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Ilonka Karasz, 1896 – 1981

Ilonka Karasz was born in Hungary and studied at the Royal Academy of Arts and Crafts in Budapest. In 1913 she immigrated to the United States where she began her career as a modern artist and designer.  Her work was inspired by both folk and modern art and could be found in textiles, home accessories and toys.  In the illustration period of her career she created images for avant -garde publications, children’s books and a total of 186 New Yorker covers.

Images:  Courtesy of Google Images.  Biography:  Courtesy of Wikipedia.

 

Art Fiber Endo

Next time we are in Kyoto we will probably be on the lookout for this shop, Art Fiber Endo. We love the collaboration between this specialty materials store and Kutani Tsutsumi, a pottery manufacturer established in 1860.  The shop offers supplies for making your own thimble and bamboo string tassels.  The exquisite tassels incorporate a hanging thread from above, a Kutani thimble as a cap and a tufted yarn for the skirt.  They also create other versions of tassels which we are anxious to see up close.

You can find Art Fiber Endo on their website, Facebook and Minne, a Japanese handmade marketplace.

Images:  Courtesy of Art Fiber Endo.

 

Santiago Salvador Ascui

Love these colorful patterns of assembled figures and faces created by Chilean artist Santiago Salvador Ascui.  The figures are arranged in sequences with the focus on hues instead of the narrative.  The artist holds a Fine Arts degree and has exhibited widely in Chile and Europe.

You can view more of his work on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Santiago Salvador Ascui.