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Thursday, April 3, 2014

As promised...

Yesterday I posted this picture.
It was a box I recycled and repurposed for a piece I just finished.
It's a nod to those who appreciate the unique and handmade
and are a part of the movement to support artisans.
To remind those who may not be totally familiar with the term artisan...
"An artisan[1] (from French: artisan, Italian: artigiano) or craftsman (craftsperson)[2] is a skilled manual worker who makes items that may be functional or strictly decorative, including furniture, sculpture, clothing, jewellery, household items and tools or even machines such as the handmade devices of a watchmaker. Artisans practice a craft and may through experience and aptitude reach the expressive levels of an artist."
I like this definition. It gives a wide berth to many a creator and doesn't limit the work to one thing.
I admire the work of a cheese maker and a cabinet maker just
as much as a sculptor or photographer.
My most recent commission was from a man (whom, him and his wife have bought several pieces
of mine), was to make a likeness of this card...
 Do you know of this illustrator?
His name is Jan Van Sandwyk and he does the most
whimsical and lovely work.
He spends his life between Vancouver and Fiji...hmm...nice life ey?
So my task was to make a likeness of this hare as a gift from my customer to his wife.
 ...horse-tail hair for whiskers from my neighbour up the road.
She has a 32 year old horse!
 Nothing says spring like a March hare!
So here's to those who keep artisans going...Cheers!

2 comments:

Nancy Kay said...

Oh my goodness, what beautiful work! You nailed it! What a treasure you have created. Well done!

Lucinda Keller said...

Fantastic hare!!! Love him!!!