We’re always on the lookout for hand crafted projects and so we turn to an old favorite, Oho de Dios or God’s eye. This woven motif is a ritual tool associated with the Huichol and Tepehuan Indians of western Mexico. More recently they are created for celebration, blessing, and protection with each color representing different meanings.
We found the appealing crosses above on Australian web shop, Copper & Cross, whose focus is on handcrafted home decor. Along with the crosses they also have a collection of Chunga basket rounds handwoven by the Wounaan/Embera tribes of the Darien Rainforest in Panama. Copper & Cross website and shop can be found here.
Images: Courtesy of Copper & Cross.
Texas-based artist Adrian Esparza disassembles sarape blankets and with wood, nail and enamel reworks the thread to create these colorful geometric installations. On an interview with Glasstire he explains his influence and process:
“My first exposure to art was through craft. Early memories include manipulating Popsicle sticks, carving balsa wood, making ceramics with my grandmother, and seeing my mother sewing clothing and my uncle building guitars. Hands were manipulating objects, and careful calculations were necessary in order to conserve resources and complete a project successfully. Craft laid the foundation for the formal issues that I would later learn in school.”
“Setting this awareness aside, I approach found objects with a kind of assertiveness. Growing up, I remember objects being used again and again, broken objects being restored, and the simplest object becoming valuable. So, I return to the found object and attempt to re-instill a kind of lost value.”
“The sarape pieces are about transformation — about a history that is used in order to construct a new form. They are also about a diffusion of color and the expansion of space. The side-by-side forms create a dialogue while revealing the repetitive process of distance traveled and perhaps even the act of reading itself.”
We could not find a website for the artist but much of his work can be seen here at Taubert Contemporary gallery.
Images: Courtesy of Adrian Esparza and Taubert Contemporary.
If money was no object, these textile studies by Gunta Stölzl would hang on our walls. The German textile designer and weaver played a fundamental role in the development of the Bauhaus school’s weaving workshop. Her work typifies the distinctive style of Bauhaus textiles. She created immense change within the textile field by uniting art practices with traditional textile techniques. She was the only woman to teach at the Bauhaus and became the first woman Master at the school. She has also written a book covering her teaching tenure called, “Gunta Stölzl: Bauhaus Master”.
Images: Courtesy of guntastölzl.org.