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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Thursday's Suggestions

THURSDAY'S SUGGESTIONS

As the weekend approaches, we publish 5 images gleaned from our reading list.
First, a tent village in Korea by Archiworkshop. Next, the simplicity and elegance of Ikebana floral arts. Onto a Scottish island, soon to be fully sustainable. Next, the incredible ice caves of Lake Superior. And finally, ceramic works by Jaime Hayon for Bosa.
Have an inspired weekend!

Ikebana floral arts, from Venice Clay Arts

Scotland's self-sufficient island, from Inhabitat

Lake Superior ice caves, from Colossal

Ceramic works by Jaime Hayon for Bosa, from Designboom

Santa Fe Clay

SANTA FE CLAY GALLERY
Lee Akins, Marc Digeros and Lilly Zucherman
February 28 through April 19, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, February 28, 5 - 7pm
Lee Akins, Marc Digeros and Lilly Zuckerman share some common interests in their ceramic art: the use of red clay, soft surfaces and a personal design quality that lead to this three person show.
Lee Akins is originally from Texas, and spent time in Taiwan as a youth. He currently is a full time artist living in Riconada, NM, and teaches at Santa Fe Clay. His coil-built vessels have historic references, and incorporate figurative imagery. The majority of his pieces are “female forms inspired by fertility figures found in most early cultures.” Lee finishes his heavily textured surfaces with rustic glazes that accentuate the warmth of the terra cotta clay.
Marc Digeros patterns and slab builds his functional pieces. They are architectural in nature, possibly from the inspiration surrounding his work as model shop manager at Frank O. Gehry Associates in Los Angeles. The colorful graphic surfaces follow the sweeping lines of the pieces, and hint at the red clay in a color palette of soft yellows, pinks, browns and teals.
Lilly currently resides in Missoula, MT. She starts all her pieces from a solid block of clay. The form evolves as she pinches up the walls, neither adding or trimming away clay. The final forms are simple yet seemingly complex platter-like pieces. The raw beauty of the clay, and her everlasting finger prints finish the surface of her quiet pieces.

545 Camino de la Familia, Santa Fe, NM, 87501 Tel: 505-984-1122 Fax: 505-984-1706 www.santafeclay.com

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Yolk Fish

YOLKFISH
by Peleg Design
We saw this product and liked it immediately. With Yolkfish, eggs get separated quickly, efficiently - and with a smile. If you cook you will appreciate this fun, functional new product!
Peleg Design website

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fountain

MUSIC•HAUNTING
Posted as a recommendation on another site, the music and visuals of this video captured me. I'm still not sure why. The orchestration (digital synthesizers?) and vocals are haunting. The sound is reminiscent of the music from the television show, Twin Peaks - that melody representing something undefined, frightening. I couldn't stop listening, watching the white of snow, eyelashes, pale skin and hearing the sound of ocean waves, rushing water.
I've listened again and again - and watched over and over through glowing horizon, a full moon and finally, darkness.
For more information and musical selections, please visit iamamiwhoami:YouTube

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Mix

MONDAY MIX
From food to industrial design to a mathematically generated image - or sleeping under a canopy of stars, we present the following for your viewing pleasure.
First, spanakoppita from the kitchen of author, Frances Mayes. Then, onto a beautiful range hood designed by Samuel Codegoni - next, architectural renderings of Rafael Araujo. And finally, on those nights when sleep spins out of control, what better way to while away the hours, then count stars?
From the kitchen of Frances Mayes

Pareo Range Hood - from New Tech Reviews

Rafael Araujo renderings - from Colossal

Cosmos Bed by Natalia Rumyantseva - from New Tech Reviews

Friday, January 10, 2014

Nahoko Kojima

PAPER CUTS:
The sculptural work of NAHOKO KOJIMA

Artisans from many countries, over many centuries, have incorporated the craft of paper cutting into their cultures. From as early as China in the 6th century and India, Japan, and Mexico, among other countries, the art of cutting into paper has enjoyed a long decorative history. Early on, up through today, craftsmen and woman have produced cuttings as simple, decorative items for display or to commemorate important events.
When age-old crafts, such as paper cutting, crocheting or quilting are set free of function, they are transformed into meaningful and powerful works of art. Such is the work of Nahoko Kojima.
Ms. Kojima, born in Japan in 1981, began training her artist’s eye via drawing. From as early as childhood, she began to explore natural forms found in her surroundings; leaves and flowers - usually studied from the underside, as the young artist drew these forms from underneath.  Source and action united as the artist found equanimity – lifting her into an inspired state. According to Ms. Kojima, “…I think when we discover a hidden beauty, we leave our bodies and look on ourselves, the object and environment, all as one lovely epiphany.” Most artists would attest to this state as they move from the mundane world of form, into another world where time seems to stop.
Each work is unique. The artist prefers not to duplicate or recreate the past as she cuts into paper with the tools and preciseness of a surgeon; intensely concentrating, so as not to make even the slightest error. There is no turning back.
From an article, written by Karen Wright for The Independent (July 19, 2013): “Kojima’s practice is labor-intensive in the extreme, and demands tremendous concentration; if she makes a mistake there is no way to repair it. She uses scalpel blades that are half the thickness of normal blades and replaced every three minutes.”



Movement is crucial issue in Ms. Kojima’s work. Animals appear, almost as if in flight, their limbs and fur cast into the air – into space. We might ask if they are in flight from a predator (human, most likely) or in pursuit of the next meal. Nothing is static in the artist’s world. A whirling dervish of fluttering shards of paper in perpetual movement is part and parcel of the work.
Ms. Kojima, originally from Hyogo, Japan, graduated with a degree in Design from Kuwasawa Institute. She lives and works in London and her sculpture has been exhibited at Exposure Gallery (London) and the Saatchi Gallery (London), among other venues. She was awarded (2013) the Jerwood Makers Open commission, proposing and creating the life-sized Polar Bear sculpture, titled, Byaku (meaning, ‘white’ in Japanese - as seen in the first 4 photographs, above).
For more information about Nahoko Kojima, please visit the following sites:
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