funky accessories like woollen scarves, felted hats and cute felted dolls
This blog is a promise. I promise to restyle my online shop this coming weekend. Continue reading
Her new series of 3D wall hangings is called Familiar Strangers
For Autumn, we, at Shirdak have some really nice exhibitions in our planning.
From Saturday October 6th until Saturday December 8th 2012 our artist in residence Dagmar Binder presents her new serie of 3 dimensional structural wall hangings and felt objects with the title:
Dagmar Binder: Combining painting with colored fibers, seamless 3D felting and other textile techniques, I’m exploring the expressive and sculptural potential of felt.
Fibers under tension naturally tend to take organic shapes, reflecting details of nature but develop their very particular physical presence in space and light. I see them mostly as poetic installations.
For years we sell Dagmar Binder’s beautiful scarves and hats .Her great felting technic, sense of color and new shapes are always a surprise and brings you back into memories of nature.
Detail Familiar Strangers, new work by Dagmar Binder
Handmade Tribal products from Central Asia
Since 2000 Shirdak has been totally in love with hand made products from traditional tribal areas, most of it in Central Asia. Continue reading
Horse riding in Kyrgyzstan is like riding a bike in The Netherlands
As a child I wanted to learn horse riding but I never got further than the horse of the carousel in our amusement park. Continue reading
The best moment to go to the Burana tower is after 4:00 pm. The sun is getting down and the light is amazing soft.
The Burana tower is a large minaret in the Chuy valley in northern Kyrgyzstan. It is located about 80 km east of the country’s capital Bishkek, near the town of Tokmok. Continue reading
Felt for Architecture’s new collection Tratteggi is absolutely fabulous
Back home , the shop was waiting for me, the program told me that we had to open an exhibition. Felt for Architecture designed a new collection called Tratteggi. Continue reading
a Shyrdak felt carpet in Kyrgyzstan
This year I was very early with my yearly travel in Central Asia. It was still cold in the mountains but everybody was happy to see me. Continue reading
Felt for Architecture
Also this year we have the pleasure to present the newest work of Felt for Architecture called Tratteggi. The research of Claudio Varone in collaboration with Anneke Copier continues to explore the ancient felt techniques with a personal and contemporary interpretation.
The collection Tratteggi gets its inspiration from the modern art and the nomadic craft. The concept of graphic lines of colors which comes back in all textiles shows a strong monumental, abstract, three-dimensional character.
Claudio Varone started his project Felt for Architecture in 2003. He creates a collection of carpets and three-dimensional wall hangings in felted wool, to “dress” spaces, walls, floors, to evoke, to protect and to tell a story.Colors and shapes originate mainly from the contemplation of the Mediterranean landscapes, a story of the everlasting memory and passion of the artist.All pieces are unique, made of wool, sometimes combined with cotton, silk and other natural fibers, using traditional techniques.The intention of the artist through this project is to introduce the art of felt within spaces, with all its tactile visual and acoustic features, and with the overwhelming power, magic and sacredness of the South.
Anneke Copier has been exploring her passion for felt for more than 27 years. In January 2000 she opened her own studio.She has developed her own innovative expression of the ancient Central Asian technique of felt making. She designs unique clothing which fits like a second skin.Different kinds of wool in combination with other natural materials such as silk and flax give her creations a unique and special warmth.
Since the beginning of 2006 she works at Claudio Varone’s project Felt for Architecture.
New collection 'Tratteggi'
Left: border with symbol of hospitality. and in the middle the sheeps's horn. Right: symbol of blessing
Next week, I am off to Kyrgyzstan again. Trying to find nice felt rugs, pillows and ottomans. Continue reading
Felt art from the hungarian hat millener Zsofia Marx
Once I traveled in Hungary, on a local market I was impressed by the crafts such as the leather, linen, ceramic and felt products. In the contemporary leather and felt arts the connection with Central Asia is often visible in the patterns that are used.