Emma Bass -The Modern Classicist -Amazing Botanical Photographs

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New Zealand photographer Emma Bass creates bright and modern yet painterly images of flowers in exquisite arrangements. That elusive artistic talent…flawless composition ….returns us over and over to her delightful imagery. Emma’s work has been widely exhibited in New Zealand and may be found in international private and corporate collections and she was the only New Zealander invited to exhibit at the Royal Academy’s 2016 Summer Exhibition, London.

It was such a pleasure to interview the talented artist for the blog, and we hope you enjoy learning more about Emma Bass’s work as much as we did.

 

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Tell us a bit about your background? 

I have always seen the world in a compositional way and through a lens. It all started while I was working as a nurse in London during the late 1980s. I did a photography course in Leicester Square and was completely hooked.  I came back to New Zealand where I properly trained for two years and started a career within editorial and commercial photography over a span of 23 years.

I’ve always loved flowers – they are my constant yet ever-changing muse.  As an art photographer who also worked in the milieu of glossy magazines, I became obsessed with finding the ‘perfect’ vessel to team with the ‘perfect’ arrangement. Then one day, a truth dawned. I uncoupled myself from this endless, fruitless search and began to capture reality.  This is when my first body of work Imperfect was formed.

 

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I see flowers as one of the most universal forms of beauty. Every culture celebrates them in some way – from the East where they are meditative offerings, to the West, where in the time of the Dutch Masters, they were symbols of wealth and status. They are also tokens of love and a natural expression of the environment. During difficult times, they are a reprieve. Some, like peonies, are impossibly beautiful. But because they bloom and fade so quickly, they are also metaphors of life and death.

 

 

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Your process for making your artwork?

In the body of work Imperfect, I found the freedom to no longer peddle perfection. I embraced emerging decay: the maligned, blemished and slightly broken. I paired flowers gathered roadside – including dandelions and cowslip grass – with blooms from friends’ gardens, and displayed them in preloved vases found on eBay. The images were shot not in a studio, but on a stairwell ledge within my home amidst the comforting chaos of family life. I noted the time each image was captured. The decline in the blooms is not obvious or pitiful, but subtle and seductive.  I found the beauty in the imperfect.

 

 

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Most inspiring photographer or artist? 

I have a house filled with botanical art, which I’ve collected from New Zealand and further ashore. I like to be surrounded by all flower forms and am interested in how other artists perceive the floral genre.

I love the work of English artist Ann Carrington who makes incredible sculptures of flower arrangements out of English silver cutlery.  Karl Blossfeldt did beautiful botanical studies in the early 1900s, and I love the Dutch Masters, which I’ve found inspirational for my second body of work Embellish.

In 2016, I had a work accepted into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London and while there I visited a Dutch flower still life exhibition at the National Gallery. To see these exquisite masterpieces up close in the flesh was quite a pivotal moment.

 

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Favorite historic house or contemporary design? 

I love the era of the 50s, the modernist era.  I live in a 1950s house and love the clean lines, the open spaces, and large windows that fill the house with luminous light.  I would love to own a Frank Lloyd Wright house in my dreams.

 

A Contemporary Palace in London by Rafael de Cárdenas with Boca do Lobo

 

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A luxurious glimpse of the Manuel Cabinet by Boca do Lobo in an impossibly beautiful modern London home designed by Rafael De Cárdenas.

As many of you know, we adore the inventions of European luxury design innovators, and love the design fairs and trade shows the most of everything we do. Our taste is varied but we have an affection for interiors and pieces that mix historic narratives with contemporary sensibility and luxury materials.

After all, it’s not just the richness of the visual experience, but it’s about real artistic talent and skill as it takes a certain orchestration and sense of daring and order as well to combine eclectic elements like ornate decoration, modern lines, historic spaces……

And so New York designer Rafael De Cárdenas’ design of the Glebe Place Residence, London achieves just this, taking traditional Portuguese pieces with the most modern elements to create a livable yet gorgeous space that takes our breath away.

 

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This stunningly luxurious home has six bedrooms, and three dining areas and is decorated with an understated palette of Portland limestone, hardwood and other natural surface materials. The designer uses metallic accents and brights to lend a regal sensibility while also echoing the most contemporary of aesthetics.

 

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Each room is thematic, and one particularly gorgeous dining room stars Boca do Lobo’s Portuguese motif  D. Manuel I cabinet from Boca do Lobo’s Limited Edition Collection. A beautiful light colored table with soft furnishings graces the room, accented unexpectedly by the floral wallpaper in classic colors and shades.

