosstown Rebels' lineup of renowned DJ performances.
Created by the visionary, Damian Lazarus, and his music label, Crosstown Rebels, Day Zero is a 17 hour off-grid immersion hidden deep within the cavernous jungles of Tulum. Tini was invited to spearhead art department by crafting a unique environment for the experience. To complement the culture and spirit of Tulum’s surreal wilderness, Tini constructed a site-specific pyramid stage, hanging wooden lantern sculptures, multichromatic yarn installations and cascading crystal designs, that were intuitively strung throughout an amphitheater of trees, cenotes and caves. Working with local mayans, every piece of the ethereal structure was regionally sourced and handcrafted at the goa-esque destination. Tini helped bridge land and community with a visual experience that became home to a plethora of artists, performers and tribes.
PATHWAYS TO PEACE UGANDA
Pathways to Peace Uganda is a non-profit organization that supports the reintegration process for former child soldiers that have escaped the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). They work to reunite LRA returnees with their families by evaluating the holistic sustainability in every aspect of rehabilitation. From family tracing, defection messaging, home reunions and scholarships for schooling, Pathways to Peace builds intentional relationships to help their transition.
Tini’s journey with Pathways to Peace began with a series of creative initiatives and events that raised funds and amplified awareness for the cause.
H.O.W.L and Pathways to Peace co-hosted an intimate multi-platform fundraiser where handmade innovations were auctioned, documentary works were screened and conversations were started.
Proceeds from the event paved a path for Tini to visit Uganda and incorporate art therapy principles into the program. Studies have revealed the importance of art’s impact on education, participation in society and the restoration of his or her sense of personal well-being through creative process. Tini engaged those on their way home with the universal language of art, resulting in many laughs and interactive experiences that explore feelings and foster a self-awareness that increases self-esteem.
HOWL x FREE PEOPLE
Right in time for the holidays, Tini teamed up with Free People to create H.O.W.L. Dream Catcher Dog tags as wearable art objects for your furry friends. The brass doggy dream catchers feature varying central stones, that each offer unique healing and strengthening qualities. The limited-edition designs are comprised of brass, turquoise, jasper, amethyst, quartz, chalcopyrite and azurite. Available on FreePeople.com and in select stores.
Summit Series curated 100 global women leaders across industries for a three day retreat to engender change through meaningful experience. Grassroots activists, entrepreneurs, indigenous leaders, culture shapers and artists came together to further a values-driven women’s action agenda.
Utah’s Powder Mountain made for a magical setting to host all the love being poured into a collaboration that is just the beginning of long-term campaigns and projects to embrace solutions and build resilient communities. Intimate dinners, outdoor activities and discussions surrounding purposeful leadership were produced for the weekend of women’s revelry.
Being a part of Summit’s artist residency program, Tini is dedicated to a future where communities thrive and women are empowered. She joined artist, Griffin Loop in creating landscape art during the W+ retreat. Together, they interpreted the natural landscape into a permanent space for community to reflect, set intention and imbue connectivity.
The W+ retreat hiked their way to the spiral garden’s mountain perch and energized the permanent work of landscape art through meditation, and a celebration of gratitude for newfound groundbreaking relationships.
Take a moment, if you haven't already, and pay a visit. For yourself, for the community and for the land!
GET LOST LA
Crosstown Rebels loves a great party and thrives on delivering unique musical performances. Tini collaborated with the label in creating scenography for an otherworldly atmosphere of sounds.
The much talked about underground music event took place at Le Jardin’s outdoor terrace in the heart of Hollywood. Befitting Get Lost LA’s world of bewitching music, mysticism, and culture, Tini adorned the dancefloor with free-standing and suspended sculptures accompanied by floating crystal designs under an open night sky.
ART BASEL 2014 // Reflective Dimensions
Reflective Dimensions is a collaborative art installation between Tini Courtney and Griffin Loop, fixed in the trees of the Wynwood Walls in Miami, Fl. The outdoor museum is beloved for exhibiting works from some of the world’s greatest artists in the graffiti and street art genre.
Art Basel presented Tini and Griffin with the exciting opportunity to fabricate something special to welcome fair patrons to the Wynwood Walls. The three handmade geometric pieces are 4ft in size and composed of metal, 24 karat gold leafing, pendants, gems and built in mirrors that reflect the faceted forms and lend a sophisticated camouflage effect in the right light. They set out to evoke reflection by creating an interactive element of larger scale for the wonderland of murals.
If you’re in Miami, check out the environmental art intervention at Wynwood Walls on 25th and NW 2nd Ave. The pieces are for sale individually or as a collection.
ART BASEL 2013 // Crystal Dreams
Crystal Dreams is a series of handcrafted environmental sculptures integrated into the diversity, passion and spirit of the Wynwood Walls. The three pieces by Tini and artist Griffin Loop are 2ft in size and constructed of metal and leather wrapped crystals.
