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Elizabeth Fritsch Potter is born in Shropshire, England. She studied at the Royal Academy of Music prior to attending the Royal College of Art, Ceramics (1968-71). Later in 1985 she established a workshop in London.
Since the 1970s she has been one of the leading figures in British ceramics. She makes hand built vessel forms with strong architectonic qualities, which she prefers to show in subtly arranged groups designed to highlight the geometric shapes and decoration. She studied harp and piano at the Royal Academy of Music (1958-1964) but eventually took up ceramics working under Hans Coper at the Royal College of Art (1968-1971).
She was one of a group of outstanding women ceramicists who emerged from the RCA in that period. Her ceramic vessels are carefully coil-built stoneware smoothed and refined into sharply profiled shapes. They are decorated with dry matt slips, in colours unusual for ceramics; the early work uses pale colours, then for a number of years she used stronger blues and green and more recently she has turned to monochrome forms. Although not a prolific artist she has had a number of significant one-person shows over the years and in 1996 was a finalist for the Jerwood Prize for Ceramics. Her work is represented in major collections in Britain and abroad and she is one of the most highly valued contemporary ceramic artists.
A ballet developed by German painter, sculptor, designer and coreographer, Oskar Schlemmer. It premiered in Stuttgart, on 30 September 1922, with music composed by Paul Hindemith, after formative performances dating back to 1916, with the performers Elsa Hotzel and Albert Burger.
Franz Schömbs’ The Triadic Ballet (1970) is a reconstruction of the original ballet by Schlemmer, based on the idea of the magic figure three. Costumes, masks and form are modelled on originals but use of modern, almost weightless material that gives the strictly geometrical figures a floating grace. The recreation is accompanied by an introduction to the Bauhaus' aesthetic principles and the artistic work of Oskar Schlemmer.
Das Triadische Ballet
Das Triadische Ballet (The Triadic Ballet), is a ballet developed by German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer, Oskar Schlemmer. It premiered in Stuttgart, on 30 September 1922, with music composed by Paul Hindemith, after formative performances dating back to 1916, with the performers Elsa Hotzel and Albert Burger. The ballet became the most widely performed avant-garde artistic dance and while Schlemmer was at the Bauhaus from 1921 to 1929, the ballet toured, helping to spread the ethos of the Bauhaus.
In 1970, Margarete Hasting, Franz Schömbs and Georg Verden recreated the performance which is the film you see here.
The long coat and full trousers stamp her as an inheritor of an Eastern culture. The veil has been discarded by many of the Moslem sections of the heterogeneous population of Southern Yugo-Slavia, who, freed from the Turk, have grown accustomed to the sight of Christian women, and now unblushingly expose their features, delighting in the comfort and freedom which this new fashion entail.
From the "Secret Museum of Mankind".
Craft In The Anthropocene
How will the Anthropocene era redefine raw material and craft ?
Artist, designer & "material teller", Yesenia Thibault-Picazo searches for the answer with a research led project, "Craft In The Anthropocene", that investigates the future of geology and interrogates our evolving relationship with nature.
The Anthropocene era is a new geological epoch evidencing the impact of global civilisation on Earth. The term was coined a decade ago by Paul Crutzen and suggests that humankind has become over time a global geophysical force intertwined with the most powerful forces of nature.
Through our collective actions, we spread specific elements in nature, rare in the pre-human era, which will become prevalent sediments, building up the future planetary strata.
Gerhard Richter at Work
Gerhard Richter is a German visual artist. Richter has simultaneously produced abstract and photorealistic painted works, as well as photographs and glass pieces. His art follows the examples of Picasso and Jean Arp in undermining the concept of the artist's obligation to maintain a single cohesive style.
