Peter Wooster on Saatchi Art

 

Collage #761

The effects of the stroke diminished his ability to speak and read. Seeking a method by which to communicate, but also an outlet for his artistic expression, Peter at first turned to photography, then experimented with drawing – charcoal, watercolors, and colored pencils. But none of his creations pleased him. He then began creating small collages, utilizing graphics and photography which he found readily available in a variety of print media. The medium of collage was able to perfectly express his unique and artful view of his new world. Less

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Peter Wooster

 

Collage #761

The effects of the stroke diminished his ability to speak and read. Seeking a method by which to communicate, but also an outlet for his artistic expression, Peter at first turned to photography, then experimented with drawing – charcoal, watercolors, and colored pencils. But none of his creations pleased him. He then began creating small collages, utilizing graphics and photography which he found readily available in a variety of print media. The medium of collage was able to perfectly express his unique and artful view of his new world. Less

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The Garden of Peter Wooster, Stockbridge Garden Tour

The garden of Peter Wooster is a revered jewel-of-a-garden in Roxbury, Connecticut that has been long-admired for its intimate design and incredible collection of plants. Rob Girard, gardener extraordinaire (and a contributor to BBG’s Contained Exuberance show this summer) will take us on a tour through this four-square garden.

Begun more than 25 years ago as a collector’s garden by architect and landscape designer Peter Wooster, the original guiding principle was “We’ll take one of everything”. Over time it became recognized for its great plantsmanship and unusual perennials, shrubs, annuals, and exotics, as well as for its simple but elegant architectural form.

Covering only a half acre, there are six large, rectangular beds framed by grass paths with a border that ties it all together. The paths serve to contain the mixed English border-style plantings that have been referred to as ‘a botanical zoo’.

Over the years, the maturing trees and shrubs have turned what was once a mostly sunny perennial garden into a mostly woody garden with a change in scale and light. The plantings have evolved to support the changing conditions, fostering the garden’s diversity while continuing to be of great interest to visitors and still maintaining its primacy as an organizing point for this artful collector’s garden.

Gardener/Architect Peter Wooster Creates a Collage Comeback

Pergola Home

After a stroke in 2006 left him partially paralyzed, with limited vocabulary, Peter Wooster of Roxbury, Connecticut, the renown gardener and architect of homes for such high-profile clients as James Taylor and Stephen Sondheim, continues to pursue creative self-expression through vivid visual imagery. True, Wooster can no longer draw or write up or describe out loud what he has in mind. But images—photographs, in particular—speak to Wooster as they always have, and through them he continues to express himself as emphatically as ever in the role of collage artist.

With pictures as the words he cuts and pastes into boldly punctuated metaphorical paragraphs, and several well-received gallery shows already to his credit, a new limited-edition book, Collage, is set to debut Sunday at a reception at Pergola Home in New Preston.

“Peter was always known for his pithy plantings in the garden,” says Tovah Martin, the acclaimed garden author and fellow longtime Litchfield County resident. “Basically, he led the trendsetting movement toward marrying highbrow architectural kitsch with zany horticulture. Now, he takes that sharp wit into another art form, teaching us to see anew.”

Washington Depot Hickory Stick Book Store

Author Signing and Reading with Sydney Eddison – Where We Walk: Poems Rooted in the Soil of New England.

In the preface to her first book of poems, Sydney Eddison tells her story of living a “charmed life” with her husband in a house full of dreams, animals, good friends and beautiful gardens. In 1995, a car accident left her husband seriously injured. Sydney describes the accident as a wake-up call. After three months in a nursing home, he came home with a pronounced limp, having suffered two broken knees. Sydney, who had leaned on her husband for thirty-five years, learned how to be self-reliant.

After the death of her husband, Sydney was able to remain in her home, but she relied on her close friends to help her. Peter Wooster, a young man she met through gardening, was one of those friends. When Peter had a stroke, robbing him of his speech and mobility, Sydney was able to lend him a hand. Every Sunday afternoon they would meet and Sydney would assist Peter in his work as a collage artist by placing and pasting the images he created on a mat board according to his directions. In short, Sydney became his hands.