We were browsing in the Japanese handmade marketplace, Minne, and found this very unique macramé brand, Kaiku. Of course very little is known about the maker except that she graduated from Bunka Designer Institute obtaining a color coordinator qualification. She makes these tapestries with brass and cotton threads. Her inspiration comes from the hand-knitted presents her grandmother gave her every year.
You can find her shop here at Minne.
Images: Courtesy of Kaiku Brass-String.
Kristen Meyer is a multimedia artist currently residing in New Haven, Connecticut. She has worked in floral design, interior decorating, window display and prop styling. The prop stylist and designer uses pasta noodles, nuts, flora, rocks, crackers, stones and other common materials to create these amazing arrangements. Her work expresses Meyer’s belief in “beauty in imperfection.” She reveals, “I can’t go for a walk in the woods without bringing home a leaf or two or three.”
More of her work can be viewed on her website ‘Salvage Design’ and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Kristen Meyer.
The creator of these beautiful ceramic pieces is Hessa Al Ajmani, an Emirati visual artist born in Abu Dhabi and based in Ajman. She graduated from Zayed University in 2016 with a BFA in Visual Arts and Applied Psychology. All of her ceramic pieces are meticulously hand-built using clay slabs. While a wheel-thrown piece normally takes a few minutes to make, a slab-built dish can take hours, if not days. She gathers small flowers and fronds from her mother’s garden where she presses the groupings onto her earthenware and stoneware pieces, leaving simple and realistic imprints. After the clay is fired she hand-paints the tiny imprints. On the website, Frankie, she explains plant sources and the meaning of her work:
“Most of the plants I use are handpicked from the desert or my mother’s herb and vegetable garden, which means that producing my ceramics takes seasons to grow, nurture and build. I consider nature to be a key collaborator in my work and I have to be flexible with what it offers me. I’m also currently looking for ways to harvest clay locally.”
“Picking plants and wildflowers, and impressing them onto functional pieces is my way of researching and understanding more about the native flora from the deserts of the UAE. All in all, my work relies heavily on the notion of homeland vs. one’s conscious choice to be in it.”
The artist can be followed on her website and Instagram. Some of her work can be purchased on Spotify.
Images: Courtesy of Hessa Al Ajmani.