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13 Jan


Inuit Art

January 13, 2016 | By |

Baker_Lake_Wall_Hanging_-_Victoria_MamnguqsualukVictoria Mamnguqsualuk, Hunters (detail)

In the early 1950s, works by Inuit artists began to be sold. Since that era, widely recognized as the beginning of contemporary Inuit art, artists have been creating unique artworks inspired by traditional life on the land, the natural and spirit world, lived experiences, stories and legends. They have been experimenting with a variety of artistic media and techniques resulting in distinctive personal styles.

Fabric collage wall hangings emerged during the 1970s. Inuit women adapted their traditional sewing skills and mastery of stitchery to create high-quality artworks from wool duffle or stroud with felt appliqués and embroidery. The artworks depict a variety of subjects ranging from narrative traditional camp life scenes to arctic animals and the spirit world.exhibition_145_media_file_3151Naomi Ityi, Untitled, c. 1973. Wool felt, embroidery floss on wool duffle Collection of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

Feheley Fine Arts Gallery in Canada has a large collection to give you some more inspiration.

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08 Jan


Spiegel der Verf Konst

January 8, 2016 | By |

colors-1271 Years Before Pantone, an Artist Mixed and Described Every Color Imaginable in an 800-Page Book.

In 1692 an artist known only as “A. Boogert” sat down to write a book in Dutch about mixing watercolors. Not only would he begin the book with a bit about the use of color in painting, but would go on to explain how to create certain hues and change the tone by adding one, two, or three parts of water. The premise sounds simple enough, but the final product is almost unfathomable in its detail and scope.

Spanning nearly 800 completely handwritten (and painted) pages, Traité des couleurs servant à la peinture à l’eau, was probably the most comprehensive guide to paint and color of its time. The color book was probably intended as an educational guide. The irony being there was only a single copy that was probably seen by very few eyes.

It’s hard not to compare the hundreds of pages of color to its contemporary equivalent, the Pantone Color Guide, which wouldn’t be published for the first time until 1963.

The entire book is viewable in high resolution here.

colors-2 colors-3  colors-4-1 The book is currently kept at the Bibliothèque Méjanes in Aix-en-Provence, France.

22 Nov


Heurtault’s Parasolerie

November 22, 2015 | By |

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 17.37.20Parasols & Umbrellas – from everyday object to work of art – Michel Heurtault’s museum pieces from 1750 to 1970 and his latest creations

The whole world is overwhelmed with cheap umbrellas from Asia with only a small artisan business being undertaken in Paris. With specific materials and a unique know-how the small shop offers parasols and umbrellas for all weathers and every occasion. They can be designed for protection against the rain or sun, for a wedding, a historic movie, a haute couture show or for a very particular special exhibition. This is the world of Michel Heurtault. He is Parisian by adoption and has gained an incredible knowledge on umbrellas – as well as acquiring the art of restoring historic umbrellas. Today his skills are deemed to be unique and have led to a worldwide reputation and to various awards, among them the Maître d’Art.

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The exhibition will display more than 400 museum pieces from bygone days as well as his latest creations. On display will be the various components of a parasol or an umbrella from the handle being in ornate shapes such as that of a dog or cat, old lace by the yard or historical embroidery and the framework made of various materials such as whalebone or metal. Parasols and umbrellas can enable us to look back to an evolving history of more than 4000 years. The oldest piece in the collection was manufactured by Jean Marius. At the beginning of the 18th century, Sun King Louis XIV granted Marius, the inventor of the three-way collapsible umbrella, a five-year royal monopoly on the manufacture of folding umbrellas.

On show at the Spielzeug Welten Museum Basel – 24th October 2015 – 3rd April 2016

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18 Sep


House of Hackney & William Morris

September 18, 2015 | By |

HofH_shop-2-2_633For Autumn / Winter 2015 House of Hackney reimagines William Morris with a psychedelic trip through his archives. Morris classics such as ‘Peacock & Dragaon’, ‘Hyacinth’ and ‘Blackthorn’ are reworked for a new generation. The House of Hackney print, ‘Artemis’, an ode to William Morris, completes this stunning collection.

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House of Hackney Black


House of Hackney was founded in London in 2010 by husband-and-wife team Javvy
M Royle and Frieda Gormley. Originally founded as an interiors label, the founders’
quest was ‘to take the beige out of interiors’ with an emphasis on quality, design and Made in England.