 

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Like so many of Boca do Lobo’s artwork pieces that are also absolutely functional, in the grandest of ways,  the D. Manuel cabinet is made with a copper leaf finish surface and an elegant black lacquer gradient. Handcrafted traditional solid mahogany legs are artfully finished in high gloss black lacquer. The design reflects the decorative traditions of Manueline Style, a composite Portuguese style of architectural ornamentation with elements of maritime motifs, named after King Manuel I of Portugal who was known for his support of Portuguese maritime exploration.

 

Visit the Boca do Lobo site and learn more about Rafael de Cárdenas and Rafael De Cárdenas and Architecture at Large, NYC. 

Design Innovation -A Taste of Magic with Jaime Hayón and Lladró Atelier

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The Spanish luxury porcelain manufacturie Lladró has a new direction and it’s one of great creativity and innovation. Working with top contemporary artists and designers the high-end Spanish porcelain company keeps surprising the world with their inventive collaborations.

One of the most interesting lines is the amazing Guest Series headed by Spanish design icon Jaime Hayón. This innovative series includes 250 limited-edition pieces, and a selection of numbered editions. Invited leading designers and artists have included the contemporary American graphic artist and painter Gary Baseman, well-regarded biomorphic painter Tim Biskup, the creative Japanese design team Devilrobots, and the French illustrator Rolito as well as top UK designer Paul Smith.

This is porcelain remade – a true example of a delightful combination of handmade craft, artisan construction and modern design coming together.

 

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The Guest project is a captivating special collaborative project that included a number of Imagine these gorgeously fun porcelains in your interior….

Owning one of The Guest series porcelain sculptural porcelain pieces means having a piece of contemporary of art in your home, a perfect way to begin your art collection, add to your decor or as an amazing  gift for your creative friends or family.

For more decorating with high design and style and art ideas visit the Lladró site and blog!

 

Thank you to Lladró!

Hanna Nyman’s Gardens of Paper

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Hanna Nyman is a Swedish artist and product designer whose beautifully hand constructed paper works are a world onto themselves, a world of light and gardens overlapped with fanciful patterning.

Hanna began in screen printing on textiles as well as print design and one of her first major paper projects included a magnetic wallpaper with three-dimensional flowers growing out of the pattern, shown at Stockholm Furniture fair. After graduation she worked as a print designer in fashion for several years. Working with paper came naturally to Hanna, her own father was a printer, and the floral themes draw from time spent with her grandmother a florist.  The artist’s ongoing sculptural paper series Back to Poetry was a turning point for her and led to a focus on paper art.  It was pleasure to interview Hanna about her creative story and project!

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Art as poem, poem as art, tell me more about this relationship and way of working?

This idea was actually born at art school when we did our final project for graduation. All the lecturers and professor during the years had described my work as poetic. I never really understood what they meant so I decided to get inspiration from a poem for this last project and figure it out.

This was so powerful to me! The poem that I chose lived with me those month. Every time I read it a found something new about it.

My work is narrative rather than functional. Poetry is also narrative – a feeling.

Tell me a bit about your process, inspiration, conceptualization, experiments, and what types of paper and materials do you use?

I always start my day with a quick look through Instagram and get my dose of inspiration straight away. I get the most energy when I look at artists that work with different materials or have a different style. I also find interior design very inspiring.

I usually get really inspired by the colors and hand feel of the different papers in paper shops. Normally I don’t have a clue of what I will make when I go in there but when I go out my mind is full of ideas.

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I almost never draw any sketch before I start to cut. I have a picture in my head and I just make up as I go along. It’s very liberating and experimental for me to work like this. I use different types of paper. Thick, thin, newspaper. Once I made huge pieces for a client made out of garbage.

This is what’s so amazing with paper. It’s flat and boring at start but if you put some effort into it, it can become something amazing.

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Did you make art as a child? Can you tell me more about your training and background?

I made all kind of arts as a child. Mostly I used to paint on stuff and make my own doll houses and small furniture out of cardboard. I was also into wooden crafts in high-school. We had a really nice workshop with all the machines and material plus the best teacher. So I spent most of my time there. After high-school the plan was to keep on study furniture design. But somehow I moved to London and started study fashion design. I moved back home after a year and after a couple of years all I did was make clothes until I realized that it was the decoration that appealed to me, not the clothes themselves.

