flowery felty bowl
This bowl has been made from un-dyed native British wool using a wet felting method to create a seamless structure. I added a touch of green Merino to the base of the bowl to create a mossy effect, and decorated the edge with needle felted flowers in lovely soft… details »
Twists Earrings from Bale & Twine
Hand twisted elegance. Fine silver with Hand Formed sterling silver wires. Dangle to approx. 1.25 inches in length.Beautifully presented in our complimentary handcrafted rose gift box. details »
Pontos the flannel monster
This cuddly, flannel fellow is one of my son’s favorite designs and just right for snuggling. He also makes a perfect naptime pillow.All of the flannel monsters are handmade from new materials and have securely stitched felt details. details »
This single piece of artwork is what I would like to share with you today. I noted this piece back in February and I am drawn to it every time I am rifling through my favorites. It is a collage entailing fabric, thread and a vintage paper doll parts.
From what I can tell in the pictures and the artist description, the fabric has been stretched over a canvas and the artist has sewn circles of cut fabric onto the piece to resemble flowers. This detailed rich touch has me mesmerized.
The color choice is also dreamy. The blend of mustards, sepia tones and light olives is entirely too perfect. There is an heaviness to this piece which seams contradictory to it’s light floral background.
Do you remember Sophia Coppola’s film “The Virgin Suicides”? I get the same beautifully eerie feeling looking at this piece as I did watching that film.
I tracked down the artists blog and am trying to decipher the mysterious, thick lushness of her style.
I am somewhat taken by this piece as you can probably tell. It is not usual for me to highlight only one piece of art but I felt it deserved a spotlight. It is an original piece and available here… race you to it!
Now that winter is making its inevitable approach and days are starting to get shorter, I find myself lighting candles almost every evening. There is nothing like the golden glow of candles to add a little romance and warmth to a room. It has been said, though, that “we breathe what we burn”. In the case of paraffin-based wax candles, what is burned is a mix of petroleum, chlorine bleach and several other potentially harmful additives. As the flame flickers, toxic soot is released into the air. This soot contains a myriad of dangerous compounds including benzene, ethanol, acetone, toluene, formaldehyde and naphthalene.
You don’t have to be a chemist to understand that this is some pretty nasty stuff to be inhaling. In fact, the soot released by the paraffin candles is very similar in chemical make-up to diesel exhaust! One way to avoid introducing airborne pollutants into your home is to forgo paraffin candles and choose those made of 100% natural beeswax.
We’ve featured Joanne’s work before, and now she’s part of our new series: DIY Interview. If you’d like to be a part of it, just check out the end of this post.
What is your craft / art / creative endeavor?
I make light sculptures by taking a piece of reed, and bending and twisting it into an interesting shape. Once I’m happy with the shape, tissues and handmade paper are applied over the reed with wheat paste.
My light sculptures have no front or back, up or down. This is because I want the you to feel relaxed and at ease when you view it, to explore my light sculptures however way you wish.
How did you get started? Have you worked in other creative areas before the kind of work you’re doing now?
I made my first light sculpture during a one week art enrichment program in high school. During the week, 15 students and I work closely with an artist. She taught us how to form the sculptures, and the techniques of papermaking with plants.
After high school and college, I worked in advertising agencies such as Young & Rubicam and Grey Worldwide as an Art Director. In July 2009 I lost my job due to the company’s restructuring plan. Instead of looking for another job at another agency, I decided to take this opportunity to re-visit the experience of making abstract paper light sculptures in high school.