Indigofera x Wes Lang

November 18th, 2013 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

     Yes, you may have blankets already but allow us to present a likely superior option: Indigofera’s handwoven, 100% Norwegian wool blanket designed by Brooklyn artist, Wes Lang.

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     Lang, who has shown his work across the US and showcased at MoMA, is known for heavy use of American tropes in a classic Americana style. Think grim reapers, tattoo roses, American Indian iconography, eagles, pin-ups, The Grateful Dead lyrics and skulls, skulls, skulls. But, in a twist of irony, it was at a gallery in Copenhagen that Indigofera co-founder Mats Andersson discovered Lang’s work. It didn’t take long for the two men to meet and discover a shared love of craftsmanship and detail that led to these incredible blankets.

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     Indigofera blankets are made to be used and loved as their finely combed wool ages without wearing out. They will only become softer and more comforting over years of netflix watching, but they are also stunning as wall hangings or draped over a couch. And considering these are seriously limited in supply (only 200 were made) a bit of hustle is in order if you don’t want to find yourself, or a loved one, in the midst of winter without the coolest blanket on the market.

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Beauty Through Adaptation

April 2nd, 2013 / by Lily / one comment / permalink

Love Adorned Boucherouite Rugs

Boucherouite rugs ( Boucherouite meaning “rag” in Moroccan Arabic) are a recent pan-Moroccan phenomenon brought on by the loss of the nomadic lifestyle of the Amazigh people, though they are often referred to as “Berber”. No longer a nomadic people dependent on sheep herding, these artisans have adapted to the changes by  mixing wool with cotton rags to keep the tradition alive. With dramatic colors and patterns, these one of a kind pieces combine the casual ease of cotton with an artful, collage-like aesthetic.

For the typical loft: too much of  a good thing can get a little boring; white-washed walls, refinished wood and neutral-toned furniture beg for the colorful drama of rag rugs.

For youngin’s living in Brooklyn: if you graffiti the walls you can’t get your security deposit back. The crazy patterns of these vintage rugs are a more practical way of displaying your creativity.

For your new office: Bring some much needed visual interest to the place where you spend most of your time. It’ll be nice to have something pretty to pretend to look at when really, your staring off into space.

 

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Wood Carving As A Sculptural Sketch

October 31st, 2012 / by Lily / no comments / permalink


Longtime fans of Blackcreek Mercantile, we’ve carried handicrafts from Josh Vogel since we first opened our doors in 2010. Artisanal cutting boards – more works of art than pure culinary utility, complete with delicious smelling cutting board oils. Next in line, we have a limited edition of hand turned wooden skull sculptures. No two are alike.

In the artists own words:

I have carved skulls of one sort or another for as long as i can remember.  As a “mediation” or a sculptural sketch, wood carving is a great process for this kind of self reflection. Unlike a lot of other sculpture, it creates its own sort of universal individuality, each an infinite variation of the same basic shape, each having its own intrinsically unique personality. At an early age,  I was enthralled with the graphic imagery of Jose Guadalupe Posada’s “Calaveras” & the sharp contrast of the Dia de los Muertos Festival & Marigold Parades.  There is a very different perspective & commentary that weaves itself into this type of imagery & folk art.  At once it can be scary, humorous, sad & beautiful. The skulls are especially fun to make as they begin to become self aware.  I am always surprised at the moment of transformation, the moment that the work makes them more than just a piece of wood.

 

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