At this point I started to study at Konstfack. I was accepted as a “special student”, and that meant that I could use the whole school, every department however I wanted. This was perfect for me as I had a background in different materials. When I think about those years i still think this was the most creative place I’ve ever been and it was just wonderful. It was at this time I started to work with paper.

Not many people have seen the flowers and sculptures in real life.

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Why florals? Are there specific traditions you refer to in painting, textile art or illustration you find yourself drawn to?

My grandmother was a florist. I remember growing up visiting her at the shop. I sat on the counter and just looked at all the beauty. Maybe that’s why I always been drawn to flowers. When I was working a lot with all-over prints my favorite was always making big colourful florals.

If you would describe your vision and style in a few sentences what would you say?

I use my paper sculptures as illustrations. A big part of the final result is the photography. It gives me the chance to set the tone and feeling to the picture. I like to keep the colours a bit toned down together with black and a splash of a strong color. A dream would of course be so show them somewhere in the future to the public in some way.

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You may learn more about artist and designer Hanna Nyman’s beautifully constructed paper spaces and gardens on her website, shop or via Instagram @backtopoetry

Pop Artist James Rosenquist -Memories

The great Pop Artist James Rosenquist died on Friday and his enduring sense of high design means my memory of him belongs here too, not just on the art blog.

 

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James Rosenquist a Great American Painter died on Friday.

During my time at the Guggenheim and as well at MoMA, I met plenty of celebrity artists, but I remember James Rosenquist with an enduring fondness. It was not just the enormity of his fame and those colossal paintings that required a legion to hang….not to mention incredible engineering and cleverness, it was the man….maybe later I can say something more insightful or meaningful but for now, I will say what comes to mind and heart immediately.  How can I do anything else?

It is Rosenquist’s intellect, grace, and strength of character that stay with me, not to mention the dazzling color of those beautiful paintings.

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Even more exciting I remember looking at new paintings in the studio,  wet with paint, that surface so resplendently flamboyant, while my colleagues and I listened to his narrative about the picture and the process. Not one to ride on the heels of star-studded fame and masterworks, the artist painted furiously even then.

And the stories…amazing tales of mid-century America, artists, and strangeness. I forget a lot of these nights in foreign countries from my long sojourns abroad for exhibitions, but I shall always remember the nights spent with my colleagues and friends in Germany on the Rosenquist tour, and of course the artist, and his amazing way in the world. Please visit my art blog for the full story.

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James Rosenquist November 29 1933 – March 31 2017

Good bye James Rosenquist, with loving comfort to your family. It was a beautiful thing to have known you and worked with you and those around you. 

See more about the artist @ NYT |The Guardian | HuffingtonPost |Artnet News

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Inspiration Ideas for Your Home -Add Charming Prints

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Chloe Cheese’s Cat Print

  Decorating Ideas for you -try charming drawings made into prints……

I really love the familiar children’s book illustration style of Chloe Cheese’s work, and the color scheme means her prints fit into any decor style. Her pretty illustrations reminds me so much of Judith Kerr’s fantastic Mog the Cat books! Before I admired the painting on Chinese porcelains, or the plaster sculptures that adorned my grandparent’s living room, the Kline blue paintings, it was the aesthetic wonder of illustration that was most important to me.
And anyone who has followed this style blog for a bit knows I adore any sort of lovely home decor with cat motifs. And mid century style. ….Enter Chloe Cheese, a printmaker whose amazing still life illustrations of the prettiness of every day life are absolutely charming. I found out about Chloe’s work from Emma Hardiman from Athena Art, London. Athena is famous for their c. 1960s shop on High street. Tremendously popular, today Athena is internet based and well known for their pop culture inventory including vintage albums.
However, it was the handmade illustrative work that really caught my eye when I was chatting with Emma who described Chloe’s work perfectly! “This collection encapsulates the essence of her passion for finding the extraordinary in the ordinary of everyday life. She finds beauty in the things that we might not even notice and causes us to pause and relax in the moment.” 
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 Interior of dining area with a large wooden table and black chai

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Prints of Chloe’s work and other working artists can be purchased on the company site.
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The Doberman Chair -Great Contemporary Chinese Design- Zha Lianghao-Shanghai

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“I think the most important Chinese aesthetic is harmony. It means that the design must in the right place, not too much or too less.” 

 

We can look to China these days for artistic talent, innovative and beautiful design objects. One such player is the Shanghai based designer  Zha Lianghao. The young designer is truly innovative, fusing craft with beauty -and we have to say well, the Doberman Chair -it’s the ultimate artist chair!

