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Egypt’s Wearable Heritage by Jolanda Bos

Egypt’s Wearable Heritage by Jolanda Bos

Jolanda Bos is an archaeologist who has been travelling to Egypt for over 25 years. From the 1990s onwards she has worked in different excavations in the Egyptian deserts. She brings her archaeologists eye to an accessable yet scholarly study of Egypts’ contemporary yet still traditional and artisanal culture. This beautifully glossy book with its abundance…

Hair adorned

Of Combs and Saints by Barbara Steinberg

Of Combs and Saints by Barbara Steinberg

It was a time before nations. Celtic tribes ruled Gaul until they were conquered by the Roman Empire (121 – 51 BC). In the early 5th Century, Roman Gaul was overwhelmed by the Visigoths, Burgundians, and Franks until 481, when Frankish King Childeric I defeated the Visigoths, and his son King Clovis I united all…

Contemporary

Stefania Lucchetta

Stefania Lucchetta

Stefania Lucchetta was born and lives in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza area), Italy. She holds degrees from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (1999, BA with honors in Literature and Art History) and Scuola Italiana Design of Padua (2004, Master degree in Industrial Design), besides some modules previously taken at the Venice College of Fine Arts….

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Lady Sainsbury

Lady Sainsbury

The Sainsbury Institute is saddened to announce the death of its benefactor Lady Lisa Sainsbury.   Lady Sainsbury died on 6th February aged 101. It was her vision, and that of her husband Sir Robert, who died in 2000, that led to the establishment of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and…

Isabel Dammermann

Isabel Dammermann

The effect materials can have fascinates me. There is beauty in the ambivalence of heaviness and lightness and the relationship between permanence and fragility. On this occasion, I require the materials to educe a special atmosphere, a sentiment. This happens through spontaneity and intuition. The urge for a harmonious balance culminates in the form of…

A Mangbetu Ivory Hair Pin by Barbara Steinberg‏

A Mangbetu Ivory Hair Pin by Barbara Steinberg‏

On 10 December 2014, Sotheby’s Paris held an auction of African and Oceanic Art consisting of 105 exquisite lots. The inspirational connection between Modernism and African art was forged when European colonists brought back sculptures, masks, reliquary objects, furniture, and hair ornaments from the cultures they had enslaved, murdered, and misrepresented as primitive. Picasso continually…

Tattoos Image gallery Q – Z

Tattoos Image gallery Q – Z

Part four of the Around the World series Tattoos from Q -Z Tattoos in a tribal context are as much a communicator as they are a means of Adornment. They can be understood in the capacity of an expression of self, a sign of religious belonging, or relieve symptoms of spiritual or physical ills. In…

Faouzi – Designer of Marrakech. By Sarah Corbett

Faouzi – Designer of Marrakech. By Sarah Corbett

Born in Marrakech, Faouzi is the son of a Hairdresser. He lives now as ever in the Ancient Medina of Marrakech. His working life began in the restoration of antique furnishings, his love of creative arts led him to study calligraphy. His beautifully illuminated work is highly desirable and collected in his home city and…

A Story of Two Rings by Truus Daalder

A Story of Two Rings by Truus Daalder

  This story really starts with an electrical fault in our house. The electrical firm promised to send our usual, pleasant and utterly competent electrician after he had finished another job. So somewhat later in the afternoon he arrived, but unexpectedly brought an apprentice we had never seen before, because he had always come by…

Museum Review – The Quai Branly Paris

Museum Review – The Quai Branly Paris

Alaa Eddine Sagid Celebrated as the main cultural project of former French president Jacques Chirac, it eventually confirmed the prominent role claimed by Paris as the world capital for indigenous arts, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas. In fact one week earlier a local sale set a world record for any…

Auguste Bonaz in the Machine by The Creative Museum

Auguste Bonaz in the Machine by The Creative Museum

The Industrial Revolution was built on the invention of new materials. Machines allowed them to be mass produced into cheap products, quickly. The exploitation of sweatshop laborers had a profound impact on society. Plastic comb making was no exception. In America, the most famous factory was in Leominster, Massachusetts. In France, combs were made in…

Guedra by Sarah Corbett

Guedra by Sarah Corbett

The word Guedra represents several aspects of a form of dance which is particular to Southern Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria. The primary meaning is cooking pot, when this pot is covered with a stretched leather skin to create a drum, the drum is also known as Guedra. When the drummer plays a beat representing a…

Tiffany Rowe

Tiffany Rowe

Tiffany Rowe describes herself as a slightly eccentric British-Swiss jewellery designer who lives and works in the beautiful city of Geneva. Attracted to the world of contemporary art, photography and fashion, she creates one-off pieces using materials  bought locally during her travels. She likes to experiment with different textures and incorporate objects that are not…

Review- Musee des Bijoux Nawahi, Marrakech 

Review- Musee des Bijoux Nawahi, Marrakech 

THIS MUSEUM IS NOW CLOSED Amongst the labyrinthine alleyways of the medina of Marrakech lies a small gem of a museum. This ancient riad has been renovated in a stylish and imaginative fashion to house a collection dedicated to the jewellery of North Africa. With an especially good Tuareg collection on the ground floor including…

Belarusian Ruchnik

Belarusian Ruchnik

A ruchnik is a traditional ornamental towel. This towel is a piece of textile which embodies many significant concepts within Belarusian life. In fact the ruchnik are a highly important part of the national culture. The designs of the ruchnik are a mixture of art and symbolism and are seen as representations of the threads…

News

LOLLAND, DENMARK—A local man and his two sons have found a range of gold items on the Danish island of Lolland

LOLLAND, DENMARK—A local man and his two sons have found a range of gold items on the Danish island of Lolland, according to a report in The Local Denmark. Included in the find was a bracteate, or thin gold medallion dating to the Germanic Iron Age. Archaeologists at the Museum Lolland-Falster believe the amulet includes…

Undressed – A brief history of Underwear. V and A Museum

This exhibition explores the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal, with cut, fit, fabric and decoration revealing issues of gender, sex and morality. Exhibition details 

Crimean gold artefacts must go back to Ukraine, Dutch court rules

Kiev argued for return of treasures, which were on loan to Amsterdam museum when Russia seized the peninsula in 2014. A priceless collection of gold artefacts from Crimea that was on loan to a Dutch museum when Russia seized the peninsula must be returned to Ukraine and not Crimea, a Dutch court has ruled, in…

The Staffordshire Hoard

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND—Fragments of artifacts from the Staffordshire Hoard have been cleaned and are being fitted together in work funded by Historic England and public donations. The seventh-century Anglo-Saxon artifacts include a rare high-status helmet and a unique form of sword pommel that was in 26 pieces when it was uncovered. The pommel “combines multiple different…

Japanese mirrors

FUKUOKA PREFECTURE, JAPAN—A fragment of a mold used to cast bronze mirrors in 200 B.C. has been unearthed at the Sugu Takauta ruins in northern Kyushu. It had been thought that such tachukyo, or mirrors with knobs, had been imported from the Korean Peninsula at this time. The mold shows indentations to create knobs on…

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