Russian-born surrealist painter Pavel Tchelitchew became a United States citizen in 1952. Tchelitchew's early painting was abstract in style, described as Constructivist and Futurist and influenced by his study with Aleksandra Ekster in Kiev. After emigrating to Paris he became associated with the Neo-romanticism movement. He continuously experimented with new styles, eventually incorporating multiple perspectives and elements of surrealism and fantasy into his painting. As a set and costume designer, he collaborated with Sergei Diaghilev and George Balanchine, among others.
Self-proclaimed metal craftsman David Taylor has always created mesmerizing pieces of work which of we will never get tired of. The designer also has great names for his conceptual pieces too. We especially adore Crowd 2013-13.
Natural, monochromatic abstraction is how one could describe this young artist's work. At times loud maybe slightly psychedelic, yet we wish paradise would be like his photographies. We might then convert to Christianity.
David Benjamin Sherry: "I think anyone who finds pleasure in the natural world would enjoy seeing these ancient rocks and mountains in surreal colors. I would assume that they would be thrilled that I was inspired by nature; I wouldn’t expect judgment from a nature purist."
Hans Ulrich Obrist, born in 1968, Zurich, Switzerland, lives and works in London, where he is co-director of exhibitions and programs and director of international projects at the Serpentine Gallery. Before that, he was curator of Museum in Progress, Vienna, from 1993 to 2000 and has been a curator at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris since 2000. Obrist has curated and co-curated more than 200 solo and group exhibitions and biennials internationally since 1991.
Obrist is contributing editor of Abitare Magazine, Artforum, and Paradis Magazine.
Listen to this short interview with Petro Wotkins on his motif and advice to the directors of the museum.
Our friend Joachim Baan at Another Something & Co. has updated his platform which is brilliantly coded by Drost & Co. He founded the agency in 2007 and offers brand design, creative direction, fashion initiatives and collaborations.
Another Something & Co. creates and shares a world of beauty and is an inspiration to us. Thank you Joachim.
Established by Christian Andreas Speck in 1790 in Blankenheim, Germany, with a debut exhibition at the Leipzig Fair, Weimar Porzellan remains a stalwart in the elegant production of “white gold”. Even the great poet and privy councellor Johann Wolfgang von Goethe lauded the fine china when he remarked in a letter to Mrs. von Stein: “… The porcelain is very fine, better than what they make not far from here and yet it sells for a better price.”
Beaten from a single piece of fine, fire-gilded copper, its rim rolled around a length of wire, its tips pierced for suspension by silk ribbons and bearing three silver mounts finely-cast and chased in high relief: the centre-front mount being a representation of the crowned British Royal Shield of Arms of the period 1714-1801 superimposed upon a trophy-of-arms, flags and musical instruments and cannon and the two tip mounts being stylized Classical trophies-of-arms surrounding and descending from the ribbon holes and terminating in laurel wreaths.
Gorgets were the last remaining vestige of armour to be worn by infantry officers and in the British Army they were worn by officers when on duty. They were a reminder of the first piece of armour to be donned and the last piece to be removed. By the end of the 17th century, when the power of firearms had finally banished armour from the battlefield, the gorget was retained as the symbol of the officer
Available for purchase at Peter Finer
7000 Oaks was a public art project undertaken in Kassel for the inauguration of Documenta 7 in 1982 and which continued five years after under the auspices of the Free International University. A true amalgamation of Beuys’ concept of the social sculpture, the planting of 7000 Oaks was a sculpture referring to people’s lives, to their everyday work. Beuys intention was to be among social problems and problems of nature and thus regenerate the life of humankind and spiritual consciousness of fellow planetarians. The solid stone base – made of basalt, which one can find in the craters of extinct volcanoes – complements the ever-evolving tree and thus represents a basic concept in Beuys’ philosophy, that these two natural yet oppositional qualities are complementary and coexist harmoniously.
What compels one to buy art at all? Why are some satisfied with just looking, while others feel the need to possess?