Zha Lianghao’s  sleek, conceptually driven project The Doberman Chair has caught the attention of many in the design world. Having only recently graduated from Donghua University, he works today for SAIC and has earned a reputation for a sleek sophisticated sense of design, informed by his industrial and product design and engineering training.

The creation of the Doberman Chair was driven by the artist’s questions about “the pairing of the renaissance of traditional handicraft and contemporary design meeting the  demand of today’s world.

 

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It may come as no surprise that Zha Lianghao admires the enduringly modern oeuvre of Charles and Ray Eames. He also notes his appreciation for the work of Daniel Simon, the German conceptual designer, Ross Lovegrove, and Jonathan Ive.

 

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The Doberman Chair is Zha Lianghao’s first piece of furniture design, and he shares its genesis:

 

“The Doberman chair was my very last project in university. In planning the work, I used some car design processes. I was very surprised at its popularity. I know that for myself, I like a wide variety of design styles in many mediums such as video games, animation, movies, as well as concept arts, but it really surprised me that other people really responded to the project. Today I work for a Chinese motor company as a car interiors designer. I love to design in different fields, because it broadens my thinking, and gets me closer to my goal of designing something unseen.”

 

Zha Lianghao is remarkably transparent about the process of conceptualizing, developing and making. As such, he contributes to the design and artistic field, allowing his own creative and construction process to be seen, and to be, in part, a formative teaching moment as well as a powerful engagement with the design industry and community. You can see the entire process on his Behance profile.

 

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Eclectic House of the Month – Ghislaine Nassif and her Art Society via Krikla

AN EXCLUSIVE VIEW INTO THE HOME OF THE CURATOR, COLLECTOR AND DESIGNER & A GREAT CONVERSATION ABOUT ART AND STYLE via KRIKLA

 

“My decorative style is a direct reflection of my journey in life, and I love to see the evolution of the space as my lifestyle changes, and whatever my passions might be at the moment.”

Ghislaine Nassif’s home is also the centre of her salon style organisation The Raven Society, serving the artistic community and known today as a creatively kinetic epicentre for the arts. Ghislaine is an originative tour de force who began her career in fashion, followed by a time working as an interior designer.

 

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“My first vision for the Raven Art Society for it to function as an art gallery, but also a salon where creative people can enjoy and participate in events.”

Always close to art and artists, and an avid collector of art and objects of all kinds, Ghislaine wanted to create an environment that was different from the standard gallery space, which often can be alienating or intimidating. She says her collecting is informed by not only the emotional connection she has for certain pieces, but her love of diversity that has grown out of her experience:

 

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I grew up in Morocco and have always enjoyed the Moroccan market and its mixture of influences. As someone who has lived in many countries, and come from a dual cultures, I have amassed a collection of art, antiques and objects from the various places I have travelled.

Today, innovative Ghislaine organises monthly exhibitions for the Raven Art Society at her home in Battersea – an amazing eclectic space and an extraordinary expression of her distinctive and well-loved sensibility. A true believer in collaborative initiatives, Ghislaine wanted her space to reflect the close relationships she had developed with artists, and to be an open and free celebration of art and music.

 

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Ghisalaine follows in the footsteps of one of the first home art salons in Paris in the home of the American writer Gertrude Stein/ Stein’s welcoming to creative people in a space away from the traditional French salon style and academic institutions and rules set an important model for the private collection and cultivation of unknown and Avant garde artists. Stein’s space was host to art world luminaries such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Guillaume Apollinaire and Marie Laurencin. Ghisalaine says: “Living with Art Feeds the Soul.”

 

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She has lived in Battersea for about fifteen years, and as true Battersea girl loves living along the park and she is very familiar to the local community. She welcomes the changes that Battersea has been seeing recently.

“Although it stays a very family orientated area, it now has many restaurants and local shops and is starting to attract a young and diverse crowd. Raven Art Society is pleased to be part of these transformations and is eager to see the Battersea power station finished.”

 

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In addition to partnerships with Caius House, a Battersea youth centre, Ghislaine Nassif continues to initiate new ideas for collaborations between her artists and the community’s youth. Other community ties include work with the well known artist Carinthia West who has earned prestige for her iconic shots of the Battersea Power Station and is subject of a special exhibition at the society.

The summer show of the 2015 included three artists Sarra Badel, Ronan Salaun (Fifi), François Domain and Matt Sherratt in a unique exploration of texture and space.

 

This post is a repost from the Krikla blog here.