In the northeastern part of Shikoku Island in Japan the stone industry has been developing since ancient times. It is in this location that the company, Aji Project, can be found. The company makes stone products from Aji stone, the hardest of all granite in Japan and is often called a granite diamond. The texture is fine, and the luster and color are graceful and beautiful. The household products of Aji Project are created by skilled craftsmen and blends naturally into any interior. In their website they say this about the material:
“The first tool people used was stone. Stones have been in nature, very close to us for a long time. People feel the softness of the naturally born roundness, the hardness of the rugged rock surface, and the cool and comfortable temperature by touching it without any special consciousness. A stone product that stands quietly near people.”
More of their product can be viewed on their website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Aji Project.
Applauding the art and product designs of printmaker Jane Ormes. The Bristol-based artist studied Surface Pattern Design at Leicester Polytechnic, has been a freelance designer since then and in 2004 has focused primarily on screen printing. She has exhibited in many galleries and her clients include Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and Ikea. On an interview with Love Print Studio she says this about her creative process:
“I work primarily in collage. I make marks, textures and patterns and then cut and arrange them until I am happy with a composition. Quite often I’m inspired first by a phrase or sentence and the image comes second. Once I’m happy with my image I then create stencils for the screen printing stage. Each colour must be separated out. It’s sometimes the most laborious element of the process. Those stencils are then exposed onto a screen and the printing begins!”
The artist can be followed on Facebook and on Instagram. Some of her products can be purchased here in her Etsy shop.
Images: Courtesy of Jane Ormes.
Andrew Ludick has worked in many graphic arts fields from editorial illustrator, to mural painting as well as fine arts painting. He graduated with a major in illustration from the Columbus College of Art before focusing on ceramics. After moving to Ireland he slowly made a change from painting and drawing to working with clay. We’re very glad he did as we love the organic forms and the decorated patterns which compliment each pieces. His artwork has also been superbly adapted to area rugs as shown above.
You can follow the artist on his website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Andrew Ludick.