22 May 2013
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I love old jeweller's tools, especially hammers, and I hoped to find some in Italy somewhere!
At a huge flea market in Chiavari I asked a few vendors:
"Avete... strumenti di oreficeria?" ( have... tools of goldsmith?)
One gentleman mocked me;
"Che cosa!?? Ora?! Ora?! Ha ha ha! I no speak inglese!!!"
I guess my Italian is unintelligible!
He was adamant that this hammer was a only a cobbler's hammer, (but it is certainly a silversmithing hammer!) so he made it 13 Euro and threw the small one in free.
Ha ha HA!
16 May 2013
These grilles were designed by Louis Henry Sullivan in 1893, for the Chicago Stock Exchange Building. Sort of proto-proto-Modern, but embracing ornament? I think I have already mentioned these awhile back, but anyway, I was recently saw them 'for real' in the V&A Museum, and took my very own photos (crumby as they may be!). Its curious for a building to be demolished, then the bits end up in museums across the world. I like them. Perhaps I will make a version of my Ulno Bangle that 'tips the hat' to this design- the way the spheres join the strip.
15 May 2013
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2 May 2013
Most of us take photos of our travels, but Tsar Nicholas had a more spectacular 'happy snap'.This micro-mosaic table-top records the sights of Italy he visited. It was made by Michelangelo Barberi, c.1851. The micro-mosaic is an appealing medium because it is clever, but also because it has a luminous depth of colour. The light bounces back out of translucent glass material, and the purity of colour fields are modulated by the mortar gaps- making an intense, rich image.
"Whoa whoa whoa! Use a coaster whydoncha!?"
18 April 2013
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30 March 2013
As you can see I have been mostly BLOWN AWAY.
( I don't even have a belly-button any more!)
I will post pictures of various things -that interested me particularly- over the next little while, Im still on the road just now.