If only. The Native Line Wall Hangings are amazing. A bespoke collection of wall hangings which are hand loomed by artist Justine Ashbee using a four shaft weaving process. Inspired by indigenous woven craftwork, each piece is unique. Mixing natural fibers and shimmers of gold they are an inspired blend of textile and jewelry. Simply stunning.
A design trend that I can’t get enough of, Shibori continues to please, and for good reason. The deep, saturated, evocative patterns and hues draw you in, melding modern, geometric, and abstract with a global, painterly feel. Shibori is a form of Japanese tie dying in which there are an infinite number of ways to twist, bind, and tie the fabric to achieve patterns. What is interesting about Shibori, is that it is not only the desired pattern that dictates the technique used, but the type of fabric. The Shibori techniques work in harmony with the characteristics of the cloth used. I appreciate that.
Pepa Martin and Karen Davis are the Australian design duo behind Shibori, a boutique textile agency which has pushed the boundaries of this ancient Japanese craft, modernizing the shibori techniques on new materials. Shibori Wallpaper is an example. So striking, I love them all. The wallcoverings are available both at retail and to-the-trade. In the U.S. they are available at Studio Four NYC. See all the colors and patterns here.
When I was a little girl I was an avid “painter”. I used to love putting globs of different colored paints on paper and then folding it and squishing it around, opening it to reveal the surreal, saturated swirls of color. It’s no surprise then, that the inkblot wallcoverings from Timourous Beasties blow my mind. Perhaps that is the point as they are inspired by the infamous Rorschach inkblots. Truly stunning, truly a statement maker.
More than just a mirror, Morie Nishimura‘s A Quiet Celebration, is a celebration of craft, a reflection of both past and present. Constructed of mirrored brass hinged circles, the mirror opens and closes like a butterfly. The sleek gold face is juxtaposed against the back side which has a rough brass finish, which adds to the dimension and interest. At face value, it is a beautiful and unusual piece of functional art.
But Nishimura seeks more than this end with his pieces. He hopes to “revive the idea of having respect for these simple objects and to rebuild the relationship between our society and the tools we have come to take for granted. Through their use, these objects inspire a quiet appreciation of the place that tools, both simple and complex, occupy in the structure of human civilization.” He hopes “to reconnect humans and their artifacts in quiet celebration of form, function, and craft.”
Mirrors were not always made of glass and silver nitrate. As far back as 3000 BC our ancestors were using polished brass to see themselves. A Quiet Celebration pays tribute to this fact, connecting us to our past and the evolution of mirror throughout time. And it does so beautifully.