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Stay tuned as this archived website is about to be re-born in late 2017 with the same focus on quality and interesting handmade studio craft from the 1960s to now.

Teapot by Dybdahl Denmark c1960s

Teapot by Dybdahl Denmark c1960s


Precision Woodcraft by Sandsmade

I came across the wood-work of Robbie Sands of Melbourne, recently in Adelaide at  the Bowerbird Bazaar, a handmade design fair held a few times a year.

The craftsmanship, minimalist design and beautiful wood make all the pieces a real standout. Most pieces are kitchen or food related in some way and would brilliantly compliment many types of kitchen and the dining table…although I must say I can easily see one of my Bonsai trees sitting on the “cake deck” for that special display.

As well as making commission pieces I notice from his website that Robbie also has a store on Etsy which is very handy if you are not in Melbourne.

Kari Lonning Basketmaker

Being on Pinterest has re-motivated my interest in getting this blog moving along again, as I have come across so many talented craftspeople via Pinterest who I have wanted to share, and who’s work I have found inspiring.

Thank you to all the people who are still following this blog after and absence of about 10 months.

I am also so delighted to see that during this period it has continued to get a good number of page views !

So starting off with the work of Kari Lonnning. Basket making is not something that you would normally think of as taking your breath away, but when I saw Kari’s work for the first time – that it did…and continues to do.  She makes the most superbly designed and crafted, elegant basketry I have ever seen.

A bit about Kari Lonning first from her equally stylish website:

Kari has been a full-time contemporary basketmaker since 1975. She is best known for her double-walled constructions and a complex weaving process she refers to as her “hairy technique.” She works extensively with graphic patterns, using both bold and subtle color schemes. She dyes the natural rattan reed with commercial, colorfast textile dyes for depth of color and longevity. Her interest in patterns and complex weaving techniques began in college where she minored in textiles, while many of her vessel forms reflect her college major – ceramics. Basketry became the natural union of the two.

Hers is the only work that I have ever seen reflects the forms of ceramics through the techniques of basketry…what a brilliant fusion.

Kari has won numerous awards, written an authoritative book on basketry –  and her work is held  in numerous public and private collections including the White House Craft Collection, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution,and the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.

You can see what inspires Kari on her lovely blog Karibaskets too.

Thats enough from me…..Kari’s work as you can see below, speaks for itself:

Beth-Emily Drawings & Illustrations

I first saw the work of Beth-Emily at the Bowerbird Bazaar Design fair in Adelaide a few weeks ago. The quality of her drawings and illustrations stood out from the crowded field that has become “Illustration” immediately. Beth’s work has a delicacy and grace often missing from this style of work.

Beth’s work conveys her love of drawing which has been with her all her life, and was developed further in her training as a printmaker. I think Beth’s technique of combining pencil and watercolour has an exquisite delicacy and lightness that compliments her bird works in particular, which are for sale in her store here. 

You can also get to the store via Beth’s website which is equally as beautiful – (make sure you see her lovely blog while you are there too).  Beth’s stylish website and blog combination, tied in with her store to me illustrate the importance of artists in our electronic world having a well designed, seemless web presence to facilitate their exposure to a wide audience. Read more

Theo Kamecke – New Works

Late last year I put up a post on the work of New York artist Theo Kamecke, who uses computer circuitry to create amazing works of Art.  Theo continues to produce work of outstanding beauty and finesse,  like the wall pieces in this post.  I find Theo’s work simply mesmerizing.

Theo uses the traditional techniques of marquetry, which in another century might have been employed with fine veneers and precious materials. He uses circuit boards which have a pale green translucent substrate that Theo dyes a permanent black for nice contrast with the metal circuitry.  The dyed boards are then polished and cut them to create the designs, and fixed to hardwood forms that have been created for each individual work. With Sculptural pieces, the works are almost completely designed before the wood forms are constructed so the circuitry pieces precisely fit the forms. 

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Cleo Mussi and Matthew Harris: 50/50 Exhbition

50/50 ~ Working in Parallel is the name of an exhibition being held in Bath England 12th February – 3rd April 2011 at the Victoria Art Gallery. It aims to show the work of two individuals working in parallel yet independently on a theme.

Textile artist Matthew Harris and Mosaic artist Cleo Mussi have lived and worked side by side in various studios since 1987 and 50/50 is their first joint show. They both studied at Goldsmiths College in London 24 years ago and graduated from The Textile department run by Audrey Walker and her skilled  team. During her study, Cleo while working with recycled fabrics, became attracted to the idea of mosaics, which she has worked with ever since. Read more

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