Count yourselves lucky, for today you are going to see the work of Calligrapher and Ink painter, Kazuo Ishii. It’s not every day that you meet such an established Japanese Artist in Israel.
I have known Kazuo for a few years now and have been planning to visit his studio in Kiryat Tivon in the North of Israel, but haven’t gotten there yet. However, I won’t hold back the wonders of his work from you because I am too lazy.
I love Japanese aesthetics. It is simple and powerful. Like this painting, entitled “Flow”.
The whole painting embodies the word “Flow”, and is painted in a style called “Gyosho” which looks very free, but don’t be fooled, there are rules and regulations to follow in order to achieve this result.
Erez Mulay is a Product designer who likes to experiment with various materials. His “Re-news” series was born out of his experiments with newspaper. Erez wanted to make products out of reusable materials thus extending their life and also making soft and fragile material into something durable.
The first design in the Re-news series is this bin made of rolled up magazines.
I happened upon this cool, colorful and kitch duo a while back and just now got to writing them up. Specializing in two color prints in simple but creative patterns, Wonder Thunder has a nice product line that makes you chuckle.
Kitchen towels are not dull in fuchsia and white. Most of their prints are done up in standard printing colors right off of the printing block.
Upstate New York has a few destinations that are definitely worth a visit. I had the pleasure of visiting Beacon a few days ago and was pleasantly surprised with this small New York towns big city style. In just a few years Beacon has become a popular art seekers locale. One of the main attractions is the DIA Art Foundation located in the old Nabisco box printing factory.
I came across Dioum African Art in New York City while cruising a street fair. It was dark and this vendor was closing up but I couldn’t resist the beautiful baskets that shone brightly even in the dim evening light. Well priced and well crafted, these baskets are definitely something to add to your collection or to give as a holiday gift to a lucky family member or friend.
I happened to be in the city during Budapest Design Week – October 2nd -11th which ran for the sixth consecutive year.
It consisted of design fairs, exhibitions, open studios and programs for children. This year’s theme focused on artists’ creativity and innovations. As well as drawing the public closer to the Hungarian and international design world.
I managed to visit the Aron Design Store which turns into a kind of ‘ museum’ for the week.
Most of you who like to buy handcrafted things online are familiar with Etsy. While there are some really great things on Etsy, I must admit, I have stumbled upon some, how do I write this? – OK, I’ll come out and write it – really ugly and badly made items that leave me thinking, who the hell would buy THAT? Someone who is more gutsy and expressive than I am has started a blog called Regretsy which has the byline “Handmade? It looks like you made it with your feet”. And that, my friends, is just the beginning.
I have been laughing my pants off reading this blog all week and admittedly though things some people make are totally off the wall and make me wonder about the human race, Regretsy took it a step further and the best thing about this blog is the hysterically witty commentary, which encourages readers comments thereby multiplying the laughter and enjoyment factor.
Here are a few items that made me cry laughing and that are also reasonably safe to view with kids around. (I said reasonably)
I call this one Patriotic Rock: Maybe they could do one for Israel as well, though the political message may be a little controversial.