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Renaissance Belgian-Dutch duo Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel of Studio Job operate at the flux between art and design. Picking up where the European tradition left off with the advent of the industrial age and mass production, most of their work interrogates relationships of the manmade vs. natural. Though often times dark and brooding, they also have a propensity for the playful and caricitural. With the violence and obscurity of El Greco and droll takes on iconography as Jeff Koons, they are modern day provacteurs who are intrepid in the face of shattering dogmas and challenging taboos.
You ain’t seen color yet. That is until you’ve laid your eyes on one of the dynamic designs of Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri. With a flair for vintage and antique furniture as well as ancient textiles and tapestries from the Levant and Silk Road, the Beirut-based duo scissor and stitch their way with a ludic touch.
Each piece is a pastiche of texture and color stories in crazy juxtapositions as the ever eccentric African Wax Prints. All design objects are handmade and reworked by local artisans using recycled fabrics from regions as far reaching as Samarkand, Aleppo and Istanbul.
From the Elizabeth Day McCormick Collection
This woman's jacket was possibly worn by Grizell Wodehouse (d. 1635), the wife of Sir Philip Wodehouse. According to family legend, the jacket belonged to Queen Elizabeth and was given as a gift when ...she visited the Kimberly estate in 1578 for the knighting of Roger Wodehouse (d. 1588), Phillip's father. There is no evidence, however, that this provenance is true, particularly since the garment probably dates to after the queen's death.
According to a December 14th, 1941 letter from Elizabeth Day McCormick to Gertrude Townsend, the garment was said to be part of the "Kimberly Collection."
Territorial dominance and the classic strife for land ownership are common geopolitical themes extending across borders since time immemorial. This is how the Samurai class emerged in eleventh century Japan and came to dominate the region for more than four centuries as the military elite. With vast forested and mountainous ranges occupying the many islands, only 20% has ever been agriculturally sustainable. Considering such scarcity, feudal lords appointed Samurai to defend the land as loyal servants and men of courage who pledged their steadfast honour until the call of death.
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Tomo, Japanese for companion and friend, is the special edition capsule collection, featuring an array of colourful pocket knives designed with a purist, effeminate aesthetic, the reductionism of wabi sabi and Yamaguchi’s Zen Buddhist influence.
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Hearkening back to our forbears, weaponry in pre-historic times was a direct product of our environment: spears made of flint or bone, ligneous bows and arrows and stone slings reinforced with vine or hide. From the time of the Assyrians and Babylonians to the Trojan War upheaval, it was ca. 3300-1200 BC when the copper and bronze age came into prominence with all its advanced implements as copper stabbing swords and protective battle armour.
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“There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. Similarly, there is timing in the Way of the merchant, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.”
Samurai warrior Miyamoto Musashi wrote a book on the art of the sword (kenjutsu) discussing that battle can be divided into the five essences of Buddhism: earth, water, fire, wind and void. He covers leadership and training, technique, timing, spirituality and consciousness.
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Now what is the difference between a Schweizer Dolch and a Japanese Tanto?
The dagger, mainly used as a thrusting or stabbing weapon, was also used for many ceremonial and ritualistic events often decorated with iconic regalia and ornate designs. The Scottish dirk believed to be a derivation from the Germanic Dolch was especially worn during formal occasions.
In Japan, Samurai were expected to commit suicide (seppuku) if they performed a disloyal act, if their master was killed in battle or even if they were defeated in the face of an enemy. The weapon of choice was the Japanese dagger (tanto) and the sacrificial act entailed an elaborate cut to the stomach, which was believed to be the seat of the soul.
Edward Salem asked Mithajibat women in Paris to wash the filthy windows of a brothel in Pigalle, Paris' red light district (Muslim women who cover their hair are known in Arabic as Mithajibat). The French government has outlawed the burqa and attempted to ban the hijab from public schools on the pretext that these garments oppress women. That these proscriptions are motivated by xenophobia masquerading as concern for women is evidenced by the government's protection of the Pigalle brothels, where women are degraded in a way not even comparable to the wearing of a headscarf. In the context of a simple and voluntary act of service and protest, the condition of the Muslim women is contrasted with that of the prostitutes, whose debasement is perhaps the truest measure of the French government's concern for women.