After a decade of bland minimalism, the brand captured the zeitgeist with its collections of British-made collection of prints and products that are steeped in tradition, but are bold and subversive for a truly modern statement.

Today, House of Hackney has evolved into a successful British-made brand incorporating interiors, fashion and lifestyle divisions. House of Hackney has achieved cult status amongst its loyal customer-base of tastemakers, celebrities and interior designers, and has become the go-to British brand for its iconic printed collections.

17 Aug


Kühn Keramik

August 17, 2015 | By |

A charming ceramic shop in Berlin-Kreuzberg, where Ignant made this beautiful photo series. Located in a former pharmacy, the shelves of the showroom are bursting with handmade ceramic pieces. After climbing down the staircase from what used to be a poison cabinet, you enter the workshop where Bernhard Kühn and his team create everything from unique cups and plates to small decorative sculptures. The products are made of clay from the Westerwald region and the glaze comes from Meissen. They are typically spruced up with gold, silver or platinum. Additionally, they feature more than 400 different motifs burnt into the ceramic. No piece is like the other, yet they all carry Kühn’s signature style.

Next to the ceramics we love the old pharmacy interior and chandeliers very much! Have a look…

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Source: Ignant

15 May


Walter Hugo for Paul Smith

May 15, 2015 | By |

Paul-Smith-Red-Ear-Fall-2013-1-630x371Born and raised in London, Walter Hugo has centered his work on using scientific processes to pioneer the modern development of early photographic techniques. Hugo’s creations are wonderfully laboured, capturing the life of the subject in an unparalleled way and engaging with the history of photography in an entirely contemporary manner.

For the 2013 winter collection of Paul Smith Hugo photographed using a giant pinhole camera. With Walter using a 19th century brass lens, the subjects had to sit incredibly still as the camera had a four second exposure. The developing chemicals were on site for immediate processing and there were no negatives, each image being completely unique. Paul worked with Walter on the final edit and the options not selected were destroyed to leave final eight portraits.

After the photographs were dry, Paul and Walter worked on the colour palette for hand colouring. Walter subsequently painted the portraits to highlight certain tones. The treatment was particularly popular in Japan, where hand colouring was a finely practiced art form.

Walter Hugo Beak Street 1

19 Mar


The Fabric of India

March 19, 2015 | By |

8_muslim_borderFrom October 3rd 2015 – January 10th, 2016 the V&A’s “The Fabric of India” will be the first major exhibition to explore the dynamic and multifaceted world of handmade textiles from India from the 3rd to the 21st century.

Showcasing the best of the V&A’s world-renowned collection together with masterpieces from international partners, the exhibition will feature over 200 objects ranging from the 3rd to the 21st century. Objects on display for the first time will be shown alongside renowned masterworks and the very latest in Indian contemporary design. The astonishing skills and variety evident in this incomparably rich tradition will surprise and inform even those with prior knowledge of the subject, and is sure to delight visitors.

Check also the blog of the V&A with many fascinating stories about Indian fabrics.


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11 Feb


Buttons Up

February 11, 2015 | By |

10buttons-moroz-tmagArticle“Buttons can be made from just about anything, from elephant skin to raffia,” announces a text on the wall of “Déboutonner la Mode” (“Unbutton Fashion”), a new exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. And it’s true: The 3000 buttons on display, gathered by prolific collector Loïc Allio, include pearls, leather, fur, bone, wood, straw, plastic, Wedgwood and papier-mâché. Petite canvases though they may be, each button is a full-fledged artistic work, created by craftsmen ranging from embroiderers and ceramicists to jewelers and silversmiths.

“The exhibition is about understanding the role of the silhouette,” Véronique Belloir, its curator, explains. “It puts in context what buttons say about fashion, and beyond fashion.” As for the button’s place now, Belloir feels it has withdrawn into something “subtle and discreet.”

“Déboutonner la Mode” is on view through July 19 at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, lesartsdecoratifs.fr2012-48-437-ph1


Bouton, France, vers 1950, Pearls of glass
Bouton, Henri Hamm, vers 1910-20

Source: T Magazine

04 Dec


Samurai Sale

December 4, 2014 | By |

Christie’s online auction of swords, armor and sword fittings! Happy browsing!

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26 Nov


Anabo Love!

November 26, 2014 | By |

1Taking inspiration from the past, the Anabo panoramic wallpapers papers are painted entirely by hand, then scanned and printed in their Bordeaux workshops. Have a look for yourself! 

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