It took me by pleasant surprise to discover that behind this fab brand was hiding Serenella, an old Academy school mate of mine. I had no doubt that she would be a successful artist, and this is just the proof of what I thought! I am so proud to see her evolution into this intriguing design concept.
Phalena Atelier (by Serenella Tommassini) delivers a series of handmade pieces as jewellery, ceramics and illustration – all dipped into mythical, folk and symbolist stories. The beautiful aesthetic is the “fil rouge” that put all together, and brings us into a magic and mysterious atmosphere.
I am a huge fan of the Norwegian London-based artist Magnhild Kennedy since a while now. She creates stunning sculptural masks under the name of “Damselfrau“, and her beautiful creations are often visible on music videos and live performance installations.
There is a sort of mystical, mysterious and ritualistic vibe around her creations. Her process of making these pieces is also fascinating, this is what she says about it:
“I am led by the phantasms appearing in the process of the making and the materials themselves. These guide my decisions and inform the objects I make”.
You can purchase some of her creations here and find her on Instagram here.
The Icelandic textile artist Ýr Jóhannsdóttir (better known as Ýrúrarí), gives a second chance and life to “forgotten sweaters” in the most creative way.
She creates colourful wearable art, soft sculptures with a story to tell. Her research is also a statement against consumption and the will to educate through art in reusing and recycling old stuff.
This is how she describes her creative research:
Her work is mostly knitted, where fragments of humor, body movements and the everyday meets in wool based, often wearable, objects. For the past years the importance of sustainability has had an impact to Ýrúrarí’s work.
Enjoy the beautiful artworks by the textile artist Karin van der Linden. Her pieces are a clever combined mix of embroidery, sculpture, installation and mixed media collage. The aesthetic is impeccable and incredibly poetic.
I didn’t find so much insights about her art research, but these are some words from one of her exhibition called Remember Me:
The exhibition, and the piece of work highlighted in it, “Remember Me” is based on memories of my mother, my grandmother and my own past. The mostly orphaned materials that I have used give an extra explanation.
My mother was born in a monastery in Krefeld where my grandfather and grandmother at the time, forced by circumstances, lived. She lived there with her brother for the first 12 years of her life. A period that determined the rest of her life.
The front of the piece shows embroidery, supplemented with photos and objects from that time. In my childhood, during the holidays, I regularly visited monasteries related to my mother’s past. Photos of this are shown on the back of the workpiece. In addition to the memories, the work also portrays a dark, laden atmosphere.
I discovered just a few days ago the amazing works by the Iranian artist Golsa Golchini, and I am super inspired. I love how she mixes classic painting, ready made and street art in a unique and eye catchy way.
Her style is fresh and bright, the colour palette that she uses makes me want to “eat” these paintings 😀
This is the amazing conceptual porcelain works by the American artist Jacqueline Tse. These pieces are part of an ongoing series called Death by Sugar, and it’s filled by deep and powerful topics.
This is what she says about this series:
My work speaks to the anxieties of being human, particularly the dilemmas of everyday urban life. It is an ongoing exploration of shameless consumerism, both tangible and digital, to celebrate the beauty and flaws of this fragile condition.In this current body of work I call “Death by Sugar,” I use a variety of sculpting techniques such as hand building, carving, plaster mold making, slip casting, and slip piping. Intricate porcelain confections are created with an irresistibly perturbing charm, resulting in a surreal dimension beyond dreams where sugar and fetus skulls are remixed into a delicate bittersweet pop narrative. White is the color of death in Chinese culture, and this series of work is about the peace I have made towards my sugar addiction. The bare bone-like surfaces of the porcelain are meant to be evocative and peaceful at the same time.