Film by Edward Salem
Mohamed Bouazizi was a 26-year-old Tunisian whose self-immolatation in front of a local government building became the catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution. Bouazizi's act of protest was also the first in a wave of eight self-immolations in the Arab world that inspired and emboldened activists in the region, sparking revolutionary protests in several other Arab countries.
Film by Edward Salem
Alexander Girard (May 24, 1907 – 1993) affectionately known as Sandro, was an architect and a textile designer born in New York City to an American mother from Boston and a French-Italian father. He was raised in Florence, Italy. A graduate of the Royal School of Architecture in Rome, Girard refined his skills in both Florence and New York.
Girard is widely known for his contributions in the field of American textile design, particularly through his work for Herman Miller (1952 to 1975), where he created fabrics for the designs of George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.
Janet Zweig is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, NY, working primarily in the public realm. Her most recently installed public works include a moving light sculpture for a library in Washington, a sentence-generating sculpture for an engineering school in Orlando, a memorial in the lawn of Mellon Park in Pittsburgh, and two sculptures for a bridge in St. Louis.
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American artist Scott Fife has been exhibiting his amazing paper -cardbard sculptures and drawings since 1976 in galleries in Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles and Vancouver, BC and in museums including the Frye Museum (Seattle), the Tacoma Art Museum, the Boise Art Museum, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (Spokane).
Historian John Brooks in his book Once in Golconda considered the turn of the 20th century period to have been Wall Street's heyday. The address of 23 Wall Street where the headquarters of J. P. Morgan & Company, known as The Corner, was the precise center, geographical as well as metaphorical, of financial America and even of the financial world.
Map depicting: 1847 map of Lower Manhattan, reproduced in Twelve Historical New York City Street and Transit Maps from 1860 to 1967.
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British artist John Stezaker is fascinated by the lure of images. Taking classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations, Stezaker makes collages to give old images a new meaning. By adjusting, inverting and slicing separate pictures together to create unique new works of art, Stezaker explores the subversive force of found images. Stezaker’s famous Mask series fuses the profiles of glamorous sitters with caves, hamlets, or waterfalls, making for images of eerie beauty.
The Century 21 Exposition (also known as the Seattle World's Fair) was a World's Fair held April 21, 1962, to October 21, 1962 in Seattle, Washington, USA. Nearly ten million people attended the fair. Unlike some other World's Fairs of its era, Century 21 ran a profit.
As planned, the exposition left behind a fairground and numerous public buildings and public works; some credit it with revitalizing Seattle's economic and cultural life. The fair saw the construction of the Space Needle and Alweg monorail, as well as several sports venues and performing arts buildings (most of which have since been replaced or heavily remodeled). The site, slightly expanded since the fair, is now called Seattle Center; the United States Science Pavilion is now the Pacific Science Center. Another notable Seattle Center building, the Experience Music Project, was deliberately designed to fit in with the fairground atmosphere, but was built nearly 40 years later.
The fair and the city were the setting of the Elvis Presley movie It Happened at the World's Fair (1963), with a young Kurt Russell making his first screen appearance.
Introducing talents, products, brands and sites worth watching
Herbert Kapitzki, a former student of Willi Baumeister.
Typografische Monatsblätter, a Swiss magazine focusing on typography and photography.
Archie The Zombie, a Tumblr blog dedicated to zines, comics and illustrations of the Zombie-kind.
Anti-Sweden, another design office to launched with their new Website and a new brand.
Black & White Collections, a Tumblr blog only for vintage photography.
Limited handmade silkscreens by our friend Mirko Borsche only available online via their website. Price ranges EUR 35 and if you want to purchase the entire collection then hurry. Hurry. Hurry. Hurry.
Entri collection here.
Much like its sibling, Letterheady is an online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. However, here at Letterheady we don't care about the letter's content. Just its design.