About:My name is Robert and I’m 21-year-old physiotherapy student based in Poland. My hobby is making one of a kind gourd lamps. I use dried shells of the exotic fruit and create the stunning lampshades by drilling perforated patterns in them to let the light out. This allows the lampshade to display an interesting play of light and shades on the walls.
Whole process of making the lamp has few steps. From the raw fruit the gourd need to go through cleaning, sketching the pattern, engraving, dyeing, carving and drilling. Every lamp has thousands of perforations in different diameters, which allow the light to shine through the lampshade. In my lamps I’m trying to use only the highest quality and selected materials like original African tree calabashes, hand-carved wood, waxed or leather strings. The work requires a lot of patience and it usually takes one month to finish a lamp.
lamps are for sale on his website!
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Yuken Teruya : Notice-Forest (2013)
(from the Pippy Houldsworth Gallery exhibition 06 September - 05 October 2013)
Transforming the detritus of consumerism into beautifully crafted works of art, Teruya uses unfamiliar materials in a way that elevates details typically overlooked in quotidian life.
For this exhibition, Teruya will continue his Notice Forest series by fabricating a new line of shopping bags, including Chanel, Godiva, Graff, Maison du Chocolat, Cartier and Tiffany. Teruya’s work provides a subtle commentary on the hegemonic power of consumer culture and its resultant impact on the global environment. However, the works are fundamentally an exploration of beauty. Mounted at a ninety-degree angle to the wall, each bag harbours a miniature, paper tree modelled from species planted on 5th Avenue in New York.
Discussing how Teruya’s bags are made, Megan Ratner explains that he ‘begins with photographs of trees, which he transfers to his computer, superimposing this image on the logo-ed side of a shopping bag. Using the original shape as a guide, he deftly cuts a two-part silhouette – lower branches/trunk and leafy top – folding and twisting the two halves into the interior of the bag, rooting the trunk with a single drop of glue.’
press release and images: Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
Caroline Cheng's 'Prosperity' series: Robes made of thousands of hand-made ceramic butterflies
In her latest work, renowned Jingdezhen and Shanghai based artist Caroline Cheng, builds on the porcelain traditions of the past. Her Prosperity series features robes made of thousands of tiny handmade porcelain butterflies sewn onto burlap – a play on the Chinese word for clothing,fu, which echoes the word for prosperity. Cheng’s reinvention of the tradition of tea drinking features in her wood-fired stoneware pieces, each with a porcelain slip to capture more of the tea flavour.
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