I'm suddenly absorbed by studying French Braille. "How, why?", you ask. Simple short answer: Marcel brought home a copy of Marvin Gaye's record album "What's Goin' On?" and it had a Braille label on each side. It took me back to when I was young and had a Dymo label maker. I felt so powerful, "I can personalize anything!" I proudly punched out my name on blue plastic tape and stuck it on my Beatles White Album.
So I was curious, what did the labels on the album cover say? One label had more writing than the other, so they didn't simply say "Marvin Gaye". It seemed like every couple of characters I could translate using the English Braille alphabet, but it was spotty. Some I couldn't figure out. So I tried the French alphabet with the additional accented letters. That seemed to help, but only to a point. It just wasn't consistant. Some letters from the English alphabet worked and some from the French, but not all. Then it dawned on me: maybe the labels are on upsidedown. That was it! I then translated one side of the cover to read "Marvi Gay" and the other side "M. Gaye - Ûat's Go". I'm still learning the codes for contractions, but it appears that the French "U" with a circumflex accent is substituted for "Wh" in English. Now I'm fascinated.
In the four years since I first wrote about Claire Basler she has moved from her ironworks property in Montreuil, Paris to an old school property set in lush surroundings in Les Ormes, an hour's drive from Paris. The long-neglected building was smothered in weeds and vegetation, with ivy growing through cracks in the walls, begging to be let in. It's as if this place was waiting for Claire, who gleans inspiration for her large-scale floral paintings from nature, inviting it to creep onto her canvases.
Belgrade beauty Ana kraš is the creator of soft and delicate objects that light up. Pendant lights. But more than just pendants, each one is handcrafted, slowly, in meditation, with the kind of patience that is reserved for only a scarce few souls in the perpetual motion of this 21st century.
She weaves skinny wool threads over metal frames in spontaneous patterns...slowly
And she's a photographer. And she designs furniture.
noodle table, tray, waste basket
And she's the fiancée of her fiancé, Devendra.
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie...
Senti bella Ana! I will trade you a handmade textile something of mine for one of your lights! Drapes for those tall NYC windows?
Welcome to Grazyna's world, Popielnik, where love birds and saints emerge from weathered pieces of wood, bright bits of promise hinting at the spring blossoms under a snowy landscape.
'Love Birds On A Wooden Cloud' :
The landscape outside of her studio near Crakow, Poland:
'Blue Angel' made by her husband:
If I were to do a blog post on the pieces featured in the shop:
Are there other artists involved? Which pieces are yours? What can you tell me about Popielnik?
Thank you kindly, Sylvie
I am so glad you are interested in my work, thank you.
Everything in my shop is only mine and my husband (sold blue angel). Now I live in the countryside, before I lived in town. My husband is the sculptor. My grandfather was the folk sculptor. His work inspire me the most.
My English is very badly - I'm sorry :(
Her grandfather's carvings:
work is incredible, your English is incredible! I had saved that Blue
Angel in the selection of photos that I would like to use on my blog.
Your husband is very talented too.
Do you have any photos of your work space, even if it's just a table or a corner? Also a photo of your home inside or out, and/or the environment, the countryside where you live...
Anything you would like to share that you think is interesting I am interested in.
Do you have a photo of yourself? And your husband...and grandfather?
I hope I'm not overwhelming you, asking too much. just do what you like, if it is fun for you.
Thank you so much for sending those photos. I love seeing your tools and your work space. The stump is great, and your table and stools. Is that a sandblasting machine in the corner on the upper left.
Your grandfather's pieces are divine :)
kind of wood did he carve?
What kind of wood do you use?
grandfather used linden wood.
We use mostly: linden wood, beechwood, spruce and pine.
Thank you Sylvie :)
The shrine house in the photo, white with blue roof top, is that yours or your husband's?
In the other photo, where you say, "before our gallery", I just want to clarify, to be certain, do you mean "in front of the gallery"?
In front of the gallery :)
Thank you :)
Back of Shrine:
Wooden Love Birds:
Wooden Ark with Tin Roof:
What does Popielnik mean?
