Style direction has been influenced by turn of the century advertising. Predating photography, industry relied on intricate hand-drawn sketches to raise awareness of their wares-to-market.
Weaving together, themes for current trend in birds on textiles with antique Toile de Joue, historically a natural partnership. However, our 1 like no other Unique Print is made ready for 3-D viewing, except that flamingo-face has nicked our 3-D glasses and has become rather attached to them. So we are forced to view our colourful and dada-esque finalé as a blurry cornucopia of feathered future vision.
Colouring in 3-D to 3-T; Tomato, Turquoise & Tea...
...speaking of which, time for a cuppa, mines white, no sugar, I'm sweet enough!
The “juxtaposition of such disparate objects” that once inspired so much wonder about our world, offers the ideal opportunity to draw attention to the value & beauty of nature in our visual feast. As winter breaks, Spring Summer 2010 looks forward to a world waking from its cold slumber.
Cabinets of Curiosities were also known as wonder-rooms, or Wunderkammer; collections of objects from natural history to archaeology, even myth. Cabinets were originally described as rooms and were the precursors to museums. The cabinets were made from all imaginable exotic and expensive materials and filled with contents and ornamental details intended to reflect the entire cosmos on a miniature scale. The specimens displayed were often collected during exploring expeditions and trading voyages.
The juxtaposition of such disparate objects encouraged comparisons, finding analogies and parallels and favoured the cultural change from a world viewed as static to a dynamic view of endlessly transforming natural history and a historical perspective that led in the seventeenth century to the germs of a scientific view of perceived reality.
Horns, tusks, skeletons, antlers, claws, shark’s tooth and other things belonging to strange and curious animals a mix of fact and fiction, including apparently mythical creatures, like the horn of a unicorn, which actually came from a whale, mermaids skeletons and sketches of dragons
Alexander Marshal lived during the17th century, a time of immense expansion in the variety of plants available to English gardeners. A horticulturist, Marshal was most famous for his ‘plant portraits’; he recorded the physical appearance of new exotic species, such as lilies, narcissi & Dutch tulips, in fascinating detail.
Marshal lived & worked in close conjunction with John Tradescant the Younger during Tradescant’s royal post of Keeper of the Gardens of Oatland Palace, Surrey. Tradescant & his father were among the greatest names of English garden history, their residence nicknamed ‘The Ark’, housed a unique collection of curiosities that is now part of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford University.
By the mid 17thC, new plants were arriving in England from all over the world via ambassadors of Constantinople, Canada and Virginia. Tradescant would himself take expeditions abroad in search of new plant species, while Marshal would record these once secret wonders in watercolour.
Imagine an instrument so wild that it would alter our ontological landscape forever a microscope telescope kaleidoscope that sees quantum...
We unveil the great mitekascope ©
What if it all looked kind of familiar no matter what we study or which end of the instrument we look through starfish or star... electron, now you see me, now you don't what if its all the same stuff what if the stuff is not really there at all...?
This season we merge realities, Cabinet of Curiosities goes stellar! we’re collecting planets and nebula to create a brand new Universe in a Petri Dish, with our very own instrument, the great mitekascope ©
Enjoy the journey...