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Atelier Three

What attracted us to this Japanese stationery brand are the simple graphics and color palette.  They are the work of illustrator and graphic designer Masako Takeshima.  The artist graduated from a design vocational school.  She worked for a textile design office for two years and then worked as a designer and illustrator for a stationery company.  In 2019 she introduced her brand, Atelier Three, creating paper products such as postcards, greeting cards and calendars.

More of her work can be viewed on Instagram.  She has a shop at Minne and Creema.

Images:  Courtesy of Atelier Three.

Arne Kavli (1878 – 1970)

Arne Kavli was born in Bergen, Norway.  He studied at art academies is Antwerp, Paris and Bruges and also trained in Copenhagen.  In 1896 he debuted at the Autumn Exhibition in Oslo first painting in a Neo-romantic style but was gradually influenced by French painting.  He is most associated with portraits and landscapes of southern Norway.  

Arne Kavli was the recipient of the silver medal at the International Graphic Exhibition at Leipzig in 1914, was awarded at Gothenburg Exhibition in 1923 and was the recipient of the King’s Medal of Merit in 1968.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Willy Verginer

Willy Verginer is an Italian contemporary artist and sculptor who lives and works in Ortisei, Italy.  He attended the Art Institute of Ortisei, where he studied painting and after graduation, worked in various wood sculpture studios in Val Gardena. He creates figurative wood sculptures, drawing inspiration from the arresting nature surrounding him and the fragility of our environment. On an interview with City Code he says this about the affect of his work location:

“The area I live in is indeed very beautiful. In my work, I see two sources of influence that remind me of home. The first is wood, my raw material. In my area there is a long tradition of using wood in architecture as well as in artistic handicraft. I grew up in an area where there is a long tradition of wood carving. In 1700 there were already many artists and shops that created wonderful baroque artworks. In 1800, Val Gardena was the greatest centre of religious wood carving. That’s how I learned the art of carving wood in my valley. The second source of influence is the environmental issue. Living in an area where the beauty of nature is really dominant, it was obvious that one of my themes would be overexploitation and destruction of nature. Had I lived in a big city, my expression would have definitely been much different.”

More of his work can be viewed on his website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Willy Verginer.

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