Wooden Shrine with Ceramic Flowers:
About page on her Etsy:
"Popielnik" is a small atelier, in which, for a few years, we have been creating unique handicrafted artworks endowed with a rustic character.
"Popielnik" is also an art gallery located in Kazimierz (a district of Cracow), which displays and sales our handicraft. The pictures painted on wooden planks and metal plates, sculptures, shrines, cherubs, little birds, horses, boxes – made mostly from old materials, polychromed with acrylic colour and patinated – look as if they were found in the attic of a peasant’s cottage. We are inspired by folk art, art brut and everyday life. We
expose the beauty of wood and care about the uniqueness of each of our artworks.
Welcome to our shop : )
Is it unreasonable to be celebrating my blog anniversary when I've been so terribly absent...and without any excuses?! Life is so much busier now than it was seven years ago. And not necessarily in a good way. How did I ever have time to post as much as I did 'in the old days'. I haven't been able to get my hands on an app for psychic-blog-composing, "Why doesn't this computer know what I'm thinking without me typing it?" It's like having two husbands. heh.
So here's my real excuse: I have been much more interested in doing creative things with my hands, thrifting, reading, hiking and visiting with live people. No offense to any of you 'virtual' people. I'd be happy to meet some time for tea!
Not to forget the barn conversion project I'm in the midst of. That is a big focus. I am documenting it well, taking photos, just not having the time to upload them! Maybe I just need to manage my time better. Oh here we go, blog as therapy. Thinking out loud to diagnose the error of my ways, "Aha! I've got it. Time management." Yeah right.
So I read that the seventh anniversary for weddings is symbolized with copper and wool. Did you know that........ "a copper pendant was found in northern Iraq that dates to 8700 BC" and "raising sheep for wool production was one of the earliest industries in the ancient world. By 3500 to 3000 BC sheep rearing was a major industry"? Boy do I feel lazy. Primitive people were making copper jewelry and wool clothes and I'm complaining, with all of the tools available today, that I can't get things done. Perspective is everything!
Wish me luck with my new "time management" scheme. Maybe I should first buy a wristwatch. Ciao for now!
Here are the instructions for my wall sculptures posted HERE.
Start with a funky hardcover book:
Remove the pages from the boards (the front and back cover) by cutting through the end papers (the paper that's glued to the boards):
Divide the pages into sections by marking them with a pencil. I've done three sections of equal size, but you could do whatever size you like and as many sections as you like. If you chose to do six sections then your final sculptures would have a more shallow projection from the wall. You could do different sizes allowing for varying depths of projection coming off the wall as well:
With your utility knife cut down through the pages using your pencil lines as a guide. It takes time, slicing through the pages little-by-little. You could also use scissors if it's easier:
Once you've cut through all of the pages you will then cut through the glued backing paper at the 'spine' to separate the sections:
Fold each of the pages in half, tucking the leading edge in towards the 'spine' of the section. Continue doing this until all of the pages have been folded:
On my first attempt I used a large book (maybe 400 pages) and found that after all of the folding was done the pages were too tight to have a good end result. To remedy that I cut down through the 'spine' and made two folded parts from one. This allowed me to add one more feature to the look whereby I folded every-other page in again so that it were half the size of the others. This gave the final piece a more textured and interesting effect:
Here you can see how the pages of the section right are fuller than I wanted and the section on the left is one that comes from having cut a full section in two. I wanted the final pieces to 'breathe', not be so dense and compact. You could play around with it and see what you come up with...experiment!
Look HERE for my Altered Book Art - Lesson #1 on making a vase.
I was inspired by my friend Lisa to make something today. This vase sculpture is made from a (damaged) vintage hardcover book:
Remove the pages from the "boards"...
Cut with razor or scissors, 6 to 8 pages at a time, depending on the thickness...
The pages were falling out as I cut, like tarot cards they held little messages...
I worked in the greenhouse, 100 degrees. Good thing I wasn't making candles...
Look HERE for Altered Book Art - Lesson #2 for wall sculptures.