Aug

14

yes please – native line wall hangings

Native Line Wall-Hangings in natural and gold

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.

Native Line Wall Hangings in natural and gold

Native Line Wall Hangings in natural and gold

Native Line Loom

Native Line

Images The Future Perfect and Native Line. Available for purchase at The Future Perfect.

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Aug

06

yes please – a quiet celebration by morie nishimura

A Quiet Celebration, brass mirror by Morie Nishimura

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.

A Quiet Celebration, brass mirror by Morie Nishimura

Available for purchase at Merchant no. 4.

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Mar

21

yes please – the wood castings of hilla shamia

The wood casting series by Isreali artist Hilla Shamia, furniture made of wood cast with aluminum.

The wood casting series by Isreali artist Hilla Shamia, furniture made of wood cast with aluminum.

 

I find myself completely enamored with the wood casting series by Isreali designer Hilla Shamia. Shamia begins with a whole tree trunk and pours molten aluminum directly onto the wood, burning the surface and darkening the wood. The trunk is then split lengthwise and put into a mold, where the legs are cast, creating benches, tables, and stools. Each piece is one of a kind – the grain of the wood, the pattern of burn, and the way in which the aluminum infiltrates the trunk.

 

The wood casting series by Isreali artist Hilla Shamia, furniture made of wood cast with aluminum.

 

The wood casting series by Isreali artist Hilla Shamia, furniture made of wood cast with aluminum.

 

The wood casting series by Isreali artist Hilla Shamia, furniture made of wood cast with aluminum.

Spectacular! For more information, visit her website. Her pieces are available via Entratalibera in Italy and Asufa Design in Isreal.

 

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Jan

15

creative crushing – well i’m in love

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…and so much so, that it inspired me to create a new series on my blog – “creative crushing” – a place to swoon and gawk over the creatives and creations that are above and beyond.

So I’m in love, for starters, with Dutch artist Anne Ten Donkelaar and her series “Flower Constructions“. Yep, totally crushing. Her flower constructions are 3-D collages created from pressed flowers and cut out pictures of flowers, plants, mushrooms, and the like. She places each element, meticulously, on pins and then builds her fantastical specimens. The pins create depth and shadow, making each piece a dynamic, interactive, changing sculpture.

They are at once, magical, colorful, creepy, pretty, pop-arty, biological, and architectural, and I am in love.
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Dec

31

creative crushing – becoming and passing

I find myself completely enthralled by German artist, Cornelia Konrads‘ natural sculptures. It’s no surprise that I love the elements of wood and stone, but what I find really compelling is the whimsy which seems to impel each sculpture. In each piece Konrads plays with the ideas of motion and calm, with dissolution and density. Her installations exist in inbetween states, in flux. They play with ambiguity. Are the elements rising or falling? Are they being constructed or deconstructed?

Her installations exist as emblems of the cycle of becoming and passing, something to think upon, this new year.

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Jul

27

creative crushing – the art of Tobias Tovera

I am completely taken with Tobias Tovera‘s series “Diffusions of Pigment.” The intense, saturated hues are almost jarring, while the oozing fluidity pulls you in. His work is said to be like emotions painted. Love them.

 

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Jul

07

neon yellow + neutral

Sculpture by Debra Baxter in Celestite, Glass, and Quartz Crystal

Neon yellow necklace

Handwoven necklace by Saloukee on Bottica

Dress by Christopher Kane

Baja Sandals by Rebecca Minkoff

Neon Yellow and Natural Slingshot by Wooden Slingshot

Neon and Glitter dipped Paper Tassels by Everly Lane Design

Neon yellow dipped table, seen on Dot Dot Dash

 

Neon Stripe Flat Clutch by Clare Vivier

Neon Duck Bag by Baggu on Dottie Clover

Inge Ankle Wrap Clog by Loeffler Randall

 

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