Tracey Marshall decided to take ARTE bookmarks for a ride on the busy streets of some unnamed country.
Eva’s Cats decided to use the ARTE bookmarks as lanterns.
Have a look.
Use the ARTE bookmark in a creative manner and then photograph your endeavour and send it to us. The photograph could be featured on this blog.
Fruitbowl Workshops are absolutely creative, not only in the way they do their handcrafts, but also in the way they decided to get their falcon posing next to the ARTE bookmark. How cool is that?
Take a photo of the ARTE bookmark in the weird and fun places that you can think of and the photos could be featured on this blog.
Make no bones about it; the skull trend is here to stay! Popularized by Alexander McQueen, the once gothic omens have been transformed into chic accessories and prints to give any outfit a chic and/or rock edge. At ARTE, Skulls have been embraced by several artisans creating fashion and jewellery to clothing and home decor.
ARTE is running a cute incentive – it’s all about using the ARTE bookmarks in a creative way.
Paras Creations used the ARTE bookmarks in two very different yet creative ways.
Use the ARTE bookmark in a creative way and you could be featured on the ARTE blog.
We don’t know about you, but we find it notoriously hard to buy gifts for the special men in our lives. If there’s no one thing in particular that springs to mind, our fail-safe advice is usually a package of little treats, things to make him laugh, and useful objects. It’s a great solution and you can mix-and-match to fit the big guy’s personality.
What’s your guy’s personality? Dapper, foodie, adventurer, sporty, musical or geeky, ARTE has a little something for everyone…
With the dodo being extinct, Zaahirah (ZEE) got to work to bring it back to life through her art. Thank you Zee!
For those who do not know what the dodo is, a bit of history may help. The dodo is an extinct bird (made extinct in the 17th century due to the Dutch invasion, it is believed). It was only found in the land of Mauritius. Read more about the dodo on Wikipedia.
The reason you will see the dodo featuring in Zee’s work is this talented artist is from Mauritius. She derives a lot of inspiration from her hometown, which she then translates into her artwork.
You just have to google for Zee Arts and the online search map is dotted with her art exhibitions around the world, from Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles, UAE (Dubai/Abu Dhabi) and UK-London. She was the recipient of “Oscar de la Jeunesse 2001” in Artistic Pursuit organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mauritius.
What is so great about her art is her absolute flexibility in using a variety of materials (mixed media). She has the knack to blend together in harmony amongst the ‘amalgam of colours.’ She says, “It is the only time that I feel the real freedom- a sense of peace acumen and inner conversation to myself.”
The other aspect of Zee is her involvement in philantropic causes and social issues, involving women and children. My paintings are “a sense of reflection, reconnection or celebration,” she says.
Visit ZeeArts website.
Join ZeeArts Facebook page. It is dotted with all her recent laurels in the media.
Here is another artisan pair who decided to come together to showcase their work at ARTE, united by their common love for a particular craft. Bea Bennett from Germany and Karen Scott from the US.
According to Karen Scott, stained glass is both an art and a craft. It has a lot of technical aspects to it because the glass needs to be cut and then soldered according to the pattern. “However, it is also an art,” Karen says, “figuring out what patterns to create and use or draw, what types of glass to use and how to put it together.”
Karen got into stained glass because “I love glass and color and was intrigued by stained glass windows. I simply had to learn how to do it.” It was 15 years ago when she chanced upon an advertisement in a local community newspaper for a class teaching people how to do it. There was no looking back once she signed up for the classes. And we, at ARTE, are glad she didn’t because we now have her lovely stained glass work to look forward to.
According to Karen, Bea is one of the best stained glass craftspeople she has ever met. “I wanted to get better so I took classes and traded ideas with other artists such as Bea Bennett to get better.” Like many ARTE-sans, Karen can boast of a repertoire of art and craft talent. She is a photographer and published author. She also enjoys making jewelry, needlework, crochet as well as mosaics. Looks like her creative life is a mosaic in itself! She however believes that while she has a great eye for colour and proportion, that she is unable to draw.
Bea has been doing stained glass work for only 4 years but she is already reached a high level of proficiency. She had trained as a draughtsman and as a result you can see the technical aspects of her design (clocks, kaleidoscopes, lamps and more). In fact one of the frequent ARTE visitors, Dheeraj Rupani, owner of Veesham Printing Press, was happy to demonstrate how the kaleidoscope created by Bea works. Thanks Dheeraj for being a sport when we took the photos.
Bea teachers beginner’s class so if you are interested in trying your hand at stained glass making, she is the person to contact.
The facebook page dedicated to their work is yet to be set up. We will update this slot once their facebook page is up and running (and of course, ready to be ‘liked’).
At ARTE, artisans come together not only to sell their handcrafts to the public, but also to support each other in one’s journey. Jan D’Sa, artist-designer-sculptor-writer and owner of both Janys De and the Cultural Arts Travelogue, has such a story to share.
“I was a repressed creative for nearly 20 years, allowing my sketches and paintings to be viewed by my own two eyes and no one else’s. I also threw my performing artist and musician garb into the metaphorical dark alley and retreated into my shell. I became a very shy and reserved person.” Those who know Jan since she joined ARTE in its early days may probably remember that shy girl.
Jan, instead, chose to showcase her creativity through secondary artforms, i.e. through writing, through salt dough mini-sculptures (below) and wire crochet jewelry making.
Then one day in 2011, a Philipino artist by the name of Alvin Apolonio, showed up at ARTE with paintings that awoke a dormant artistic volcano within Jan. Like many repressed creatives, she was felt a lot of fear in painting again. “I decided to attend an art workshop that Alvin Apolonio held, in conjunction with Carrie Wareham, Black Sheep Art Studio (an ARTE member). It was just so that I could work past this block that I had.”
“I will never forget what Alvin told me as I started to use the paintbrush after 2 decades and struggled to hold it with confidence.” Alvin said, “I look forward to seeing your art. You have it in you. Just a bit of practice.””
Eight months later, this April 2012, Jan finally showed her art to the public for the first time at ARTE. Sadly, Alvin was not around to see it. He had passed away in the Philippines after a brief illness early this year.
“I was devastated as were many other artisans who regarded Alvin not only as a versatile painter and artist, but a friend. I had also experienced another artisan pass away a day after Alvin passed away (she was a jewelry designer), so the devastation of 2 creatives passing away was quite a strong experience.”
These days Jan has allowed her music and theatrical expression to show itself, though in small, monitored doses. She has also mustered courage to step out and give workshops in creative writing where the art of spontaneity and reconnection with one’s creative self are key. She has dared to create mixed media work where she combines various art and handcraft techniques such as wire work, crochet, acrylics, decoupage and clay. “All because Alvin reminded me that the secret to living more is by creating more.” Whenever Jan gets stuck as a creative, she remembers Alvin’s words and pushes beyond borders into the realm that only other former repressed creatives know of.
Has an artisan changed your life beyond what you expected? Let us know how and you could be featured.