Ainslie Wood Co. | Faded Forests
"Here is a little forest, whose leaf is ever green..."
Today I wanted to share some new work by Jesse Senko, a name PGM readers will surely recognize as he and Melanie, his wife and collaborator in slow food experimentation, contribute the regular Homesteading column to Pure Green (see a sneak peek of their column on pressing cider in our current print issue). They are also the authors of the wonderful blog on the same subject, Homemade Crackers. These dream-inspired, romantic photos really give the sense of staring off into the distance to some faraway land or idea. A little wistful and a little pensive too... they are from Ainslie Wood Co.'s newly released 2012 lookbook entitled Faded Forests. The concept is named from a passage found in a letter from Emily Dickinson to her brother Austin in which she speaks of the last dying days of fall before the winter snows us in, telling him "never mind faded forests, Austin, never mind silent fields — here is a little forest, whose leaf is ever green; here is a brighter garden, where not a frost has been." I truly think that Jesse and the girls of Ainslie Wood Co. captured this sentiment perfectly. The muted shades and soft grey skies, soft wool sweaters and dry brown grass... all of these elements speak of the passing of seasons, the time in which we hang in transition.
Ainslie Wood Co. is run by Hollie and Jane, curators of vintage clothing and accessories, who also run White Elephant, a sweet little shop filled with handmade goodness and vintage in Hamilton, Ontario.
Photos © Ainslie Wood Co., Photographed by Jesse Senko