The kinetic art pieces are still hanging in a central tree surrounded by a merging collection of extraordinary talents and perspectives that represent change.
DREAM TREE IN THE ASHRAM
Summit Series curated 150 dreamers for a hosted weekend to focus on the world around them and one another. Tini was invited to echo their presence at Powder Mountain by creating a piece that related to place and perception. Participants were asked to explore their deepest emotions, memories, relationships and revelations in order to set new intentions and scribe them on an extension of the land.
Inspired by the Hindu religion, the Ashram is a space for meditation. Catalyzing the space’s intention, Tini prepared a piece of eco-art to socially engage and stimulate awareness for the natural systems we coexist with and encourage a community-based, restorative dialogue. The handmade piece comprises a 10ft branch extracted from the mountain and 150 handwritten canvas feathers synergizing the raw material.
SUMMIT SERIES SPACES
Since the beginning of man formulating space, architecture and design has always been considered a carrier of messages. There is a highly conscious design narrative happening at Summit’s Powder Mountain, from the people who visit and the places they experience, to the objects they are surrounded by. Tini honors an omniculture of great design by studying the elemental intricacies of the treasures that energize her works, after all, we humans are made up of elements not so unlike those of rock and star. She touches upon themes of oneness whether she is meticulously designing a mise en scène or sharing culturally significant stories through a necklace. Elevating classic craftsmanship with an alchemical shift, she hopes to expand material and functionality by communicating time, place and earth’s essence in every creation.
The holistic utility of design has evolved far beyond a fictive reality on Powder Mountain. Tini collaborated with artist, Griffin Loop in creating a series of handmade hanging sculptures for the Valley Lodge and Timberline. These thought provoking and explorative environments are multi-purpose gathering spaces that host anything from group yoga workshops to conferences that push one’s boundaries to create their own change.
In the Valley lodge are three geometric pieces that are 2ft in size. Grounding the metal shape’s modern pluralism are leather wrapped crystals and rare stones affixed at various heights to be seen from any orientation.
Tini and Griffin created a larger, singular piece for the Timberline. Comprised of metal, crystals and vibrantly treated leather, it hangs in the mountain dwelling as a symbol of transformation and connection.
SUMMIT AT SEA 2015
The power of social context was prevalent at this year’s ocean summit. An ethos of solution driven content resonated off of the ocean liner’s international excursion for 2,500 entrepreneurs in tech, media and entertainment. Tini was invited to sync event programming with a phenomenological sculpture and jewelry workshop.
Positioned on the ship’s upper deck was the Haven Lounge. A common place for passengers to reset by enjoying workshops spanning acro-yoga, meditation, belly dancing and lucid dream. As a central structure for the experience, Tini handcrafted the sculpture in virtue of the meditative lounge and surrounding narrative for participants to perceive through the senses and direct intentionality.
We are all aware of being a part of a larger vision, yet the conditions of sight are limited to what is around us. Investigating our place in the universe by mapping earthly, oceanic and celestial terrain, the hanging 3 ½ ft x 6 ½ ft piece comprises leather, shells, brass feathers and quartz. Incredibly old and wise, the quartz crystal opens the mind and heart to a higher guidance by broadcasting energy that is programmed into it throughout the world and into etheric realms, accelerating the manifestation of healing, growth and goals.
The Message in a Bottle workshop provided a nostalgic take away for SAS guests. Incorporating a creative writing exercise that was reminiscent of being at sea, Tini provided 400 participants with miniature nautical bottles to loop into their handcrafted leather and stone bead necklaces as a memento.
PETER FRAMPTON FRET NECKLACES
English rock musician, Peter Frampton came to Tini with remnants of an instrument rich in history. Guitar frets from the instrument were used to design something special in remembrance of his dear friend and business manager. Tini handcrafted 20 one-of-a-kind necklaces with the frets, sterling silver, brass and leather.
Once a year, a unique culture emerges from the Burning Man experience. An art village rooted in the values of civic responsibility gathers in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert to manifest a sort of laissez-faire community through ephemeral art, gifting and radical self expression. The playa serves as a tabula rasa, free of preconceived notions of design, providing participants a blank canvas to realize their creative dreams and become them. Fascinating residential structures and themed camps are erected over a radial grid that covers 5 square miles of desert. The Uhuru camp, Swahili for freedom, invited Tini to weave a 15ft in diameter dreamcatcher for the facade of their geodesic yurt. To frame the yurt, Tini upcycled the infrastructure of an old trampoline by rendering fabric into earth, wind, fire and water symbols.
In an exciting cross-discipline collaboration, Tini and film photographer/professional surfer, Kassia Meador created a series of surreal mixed media compositions that morph seamlessly from one medium to the next. Woven onto the wooden frames are hand cut, streaming leather strips, knotted with crystals and hardware to pose as an extension of the watercolor prints, giving the captured moment a third dimension.