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Cabana x OKA Gem of an Idea D allas artist LaToya Jones' gleaming interpretation of Johannes Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring caught the attention of curators at the Mauritshuis Museum in The Netherlands, which has chosen it for a wildly creative group show honoring Vermeer's 1665 masterpiece. The exhibit, "My Girl with a Pearl Earring," runs through June 4 in the museum's Vermeer Room, where the famed painting normally resides; it's currently out on loan for a major Vermeer exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Jones' opportunity came about after the museum issued an international call last year for artists to send their own versions of Girl with a Pearl Earring. While museum curators expected a few hundred entries, they were deluged with almost 3,500 submissions from 69 countries. Only 170 were chosen for the show. Jones' complex mixed-media works involve photography and a host of different digital paint programs and platforms. Using a high-definition macro lens, she photographed pearls, yellow diamonds, blue sapphires, and 24K gold pieces. She imported the images into a program that allowed her to "paint" her very own Girl in digital form. The task was daunting. For information and to view other inventive works in the show, visit mygirlwithapearl. RS M artina Mondadori's new collection of lamps and shades for OKA captures t h e m a x i m a l i s t , f a b r i c - o b s e s s e d spirit of Cabana, the design-cult magazine that she founded. Mondadori worked closely with Sue Jones, co-founder and creative director of the British furnishings and design company OKA, drawing on their mutual love of pattern, color, and travel. The Arabesque lampshade evolved from embroidered fabric Jones discovered at a market in India and is made from intricately embroidered tussar silk; handmade in Delhi, it takes several craftspeople 12 days to create each shade. Veneto's printed card shades have geometric motifs in pastel shades and come in three prints, including one with a scalloped edge. All are reinterpretations of Venetian wall frescoes and are handmade in North London by a specialty shade maker. The swirled paisley patterns of Ambi are hand-blocked on natural linen in Jaipur and finished with contrasting linings and trims. The Pilastro lamp has a hand-turned wood base inspired by a lamp owned by Mondadori's mother and is hand-painted with multiple coats of rich color. OKA X Cabana shades $195 – $495, table lamps $250, at the OKA store,, Rebecca Sherman Ambi shade and Pilastro lamp base LaToya Jones' My Girl with a Pearl Earring, 2022 OKA X Cabana shades 58

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