Simone Crestani is an artist, a designer, and a glassblowing master. He had the privilege of working under the tutelage of master glassblower Massimo Lunardon and living close to Venice the capital of the glass world. On Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art he reveals this about his work:
“I started to work with glass when I was very young. I was fifteen when I entered for the first time the Soffieria of master artisan Massimo Lunardon. There I was immediately fascinated by the incandescent glass. Shortly after, I started training as an apprentice blower and it was love at first sight. In 2010 I opened my own studio, the “Atelier Crestani”, where I still work at my creations.”
“I usually take inspiration from the natural world, reinventing its forms and translating them into my language and my aesthetic taste, trying to always keep that pure and elegant style that is my sign.”
“I’ve been working with the borosilicate glass in a more sculptural way compared to the traditional one, and now I can create bigger pieces but more detailed. I’m renown for this particular technique and often I have been asked to teach in prestigious academies and glass-making schools.”
You can view more of his work on his website and on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Simone Crestani.
Warren King is an American born sculptor currently living and working in Stockholm. A trip to a village in China where many of his ancestors had lived is the inspiration for these life size cardboard sculptures. The abstracted shapes are created with glued cardboard and with the backs left unfinished and exposed. His goal is to recreate the village with perhaps a total of 100 to 200 figures. In an interview on Supermarket 2017 he reveals this about himself and his project:
“Hi! I’m Warren, and I do sculpture, mostly figures using cardboard from boxes. I’m pretty new to the art world — I only started doing it seriously about 2 years ago when I moved to Stockholm. Before that, I worked at software companies doing data analysis for big corporations, and before that I was a structural engineer designing stadiums and office buildings. Nowadays I cut cardboard full time.”
‘That project started after a visit to my grandparents’ hometown in China. It was my first time in China, and as we wandered around the streets we met some elderly residents and stopped to chat. As it turned out, these people knew my grandparents from 50 years ago. It was very profound — the sense of having lost touch with this part of my past, and then rediscovering it by chance. So this series of sculptures — which is an ongoing project to recreate the residents of that village one person at a time – is sort of an expression of my attempts to understand those connections.”
You can see more of his work on his website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Warren King.
Would love to collect a few of these incredible rattan-wrapped stones called, “Small Blessings”. created by Washington state-based artist Deloss Webber. Though he has never had any formal art classes, he has learned rattan weaving from his mother and from an early age has been exposed to and influenced by numerous ethnic forms of weaving. His family operated a furniture business of restoring and repairing antiques, and Webber learned the skill of cane weaving from masters in the trade. His work is influenced by Eastern philosophy and by traditional Japanese and Native American basketry.
You can follow the artist on his website and on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Deloss Webber.