Thursday, October 13, 2011

Miss Haberdash strung out....

On a recent visit to the Lost and Found Market in Collingwood Miss Haberdash was much amused by the  70s string art on display. On second thoughts, the geometry and clean abstract shapes looked so right now.

Intrigued I went home to Wikipedia and discovered that string art has its origins in the curve stitch work of Mary Everest Boole (1832-1916). At the end of the 19th century she introduced string art  to children as a means of making mathematical ideas more accessible. At the same time I came accross the work of Jane Blease a Manchester designer who uses wood and string to great effect in her lampshades, pictures and jewellery.

Hand crafted brooches, Jane Blease Design 2011

Stretch Chairs, by Jessica Carnevale 2010

Once you start looking string art is everywhere, from contemporary furniture to architecture and even installations created for dance parties, where neon string glows fluorescent in the dark, spectacular.

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