ARTIST STATEMENT: My mother taught me to sew when I was quite young, and since then I’ve enjoyed the repetitive and meditative nature of hand-scale sewing. Over time I became aware of the feminine traditions which I was connecting to, in particular the transformative nature of handicrafts – the potential to transform an everyday and normal object or material, such as plain cotton, paper or wool, into something beautiful, valuable and useful that would be treasured for generations.
Paper cutting is the perfect embodiment of this idea. The skill is developed over time, through the repetition of many thousands of cuts. In India, paper cutting is practised by a small group of artisans whose families have been the custodians of the skills and knowledge for generations. Their practice is bedded in devotion to the Hindu god Krishna, so everything they do in their daily working becomes an act of devotion by default. In the same way, I began to find my own practice, involving many solitary hours of careful and painstaking cutting to be an embodiment of my devotion to the act of creating, and in particular, of creating something beautiful from the everyday.
Paper was invented to tell stories, so it is the perfect medium to convey my fantastical imaginings. What began as a collage project became miniature theatre sets and evolved to what I do today. I collect imagery from a variety of sources – gardening magazines, medieval illustrations, Baroque landscape paintings, Chinese and Indian comic books, Mughal and Persian miniatures – and create fantastical montages of imagined fairy worlds.
A new publication from Other Criteria, the publishing company co-founded by (artist) Damien Hirst sees the artist's famous Psalm Paintings series comprehensively collected. Back in 2008, Damien Hirst created a series of 150 paintings using butterfly wings and household gloss paint. Each of the paintings took its title from the Book of Psalms, a section of the Hebrew Bible. The iridescent butterfly wings combine to create colorful kaleidoscopic patterns resembling stained glass windows. The new book features all of the paintings with the corresponding Psalm on the opposite page, printed on images of individually selected marble samples. The publication also features essays by Michael Bracewell and Amie Cory exploring the background of the artworks.
Horace Walpole (1717-1797), son of Britain's first Prime Minister, built Strawberry HIll, in Twickenham, London, to house his vast collection of art. Visitors can now experience his castle, which he called a ‘plaything house’ and in choosing the gothic style for Strawberry Hill he deliberately avoided the fashionable classical idioms of his time: columns, pediments, order and symmetry.
In collaboration with a group of amateur architect friends he based his designs on the architecture of the great gothic cathedrals and abbeys. Medieval tombs, arched doorways, rose windows and carved screens were models for his fireplaces, windows, doors and ceilings. Books of prints rather than the buildings themselves were his reference point and, instead of carved stone, the rooms and ornament of Strawberry Hill are wood, plaster and papier mache.
Max Rollit, a young UK-based designer, furniture restorer, cabinet maker, and antiques dealer, Max Rollitt, belies his age through his timeless aesthetic, completed through the thoughtful use of antiques from his own shop.
"Michael Eastman documented these landscapes in his series, "Vanishing America," flawlessly capturing the faded colors and rough surfaces of these obsolete buildings and ignored spaces. His travels throughout America consumed more than three years and took the photographer through 40 states as he looked for more and more examples of compelling age-worn textures." -Source