Personally I hate Valentine's day. It is due to my legendary February 14th' bad mood that there will never be a post from me on that day, but a lot of DVD consumption at my house...
Anyway, any day's worth to treat yourself to some fresh flowers, every once in a while.
buttercups & eucalyptus, glass bowl by artist Lena Pedersen Westergaard (from a private collection), vase: "Do not litter" by Rosenthal (design by Tapio Wirkkala), furniture: IKEA
happy new year
one of the rare occasions to pull out the antique silver cutlery and pewter, any black tableware I own, candles (as dark as possible) and buy lots of persimmons and pomegranates: halloween buffet set-up
So looking forward to offering pieces by jewelry company LUX divine soon! LUX divine is a small, gypset-style jewelry company based in L.A., with simply so much love and creativity in jewelry design. Lovely, often one-of-a-kind pieces for the modern bohemian.
I'm happy to announce that I will be selling books by luxury publishing company Assouline. I've adored and collected their books for years; their tasteful style and inspiring themes make them THE
perfect coffeetable book that I turn to whenever I need to lift-up my mood with some creative input.
or: winter tea time for one
I recently noted that there is a certain trend for table culture, and I'm really happy about that - the more inspirational magazines, books and blogs there are to enjoy..
Even if you're on your own, it is a matter of how well you treat yourself to make up a nice table setting, pull out your china (if it's sitting in a cupboard, no-one will ever appreciate it. It is meant to be used. Really.) and enjoy the art of savoir vivre.
Honestly, it does make a difference.
By the way, this is one of my absolutely favorite china designs. The form is Rosenthal "Polygon", created by Tapio Wirkkala, I think already in the 1970ies. I admire people who come up with something, anything that is so absolutely timeless and elegant. It exists in numerous decors (or plain white), but this one on the photo is the genius "Winterreise" (winter journey) by Rut Bryk. Never the white Polygon-design has been used smarter and more beautiful. Rut Bryk took the white backdrop and, with an atmospheric, reserved design, interpreted the entire china surface as a winter landscape, thus turning it into an element of her artistic decor. That's not only pretty but also extremely smart in a china decor, since it allows two things: one) she can so spread the decor over most of the surface and two) she can create the very specific wintery atmosphere - frosty, a little melancholic, yet also calming and somehow magical - even better by reducing the motives to little, subtle and carefully coloured drawings of trees and houses. So while most efficiently using the given form she's yet not overloading the picture - just the contrary in fact - and that is exactly the best she can do to to not only create something nice to look at but an entire ambiance. The congeniality of Rut Bryk and Tapio Wirkkala might be due to the fact that they were married (or maybe they were married because their minds aligned that well - which was first, hen or egg..), and it's stories like that that complete the picture for me; because I think it shows. Soul shows. Love shows.
Which reminds me - I'm sorry, I'm a pretty associative person.. - of the wonderful play "Art" by Yasmina Reza. And the fact that I should read it again sometime this winter. And you should, too. Spoiler alert: it finds a very funny and smart peripety in a "Rut Bryk moment"... Enjoy winter.
There are masters expressing very valid points in elaborate novels, opulent paintings, grand music. It can, however, be the most interesting challenge to seek to express a world of meaning in the shortest or smallest possible form. The art of reduction, so to speak. Boil something down to its essence. The most little thing can contain so much information.
As a teenager I came across this Imagist Haiku poem by Ezra Pound that stuck in my head:
"The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough."
Its title is "In a station of the Metro" (1912) and it is capturing this one moment in time, this spontaneous impression so clearly whilst in only 14 words that more than a century later I have an absolutely strong sentiment of "I get it". I get the picture but I also get the atmosphere, the feeling of that moment. And I wouldn't even need the title for that. Not only did Pound choose 14 words very wisely, by not describing too much detail he created a poem that describes an ephemeral yet timeless sentiment. Especially the second part of the poem seems like a rhythm to the pictures the mind creates, like the speaking rhythm can reflect the walking pace of those people in the crowd.
But before I try to analyse a complex legendary poem that has been studied in extensive publications in 3 sentences (this would clearly overstrain my personal abilities in the art of reduction :-)) I'll stop here and say: let the piece speak for itself.
Because the point is: if an artist succeeds in the art of reduction no explanations should be necessary. But I can still point out what I like and respect about it...
Talking about literature here's another example I'd like to share by poet Rainer Maria Rilke. It's just a line from a longer poem inspired by watching parrots in a park. The poem ends on the words:
"Aber dann wiegen sie wieder und schläfern und äugen,
spielen mit dunkelen Zungen, die gerne lögen,
zerstreut an den Fußfesselringen. Warten auf Zeugen."
It is incredibly hard translating poems to other languages and so unfortunately I didn't find an English translation that reflects my point. What I find the most genius about this poem is that last sentence: "Warten auf Zeugen" (They wait for witnesses). Before, he describes how the parrots absentmindedly play with their tongues on their foot bands, then follows that expression. It was mostly interpretated that it means they're waiting for ths park visitors to come; and while I think sure, that's most likely true - well, call me crazy, but I think the original wording is a rhythmic and linguistically perfected description of the sort of movement parrots make when they lift their head back up and the facial expression they make during. An impression that I'd take as not describable in words - again Rilke succeeds in expressing the verbally inexpressable. And in 3 words. Chapeau.
And of course there are so many equivalent reductions in other arts. Miniatures in painting can be very expressive; or an example of perfect esthetical composition, by very reduced means. A short succession of notes can speak directly to your heart and hit a core sentiment. An extremely clean interior design always has an effect on your soul - usually the kind of effect depends on the individual personality, though. I find that clean interiors are usually extremely beautiful to people who are somehow seeking structure in their general life and/or a certain "mind rest" because their brains are always busy and difficult to appease. Others usually find it uncomfortable, sometimes even scary. And vice versa. So here's another thesis to discuss at some point: interior reflects the roots, the personality and the mindset of people living in it.
I love books. I do. Especially if they're beautifully done, and that's usually a team effort with contributions by many people. It can have a special quality though when the artist has (at least most of) the project in hand. It's simply a much better reflection of his/her artistic work, much like "directors cuts" in film.
Now, when my mum made a couple of paintings illustrating the fairytale "Jorinde und Joringel" (from the German fairytales collected by the Brothers Grimm), we realized pretty soon: a) as it's a composition, all paintings with references to each other, it would be great to do an art print edition. b) there aren't enough for a book and the format isn't really suitable for a book either. So we had to come up with something new.
I won't bore you with the many discussions that followed.. - I will however not let you get away without presenting the result: a highest-quality art print booklet, hand-bronzed, thread-stitched, limited, numbered and signed. And last but not least: edited entirely by the artist, as some sort of art-lovers / book-lovers collector's item. I especially love that this way even the text becomes part of the art piece; it's not so much "book + illustrations" but ONE entire piece of art.
Needless to say, some booklets (in total there are only 152 pcs) are available through my online shop here. You can either order directly online or contact me by email if you have further questions.