Soumkine

Have always carried a notebook despite the digital conveniences.  That’s why we love this Paris-based company, Soumkine, a brand bent on reviving the paper and writing culture. In 2016 Soumkine was launched producing simple but thoughtfully designed notebooks and planners. Each notebook is made of high-quality Italian paper and bound by hand at their Parisian atelier.  The books are hand-stitched in the beautiful tradition of pre-1950s French bookbinding.  Their graphics are designed by Fiodor Sumkin the company’s typographer and founder. The process of making a Soumkine book is explained here in their blog.

Their products can be viewed on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Soumkine.

Heidi Anderson

Heidi Anderson makes ceramic pottery, vases, planters, and sculptures. After painting in 2D for the majority of her time as an artist she wanted to create in a different way and to experiment with sculpture completely becoming immersed in clay. She is influenced by folk art from the Southwest and Mexico. However illustrative her figures appear, they are not painted at all, they are produced by a process called agateware. On an interview with Glaze Magazine she explains what drew her to ceramics:

“My interest in ceramics started around 2011. I was intrigued by some of the art that I was seeing happening around me. A resurging interest in ceramics was just beginning to happen and it sparked my imagination. I took a ceramics class in high school and used to make things out of fimo clay when I was little so I was just naturally drawn to working with clay. I’d been a painter for a long time before working in clay, mainly focused on 2D, and I felt newly inspired by the idea of branching out and exploring work in 3D. Working with clay was complicated but so full of potential that I became completely immersed in trying to learn how to use it. I began by making rings using sculpting clay and taught myself how to make molds and do ceramic castings of them. When firing became a challenge I was invited by a friend to take a class at East LA community college where she worked and that is where the figurative sculptures came about by learning to throw on the wheel.”

More of her work can be seen on her website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Heidi Anderson.

Phillipe Weisbecker

“I’ve always loved rustic furniture, made from stumps, branches or pieces of wood. Initially I wanted to faithfully reproduce the furniture in the book. Very quickly, I realized that I was especially interested in the skeleton of these pieces of furniture, their structures and the vectors of force that govern them. Little by little, I even came to free myself from these parameters to arrive at simpler structural compositions, halfway between figuration and abstraction.” – Phillippe Weisbecker

In essence, Philippe Weisbecker’s art consist of depicting elements of our daily life untouched by the sometime devastating effects of fashion’s changing mood. Born 1942 in Dakar, Philippe Weisbecker studied interior design in Paris.  In 1968 he moved to New York where he first worked as a draftsman in an architectural firm.  At the age of 30 he started his career as an illustrator. His work has been published in major American publications and in the late 90’s he shifted gradually from commissioned work to his own original production that he is now showing in galleries worldwide.

Unfortunately, there is not a website for Mr. Weisbecker to which we could direct you.

Images:  Courtesy of Phillippe Weisbecker.

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