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Monica-Rudquist-Monica Rudquist works primarily in porcelain and is know for her distinctive spiral design. “I love forming a piece of clay on the wheel while it is in a fluid state and I am compelled to create forms which retain this fluidity and gesture,” the Minneapolis artist explains. “I am curious about how far I can push the clay. I test these limits by cutting and recombining thrown forms. This begins a dialogue with the clay that spurs more questionsand responses to the developing form. I choose to work with traditionally functional objects because it introduces the possibility of creating sculptural forms that relate to people on a personal level.”

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DSCN2370One of the beautiful fabrics that we saw at the fall furniture market was this printed velvet at Sherrill Furniture, reminiscent of William Morris and the Art Nouveau style. There are several color combinations included in this fabric that are now on my TO DO list.

The predominant color was still orange, the 2012 color of the year, but this time toned into bittersweet.

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camille walalaLet’s add a little pop to our Friday with this design from Camille Walala.  “The simple desire to put a smile on people’s faces is one of the key objectives behind Camille Walala’s work. Based in London, her namesake brand was established in 2009 and since then her tribal pop prints have shouted from a myriad of products for the home and body in high octane colour.”

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altuzarraNothing is more classic than the spiral in jewelry design. Altuzarra includes several reverse cuff necklaces with spiral accents in his Spring 2014 collection. I think we can place this in the ‘we can do this category’.

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christine kellerLike many of us, Christine Keller dabbled in a variety of mediums before setting her sights on jewelry. She describes her style as whimsical & fun with edgier pieces that make a bold statement. “Christine began expressing herself as a wood-carver in 1995.  In 2008, she took up pottery, leading to experiments with jewel-like cabochons of clay and melted glass. Having a lifelong love of jewelry, she began wire wrapping in 2009 as a way to incorporate the cabochons into pendants.  She has since expanded the line to include rings, earrings, and bracelets.  During the summer of 2012, Chris became a silversmith and has added handforged designs to the Chrizart collection.” I found her ‘Chunky Funky’ line to be of interest and easily translated into other mediums. 

It is taking some time to decompress from ‘art camp’…aptly named by my grandchildren. 22 artists spent the week generously sharing a variety of tips and tricks. What constantly amazes me, is we are all working with similar materials…but in 22 distinct voices. My final impressions from the week are laughter, beautiful rainbows (including a double), some rather intriguing drink recipes, the depth of talent in the workroom (at times a little intimidating), the tranquility of our surroundings, and a sisterhood that is a rare gift.

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winter tree vases2When you walk the home decor market for hours on end, you scan thousands of items. What jumps out…items that are interesting, that work for your customer, are priced right, and the designer knew ‘when to stop’. We can apply those factors to our designs, no matter the medium.  The featured containers fit all of the criteria and caught my eye in a sea of products. Loved the chocolaty brown background, the three dimensional element of the trees, and the white wash that highlights them.

There is an additional element to this resource…Every item is handcrafted by artisans who would otherwise have trouble reaching a larger audience.

“Our passion for handcrafted art grew as we travelled from one African country to another and started to work directly with the artisans. Our current business model started to take root as we saw how talented the artists were in creating the amazing work, in most cases just using their hands and basic hand tools.

We always treated the artisans and their families fairly and even today those artisans, their families and community work with us in developing and designing new products. Bhanu (one of the owners) spearheads a lot of these developments and spends countless hours each year working with the Artisans. Input from our Customers also has been invaluable.

The company has continued to expand, and its global network of artisans now stretches across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.”

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Today’s post features one of the 400+ photos that we took at the Atlanta market last week. It has only been in recent years that photography has been allowed in the showrooms. Taking photos rather than making notes, allows the buyer to move at a much faster pace and cover more showrooms.

aqua-gold-croppedThe color that remains strong is aqua…but in a muted tone rather than the bright summer color of several years ago.  Love the addition of antique gold banding to separate the creamy color of the base and the aqua.

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paige-novickA trend in earrings for a long slim silhouette seems to be building. At 5″ the Swarovski  Ombre  coral earrings from Paige Novick are a perfect example of looooooooooong and skinny.   “Paige’s eponymous jewelry collection reflects her personal style – that of restrained glamour. Her clean, yet dramatic designs, reflect an everyday versatility and represent a fusion of the feminine and the brute. Paige’s geometric, sculptural and architectural elements give rise to a contrast that evokes the tension between synthetic and natural and the rigid and fluid.  One of her collection’s hallmark characteristics is the use of sliced stones, which are often paired with leather as well as with oxidized metals.” 

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emeraldThe announcement we have been waiting for with ‘baited breath’…or not…it is Emerald green for 2013. This is going to be a very good year for me…I am Irish and of course I have red hair…PERFECT!!!

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The ceiling of the Ali Qapu Palace is located in Isfahan, Iran and is one of the many wonders in a new book of Persian Art & Architecture. “The people of Isfahan in central Iran are famously proud. ‘Isfahan,’ a saying among them goes, ‘is half the world.’ The city dates back 2,500 years, but its golden age was the 16th century, when Shah Abbas moved the capital of his Safavid dynasty there. Isfahan emerged as a center of commerce, learning and architecture—this last is exemplified by the Shah Mosque, with its dual pairs of minarets and famous blue dome adorned with some of the most complex tilework and calligraphy in the Islamic world. The Ali Qapu Palace, built for Shah Abbas, is another wonder, decorated from top to bottom in patterns, both figurative and abstract. The bottle-shaped holes in the arched stucco ceiling of its music room (above) functioned to improve acoustics, like the opening in a violin. The intricate red, gold and blue designs on the ceiling recall those of Persian miniature paintings, while the interlacing octagonal and hexadecagonal shapes that structure it are quintessential motifs in Islamic art.”

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