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We donated 1% of our October sales to Surfrider! It’s our second time giving to them because we really stand behind what they do in their mission to protect our oceans. Their NYC Chapter is currently working on a campaign to put a 10 cent fee on single-use plastic and paper bags. Hearings are underway and the issue is being hotly debated. In light of this campaign and of California’s new statewide ban on plastic bags we decided to look around for interesting plastic bag re-purpose projects, helping to bring awareness to the issue. Artist Vilde J. Rolfsen set out to “make plastic bags look magical” and succeeded – in our opinion. See her images below to decide for yourself and for more of her beautiful work visit her website and Tumblr.
“Worldwide, nearly two million single-use plastic bags are used each minute. Plastic bags have consistently been reported in the top five most common forms of ocean litter. For every square mile of ocean, there are about 46,000 pieces of plastic floating in it and it can take upwards of 1,000 years to degrade. While these figures are staggering, there seems to be more than a glimmer of hope as the number of single-use plastic bag bans is on an uptick! “
To read Surfrider’s full blog post click here.
Javier Piñón is an artist – he is also married to Marah Hoffman – he has an exhibition at Pavel Zoubok gallery in NYC right now and I am obsessed with these pictures because I had a dream that I was swimming in the ocean during a mass starfish mating….it was very vivid.
We are loving artist Sophie Standing’s colorful textile collages of animals. Standing lives and works in Kenya where she finds inspiration in African wildlife, particularly endangered species like elephants, lions, and rhinoceroses. To create her collages she first “paints or sketches on fabric and then draws from a vast collection of decorative fabrics acquired from her travels around the world to create a dense patchwork of color and texture. The artwork is then finished with dense line work applied with a sewing machine.” So beautiful. Visit Colossal for more on Sophie.
Last night a few of us went to Stained, this years Sewing Seeds fundraiser at the Dumbo Loft. Artist Cara Piazza was responsible for the curation of this sensory experience that allowed visitors to engage with natural dyes through the lens of experimentation, ritual and performance. We got to try a cool coffee scrub on our hands and even the food was cleverly chosen so that the waste products could be used to dye!
We’re feeling totally inspired to do some natural dyeing!
For the month of April we gave 1% of our sales to Project AWARE, an organization dedicated to the protection of our oceans and sea life. They work for secure protection for the worldâ€™s most vulnerable shark species and their Dive Against Debris program encourages scuba divers to clean harmful debris from underwater environments.
In celebration of the hard work they do and because of our fondness here at Eskayel for the sea, we are releasing a new series of underwater prints! See the prints here and be sure to check out Project Aware to see all the amazing work they are doing to ensure a clean, healthy ocean planet.
We are loving these colorful, whimsical photographs from the series Pattern & Porcelain, a collaboration of prop stylist Carla Gonzalez-Hart and photographer Christopher Testani.
Below are a few of the works featuring Eskayel patterns but be sure to check out the complete series here to see the rest of this amazing project.
BELOW // Untitled No. 3
“Boulle” by Bernardaud on “The Gypsy Ocean” by Eskayel. “Sacred Bird & Butterfly” by Mottahedeh on Fabric by Mociun.
We recently discovered the Algiers-born French Art Nouveau artist Lucien LÃ©vy-DhurmerÂ and were struck by the beauty of his work . His gorgeous landscapes were inspired by art of the Renaissance and by his travels to Europe, North Africa, and Asia.
Below: Landscape painting by Lucien LÃ©vy-Dhurmer hanging in Picasso biographer Sir John Richardson’s living room. Photo via Wendy Goodman/Design Hunting.
Below: La Calanque a 6 heures du soir, c.1936, Musee d’Orsay, Paris.
Below: Les Roses dâ€™Ispahan (after Gabriel FaurÃ©) circa 1906-0.
Below: La Calanque – Crepuscule, no date given, private collection, Belgium.
for including us on your blog! We love when you love us! Studio Four is our NYC showroom, and they have an awesome space with tons of fantastic textile and wallpaper lines.Â Their blog is full of inspiration and stories here…